We received complimentary admission for an abbreviated tour of Ausable Chasm, and a stay at the Comfort Inn and Suites. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. A purchase/click through of a link may result in a small commission at no extra cost to you.
While many visitors to the Adirondacks know about Ausable Chasm, one of the most popular summer tourist attractions in the area, few know that it’s also open in the winter months. This past week, during our Adirondack/Lake Champlain Region family vacation, my family got to experience a short guided tour of the chasm – and it’s quite breathtaking in the winter. Known as the Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks, Ausable Chasm is a fun place to visit with kids in the Adirondacks.
Winter Hike at Ausable Chasm in the Adirondacks
Those willing to brave the cold can take a two-hour guided tour of the beautiful icicles and snow of Ausable Chasm. To visit the Inner Sanctum Trail, you are required to have a guide with you. Guests need to have snowshoes or ice cleats (depending on the specific conditions) for safety purposes to help with walking. These can be rented if you don’t have your own. We used ice cleats, and they really did make walking on the ice easier. The kids especially loved the experience of using them.
Our guide was great – he gave us lots of information about Ausable Chasm, and told us about some of the damage from the flood in 1996 and from Hurricane Irene.. We took an abbreviated tour, because of the cold temperatures and the age of my son, but we were still able to see so much. Because many think of it as a summer destination, you are likely to find it very uncrowded during your visit. Book tickets for the winter tour in advance and keep in mind that a minimum age does apply (I think the minimum age was increased after our visit – so definitely check before you go).
If you visit Ausable Chasm in the summer, you’ll be able to see a completely different view. They offer rappelling, rock climbing, disk golf, tubing, biking, tours, and more.
Visiting Ausable Chasm during a family vacation? Plattsburg is the nearest city (about 11 miles away), and there are a few chain hotels in the area. During our visit, we stayed at the Comfort Inn and Suites, and enjoyed the arcade and pool area. You can read some reviews here.
PO Box 390, 2144 Route 9
Ausable Chasm, NY 12911
See website here.