Adventures to Keep You Outside during Colorado's Mud Season

Alternative adventures for the least favorite time of year.

Us Colorado people know this time of year all to well - mud season - where the resorts are about to close or already are, and the mountains are not accessible yet to hike because there's still to much snow.

Below are a few options I’d suggest you look into during mud season to keep yourself occupied and the sprit of adventure alive.  


Bishop Castle - Rye, Colorado

Talk about a different kind of adventure, this Castle is the largest one man project in the USA, built single handedly by Jim Bishop. The Castle stands 160 feet high, which is about 16 storys tall! There’s no waiver or entry fee to explore this beauty, just head to the castle park on the road, and explore away. There are 4 towers in the castle, precious metalwork and staircases that’ll be sure to give you a thrill. 

Garden of the Gods - Colorado Springs, Colorado

The Garden of the Gods is located near Colorado Springs, and is a large city park! It benefits it’s visitors with large amounts of challenging climbing and is pet friendly! The tall red rocks in the park we’re once sand dunes similar to those in the Great Sand Dunes National Park. They also say the parks name came from a conversation about cervezas, and of course - the best part - it’s free. 

See all photos from our mud season adventure here.

Published: April 2, 2018

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Holly MandarichExplorer


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