5 Things to Do West of Denver in the Spring

Things to Do West of Denver, ColoradoYou might think that skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, and other winter sports are the only things to do west of Denver, Colorado in the spring… but you would be wrong to think that. There are many unique, exciting, and fun things to do in Evergreen and the surrounding area during the spring months that don’t involve snow, ice, or parkas.

Here is a short list of activities to check out if you are in the area when spring arrives:

  1. Enchanted April at Center Stage, Evergreen, CO, March 24 – April 15, 2017 (every Friday and Saturday at 7:30PM and Sundays at 2:00PM). Presented by the Evergreen Players, Enchanted April is a period piece about four women who together rent a chateau on a remote Italian island in hopes of trying to come to grips with their lives and relationships. Laughter and the building of strong bonds and life-long friendships ensue. Directed by Paul Newman.
  2. Swing Into Spring, Evergreen, CO, May 5, 2017. This special evening will include a group swing dance lesson, delicious appetizers and desserts, the big band sound of William & the Romantics, and a silent auction to benefit the Evergreen Chorale. Vintage dress, or semi-formal attire encouraged. Visit http://evergreenchorale.org/ for more information.
  3. Mountain Derby Daze, May 6, 2017, Pine, CO. Join Mountain Resource Center for a true iconic event of Americana at the 2nd Annual Mountain Derby Daze event celebrating the tradition of the official Kentucky Derby. This family-friendly event is being held at Anchorage Farm, a beautiful horse ranch in Pine, Colorado. The Kentucky Derby race will be aired live, as the event finale. Included in the ticket price, Southern Derby fare by Creative Cuisines will be served, as well as one drink ticket for mint juleps, beer, wine, and Shirley Temples for the younger crowd. This is a real horse arena with dirt floors, so the sponsors urge you to wear some type of boot, for your comfort and safety.
  4. Flying J Ranch Park. If you want to experience true Colorado outdoor beauty during spring, Flying J Park is not to be missed. Conveniently located between Evergreen and Conifer, the park is a popular local spot known for its peaceful, rolling hills, the park offers beautiful trails with abundant flora and fauna along the way. The trails are well-maintained, and the main trail is shaded and easy to manage for both old and young who choose to hike. The longest trail is around 3 miles, but the loop is close to 4.5 miles. If you’re looking for a great place to take a long walk in the woods, this is it. Dogs are allowed, but must be on a leash. Biking trails also abound, if you prefer not to hike. There are a few picnic areas as well, but parking is limited with weekdays offering smaller crowds than weekends. The park also offers nice restroom facilities.
  5. Noah’s Ark Whitewater Rafting Excursions. If you love adventure, spring is the time to book a whitewater rafting trip in Colorado. Located in the town of Buena Vista, two hours from Denver and Colorado Springs, one of the state’s largest and most experienced whitewater rafting and adventure companies Noah’s Ark Whitewater Rafting and Adventure Company specializes in rafting trips and adventures for families and groups. The company also offers Rocky Mountain adventure vacations. Rafting and backcountry trips begin in early May and run through the summer. Rafting trips launch daily through Colorado’s premier stretch of whitewater through stunning Brown’s Canyon.