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    Mayflower Gulch

    Day Trip

    Mayflower Gulch

    Hike, snowshoe or skin this moderate trail for summer blooms, winter serenity and year-round mining ruins among glacier-carved amphitheaters.

    Short enough for small dogs and kids and steep enough to get the blood pumping, Mayflower Gulch is a beautiful two- to three-hour hike. Park in the lot and head up the wagon road following Mayflower Creek. Summer wildflowers explode in columbines, Indian paintbrush and primrose and Colorado’s mining past unfolds in the form of a log ghost camp and dilapidated ore chute. The trail climbs through evergreen forest, trucking above timberline and presenting towering natural rock ridge amphitheaters and 13,995-foot Mt. Fletcher flanked by spectacular Ten Mile Range vistas. Stop here for the easy 1.8-mile version or return to the road fork and begin climbing Gold Hill to tackle the Clinton Gulch loop. The steep path scrambles the ridge, across tundra, dropping back into timber, skirting Clinton Lake and circling back to the parking lot. Contact the Frisco/Copper Mountain Visitor Information Center at 300 Main St., Frisco for more hiking and trail information.

    Rated: Moderate, 2.8 miles one way

    Elevation: Tops out at 12,415 feet

    Summer: Hiking, horses, mountain biking

    Winter: XC skiing and snowshoeing

    Get There: From Copper, drive south on Hwy. 91 for 5.3 miles. Trailhead parking is on left after a deep valley.

    Gear Up:
    Peak Sports (214 Ten Mile Circle, Copper Mountain, 970-968-2372) or
    Rivers Clothing Company (503 Main St., Frisco, 970-688-4333)

    Yoga on the Mountain

    Get Your Zen On

    Rocky Mountain Om

    Exhale and stretch your way to morning peace with summer yoga at the Frisco Bay Marina. Classes are held lakeside Fridays in June and July at 7:15 a.m. and Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. Bring your own mat and towel or rent a mat for $1. Classes are $10 cash.  TownOfFrisco.com

    On Sundays from July through early September, Copper Mountain hosts Yoga on the Mountain, a donation-based class ($15 suggested) held at 12:30 p.m. at the top of the American Eagle Lift. Winter season pass holders, summer activity day pass and season pass holders all have access to a free chairlift ride. Purchase a chairlift ticket or receive a free one when you show $12 in receipts from the village.  Meet at Solitude Station, 12:30 p.m., CopperColorado.com

    Saving Face

    Sue Lane Beauty

    If you can’t pronounce it, why would you want it on your skin? That’s the premise behind Rebecca Pohlman’s non-toxic makeup, skincare and massage studio. “I believe that your everyday skincare products should be as clean and good for you as the organic foods you eat,” Pohlman says.

    The Frisco salon is making a name for itself with its facial services—including an anti-aging option using organic products, massage techniques and micro-current technology.

    Waxing, brow and lash tints using organic vegetable products and all-natural paraben-free airbrush tanning are done in-house. There’s even a backcial (that’s a back facial) and doggie products on the menu. Walk-ins welcome.  610 Main St., Frisco, 970-668-9610, suelanebeauty.com

    Float Therapy

    Trending: Float Therapy

    Drifters Welcome

    Float therapy is gaining ground as an all-natural total wellness experience and Frisco’s VIVE Float Studio is bringing that no-gravity reset to the mountains.

    Floaters keep coming back, claiming sessions remove the stresses of gravity and sensory overload, allowing the body to direct all its energy into healing.

    Here’s the lowdown: Appointments are 75 minutes. Grab a robe and chill in the Quiet Center pre- or post-float to meditate, read, color and sip from the complimentary tea bar.

    Put in your earplugs, take a shower in your private suite, step into the float room and slowly lie down in the Epsom salt-loaded water. You’ll float on top, no matter how much you weigh.

    Settle in, click off the soft light, center yourself and breathe easy for 60 minutes. Thoughts flow, muscles unwind and joints and stiffness are soothed and released. At the end, the soft light comes on, signaling the close of your session.

