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When was the last time you actually went outside to do something fun and interesting? Instead of going to the gym or going for a drive, take a hike in the Rocky Mountains. In and around Denver, there are dozens of outdoor activities that you can do in a day, even in a few hours.
Colorado has 4 distinct seasons, with tons of activities to do each season.
In the Winter, there are 10 ski mountains less than 2 hours from Denver. You can drive out to Breckenridge or Vail, ski for a few hours, have some lunch with your friends, and make it back to Denver in time for dinner! If you are a fanatic for skiing or snowboarding, then check out our list of ski mountains on our Destinations page.
Another popular activity in Winter is to rent snowmobiles and take a ride on the vast network of trails. One of our favorite snowmobile rides starts in Winter Park and goes to the top of the Corona Bowl (11,000+ feet), where train tracks were built over the continental divide in the early 1900's.
There is also cross-country skiing, snowshoe treks, snow cat rides, night skiing, ice skating, and a lot more.
Winter is also the time when 5280 Magazine promotes their restaurant specials. Many of the local top gourmet restaurants participate in the annual event. The promotion is that two people can have a 3-course meal, and usually some sort of beverage (wine, beer, etc.), for only $52.80 (+tip). It's a great deal, and a great way to sample the top restaurants at such an inexpensive price!
Once the snow begins to melt in the Spring, the hiking and mountain biking starts. When the snow melts, the rivers start to rise and flow through the canyons. Late spring is when the river rafting really starts to pick up. If you've ever been rafting through Brown's Canyon or through the Royal Gorge, you'll want to go back and raft the rapids every year!
Spring in Colorado is a great time to take your 4x4 and do a four-wheel excursion. As you head West into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, there is a vast network of off-road trails. Some of these trails are used for snowmobiling in the Winter. Colorado has many friendly OHV (off highway vehicle) clubs that plan day trips and longer excursions into rural and remote areas.
Summer is the ultimate camping season. Even though the Summer can get hot in the city, as you move to higher elevations, the weather is perfect; warm during the day and cool at night. Weekend camping, either in a tent or RV, is so popular, that many of the suburban restaurants look almost deserted.
We have a folding camper (a.k.a. pop-up camper) that we bought in June 2006. We absolutely love it. We'll take the camper to one of the popular destinations for a few days and hike around some of the peaks, lakes, and waterfalls, that are popular in the Summer.
Summer in Colorado is also the best time for hiking. Because of the warm weather, the higher elevations are easier to get to. Colorado has over 50 peaks that top 14,000 feet. That's some serious hiking. Just be on the lookout for lightning storms in the early afternoons.
As Summer sort of melds into Fall, many of us try to squeeze in one last camping, hiking, or mountain biking trip. It's also the season where many people start to dust off their ski equipment and start speculating about how much snow we expect to get in the coming season.
Really, Autumn is just an extension of the Summer. But, as the weather gets colder, the camping and hiking starts to fade. Attitudes change from outdoor activities to outdoor sports, such as football. Yes, going to a Denver Broncos football game is just as exciting as going skiing (for some of us)!
Every season, we pick out a few destinations and make plans. There just aren't enough weekends in the year to do all the things we want to do! We also have the "must do" list, like the Colorado Wine Festival in Manitou Springs or the Renaissance Festival in Larkspur.
We occasionally organize ski trips or hikes with friends or groups from work. Our calendar below shows upcoming activities.
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Colorado has a lot of fun and interesting things to do outdoors. If you like adventure and other outdoor recreational activities, then check our calendar regularly for new events. If you ever want to go skiing, hiking, or mountain biking with us, then send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.