Take advantage of the last few weeks of summer by exploring Colorado’s great outdoors! Whether you prefer to hike, bike, or simply play in your own backyard, there are many opportunities to get outside and take in all Colorado has to offer.
Here are six can’t-miss places to explore Colorado and experience the great outdoors:
Garden of the Gods
Head down to Colorado Springs to visit Garden of the Gods. Hit the trails for some hiking, biking, and rock climbing, or enjoy nature walks, jeep tours, and special events at one of the most photographed attractions in the Pikes Peak region.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Drive along Trail Ridge Road to take in spectacular mountain views. Stop along the way to explore the great outdoors over 300 miles of hiking trails, wildflowers, and wildlife. Access Rocky Mountain National Park from Estes Park.
Eldorado Canyon State Park
Outside of Boulder, there is much to explore in Eldorado Canyon State Park. Hike or rock climb along the sandstone cliffs, or simply pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the scenic South Boulder Creek.
There are 53 mountains with a peak over 14,000 feet in elevation. Hike peaks throughout Colorado’s Front Range, Tenmile Range, Mosquito Range, Sawatch Range, Elk Mountains, San Juan Mountains, and Sangre de Cristo Range. Learn more about Colorado’s 14ers. For other great hiking options, check out the 5 Best Denver Neighborhoods for Hiking Enthusiasts.
It may be too early for snow pants and ski boots, but that doesn’t rule out Colorado’s ski resorts for outdoor activities and entertainment. Ski resorts offer attractions, rides, and hikes in the summer. Come back when the snow starts to fall for skiing and winter sports.
To explore closer to home, don’t forget about Colorado’s many city parks. The Department of Parks and Recreation hosts summer events for communities across Denver and Colorado. Plenty of green spaces throughout the city offer areas to relax and breath in the fresh air. Find a park near you.
Looking for more information on things to do across Colorado? Visit REcolorado’s Popular Places to Live to learn more about some of Colorado’s cities and hot spots for locals.
Originally published November 2, 2017 — Updated April 30, 2020