No need to celebrate your love indoors with so many opportunities in Colorado to spend Valentine’s Day in the fresh air. Here are 5 ideas for fabulous and romantic ways to spend Valentine’s Day outdoors this year.
Imagine slipping slowly into a steaming hot tub; inch by inch your flesh warms as its surroundings switch from icy, winter air to the lush indulgence of a steamy soak. Imagine the mist from your hot tub rising around you making a steam screen of privacy. What you are imagining is the epitome of romantic relaxation and a wonderful way to spend this Valentine’s Day. There are several outdoor hot springs around Colorado, find one locally, preferably with private baths, and make your reservation ASAP. Also many hot springs have resorts associated with them that offer a variety of additional amenities like romantic dinners or couples massage.
Wash Park 5K
If the heart is the iconic symbol of love, then celebrate this Valentine’s Day by getting yours pumping at Wash Park’s Valentine’s Day 5k Run & Walk (actually on Feb. 13). And don’t think this love-fest is not family friendly, the day’s activities start at 9:50 a.m. with a Kids Fun Run.
Denver Botanic Gardens
If flowers say romance to you, then why not spend Valentine’s Day immersed in them at Denver Botanic Gardens. In addition to the Chenille plants, lipstick vines and other flora that are currently blooming, DBG will also be displaying over 1,000 orchid blossoms at their wonderfully romantic Orchid Showcase, free with admission to DBG through Feb. 24.
Let the cold air nip at your nose while love grows in your heart by spending the day playing in the snow with your special guy or gal at Loveland Pass. If the name alone isn’t enough to draw you up for Valentine’s Day then perhaps the numerous outdoor activities will. Enjoy snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding or sledding all day for free. Your special someone plus free activities, sounds like love to me!
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
6:30 a.m. may seem early, but if at that moment you are cuddled under a blanket with your loved one at Red Rocks Amphitheatre watching rays of orange, red, and pink ascend through the sky over the Colorado Front Range it won’t seem so early but rather so lovely. There is no more beautiful way to start Valentine’s Day than by watching sunrise from one of the most picturesque spots in Colorado. Follow that up with a hike among the red monoliths that make this scenic area famous then lunch at the Ship Rock Grille and it’ll make for a Valentine’s Day that you’ll never forget.