November in Colorado is a time to fully embrace the upcoming winter. Activities switch from pavement to snow, and events are all about warming up and welcoming in the cold season ahead.
Though it is a slower month for tourism around the state and country due to folks hunkering down and saving for the holiday season, November is still full of fun things to do. Colorado boasts a plethora of expanding ski slopes to ride, which are less crowded (albeit with less terrain open) than the upcoming peak season.
You still have all the normal year-round indoor activities, like museums and brewery tours. And don’t put away the bathing suit yet, as it’s prime time for a hot springs getaway. Find a few more events in November to see if any other festivals interest you.
Here are some things to do in CO during November 2023:
Ski season kicks off
Colorado is home to over two dozen ski resorts, with each in a battle to be the first to open for the season. While Arapahoe Basin usually is the winner in this category, others don’t fall too far behind with openings happening in mid to late November. Of course, this is always weather dependent. Here are the current November opening dates for Colorado ski resorts:
(All resort season dates are subject to change.)
|Arapahoe Basin||October TBD|
|Aspen Highlands||December 9|
|Aspen Mountain||November 23|
|Beaver Creek||November 22|
|Ski Cooper||December 6|
|Copper Mountain||November 13|
|Crested Butte||November 22|
|Echo Mountain||December TBD|
|Granby Ranch||December TBD|
|Howelsen Hill||November 25|
|Kendall Mountain||December TBD|
|Winter Park||November TBD|
|Wolf Creek||Oct/Nov TBD|
Denver Arts Week
The Mile-High City celebrates the arts with its annual Arts Week, set to take place in early November. Denver Arts Week encompasses neighborhood art districts along with various galleries and museums. The schedule includes the highly anticipated Night at the Museum, where many of the city’s top museums offer free or penny entries.
When: November 3rd – 11th, 2023 | denver.org/denver-arts-week
Denver Christmas Show
Held at the Colorado Convention Center, the Denver Christmas Show is a great way to shop and support local artists and vendors. The show features over 450 unique displays, where shoppers will discover gifts for everyone on their list. Shop original arts and crafts, foods, home décor, furniture, clothing, and so much more holiday charm.
Where: Colorado Convention Center, Denver
When: November 3rd – 5th, 2023 | denverchristmasshow.com
Santa’s Lighted Forest | Georgetown Loop Railroad
Kick off the holiday season by visiting Santa aboard the Georgetown Loop Railroad. Every evening, late November through late December, take the Santa’s Lighted Forest train ride through a beautiful light show synchronized with holiday music.
After Christmas, the show changes themes into a Victorian Holiday Celebration for a short time. With enclosed heated coaches, you will enjoy the beauty of winter in the Colorado Rockies from the comfort of Santa’s train.
Where: Georgetown, CO
When: November 11th-December 24th, 2023 (Closed Thanksgiving) | georgetownlooprr.com/winter-holiday-trains
Free days at National Parks
Colorado is home to four national parks and on Veterans Day this November, visitors are given free access for the day. Choose from these Colorado National Parks:
- Rocky Mountain National Park
- Mesa Verde National Park
- Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
- Great Sand Dunes National park
When: Friday, November 11th, 2022 (Veterans Day)
Check out other free admission days around the state, including the:
- Denver Art Museum on Tuesday, November 4th.
- Denver Botanic Gardens on Friday, November 24th at both Chatfield Farms and York Street locations.
- Plains Conservation Center on Saturday, November 18th from 10 am – 3 pm.
- Denver Zoo on Tuesday, November 7th.
Go to an Avalanche game
The Colorado Avalanche is the state’s National Hockey League team. Watch the Avalanche duke it out on the ice at Denver’s Ball Arena this season. With about 40 regular-season home matches scheduled for the 2023-2024 season, there are plenty of games to choose from!
Thanks for checking out some of Colorado’s top activities in November. And while you’re at it take a peek at some of the state’s best things to do in December. It’s always a good idea to plan ahead around the holidays.