Find your next summer adventure with this Colorado Road Trip – 303 Magazine | Gmx Pharm

There’s no denying that it’s been a hot summer here in Denver. So why not take a break from the heat and hit the road to higher places on an epic road trip to some of Colorado’s most popular ski resorts. While not as cool as winter, ski resorts are no longer just cold-weather destinations. They’re also perfect for summer vacations to beat the heat. With five ski resorts just hours apart, swap your skis for bikes and boards for hikes this summer with an epic Colorado road trip to these five resorts.

keystone

The course of the river at Keystone. Photo by Jeff Andrew

Begin your road trip 1.5 hours west of Denver with a stop in Keystone. Sitting at an elevation of 9,280 feet, Keystone offers a relaxed, adventure-packed environment with fewer crowds. Whether you enjoy hiking, downhill mountain biking, golfing, horseback riding, stand up paddle boarding or just relaxing by the pool, Keystone has something for everyone this summer.

What to do

From snow descents to dirt descents, visit the Keystone Bike Park. Keystone offers some of the best downhill mountain biking in the country, where you can ride more than 30 miles of trails, including lift-serviced singletrack for beginners and experienced riders.

The Keystone Resort is also home to two distinct golf courses that offer 36 holes of championship golf in a beautiful setting, the River Course and the Keystone Ranch Golf Course. For a truly unique experience, explore the historic Soda Valley on one of Keystone’s signature Dinner Wagon Sleigh Rides, where you can enjoy the beauty of the White River National Forest and a little history.

The River Run Gondola Base Area is home to numerous outdoor activities on the mountain, including mountain top tubing, rock climbing walls, bike park and bike transport, and scenic gondola rides. On the water, visit Lakeside Village and enjoy activities like kayaking, canoeing, paddle boating, paddleboarding and even bungee trampolines.

Visit Keystoneresort.com for more information on summer activities in Keystone

Breckenridge

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Hiking in Breckenridge along the Horseshoe Loop. Photo provided by Vail Resorts.

Just a stone’s throw away is your next stop in Breckenridge. Experience the ultimate high alpine summer experience with scenic chairlift rides, mountain activities, hiking, biking and more. In town, explore more than 200 restaurants, bars and shops throughout historic downtown.

What to do

The pinnacle of summer fun begins at Peak 8 Base Camp with Epic Discovery, accessible via the free BreckConnect Gondola in town, where visitors will find the Gold Runner Coaster and Alpine Slides. From there, take a scenic ride on the Colorado SuperChair to Alpine Camp, featuring the Gold Summit Climbing Wall and Alpine Challenge Course.

Or immerse yourself in nature and explore the trails in the resort’s summer hiking trail system. Enjoy a scenic hike among the wildflowers along the Horseshoe Bowl Trail or seek out the thrill of downhill biking on the Colorado SuperChair, where you can hit 12 different mountain bike trails. Give your legs a break with an open-air safari-style 4×4 tour that takes you off the beaten path and discovers some of the most epic views of the Ten Mile Range.

To learn more about summer activities in Breckenridge, visit Breckenridge.com

Vail

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Hiking in Vail. Photo by Jack Affleck.

Continue your adventures by heading west on I-70 toward Vail Mountain. Spread over 5,000 acres of blue skies and mountain peaks, Vail is the world’s premier mountain travel destination. While visitors come from all over the world to experience Vail in winter, the resort is also home to your next summer adventure.

Your experience on the mountain is truly enhanced by the expansive terrain of the surrounding Gore and Sawatch mountains, world-class shops and spas, and the rich dining options and luxurious accommodations of Vail and Lionshead Villages.

What to do

Rediscover Vail Mountain via the Vail Resort’s Epic Discovery Passes and have fun riding the 3,400-foot Forest Flyer Mountain Coaster, sliding down the 550-foot tubing hill or climbing the rock climbing wall to the top. Whether you are a child or the young at heart, there are many ways to play on the mountain.

Of course, Vail is also known for its beautiful hiking trails. Explore more than 20 miles of trails accessible to all ages and abilities, or get on two wheels on Vail’s 40 miles of mountain bike trails for beginners and experienced riders.

To learn more about summer adventures in Vail, visit Vail.com.

beaver stream

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Relaxing after biking the trails in Beaver Creek. Photo provided by Vail Resorts.

Just 10 miles down the road from Vail, the Beaver Creek Resort offers a sophisticated atmosphere that’s still full of summertime adventures and activities. Experience the best of Beaver Creek with its scenic chairlift rides, 80km of mountain bike trails and 100km of hiking trails, 4×4 tours, horseback riding, fly fishing, golfing, tennis, live music, fine dining and festivals such as Oktoberfest taking place on Labor Day weekend.

What to do

The Beaver Creek Summer Adventure Center is the base camp for your summer activities. Located in the heart of Beaver Creek Village, the center is where you’ll find equipment rentals, activity tickets, and food and wine tours. And just above Beaver Creek Village you’ll find activities like the Bungee Trampoline, Gem Washing, Rock Climbing Wall and Miniature Golf.

No visit to Beaver Creek is complete without a look at the surrounding peaks. Guests can ascend to Spruce Saddle Lodge via the Centennial Express chairlift and gondola for stunning views.

Hiking Beaver Creek is an adventure for the senses with lift & lunch packages, nature tours and decadent wine and cheese trips. For those looking for a little more thrill, you can ride down Beaver Creek’s 50 miles of mountain bike trails, which offer something for everyone.

Tee off at Beaver Creek’s three championship golf courses, Beaver Creek Golf Club and Red Sky Golf Club. And for a truly unique experience, take Beaver Creek’s signature wine tours on select dates throughout the summer. Enjoy a scenic hike or 4×4 adventure tour leading to a gourmet wine and cheese pairing at Beano’s Cabin.

Visit BeaverCreek.com for more information on your high mountain experience.

crested butte

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Mountain biking at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Photo provided by Vail Resorts.

Extend your road trip and cap it off with a visit to Crested Butte. Located in southwestern Colorado, a 4.5 hour drive from Denver and 200 miles southwest of Beaver Creek, Crested Butte creates the secluded retreat you’ve been looking for.

What to do

Did you know that eighty percent of the land surrounding Crested Butte Mountain Resort is open space? That makes this mountain town one of the best destinations for outdoor adventures, all right on your doorstep. Hike along trails dotted with wildflowers on mountainsides that have earned Crested Butte the ‘Wildflower Capital of the World’, or zoom down the mountain on one of the many mountain bike trails rated among the best in the state.

In addition, CBMR has an incredible 20-target archery range atop the Red Lady Express and a disc golf course, 10-3 @ CB, named for the course’s high alpine elevation from 10,300 feet. Enjoy 18 holes of pure fun for all. Note that you must bring your own discs as the adventure center is not renting them this summer.

In town, stroll through the historic city center lined with colorful buildings and shops. Additionally, Crested Butte has been certified as a Creative District, making it a great place to discover local artists and creatives.

To learn more about summer at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, visit skicb.com.

Most of these summer activities at any resort run over Labor Day weekend before they have to prepare for the upcoming winter season. So hurry up and enjoy the last bit of summer in the highlands while you can!

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