While Colorado may evoke images of knee-deep snow and icy peaks, our state offers just as much excitement and adventures in the spring and summer months. The warm weather months are really the time of year to best experience Colorado. So forget the snowsuits and skis, best trade them in for hiking boots and shorts. Soak up the summer sun camping in Estes Park, hiking at Rocky Mountain National Park and water skiing in one of our hundreds of lovely lakes.

As the weather begins to warm, Colorado blends two of its best features, nature and music. Enjoy a spring or summer concert at one the world’s finest venues, Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Watch the greatest musical talents and top-notch artists between two 300 foot sandstone monoliths that create a sound you will hear nowhere else. Just outside the city of Fort Collins, enjoy a concert at the intimate setting Mishawaka has to offer. You can even choose to take in a jam session at the world famous Telluride Bluegrass Festivalin the charming San Juan Mountains.

From forested mountains to water-rushing canyons, few places boast a more diverse landscape than Colorado. In addition to the hiking mecca, Rocky Mountain National Park, enjoy rolling dunes in Great Sand Dune National Park or admire the cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde National Park.

As the days grow longer, as do the numerous festivals Colorado has to offer. From Denver’s epic Beer Festival to the Greeley Stampede, there are attractions fit for all ages and interests.

Colorado really is a destination you need to experience first hand.