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There’s one problem with this state. It’s just so big and so, well, rad, that it’s hard to decide exactly where you want to go for adventure when it’s time to roam. Don’t fret. This travel guide will get you pointed in the right direction and make that oh-so-difficult decision of just where to get outside and play in this mind-blowing state much easier.
Located in the Four Corners region of Colorado, Durango offers the best of the state with Southwestern charm. Raft the Animas River, bike the Million Dollar Highway (named one of the most scenic drives in America) or take the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad into the heart of the vast Weminuche Wilderness for an unforgettable backpacking experience. Explore ancient ruins, exceptional arts and culture, and a distinctive dining scene, all while surrounded by Durango’s beautiful high desert mountain setting.
Pick your passion! From bacon, wine, fine art, beer, music, and more. Set at the base of the Rocky Mountains in the River Run Village at Keystone Resort you’ll find a summer festival that fits your fancy. Pepper in bluebird Colorado skies, miles of biking trails and a few thousand of your best friends and you’ll discover yourself in a festival setting like no other. Book mountain accommodations that are steps from the festival venue and be sure to take advantage of all a Keystone festival weekend has to offer.
Boulder Adventure Lodge
The Boulder Adventure Lodge (A-Lodge for short) is located along Fourmile Creek, five minutes from downtown Boulder. With easy access to Boulder’s rock climbing, fly fishing, trail running and mountain biking, the A-Lodge is situated in an adventure enthusiast’s dream. Updated linens, a slackline park, new paint, Jeremy Collins’ art and a brand new lobby with a two-story fireplace, beers on tap and a meeting room are just some of the key updated amenities at the lodge. Make the A-Lodge the gateway to your Colorado adventure.
Visitors to Salida will find a real town with real people and a great mix of stores, restaurants and shops and art galleries that fill Colorado’s largest historic district. Located on the Arkansas River and just down the road from Monarch Mountain, Salida is a unique Colorado winter destination. Learn how to get half-price lift tickets to Monarch Mountain and plan your hot springs visits and other cool adventures by ordering a free visitors’ guide at ColorfulColorado.com.
Buena Vista, Colorado, is best known for whitewater rafting in the summer—but explore the town during the winter, and you will find hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile trails and cross-country skiing or snowshoeing to some of Colorado’s best ghost towns. The historic downtown along the Arkansas River offers art galleries, restaurants, a brewery and a distillery. Plan your hot springs visits and cool adventures by ordering a free visitors’ guide at ColorfulColorado.com.
Palisade’s Fruit and Wine Byway offers three different routes to explore the scenic views of the countryside. With designated route loops ranging from five to 25 miles long, riders can experience local art galleries, gift shops, orchards, vineyards, farm stands, lavender fields and a variety of local wineries with tasting rooms. Bring your own bike or rent a vintage cruiser bike from local outdoor shop, Rapid Creek Cycles. Enjoy a day filled with agriculture, award-winning wines and Colorado sunshine.
Kristi Mountain Sports
Outdoor adventure in Southern Colorado starts with us—surrounded by multiple fourteeners, incredible hiking and mountain biking trails, climbing crags, the Great Sand Dunes National Park and much more! While planning your getaway, make sure to save a day to sandboard the tallest sand dunes in North America. Specially designed boards and sleds available to rent at Kristi Mountain Sports offer an exhilarating and unique sliding experience for the entire family. Call to reserve yours today!
Under the timeless shadow of the Gore Range and alongside the Blue River, Silverthorne offers visitors a brand-new experience this summer at the Silverthorne Performing Arts Center. The center, a decidedly modern take on mountain-town culture, is home to the Lake Dillon Theatre Company and serves as the cultural center of Silverthorne. You won’t want to miss the 2018 season, which will feature classics including “Rock of Ages,” “The Underpants,” “Constellations” and the ever popular Cabaret Series.