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Best time of year to visit Colorado

Colorado is a hiker's heaven! With unsurpassed natural scenery, rugged mountains, deep canyons, alpine meadows, glaciers, and waterfalls, it's perfect for all kinds of outdoor activities: whitewater rafting, mountain biking, and rock climbing. The best time to visit Colorado is during the warm season which runs from June to October. In June, snow melts in the mountains, so it's a high time to hike in Rocky Mountain National Park, Mount Elbert, Mount Bierstadt, and drive through some of the highest passes in the state. In the summer, visitors can also see a unique phenomenon of fire rainbows and meet rare blood-shooting lizards. Winter months in Colorado are all about skiing, snowboarding, dog sledding, and exploring frozen waterfalls.

51 THINGS TO DO IN COLORADO (SEPTEMBER 01 - SEPTEMBER 10)

Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off

Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off

August 31–September 02, 2019 • event

A beautiful way to say goodbye to the summer during the Labor Day Weekend

Fire Rainbows

Fire Rainbows

late March–September • nature

A curious optical phenomenon occurs quite rarely and only in special locations. If you are in the right time and in the right place, just look up to the sky

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

late May–late October • activity

Take a picturesque steam train trip through the American West that you will never forget

Blood-Shooting Lizards

Blood-Shooting Lizards

March–November • nature

Usually, it protects itself by the means of camouflage, but when business is serious, it puffs up to double-size and shoots blood from its eyes

Concerts at Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Concerts at Red Rocks Amphitheatre

April–September • event

An iconic open-air amphitheatre created by natural rocks

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

mid-April–mid-November • activity

An impressive work of nature with some of the steepest rocks, oldest formations, and the roughest spires in North America

Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park

May–September • activity

This UNESCO World Heritage site is the largest archaeological​ preserve in the U.S.

Telluride Film Festival

Telluride Film Festival

August 30–September 02, 2019 • event

The San Juan mountains are​ the place where new cinema stars are discovered annually

Dinosaur National Monument

Dinosaur National Monument

all year round • nature

The beautiful natural scenery of this area could be the main reason to visit it, but it's also historical importance that makes this place even more attractive

Hanging Lake Trail (Glenwood Springs)

Hanging Lake Trail (Glenwood Springs)

April–October • activity

One of the most popular lakes in Colorado illustrates an interesting geological phenomenon

Climbing Mount Elbert

Climbing Mount Elbert

June–September • activity

This so-called "Gentle Giant" is rocked by violent thunderstorms in the summer and avalanches in the winter

Bear Lake Road

Bear Lake Road

late May–September (all year round) • activity

A beautiful drive through Rocky Mountain National Park

Deer Creek Trail

Deer Creek Trail

mid-April–May | September–October • activity

Once famed gold and silver mining area is nowadays a popular hiking destination cherished for its landscapes and wildlife

Trail Ridge Road

Trail Ridge Road

June–October (check updates) • activity

The so-called 'highway to the sky' is a kind of true inspiration

Red Cone Pass

Red Cone Pass

late June–September • activity

A perfect ride for a 4WD with scenic views of the Continental Divide

Owl Creek Pass

Owl Creek Pass

June–October • activity

Aspen and pine forests, rugged peaks, and picturesque lakes make an exceptionally scenic drive

Mosquito Pass

Mosquito Pass

late July–September • activity

One of the highest passes in Colorado accessible by a car

Independence Pass (Hunter Pass)

Independence Pass (Hunter Pass)

late May–mid-November • activity

The second highest pass in Colorado that can be reached by a paved highway

Kebler Pass

Kebler Pass

mid-June–mid-October • activity

A scenic drive through aspen forests, alpine meadows and mountain lakes

Black Bear Pass

Black Bear Pass

July–September • activity

You don't have to be crazy to drive this road, but it helps—the road sign says

Snowmass Balloon Festival

Snowmass Balloon Festival

September 06–08, 2019 • event

A high altitude balloon event at a famous Colorado ski resort

Colorado State Fair

Colorado State Fair

August 23–September 02, 2019 • event

Watch a rodeo and take some carnival rides at a traditional summer fair

Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods

all year round • nature

This place is gorgeous enough for Gods to assemble

Strawberry Park Hot Springs

Strawberry Park Hot Springs

all your round • activity

Some of the most beautiful mineral hot springs in North America

Kayaking

Kayaking

May–September • activity

Colorado whitewater rivers and crystal clear lakes with beautiful surroundings are perfect for adrenaline rides and peaceful puddling

Hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park

Hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park

June–September • activity

View a spectacular alpine scenery and amazing wildlife in one of the most popular U.S national parks

Hiking the Colorado Trail

Hiking the Colorado Trail

early July–mid-September • activity

The longest and challenging Colorado hiking adventure

Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater Rafting

May–September • activity

The Rocky Mountain rivers of Colorado offer world-class whitewater rafting

Fishing

Fishing

all your round • activity

Fly-fishers, ice-fishers and rod-and-reelers can find many great spots in Colorado

Mount Evans Scenic Byway

Mount Evans Scenic Byway

late May–early September • activity

Take a scenic ride on the highest paved road in North America

Mount Bierstadt

Mount Bierstadt

May–November • activity

Conquering the mountain of such size is a must for every hiker in Colorado

Lone Eagle Peak

Lone Eagle Peak

June–September • activity

Hike Colorado's most photogenic mountain reflecting in the Mirror Lake

Breckenridge Oktoberfest

Breckenridge Oktoberfest

September 06–08, 2019 • event

The largest street party of the year in the Rocky Mountains

Hike to Grays and Torreys Peaks

Hike to Grays and Torreys Peaks

June–October • activity

Highly popular 14ers not far from Denver

Conundrum Hot Springs

Conundrum Hot Springs

July–September • activity

Popular hot springs near Aspen

Maroon Bells Four Pass Loop

Maroon Bells Four Pass Loop

July–October • activity

A beautiful long hiking trail near Aspen

Jones Pass

Jones Pass

late June–early November • activity

One of Colorado's highest mountains with an easy access

Decalibron Loop

Decalibron Loop

May–October  • activity

Hike four epic Colorado mountains at once

Alta Lakes

Alta Lakes

late June–September • activity

A magical Alpine setting by the three lakes

Crystal Mill

Crystal Mill

late May–mid-November (mid-September–early October for fall colors) • activity

An iconic Colorado attraction is one of the most photographed in the state

Mystic Falls

Mystic Falls

May–October • nature

Visit one of the lesser-known waterfalls of Colorado

Guanella Pass

Guanella Pass

late May–mid-November • activity

Enjoy the striking combination of nature and architecture

Tincup Pass

Tincup Pass

July–October • activity

One of the highest and most beautiful mountain roads in Colorado

Hagerman Pass

Hagerman Pass

late May–mid-October • activity

A rugged trail crossing the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains

Ophir Pass

Ophir Pass

June–October • activity

A scenic high-mountain road with alpine scenery

Old Fall River Road

Old Fall River Road

early July–September • activity

A historic high mountain road in Rocky Mountain National Park

Alpine Loop

Alpine Loop

June–September • activity

Take a scenic drive through the American Switzerland

Boreas Pass

Boreas Pass

May–October • activity

A beautiful drive with alpine scenery, waterfalls and mountain views

Berthoud Pass

Berthoud Pass

all year round • activity

Drivers, backcountry skiers and hikers can't get enough of this scenic pass

Cottonwood Pass Road

Cottonwood Pass Road

June–October • activity

One of the highest roads in Colorado traversing the Continental Divide

Radium Hot Springs

Radium Hot Springs

June–November • activity

A secluded relaxation spot nestled among the picturesque cliffs

31 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Crested Butte Wildflower Festival

Crested Butte Wildflower Festival

July 05–14, 2019 • event

Immerse yourself in the symphony of flowers in beautiful Crested Butte

Pueblo Chile & Frijoles Festival

Pueblo Chile & Frijoles Festival

September 20–22, 2019 • event

Spice up your life at Pueblo, Colorado

Medano Creek, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

Medano Creek, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

April–June • nature

A seasonal creek brings fun to a beautiful park surrounded by mountains

FIBArk Whitewater Festival

FIBArk Whitewater Festival

June 18–21, 2020 • event

Hundreds of athletes and spectators flock to FIBArk to mark the start of boating season

