Finally … summer in Colorado and unlimited adventures await!
Yes, we know that touring breweries, going to Red Rocks Concerts, soaking in hot springs and walking through historic towns are things everyone enjoys and can do. But what about those great Outdoor Activities?
Let’s dive into the hype and reality behind them, shall we?
Hiking is probably the most signature way to enjoy Colorado (and the cheapest way too).
It’s almost guaranteed you will find a great trail wherever you are. The variety in scenery is incredible, ranging from amazing alpine vistas to majestic waterfalls, all with diverse wildlife.
But don’t be fooled! What may be an easy trail for the locals can be a strenuous adventure for visitors coming in from sea level.
Not only the altitude, but also unpredictable weather and steep elevation can throw a wrench in your plans. Even for a very fit person, mountain trails can pose challenges not to mention chances of getting lost (it happens all the time).
So, to maximize enjoyment (cause you really should hit the trails) just plan upfront. Make sure to bring or download a map from AllTrails, always pack a rain jacket and bring food and water.
If you are familiar with Mountain Biking, and that’s something you do in your home state – this is for you, you will love it!
Rent a badass full suspension bike, get a lift ticket for downhilling in almost any Colorado ski resort. Enjoy pedaling through wildflower meadows, dense forests and challenging mountain terrains.
You can also book a guide for your mountain bike adventure so you don’t find yourself on steep inclines, rocky narrow trails or fast downhills with sharp switchbacks. Prices are per person and it does get pricy if you have a family (pay per person plus bike rental).
Nothing better to do to beat the summer heat and challenge yourself with a white-water rafting excursion down Colorado’s thrilling rivers. It’s also probably one of the cheaper activities for your family. These guys are professional and the cheapest in the Denver area. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced rafter, there are options for every skill level.
Unfortunately we can’t predict the weather. And if there is anything you should know about Colorado … yes, it rains for short spells EVERY DAY in summer months. At elevation we still even get snow in June.
Do I want to go rafting on a hot, sunny day? Definitely. But on a rainy day, not so much. I definitely don’t want to be in the river.
Maybe we should all learn something from our favorite, Colorado-local South Park characters. Skip it.
It’s exactly like in this episode.
From the calm waters of Dillon Reservoir to the stunning turquoise depths of Alpine lakes you’ll have the opportunity to rent a board, grab a paddle or rent a boat.
PSA: always wear a life jacket. It’s the law for a reason – in frigid waters you only have 1 minute to get your breathing under control and 10 minutes to self-rescue.
Your best bet to secure good weather is to go in the morning. You can get detailed information on where to paddle, where you can rent and tips for a fun day on the water here.
Can you really go more Colorado than driving a jeep at 13,000 feet, while conquering obstacles and enjoying alpine tundra and unique vegetation?
Plus, wheeling is something everyone can do, even a 90 year old grandma. With your whole family or group together, no matter if it rains, snows or how rugged the terrain is, you will still make it to the top. What else can you do on a rainy day and still be outside?
Make sure you book a YOU-DRIVE option where you are in the jeep only with your people. Because who really wants to be in the same vehicle with random folks? Awkward.
Native Jeeps is the only licensed You-Drive jeep tour operator in the front range (so close to Denver, Breckenridge & Vail) that offers this awesome experience. Yes it is expensive, but totally worth it.
For the ultimate adrenaline rush – and an unmatched bird’s-eye view of Colorado’s beauty – try paragliding.
Marvel at the sprawling valleys and snow-capped peaks as you experience the thrill of free flight. Unfortunately it is expensive. What you pay for a jeep for entire family will be equivalent to 1 person for paragliding.
Glenwood Springs, Telluride and Aspen are most popular destination for paragliding. The flights are 20 minutes long and you should book early in your stay so you have time for weather rescheduling. Again, that pesky weather that messes with Colorado outdoor activities!
I still don’t understand why people put ATV and Jeep tours in the same category?!
They are not the same. If you go one day ATVing – and the very next day Jeeping – you will see it is a totally different trail and experience in general.
ATVs are more affordable, especially if you are a couple or a single person. You go super fast and you feel the outside elements, sun, rain, snow, dust.
PSA: ATV/UTV vehicles are not highway legal, so you must get towed to the trail before you can conquer it. Jeeps are legal everywhere and you choose your adventure as you go.
Hey, do you wanna go harder or more scenic? Here are great options for ATV tours.
Rock climbing in Colorado is a popular outdoor activity due to the state’s diverse landscapers and rock formations.
Remember, rock climbing is a sport that requires training and experience. If you are new to climbing, make sure to take lessons or join guided tours to learn the necessary skills and safety practices. Right outside of Denver contact the Mountain Guides for more information.
To conclude, summer is Colorado offers plenty of outdoor activities that will get your heart racing and leave you in awe of nature’s wonders. Make sure to choose an activity that will best fit your abilities and that your entire group can enjoy.
Always practice Leave No Trace guidelines to minimize your impact on the environment and help preserve nature for future generations.