Best time to visit Denver

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Best time of year to visit Denver

Shoulder periods from April to May and September to October are the best times to visit Denver. Spring brings rising temps, fewer tourists, and reduced hotel rates. Hiking Decalibron Loop or climbing Mount Bierstadt can be exceptionally enjoyable in late spring or early fall. Generally, September and October show nice and sunny weather. However, it can change dramatically, so you'd better bring layers and raingear. The period between June and August is the most popular time to explore Denver. Hotel rates and temps are at their highest, but 4th of July celebrations and numerous concerts at Red Rocks Amphitheatre are definitely worth the trip. Winter off-season slopes are usually blessed by numerous skiers and snowboarders, ready to swish down the Rocky Mountains from November to March. So if you don't mind cold and snow, pack warm clothes and just enjoy the ride!

28 THINGS TO DO IN DENVER (JULY 03 - JULY 12)

4th of July Weekend Events & Fireworks

4th of July Weekend Events & Fireworks

July 2–4, 2021 • event

The Mile High City celebrates Independence Day with music, picnics and fireworks

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

Concerts at Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Concerts at Red Rocks Amphitheatre

April–September • event

An iconic open-air amphitheatre created by natural rocks

Bear Lake Road

Bear Lake Road

late May–September (all year round) • activity

A beautiful drive through Rocky Mountain National Park

Trail Ridge Road

Trail Ridge Road

June–October (check updates) • activity

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

Lone Eagle Peak

Lone Eagle Peak

June–September • activity

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

Hummingbird Migration

Hummingbird Migration

late April–early September • nature

For nearly five months, Colorado hosts thousands of wee birds on the move

Colorado Renaissance Festival

Colorado Renaissance Festival

June 12–August 1, 2021 (Saturdays and Sundays) • event

Are you ready for a flashback into 16th century?

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

Webster and Red Cone Pass Trail

Webster and Red Cone Pass Trail

late June–September • activity

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

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

April–August • nature

From columbine to bluebells, the Rockies are blanketed with blooms every spring and summer

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

June 18–August 15, 2021 • event

One of the oldest and most atmospheric theater events in Colorado

Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater Rafting

May–September • activity

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

Greeley Stampede

Greeley Stampede

June 23–July 4, 2021 • 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

Colorado Irish Festival

Colorado Irish Festival

unconfirmedmid-July 2021 • event

For three days, everyone in Colorado can become Irish

Fishing

Fishing

all year round • activity

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

Jones Pass

Jones Pass

late June–early November • activity

One of Colorado's highest mountains with an easy access

Sunflowers

Sunflowers

June–August  • nature

Yellow wildflowers create amazing vibrant displays across the mountains and deserts

Hiking the Colorado Trail

Hiking the Colorado Trail

early July–mid-September • activity

The longest and challenging Colorado hiking adventure

Berthoud Pass

Berthoud Pass

all year round • activity

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

Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush

May–July • nature

Stunning red flowers add brilliant accents to Colorado landscapes

Mount Bierstadt

Mount Bierstadt

May–November • activity

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

Guanella Pass

Guanella Pass

late May–mid-November • activity

Enjoy the striking combination of nature and architecture

Twin Sisters Hike

Twin Sisters Hike

May–October • activity

An outstanding trail in the Rocky Mountains

Colorado Blue Columbine

Colorado Blue Columbine

June–August | best July  • nature

The state flower of Colorado is the queen of 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

Decalibron Loop

Decalibron Loop

May–October  • activity

Hike four epic Colorado mountains at once

Butler Gulch

Butler Gulch

June–September • activity

The wildflower paradise not far from Denver

22 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Breckenridge Snow Sculptures

Breckenridge Snow Sculptures

canceledJanuary 29–February 7, 2021 • event

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

Breckenridge Oktoberfest

Breckenridge Oktoberfest

unconfirmedearly September 2021  • event

The largest street party of the year in the Rocky Mountains

Denver Christkindl Market

Denver Christkindl Market

out of rangeNovember 20–December 23, 2020 • event

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

Sandhill Crane Migration

Sandhill Crane Migration

out of rangelate February–March | mid-September–mid-November  • nature

Thousands of cranes can be spotted at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in southern Colorado

Tarantula Migration

Tarantula Migration

out of rangelate August–early October • nature

For a few months, arachnids can be seen roaming prairies outside their hideouts

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

out of rangelate November–mid-January • event

Beautiful spots for a winter evening stroll

Fall Colors in and around Denver

Fall Colors in and around Denver

out of rangemid-September–mid-November • nature

Denver boasts an unusually long fall foliage season

Deer Creek Trail

Deer Creek Trail

out of rangemid-April–May | September–October • activity

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

Skiing and Snowboarding near Denver

Skiing and Snowboarding near Denver

out of rangeOctober–May (best in January-February) • activity

Some of Colorado's top ski resorts can be easily reached from the state capital

Colorado Freeride Festival

Colorado Freeride Festival

on holdsuspended in 2019 • event

The largest freeride bike contest in the US

Dog Sledding & Snow Tubing

Dog Sledding & Snow Tubing

out of rangelate November–mid-April • activity

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

Monarch Butterfly Migration

Monarch Butterfly Migration

out of rangeMarch–May | September–October  • nature

Watch the annual butterfly spectacle as tiny creatures fill the sky with colors

Frozen Dead Guy Days

Frozen Dead Guy Days

unconfirmedearly/mid-March 2021  • event

One of the most funny and quirky festivals in the USA

Arvada Harvest Festival

Arvada Harvest Festival

unconfirmedSeptember 10–12, 2021 • event

The second longest running community parade in Colorado

The Colorado Marathon

The Colorado Marathon

out of rangeMay 2, 2021 • event

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

Colorado Country Christmas Gift Show

Colorado Country Christmas Gift Show

out of rangeNovember 5–7, 2021 • event

One of the major fairs in Colorado

A Hudson Christmas

A Hudson Christmas

canceledDecember, 2020 • event

A beautiful light display just a few miles south of Denver

Denver Labor Day Weekend

Denver Labor Day Weekend

unconfirmedearly September 2021 • event

The Mile High City is packed with festivals, live music, and plenty of late-summer activities for Labor Day Weekend

Great American Beer Festival

Great American Beer Festival

out of rangeOctober 01–18, 2020 (virtual limited event) • event

Visit the largest ticketed beer festival in the United States

Erie Town Fair and Balloon Festival

Erie Town Fair and Balloon Festival

canceledSeptember 12, 2020 • event

Mark your calendar for Historic Downtown Erie's biggest event of the year

New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve

out of rangeDecember 31 • event

Ring in the New Year in The Mile High City

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

out of rangeFebruary 12, 2021 • event

Lion dances, festive dinners and parties all over Colorado's capital

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