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Adventure Awaits: Spring Break in Colorado

What better place to embrace a little spring break fun than in the breathtaking landscapes of Colorado? From snow-capped peaks to red rocks in the foothills, adventure seeking or peaceful moments in the nature, Colorado offers a myriad of activities for spring breakers of all ages. Take a look at some of the best adventures to enjoy during your spring break in colorful Colorado.

Skiing and Snowboarding

Spring break might mean sun and sand for some people, but here in Colorado, we associate spring break with epic skiing and snowboarding. The most popular resorts that come to mind for many are Vail, Aspen, and Breckenridge with sick late-season powder and unless sunshine. Other resorts like Loveland, Keystone, and A-basin also have great snow and much closer to Denver to allow for shorter days on the hill. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a first-timer, hitting the slopes during spring break is an experience you won’t soon forget. Be sure to check out the local shops as you rest your legs, and refuel with the local food scene!

Female adventurer hanging out in back of car with Colorado gear. 20oz Tumbler, Colorado beanie, and wearing CO MTN Sunset Long Sleeve t-shirt
Best adventures always include a custom tumbler to keep your drinks warm, a cozy beanie, and extra layers so you can stay outside longer!

Hiking and Snowshoeing

Colorado has an extensive network of hiking and trails that comes alive as the snow begins to melt in the lower elevations. From leisurely strolls through meadows to challenging summit hikes, there’s a trail for every skill level. Explore iconic spots like Rocky Mountain National Park (snowshoes or spikes required still), Garden of the Gods, Great Sand Dunes, Woodland Park, Maroon Bells (snowshoes are also a good idea here). For shorter outings, closer to Denver, there are a wide variety of trails that still provide epic views. Check out Waterton Canyon near Chatfield State Park, Mount Flacon Castle, and one of our favorites – Mayflower Gulch. Each of these trails are short, and family friendly.

Spring is tricky time of year, not know what the weather will bring, so be prepared! Check the weather and trail conditions before heading out. Layers are always key in Colorado, along with proper gear (spikes, hiking poles, waterproof shoes). Always download trail maps, and stay hydrated!

For more snowshoeing ideas, check out Best Snowshoeing Trails in Colorado.

Soak in the Hot Springs

Soaking in the natural hot springs after a fresh dusting of snow at Glenwood Hot Springs and Resort. Photo by Kate Darmody on Unsplash

After a day of outdoor exploration, unwind in one of Colorado’s natural hot springs. Whether you prefer rustic, off-the-beaten-path pools or luxurious resort-style spas, you’ll find an array of options scattered throughout the state. Some favorites are Strawberry Hot Springs in Steamboat Springs, Glenwood Hot Springs Resort – perfect after an epic day in Aspen, Mount Princeton Hot Springs and Resort in beautiful Beuna Vista, and so many more! Grab your hot toddy and relax under the stars and embrace the tranquility of Colorado’s geothermal wonders.

Snow Tubing

Feed your adrenaline this spring break with Colorado’s winter tubing! Find parks that take you on a magic carpet ride to the top, and tub down 1,200 foot tubing lane. Make your day extra adventurous by skiing all day, and tube the night away with lit lanes at Snowmass Ski Area. Or take the entire family for a day trip and tub at any of these family friendly hills, Frisco, Winter Park, or Copper Mountain.

Mountain Goat in the wilderness
Photo by Adam Davis on Unsplash

Wildlife Watching

The end of winter, early spring is an excellent time to observe Colorado’s wildlife in their natural habitat, as animals adapt to the challenges of the season. Venture into the wilderness in search of elk, bighorn sheep, moose, and even bears. Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, and the San Juan Mountains are perfect locations for winter wildlife viewing.


Spring break in Colorado is really a winter escape, so, remember to dress warmly, pack plenty of layers, and always check weather and road conditions before heading out. Colorado is the perfect destination to make lasting memories with friends and family during spring break. So pack your bags, hit the road, and get ready to experience the magic of spring in the Rockies!

Still looking for ideas for your spring break? Check out Amazing Hikes in the Front Range, Colorado Winter Activities Beyond the Ski Slopes, Top 5 Things to do in Denver.

 

See ya on the mountains!

 

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