What’s Spring Break in Colorado like? Think Tubing down a mountainside, learning how to cave dive, feeding giraffes at the nation’s highest zoo, and more!
Colorado is the perfect place for a family Spring Break trip. You’ll find plenty of snow sports in the High Country (for both novices and pros alike), moderate weather along the beautiful Front Range, and exciting adventures for every age. Whether you’re visiting Colorado for its spirit of adventure, serene views, or vast array of foodie destinations, rest assured, there’s something for you.
We’ve put together a list of the top 9 things to do in Colorado for Spring break:
Spring is the perfect season to check Colorado’s four National Parks off your bucket list. With peak season for tourism at the parks running from May to October, you’ll avoid the crowds and enjoy the beauty of Colorado at a slower pace. Here are four parks we love to visit:
- Rocky Mountain National Park lies between Estes Park and Grand Lake and represents what most people think of when they think “Colorado” — scenic hikes following bending rivers, alpine lakes reflecting jagged peaks, and countless wildlife roaming freely in open plains.
- Mesa Verde National Park, near Cortez, Colorado, is home to Ancestral Puebloan dwellings nestled into cliff walls. The park gives visitors a realistic view into the daily lives of those who created and once inhabited its dwellings.
- For an otherworldly experience, visit the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, where you’ll find the nation’s tallest dune, towering 750 feet high at 8,700 feet above sea level.
- Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park near Montrose, Colorado will leave you speechless as you take in its dramatic cliff walls that have been carved over centuries by the Gunnison River.
Each of these parks and the surrounding areas offer an array of recreational activities like cross-country skiing, camping, snowshoeing, fishing, kayaking, and much more, making them the perfect stop for your Spring Break trip to Colorado.
Make lasting memories with your family at Keystone Resort, a ski resort tucked back in the Rocky Mountains. Skiing and snowboarding are just a fraction of the activities offered at the resort in the Springtime. Other snow activities include snowmobiling, snow biking, ice skating, tubing, sleigh rides, and more.
For the average foodie, traveling with a family can get pricey, especially when you’re trying to taste a sampling of local cuisine. But what if we told you that in just a few hours you could visit five of Colorado Springs’ top restaurants? With the help of one of Rocky Mountain Food Tours’ expert tour guides, you and your family will eat and drink your way through a new city together!
Book a creekside cabin for your family and enjoy complimentary access to the resort’s variety of hot spring pools. Chalk Creek runs through the property and offers guests a true natural hot spring experience as geothermal hot springs warm sections of the river. If the rushing river isn’t for you, you can relax poolside at the The Historic Bath House, which was built just after the Civil War. Guests can take in views of the Collegiate Peaks while enjoying fresh squeezed juice from the spa’s juice bar.
At an elevation of 6,800 feet above sea level, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo holds the title of the “Highest zoo in America.” Not only will you spot over 200 species of animals, you’ll be sure to see some incredible views of Colorado Springs. Be ready to feed hungry giraffes, ride the historic carousel, and walk through a unique modern art exhibit that is home to 40 species of reptiles.
If the weather doesn’t allow for outdoor activities, put your climbing skills to the test at CityROCK in Downtown Colorado Springs. The climbing gym offers bouldering and top rope climbing for any skill level so you and your family can explore your adventurous sides in a safe and fun environment. If you’re up for a challenge, explore 225 feet of artificial cave passages underneath CityROCK where you’ll come across artificial formations, cave life, and artifacts. When you’re done climbing, head to a yoga class or grab dinner and a drink at the gym’s bar, The Ute & Yeti.
Colorado Jeep Tours provides “high quality, scenic, and informative jeep tours” of one of Colorado’s most epic attractions. Your tour guide will provide local knowledge of the history and geology of the Royal Gorge, all while taking you on an off-roading adventure. You’ll drive over America’s highest suspension bridge, experience the depths of the gorge itself, and have access to the other amusements the park has to offer.
Note: Colorado Jeep Tours also provides tours of Cañon City’s Red Canyon and the “Gold Belt” areas including Cripple Creek and Victor, Colorado, as well as custom tours unique to your needs! Learn more here.
Have you really experienced Colorado until you’ve eaten a donut on top of a mountain? We think not. Pikes Peak (or “America’s Mountain”) is one of the world’s most visited mountains, and for good reason. The majestic peak is the crown of Colorado Springs, offering beautiful views to the entire city that practically beg you to visit the top. There are several ways to summit, but the least labor intensive is to hop in your car and enjoy the ride up. You can get out and hike along the way, take some photos at one of the scenic pull off areas, and even fish at one of the reservoirs on your way up. When you summit, you’ll be greeted by 360 views, endless photo opportunities, and delicious high-altitude donuts.
Note: Parking at the top of Pikes Peak is limited, however, shuttles are offered from various parking lots near the summit. For more details, check in here prior to your trip.
Google Colorado Springs and you’ll probably find photos of Garden of the Gods — now picture yourself staring up at the iconic red spires on horseback. At Academy Riding Stables, you’ll be paired with a horse that suits your level of experience and receive a guided tour through the park from a real cowboy. If that doesn’t scream Colorado, we don’t know what does!
From soaking in hot springs to summiting mountains, this guide to Spring Break in Colorado has something for everyone in the family! If you haven’t already, be sure to book your food tour before spots fill up!
Cheers, Your Rocky Mountain Food Tours Team