    Floating benefits include increased oxygen flow, strengthened immune system; improved sleep, circulation and clarity, toxin flushing and help with migraines and depression.

    Athletes love it for the magnesium that’s absorbed directly into the bloodstream aiding with speedy muscle healing. It’s even said to facilitate freedom from phobias and addictions. Worth a shot? We’d say so. 720 Summit Blvd., Frisco, 970-668-0136, vivefloatstudio.com

    Browse: Bleu Boutique VIVE Float Studio’s body-earth-friendly gift shop carries wares you won’t find anywhere else. Entice your senses with local and imported home décor, glassware, candles, books, jewelry, clothing, teas and perfumes.


    Altitude and Après Treatments

    Shake that rough feeling that comes from playing hard in the high country and gift your body a session at Copper Mountain Spa & Athletic Club.

    Liberate feet from ski boot torture and book a 25- or 50-minute Après Ski Recovery custom massage and 25-minute foot reflexology.

    Relieve thin-air stresses with a 50-minute Altitude Adjustment. Therapists use a special aromatherapy blend to deliver tranquility to your head, neck, shoulders and upper back.

    Summer or winter, treatments include free use of the pool, weight room, cardio equipment, hot tubs, saunas and steam rooms.
    970-968-3025, CopperColorado.com

    On the Water

    High country summers are absolutely unbeatable. And the Frisco Bay Marina is a haven for thirsty water junkies. Wanna get out on that glassy oasis? Kayak Lake Dillon and the Frisco Bay Marina have excursions and gear to set you up.

    SUP It UpSUP

    Locally owned Kayak Lake Dillon offers ACA-certified standup paddleboard (SUP) lessons and tours.

    Tours are 2.5 hours and include a mini lesson in the placid bay area. Start on your knees, learn stroke technique and get a feel for it before paddling out into the protected Frisco and Giberson bays and around primitive islands where eagles nest, beavers build and the elusive marina moose grazes.

    “The vantage point will blow your mind,” says owner Kyle McKenzie. For calmest conditions, he recommends SUPing at 9 a.m. or in the evening around 6 or 7 p.m. Total SUP rookie? Opt for the 1.5-hour lesson.

    For those who prefer to sit, McKenzie’s tandem kayak tours range from a 1.5-hour Dillon Reservoir family outing to a four-day private overnight tour on Blue Mesa Reservoir outside of Gunnison. 267 Marina Rd., 970-281-2234, adventurepaddletours.com

    Looking to rent equipment and head out on your own? Hit the Frisco Bay Marina for standup paddleboard, canoe, kayak, pontoon and fishing boat rentals. 267 Marina Rd., 970-668-4334, friscobaymarina.com

    Explorers on a Budget

    Hitch a pontoon ride with the Lake Dillon Water Taxi and float between Frisco Bay Marina and Dillon Marina (both have awesome tiki bars). Dogs and bikes welcome. Private charter morning and sundown cruises available. 970-486-0250, lakedillonwatertaxi.com

    Fly High in the Barn

    Looking to catch some air for the first time? Or polish your park form? Woodward Copper’s action sports training facility is a year-round snowboard, ski, skateboard and bike destination for everyone Woodward at Copperfrom newbies to Olympic hopefuls.

    Hit up the Barn’s 19,400 square feet of Skatelite wood surface jumps, foam pits, skate bowls and mini ramps and play on a spring floor, tumble track, Olympic fly-bed trampolines, and a Super Tramp.

    Intro sessions are $49 for a fully coached one-hour experience where you’ll play around with the tramps and foam pits and then session around the Barn at your own pace for an additional hour.

    Intros begin every hour, on the hour from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. (Tip: Get there by 4 p.m. to get the most out of your full hour sesh. Ages 7 and up.)

    Not your first rodeo? Woodward offers private lessons, park rat freestyle development sessions, winter and summer camps and more. 866-260-6306, woodwardcopper.com


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