It’s all about timing. To avoid crowds and inflated prices, we recommend the period between high and low seasons when the weather is fine, places are still open and happy to welcome travelers, and you can explore a destination at your own pace. ShermansTravel experts call this magical time and space continuum the Sweet Spot.

When to go to Colorado

Peak Season: Mid-June to mid-August; February to March

The summer crowds mean fighting for parking spots in the cities and national parks, crawling up popular mountain passes that are bumper to bumper and hiking trails that can seem as packed as city streets. February begins prime ski season and the prices reflect it.

Off Season: November to December

Higher elevations have snow, but it’s not prime ski season yet. The valleys – which include Colorado Springs – are milder, with sunshine and 40 or 50 degree days. Consider Estes Park, with its dramatic mountain scenery and perhaps enough snow for snowshoeing.

Sweet Spot: Mid-August to October; January; April

After mid-August and until mid-September, the families have gone and the senior citizens have yet to arrive, making for empty hotels and trails, plus slashed airfares. September and October are when maple and aspen trees turn to fire and gold. January skiing is not quite as exceptional as later in the season, which means lower costs and fewer crowds. April may be the best for bargain skiing, with warm days, lots of snow, and big discounts on lodging and lift tickets.

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