State Adventure: Colorado
With more than 300 days of sunshine each year, the state of Colorado is considered one of the best locations in the U.S. to be outdoors. The Centennial State is known for its distinct landscape with vast snowy mountains, barren desert lands, steep valleys, river canyons, and an abundance of world-renowned ski resorts. Opportunities for outdoor recreation in Colorado can include anything from skiing, hiking, downhill mountain biking, kayaking, and much more.
Downhill Mountain Biking at Winter Park
Located 90 minutes west of Denver is one of the greatest destinations for downhill mountain biking in the Colorado. Winter Park is usually known for it’s ski resort, but in the summer months it hosts some of the best trails in the country for downhill bike riding. The same people who created Whistler’s world famous bike park which hosts some 42 miles of lift-friendly trails designed Trestle Bike Park. Trestle has options for many riders. They have smooth, easy trails for beginners and colossal jumps for experienced pros. Not only is Winter Park a great spot to visit for bike riding, there are numerous opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, rafting, fishing, golfing, and more.
Hiking the Quandary Peak
Have you ever wanted to climb to the top of a mountain? With 54 mountains over 14,000 ft. in elevation, Colorado is considered the highest state in the U.S. and is home to many hiking prospects for adventurists alike. For those of you who fantasize about climbing mountains, the Quandary Peak is the perfect place to begin for someone who wants to reach the summit of a Colorado “fourteener.” The trailhead begins at around 10,900 ft. and is located 8 miles south of Breckenridge. You’ll pass abandoned mines along the way and will encounter amazing 360° views from the top. The hike itself requires no rope work or technical hiking skills, but you might want to bring along your fēnix 3 GPS sport watch. With its built-in sensors that provide information on heading, elevation, and weather changes, it always a good tool to bring on a hike.
Mesa Verde National Park
Get ready to witness some of the most mesmerizing remains from America’s earliest inhabitants at this legendary national park. Located 9 miles east of the Cortez community, Mesa Verde National Park offers a spectacular look into the existence of the Ancestral Pueblo people who constructed extravagant cities between 600AD and 1300AD. The unbelievable cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde are some of the most significant and well-preserved relics in North America. Not only is this a great spot to take in some of America’s history, but it’s also a great location to go hiking and take plenty of photos.
Colorado is home to a number of unreal outdoor experiences, but some can be a little harder to find than others. Next time you’re in need of some serious outdoor refreshment, just remember that the state of Colorado is bursting at the seams with outdoor recreation. Stay tuned for another state adventure series post and don’t forget to share with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and use #HaveNoLimits
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