Visit Colorado during your spring break to enjoy snow sports in the High Country, as well as moderate temperatures in the 50s to 60s along the Front Range. As for accommodations, there is a diverse variety of Colorado vacation rentals, with many offer stunning views of majestic mountain vistas. Here are the most popular spring break destinations in Colorado ideal for singles, couples, and families.
1. Crested Butte
Crested Butte is home to a popular ski resort that offers kids-ski-free specials during spring break, no strings attached. The ticket also includes admission to Adventure Park, which features a tubing hill, a rock-climbing wall, a miniature golf course, and bungee trampolines. You can play roulette, darts, or pool at Kochevar’s Saloon and Gaming Hall, an old-school, saloon-style bar circa 1886. Stop by A Daily Dose Cafe for a healthy start to your day. Sample a huge selection of cognac and single malt scotch at the Princess Wine Bar, or savor Mexican fare at Teocalli Tamale.
2. Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs is a beautiful city with plenty of fun activities. Head Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, which sits on a gorgeous mountain top and offers a week-long spring break camp where you can actually spend time with both indoor and outdoor animals. Learn about the hard life of a high-country Gold Rush-era mining community at the Ghost Town Museum. CityROCK is a great place to come out of winter hibernation for a day of climbing, and there’s plenty of tinkering to do at the Space Foundation Discovery Center. Finally, enjoy riding 14,155 feet up Pikes Peak on the cog railway to experience the views that inspired ‘America the Beautiful.’
Head to Denver, Colorado to explore the Denver Mint where billions of U.S. coins are produced, and view the craftsmanship that goes into every stage of the process. The Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls, and Toys is chock full of beloved childhood toys and offers visual arts workshops that are fascinating and affordable. Tour Hammond’s Candies, Stranahan’s Whiskey, and Celestial Seasonings, and collect a variety samples to take back home. Baseball devotees love touring Coors Field, home to the Colorado Rockies. Travel 40 minutes northeast of Denver to Keenesburg and spend the day at the Wild Life Sanctuary. More than 450 rescued lions, tigers, bears and other large carnivores roam free on this 720-acre oasis.
4. Monte Vista
Monte Vista is the ideal place for wildlife photographers and bird watchers because foliage is sparse, and it’s easy to spot and identify species. Spring also welcomes flocks of sandhill cranes that assemble in neighboring farm fields. These beautiful birds are known as Lords of the Dance, and wildlife experts, local naturalists, and biologists present educational workshops during the Monte Vista Crane Festival. You can take a bus tour through the refuge and farms for a close-up experience. The Transportation to the West Museum displays many mining camp items, along with buggies, 1880s-1900s railroad memorabilia, and San Luis Valley farming equipment. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the Sunflour bakery before you begin exploring.
5. Aspen Snowmass
Skiing in shorts and tee shirts is not uncommon at this popular ski resort, especially during the two-week Bud Light Spring Jam. Live music and competitions highlight this festival. You can join avid skiers and snowboarders in competitions such as Battle of the Bowls, or watch the Kick Aspen Big Air Invitational, a night skiing and snowboard competition where some of the nation’s finest show off their skills. Enjoy breathtaking views of this four-mountain area from 11,212 feet aboard the Silver Queen gondola. Don’t miss a visit to the John Denver Sanctuary’s Song Garden, where his original lyrics are etched into native river boulders. The Hickory House has great barbecue and vegetarian fare to satisfy any appetite.
Explore a real gold miner’s cabin, then try your hand at gold-panning at Lomax Gulch. After a day of terrific spring skiing and snowboarding over stunning landscapes, pamper yourself with a luxurious massage at the Spa at Breckenridge at the base of the Snowflake chairlift. Take a 90-minute tour of the Breckenridge Distillery and the Behind the Swinging Door Saloon, and partake in some delicious tastings. Downstairs at Eric’s is a family-friendly sports bar with great food. You can also head to the Hearthstone, nestled in a historic 120-year-old Victorian home, to enjoy a hearty farm-to-table meal and views of the Ten Mile Range and the ski resort.
7. Grand Lake
Grand Lake is a picturesque small town near Rocky Mountain National Park. When the weather’s mild, you can hike, fish, horseback ride, or sit on the dock of the pretty marina enjoying nature’s bounty. Catch spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and wooded forests as you ski, skate, or snowshoe at the Grand Lake Nordic Center. Rent a snowmobile from On the Trail, and set off for a fast and fun ride on fresh powder. Warm up with drinks and live music at Pancho and Leftys, or chow down on a warm and fragrant barbecue chicken pizza at the Stillwater Grill.
8. Steamboat Springs
Follow a busy day skiing, snowboarding, tubing, or riding the Alpine Slide with a relaxing soak at the Strawberry Park Natural Hot Springs where clothing is optional after dark. Take in the stunning landscapes in a Grand Adventure hot air balloon or aboard the Steamboat gondola, an eight-seater that scales Mt. Werner. The Tread of Pioneers Museum is a wonderful place to learn how this area went from homesteading to ski resorts. The ‘please-touch’ room in this Victoria-era museum appeals to kids of all ages. Burn off some energy at the indoor Tennis Center, an affordable, modern facility where pickleball is popular.
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