5 Things to do in Colorado in the Spring
It’s springtime in Colorado and two words come to mind when thinking about things to do in this diverse state: get outdoors!
From the dry, high-desert regions of the Colorado Plateau to the rugged, snow-capped mountains of Aspen, Vail and Breckenridge, Colorado is known for its diverse landscapes and has a variety of options to choose from, no matter your interests.
Here are 5 of the best things to do in Colorado in the Spring.
Hike Maroon Lake in Aspen
One of Colorado’s most photographed and iconic landscapes is Maroon Bells, two peaks—Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak—that overlook Maroon Lake located just 16 miles from Aspen. While photographers, hikers, and tourists tend to flock to the area in the summer and fall, heading there in the spring means a better appreciation for wilderness and nature, away from the crowds.
The easiest trail is the Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, a 1-mile loop around the lake which is perfect for acclimating to the higher elevation. To spot wildlife like mule deer and bighorn sheep, head along the Maroon Creek trail, a 3.2-mile one-way trail that’s complete with alpine meadows and lush aspen forests. Interested in more strenuous and lengthier hikes through the wilderness? Check this guide out.
Hit the Slopes in Vail
The arrival of spring in Colorado does not necessarily indicate the end to ski season. With heavy snowfall well into March for the past two years, conditions in the ski town of Vail make a spring ski trip a very viable option.
After a day out on the slopes either snowshoeing, snowboarding or skiing the epic long runs, the restaurants and bars in the quaint European-style town center will replenish your depleted energy levels. And the non-snow bunnies need not fear as there are plenty of spas and hot tub-options around town to spend an entire day (or two) pampering yourself.
Take a Soak in the Mineral-Rich Hot Springs of Glenwood Springs
Located in the Roaring Fork Valley, the relaxed town of Glenwood Springs is primarily known for two things: Glenwood Caverns—a series of underground caves with impressive stalactites, stalagmites and soda straw formations that has been open to visitors since the 1880s—and, for its natural hot springs.
Set along the Colorado River, Iron Mountain Hot Springs offers 16 geothermal pools of varying temperatures direct from springs located on the property that are heated by geothermal heat from the Earth’s mantle. The naturally hot water consists of 14 minerals, including iron and sulfate, that ease tension, loosen tight muscles, and help you relax.
Explore the ancient Puebloan cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde National Park
The state of Colorado is home to four national parks—Mesa Verde, Rocky Mountain, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, and Great Sand Dunes—that range in diversity from the rugged mountain-peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park to the high-altitude sand dunes of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.
While you shouldn’t miss hiking and exploring the dramatic scenery that is the Colorado landscape, for a truly unique experience, head to the Ancestral Puebloan cave dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park in southwest Colorado. Built beneath overhanging cliffs, the dwellings, which date back to the 1100’s, have been well-preserved through the years, and a one-hour, self-guided walking tour of Cliff Palace takes you through the largest cliff dwelling in the park.
Experience an Outdoor Festival in Denver
The state of Colorado is known for its vibrant festival culture, and one of the best times of year to experience it for yourself is in the spring. From food and drinking to art and music, the mile-high city of Denver has got you covered.
In April, the Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival offers a variety of tacos, the option to taste more than 150 craft beers, all while listening to live music from the likes of The Offspring and Bad Religion. The festivities continue in May with the start of Cinco de Mayo, followed later in the month by the Five Points Jazz Festival, the Denver Day of Rock, and the Denver Arts Festival.
From the iconic landscape of the Maroon Bells in Aspen all the way to the unique cliff dwellings
of the ancient Puebloan civilization in Southwest Colorado, a visit to Colorado in the spring is
sure to be packed with outdoor adventure, unforgettable landscapes, and a lifetime of
memories. Just make sure not to forget your sunscreen!
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Christabel Lobo is a freelance travel writer and RYT-200 Hatha yoga teacher. She left her career in Animal Science for a more creative path and now runs her own digital design studio helping fellow bloggers and small businesses. She also writes about travel as a woman of color on her blog, Where’s Bel.
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