It’s hard to believe Spring Break is just around the corner and on its heels, summer vacation. Fortunately, we live in one of America’s greatest playgrounds and there’s so much to do within 100 miles of Boulder, Colorado. Here are some activities and events to get into during Spring Break 2023.
Pawnee National Grasslands
An underrated yet totally awesome part of the state, Pawnee National Grasslands lies East, where tourists are less likely to go. A trip to these grasslands will transport you to another ecosystem with almost 200,000 acres of untouched prairie. Amongst swaying yellow grasses stand towering buttes and pathways that wind around them. Bring your bikes and camping gear for some cold-weather fun in this lesser-known pocket of Colorado.
We pass by it in a hurry most winters on the way to Summit County mountains but Georgetown is a unique little outpost that deserves our attention. Once home to historic mining operations, this railroad town cherishes its roots and invites visitors to travel along the old train route past former mining claims and operations. Nestled in a narrow valley, views of towering mountains make you feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Some great restaurants, locally-owned boutiques, a mining museum, and plenty of outdoor recreation make this an easy choice for a Spring Break close to Boulder.
Situated on the Arkansas River, Salida is a hot spot for whitewater kayakers and rafters during the spring and summer months. However, there’s still so much to do at the end of winter, so I’d highly recommend a trip to this central Colorado mountain town. Stroll through its charming downtown, pop into awesome vintage stores, and even rent some cold weather water gear and surf the play wave in town. Pop up to Monarch for the day to ski, then scope out some live music in downtown Salida.
Want to go even smaller for your Spring Break away from Boulder? Visit the town adjacent Salida, Buena Vista. Home to some of our state’s best breweries and well-known for the low-key Cottonwood Hot Springs, BV has so much to do year-round. Hike snowy trails that wind around the base of the Collegiate Peaks and catch some music at The Lariat.
Located near Breckenridge, Blue River is a sleepy outpost in Summit County that sees very little tourist traffic in the winter and spring. This town places an emphasis on outdoor activity and, with less than 1,000 residents, trails are quiet and tranquil. Pack cross-country skis or snowshoes and plan to spend the week exploring some lesser traveled paths, then drive a short five miles into Breckenridge for some delicious dining.
It would take many lifetimes to see all that our great state has to offer. Start crossing some items off your bucket list by staying in Colorado this Spring Break and enjoying its mountains, rivers, and open space during a different season.