Known for the Rocky Mountains and easy access to the great outdoors, it’s easy to see how Colorado attracts lots of folks looking for adventure. With dozens of destinations perfect for skiing, biking, hiking, rafting, and a whole host of other activities, there are no shortage of spots to spend your time if you enjoy spending your days outside. However, some places rise above the rest as the best possible places to go if you’re looking for adventure in Colorado – and I’m excited to share them with you!
Ready for an adventure-filled vacation? Here are a few of the best Colorado destinations for travelers looking for an adrenaline rush:
Looking for adventure but don’t want to stay too far in the mountains? Look no further than Boulder. Boulder sits at the edge of the Rocky Mountains – a quick five-minute drive from the city center puts you up a winding canyon filled with rock climbers on any day with decent weather. During the summer, you get easy access to world-class hiking, mountain biking, road biking, and climbing. When the weather cools, it’s a quick drive to Eldora Mountain, a local favorite resort for skiers and snowboarders.
Located west of Colorado Springs, Salida has risen to prominence as a city for adventure-seekers. Its proximity along the Arkansas River makes it a prime destination for those looking to kayak or white water raft. Enjoy a half-day or full day on the water, or turn your adventure into a multi-day excursion – both are possible here.
Salida isn’t just for those who want to be on the water. It’s a great starting point for hikers who want to tackle the state’s infamous 14’ers. You’ll find 12 nearby for hikers of various skill levels, making this coveted challenge accessible.
This southwest Colorado city has become a mecca for bikers of all varieties and skill levels. Boasting over 2,000 miles of trails to ride, there’s no shortage of adventure to be had here in two weeks.
But it isn’t just a bike town. You’ll find zip line tours, camping opportunities, bouldering and rock climbing, rafting, and more at your fingertips. The San Juan Mountains are the perfect spot for summer hikes, and during the winter, the Durango Mountain Resort turns into a well-loved ski destination.
Like its name might imply, Winter Park is mostly known as a spot to see during the winter months. Winter Park Resort is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders, and for those who prefer to ski the backcountry, the area offers easy access to that, too. You can even take a snowmobile tour – or, for a tamer experience, strap on a pair of snowshoes and enjoy a wintery walk.
During the summer, however, Winter Park transforms into an outdoor playground. You’ll find seemingly endless hiking trails, miles and miles of bike paths and off-road adventures, spots for fly-fishing, and more.
The next time you’re looking for a big adventure, consider a trip to one of these Colorado destinations guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping no matter when you choose to visit.