10 Things You Absolutely Must Do In Colorado This Summer

Colorado has so many great summer activities it was hard to come up with this list for top 10. Check out our list in no particular order, let us know your personal favorites.

Downtown, Denver 4th of July.

Civic Center Park
E. Broadway and Colfax
Admission: Free

When it comes to 4th of July Colorado has no shortage of beautiful firework displays. It’s a must to check one of these out this summer!

88 Drive-In Theater 


The historic 88 drive-in theater is now open. Come see what a state-of-the-art digital projector looks like on a 70’ by 40’ screen!

More info here: www.88drivein.com

Clear Creek White Water Park

5.) Clear Creek White Water Park (Golden)

Dedicated in 1998, the Clear Creek Whitewater Park is one of Golden’s most unique recreational attractions. Built for recreational canoeing and kayaking, the course is one quarter of a mile of adventurous, splashing fun!

Pikes Peak

Grab your family and bring your own car to take this 19-mile scenic journey above the clouds! The safe, scenic highway provides you the opportunity to enjoy Pikes Peak Mountain and the Pikes Peak Highway at your leisure. From the gateway at an elevation of 7,400 feet, you’ll encounter some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world as you wind your way through an alpine wonderland of scenic beauty, mountain reservoirs, beyond timberline, overtaking the clouds…all along the way to the 14,115 foot summit of America’s most famous mountain.

Garden Of The Gods 

The Garden of the Gods red rock formations were created during a geological upheaval along a natural fault line millions of years ago. Archaeological evidence shows that prehistoric people visited Garden of the Gods about 1330 BC. At about 250 BC Native American people camped in the park. They are believed to have been attracted to wildlife and plant life in the area and used overhangs created by the rocks for shelter.

Great Sand Dunes

If you head south on I-25, about 2 hours passed Pueblo you will find this Colorado gem. The tallest dunes in North America are the centerpiece in a diverse landscape of grasslands, wetlands, conifer and aspen forests, alpine lakes, and tundra. Experience this diversity through hiking, sand sledding, splashing in Medano Creek, wildlife watching, and more!

Little Man Ice Cream 

 Inspired by vintage Coney Island hot dog-shaped stands, business is conducted within a twenty-eight foot tall, 14,000 lb. cream can. Little Man Ice Cream is all about the EXPERIENCE! At Little Man Ice Cream, we strive to bring you the best ice cream experience in Denver. Our ice cream, vegan ice cream and sorbet are hand-made with some of the finest, locally sourced ingredients possible. We produce our product one small batch at a time to ensure prestige quality. The Little Man experience far exceeds that of a typical ice cream shop. Vintage uniforms, big smiles and an “anything goes” attitude—live music, slam poetry, movie nights and more! Come enjoy a single, double, or triple dip! We also specialize in hand-crafted floats, malts, shakes, banana splits and sundaes. Amazing ice cream. Great atmosphere! Great view of downtown Denver! This place is a must this summer!

Red Rocks

There’s nothing like enjoying a concert on a beautiful summer night at the world’s best amphitheater. Even if there are no events going on, it open to public for Free! Don’t skip this if you are anywhere in the area. It’s glorious. It is 6,450 feet above sea level, and a transitional zone where the Great Plains meets the Rocky Mountains… Mother Nature’s finest.

Rifle Falls State Park

Rifle Falls State Park’s lush vegetation and waterfalls have attracted photographers and movie crews from around the country who come to capture the area’s unique scenery.

Blue Mesa Reservoir: Colorado Beach

True, Colorado is a landlocked state, but plenty of Rocky Mountain lakes and reservoirs offer miles of shoreline to swim sun yourself by each summer. Blue Mesa Reservoir is the state’s largest bodies of water, which means abundant recreation and lounge-worthy beaches.

As US Hwy. 50 winds through the pinyon-dotted, high-mountain desert between the rural community of Montrose and the mountain college town of Gunnison, it opens up into a broad landscape of sparkling blue water and talus-sloped hills. Here is the Blue Mesa Reservoir, where the waters of the Gunnison River gather before carving through the steep walls of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.

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