The sun is shining, the snow is melting—we love spring in the mountains! We’re not breaking out the sandals just yet, but there are still plenty of reasons to head for the mountains in April and May!
First and foremost, get all of the spectacular mountain sights but none of the premium lodging prices and crowds of holiday and peak weekends!
Spring can be an unpredictable time of year. You’ll likely encounter a little snow here and there between copious amounts of beautiful, warm weather. These weather variations can make planning your mountain adventures challenging, but don’t worry. We’ve cooked up a few tips to prepare you to have the best spring trip to the Rockies.
What to do:
Check the weather! Your activity choices might change based on what the weather is like each day. Below are a few suggestions for what to do in any weather scenario!
Rain or Snow:
Book a spa day. Try a special seasonal treatment like the Spring Greens Facial, Spring Renewal Massage, or Spring Equinox Body Treatment. On top of indulgent treatments, take in spectacular views of the Continental Divide, cozy up with a book beside one of the spa’s crackling fireplaces, or detoxify from the inside out in the steam room or sauna.
Stretch out with yoga. Settle in at our scenic yoga studio for a peaceful yoga practice. Daily yoga is complimentary to lodging guests. Don’t rush out after you’re done, grab a cup of hot tea and enjoy the views of the Continental Divide as long as you’d like!
Lots of Sunshine:
Enjoy action-packed spring events at Winter Park Resort’s Spring Bash + Splash throughout the month of April. While you’re at it, get in some slushy spring turns on your skis or snowboard. The ski slopes of Winter Park Resort are open until April 24th (or longer, if conditions permit!), so there’s still time for a little wintry fun!
Hit the trails. In May, trails at lower altitudes will start to dry out. We’d recommend the Fraser River Trail for a spring wander. The paved trail follows the scenic winding river and is perfect for all ages and ability levels.
Make some furry friends. While the trails are too squishy for horseback rides, you can still get some quality time with the animals at the stables. Pull on your mud-friendly boots and stop by to meet our mini ponies and goats. Say hello to our chickens and horses from the herd, too! Barnyard buddy visits are open daily from 8am-4pm for lodging guests. Grooming and Foundation lessons are also available with advanced reservations. Whatever it is you find to do at the stables, be sure to roast some s’mores at the fire pit before you go!
Enjoy good food and drinks. The ranch-raised Wagyu at Ranch House Restaurant is a must-try! The whole menu is carefully crafted with locally-sourced, seasonal options. Be sure to make your reservation in advance for this scenic, tucked away dining experience.
Go for a scenic drive. The snow covering our expansive mountain lakes is finally thawing, so take a leisurely drive toward Grand Lake on Highway 34 for incredible views of Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain Reservoir, and Grand Lake.
A Few Bonus Tips:
Dress the part! We’d suggest bringing your puffy coat, just in case the weather is frigid. Also be sure to pack some shoes that can get muddy, because all of that melting snow can lead to some seriously mucky spots!
Don’t forget that Grand County is full of unique small towns, and that our fluctuation visitation can impact businesses. In the spring, some businesses are not open every day of the week. Be sure to call ahead to make sure you’re all set before you hop in the car!
Check out this Spring Packing List to make sure you bring all the right gear!
We see a dreamy mountain getaway in your future, so head to our Packages & Specials page to start planning.