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Best Times to Visit Colorado Springs

The best times to visit Colorado Springs are from March to May and from September to November. That's when you'll find slightly cooler (yet still comfortable) temperatures as well as fewer crowds and many bargain rates. Another perk for fall visitors: the foliage. Expect to see the surrounding mountains speckled with bright reds, oranges and yellows. Warm summer weather draws visitors in droves, leading to price hikes at hotels and congested attractions. Winter visits can also be pleasant, but cold-weather travelers should note that some of Colorado Springs' hotels close during this season.

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March-May

Spring is the best time for adventure-seekers to visit Colorado Springs: Average high temperatures range from the low 50s to the high 60s, making for ideal hiking conditions, and the melting snow quickens nearby streams for whitewater rafters. Plus, because the summer tourists have yet to arrive, deals on hotel rooms abound. However, if you're visiting in the beginning of March, it's a good idea to call ahead and make sure your choice hotel isn't still closed for the winter season. May visitors should note that the Air Force Academy's graduation ceremony draws large crowds, so it's a good idea to book a room at least a month in advance.

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June-August

Warm weather and exciting festivals mark Colorado Springs' peak tourist season. Average temperatures hover in the high 70s and low 80s — ideal for travelers hoping to spend their days outside. However, bear in mind that you aren't the only one looking to take advantage of the Colorado summer. Expect room rates to be high and availability to be low, and be ready to fight the crowds to snap that perfect photo of Pikes Peak.

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September-November

As temperatures begin to drop, so does the number of tourists and consequently, hotel rates. Average highs range from low 50s to the mid-70s, and the surrounding region becomes a kaleidoscope of fall foliage. If you're visiting in November, you'll want to call to confirm that your preferred hotel hasn't shut its doors for the upcoming winter months.

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December-February Despite popular belief, Colorado Springs winters aren't all that frosty when compared to the state's other cities. In fact, average high temperatures generally hover in the 40s, and less-than-ideal snow conditions redirect winter travelers to major ski towns like Aspen, Telluride and Vail instead. That could be good news you, since Colorado Springs' hotel prices will be low — at least at properties that welcome guests year-round.

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