10 Things To Do For Memorial Day Weekend in Colorado
Memorial Day Weekend is normally a time to celebrate warmer weather and the upcoming summer season. Colorado seems to have different plans for us this year, with a record late-season snow storm hitting the region just days ago.
With the weather poised to get nicer this weekend, you may be a little confused about what your options are for outdoor activities. We’ve put together a list with options for folks that are clinging to winter and those ready to shed their layers!
1. Take a Ski Trip
This winter was a doozy and the gifts keep coming. Breckenridge was already poised to be open through Memorial Day, and they just announced they’ll stay open on weekends through June 9! Aspen Mountain and Purgatory are re-opening for the weekend after this week’s snow, and Arapahoe Basin will be running lifts as well.
2. Go On A Mountain Biking Adventure
While front range trails are too mucky to say whether they’ll be good to go by this weekend, nearby Buffalo Creek is known for drying out fast with its sand and gravel composition. Get some #herodirt on those tires and make sure to go through puddles, not around!
3. Go For A Swim
Um, say what? That’s right, you can go swimming outdoors this weekend. The Splash at Fossil Trace in Golden is opening this weekend, recent snowstorms notwithstanding! The aquatic park has slides and features that make it perfect for a sunny family day. Bring it on, raisin fingers.
4. Explore Colorado’s Best Hiking Spots
Similar to the warning with mountain biking, many of the trails in nearby Jefferson County remain closed after our soggy spring. But areas like North Table Mountain and Dinosaur Ridge tend to dry out fast so they’ll likely have sections open by Saturday or Sunday.
Bonus: if you hike North Table make sure to get a well-deserved drink at New Terrain afterward, and if you hike Dinosaur Ridge be on the lookout for ancient footprints!
If you’re looking for something more aggressive, the highly patriotic Democrat, Lincoln and Bross 14ers in the Mosquito Range are a great way to get in the spirit and pack a good lung punch.
5. Enjoy Some Rock Climbing
Driving through Clear Creek Canyon you can spot climbers on their way up to some incredible options and varying degrees of difficulty. Check out this guide for more info on routes and options.
6. Escape The City With A Camping Trip
Ooooh yeah! We’re ready!! Bonus activity points if you have an ATV or dirt bike you’re ready to throttle. Rampart Range is OPEN and is a great spot for finding camping spots and then going to explore.
Like most popular camp sites close to the Front Range, this will fill up quickly so head out Thursday if you can for the best spots!
7. Tryout Paddleboarding
If you’re aching for some water time, but not ready to commit to being submerged, standup paddleboarding could be your fix. Rocky Mountain Paddleboard will rent you a SUP board at the Boulder Reservoir for $20 for the first hour, with discounted rates after that.
8. Go River Rafting
Idaho Springs is a 30-minute jaunt from Denver, and the water on the Clear Creek is perfect right now for juuuuust the right amount of thrills! As a result, lots of people will be enjoying the small mountain town this Memorial Day weekend. Join AVA for a quick 7-mile float over 11 rapids on this exhilarating, fun way to get out of town.
9. Volunteer Your Time
Ok so Memorial Day Weekend is a time for fun, but we did want to put a plug in for giving back. So many of the trails and recreational areas that we use heavily on holiday weekends need a lot of love for the rest of the year.
10. Attend a Memorial Day Service
The weekend wouldn’t be possible without the ultimate sacrifice given by men and women who have died in service of our country. Don’t let that go unnoticed this weekend.
The City of Aurora and the Colorado Freedom Memorial Foundation will host Colorado Remembers, which includes a remembrance ceremony from 10-11a and an opportunity to visit the Colorado Freedom Memorial from 11a-1p.