Here are 10 awesome summer activities:
Feeling adventurous? Head on down to Manitou Springs to conquer the Incline. Starting at 6,600 feet and gaining 2,000 feet of elevation in just one mile, this steep climb can be a challenge for the most seasoned of hikers. The views from the top will make all your hard work worth it. Oh, and act like a local and be sure to go down the Barr Trail, it’s a lower grade anyhow and your knees will thank you. Learn more >
Gather your friends and pick up some inner tubes and head up to Steamboat for this day in the sun. Tubing the Yampa is an activity for all ages and is a great way to spend an afternoon. Strap a cooler to a second tube to hold snacks and beverages and you’re set. Just don’t forget to park a car where you plan to get off so you aren’t stranded or jump on Steamboat’s free bus.
White Water Rafting
The best place to launch your white water rafting adventure is from Buena Vista onto the Arkansas River. Book a trip with a reputable rafting company so all you need to do is show up. Be sure to reserve a trip in advance!
The Rockies are full of trails for the most squeamish and adventurous of mountain bikers. If you are a bit hesitant to give this activity a shot you can get started on some trails in the foothills. Head out the Bear Creek Lake in Lakewood, Buffalo Creek in Pine or the Flying J in Evergreen for good beginner riding.
With our 300+ days of sunshine, Coloradans aren’t afraid of the outdoors. Outdoor shopping areas such as Streets at Southglenn, the Loveland Outlets or Silverthorne Outlets are great daytime activities for families. Show up with an empty car so you have space for all your bags!
20% of beer made in Colorado is classified as craft beer. Compared to the national average of 11%, it is obvious craft beer is at the heart of Colorado. Great weather and late sunsets make for the perfect nights for beer tasting. Gather up your friends and order a few flights to get the most bang for your buck (without regretting it tomorrow).
If you’re new to camping, get your feet wet with a one night camping trip to Chatfield Reservoir or Cherry Creek State Park. These nearby camping areas will let you feel like you’re away from the hustle and bustle without having to hustle too far away. Bring the kids and don’t forget your s’mores materials.
Picnic in the Park
Did you know that Denver has the largest park system in the nation? With 14,000 acres of mountain parks and 2,500 acres of natural areas, you are sure to find a place to host a picnic.
Since 1979 Water World has been the go to water park for the Denver Area. This 67 acre water park offers endless activities for all ages. As of 2015 the park had 49 attractions, including a lazy river. Bring your water shoes to keep your feet from burning and get ready for a day filled with fun. BONUS: Water World still allows to bring in your own food!
The Denver Metro area is full of farmer’s markets. Seek out weekday ones to pop in to during your lunch break or brave the crowds during the weekends. Some of the most popular markets include Parker, Cherry Creek and Golden. Bring some shopping bags to save yourself the hassle of balancing melons and heads of broccoli.
Remember that hot water helps shorten the duration of your sunburn. We hope you enjoy your summer!