Colorado summer vacation
From fields ablaze in wildflowers to exhilaration whitewater rafting trips and thousands of miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, summer in Colorado is simply spectacular. As many Colorado mountain-town locals will say ‘I came for the winters and stayed for the summers.’ It’s not hard to understand why once you’ve experienced the U.S’ highest and most beautiful mountains in the summer.
The Colorado Rockies are home to 13 of some of the most stunning U.S. National Parks and Forests, and nearly all are next to, surrounding or near mountain resorts, which makes figuring out accommodations and other activities a cinch. For example, Winter Park is just 42 miles from the western entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, where moose siting’s are prevalent. Aspen Snowmass, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Keystone and Vail are situated within the most visited national forest in the U.S.: White River National Forest, which features eight Wilderness areas, 10 peaks over 14,000’ (14ers) and 2,500 miles of trails. Crested Butte and Telluride reside in the collectively managed Grand Mesa, Uncompaghre and Gunnison National Forest, all located on the Western Slope of the Colorado Rockies. Highlights for nature lovers and outdoor explorers include the Wildflower Festival in Crested Butte and the hike up to the 355-foot-high Bridal Veil falls in Telluride.
Adrenaline seekers will want to try out lift-accessed downhill mountain biking at Crested Butte, Keystone, Snowmass and Winter Park or arrange for a whitewater rafting excursion on the Roaring Fork or Colorado River near Aspen. Crested Butte’s Gunnison River is another great venue for getting wet and wild. And, horseback riding in Vail’s Back Bowls is unbeatable.