You don’t have to hit the slopes to enjoy a vacation in Colorado. In fact, with its thriving arts scene and plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure—the state boasts 10 national parks and 54 mountain peaks that top 14,000 ft.—Colorado is the perfect destination any time of year.
For the Art Buff Spring and summer in Colorado offer plenty of options when it comes to cultural attractions. The Denver Performing Arts Complex (denvercenter.org), for instance, offers a diverse lineup of Broadway shows, symphony performances and operas. Upcoming shows include “Billy Elliott” (running May 11-29) and “Les Miserables” (running Aug 31.-Sept. 10).
In Aspen, recommend a visit to The Aspen Art Museum (aspenartmuseum.org), offering year-round activities, exhibitions and art programs. Museum-goers can check out “The Anxiety of Photography,” which runs May 17-July 17, and works by Irish artist Cathy Wilkes on display May 20-July 17.
For Labor Day travelers, Telluride will host its 37th annual Telluride Film Festival (telluridefilmfestival.org) Sept. 2-5, showcasing a number of features, documentaries and short films throughout the weekend. Last year’s festival included sneak previews of the films “Black Swan” and “127 Hours,” as well as appearances by actors James Franco and Colin Firth.
For the Adventurer Adventure-lovers are in for a treat this summer as Colorado will welcome two brand-new attractions. Crested Butte Mountain Resort (skicb.com)will debut a year-round tour, featuring five ziplines that range from 200 to 380 ft. in length. The attraction also includes a series of features such as the Indiana Jones Bridge and a net climb. Crested Butte’s new ziplines will be the fifth zipline/canopy tour offered in the state.
Meanwhile, at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park (glenwoodcaverns.com), visitors can experience a new bungee jumping station—the first in Colorado—as well as a zipline adventure. The attraction joins the newly opened Giant Canyon Swing, which launches riders 1,300 ft. above the Colorado River.
Or, recommend a visit to The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park (royalgorgebridge.com), home to one of the tallest suspension bridges in the world. Here, visitors can take a mule ride through Royal Gorge backcountry and to the gorge rim. The mule rides, which range from 30 minutes to two hours in duration, are priced at $25 pp. Rides are available through the fall season.
Where to Stay The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs is offering a Summer Spectacular Value package available for stays May 1 through Oct. 31. This package includes 50 percent off adult admission to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, complimentary access to The Broadmoor’s movie theater and 30 percent off published rack rates when booking a suite. Rates start from $150 pp per night. For more information, visit broadmoor.com.
At The Ritz-Carlton, Denver, guests can take advantage of the Elway’s Escape and Spa Relaxation package, available through Dec. 30. With rates starting at $249 per night, this package includes guestroom upgrade upon check-in (subject to availability), a $100 dinner credit to Elway’s Downtown, a 50-minute massage and overnight valet parking. For more information, visit ritzcarlton.com/denver.
For more information about Colorado, or to request a copy of the 2011 Colorado Official State Vacation Guide, call (800) COLORADO or visit colorado.com.