Spring in Colorado is absolutely beautiful. Anyone who lives here holds a special place in their heart for April and May – the months when the crabapple trees blossom, the flowers start to make an appearance, and birds begin to warble in the trees. But, anyone in Colorado knows that spring storms can turn spring into winter in a matter of hours (as last weekend’s snowstorm can attest). When it’s just beginning to get warm in the mountains, it is the time to get out and enjoy the rest of Colorado when there’s a break in the weather. Here are a few ideas on how to enjoy spring in Colorado.
– Take a Mini-Road Trip
The weather is much warmer in the spring in the Denver and Colorado Springs areas. After the ski mountain is closed in Vail and Beaver Creek, it is the perfect time to take a mini-road trip to warmer areas. Head to Red Rocks to hike and enjoy the beauty of the tower rock formations, or drive to the Manitou Incline for a heart-pounding workout (the trail is only 1 mile, but you climb 2,000 vertical feet!). Nothing is better than heading back to your snowy escape in the mountains after a day of hiking. If you want to soak in natural hot springs, head to Glenwood Springs to soak in Iron Mountain Hot Springs or Glenwood Hot Springs. They’re only 45 minutes away, and you can enjoy soaking in enormous hot springs, or relax at a full-service spa.
– Let Out Your Inner Foodie
Vail and Beaver Creek are home to some of the best restaurants in Colorado. In Beaver Creek, head to Vista at Arrowhead for Tuscan-inspired eats, including burrata cheese crostini, yellow fin tuna, or braised Colorado lamb shank. Or, if you’re more of an early-riser, head to Northside Coffee Kitchen in Avon/Beaver Creek for pulled lamb shank hash, or huevos rancheros made with natural, cage-free eggs! (Note: Northside is opening a new “grab & go” location in West Vail soon!). The restaurant choices are just as excellent in Vail. Pepi’s is a Vail landmark where you can find Alpine-Euro fare such as Hungarian goulash, wiener schnitzel, or a rack of caribou. For a delicious breakfast in Vail, head to The Little Diner, which is legendary for their breakfasts that are made from scratch. Try a blintz (a mini crepe filled with cottage cheese and fruit), or go with a famous eggs benedict made from their family-recipe hollandaise sauce.
Spring in Colorado: Enjoy the Beauty of the Mountains
There’s something magical about spring in Colorado. And, if you live in Vail or Beaver Creek, there are many things you can enjoy, even if the skiing and snowboarding season is over. Let out your inner foodie and explore the many great restaurants in the area. Or, take a mini-road trip, and enjoy the beauty of the mountains.