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Colorado Summer

Colorado Summer Vacation Planning

Colorado Summer Vacation Planning, the best season

If you're planning a Colorado summer vacation, you have come to the right place. A Colorado summer vacation is the best time of year to visit this glorious state. The Mountain West is the most geographically diverse region in the United States, and with that comes natural wonders to be explored. A Colorado summer road trip starts with finding destinations that meet your expectations, planning scenic routes through the mountains, and locating all those fun family activities along the way. Use our FREE itinerary tool to start planning and organizing your summer vacation.

Colorado National and State Parks

Colorado has 42 state parks, 4 National Parks, 11 national forests, and 42 wilderness areas, each showcasing different parts of our great state, from the eastern plains to the highest peaks. That adds up to 43.3% of Colorado classified as public land, and what amazing land it is! These parks and forests are popular attractions during the Colorado summer, and fortunately, they are spread out across the state. You can easily visit one or more during your scenic road trip. State Parks offer various amenities for camping and feature attractions such as a gorgeous mountain lake, hiking trails, and much more. Learn more about National and State Parks.

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Colorado Summer Culture, Festivals, Local Events

As you travel through the state, you will encounter many cultural events and festivals (events calendar).

  • Check the concert calendar and find an outdoor concert or nearby live music. Red Rocks Amphitheater is always a fantastic place to watch a show.
  • Consider a brewery tour such as the Coors Factory Brewery Tour in Golden or the Breckenridge Brewery Tour. Winery tours are also popular.
  • Catch a game at the Coors Field, home of the Rockies, in Denver.
  • Many mountain communities have regular art walks or exhibits going on.
  • The Colorado Pro Rodeo Tour is a popular cultural event with scheduled rodeos throughout the state.
  • Stop at a nearby Farmers Market. Beyond all those mountains lie very fertile valleys. Colorado produces many fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, and artisan crafts. Palisade peaches are a favorite.
  • If you enjoy participating in local athletic events, search your favorite mountain community for whatever type of race or event you would like to participate in. You will surely find something (mountain biking, running, golf tournaments…, etc.).

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Family Fun Colorado Vacation Planning - things to do with kids

If family fun is what you’re after, Colorado is the place to be. You might say that family entertainment is the state’s specialty. Mountain resort towns (ski resorts) are your-round these days, featuring gondola and chairlift access mountain biking and hiking trails. You will also find mountainside adventure parks in these same locations, adding to the fun with various activities such as bungee trampolines, put-put golf, adventure park-type challenge courses, mountain slides, and more. Nearby mountain communities have even more fun things to do with kids such as guided tours, state parks, and dedicated adventure parks.

Whitewater Rafting, Lakes, Water Parks, Adventure Parks and more

Getting wet during the Colorado summer season is widespread and easily attainable. With abundant mountain lakes, whitewater rivers, and water parks across the state, you can easily add this to your vacation planing. The popularity of adventure parks has created variations that include adventure packages, which combine water fun with other types of adventure.

  • Whitewater rafting is a super fun family adventure. You can easily find rafting companies that provide trips to match the group size and ability level.
  • Try ziplining across Colorado’s stunning landscape. Many zipline companies now offer adventure packages.
  • Water parks are another great summer way to cool down. Check out Elitch Gardens and Water World, both in Denver, which are super fun.
  • Stop at the Frisco Adventure Park, located in Frisco next to Lake Dillon. It is a family-friendly center with lots of family activities.
  • Visit one of Colorado’s many lakes. The larger lakes have marinas with boat rentals, allowing activities like water skiing and jet skiing, sailing, SUPs, fishing, and more.
  • Take a guided horseback ride. Horseback riding is found near mountain resorts or popular destinations like Estes Park.
  • Schedule a group off-road tour, a great way to build memories and see the fantastic sights.
  • Visit a state park. Parks are found throughout the state. These unique parks feature family entertainment such as beaches, picnic sites, boat rentals, fishing, hiking & biking trails, and more.

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Dinosaurs and Historical Vacation Planning Stops

Colorado Summer Dinosaur Sites

Colorado is rich in history and has many interesting historical sites worth visiting along your family's summer road trip. If you’re planning to visit the Royal Gorge Region, add a stop at one of these exciting dinosaur fossil preserves or museums:

  • The Royal Gorge Regional History Museum, see fossils, dinosaur bones, and a complete Stegosaurus replica skeleton.
  • Garden Park Fossil Area - a 3,600-acre area rich with fossils.
  • Indian Springs Trace Fossil Site - see tracks left by prehistoric creatures.
  • Include Skyline Drive as part of your summer road trip - view fossils and more tracks.

Dinosaur National Monument in NW Colorado is a unique geographical place with dinosaur remains from 100 million years ago. This area is rich in fossils and early pioneer history.

Historical Colorado Road Trip

Many of Colorado’s mountain towns developed during the Gold Rush era, coinciding with the cattle companies' open-range days. These two significant Western development events are seen in the Colorado we know today. Check out the local mountain town museums to learn more about how early settlers lived and made a living.

