We live in a beautiful and unique state here in Colorado. We frequently rank Top 5 for healthiest states in the nation. Who would blame us when there are so many amazing and fun things to do outside?!? Not us. In fact, this summer, we want to help you get out there and do those amazing and fun things. That’s why we’ve put together this list of adventurous “To-Do”s for your Colorado summer.
For years, Colorado has ranked as one of the best places to live by Time, Huffingtonpost and more. Whether it’s Boulder, Denver or Fort Collins, one of our amazing cities is always topping charts for “the best places to live in the United States.” Because you live in one of the most beautiful, cultured and naturally diverse states in the nation, we want you to enjoy it! So, here is a list of things you could do this summer to get the best Colorado experience.
- Maroon Bells
Maroon Bells is internationally known as one of the most beautiful and photogenic natural sites in the world. Every color of the rainbow is present and ready to be indulged, here. So hike, bike, ride horses and take as many pictures as your heart desires! This is, after all, Colorado’s most photographed location. For information on getting there, park fees, hiking trails and the like, visit: http://www.stayaspensnowmass.com/activities/visit-maroon-bells
- Red Rocks Amphitheater
Red Rocks really is the best concert venue in the world. It’s unique beyond any other. Settled in the natural terrain of Morrison Colorado, Red Rocks is a sight to see. The location and makeup of the location itself not only provides excellent acoustics, but excellent views towards southwest Denver, too. If you’re not the concert type, don’t worry, you can still enjoy Red Rocks. During the summer, they host a concert/film series called “Film on The Rocks” where patrons can enjoy music and watch their favorite movies on the big screen. If you’re looking for something a little bit more unique, try “Yoga on the Rocks,” a series of yoga classes held and led by seasoned instructors early Sunday mornings for most of the summer. To visit Red Rocks and get information, visit http://redrocksonline.com/
- The Royal Gorge
One of the many things Colorado is known for, the Royal Gorge is probably the most famous. Who wouldn’t want to walk across a bridge spanning 955 feet above the Arkansas River? Apparently, Coloradans love it and some families will visit as often as once a year. If the bridge isn’t scary enough for you, try the bridge bungee jump and dive off that cliff into the deep ravine of the gorge itself. They’ve also got a zip line, Gondola, mini-train and theater in the plaza. For most people, the Royal Gorge is a Colorado must see. Check it out at: http://royalgorgebridge.com/
- Hanging Lake and Glenwood Springs
Hanging Lake is exactly as it sounds; a lake, hanging high above ground, nestled in the mountain side. To get there one must hike the 1.7 miles (with fairly easy terrain) to enjoy the lake, the waterfall and the pristine blue water. The Lake itself resides in the lovely Colorado town of Glenwood Springs. While you’re there to hike, we recommend stopping over to the hot springs to unwind and swim in this relaxing warm water. There’s also a Gondola ride not far and a cave tour, too. For Hanging Lake information visit: http://www.visitglenwood.com/hanging-lake
- The Denver Botanic Gardens
If you’re looking for something a little closer to the city, the Denver Botanic Gardens is a must see. Located near Cheesman Park, the Botanic Gardens is a great place to get in some exercise, visit with friends and family and enjoy the views and scents of an immaculate 23 acre park. Enjoy parts of the rainforest inside their large green house with ladders, bridges and tunnels or visit the Japanese Garden and feel as though you’re in another time and place! If you’re feeling hungry, stop by their café and enjoy a coffee, sandwich or salad. While the Denver Botanic Gardens is the largest and most diverse of the gardens, the Botanic Gardens also maintain a collection of other parks and facilities. See them and information about the Botanic Gardens at http://www.botanicgardens.org/
- Garden of the Gods
Rich with history and tradition, this park in Colorado Springs really is the Garden of the Gods. Experts believe that people have been camping, visiting and hiking in this park since 1330B.C! With its unusual landmarks and beautiful rock formations, Garden of the Gods really is a Colorado treasure. You name it; Coloradans are doing it in this beautiful Colorado Springs park. Biking, hiking, climbing and horseback riding are all permitted with proper permits and fees. Get the GOTG 441 here: http://www.gardenofgods.com/home/index.cfm