Spring Break Activities in the Roaring Fork Valley
The term “spring break” can be a bit misleading for those who don’t live in Colorado. Many associate spring break with warmer temps and budding foliage, but here in Colorado, spring break might be more appropriately named “late winter break.”
Sure you are likely to get some warmer temps, but you are also likely to run into some of the biggest snowfalls of the year. No matter what the weather, there are plenty of great activities in the Roaring Fork Valley for individuals and families to partake in throughout spring break.
Here are some of our favorite spring break activities by area.
Rifle and New Castle
Make the most of a warm sunny day and explore the natural beauty of Rifle Falls State Park. Given the stunning beauty of this triple waterfall, it’s no surprise Colorado officials deemed it necessary to designate this area a state park. Visitors can expect to find the waterfalls frozen until late spring.
Glenwood Springs is an ideal place for spring breakers looking for lots of entertainment. From cavern tours and thrill rides at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park to spring skiing at Sunlight Mountain Resort, Glenwood Springs isn’t lacking when it comes to fun family activities. Any spring break visit to Glenwood isn’t complete without a dip in the Glenwood Hot Spring Pool.
Redstone & Marble
While Marble is still likely to be caught in the grips of winter when spring break rolls around, there is plenty of fun to be had right down the road in Redstone. Visitors can make a great day out of touring the Redstone Castle and having a soak in the naturally occurring Penny Hot Springs right up Highway 133.
Warm temps and more seasonal conditions arrive in Carbondale about a month earlier than they do upvalley in Aspen and Snowmass. Those warm temps make hiking a favorite spring activity for Carbondale locals. Their favorite place to hike is undoubtedly Red Hill a.k.a. Mushroom Rock. This hour or so long hike is family friendly and gives hikers stunning views of Carbondale and Mt. Sopris.
Take a tour of Rock Bottom Ranch with your family and interact with the resident farm animals while learning what life on the ranch is like. Rock Bottom staff and educators will guide you and your family through the ranch and help you better understand the science that makes it all possible. Tours are offered on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Catch a Ullr Night with the family in Snowmass every Friday during the ski season when Snowmass Mountain’s Elk Camp transforms into a winter wonderland party for the whole family. Those in attendance can ride the Breathtaker Alpine Coaster, tube down the mountain, snowbike and enjoy hot chocolate and s’mores by a bonfire. Eat some of the valley’s best on-mountain food while listening to great live music.
Aspen has two weeks called “Spring Jam” that are full of events and activities the entire family will enjoy. Make some turns on any of Aspen Snowmasses’ four mountains during the day before diving into Spring Jam activities with the family at night. Catch The high-flying tricks of freeskiers and snowboarders during the KickAspen Big Air contest at the base of Aspen Mountain on March 23. You can also watch the musical act Spoon play a free concert at the Core Party in downtown Aspen on March 30.
No matter what you decide to do, we are certain the natural beauty and welcoming community of the Roaring Fork Valley will make your spring break trip a success!