As the days start to lengthen and the snow begins to melt, many Coloradans start dreaming about outdoor activities. March, though often one of our snowiest months, is also a great time to dust off winter blues and get back outside. Here are some easy and fun day trips to take in Colorado this March.
Garden of the Gods
Colorado Springs boasts a diverse variety of enchanting scenery, but none more enchanting than the Garden of the Gods park. Just two hours’ drive from Denver, Garden of the Gods is a nice little getaway. Drive or hike your way through the park and enjoy the stunning rock structures that are beautiful both with snow and without. The park is open 5am to 9pm daily, and the visitors’ center is open 9am to 5pm during the winter months. Admission is free.
Red Rocks is, of course, most famous for hosting concerts, but there’s way more to explore than just the breathtaking amphitheater. There are hiking trails that go through the park, and since it sits snuggled in the foothills, you can catch amazing views of Denver and the surrounding areas from the top of the theater. Red Rocks is an easy day trip and costs nothing to visit. The park is generally open sunup to sundown every day of the year. To check on scheduled events, visit RedRocksOnline.com.
Denver Brewery Tour
Though March might not quite be patio season yet, it’s still a great time of year to explore some new beers. Some of the most popular Denver breweries right now include Crooked Stave, Great Divide and TRVE Brewing. If you want to go a little further, Colorado Springs, Longmont and Fort Collins also host a large variety of breweries. Just remember to drink responsibly and don’t drive while you’re sampling. There are a variety of guided brewery tours that will actually drive you, or you can plan ahead to take an Uber or Lyft home.
Since we’re lucky enough to have the Rocky Mountains right in our backyard, take advantage of the last few March snowfalls by going skiing. Not only are mountain drives gorgeous, but some of the best powder falls in the spring months. Some popular and less expensive slope options include Winter Park, Powderhorn or Arapahoe Basin. If you’re not a skiier, you can still enjoy the mountains by visiting some new restaurants or breweries, or taking a hike.
Denver Botanic Gardens
If the Winter browns have got you down, give yourself some plant therapy! The Denver Botanic Gardens is open year-round and houses not only indigenous plants but tropical and exotic plants that are sure to evoke feelings of spring. Admission is $12.50 for adults, and special pricing is available for children and seniors. The garden is open from 9am to 5pm during the winter season and frequently offers special events and educational opportunities. For what’s going on currently, visit http://www.BotanicGardens.org.