Best time to visit Denver

Denver

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!

20 THINGS TO DO IN DENVER (AUGUST 01 - AUGUST 10)

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

Red Cone Pass

Red Cone Pass

late June–September • activity

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

Colorado Renaissance Festival

Colorado Renaissance Festival

August 01–September 20, 2020 (Sat & Sun) • event

Are you ready for a flashback into 16th century?

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

June 03–August 09, 2020 (online) • event

One of the oldest and most atmospheric theater events in Colorado

Lone Eagle Peak

Lone Eagle Peak

June–September • activity

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

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

Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater Rafting

May–September • activity

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

Mount Bierstadt

Mount Bierstadt

May–November • activity

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

Jones Pass

Jones Pass

late June–early November • activity

One of Colorado's highest mountains with an easy access

Berthoud Pass

Berthoud Pass

all year round • activity

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

Hiking the Colorado Trail

Hiking the Colorado Trail

early July–mid-September • activity

The longest and challenging Colorado hiking adventure

Hike to Grays and Torreys Peaks

Hike to Grays and Torreys Peaks

June–October • activity

Highly popular 14ers not far from Denver

Guanella Pass

Guanella Pass

late May–mid-November • activity

Enjoy the striking combination of nature and architecture

Fishing

Fishing

all your round • activity

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

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

Twin Sisters Hike

Twin Sisters Hike

May–October • activity

An outstanding trail in the Rocky Mountains

18 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Breckenridge Snow Sculptures

Breckenridge Snow Sculptures

January 2021 (dates unconfirmed) • event

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

4th of July Weekend Events & Fireworks

4th of July Weekend Events & Fireworks

July 03–06, 2020 • event

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

Denver Christkindl Market

Denver Christkindl Market

November 22–December 23, 2019 • event

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

Breckenridge Oktoberfest

Breckenridge Oktoberfest

September 06–08, 2019 • event

The largest street party of the year in the Rocky Mountains

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

Colorado Freeride Festival

Colorado Freeride Festival

suspended in 2019 • event

The largest freeride bike contest in the US

Skiing and Snowboarding

Skiing and Snowboarding

late November–mid-April • activity

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

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

Frozen Dead Guy Days

Frozen Dead Guy Days

March 2021 (to be announced) • event

One of the most funny and quirky festivals in the USA

Colorado Irish Festival

Colorado Irish Festival

2021 • event

For three days, everyone in Colorado can become Irish

The Colorado Marathon

The Colorado Marathon

May 03, 2020 • 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

November 06–08, 2020 • event

One of the major fairs in Colorado

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

late November–early January • event

Beautiful spots for a winter afternoon stroll

Arvada Harvest Festival

Arvada Harvest Festival

September 11–13, 2020 • event

The second longest running community parade in Colorado

A Hudson Christmas

A Hudson Christmas

November 29–December 31, 2019 • event

A beautiful light display just a few miles south of Denver

Great American Beer Festival

Great American Beer Festival

September 24–26, 2020 • event

Visit the largest ticketed beer festival in the United States

Erie Town Fair and Balloon Festival

Erie Town Fair and Balloon Festival

September 12, 2020 • event

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

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