Colorado Summer Vacations: Trip Planning Ideas, Things To Do & More
Longer, warmer days in Colorado inspire bursts of energy to get out and enjoy every moment of beautiful daylight — whether on a Rocky Mountain trail, the banks of a shimmering lake or a relaxing rooftop patio. Get started planning your next Colorado spring and summer vacations and find things to do by reading the articles below.
8 Ways To Love Spring & Summer In Colorado
The forecast for summer in Colorado calls for big blue skies in the day and cool evenings at any altitude. Claim your share of our mild weather by getting outside and exploring every corner of Colorado, where there’s no end of summer things to do.
Whether your goal is “Summit or Bust” up the side of a fourteener or more of a lazy creekside amble, Colorado has hundreds of miles of trails that are just your speed. They’re easy to access, and the catalog of available experiences is incredibly diverse — wildflower meadows, cliffs and canyons, swaying grasslands, rushing waterfalls and so many more.
There’s no guarantee you’ll be able to totally unplug on a camping trip, but Colorado will make sure you have all the inspiration to do so. With campsites in 41 state parks, more than 22 million acres of national forests and hundreds of private campgrounds, it’s easy to find a tranquil spot to get back to basics.
In Colorado, bicycle riding is not just a way to get around before you get your drivers license: it’s a way of life. From the state that invented mountain biking and has dozens of endurance and high-altitude races, there’s an abundance of bike trails. There are also hundreds of miles of paved, flat trails for the more casual pedaler.
Colorado may be landlocked, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t shorelines. On thousands of acres of boat-worthy water, boaters travel through mountain basins and deep-water oases on the plains. Tow a water skier or just feel the wind on your face as you glide across Colorado’s lakes and reservoirs.
If you hear someone bragging about how far he hit the ball on a recent golf vacation, you might ask where he was when he experienced this feat. Chances are, it was in Colorado. At high altitude, where the air is thin and dry, everyone’s ball flies farther and straighter.
Dramatic scenic backdrops, endless trails and a history of horseback riding make Colorado a perfect destination for equestrian immersion. Each region offers a different landscape for horseback riding, pack trips, dude ranches and any level of horsemanship.
The headwaters of four major rivers begin in Colorado — the Colorado, Platte, Arkansas and Rio Grande — and every spring, whitewater lovers flock here with their kayaks strapped to the roofs of their cars and whitewater rafting reservations. Colorado’s abundance of outfitters, mellow rivers and challenging rapids make it the ideal place to put your paddle in the water.
One of the best ways to cool off from all these summer activities is to head underground, where two of the nation’s most popular natural caves can be found: Cave of the Winds in Manitou Springs and Glenwood Caverns in Glenwood Springs.