Breckenridge Snow Sculptures

Breckenridge Snow Sculptures

January 20–29, 2020 • event

Teams of snow artists from around the world descend on Colorado for the International Snow Sculpture Championships

Frozen Waterfalls

Frozen Waterfalls

January–February • nature

Colorado's gorgeous nature is especially impressive in the winter

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

June 07–August 11, 2019 • event

One of the oldest and most atmospheric theater events in Colorado

Cripple Creek Ice Festival

Cripple Creek Ice Festival

February 08–17, 2019 • event

Fun time in a picturesque Colorado old mining and gambling town

Pikes Peak Celtic Festival

Pikes Peak Celtic Festival

June 14–16, 2019 • event

Immerse yourself in Irish and Scottish culture and traditions

Colorado Fall Colors

Colorado Fall Colors

mid-September–mid-October • nature

Discover the gorgeous spots throughout the state to celebrate autumn

Colorado Renaissance Festival

Colorado Renaissance Festival

June 15–August 04, 2019 (Sat & Sun) • event

Are you ready for a flashback into 16th century?

Skiing and Snowboarding

Skiing and Snowboarding

late November–mid-April • activity

Find out what makes Colorado number one skiing destination in the United States

Steamboat Winter Carnival

Steamboat Winter Carnival

February 05–09, 2020 • event

The oldest running winter carnival west of Mississippi

Colorado Springs Festival of Lights

Colorado Springs Festival of Lights

December 07, 2019 • event

The official start of Christmas holidays in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs St. Patrick's Day Festival

Colorado Springs St. Patrick's Day Festival

March 16, 2019 • event

Plenty of festivities as the city goes green

X Games Aspen

X Games Aspen

January 23–26, 2020 • event

One of the biggest extreme sports events of the year with a great music lineup

Colorado Freeride Festival

Colorado Freeride Festival

July 2020 (TBA) • event

The largest freeride bike contest in the US

Greeley Stampede

Greeley Stampede

June 24–July 05, 2020 • event

Wild West 4th of July experience is not complete without a visit to a rodeo, especially if it's one of the largest in the world

Dog Sledding & Snow Tubing

Dog Sledding & Snow Tubing

late November–mid-April • activity

Even if you are not into skiing or snowboarding, you can still enjoy famous Colorado slopes

Ouray Ice Festival

Ouray Ice Festival

January 23–26, 2020 • event

A celebration of everything associated with mountain and ice climbing

Frozen Dead Guy Days

Frozen Dead Guy Days

March 08–10, 2019 • event

One of the most funny and quirky festivals in the USA

Colorado Irish Festival

Colorado Irish Festival

July 12–14, 2019 • event

For three days, everyone in Colorado can become Irish

The Colorado Marathon

The Colorado Marathon

May 05, 2019 • event

Enjoy the iconic Colorado views during this scenic long-distance race

Telluride Bluegrass Festival

Telluride Bluegrass Festival

June 20–23, 2019 • event

The bluegrass festival in a famous ski resort is among the most famous of its kind

Denver Christkindl Market

Denver Christkindl Market

November 22–December 23, 2019 • event

This German Christmas fair offers great food, beer, Gluehwein, and handmade crafts

Colorado Country Christmas Gift Show

Colorado Country Christmas Gift Show

November 01–03, 2019 • event

One of the major fairs in Colorado

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

June 30, 2019 • event

An exciting race to a top of a legendary Colorado fourteener

Great American Beer Festival

Great American Beer Festival

October 03–05, 2019 • event

Visit the largest ticketed beer festival in the United States

Sonic Bloom

Sonic Bloom

June 20–23, 2019 • event

Free-spirited electronic music festival in Colorado

Donkey Derby Days

Donkey Derby Days

June 22–23, 2019 • event

Donkey race in a historic Colorado gold rush town—Cripple Creek

4th of July

4th of July

July 03–July 04 • event

From wild flowers to 4th of July fireworks, from charming sunrises to Independence Day parades, you'll find bursts of color along every Main Street and on every trail