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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!

23 THINGS TO DO IN DENVER (SEPTEMBER 17 - SEPTEMBER 26)

Sandhill Crane Migration

Sandhill Crane Migration

late 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

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

Tarantula Migration

Tarantula Migration

late August–early October • nature

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

Bear Lake Road

Bear Lake Road

late May–September (all year round) • activity

A beautiful drive through Rocky Mountain National Park

Monarch Butterfly Migration

Monarch Butterfly Migration

March–May | September–October  • nature

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

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

Denver Fall Colors

Denver Fall Colors

mid-September–mid-November • nature

Denver boasts an unusually long fall foliage season

Jones Pass

Jones Pass

late June–early November • activity

One of Colorado's highest mountains with an easy access

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

Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater Rafting

May–September • activity

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

Deer Creek Canyon Park

Deer Creek Canyon Park

all year round (best in August–January) • activity

A scenic getaway, just a 35-minute drive from the city of Denver

Fishing

Fishing

all year round • activity

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

Stargazing

Stargazing

all year round (best from October to December) • nature

Denver and its outskirts offer you breathtaking stargazing spots. Check them out!

Berthoud Pass

Berthoud Pass

all year round • activity

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

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

Mount Bierstadt

Mount Bierstadt

May–November • activity

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

Decalibron Loop

Decalibron Loop

May–October (the area is currently closed) • activity

Hike four epic Colorado mountains at once

Guanella Pass

Guanella Pass

late May–mid-November • activity

Enjoy the striking combination of nature and architecture

Hike to Grays and Torreys Peaks

Hike to Grays and Torreys Peaks

June–October • activity

Highly popular 14ers not far from Denver

Squaw Pass Fall Colors

Squaw Pass Fall Colors

mid-September • nature

A scenic drive through the Mount Evans Wilderness

39 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Breckenridge Snow Sculptures

Breckenridge Snow Sculptures

unconfirmedlate January 2023 • 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

out of rangeJuly 1–4, 2022 • event

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

Breckenridge Oktoberfest

Breckenridge Oktoberfest

out of rangeSeptember 23–25, 2022 • event

The largest street party of the year in the Rocky Mountains

Erie Town Fair & Hot Air Balloon Festival

Erie Town Fair & Hot Air Balloon Festival

unconfirmedMay 2023 • event

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

Denver Christkindl Market

Denver Christkindl Market

out of rangeNovember 18–December 23, 2022 • event

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

Colorado Irish Festival

Colorado Irish Festival

overAugust 14–15, 2021 • event

For three days, everyone in Colorado can become Irish

Greeley Stampede

Greeley Stampede

out of rangeJune 22–July 4, 2023 • 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

Water Lantern Festivals

Water Lantern Festivals

out of rangeThornton: July 16, 2022 | Colorado Springs: August 27, 2022 • event

An extremely spectacular celebration has taken over pretty much the entire USA

Hummingbird Migration

Hummingbird Migration

out of rangelate April–early September • nature

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

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

out of rangeApril–August • nature

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

Frederick in Flight

Frederick in Flight

unconfirmedlate June 2023 • event

Plan yourself a colorful summer weekend of ballooning only 30 minutes north of Denver

Colorado Country Christmas Gift Show

Colorado Country Christmas Gift Show

out of rangeNovember 11–13, 2022 • event

This Denver Christmas Gift Show is one of the major fairs in Colorado

Colorado Renaissance Festival

Colorado Renaissance Festival

out of rangeJune 18–August 7, 2022 (Saturdays and Sundays) • event

Are you ready for a flashback into 16th century?

Mount Evans Scenic Byway

Mount Evans Scenic Byway

out of rangelate May–early September • activity

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

Christmas Lights in Denver

Christmas Lights in Denver

out of rangelate November–early January • event

Beautiful spots for a winter evening stroll

Arvada Harvest Festival

Arvada Harvest Festival

out of rangeSeptember 9–11, 2022 • event

The second longest running community parade in Colorado

Sunflowers

Sunflowers

out of rangeJune–August  • nature

Yellow wildflowers create amazing vibrant displays across the mountains and deserts

A Hudson Christmas

A Hudson Christmas

out of rangelate November–December 2022 • event

A beautiful light display just a few miles south of Denver

Fan Expo Denver (Denver Comic Con)

Fan Expo Denver (Denver Comic Con)

out of rangeJune 30–July 2, 2023 • event

The annual gathering for Colorado geeks and comic fans

Frozen Dead Guy Days

Frozen Dead Guy Days

unconfirmedmid-March 2023 • event

One of the most funny and quirky festivals in the USA

Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry Blossom Festival

unconfirmedlate June 2023 • event

The annual Sakura Matsuri in downtown Denver

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

out of rangeJune 5–August 7, 2022 • event

One of the oldest and most atmospheric theater events in Colorado

Colorado Blue Columbine

Colorado Blue Columbine

out of rangeJune–August | best July  • nature

The state flower of Colorado is the queen of the Rocky Mountains

St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day

out of rangemid-March 2023 • event

Denver's healthy way of celebrating St. Patrick's Day

Great American Beer Festival

Great American Beer Festival

out of rangeOctober 6–8, 2022 • event

Visit the largest ticketed beer festival in the United States

Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush

out of rangeMay–July • nature

Stunning red flowers add brilliant accents to Colorado landscapes

Denver Oktoberfest

Denver Oktoberfest

out of rangeSeptember 16–18 and 23–25, 2022 • event

A huge Bavarian beer festival in Colorado

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

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

out of rangelate March–early April • nature

Gorgeous blossoming cherry trees can be viewed in Denver and Boulder every spring

Colorado Freeride Festival

Colorado Freeride Festival

on holdsuspended in 2019 • event

The largest freeride bike contest in the US

Hiking the Colorado Trail

Hiking the Colorado Trail

out of rangeearly July–mid-September • activity

The longest and challenging Colorado hiking adventure

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

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

unconfirmedlate January–early February 2023 • event

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

Denver Halloween Events

Denver Halloween Events

out of rangeOctober • event

Spooktacular October fun at the Mile High City

Denver Labor Day Weekend

Denver Labor Day Weekend

out of rangeAugust 26–September 8, 2022 • event

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

The Colorado Marathon

The Colorado Marathon

out of rangeMay 7, 2023 • event

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

UllrGrass

UllrGrass

out of rangeJanuary 27–29, 2023 • event

A popular wintertime beer and music festival near Denver

Denver Winter Brew Fest

Denver Winter Brew Fest

unconfirmedmid-January  • event

An indoor/outdoor beer festival showcases the finest Colorado brews

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