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Top Colorado destinations for summer adventure

When it comes to Colorado, many people think it's a great destination for the winter season because it has great mountains for skiing and snowboarding. What they don' t tell you, however, is that Colorado also makes the perfect summer getaway, especially for those of you how are outdoorsy and love mountain excursions. Colorado has just about every major summer mountain activity from hiking, biking, whitewater rafting, fishing and horseback riding to adventure parks, zip lining, alpine slides, golfing, great shopping and world-class cuisine. All that PLUS incredible and scenic views of the Rocky Mountains and all their glory. Check out some of the highlights of our favorite destinations below:

Aspen Snowmass

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  • Located in the stunning East Elk Mountain Range, Aspen is hope to several 14,000-foot peaks, including the spectacular Maroon Beels
  • Snowcovered trails are transformed to wildflower-lined hiking and biking trials
  • In early summer, the Roaring Fork River is a playground for whitewater rafters and kayakers.
  • The lift-accessed Snowmass Bike Park will thrill downhill biking lovers
  • A stacked summer events calendar includes the famous Food & Wine festival, JAS Aspen Labor Day Experience and many, mnany more
  • Independence Pass is a world-renowned mecca for rock climbing.
  • Al fresca mountain dining is on a whole new level in Aspen's many fine-dining restaurants

Breckenridge

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  • Hike at soaring heights in Breckenridge. The Continential Divide affords stunning snow-capped views and hillsides dotted with high-alpine wildflowers.
  • Beginner hikers have plenty of options, too, with miles of gentle paved paths that wind along streams and rivers.Strolling through downtown Breckenridge in the summer is lovely.
  • Zoom down 2,500 feet of elevated track on the Gold Runner Alpine Coaster, which can hit speeds of 45 MPH.
  • Mountain bikers can test their skills on Breck's 50-mile trail network, much of which is lift-accessed for downhill enthusiasts.

Crested Butte

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  • Famous for its Wildflower Festival in early to mid July, Crested Butte's mountainsides are awash in color. It's spectacular.
  • Mountain biking was born in Crested Butte, so you can bet there's no shortage of epic trails to explore, both cross-country and lift-accessed on Crested Butte Mountain Resort's Evolution Bike Park.
  • Perusing the charming Elk Avenue, downtown Crested Butte's historic Main Street, is an idyllic experience made even more wonderful by warm summer days.
  • There are a variety of camping spots, just a short drive from downtown Crested Butte, making it easy to experience everything this incredibly delightful mining-era town has to offer.

Steamboat Springs

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  • Known as being "down-to-earth" and very authentic, welcoming both hiking and cowboy boots alike.
  • Enjoy a craft beer made by one of the many local breweries
  • Located close to the Yampa River, perfect for SUPing, rafting, kayaking and fly fishing trout.
  • Routt County offers great rock climbing perfect for beginners and intermediates.
  • Enjoy a piece of the unique cowboy culture with a horsebacking excursion.

Telluride

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  • Known as "Bike Town, USA," cross-country and downhill riders have more than 50 miles of gondola serviced downhill and freeride trails.
  • Known to have one of the most breathtaking valleys in the Rocky Mountains.
  • Famous for it's lively events and festivals: Balloon Festival, Bluegrass Festival, Wine Festival, Yoga Festival, Film Festival, etc.
  • For uber adventurous hikers, Telluride is also within striking distance to several 14,000+ foot peaks, also known as "14ers".

Vail

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  • Commonly known as the "Alpine-style" getaway of Colorado.
  • In the summer, Adventure Ridge, which is accessed via the Eagle Bahn Gondola, offers a ropes course, disc golf and much more for the young and young at heart.
  • Downhill mountain and cross-country mountain bikers have a host of trails to explore at Vail, including the famous Two Elks trail.
  • Home to some of Colorado's best luxurious spas, fine dining, and shopping.
  • The Vail Valley has three rivers to choose from for whitewater rafting and fishing: The Colorado, Eagle or Arkansas Rivers.
  • Don't miss the Saturday farmer's market in Vail Village for local produce, crafts, arts and street-style eats.

Winter Park

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  • Home to the longest alpine slide in the state of Colorado.
  • Offers other unique activities such as s'mores by the fire, summer tubing, bungee trampoline, disc golf, a climbing wall, mini golf and the GyroExtreme space trainer, to name a few.
  • Two-wheeled adventures have more 600 miles of mountain bike and hiking trails.
  • The resort's Trestle Bike Park is world-renowned among downhill mountain bikers.