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Western Colorado Summer Bucket List | RMHP

Western Colorado Summer Bucket List | RMHP



Western Colorado Summer Bucket List

Top Things to Do in Colorado for a Summer of Fun!

 Summer is here! Time to get outside and play. Need a little inspiration for planning your summer adventures? Here are six of the best ways we know to enjoy a western Colorado summer.


1. Hike a fourteener

We’ll kick off your summer bucket list with an adventurous start. Colorado has 53 mountain peaks that top out over 14,000 feet, and there’s a trek for every level of fitness. As a bonus, sticking to our peaks on the Western Slope will help you avoid the crowds often found along the popular Front Range routes.


You’ll want to prepare accordingly, so read these three resources before heading out on your first fourteener journey:


A Beginners Guide to Hiking a 14er
Guide To 14er Season, Part 1: Do's and Don'ts
Guide to 14er Season, Part 2:  Getting in Shape


2. Attend a bluegrass festival or show

Bluegrass music abounds in Colorado. Telluride’s annual Bluegrass Festival is one of the most well-known events in the state, taking place every mid-June. Why are we telling you after the fact? Tickets sell out well in advance each year, so start planning now for 2018!


Don’t worry, there are plenty of other bluegrass venues throughout Colorado. The Colorado Bluegrass Music Society posts a calendar of a calendar of festivals and other events happening statewide. You might be surprised to find performances, festivals, or jams in your area.


3. Go stand up paddle-boarding

Have some fun on the water with stand up paddle boarding, also known as SUPing. You can rent SUPs at many reservoirs and sports equipment rental companies. Explore these Top 10 Places to Stand Up Paddle Board in Colorado, including some wonderful spots on the Western Slope.


4. Witness the wildflowers blooming

In early summer, the Rocky Mountains come alive with colorful displays of wildflowers. Make some hiking plans (a 14er hike, perhaps?) and head into the mountains to see the spectacular shows, and don’t forget to make room on your camera’s memory card — you’ll need it!


5. Visit one of Colorado’s hot springs

Geothermal hot springs are sprinkled throughout Colorado, just waiting for you to discover them. Here are some of our personal favorites. They’re just as relaxing in the summertime, especially after a strenuous hike.


6. Take the whole family on a Colorado camping trip

Once summer starts, so does camping season. Whether you want a backcountry experience away from the crowds, an established campsite, a place to park the RV, or something in between, you can always find the perfect spot to set up camp in Colorado.


Want some suggestions? Have a look at this list of 10 Places for Family Friendly Camping. Other useful resources for finding campsites include and HipCamp.