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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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Dog Days at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Explore the Zoo with your four-legged family member at Dog Days at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo! CMZoo is welcoming guests and their well-behaved dogs to explore the Zoo together on designated days. Simply purchase a dog ticket along with your family’s human tickets, and Fido can experience many of the sights, sounds and smells that make the Zoo so special. For details and tickets, visit

Dog tickets are required for members and non-members visiting the Zoo. The “Dog” ticket type can be used for dogs of both member families and non-member families. Your dog must have a dog ticket to enter the Zoo; human tickets will not be honored for dog admission.

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The Official Lucky’s St Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl – Colorado Springs

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We Highly Suggest Using Uber or Lyft To And From The Bar Crawl!

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Q4C $5 Million Celebration

Help us celebrate $5 MILLION RAISED FOR CONSERVATION! Throughout the Zoo on Sun., March 3, 2024, guests can check out inspiring keeper talks and visit all five Quarters for Conservation Education Booths to participate in exciting conservation activities.

Visit all five Conservation Education Booths and receive a stamp from each one on your Q4C Conservation Education Explorer card. Then, redeem your fully stamped card for one free feeding at giraffe, goats, chickens or budgies! It’s our way to say thank you for helping save wildlife and wild places. Pick up your card at admissions or at any of the five booths.

Advance tickets are required. For all the details and to purchase tickets, visit

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National Money Show

It won’t cost a cent to see more than $100 million of historic, rare money including a million-dollar penny, and learn what your old coins and paper money may be worth at the family-friendly National Money Show® in Bartolin Hall at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, March 14-16, 2024. Admission is free. Sponsored by the nonprofit American Numismatic Association, hundreds of dealers will be buying and selling rare coins, paper money, gold, and silver. Many of the experts will provide complimentary, informal evaluations of the public’s collectible coins and currency. Free educational seminars and a children’s treasure trivia game round out the event.

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Beerio Kart Tournament

Get ready to drift, boost, and banana peel your way to victory at the Bell Brothers Beerio Kart Tournament, with prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place!! Signup starts at 6pm, Tournament kicks off at 6:30pm.

Beerio Kart is the adult version of Mario Kart where racers have to finish their drink before they finish the race; but don’t drink and drive, folks! You have to stop the race to take a sip. Racing beverages will be limited to 8oz max.

P.S. Remember, responsible racers designate a driver or use a ride-sharing service. Let’s keep the party fun and safe! See less

Happens on the following Dates:

  • Mar 5, 2024, 6:00pm to 9:00pm Timezone: MST
  • Apr 2, 2024, 6:00pm to 9:00pm Timezone: MST
  • May 7, 2024, 6:00pm to 9:00pm Timezone: MST
  • Jun 4, 2024, 6:00pm to 9:00pm Timezone: MST
  • Jul 2, 2024, 6:00pm to 9:00pm Timezone: MST
  • Aug 6, 2024, 6:00pm to 9:00pm Timezone: MST
  • Sep 3, 2024, 6:00pm to 9:00pm Timezone: MST
  • Oct 1, 2024, 6:00pm to 9:00pm Timezone: MST
  • Nov 5, 2024, 6:00pm to 9:00pm Timezone: MST
  • Dec 3, 2024, 6:00pm to 9:00pm Timezone: MST

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Pikes Peak Gem, Mineral, and Jewelry Show

The Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society is excited to announce our 2024 Pikes Peak Gem, Mineral, & Jewelry Show! Please join us on June 7, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, June 8, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and June 9, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, at the Norris Penrose Event Center, for our 60th annual Show! Tickets are still only $5.00 for one day or $8.00 for multiple days, and ages 12 and under are FREE! We’re looking forward to seeing you!

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Run to the Shrine

Join us on Saturday, May 18 or Sunday, May 19, 2024 for Run to the Shrine, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s annual fundraiser run/walk. This 4-mile casual run/walk winds through the Zoo and up to Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, with giraffe, lions and elephants along the way. Enjoy stunning views of Colorado Springs below while ascending nearly 1,000 feet in elevation, before descending back down into the Zoo. Run to the Shrine is the ONLY time foot traffic is allowed on Shrine Road. Participants will start the ascent at their leisure, and there will be no official timing services.

The race is a great route for competitive athletes, weekend warriors, casual walkers and families of all ages.

Run to the Shrine registration includes evening Zoo admission until 8 p.m. and a commemorative T-shirt featuring our river otter mascot. All proceeds help feed and care for Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s animals. Since the Zoo is a nonprofit that does not receive any tax support, community fundraisers like Run to the Shrine help keep the Zoo “running.”

To register and get all the details (or to volunteer), visit Registration is open now! Military, senior, youth and Zoo member discounts are available.

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Brushes & Brews

Calling all artists and beer lovers! Join us for a special St. Paddy’s Brushes and Brews class at our brewery on March 13 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm! We’ll provide all the materials you need, including paints, brushes, and canvases. You just need to bring your creativity and a sense of fun!

We’ll have plenty of beer on tap, as well as wine, spirits, cider and even NA drinks to keep you hydrated. So come on down and relax, unwind, and create a masterpiece!

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Summer in Summit County

Summer in Summit County, Colorado

Welcome to Summer in Summit County and one of  ‘Colorado’s Favorite Playgrounds!’ Blessed with a central location in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, Summit County encompasses the inviting towns of Keystone, Dillon, Frisco, Silverthorne, Copper Mountain, Heeney, and Breckenridge.

Summit County Summertime

Our historic towns have much to offer for all ages during the summer months. Celebrate the history of these National Historic Districts and stroll down our Main Streets while enjoying the one-of-a-kind architecture, unique shopping, and dining options.

Summer in Summit County Standouts

Find many unique lodging opportunities for romantic getaways, family vacations, and weekend adventures with friends. Summit County has many options to suit any family, group, couple, or individual.

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