Denver Museums

Dever has 51 unique museums, ranging from children-focused to more traditional centers, such as the Museum of Nature & Science, Black American West Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.

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Sightseeing a Perfect Family and Friends Activity

When you arrive in Colorado, sightseeing begins, as the mountain landscapes will instantly captivate you. However, getting deep into roads less traveled or passing through dramatic landscapes can be done in various ways. Sightseeing tours are a wonderful way to share memories with family and friends. If getting an eye full is what you’re after, here are some recommended sightseeing options:

  • Take a scenic train ride. Not only will you pass through dramatic mountain landscapes, but you will also learn about Colorado’s mining era. These trains are perfect activities for kids as they often feature hands-on mine exploration, storytelling, and special holiday trains.
  • Sign up for an off-road tour. Guided jeep tours will travel on original mining roads (maintained) through rugged terrain and pass by dramatic vistas—a fun family and friends activity.
  • While in one of Colorado’s resort towns, you can buy a ticket for a gondola ride or a chairlift ride and get a bird's-eye view of the forest and surrounding landscapes. You can also hike or bike at the top and stop in for lunch.
  • Include a scenic byway in your Colorado summer road trip. Stop at historical sites, check out ghost towns, and camp along the way.

Summer Vacation Rest and Relaxation

A Colorado summer vacation can be a chance to rest and rejuvenate your soul. Health and wellness retreats and experiences are growing in popularity. Visiting one or several of Colorado’s natural hot springs is a favorite place to recharge. The soothing, hot mineral waters will revitalize your being. Many of these natural springs have been developed into full-service spas that combine experiences such as massage, meditation, and spa services and provide on-site lodging.

Colorado Summer Vacation Hot Springs

Some of Colorado’s favorite places to explore and enjoy your summer vacation are places that have big attractions such as:

  • Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) is a favorite national park with various camping options, extensive hiking trails, and educational experiences.
  • Estes Park is a beautiful mountain town beside RMNP, the gateway to Trail Ridge Road, Grand Lake, and Lake Granby.
  • The Royal Gorge Region has attractions like the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, Royal Gorge whitewater rafting, and the Royal Gorge Scenic Train.
  • Mesa Verda National Park in southwest Colorado offers a spectacular look into the Ancestral Pueblo people. Visitors can call, walk, drive, or take a tour through the park.

A Colorado Summer Vacation Planning and more

There are many more amazing places and things to do on your Colorado Summer Vacation, and hopefully, you will make discoveries along your journey. Planning your summer vacation starts with finding destinations and activities that interest you and crafting your summer road trip route to facilitate these visits. The free itinerary tool is indispensable for organizing your trip.

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Notre Dame Men’s Glee Club In Concert

The University of Notre Dame Men’s Glee Club will appear at Boulder United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce St. on Thursday, March 14 at 7:30 PM as part of their Spring 2024 Front Range Tour. The concert is free and open to the public; an offering will be taken.

The Glee Club is approaching its 110th anniversary as a campus ensemble. The wide-ranging program will include sacred and secular classical music from the 16th to the 21st centuries by Victoria, Tallis, and others, along with folk songs, arrangements in a variety of American popular styles from jazz to barbershop, Irish music to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and songs of Notre Dame. Don’t miss this uniquely entertaining evening of a cappella music for men’s chorus.

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Rewriting the West: Exploring Lineages of Transformation

Join the Center of the American West for presentations from three writers with innovative multimedia projects that challenge our notions of both “writing” and “the west.”
CU professor of English and Chair of the Women and Gender Studies Program, Julie Carr, will present from her 2023 book, Mud, Blood, and Ghosts: Populist, Eugenics, and Spiritualism in the American West, accompanied by a film directed by Carolina Ebeid and music composed by Ben Roberts that evocatively blends archival materials with contemporary imagery.
Distinguished Professor & Director of the American West Center at the University Utah and former Utah Poet Laureate, Paisley Rekdal will delve into her project, West: A Translation, that includes a book and interactive website that “respond to an anonymous Chinese poem carved into the walls of the Angel Island Immigration Station where Chinese migrants to the U.S. were detained during the Chinese Exclusion Act” (from
Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma and 2023 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, Lucas Bessire will explore “what it means to inherit the troubled legacies of the past and how we can take responsibility for a more inclusive, sustainable future” (from based on his 2021 book, Running Out: In Search of Water on the High Plains, which has won numerous awards and was a finalist for the National Book Award.

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The Official Lucky’s St Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl – Boulder

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🍀 Grab Your Leprechaun, Shamrock, Pot of Gold, and Crazy St. Patrick’s Day Costumes And Get Ready To Shamrock ‘n Roll!
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🥤 Crawl With US Stadium Party Cup! (First 200 Check Ins)
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📛 Custom St Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl Badge With Vouchers
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🍻 Exclusive Drink Specials!
😋 Food Specials At Partner Venues!
🔥 Awesome After Party!

Vouchers Are Only Valid At The Venues Posted Below!











