Spring is here! There are plenty of ways to enjoy the change of season in the Roaring Fork Valley.
While many mountain towns experience a shoulder season, the Roaring Fork Valley is known to cater to all seasons and doesn’t slow down—there’s still plenty to do, see, and enjoy.
One of the delights of spring is going skiing on a sunny and warm, blue-sky day. It’s a blast to ski or snowboard on the slopes, shed a few layers, and enjoy some après ski food and drink on a deck or bar.
Sunlight Mountain is a popular option for affordable and fun spring skiing, along with Aspen Snowmass up-valley.
As higher temps break and local fish are tempted by hatching bait (bugs), angling outings turn into successful fishing trips on the Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers.
Before going on the river for some solid catch and release in the area’s designated Gold Medal Water sections, be sure to get a fishing license.
Hiking and mountain biking
While it’s important to read all trailhead signage for mud season closures, some trails are open for hiking and biking in the springtime.
Red Mountain is a popular destination for both hiking and mountain biking near Glenwood Springs. In late April, reservations open for Maroon Bells for hiking; before then, however, the famed area can be accessed without any kind of reservation or shuttle – it might be an ideal time to visit without attracting large crowds.
Rio Grande Trail
The Rio Grande Trail runs from Glenwood Springs to Aspen along the scenic Highway 82 and provides a sleek and clean 42 miles on a paved path. It’s great for walking, cycling, or even rollerblading.
Electric bikes are a popular choice for the Rio Grande Trail and can be rented at outfitters throughout the valley.
Glenwood Canyon Recreation Path
Typically open in late spring, the Glenwood Canyon Recreation Path is a paved path that takes walkers, runners, or bikers alongside the Colorado River. In addition to an incredibly scenic view, the track also provides easy access to the numerous trailheads within Glenwood Canyon.
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Unlike many outdoor theme parks, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is open year-round and has plenty to do in the springtime. Whether it’s a thrilling coaster ride down a mountainside or a tour of one of the historic caves that the park is named, there’s a little something for everyone.
Plus, the gondola ride is a scenic experience all itself, along with the panoramic views atop the viewing deck.
Though many visitors think of rafting rapids as a summertime activity, the season officially starts in early April. The Roaring Fork Valley is renowned for its rivers and has several rafting outfitters in the valley.
The Roaring Fork Valley is home to several golf courses, from Aspen to Rifle. Have a relaxing round while enjoying a diverse series of views, from red mountains to hogback formations.
On bluebird days (which there are countless), patio dining and drinking are favorite activities when the sun comes out, and temperatures rise.
There are countless establishments with outdoor seating to soak up a little Vitamin D while enjoying a delicious meal or satisfying drink.
Hot springs are fantastic year-round but really hit the spot in the springtime when the sun is shining, and the temperatures aren’t yet too hot.
Whether you go to the family-friendly Glenwood Hot Springs Resort (which opens the Shoshone Chutes tube ride on good-weather days) or soak in the river views at Iron Mountain Hot Springs, apply sunscreen and stay hydrated.
If you’d rather hang out inside, there are a few options throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. Go ax throwing in Carbondale, try your hand at an escape room in Glenwood Springs, catch a show at the Vaudeville, go bowling or to a movie in Rifle, wander through the Main Street shops in every town, or grab a refreshment at one of the countless restaurants, coffee shops, or breweries.
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