With the weather starting to warm up, the sky's beginning to brighten and summer just around the corner, springtime in Colorado is finally in full swing. From day hikes to trips around the state to see various attractions, we couldn't be happier to check out the incredible activities Colorado has to offer this time of the year.
Taking advantage of the vast landscape of Colorado is one of the best ways to experience springtime. Just in our area, there are tons of trails you can explore that are either minutes or miles away. Jump over to Bluffs Regional Park Trail to hike on the 2.7-mile loop to get amazing views of the Front Range and the Denver skyline, or take a ride to Carpenter Peak in the Roxborough State Park for an intense 3.1-mile (one-way) hike to see some fabulous sites. Oh! And don't forget to check out all of the beautiful wildflowers that grow in the natural landscape. Take pictures of your favorites so when your ready for your next landscaping project you can bring some of that beauty to your garden!
2. White Water River Rafting
Besides hiking, there are tons of ways to start your springtime in Colorado. You can go rollerblading in any of the amazing parks around the state, go mountain biking down trials or even kayak on the South Platte River. But, one of our favorite activities to take part on is white water river rafting. With just about a 2-3 hour ride from Littleton, Buena Vista is HQ for some of the best rafting in the state. The town sits on the Arkansas River, which is one of the most popular rafting rivers in the nation. This river cuts right through the state offering rugged canyons and plunges throughout the whole ride.
3. Hot Springs
With the option of swimming during the warmer days and soaking in the cooler nights, taking trips to one of the fantastic hot springs is a great way to relax in the spring. With so many different springs available, you can make your soak throughout the entire state. Take a quick one-hour trip to Indian Hot Spring in Idaho Springs or even a long weekend trip to the largest hot springs in the world, Glenwood Springs. But don't forget about others like Pagosa Springs, Iron Mountain Hot Springs, Hot Sulphur Springs, and Strawberry Hot Springs.
4. Red Rocks
Springtime is the launch of the famous Red Rocks season! Catch a classic movie during Film on the Rocks. Watch a powerful musical performance or be entertained at one of their many events at this breathtaking open-air amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado. But that's not all! Join hundreds of locals who use the amphitheater and surrounding area as their gym. Tone your glutes with lunges up the steps, run up the mountainous landscape, or even join one of the largest yoga classes at Yoga On The Rocks. Check out their website HERE (https://www.redrocksonline.com/) for event and concert tickets.
5. Littleton Museum
Right in our backyard, you can experience the simple life of the 1800's homesteads first to pop up in our area at the Littleton Museum. With museum staff dressed in period-appropriate attire, they teach visitors how life was working on the farms, running the working blacksmith shop and much more in a fun and interactive learning experience for everyone in the family. As the first museum in Colorado to be recognized as an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, you are guaranteed to enjoy every exhibit, art gallery and various displays of what once was the Littleton area. Find out more about the fantastic exhibitions and how to grab tickets here (https://www.littletongov.org/city-services/city-departments/museum).
6. Picnic in the Park
Some of the most magical times you can have with your family is merely taking a minute and spending some time in one of the many state parks. Grab your soccer balls, frisbees, packed lunch bags, your favorite blanket and bask in the amazing Colorado weather. With Chatfield State Park just minutes away, you don't have to go far to take in the beautiful scenery, go fishing on the South Platte River, or grab the family to mix old-time scavenger hunting with newer technology of geocaching. Check out (https://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Chatfield) for events or other activities to take advantage of this spring.
7. Renew Your Home
The snow has melted, the flowers are in bloom and now it's time for Spring cleaning! Check out our springtime checklist (https://renewthehome.com/blog/2019/1/10/renew-your-year-renew-your-home) to make sure you are up-to-date with all of the critical home maintenance items to keep your house functioning properly.
Well, there you have it! Our springtime guide to Colorado. See anything we missed? Let us know in the comments below!