Summer’s not just beach season. In Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, it’s prime time for adventure. From hiking and mountain biking to whitewater rafting, ATV tours and ziplining, there’s plenty to do. The Rocky Mountains out West are a summer playground for the nature-bound.
Whether you’re horseback riding with the family or kayaking with friends, here are six Rocky Mountain travel guides to help you find the perfect Colorado mountain retreat. Each guide offers seven full days of activity and dining recommendations from locals who know the destinations best:
This Breckenridge vacation guide will have you strolling down Historic Main Street and visiting the distillery one day, and biking Vail Pass with a picnic by the lake the next. Visit the Peak 8 Summer Fun Park to enjoy activities like the alpine slide and scenic chair lift ride. Dine at local favorites like Giampietro’s Pizza Restaurant and Hearthstone Restaurant, and fit in activities like horseback riding, rafting and hiking.
Ride the gondola, embark on a whitewater rafting tour and hike the trails. This Rocky Mountain travel guide to Beaver Creek will keep everyone happy, striking a good balance between downtime and “go time.” Family-friendly restaurant recommendations like Blue Moose Pizza – with paper tablecloths for coloring – are great for a laid back experience. Then switch it up with a date night at Mirabelle while the grandparents spend quality time with the kids back at the vacation rental home.
With ziplining, alpine coasters and hot air balloon rides, this vacation guide to experiencing Vail is a great resource for the perfect Colorado mountain retreat. It points out spots like Epic Discovery, the ultimate playground for families with adventure courses, zip lines, a mountain coaster and more. Outings like rafting tours and jeep treks are complemented by entertainment in town. Dining recommendations include Vail Chophouse, Sweet Basil, and the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse, accessed by a refreshing one-mile hike.
From biking the Yampa Valley and riding down alpine slides to soaking in the hot springs and digging into barbeque at the rodeo, experience the best of Steamboat with this Colorado travel guide. Eat at spots like Ore House at the Pine Grove, Salt & Lime, and Sweet Pea Restaurant. Insider Tip: At Sweet Pea, grab seating outside so you can watch the kayakers, tubers and fly fishermen on the Yampa River.
This Aspen vacation guide steers you toward wildflower meadows, mountaintop yoga classes, the Valhalla Trail and more. It’ll help you navigate Aspen’s museums, boutiques and dining scene too, with recommendations like an afternoon browsing the Aspen Art Museum and dinner at Pinon’s – said by some to be “the place” in Aspen. Adventure’s on the agenda too with activities like horseback riding and rafting.
From backcountry Jeep tours to the world’s highest official disc golf course, use this Snowmass vacation guide to enjoy the outdoors. It recommends local hikes, whitewater rafting tours, and mountaintop lawn games in nearby Aspen. To relax after exploring, dine at restaurants like Eight K, Home Team BBQ, and Il Poggio.
Insider Tip: The sweet potato ravioli, veal and truffle gnocchi and pizzetta are all recommended dishes at Il Poggio. For entertainment after dinner, bowl, take in a show or stay in for a family movie night.
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