Colorful Colorado is full of fun things to do year round. Below is a list of all the activities on this site, from summer to winter and spring to fall. Group by attractions, entertainment and recreation.
Guide to Activities in Colorado
Colorado is a unique state of contrasts. At times you can go Rocky Mountain skiing in the morning and Front Range golfing in the afternoon. No matter the season, you’ll find things to do, whether summer, winter, spring or fall.
When most people think of Colorado, they envision, snow-capped peaks and hordes of skiers taking to the slopes. In reality, this is true and an awesome reason to live and visit. But it’s only a small fraction of what Colorado offers, even in the winter.
From natural hot springs bubbling up from hundreds of feet below the earth to splashing waterfalls pouring hundreds of feet down, the Rockies got it. Every one of the seasons is a remarkable time to play in the Wild West. Treat yourself to a winter tubing and ice skating, and then go river tubing and zipling in the summer.
Front Range towns such as Denver and Colorado Springs offer a great starting point to acclimatize to Colorado’s higher elevation. Once ready Colorado is your oyster, venture out and have fun. There’s a vast playground of striking contrasts, depending on where you go.
Winter only activities
During the cold, snowy times, a plethora of activities exist to those adventurousness enough to try them. Winter fun typically lasts from November to mid April, though a few ski resorts open in October and stay open as late as June or July in some years.
It’s a long, epic season for those powder hounds. Even in the summer, some folks hike up to places like Saint Mary’s Glacier, just to get one last turn in. Others can’t wait for the snow to be gone!
This season go snowcat skiing on the powder and snow tubing down a slick hill. When it’s finished head to apres-ski for cocoa and s’mores, or beers and burgers. Take wintertime slowly in Colorado, it’s charming.
- Cross Country Skiing
- Dog Sledding
- Ice Climbing
- Ice Fishing
- Ice Skating
- Skiing and Snowboarding
- Sleigh Rides
- Snow Tubing
Featured winter blog
Colorado Winter Vacation Ideas – Winter is an exciting time in Colorado. Most snow sports are available across the Rockies and in many mountain towns. The destinations below feature nearby towns, skiing, hot springs, tubing and ice skating…
Spend a Day Snowshoeing at 10 Amazing Spot – There are plenty of ways to enjoy the great outdoors during the winter, but they’re not always affordable or accessible. You can find a good pair of brand new snowshoes for about $100, or peruse the local Craigslist ads for something that costs even less…
Find the Ski Shack on Loveland Pass – Loveland Pass is probably the most skied backcountry terrain in all of the Rockies. On any given winter day you’ll find hoards of skiers and snowboarders waiting for a lift back to the top. Last weekend I found myself at A Basin without a ski pass…
Colorado Winter Vacation Ideas – Winter is an exciting time in Colorado. Most snow sports are available across the Rockies and in many mountain towns. The destinations below feature nearby towns, skiing, hot springs, tubing and ice skating. Colorado is a winter paradise. It’s a world class…
Summer & year round activities
When spring rolls around, warm weather activities emerge. A typical Colorado summer kicks off well before Memorial Day, especially at the Mile High elevation. Snow is long gone from the mind by April and the attitudes shift. Rafting season kicks off with the melting spring snow and by May Coloradans are camping in the Rockies.
And then there are things to do all year, no matter the season or temperature. Biking, hiking, fishing and golfing all can be found in lower elevation places, such as Denver or Grand Junction, thanks to Colorado’s varying topography. It’s truly remarkable to enjoy a blizzard in the High Country one day and a sunny, 60 degree day peddling around Garden of the Gods the next.
Remember to start your summer fun early, why wait for the crowds. Head out late April, early May for the quiet camping and rushing waterfalls. And go a week later than everyone else. Extend your non-snow adventures into October with scenic drives to see the autumn colors.
- Amusement Parks
- Brewery Tours
- City & County Parks
- Distillery Tours
- Dude Ranches
- Federal Lands
- Ghost Towns
- Go Karts
- Horseback Riding
- Hot Air Balloons
- Hot Springs
- Jeep Rentals
- Miniature Golf
- Natural Landmarks
- Performing Arts
- River Tubing & Kayaking
- Rock Climbing
- Scenic Drives
- Sports Teams
- State Parks
- Whitewater Rafting
- Wine Tours
- Zip Lines
Featured summer & year round blog
6 Captivating Colorado Castles – Who knew that Colorado had so many castles? A day trip touring the myriad of enchanting Colorado Castles is a chance to experience the royalty and grandeur of the late 1800s. Love architectural variety? Then visit the 14,000 sq. ft…
Adventure All Year in Estes Park – Many head to Colorado Springs to hike the trails when warm weather finally hits, and even more take to the slopes of Aspen and Vail during the winter. Estes Park, however, is just one of those perfect destinations where the season is completely irrelevant…
Colorado’s 8 Best Mountain Biking Trails – Colorado has so many places that mountain bikers enjoy riding in and absolutely love it. There are some really interesting trails to choose from and you can be confused on which one to explore and which one to leave for another day…
11 of Boulder’s Greatest Hiking Trails – Adventurous lifestyle has a close association with Boulder, Colorado. It’s surrounded by 120 miles long of lush green trails from where the Rocky Mountains range can be viewed clearly. Boulder is a ‘heaven on Earth’ for anyone who love cycling, mountain climbing and…
5 Amazing Adventures in Archuleta County – Archuleta County is as breathtakingly beautiful as it is historically rich. While sipping wine in the riverside hot springs today, true tales from Pagosa’s Wild West past seem surreal. The Anasazi maintained a thriving community until 1125…
11 Best Places to Kayak in Colorado – While Colorado is best known for its mountains, there are plenty of beautiful lakes and rivers where you can go kayaking. If you’re looking for more than just views, and also a little excitement, then you’ll be able to find that in the Centennial State as well…
7 Fun Places to Stand Up Paddleboat – Stand Up Paddle-boarding is becoming an increasingly popular water based activity, especially in coastal areas. But you needn’t move to California, bleach your teeth and boast a bikini tan-line to enjoy paddle-boarding. In fact, wherever…
Tubing the Mighty Clear Creek in Golden – Tubing the Clear Creek Whitewater Park is one of Jeff Co’s biggest summer attractions. There are several man-made features to ensure whitewater and big waves. The water generally warms up and calms down as the season progresses…
Adventure Year Round to a 10th Mountain Backcountry Hut – Plan your next mountain adventure with the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association. Choose from 34 backcountry huts connected by over 350 miles of trails accessible to hikers, mountain bikers, skiers and snowshoers…