👌If the event is cancelled for any reason, all tickets will be refunded in full! No vouchers, no credits, just your money back in your bank! Guaranteed!
We Highly Suggest Using Uber or Lyft To And From The Bar Crawl!

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Pretty in Punk

Paisley Peach Presents Pretty in Punk! Featuring live music from A Lack of Champions and performances from local drag and burlesque performers (Cast TBA).

Saturday, March 16, 2024

Price: $20 online/$25 at the door Ages 18+ Unleash your inner punk as you witness fierce and outrageous performances from some of the most seductive and expressive performance artists around. With a fusion of edgy punk music, stunning storytelling, and provocative choreography, Pretty in Punk is the ultimate celebration of boldness, creativity, self-expression, and of course, punk rock.

Whether you’re a die-hard punk fan or a lover of all things burlesque and drag, Pretty in Punk promises to be an unforgettable night of daring and unbridled entertainment. So grab your friends, let loose, and join us for a show that will leave you breathless and wanting more. We dare you to be Pretty in Punk!

P.S. Don’t forget to bring some cash to tip performers!!

Accessible seating, parking & bathrooms are available. ASL interpreters available upon request (please allow at least 10 days notice for scheduling).

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Frida’s Wings

In Frida’s Wings, Danse Etoile Ballet will explore the art and life of this famed artist, a contrast of traditional Mexican culture and her modern paintings. Translating the rich symbolism of her pieces into dance, we’ll take a closer look at the many faces of Frida Kahlo, weaving her colorful and complicated life into a creative ballet that pays tribute to one of the most unique and intriguing artists of the 20th century. Performances are at the Dairy Arts Center on June 7th at 7:30 p.m. and June 8th at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets at: or

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St. Patrick’s Puppy Parade and Costume Contest

Attention all good boys, and girls! Boulder Social will host their St. Patrick’s Puppy Parade on Saturday, March 16th. Grab your best buddy and don your festive green garb. Parade registration begins at 11am at the east patio entrance, with the parade starting at 1pm around Arapahoe Ave. and 38th street in Boulder, CO. Come early and stay late to catch all the furry fun. Snap party pics with your pooch and join in on the costume contest after the parade, a few lucky dogs will win pawrific prizes. Take a big stretch on Boulder Social’s dog-friendly patio and enjoy a pup-friendly specials menu featuring house-brewed dog “beer”, plus Irish food specials for pawrents including Bangers & Mash, Irish Stew, a Corned beef Reuben and $5 Social Irish-Style Red Ale.

A $10 donation per parading dog will go directly to Boulder’s Farfel’s Farm and Rescue, and you’ll get a complimentary house-brewed Social Beer for your donation. Dogs of all ages and sizes are welcome to participate in the parade and patio festivities.  Please be sure they are healthy and comfortable around new friends and new environments. Only service dogs are allowed inside the building. Pups must be leashed at all times.

During the festivities stop by and say hi to the local event sponsors. The Bear & The Rat “Cool Treats for Dogs” will be on site with their treat mobile serving up dog-safe frozen yogurt and green cupcake samples, plus Flatirons Natural Pet Market & Wash will have fun giveaways and information about their services. And make sure to check out Boulder Social’s dog and human merch, like bandanas, beer can toys and t-shirts!

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EDGE Zipline and Adventure Park

The EDGE Zipline and Adventure Center

The EDGE (formerly Castle Rock Adventure Park) is an outdoor adventure center near Denver featuring a zipline tour, Epic Sky Trek, and more.

The EDGE Sky Trek

A 4-story, featuring a 110-element aerial trekking course that ranges from simple to full-fledged daring type elements.

The EDGE Adventure Tower

Thirteen elements of climbing, free-falling, and repelling.

The EDGE Ninja Course

Ninja warrior action as seen on TV. Choose your challenge level.

Check the website for seasonal DEALS and to book a visit; groups are welcome. Gift cards are available for purchase.

EDGE Zipline

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Park Meadows Mall

Park Meadows Mall

Located just 5 miles from Denver and 40 minutes from Colorado Springs, Park Meadows is Colorado’s biggest shopping mall. Explore 185 stores and restaurants, from the largest selection of athletic apparel stores to the best in branded fashion and dining. Enjoy the unique Grand Mountain Lodge architecture and artwork by Colorado artists.

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Dead Alive (Grateful Dead Tribute)

Boulder locals DEAD ALIVE take the stage at Roots Music Project on Friday, February 16 for a full night of live Grateful Dead favorites. Dead Alive is one of the latest Grateful Dead tribute bands to hit the Front Range. The band is comprised of veteran musicians from the local music scene, including past and present members of Left Hand Monkey Wrench, Colorado Dead Set, Peak2Peak and New Speedway Boogie. It seems no matter how many gigs we play, their is always a desire for more live music. Dead Alive is a collective of musicians who decided to turn their weekly “just for fun” jam into the most fun Grateful Dead experience they can deliver. Dead Alive plays everything from the Dead’s “top 40” to their obscure tunes, building a repertoire from the deep sea of Grateful Dead material we have come to know and love.

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