Colorado Festivals Celebrating the Outdoors

Loafing at Burning Can.
Loafing at Burning Can. Michael Emery Hecker

Most people in Colorado love the outdoors. In the Rockies, nature is boundless, offering something for everyone. So it makes sense that festivals around the state celebrate outdoor activities, some showcasing films about world-class athletes, others offering you the chance to zip down the slopes on cardboard, jump into a freezing-cold pond or take on rapids in a kayak. Here are eleven of the best outdoors festivals in Colorado:

No Man’s Land Flagship Film Festival
March 5 to 8
Cultivated Synergy
$18 per day

Now in its fifth year, the No Man’s Land Flagship Film Festival celebrates women pushing boundaries within outdoor recreation. The documentaries, shown over four days, explore an array of topics, from mountain biking and skiing to tightrope walking. Journey around the world with these women living on the edge of sports.

Steamboat Springalicious Festival
April 1 to 12
Steamboat Ski and Resort

April is the perfect month to enjoy ski season and head to the slopes for warm and slushy shredding. The Steamboat Springalicious Festival brings a host of activities for warm-weather skiers. Race in the Cardboard Classic, zipping down Stampede in a cardboard craft; take a dip in a chilly pond; and enjoy music by Colorado favorites like the Lil Smokies and the Motet.

Front Range Splitfest
April 2 to 5
Berthoud Pass, Winter Park
Three-day passes range from $30 (no rental gear) to $99 (includes rental gear)

This festival brings together Colorado splitboarders to learn new skills and build friendships for life. All levels of riders are welcome. After spending your days touring Berthoud Pass, sip free beer from Upslope Brewing at happy hours for ticket holders. At night, pay for a hotel or sleep in your van in the event parking lot or in the Summit Lot of Berthoud Pass.

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