Adventure-lovers often seek out challenging new locations for exciting weekend getaways. With so much to do in Colorado, choosing the perfect spot for a stimulating mini-vacation can take some time. We recommend one of these destinations for weekend trips filled with thrills.
Breckenridge is the quintessential mountain town. Surrounded by the glorious beauty of the Rocky Mountains, Breckenridge offers a wide variety of activities sure to please the most dauntless adventure-seeker. If the thought of an off-road journey gives you a charge, book a horseback ride along a mountain trail, a backcountry ATV tour or a rock-climbing excursion. Avid mountain bikers, hikers and runners will also be thrilled by the hundreds of miles of multi-use trails in the area. Those who prefer the water will get their kicks kayaking down Clear Creek or white-water rafting down Brown’s Canyon. Experienced rafters can revel in the more advanced rapids of the Numbers stretch of the Arkansas River.
Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Glenwood Springs presents thrill-seekers with many of the same opportunities for fun as Breckenridge, plus some exhilarating activities of which the more timid among us steer clear. Try your hand at paragliding along the mountainside or zip line high above the rushing rapids of the Colorado River. Take the 10 minute gondola ride to the top of Iron Mountain and visit Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. Attractions found at the adventure park include an alpine roller coaster, mountain caves to explore and the Giant Canyon Swing, which projects only the bravest souls from the side of the mountain over Glenwood Canyon where the river lays more than 1000 below.
Ouray is bordered on three sides by the San Juan Mountain range; a range of the Rocky Mountains rich in gold and silver. The minerals drew a rush of prospectors in the late 1800’s who left behind mines and historic building which history enthusiasts love to explore. But the steep and high mountains surrounding Ouray also offer adventurers a range of heart-stopping recreational pleasure. Grab a harness, some rope, a wet suit and the rest of your canyoneering tools and then rappel down a canyon cliff into the pool of melted snow at the bottom. If the sky seems more inviting, enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Rockies from a hot air balloon. Or, take to the miles of mountain trails on horseback, mountain bike or on foot. One weekend in Ouray won’t be long enough to satisfy your taste for this mountain town.
Known for its pristine, snow-covered slopes, Colorado is often thought of as a winter vacation destination. However warm, sunny days and breathtaking views create the perfect backdrop for invigorating weekend escapes. What’s your favorite weekend vacation?