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5 Reasons to Visit the Mountains in Mud Season

First off, what is mud season?

“Mud season” alternatively known as shoulder season, is a time in the mountains after the height of ski season has reached it’s peak and winter activities are sunsetting, while summer activities like mountain biking and hiking on the trails are on the horizon. It’s a time for rest and relaxation before a summer busy season, and a well-kept secret is that it’s a PERFECT time to head to the mountains. Here’s why:

1. Serene and Uncrowded

As the winter ski season comes to an end and the summer tourist rush has yet to begin, mud season offers a tranquil escape from the crowds. You’ll have the opportunity to explore nature’s beauty in peace, enjoying quiet trails, uncrowded attractions, and a sense of serenity that is hard to find during peak seasons.

2. Stunning Landscapes

Mud season in Colorado unveils breathtaking landscapes that are transforming from winter to spring. Witness nature’s rebirth as the snow melts, revealing vibrant green meadows, budding wildflowers, and cascading waterfalls. The mountains stand tall and majestic, creating a picturesque backdrop for hiking, photography, or simply immersing yourself in the beauty of nature.


(Especially with Gravity Haus member rates of 50% off!). With the slow in tourism during mud season, you’ll experiences special deals on lodging (& also local restaurant specials)! Take advantage of these attractive nightly rates and enjoy incredible accommodations just steps from the outdoor activities Colorado offers. Treat yourself to a mountain retreat while putting some jingle back in your pocket!

4. Local Flavor and Authenticity

Mud season allows you to experience the genuine charm of mountain towns and communities. Interact with locals, visit small businesses, and savor the region’s authentic cuisine. Enjoy leisurely meals at local eateries and browse boutiques and galleries at a relaxed pace, in-between those adrenaline-inducing outdoor actives (seen below) of course.


While mud season may not be ideal for certain outdoor activities depending on trail conditions and weather, it does offers a wide range of recreational opportunities! Go hiking on scenic trails, embark on mountain biking adventures (but please respect the trails), or even sneak in a few finals ski runs at resorts that stay open well into spring like A-Basin and Palisades Tahoe. Take advantage of the quieter lakes and rivers for fishing, paddleboarding, or kayaking. Mud season provides a unique chance to enjoy these activities without the typical crowds.


Bottom line: any time is a good time to visit the mountains, but we hope to see you this mud season! Explore all Gravity Haus locations below & don’t forget, members save 50% at all Gravity Haus outposts!

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