2023 Local Guide to Colorado's Ideal Visiting Time

2023-06-13 00:05:06 - Drany Macley Drany Macley, the senior editor of Vytravels.com, brings extensive journalism background and over eight years of experience in travel writing and editing to the site, offering practical insights and first-hand knowledge through articles on innovative hotels, backed by a BA in Journalism from Ithaca College.

When planning a visit to Colorado, it’s important to consider what activities you plan on doing and your budget. Colorado is enjoyable year-round but there are certain times of the year that are more optimal for specific activities. June through October is generally the best time to visit for scenic drives, water sports, and hiking on the Rocky Mountains. Snow sports lovers should plan their trip in the winter season while off-seasons such as spring and fall are ideal for budget-friendly trips.

If you’re planning to enjoy outdoor activities during your visit, then you should plan your trip between June and October. During this time, you can go kayaking, hiking, visit national parks like the Rocky Mountain National Park and go white-water rafting between June and August. The weather is consistently warm between June and October, and most of the snow has melted in high tourist areas of Colorado. Scenic mountain passes like the Trail Ridge Road at Rocky Mountain National Park and Independence Pass are open during the summer months.

Overlooking view of people in a street on Denver, ColoradoView of people running during the Bolder Boulder 10K RacePerformers on a street in Colorado during Denver Cinco de Mayo Festival

Furthermore, festivals and events take place during the summer season. From the end of June through to August, Aspen hosts the Aspen Music Festival and late June to early August in Boulder, Colorado, hosts the Colorado Music Festival; both are perfect for attending concerts and cultural performances. If you’re a sports enthusiast, then watch Rockies game in Denver or go on a craft brewery tour in Fort Collins, Denver, or Boulder.

Overlooking view of the Grand Junction in ColoradoA stall in Denver Christkindl Market

While summer and winter are peak seasons in Colorado, spring and fall are less expensive for hotels and travel. Ski resorts are open until early to mid-spring and some Colorado ski resorts can even stay open until June. Regardless of the season you choose to visit, there is plenty to do in Colorado.

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