Bird Watching (Monte Vista). With reduced foliage during the early spring months, birds and other wildlife species are easier to spot across the state. During the second weekend in March, the Monte Vista Crane Festival hosts wildlife experts, local naturalists and biologists who present educational workshops, while flocks of dancing sandhills assemble in the neighboring farm fields. Bus tours to the nearby refuge and adjacent farmlands provide visitors with the opportunity to view this spectacle up close and personal, with a knowledgeable local guide.
Art & History (Denver). Learn more about Denver’s landmark train station, which originally opened in 1881. Denver Union Station underwent a massive $54 million renovation in 2014 to re-open as home to the independent Crawford Hotel, plus an eclectic mix of 12 Colorado restaurants and retailers. Guests will experience luxurious overnight accommodations, a guided art tour of the building’s more than 600 pieces of original art as well as a commemorative Denver Union Station coffee table book and art guide.
Guided Adrenaline Adventure (Rocky Mountain National Park). The Stanley Hotel has teamed-up with world-renowned outfitter Kent Mountain Adventure Center, to offer the ultimate play and stay package. For those looking to learn something new, push their boundaries and capture a photo of a lifetime, the adrenaline package includes a full-day of guided backcountry skiing, frozen waterfall ice climbing or an avalanche awareness course. All packages include a Kent Mountain private guide, transportation, basic rental gear, park passes and a range of accommodation types at the Stanley Hotel.
National Parks. Peak season for Colorado’s four national parks runs from May to October, making the spring months an excellent time to take advantage of Colorado’s treasures before the rush of summer begins. Discover solitude atop North America’s tallest dunes at Great Sand Dunes, see why Black Canyon of the Gunnison is considered a dark-sky site with very little light pollution, perfect for winter-sky stargazing, imagine what life was like for the Ancestral Puebloans who called Mesa Verde home or take a ranger-led snowshoe ecology walk through Rocky Mountain National Park’s subalpine forest.