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In 2015, a record 77.7 million people visited Colorado. Considering its stunning natural beauty and the activities on offer, this will come as no surprise. Visitors and locals are drawn by the chance to explore and let off steam in the great outdoors – and they really are spoilt for choice. Yet, Colorado is not restricted to the young. There is an abundance of sports and activities available to suit all ages and interests, so you certainly won’t be stuck for things to do.
Preparing for your trip
Depending on your current fitness levels and aspirations for exploring the outdoors, it might be worth considering getting into shape by lifting weights, doing cardio or swimming in preparation for your trip; this will boost your strength, stamina and overall confidence and ensure you make the most of your time in Colorado.
Sports and adventure for the young at heart
Colorado is well known for its fantastic snow peaks in the winter months, with skiers and snowboarders taking to the slopes in their thousands. There are countless other outdoor ventures to be enjoyed away from the snow too though, and here are just a few:
Let yourself loose in Avon
Dubbed “The Heart of the Valley”, Avon is home to 6,500 all-year residents and 3,500 visitors. It is a particularly popular choice for senior citizens due to its friendly community and the range of activities on offer. Water lovers can paddle on The Eagle Valley River, while for hikers and bikers there are several trails with beautiful surroundings and various wildlife on show.
Go for a hike in Crested Butte
Referred to as the wildflower capital of Colorado due to the jaw-dropping array of wildflowers that emerge in the summer, Crested Butte offers arguably the most breathtaking plant life in the state. The different trails available cater for all levels of experience and fitness, making Crested Butte a great choice that can be enjoyed by individuals and mixed ability groups alike.
Take to the air in Steamboat Springs
Set in the north of Colorado in Tampa Valley, Steamboat Springs is a popular destination for snow lovers and nature enthusiasts, with fabulous ski slopes, waterfalls and trails. The views are simply spell-binding, and what better way to take them all in than from way up high in a hot air balloon? Exhilarating and idyllic, the experience is guaranteed to take your breath away.
Go rafting on the Arkansas River:
With its sharp descents and fast-flowing rapids, this is not for the faint-hearted or inexperienced swimmers. But for the ultimate thrill seeker and the physically strong, this is definitely not to be missed.
Whatever time of year you decide to go to Colorado, you’re sure to have the adventure of a lifetime!
Written By; Jocelyn Brown