People that aren’t used to traveling around Colorado seem to assume that the Centennial State is all ski resorts. They couldn’t be more wrong. With tons of biking, hiking, climbing, rafting, and more during the warmer months of the year, Colorado is one state that won’t disappoint regardless of the season. Here are a few of our favorite summer towns in Colorado.
1. Estes Park, Colorado
Only miles away from the world-famous Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park is perhaps one of the most popular destinations in the state. Expect a lot of tourists, but for a good reason…breathtaking views can be seen in every direction. Don’t forget to stop by the Stanley Hotel to learn a little bit about what inspired the horror-classic, Stephen King’s The Shining.
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2. Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Home to a weekly summer rodeo, a ski resort that converts to summer activities, and plenty of remote places nearby to hike, Steamboat Springs is the perfect Colorado town to give you a real taste of the Wild, Wild West.
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3. Telluride, Colorado
Telluride, nestled in a box canyon, is surrounded by waterfalls and mountainous peaks perfect for exploring. This area of the San Juan Mountains is also known for the number of off-road driving trails, including the infamous Black Bear Pass.
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4. Buena Vista, Colorado
Buena Vista is a great place to find fun for the whole family. Not only are there several 14,000 foot peaks within short driving distance, it’s also home to some of the best white-water rafting in the country. Think you’re up for more of a thrill? Try out the local zipline course at Arkansas Valley Adventures.
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5. Leadville, Colorado
Known for attracting some of the most extreme endurance athletes in the world, Leadville is one high-altitude mountain town that can’t be missed. While there’s no local ski resort that brings tourists to town in the winter, nearby biking and hiking above treeline is a huge pull for the summer crowd.
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6. Boulder, Colorado
Things get a little less hectic in Boulder during the summer months when the college students are away. Surrounded by very accessible peaks perfect for hiking and rock climbing, you’ll quickly understand what makes this region one of the most active spots in the country.
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7. Grand Junction, Colorado
Grand Junction attracts some of the most hardcore outdoor recreation enthusiasts around because of its proximity to some of the best mountain biking in the country in nearby Fruita. Don’t think you’re up for much physical exertion? The Grand Junction area is also considered Colorado’s Wine Country!