Check Out 7 Bucket-List Items You Need to Try in Colorado This Summer
The winter weather is waning, and warmer temperatures are slowly creeping in. Soon, Colorado will be in full-on summer mode.
You probably already have an idea of how you're going to spend this summer. Maybe you'll frequent the Fort Collins breweries, attend the Loveland Summer Concert Series, or take a much-needed vacation.
Those are all great options, but if you need more summer inspiration, we've created a list of seven Colorado bucket-list items to try this year. Read on to see how you can make the most of summer 2023:
1. Hike to the top of Horsetooth Rock.
Hiking to the top of Horsetooth Rock is a great way to get some exercise and see stunning views of Fort Collins. Try using the Colorado Trail Explorer to find your favorite route.
2. Do yoga at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
There's no better way to take your yoga routine to the next level than by doing it at Red Rocks. Keep your eye out for the 2023 lineup here.
3. Go surfing at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.
You don't need an ocean to surf when you have sand dunes. It's around five hours away from Northern Colorado, but the feeling of sliding down a mountain in the summer will be worth it. Check out the National Park Service's sand surfing safety tips here.
4. Eat your heart out (or just hang out) at Casa Bonita.
Hopefully, the buzz around Casa Bonita's grand reopening will be calmer by summertime. It allegedly will have the same fun vibes but with way better food.
5. See a show at the Mishawaka.
It's more than a concert when you're in the Poudre Canyon — it's an experience. See the 2023 lineup here (and don't forget about reserving a ride). You could also try rafting the Poudre River beforehand.
6. Feel like a kid again at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is listed as one of the best in the U.S. for a reason. Try feeding the giraffes, the goats, or the rhinoceroses (more information here).
7. Wine and dine in Palisade.
Drive down to Palisade, rent a bike, and cruise down the Palisade Fruit & Wine Byway to explore a variety of wineries and orchards. You can also book private tours here.
Check out more Colorado activities to do this summer in the gallery below.