While Winter Park is well-known for its winter and summer activities, many visitors overlook the city’s wonderful spring season. It’s during this time that the weather is at its most pleasant, with the ski season wrapping up and the hiking season just beginning. On this note, we’ve put together a brief list of just a few of our favorite activities to enjoy during the spring in Winter Park. Read on below to learn more!
Go for a Hike
Winter Park has upwards of six hundred miles of gorgeous hiking trails for you to explore, ranging in difficulty from family-friendly to challenging. Fraser River Trail is an easy, family-friendly trail with trailheads that begin in both Downtown Winter Park and Winter Park Resort, making it easy to reach from your vacation rental. Other trails worth checking out include Second Creek and Broome Hut, Jim Creek and Discovery Trail, the Creekside Flume Loop, Blue Sky and Little Vasquez, and Deadhorse Loop Trail.
Watch for Wildlife at Rocky Mountain National Park
Located just a short drive from Winter Park, the Rocky Mountain National Park has a stunning array of wildlife you can see up close during the spring. Deer and moose proliferate throughout the park, while elk and bighorn sheep can be found in rocky outcroppings. Birds of all types, both native and migratory, can be seen throughout, including red-tailed hawks, mallards, and yellow-bellied sapsuckers.
See Winter Park from Above
Winter Park is renowned for its breathtaking mountain scenery, from tranquil forests, serene lakes, and babbling brooks to the Rocky Mountains that appear to pierce the sky. However, it can be difficult to find a way to take it all in at once. That’s where hot air balloon rides can come in handy, providing you and your guests with a novel and exhilarating way to take in an aerial view of Winter Park’s astounding beauty. Grand Adventures is one example of a hot air balloon ride company in Winter Park.
Ride a Dogsled or Dog Cart
With the last of winter’s snows hanging on, you might find enough snow on the ground to book yourself a dogsled ride! Relive the movie Balto as you zoom across the snowy terrain at Snow Mountain Ranch. Alternatively, if you find that the spring weather has made the snow melt away, you can still get in on the dogsled action by riding a dog cart, a wheeled cart pulled by dogsled teams during the summer.
Catch the Last Snows of the Skiing Season
As the skiing season winds down in Winter Park, you can still enjoy the fantastic skiing that our city has to offer during early to mid-spring. Winter Park Resort is the go-to place to ski, while other local landmarks like Fraser Tubing Hill can still be enjoyed while there’s snow on the ground.
Winter Park Escapes – Answer the Call of Adventure
Our team of reservation specialists has more helpful hints on how best to enjoy your vacation in Winter Park! Just call or email our office today and ask about reserving your lodgings in one of our fabulous vacation rental properties!