The winter chill is finally on its way out, and green grass will soon be poking up around the Denver Metro area! What seemed like a never-ending winter is finally over, so let’s dive into some ways to defrost and kick off spring in Colorado.
Maybe you’ve never been to the top of this iconic Colorado fourteener, or maybe it’s been a while since you last visited. Either way, springtime in the Rockies is the perfect time to go. An hour-or-so drive from the Denver Metro, you can easily conquer this adventure in a day, making it a great family-friendly trip. To reach the summit, you have two options (unless you’re going to hike it, but that seems like too much work):
Drive to the top in your car
This costs either $10/adult, $5/child or $35 for a carload of 5 people. It’s a fun drive for experienced drivers, and will allow you to stop at some of the various lakes and visitor stations on the way up. Just be sure not to burn out your brakes on the way down!
Ride the Pikes Peak Cog Railway
Ride to the top of Pikes Peak in this historic train and the highest cog railway IN THE WORLD! Winding through forests and past lakes and waterfalls, you’ll get to experience all that Pikes Peak has to offer on this 3 hour and 10-minute trip. (You have 30-40 minutes to explore the summit as well.) The train station is less than 90 minutes from Denver, so it’s easily accessible!
This springtime trip is a great way to show kids (or out-of-towners) why America The Beautiful was inspired by the view from the top of this fourteener. It’s a day you won’t soon forget!
- Visit the Denver Home Show
Looking for some inspiration for your spring renovation project or wanting to freshen up your home decor? This annual event features nearly 400 experts under one roof at the National Western Complex in Denver. Get ideas and resources for everything from landscaping to a bath remodel. You don’t want to miss this!
- Walk on the Wild Side
If you’re tired of the Zoo or just want something different, take a trip to Keenesburg and visit the Wild Animal Sanctuary. This 720-acre sanctuary is home to nearly 300 lions, tigers, bears (oh my!), jaguars, wolves and more. It is one of the first sanctuaries of its kind that allows these wild animals to explore and roam in huge exhibits, making it a wonderful experience for both animals and humans alike.
You can choose from a private or small group tour that is 2 hours in length. They run 7 days/week, but you must make a reservation 48 hours in advance, so this isn’t the best spur-of-the-moment trip. However, if you do decide you want to do it day-of and explore the sanctuary at your own pace without a guide, you and your group can make a designated donation to gain access. Learn more here: https://www.wildanimalsanctuary.org/
- Be Royal For a Day
Much like Pikes Peak, the Royal Gorge is must-see for any Coloradoan! The park has been restored from the wildfire in 2013 and is packed full of fun activities for daredevils and tourists alike. The walk across the bridge is breathtaking and accessible for people of all activity levels.
Adrenaline junkie? Then take flight on their Cloudscraper Zip Line which carries you 1200 feet above the Arkansas River! It’s hands-free and is sure to give you the thrill you’re looking for.
Sightseer? The aerial gondolas will carry you 2200 feet from one side of the gorge to the other and are an amazing way to take in all the beauty that the Royal Gorge has to offer without the zip line speeds!
- Take a Hike
Most Coloradoans hike year-round, but springtime is a special treat! The warm Colorado sun, a light spring breeze…ahhh, heaven on Earth! Let’s not forget though, that spring means that wildflowers will be popping up all over the state, and there’s no better way to see them than hiking through them! For the BEST wildflower views, you have to head to Crested Butte, which is known as the Wildflower Capital of Colorado.
With no shortage of spring activities in Colorado, it was tough to come up with our favorite five. We hope that this list gives you some inspiration for your springtime to-do list. If you get out and enjoy any of the above, be sure to let us know by tagging your photos with #BSWSpringInColorado!