Colorado may be best known for winter resorts such as Vail, Telluride and Aspen, but there are plenty of reasons to visit the Rocky Mountains besides its world-class skiing and snowboarding. Here are some of top activities to try in every season from vacation rentals in Colorado.
Each September Colorado’s aspen trees transform the landscape, as the hills change from green to gold. Take in the colours on foot or pack a picnic and spend the day on the road, stopping at the most scenic viewpoints. If you’re thirsty after all that leaf peeping, Vail’s Oktoberfest offers plenty of refreshing Bavarian delights – complete with bratwurst sausages and beer stein lifting contests! Don’t worry too much if you overindulge… you can always burn off those extra calories with a bike ride or hike the next day.
Blanketed in snow and sparkling with Christmas lights, Colorado’s mountain villages are at their most magical in winter. For a break from the skiing and snowboarding, spend some time on the snowshoeing trails and take in the amazing Rocky Mountain views. Want to surprise someone with a romantic winter date? Consider a sleigh ride for two in the Colorado countryside, snuggled up with mugs of hot chocolate! Family travelers can spend a fun-filled day snow-tubing, racing each other down the hill.
Spring before the leaves unfurl is one of the best times to experience Colorado’s hiking trails and unobstructed mountain views. Home to over 400 species of birds, as well as elk and bighorn sheep, you’re bound to spot some wildlife on your Colorado hike. As the weather heats up in the month of May, so does the festival season with everything from cycling races, cultural events and the annual white water Paddlefest on the Arkansas River.
For a taste of Colorado’s Wild West heritage nothing beats a day of horseback riding! From 1-hour beginner trail rides to multi-day treks through the open country, there are trails and horses to match every experience level. And while you may be a long way from the open ocean, Colorado’s lakes and rivers offer plenty of opportunities for sailing, canoeing and fly fishing.