Longer days, bluebird skies and warming weather – what’s not to love about springtime? A spring break getaway in Colorado offers something for everyone with snowy or sunny adventures and travel packages to meet any budget. Whether one prefers spring ski turns, apres craft beverages, western ranch fun, live music, arts and film festivals or wildlife viewing, activities abound for individual travelers and vacation-seeking families alike.
Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019, break out of the ordinary this spring break and enjoy the C Lazy U Five-Spur ranch lifestyle. Packed with activities for the entire family, guests can choose to spoil themselves at the ranch’s top-rated spa, embark on a fun-filled horseback ride, or take in the majestic views of the Rocky Mountains on a cross-country skiing adventure – all while the ranch’s chef designs the perfect daily gourmet meals. Other ranch activities include snowmobiling, ice skating, sleigh rides, snow tubing and more. Package valid March 4 – April 7, 2019.
The Maven’s Urban Glamping getaway features an in-room tent for the kiddos to play in while relaxing in their modern guest room, along with complimentary hot cocoa and a customized Maven flannel picnic blanket to keep. A variety of board games are available at The Maven Front Desk for the entire family to play, while the parents enjoy two specialty cocktails from Dairy Block’s Poka Lola Social Club.
At Vista Verde guests enjoy the ease of planning that comes with an all-inclusive vacation. Families relax in private cabins and savor meals prepared by talented chefs. Activities include horseback riding, tubing, sleigh rides, fat biking, ice fishing, wine tasting, leather working, cooking classes, horsemanship clinics, backcountry skiing and snowshoeing, and an engaging kids program for children ages 6-17. Spring break packages are available all through the month of March and start at $1,725/adult or teen and $1,425/child 6-13 years for a three-night stay.
On-Mountain Spring Events:
Kidtopia Music Experience – Keystone Resort, March 1-10
The Kidtopia Music Experience kicks-off the spring skiing and snowboarding season at Keystone Resort with music-themed fun. This experience includes a Beats and Treats Bounce Party and the Snow Pants Dance Party, featuring live, outdoor music performances from Koo Koo Kanga Roo and 6 Million Dollar Band. Other activations include a mountaintop snow fort, village parade, fireworks and more.
Enjoy longer days and the beautiful views from the Umbrella Bar at Ten Peaks during the Ten Peaks Sunset Soirees. Guests are invited to enjoy a snowcat-drawn sleigh ride from the base of Crested Butte Mountain Resort to the mid-mountain Umbrella Bar at Ten Peaks for a memorable dinner with breathtaking sunset views.
The Après Ski Cocktail Experience is a slopeside celebration featuring the Après Tasting Experience, artisanal craft cocktails, seminars by award-winning mixologists and brand ambassadors, snow parties, pop-up bars, demonstrations, fireside chats, special on-mountain events and The Great Après Ski Pub Crawl.
This music series pairs live music with a blowout late-season sale on gear and apparel at the slope-side spot, Yard Sale!. Music rocks on Saturday and Sunday from March 17 through closing weekend on April 7.
Join in Monarch Mountain’s signature event as contestants race head-to-head down a specially designed course that features multiple barriers and finishes in an icy pond. Spectators and participants are encouraged to dress creatively.
Spring Fever is back with a full month of exciting events and incredible skiing conditions to close out the season with a bang. This month-long festival features thrilling competitions, a beer festival with 50 craft breweries and a chili cook-off with Breck’s best chefs. Springtime also holds some of the best snow of the year.
The Steamboat Ski Area celebrates the close of the 2018/19 winter season with a multi-week festival including a boatload of Springalicious® festivities, fun events such as the Cardboard Classic, and several free music concerts.
Taste of Vail is the perfect spring event for this mountain town. Taste of Vail is consistently rated among the nation’s best food and wine festivals by media outlets like Forbes, USA Today and The Travel Channel. This annual event offers tastings, experiences with top chefs and sommeliers, après ski activities and more.
Close out the ski season at Copper with Red Bull SlopeSoakers and great music, it’s the celebration of springtime in the Rockies at its finest. A twist on the traditional pond-skim, the 8th annual SlopeSoakers contest gives competitors the chance to strut their stuﬀ across ﬂoating rails.
Off the Slopes Springtime Events:
At this annual event in the high country town of Leadville, visitors can see the unique sport of ski joring and join mountain bike and Nordic ski races, the Backcountry Film Festival, a paintball biathlon and various other kinds of winter fun. Ski joring is an action-packed sport where a horse and rider race down snow-packed Harrison Avenue in Leadville’s downtown, pulling a skier who’s holding onto a rope. As the horse gallops, the skier flies over jumps and spears rings set up along certain parts of the course.
