Welcome to Colorado; every adventurer’s dream destination. Home to the Rocky Mountains, Colorado offers top-notch outdoor activities year-round. Ski and snowboard at any one of the state’s resorts, including Aspen Mountain, Vail Valley Resort, Winter Park Ski Resort, and the famed Breckenridge. During the summer, hike, bike, and river raft in idyllic 70-degree weather.
Not sure where to start? Check out the best destinations in the state for skiers, snowboarders, hikers, and explorers—there’s something for everyone in Colorado.
- Ski at world-class resorts in Aspen. Located remotely in the Rocky Mountains and along the Roaring Fork River, Aspen is home to some of the world’s most popular ski resorts, including Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk. Snowmass Village, a resort that feels like a smalltown with stellar amenities, is just nine miles from Aspen, as well. If you’re visiting during the summer, you still have plenty of options; hike the Maroon Bells, take a dip in the hot springs, or go river rafting.
- Go on your next adventure in Vail Valley. Whether you’re an athlete or just a spectator, Vail Valley is for you. Come in the summer to take advantage of Vail Ski Resort’s warm-weather adventure park. If you’d rather just watch the professionals, plan to attend the GoPro Mountain Games—the country’s largest celebration of adventure sports, art, and music—in June. In the winter, snowboard and ski in Vail Valley, home to 5,300 acres of skiable terrain and 200 runs, or watch the best snowboarders in the country compete in the Burton U.S. Open in February.
- Dip into Steamboat Springs’ historic hot springs. Visit the hot springs for either an entire afternoon or for a quick dip to soak sore legs after spending the day partaking in the town’s many outdoor activities. In the summer, raft or fish along the Yampa River and hike along Fish Creek Falls. During the winter, ski at the Steamboat Springs Resort and make plans to attend the Winter Carnival in February.
- Go on a hot air balloon ride in Winter Park. Get a birds eye view of Grand County while floating in a hot air balloon and soak in all the beauty Colorado has to offer. While in town, experience some of the best skiing in the country at the Winter Park Ski Resort. If you’re visiting during the summer, the ski area transforms into over 600 miles of trails for bikers and the surrounding area near the Continental Divide offers endless opportunities for hikers.
- Explore Summit County’s mountain towns. Located amid the Colorado Rockies, Summit County is home to four world-class ski mountains: Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain, and Breckenridge—regularly voted one of America’s favorite ski resorts. In the summertime, explore Summit County’s many quaint mountain towns that pack in plenty of warm weather activities.