Colorado Summer Weekend Getaway Ideas

Looking for a fun little getaway to help alleviate Summer Cabin Fever? Whether you’re in Colorado just for the summer, or you’re a native looking to explore more of our great state, I’ve provided some beautiful and scenic ideas for weekend getaway trips that you can take right here in Colorado! 

  1. Mesa Verde.  Mesa Verde National Park, established in 1906 by Teddy Roosevelt himself, is one of the most beautiful places in the state, along with being one of the few remaining glimpses at what life was like for Native Americans living in Colorado before the gold rush brought settlers to the state. At Mesa Verde, you can tour five different cliff dwellings, each previously being home to the Ancestral Pueblo people. Explore Balcony House, Cliff Palace, Long House, Spruce Tree House, and Step House for an interesting and exciting look at our state’s history! These cliff dwellings are known worldwide for being some of the best preserved ruins in North America. Enjoy the hiking, tours, and history, and finish off the evening by camping on Morefield Campground, or unwind at the incredible Far View Lodge, featuring incredible views, stargazing, and unforgettable wildlife watching. They even have rattlesnake sausage at the Far View Lodge! It’s the perfect adventure to escape the hustle and bustle of your busy summer! 

  2. Crested Butte. One of the most scenic towns in Colorado, Crested Butte offers many fun activities throughout the summer, including biking, hiking, and so much more! Check out the Crested Butte Music Festival from July 5-28, featuring the music of Phillip Glass, Journey, Bonnie and the Clydes, DeVotchKa, and Paul Huang! Also be sure to check out the Wildflower Festival! Crested Butte is the wildflower capital of Colorado, so from July 5-14, make the trek up to take jeep tours, art classes, guided hikes, photography workshops, and so much more! Whatever reason you’re up there for, relax and stay the night at the Elevation Lodge, featuring many fantastic amenities like on-site bike rentals, a spa, a heated indoor pool and three hot tubs, and a delicious restaurant and bar. Crested Butte is the perfect place for a weekend trip, with family friendly and more adult oriented activities to keep everyone entertained! 

  3. Breckenridge. Crested Butte isn’t the only ski resort that also offers incredible summer activities! Breckenridge is home to many fun active pastimes that can keep everyone entertained! Some of the country’s best white water rafting is in Breckenridge, with the Arkansas River running through Browns Canyon National Monument- just a short drive from the town! Breck also offers unforgettable golfing on a 27-hole course designed by Jack Nicklaus featuring scenic views of the Ten Mile Range. Of course, it isn’t a Colorado summer without hiking, so try one of the many lovely trails in and around Breckenridge. Breck also features paddle boarding, arts and cultural classes and programs, gold panning, and even ziplining- fun for all ages! Stay in one of the countless lodges, hotels, private homes, or condos available to you! 

  4. Copper Mountain. Joining on the trend of ski resorts opening their doors for the summer season is Copper Mountain! Take the weekend to visit the Rocky Mountain Coaster, one of the longest roller coasters in North America! The West Lake offers boating, biking, and ziplining, while the Union Creek lift will be running to give you a beautiful scenic view of the mountain range. At nights, stop by the campfire every Saturday to roast marshmallows and sing silly songs. Copper is also home to Colorado’s largest outdoor climbing wall, in addition to go-karting and bungee-jumping! Copper is the perfect location for a more family-friendly weekend trip, rife with excitement and fun! 

  5. Great Sand Dunes. If you want something completely different from everything else on this list, why not take a weekend trip to the Great Sand Dunes National Park! These Dunes are an incredible sight to see, with the view of the mountain range in the background and the sand between your toes, it is a surreal and amazing experience. Camp out in or around the Dunes, or stay in the quaint little town of Salida not far off. The Dunes are also one of four Colorado places to be classified as an International Dark Sky Park, meaning that it is the perfect locale to go stargazing at! Far from the noise and light pollution, the Great Sand Dunes are a great place to go to unplug, unwind, and recharge in the great outdoors. 

  6. Winter Park. Winter Park offers many incredible packages for people of all ages to come out and get more outdoor time this summer! Stay at one of the many nice lodges or cabins on base to enjoy the games and activities and explore Rocky Mountain National Park! The Base features a scenic gondola ride, an alpine slide, a fantasy meadow hike, Saturday sip-and-stretch yoga, an outdoor climbing wall, a low ropes course, a zipline, an aerial adventure park, hiking, biking, horseback riding, rafting, and all the sunshine one could wish for. Winter Park also offers a day camp for kids ages 6-12, Camp Idlewild, which provides positive outdoor experiences so you can take an adventure of your own! It’s the perfect place for a weekend adventure! 

Make sure to leave a comment down below if you decide to go on any of these trips so I know your thoughts. Also, if you think something should be added to the list, make sure to leave a comment! Happy happy summer!

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