Dress warmly to sip on selections of Colorado whiskeys from a variety of local distilleries next to the heat of one of the fire pits in the beautiful outdoor George Hix Riverside Plaza. Guests can browse local cigar shops, retail vendors, and enjoy live entertainment. Connoisseurs looking to learn more about the styles, tastes and smells of whiskey can stop by the Elkin’s Distilling booth and meet the local distillery’s knowledgeable educators.
Every spring, tens of thousands of Sandhill Cranes migrate north to the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge from their southern nesting grounds. This festival celebrates this annual migration with three days of guided naturalist tours, expert-led lectures and films focusing on conservation and the geology of the region. The programs are accompanied by a craft and nature fair that displays local artisans alongside informative wildlife booths.
Known as one of the most unique and quirky festivals in the country, Frozen Dead Guy Days offers three days of frosty merriment featuring 30 live bands in heated super tents and outrageous events like coffin racing, costumed polar plunging, frozen t-shirt contests and much more. The home-grown frosty fest pays homage to Bredo Morstol, who is frozen in a state of suspended animation and housed in a Tuff Shed on dry ice high above Nederland.
Collaboration Fest is the original collaboration beer festival in which breweries join forces to create one-of-a-kind beers to showcase the collaborative nature of the craft beer industry. This one-of-a-kind beer festival produces Great American Beer Fest award-winning beers and new core brands. From the unique beer names to creative graphic design to progressive styles, Collaboration Fest allows breweries to step outside their comfort zone and push the boundaries of conventional beers. Brewery collaborations for the festival showcase each brewer’s distinct brewing methods while highlighting the cooperative nature of the Colorado craft beer scene.
The Denver Art Museum is one of the largest art museums from Chicago to the West Coast and offers an array of family-friendly activities over spring break included with the price of general admission – free for kids 18 years of age and younger. Activities include gallery games, daily performances of the play, Art Emergency and programming at The Print Studio and Create-n-Takes.
Each year, visitors gather in Wray, Colorado to watch prairie-chicken males—who once faced certain extinction–dance a courtship dance and listen to their ‘booming’ courtship calls. Since greater prairie-chicken leks in northeastern Colorado are located on private property, guided tours are made possible through a partnership between Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), the Wray Chamber of Commerce, the East Yuma County Historical Society, the Wray Museum, and local landowners. Each tour includes a ranch-style breakfast and educational programming at the Wray Museum.
Spring breakers looking to get their heart rates up can experience a half marathon or a four-mile race in Fort Collins in celebration of the Spring Equinox. Both races start and finish at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery and set on a 50/50 mix of paved and dirt country roads. The race features live music, free food and beer and a post-race party at the brewery’s Biergarten.
Boulder Arts Week showcases the town’s vibrant makers and cultural creators with exhibitions, dance, music and performances, art walks, workshops, lectures and more. This walkable fest takes place downtown with easy access to nearby restaurants and shops.
The Annual Durango Bluegrass Meltdown celebrates its 25th year April 12-14, 2019 in beautiful Downtown Durango. This year’s lineup includes Junior Sisk and Friends, The Larry Keel Experience, Songs from the Road Band, John Reischman and the Jaybirds, Richie and Rosie, Jeff Scroggins and Colorado, FY5, Steam Machine, Masontown and many more. Tickets are now on sale and entry is free for kids 12 years of age or younger.
The largest event of its kind in the nation, the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival brings together internationally recognized artists, jazz lovers, award-winning clinicians, and over 250 college, high school, and middle school big bands, combos, and jazz vocal groups from across the country. Each year, over 7,500 participants enjoy main stage concerts, after-hours sessions, non-competitive daytime performances, and educational workshops.
Founded in 2007, the 5point Adventure Film Festival showcases curated, soulful outdoor films, art, and performances-all shown in one common space. Everyone watches together, bonded in a shared emotional experience and returns home feeling full of motivation, creativity and perspective.
Pueblo to Pueblo Run and Bike Event – Cortez, April 27
The Pueblo to Pueblo Run & Bike is the first major race event of the year in the Four Corners with three courses: a 5K Fun Run, a Half Marathon, and a 29-Mile Bike Ride. Hand silk-screened t-shirts and swag will be handed out to all pre-registrants with scenic race routes.