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Visit Ancient Ruins The ancient Anasazi people had a thriving culture in the Four Corners region hundreds of years before Columbus discovered America. The cliff dwellings they left behind are some of America’s most wellpreserved ruins, from Mesa Verde National Park to Canyons of the Ancients and Chimney Rock national monuments. Roam the ruins and imagine what life was like a millennium ago.

Attend a Beer Festival

Hike Above 14,000 Feet Only the hardiest adventurers try to conquer the state’s highest peaks in winter, but in brief summer you can stand on top of the world, usually only with a pair of hiking boots. Good ones for beginners include Mount Bierstadt, Mount Sherman and Quandary Peak. Bring layers and plenty of food and water and get an early start to be off the mountain when afternoon thunderstorms hit.

Summer’s a great time to enjoy a craft beer in the sun. Or maybe 50 or so craft beer samples. The Colorado calendar is full of summer beer festivals. Some of the best include Rails and Ales in Alamosa, Blues and Brews in Telluride and the Colorado Brewers Rendezvous in Salida.

See the Wildflowers in Crested Butte This town is so remote there’s only one road in and out in winter, but in early summer the surrounding mountains are home to one of Colorado’s loveliest wildflower displays. See them any time on your own before they wilt in August or come July 5 to 14 of 2019 for the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival.

Drive Above 14,000 Feet Colorado has more peaks above 14,000 feet than any other state, and the only two in the nation you can drive up in any old vehicle on a paved road. Mount Evans west of Denver and Pikes Peak west of Colorado Springs will let you enjoy the stunning beauty above the clouds without all the work of walking.

See Telluride This posh southwest Colorado resort town may be Colorado’s prettiest, tucked into a stunning box canyon surrounded by high peaks. You can take the free gondola to the ski resort, dine in their many restaurants, hike to waterfalls just outside of town or just watch for celebrities.

Visit Bent’s Old Fort This national historic site east of Pueblo near La Junta features a restored 1840s outpost that was a crucial link on the wagon roads to Colorado long before it was a state. It was the only permanent settlement on the Santa Fe Trail between Missouri and what was then Mexico and offers a fascinating glimpse into life when Colorado was truly the frontier.

Climb the World’s Highest Sand Dune Great Sand Dunes National Park in the San Luis Valley is a scenic wonder, dunes rising seemingly inexplicably from the valley floor, framed by the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Early summer is the best time to visit because famous Medano Creek - popular with the kids - is flowing and the sand is cool enough to hike without shoes most days.

Go to the Greeley Stampede Greeley on the northern Front Range is known for its huge cattle stockyards, so it makes sense the town’s biggest event of the year revolves around them. The Stampede features every kind of rodeo event you could imagine, from June 26 to July 7 of 2019.

Tour New Belgium Brewing This Fort Collins brewery is Colorado’s largest craft brewery and a tour is a fascinating way to gain insight into the making of the state’s favorite beverage. Tours are free and include beer samples. Be sure to book in advance at their website.

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