The state is known for its skiing, but there’s still plenty to do once the snow melts!
Whether you’re new to Colorado or whether you’re simply looking for new ways to soak up the sun in the Centennial State, giving these activities a try will help you make the most of Colorado’s summer days!
Stand Up Paddleboard
One of the many pastimes that exploded in popularity thanks to the pandemic, hopping on a stand up paddleboard (or SUP) is a perfect way to spend a warm morning. One of the best aspects of this activity is that it can be as strenuous or as relaxing as you choose! Pack a cooler and have a floating picnic, or do a few laps and get a great workout in. Regardless, don’t forget your whistle and your life vest!
There are countless reservoirs and lakes to paddleboard along the Front Range. Check out Bear Creek Lake Park near Golden for a view of the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater — a perfect location if you’re starting out, since they offer paddleboard rentals! Further north, catch glimpses of the dramatic Flatirons from your paddleboard on Boulder Reservoir. Finding places to paddleboard near the Springs is a breeze, with options like Rampart Reservoir and Prospect Lake providing all the waterbound fun you can imagine!
Once the majority of the snow melts, mountains transform from ideal places to ski to perfect hiking spots! Colorado is packed with gorgeous hiking trails for all skill levels. From 14ers like Pikes Peak to quick hikes like North Table Mountain, the Front Range is peppered with opportunities to lace up your hiking boots. Beginner hikes like Garden of the Gods Loop offer just as much natural beauty and wildlife viewing opportunities as strenuous hikes like Blodgett Peak.
During the full heat of the summer, morning hikes tend to be the most comfortable, and weekend hiking in popular areas often requires an early start in order to get a spot in the trailhead parking lot. Don’t forget the sunscreen and plenty of water!
Escape to the Mountains
For those weeks that just feel too hot, an escape to lower temperatures is only a couple of hours away! Head up to mountain towns like Dillon, Crested Butte, or Telluride for slightly cooler weather thanks to the mountain altitude. Once there, enjoy the delicious local restaurants and endless outdoor recreation opportunities. From mountain biking to white water rafting, enjoying the Rocky Mountains isn’t just for the winter! At many ski resorts, you can even take a chairlift up the mountain and hike or bike back down.
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