10 must-do activities this summer in Colorado

Colorado is one of the places in the world to have adventures all year round, although summer is especially special as it offers so many things to do. With brighter skies, longer days, warmer temperatures, and less weather disruption, adventurers are sure to have the best time outdoors while engaging in these must-do activities.

ten Hike on a trail

Colorado is a hiking paradise as it features an abundance of hiking trails ranging from short easy walks to long challenging hikes in the wilderness. Many trails end at awe-inspiring attractions such as lakes and elevated viewpoints, so hikers are always assured of a worthy reward at the end of the exercise.

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9 Discover mountain biking in Colorado

Only a few places in the world offer the type of mountain biking thrill that can be experienced in the state of Colorado. With numerous mountain trails, all levels of motorcyclists will find what they are looking for here. Although the scenery is something to enjoy, the rugged landscape is blessed with lots of rocks, lots of trees and forest areas, steep hills, tight turns, endless trails and everything else that makes mountain biking exciting. It almost feels like a video game.

8 Camp in the desert

Camping is an exciting summer activity that you never get tired of, especially in a state like Colorado. With clearer skies and more favorable weather, it’s a chance to get acquainted with the state’s unique landscape. The campsite offers campers the opportunity to watch the sunset from their tent or RV, stargaze at night, and wake up to the sight of a beautiful sunrise.

7 Attend a summer music festival

Some of the most epic music festivals in the world take place during the summer months and it’s a must-do thing for anyone visiting Colorado in the summer. Epic music festivals such as the Ride Festival, Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, and Telluride Bluegrass Festival take place in Colorado this time of year. With dozens of other music festivals available on the list, there’s something for everyone. One thing about music festivals in Colorado is that they provide more opportunities to enjoy the beautiful nature of Colorado.

6 Take a hot air balloon ride

Summer comes with brighter skies. With clearer skies the views are clearer, but the higher the elevations the more mesmerizing the views. This is what has made hot air balloon rides a premier outdoor activity in Colorado, as it promises the best views you can see in the state. There’s no better way to get that epic shot of this stunning landscape than to float in a hot air balloon over Colorado’s mountainous terrain.

5 Climb a mountain

Since Colorado is somewhat synonymous with mountains, it is essential to sample at least one of the mountains before the vacation is over. The characteristics of the state hundreds of peaks including 58 rising over 14,000 feet, providing a huge opportunity for all levels of climbers to get involved in the activity. Beginners, intermediates, and experienced climbers all have suitable places to climb in Colorado. While the adrenaline rush and thrill are some of the rewards of the climbs, the panoramic views of vast mountain ranges, colorful forests and bright skies are more mesmerizing when viewed from elevated vantage points of the mountain.

4 Go to a beach

Colorado may be a mountainous region, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t beaches where you can relax and soak up the sun. Even though those sugar white Caribbean beaches are not found here, the state still has thousands of lakes and reservoirs as well as rivers and streams that provide a relaxing beach experience. Many travelers have experienced beaches around the world with soft white sand, now Colorado offers the opportunity to enjoy a different kind of beach experience with rocky shores, warm water and surrounding views of towering mountains.

3 Engage in white water rafting

Rafting is an exciting water sport, and Colorado’s unique landscape makes it even more exciting and unforgettable. During the summer the rivers are fuller and faster flowing which means rapids ranging from class II to V can be expected. All levels of rafters will have a wonderful time in Colorado, from families looking for a slow, peaceful float to adrenaline junkies yearning to scream and get tossed by raging rapids.

2 Take a scenic road trip through Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most visited national parks in the country, which means visiting it is a must-do thing in Colorado. For those short on time, however, a road trip might just be the quickest and easiest way to see the 265,461-acre park. In this case, the 48 mile ridge route is the best road trip you can do here. The paved road rises over 12,000 feet in elevation and offers impressive views of the park’s unique landscape. The entire trip takes between 2 and 4 hours, but with so much to see along the way, you may need to set aside half a day to fully enjoy the scenic adventure.

Related: 10 Epic Things To Do In Rocky Mountain National Park

1 Explore the landscape on horseback

There’s a difference between seeing Colorado on foot or in a vehicle and seeing the state on horseback – it’s just unique and right. This is one of the reasons horseback riding is a popular activity here. But on top of that, Colorado is known for its cowboy lifestyle and with plenty of horseback riding and trails, adventurers will have the opportunity to explore this unique landscape the cowboy way.


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