In many places around the world, the arrival of November means bitter cold days with little to no sunshine. In Colorado, however, a winter snowstorm is often followed by sunshine and milder weather, allowing Coloradans to enjoy the outdoors all year.
There are a lot of outdoor winter activities to enjoy, such as snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, ice climbing and more. However, if you like to unwind by immersing yourself in culture, art or real-life storytelling instead, there are plenty of options for that around the state as well.
Here are some of our favorite outdoor and indoor things to do in Colorado in November.
November 3-11: Tap into your creative side during Denver Arts Week
Celebrate the Mile High City’s arts and culture scene with hundreds of events happening around the city during Denver Arts Week.
Explore the city’s vibrant art districts, check out museum exhibitions and outdoor sculptures, enjoy a show, get inspired at film and literary events or buy some one-of-a-kind art of your own.
Many museums and cultural institutions will be open for free during this week, and there will be other deals and promotions throughout the city, so you don’t want to miss it. Check their events schedule on the website or follow Denver Arts Week on social media for the latest updates.
Nov. 11: Walk, jog or run the Denver Veterans Day Run
Get moving for a good cause by signing up for the Denver Veterans Day Run in City Park, Denver. Recognized as Denver’s official run for veterans, this is a memorial 5K and 10K in-person and virtual run, open to everyone.
All proceeds from your registration (and donations) go directly to helping Colorado veterans. The run is hosted by the Colorado Veterans Project, whose mission is to enhance pride and patriotism in Coloradans by building a stronger, more supportive community for veterans. Registration is $50 for the 5K and $55 for the 10K.
Nov. 17- Dec. 31: Take a ride on the Polar Express
The holiday season is upon us, and there is something magical about experiencing a classic holiday story first-hand. Climb aboard the Polar Express Train Ride as it departs from Durango, Colorado and travels to the North Pole to pick up Santa Claus.
You’ll be immersed in the story as chefs serve hot chocolate and sweet treats while the conductor recites a reading from the Polar Express book. Once you arrive at the North Pole, a beautiful light show set to holiday music awaits! Tickets for the 2023 season are now available.
Nov. 22: Catch your first run of the ski season
The ski and snowboard season begins Wednesday, Nov. 22, at Steamboat Ski Resort in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Make yourself at home in this welcoming, western community that is known for world-class skiing.
Not an expert ski bunny quite yet? No worries, lessons and equipment rentals are available. After a long day on the mountain, stroll down Main Street and refuel with a hearty meal at one of the many restaurants in town, relax in the healing waters of the mineral hot springs, then snuggle up in the warmth of your lodge or cabin while snow, or Champagne Powder as locals have trademarked it, falls outside.
November 10-January 31: Break out the ice skates at Skate in the Park
Whether it’s date night or a family fun night out, Acacia Park in Colorado Springs offers open ice skating for everyone to enjoy. Children 4 and under are free with a paying adult, and a discount is offered for military and first responders. Tickets are only available at the rink, so check out the open skate schedule before you go.
November 1-30: Visit a hot spring in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains
Colorado’s 30+ hot springs are some of the best in the world. Soak in the mineral-rich thermal pools while taking in beautiful mountain views. If you are looking for a relaxing getaway from the holiday hustle and bustle, this is the one for you. Some of our favorite hot springs destinations include Glenwood Springs Hot Springs, Strawberry Park Hot Springs, The Springs Resort and Spa and Ouray Hot Springs.