Colorado’s rugged terrain and outdoor beauty offers some unique adventures that you may not even be aware of.   The Colorado Tourism website has some ideas for you to have fun this summer.

Burro Racing in Leadville

Burro Racing in Leadville has its origin in the 1800’s and is still celebrated today. As part of the annual Leadville Boom Days (August 4-6, 2017), runners leave downtown Leadville in the morning for a 15-mile or 21-mile trot alongside their burros, some go all the way to the top of Mosquito Pass and back.

Cliff Camping in Estes Park

Kent Mountain Adventure Center has combined rock climbing with camping. After climbing to a perch high above the valley floor, you can enjoy a sunset picnic dinner before crawling into your sleeping bag for an unforget­table evening from the side of a cliff.  Kent Mountain will provide all the tools and the knowledge from experienced guides.

E-Biking in Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs is known as Bike Town, USA, and has plenty of mountain, road, downhill and family-friendly biking opportunities The electric assist bike hums along at 20 mph, easily tackling hills and giving the rider an effortless riding experience. Pedego Electric Bikes offers guided e-bike tours throughout town or up to the beautiful Strawberry Hot Springs.

Heli Fly-Fishing in Vail

Fly-fishing fans can literally fly with Minturn Anglers and their Heli Fly-Fishing offering. This one-of-a-kind experience gives participants the opportunity to get a breathtaking aerial view of Vail Valley’s panoramic scenery before arriving at one of the company’s remote private ranches for a day of fly-fishing in peaceful quiet. Visitors will be provided with all the necessary gear including rods, reels, waders, flies and licenses as well as snacks and drinks for the day.

Hut-to-Hut Mountain Biking in the San Juans

The San Juan Huts offers two 215-mile mountain bike routes and is the only destination hut-to-hut based system in the US. Each hut is approximately 35 miles apart and is equipped with food, water, propane cook stove and lights, sleeping gear, and all cookware and utensils.

Mountainboarding in Aspen

Mountainboarding is a combination of skateboarding and snowboarding. Those interested in trying the sport can head to Aspen for private mountainboarding lessons as well as a ‘Dirt Dawg Mountainboard Camp’ this July.

Sand Boarding at Great Sand Dunes National Park

Visitors to Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve will enjoy sand boarding, sledding and skiing anywhere on the dunes, away from vegetated areas. Sand boards and sleds are available year-round for rent or purchase at Kristi Mountain Sports in Alamosa.

SUP Yoga in Boulder

On Mondays and Saturdays this summer, yogis can head to Boulder Reservoir to practice yoga on a stand-up paddleboard, and test their balance on the water.

Urban River Surfing in Engelwood

River Run Park on the South Platte River near Denver is a unique recreational opportunity for inland Coloradans who love to surf.  Two man-made waves may be ridden on fiberglass boards by surf enthusiastic. By 2018, River Run Park expects to have four more water wave features.

Waterfall Canyoning in Ouray

Ouray’s plentiful waterfalls and canyons can be actively explored by canyoning or repelling down waterfalls. Canyoning Colorado is offering new canyoning descents and trainings for all abilities.