Who doesn’t love a holiday weekend? Labor Day is day when hardworking Americans can take time off to enjoy friends, family, or just a moment to reset. In Colorado, the long weekend is a great time to escape to the outdoors and soak in some fresh air and sunshine. If you’re looking for an in-state getaway of your own, use these suggestions to make the most of your day away from the office no matter where you live.
Bask in the beauty of Colorado’s tallest free-falling waterfall at Bridal Veil Falls
. Bike, hike, or rent a 4×4 vehicle to travel up this 4.9-mile trail with captivating views of Telluride and the surrounding San Juan Mountains. Once you reach the top, you can enjoy the majesty of the cascading water or explore the setting of a historic power plant for an epic day of outdoor fun.
Spend an evening at the cinema like never before. Catch a flick at one of Red Rocks Ampitheater’s Film on the Rocks drive-in movie events. Pack some snacks and watch a movie on the big screen from the comfort of your car. Check out the movie schedule
to reserve your spot in advance.
The Vail Valley
Get your steps in by hiking Grand Traverse
in the Vail Valley. Take the gondola up to Eagle’s Nest and hike the rest of the way while enjoying bountiful wildflowers and views of Mount of the Holy Cross and the Vail’s legendary back bowls.
Embrace your inner cowboy with a horseback adventure
through Beaver Creek. Embark on a one, two, or three-hour ride with the option to stop for a picnic through the scenic aspen glades. Connect with nature as you come field of flowers and wildlife such as deer. You can even extend your experience by riding to dinner at Beano’s Cabin for a five-course meal.
Float through the weekend by rafting down Boulder Creek. Grab an inner tube and beat the summer heat on one of the top 10 lazy rivers in the U.S. Make sure to check creek flow levels before heading out for the day. Here
are some places where you can rent a tube or two for a fun weekend activity.
Find some family-friendly fun on Iowa Hill Trail
, in Breckenridge. This easy hike is perfect for all ages. Take a fun and educational guided tour of the historic mining site, Iowa Hill. This mining site from the 1800s features preserved artifacts including mining machinery and an old boarding house.
Try out a new hobby at Trestle Bike Park
, in Winter Park. This park, with more than 40 miles of downhill bike trails, is suited for any skill level and conveniently located just a short drive away from Denver for those looking to escape the city. Rent a bike from the largest rental fleet in the U.S. to get started but don’t forget to book your lift ticket at least 48 hours in advance!
Get your adrenaline pumping by mountain biking down the 401. This high alpine trail
, located at 10,000 feet above sea level, offers 360-degree views of the Elk Mountain Range. No need to worry about a shuttle car on this mountain adventure, the entire trail is one large loop, making it convenient and fun!
Shop for artisan foods, drinks, and other goods at the Front Range Farmers Market
, taking place on Saturday September 5th. Stroll through this open-air Castle Rock market from 10am to 4pm to browse through the different vendor’s booth and find treasures you didn’t know that you needed.