Whether you’re looking for an adventure, to explore, or some much needed relaxation… we’ve got you covered with this 9 Colorado Day Trips and Weekend Getaways guide!
With summer in full swing you know what that means, time to make the most of the extra daylight and warm weather. While we know some of your plans may have been placed on hold this year, there’s no better time to discover some of the amazing activities and places Colorado has to offer.
Here are some of our favorite activities for that day trip or weekend getaway you’ve been meaning to plan.
For those of you feeling adventurous, look no further than some of our top picks that are sure to satisfy your inner adrenaline junky.
1. POUDRE RIVER WHITEWATER PARK
Located a few blocks from Old Town Fort Collins, Poudre River Whitewater Park is a year-round river park that is perfect for those of you looking to keep cool with some kayaking, tubing, swimming, surfing, and riverboarding.
Fort Collins also makes for the perfect daytrip, as there’s enough to keep you busy from sunrise to sunset. Psst… be sure to check out their stellar brewery scene, scenic Old Town, and save some time to catch a movie at the Holiday Twin Drive In once the sun goes down.
2. VIA FERRATA
Would now be a bad time to mention we’re afraid of heights?
For those of you looking to take your climbing to new heights (literally) Via Ferrata in Telluride is sure to help you get there. Telluride also makes for a great weekend getaway with scenic views, dinning, outdoor activities and more.
3. CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN ZOO
Selfies with a giraffe… where do we sign up?Look no further than the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, located in Colorado Springs. This unique zoo experience is sure to appeal to kids and adults alike; all while providing the opportunity to enjoy, interact, and further appreciate some of the remarkable animals that call it home.
Psst… Be sure to check their website to plan your visit as advance e-tickets are required for members and the general public. Also, visit cmzoo.org/open to learn more about the Zoo’s operations under COVID-19 restrictions and reserve your e-tickets.
Travelers and explores alike these next ones are for you.
4. COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT
Located just outside Grand Junction it is easy to see why the Colorado National Monument is one of Colorado’s must-see destinations. While many national parks have seen temporary changes and restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; this national park’s scenic drive/overlook points, all hiking trails, visitor center, campgrounds, and picnic areas remain open and accessible to the public.
Psst… be sure to check out our 7 Incredible Spots to Visit in Colorado Guide for ideas on how to you get the most out of your visit.
5. THE GROTTOS
What happens at The Grottos… should end up on your Instagram!
Located outside Aspen, this hiking destination is just waiting to be explored. Not only are there various trails, rock formations and caves to explore; the Grottos is great for those also looking to picnic and swim.
6. ZAPATA FALLS
We can’t help but fall for Zapata Falls.
This “hidden gem” is located in the San Luis Valley, with views of the Great Sand Dunes. As you trek through one of the many hiking trails, you’ll be rewarded at the end with a breathtaking secluded 25-foot waterfall. Be sure to check out our Road Trip Destination Guide for tips on where to stay and what to do during your visit.
All this talk of adventure and exploring has us ready for some much-needed rest and relaxation. Last but certainly not least on our list are our top picks for our favorite places to do just that.
7. OURAY HOT SPRINGS
Hooray for Ouray’s hot springs.
Located in Ouray, you’ll have your choice between five public and/or private Ouray County hot springs. These sulfur-free hot springs are the perfect post hike or post not-hike activity that are sure to make both you and your body very happy.
8. MESA WINDS FARM & WINERY
There’s always time for wine.
This mix of winery meets vineyard meets 36-acre farm is located outside Hotchkiss, CO and is sure to be one of your new favorite weekend getaways. With peaches, apples, sheep, grapes, wine, and more; run don’t walk to visit Mesa Winds Farm & Winery.
Be sure to check out their website to stay up to date with upcoming events and accommodations, as their upcoming August dinner event quickly sold out.
9. COLLECTIVE RETREATS – VAIL
Plenty to do or nothing at all.
Whether you’re looking to get more in touch with nature, adventure, or wake up under the stars, Collective Retreats – Vail has it all. Located in Wolcott, CO (not far from Vail) this ranch style retreat promises you as much or as little downtime as you’d like. You’ll be surrounded by 1,000 acres with your choice of horseback riding, (guided) white water rafting, fly fishing, ziplining, and mountain biking, to name a few.
Be sure to visit their website for more information related to accommodations, list of activities, and dining options.
Did we miss one of your favorites? Share with us in the comments below as we would love to hear some of your favorite places to go and things to see.