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The forecast for summer activities in Colorado calls for big blue skies in the day and cool evenings at any altitude. Claim your share of things to do in Colorado’s mild summer season by getting outside and getting active. 

Take a hike. 

Colorado has hundreds of miles of hiking trails that are just your speed. Colorado trails are easy to access and lead through diverse landscapes — wildflower meadows, colorful cliffs and canyons, swaying grasslands, rushing waterfalls and much more.

***We recommend you make your base in Estes Park, Aspen, Vail, Breckenridge or Telluride and do day hikes. The “Maroon Bells” hike outside Aspen is a classic.

Camping at Trout Lake

Grab your backpack and camp out.

There’s no better way to get close to Colorado’s abundant wilderness areas than by making one of its campgrounds home, either in a tent or a yurt, under the stars or in a fully loaded RV.

Mountain Biking

Pedal power for adventure. Mountain biking or cycling.

In Colorado, bicycle riding is not just a way to get around: It’s a way of life. From the state that invented mountain biking (Crested Butte holds that honor) to dozens of endurance and high-altitude races each year, you can bet Colorado is home to an abundance of bike trails.

*** Make your base camp at Crested Butte, Telluride, or Aspen and cycle away.

Sailboats beneath the Front Range mountains in Boyd Lake State Park - Loveland, CO

Anchors away. Let’s go boating.

Colorado may be landlocked, but we still have shorelines. On thousands of acres of water, boaters find solace traveling through mountain basins or the deep, blue-water oases on plains of eastern Colorado. Tow a waterskier or tuber or just feel the wind on your face as you glide along Colorado lakes and reservoirs.

***Boyd State Park near Loveland offers lots of boating adventures.

Collegiate Peaks Golf Course - Buena Vista, CO

Tee time for avid golfers

At Colorado’s high altitude, where the air is thin and dry, everyone’s golf ball flies farther and straighter. This is likely one of the reasons so many golfers are drawn to the state. The only-in-Colorado mountain backdrops, a variety of layouts and companies that offer packaged golf tours are another.

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Photos and some content courtesy of  Colorado Tourism