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5 Staycations for an Active & Healthy Spring Break

Spend Your Spring Break Adventuring in Your Colorado Backyard

You don’t have to leave the state to have a fun and memorable spring break. Colorado has a plethora of memorable staycation options to get you active and in the outdoors (weather permitting).

Looking for a spring break full of adventure and fresh air is exactly what these 5 beautiful staycation ideas throughout Colorado offer for the ideal spring break.

1. Hike, camp, and backpack at Big Dominguez Canyon

Located outside of Grand Junction, this stunning spot is essentially in your backyard. With mild temperatures, it’s the perfect time to take aim at some backpacking. You can camp on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land in the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area.

To get started planning your trip, get some more inspiration from this article: Where to Hike (and Camp) in Big Dominguez Canyon.

2. Cross the border for a short jaunt to Moab

Considering all of the snow and rain that has bombarded the Western Slope and Southwest Colorado, Moab is the perfect destination to walk around town and enjoy off-season pricing and lodging. For the more adventurous staycationer, the Arches National Park are open and likely a bit snowy, but perfect for enjoying the area pre-busy season.

3. Cast your rod or break out the canoe on the Grand Mesa

Another gem that is close to Grand Junction is the Grand Mesa, which is a paradise for all water lovers. Visitors can hike, camp, fish, canoe, and standup paddle board (SUP), although it’ll be a bit too chilly for that during spring break. With approximately 300 lakes and 500 square miles of relatively flat terrain, it’s a great time to get outside.

Spring break is still relatively early in the year, so there may still be some snow on the Mesa due to its high elevation, but double check the weather report and bring appropriate gear for potential muddy conditions.

4. Explore ancient ancestral sites at Mesa Verde National Park

Spend time outside immersing yourself in the historical wonders of Mesa Verde National Park and the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument – both located in Southwest Colorado in Cortez and Dolores (approximately a 20-minute drive from one another).

Mesa Verde celebrates the heritage of the Ancestral Pueblo people, who called the area home for more than 700 years, from 600 to 1300 CE. Most visitors come because they can tour extremely well-preserved cliff dwellings, which is a can’t-miss experience. While the area has been hit hard this winter by tons of snowfall, there is plenty of lodging as it’s considered the off-season with free camping or glamping in a nearby hotel. You can enjoy a self-guided tour through the Anasazi Heritage Center Museum.

5. Shred powder and earn your turns skiing and snowboarding the Western Slope

While you could hit up one of these backcountry ski spots or any of the big resorts on the Front Range, we’re partial to the skiing and snowboarding out here on the Western Slope. It’s less crowded, the scenery is just as lovely. Learn more about the top ski resorts in Western Colorado here.

Cross-country skiing is another snow-centric spring break activity. If that’s more your speed, this is the resource you need to begin planning a trip: Your Guide to Cross-Country Skiing on the Western Slope. Just be very mindful of the avalanche dangers happening across the state and keep to the resort trails.