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Summer Spots to Enjoy Nature in Colorado

From national parks to hidden gems, Colorado offers stunning scenery and natural retreats for residents and visitors. Sam Lambert shares special spots to enjoy nature in Colorado this summer.

Colorado is commonly known as the state with the best winter sports and activities available. But the summers can be just as dazzling!

Our great state is among the top places with quality living conditions and some of the best summer spots to enjoy nature, offering a wide variety of activities year round. Check out these places to visit this summer to enjoy the beautiful fresh air of Colorado.

Grand Lake

Searching for more water activities than you can imagine? Look no further than Grand Lake, located near the Western entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Grand Lake offers a wide range of aquatic activities including boating, sailing, yachting, kayaking, fishing, and swimming. Paddleboarding is also popular on the lake as visitors flock to its shores to enjoy the crystal clear water. Jump in the lake for a refreshing break from the summer sun.

Grand Lake is also surrounded by plenty of hotels, restaurants, and shopping for tourists to enjoy after a day out on the water.

Royal Gorge

Located in Canon City, this must-visit summer spot offers both views of the beautiful gorge as well as excellent whitewater rafting opportunities of the Arkansas River.

Royal Gorge is one of the deepest canyons in Colorado. Visitors can walk over the beautiful Royal Gorge Bridge that was built in 1929.

Some of the state’s best whitewater rafting is also available in the gorge, where Class V rapids take thrill seekers down the Arkansas River.

Crested Butte Mountain

Winter skiing is a popular activity at Crested Butte Mountain, but the summer season also offers a wide range of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. 32 trails canvas the mountain where hikers and mountain bikers can explore summertime on the mountain.

Enjoy beautiful views from the butte and take in natural vegetation that blooms during the warmer summer months. Over 700 miles of single track trails are available for those mountain bikers who want the ultimate mountaintop experience.

Garden of the Gods

The magnificent sandstone features of Garden Of The Gods are a brilliant place to enjoy all that summer has to offer in Colorado.

Hiking and biking trails are available, as well as Jeep and Segway tours. Many rock climbers enjoy trying their hand at scaling the towering sandstone formations of the park located near Colorado Springs.

A café grill is open daily for those who want to enjoy a relaxed lunch overlooking the majestic natural peaks.


Located in the Southwestern part of the state, Durango has become widely known for its many opportunities for horseback riding.

Riders can book a wide variety of tours and trail rides that will showcase beautiful views of the San Juan Mountains. Some outfits offer riding through the nearby San Juan National Forest, as well as lessons and camps for those who want to learn more about all things equestrian.

Summer is a popular time for horseback riding as warm weather means a lot of time on the trail.

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