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While there is technically never a bad time to visit Colorado, there is just something about visiting during the spring that makes it even better…if that is even possible! Fewer crowds, spring sunshine, lifted spirits from the locals make our state seem like it’s bursting at the seams with life. Below, we’re given you just a few reasons to consider spring (which lasts until June, sometimes) a great time to visit. 

Weather

        When you think of Colorado, thoughts of snow covered mountains and brisk weather that is perfect for skiing and other outdoor activities may flood your mind. However, did you know that spring is one of the best times to visit our state? Sure, there are the occasional flurries and some slopes are still open during the spring, but the overall weather is rather mild

Spring wildflowers abound in the high-desert areas. Catch a great hike around town and see how many flowers are beginning to bloom.

and comfortable, making it quite amicable for just about any outdoor activity your heart desires! During the spring months, the average snowfall is between 3-10 inches, which makes the area mild enough to wear short sleeves, while also providing some great last-minute trips down the slopes. Glenwood Springs and Durango both offer some amazing alternatives no matter the weather – from walking around town and shopping the unique stores, to delicious local food, fun outdoor activities, hot springs, and more.  

Less Tourism Traffic

        During the winter and summer months, the tourist population swells, due primarily to the beautiful ski and river-related attractions Durango and Glenwood have to offer. While this is good for business, it can be overwhelming for some visitors. So instead of trying to compete with your fellow visitors, why not plan your trip during the spring? There are fewer tourists during this time of year, which makes it easier to enjoy and appreciate all that these quaint, Colorado towns have to offer.

The Durango Bluegrass Meltdown is a great music festival that happens in late April. It’s a great event that adds an entirely new level to the local atmosphere.

If you visit during the spring months, you can take the opportunity to travel on Durango’s  Winter Cascade Canyon Train and take in the music presented by talented artists during the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown. This year, the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown is being held between April 20 – April 22. After enjoying some of the breathtaking scenery and music the area has to offer, why not take some time to pamper yourself? With fewer tourists in the area during the spring, it makes it the perfect time to head on over to one of the many hot springs in the area. For example, Glenwood Springs, located at the confluence of the Roaring Fork River and the Colorado River, provides ample opportunities for relaxation. With over a dozen different mineral hot springs soaking pools, along with freshwater options, there is something for everyone who needs a little relaxation in their lives. The peak season for the hot springs located at the Iron Mountain Resort runs from May 12 – October 29, making spring one of the best times to visit.

 

 

Lodging

        Since spring is considered an off-peak season in Durango, it means that you can find great deals at area lodging options. If you were planning on taking the Cascade Canyon Winter Train during your visit, why not make it a package it with lodging and save some money? With packages ranging from budget conscious to deluxe, you will be able to explore and rest while you take in the beauty of Durango.

Glenwood Hot Springs Pool Lodge

Glenwood Hot Springs in the spring is a great time to visit since there are fewer crowds to contend with!

        There are some really great places to stay in Glenwood Springs. Perhaps a visit to the Iron Mountain hot springs is on your itinerary? If so, there are several hotel packages, which also offers great discounts to area activities, including pampering with spa treatments and lift tickets to Sunlight Mountain.

       

As you can see, there are plenty of opportunities for you to enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of Durango and Glenwood during the spring months. With fewer tourists in the area and more comfortable temperatures, you can enjoy a little elbow room and less traffic. Whether you take advantage of some late-season snow runs or soak up some of the relaxing minerals in one of the numerous hot springs in the area, there is something for everyone to enjoy during your spring trip to Colorado!