The 9 Best Ways to Celebrate Springtime in Colorado

Denver and the Rocky Mountains

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Colorado is a destination year-round. You could find something to do in each season. While ski bunnies and snowboarders galore pour into the state during winter, many start venturing out west during spring once the winter chills are gone. Colorado is a four-season state, offering visitors something different throughout the year no matter when they arrive.

Here are nine ways to spend spring around Colorado. If you haven't been to The Centennial State, spring is a great start to see what it offers travelers far and wide.

01 of 09

Jam at the Denver Day of Rock

16th Street Mall, Denver

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1001 16th St Mall, Denver, CO 80265, USA
Phone +1 303-534-6161

The Denver Day of Rock is a free, annual musical fundraiser late May in downtown Denver that transforms the 16th Street Mall into a rockin’ block party. Enjoy free music on five different stages throughout the day, while helping raise money for children’s nonprofits. It’s a good excuse to get out and walk the mall with its great shops, free tram, delicious restaurants, and nightlife destinations.

You can also purchase VIP passes, which give you access to catering and open bars at five different VIP lounges throughout the mall. If you plan on eating, drinking and hanging out for the whole day, this isn't a bad deal. The tickets raise money for non-profits. 

02 of 09

See the Tulips Blooming

Tulips on Pearl Street Mall in Boulder

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1942 Broadway #301, Boulder, CO 80302, USA
Phone +1 303-449-3774

The colorful tulips that fill Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall draw photographers, artists, and travelers throughout the year. They’re the perfect backdrop to a spring family portrait and yet another reason to visit Pearl Street. The walking mall itself is always entertaining, with buskers, live music, and great people-watching. Spring is the best season to watch the tulips begin to bloom and come to life.

Don’t miss West Pearl, after the walking mall ends. Here, you can find antique jewelry shops, the historical Trident coffee shop, and some of the locals' favorite shops.  

03 of 09

Touch Dinosaur Tracks

Dinosaur Ridge

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Dinosaur Ridge, Colorado 80401, USA

Get close to a piece of ancient history - way, way ancient - at Dinosaur Ridge in Morrison, where you can see awe-inspiring traces that dinosaurs used to live here. See dino tracks, fossils, and bones, as you explore the so-called Dinosaur Highway. There's exhibit halls to explore, talks to listen to from dinosaur experts, and guided bus tours to take throughout the area.

If you don’t mind venturing farther from Denver, La Junta also has a dinosaur trail in the Picketwire Canyonlands to explore, too.

04 of 09

Do Yoga with Butterflies

Monarch butterflies

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6252 W 104th Ave, Westminster, CO 80020, USA
Phone +1 303-469-5441

Get a taste of the tropics, without leaving the state, during the unique Rainforest Yoga class at the Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster. The class is surrounded by beautiful plants in the warm oasis. If you’re lucky, a butterfly may land on your hand while you hold the warrior pose. 

Even if you don’t do yoga, the pavilion is a fascinating home to thousands of critters, gardens and a nature trail - just 15 minutes from Denver.

The museum is also home to a zoo of little creepy crawlers, too, including a friendly tarantula that you can hold. If you're feeling brave.

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05 of 09

Get a Taste of the Titanic

Molly Brown House Museum

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1340 Pennsylvania St, Denver, CO 80203-2417, USA
Phone +1 303-832-4092

For more than 40 years, the Molly Brown House Museum has been one of Colorado’s most visited historic sites, drawing about 50,000 people a year. This is one of the few historic museums dedicated to the Titanic and its famous character, Molly Brown.

One cool way to experience the museum is at the Steerage Class Titanic Shindig, a festive meal set to live music, just like the dinners on the famous ship.

The museum regularly holds special events. Check its website to see what's on the calendar before your visit.

06 of 09

Relive Your Childhood at the Children’s Museum

2121 Children's Museum Dr, Denver, CO 80211, USA
Phone +1 303-433-7444

The Children's Museum is a favorite, family-friendly indoor activity in Denver. With a variety of exhibits to explore, reading sessions, and events planned throughout the year, such as for Earth Day. Make sure to check the calendar ahead of time to see what you can take part in.

Families will be thrilled to learn the fun and educational Children’s Museum of Denver is free on the first Tuesday of every month from four to eight PM. Also, don’t miss the museum’s workshops, from pasta-making to outdoor adventures.

Read More: Top 10 Things to Do with Kids in Denver

07 of 09

Relax with a Spa Day in Mountain Caves

Glenwood Springs, Colorado

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709 E 6th St, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601-3113, USA
Phone +1 970-945-0667

Glenwood Springs is known for the world’s biggest hot springs pool, but it also is home to the Yampah Spa, with its hot springs vapor caves. After getting your massage or pedicure, visit the natural geothermal mineral paths, naturally rich in therapeutic minerals, to fully unwind.

Imagine relaxing in quiet, dim, warm underground rock chambers, filled with natural steam vapor, where hot water trickles through the cave floors. This is a new way to do hot springs, and a new way to do the spa, too. 

Colorado is home to dozens of natural mineral hot springs. 

08 of 09

Visit Colorado’s Banana Belt

Royal Gorge Railroad, Canon City

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Cañon City, CO 81212, USA

Colorado is far from a beach or rainforest, but it does have its own “banana belt.” At least that’s what Canon City and the surrounding area is known as. This city tends to be warmer than other places, especially in the chillier months, making it a great contender for a springtime destination. Camping in spring, summer, and fall is a must for those who love the great outdoors. Canon City is a great basecamp.

The city is the site of the famous Royal Gorge Bridge, the country’s highest suspension bridge, hovering way above the Arkansas River. You can even take a train ride through the gorge, go rafting on its waters, and more.

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09 of 09

Go On a Hut Trip Near Aspen

10th Mountain Division Hut

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Leadville, CO 80461, USA

While springtime may be too chilly and muddy for tent camping, it’s a great time to plan a hut trip with the 10th Mountain Division Hut, a respected guiding company. It’s best to set up your hut trip with the guidance of an expert, due to the potentially challenging conditions, even in spring. There are 34 huts to explore through hiking, mountain biking, or skiing.

You have to book this well in advance. It's a popular place to visit. Make sure to visit their website and see how you can enjoy this amazing Colorado experience first-hand.

Bring layers if you're visiting Colorado in spring. It's been known to snow well into May thanks to the Rockies. Make sure to bundle up and have winter gear on hand in case the weather gets chilly.

Updated by Melissa Popp.

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