Mud season in Colorado runs from April to late May and with it comes some new ideas for things to do.

First of all, because it's that time between the end of ski season and warmer summer temperatures, also known as the "off" season, you can find some amazing deals for lodging. You will also find exceptional deals in shops in Colorado as they prepare for their new summer stock. The best part of it is nothing changes except costs. The rooms in the hotels, as well as the amenities, are all the same, and you get to enjoy them at a discount.

With everything scaling back until the summer season, you may find yourself among the few who do go exploring during mud season. There are fewer people in the ski towns and I-70 isn't nearly as packed as it was in the winter and will be again in the summer.

And for the campers, it's much easier to secure a campsite because no one wants to go camping yet. Except us, the hearty folks who love deals any time of year.

Spring also brings out the festivals in Colorado and, with a wide range to choose from, you won't be looking for things to do.

One final thought. If relaxation is on the menu, why not take the Hot Springs loop? It's a great way to enjoy the natural hot springs in Colorado and see a lot more of it as well. The loop is roughly 720 miles, but taking several days to go through them all will keep you relaxed while you anticipate the next one.

No matter how you like to enjoy mud season in Colorado, get out and enjoy it!