Last Minute Colorado Summer Trip Ideas
Not ready to let summer go? Aching to take one last summer trip? Here are some quick trip ideas sure to make a few long lasting Summer 2016 memories.
Biking is one of the Colorado activities that most reminds me of childhood. I think there was a period in my life – while I was trying to learn to ride a bike without hands – that I peddled more than I walked.
Ryan and I have been adding biking to our many Colorado travels over the last two summers; renting bikes at the various locations we visit. Most recently we rented bikes from Cirque Cyclery in Paonia and toured small farms and a winery.
Bikes are fun. And they’re even more fun when you do it in one of Colorado’s fabulous locations.
Don’t have a boat? That’s okay, you can rent one. We’re heading to Lake Dillon at the end of the month where we’re renting a pontoon boat with a couple of friends. It will be the perfect way to say goodbye to Summer 2016.
Other Colorado lakes with boat rentals include Steamboat Lake, Grand Lake, Carter Lake and Lake Pueblo, among others. Colorado Parks & Wildlife’s website is a great resource for finding a lake near you.
Did anyone else’s family “go on drives” as a kid? We did. And late summer is a great time to check out some of Colorado’s high altitude drives that close during the winter.
Independence Pass soars between Twin Lakes and Aspen and provides some of the most breathtaking views in the country. It tends to close around November 1 and not reopen until Memorial Day.
Trail Ridge Road, which usually closes in early October, is another scenic drive worth the gasoline. The views, the wildflowers and wildlife all make this a bucket list excursion. Trail Ridge Road can be closed until June, depending on spring snow.
This has been a good year for rafting companies in Colorado. Outfitters that run the Poudre River are hoping to stay open through Labor Day this year and they say it is “looking real good.”
Rafting companies along the Arkansas River in Salida and Buena Vista are looking forward to great rafting through Labor Day. They’re already planning to run short, half-day trips after Labor Day as well.
Don’t want to raft? You can always just float. Floating the river is one of the top late summer activities in Pagosa Springs along the San Juan River, as well as Steamboat Springs along the Yampa River.
So there you have it – summer may be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean you have to put away the flip flops quite yet. Get out there and have yourself one last Colorado summer adventure.