While hiking the Colorado 14ers and ripping some singletrack are often in our adventure plans, occasionally we like the to find off-the-beaten-path adventures. Take a look at some of the unique and active itineraries below that combine historical places, spectacular views and a physical challenge: the perfect mix for an unforgettable and unique adventure that fits you.
Biking in the Sky (with Beer): San Juan Skyway Colorado Adventure
What’s better than riding through the mountains, wafting in the pine and wildflowers? This adventure will have you following the San Juan Skyway, which will take you through historic mining towns and mountain passes. The San Juan Skyway is a 230 mile loop through Colorado’s Southwest Mountains, and along the way you’ll stay at mixes of bed and breakfasts’, local inns and hotels in Colorado’s mining meccas like Durango, Ouray and Telluride. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, this loop rewards you with samplings of some of the best craft beer in the state! The San Juan Skyway is within the top 10 most scenic cycling trips in the United States and a must ride for anyone interested in cycling in Colorado.
Grab your bike!
For more information such as cost, 2015 and 2016 dates, tour options and more can be found at: Beer and Bike Tours
Running and Yoga: Moab Mindful Running Retreat – Women’s Trail
Namaste and finding your chi more your speed? Why not spend four days and three nights surrounded by stunning red rock formations, natural arches and spectacular sunrises?
Discover how mindful running can help ensure that your energy is spent feeding your soul. Immerse yourself through practical clinics, scenic runs, relaxing movement and free time for quiet observation. Yoga and running courses combined with the vibrant desert landscape will set you back on a path of discovery and stress-free enlightenment.
Take in that deep breath, and find more information such as alternative trips, dates and cost at: Elinor Fish
Sumer Huts: San Juan’s Hiking Hut Traverse
There are more than 200 backcountry huts, lodges and yurts throughout the U.S. and Canada. The ultimate adventure? The Sneffel’s traverse. (Google Hut or Yurt Trips to find more locations). The traverse starts at Last Dollar Pass above Telluride, Colo. and ends in Ouray, Colo. (Hot Springs people!) You can hike through spending one night at each of the four huts, or you can spend an extra day at a hut and bag some of Colorado’s 14ers along the way. Just plan on five to nine miles of alpine hiking trails a day, but the views will be worth all your effort! Make your own course and yurt-hop along to a fantastic story and adventure to be told.
To create your own yurt excursion, check out: San Juan Huts
Endure: Snow Mountain Ranch 5k, 10k, and Half Marathon
There is no better way to see Colorado in the fall while scampering through the changing aspen leaves! Located 14 miles North of Winter Park, the Snow Mountain Ranch not only offers more trails than anywhere else in Colorado, but also a full service resort for incredible family memories! The races can be suited to fit your skill level, or push you to exceed a new goal. The resort includes a pool, horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing, archery, mini-golf, zip lining and more activities to create an exciting weekend if running is not your forte.
Lace up and visit Endurance Race Series for more information on the races, and additional dates and locations at Endurance Race Series
Tack Up High: Sailing at the world’s highest deep water marina
Imagine 25 miles of shoreline nestled in between stunning peaks and forest. The marina offers the Rocky Mountain region’s world-class sailing, boutique shopping and dining, and boat rentals galore! (All at about 2 miles above sea level!) Sailing is only part of this adventure There is also other activities you can fill your day with like SUP, kayaking, mountain biking, or simply visiting the shoreline Tiki Bar to sit back and watch the waves. The best part is, it’s only an hour from Denver.
Jump aboard this vessel, and start planning your trip! For more information visit Town of Dillon
Christmas is apart of the Subaru Adventure Team, an organization dedicated to exploring, finding new adventures, and inspiring others to do the same. Christmas and her fiancee, Randy, travel the world and share their stories along the way. You can find weekly adventures with them on their social media pages at www.facebook.com/TrueSubaruCouple or on Instagram as @TrueSubaruCouple.