From the summits of our mountains to the wave trains on our rivers, Colorado is the place to be in the summer, which is why we’ve put together the ultimate guide to the Centennial State’s best places to explore this season. We have you covered here with can’t-miss eateries and breweries, heart-pounding adventures and the best places to rest up at the end of the day. So check out these epic adventure destinations and start planning your sumer adventure trip today.
Boulder Adventure Lodge
The Boulder Adventure Lodge is where outdoor junkies go to rest their heads after exploring Boulder’s natural beauty and vibrant outdoor scene. Located on the banks of Fourmile Canyon Creek, and tucked inside the walls of Boulder Canyon, this serene spot is just two miles from the city’s downtown and it boasts nightly rates that begin at $50. Plan your visit around the free Under the Stars Film Series (August 3 and September 6) for a night of adventure films. A-Lodge.com | (303) 444-0882
The city of Alamosa claims one of the country’s most unusual and stunning national parks right in its backyard. Before heading into the Great Sand Dunes National Park, stop by Kristi Mountain Sports (kristimountainsports.com) and rent a sandboard or a sandsled ($18 per day) for an unparalleled adventure in the park. At the end of the day, brush off the sand and head to downtown Alamosa for a cold beer at one of the town’s two craft breweries. alamosa.org | (800) BLU-SKYS (258-7597)
Snow Mountain Ranch
For a family-friendly adventure, head to Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby. This wholesome getaway offers endless fun, including a summer tubing hill, horseback riding, canoeing, campfires, electric bike rentals and an adventure zone with climbing, bouldering and zip lining. Book a night in one of many lodging options on site such as $99 per night yurts, and don’t forget to bring the pup! Snow Mountain Ranch is so pet-friendly, it has a dog park on site.
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Women’s Adventure Camp
Women years 18 and older who want to find their place in the outdoors should sign up for this four-day camp that includes everything from mountain biking to archery at Camp Chief Ouray (campchiefouray.org).
Guests at Snow Mountain Ranch can enjoy complimentary day passes for activities at the ranch. Not a guest? No problem. Non-guest day passes cost just $20 for adults, $10 for children.
Red rock canyons rise up to meet Colorado’s signature blue sky along the historic Rim Rock Drive inside Colorado National Monument. View the breathtaking scenery by way of two wheels on a 23-mile bike tour that’s a definite must for cyclists visiting Grand Junction this summer. Just be sure to check out the safety rules for cycling inside of the monument and don’t forget $5 for the entry fee. All done? Cap off your ride with a refreshing glass of local wine at one of the area’s 20 plus wineries.
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Head to hip, downtown Grand Junction every Thursday night from 5:30-8:30 p.m. for some fresh eats.
Tour of the Moon Grand Cycling Classic
On September 30, the Tour of the Moon Classic returns to the beautiful pavement of Colorado National Monument. Whether you ride just 41 miles, or opt for the 62-mile course, register today for this uniquely Colorado cycling event. tourofthemoon.com
Powderhorn Mountain Resort
Powderhorn Resort is celebrating its 50th anniversary season with a schedule that’s jam-packed with everything cycling! Get the adrenaline flowing at the resort’s downhill mountain bike park or take advantage of one of Powderhorn’s bike clinics. Passes to hit the trails begin at $12 (for a single ride), with day passes running $25 and season passes just $139. And be sure to take advantage of the resort’s free camping when you visit.
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Powderhorn’s popular downhill mountain biking race series is back and open to riders of different skill levels. The first out of four races will take place at the resort on July 30, 2017.
Gears and Beers
On August 26, Gears & Beers returns to Powderhorn. The cycling-and-suds bash will include live music, beer vendors, bike vendors and more. Be sure to pencil it into your schedule.