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Explore the Outdoors in Colorado

The perfect time to experience the outdoors in Colorado is all year-round. No matter the time of the year…the mountains, wilderness areas, parks, scenic byways, lakes and rivers summon anyone looking for incomparable scenic beauty and perhaps a little adventure.

A great way to explore the vast wilderness that Colorado has to offer is to rent an ATV or Jeep and head off the paved roads. You can check out thousands of acres of national forest, as well as 41 Colorado State Parks. Colorado’s millions of acres of rugged outdoors welcome extreme sports lovers and are just waiting to get your heart beat racing.

Another popular way to discover the outdoors of Colorado is to strap on a backpack and get lost in the shadows of the mountain peaks, as you cross a gentle stream escaping the distractions of the world. Colorado’s lush forests, state parks, scenic wilderness areas, and public lands are the perfect respites from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Experience Colorado during the summer season and you will find endless opportunities for some water sport fun. Go water surfing along the South Platte River, spend the day kayaking or canoeing, white water rafting in Browns Canyon, or take a relaxing day cruise around Lake Dillon. As you travel through Colorado, your boating experience will change. Enjoy a peaceful excursion on a serene alpine lake, a pine-tree lined body of water filled with a fleet of sailboats or hang on tight as your motorboat zips across the wave-free waters of a Colorado State Park reservoir.

Take in the views of Colorado from an entirely different perspective - take a hot-air balloon ride. Nearly every major city and resort town in Colorado offers a bird's-eye view of local scenery from the basket of a high-flying balloon. This is one of the most unforgettable experiences and something you must try during your travels through Colorado. It is simply breathtaking.

Colorado is certainly known around the world for its top-notch snow skiing and boarding slopes. One of the most popular destinations is Aspen. This area is famous for its world-class downhill skiing and variety of snow sports for all ages including cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and sledding. Aspen Snowmass boasts powdery slopes and more than 3,000 acres of parks, pipes, glades, cliffs and steeps.

Vail offers a wide variety of terrain. With over 5,200 skiable acres, paired with pristine conditions, Vail is an experience like nothing you have ever had before. Think of over 300 days of sunshine coupled with over 370 inches of snow every year. This is truly a skier’s paradise.

When visiting the Denver area, you can find several ski resorts just minutes from the downtown. Arapahoe Basin Ski Area offers skiing, snowboarding, and breathtaking views. The Winter Park Express Ski Train from Union Station offers a convenient way to enjoy skiing or snowboarding from January through March.

Crested Butte Mountain Resort is an outdoor playground for skiers and snowboarders. Monarch Mountain Ski and Snowboard Area is one of Colorado’s most popular destinations for snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, and tubing. Skiers also flock to Durango Mountain Resort and Wolf Creek Ski Area for dogsledding, sleigh rides, and other snow sports. For more world-class skiing options in Colorado, visit Telluride at Mountain Village or Gunnison Nordic Center to try the challenging cross-country trails and ice-skating rink.

If you are an outdoor enthusiast, you will find it all in Colorado. So, make the most of your time while in the Centennial State.