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DESTINATION summer travel guide 2016

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ummer is here in full and it’s time to escape the heat with some serious play time. To that end, we have assembled the ultimate guide to Colorado’s best spots to “Get Outside and Play” when the mercury is on the rise and the mountains are in full bloom and you are itching to hit the road. If you are looking to hike in the high peaks, bomb down iconic singletrack, clip into famed sport routes or even just toss a few

rounds of Frisbee golf, we have you covered. But adventure comes in many forms. Colorado might be best known for its majestic summits and sprawling trail systems, but explorers looking to hone their sommelier skills or partake in kidfriendly activities will find plenty of options here as well. So go ahead and dig into this statewide travel guide—we know you’ll be adding more than one location to your bucket list.

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The BOULDER adventure Lodge

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now Mountain Ranch is a hub of organized outdoor adventure. Our Mini Camp (Aug. 14-16) exposes 7-10 year-olds to canoeing, horseback riding and arts and crafts—and eases them into overnight stays away from mom and dad. Women’s Adventure Camp (Aug. 19-21) is a ladies-only program that will equip participants with outdoor skills and leave them with life-long friendships.

he Boulder Adventure Lodge lives up to its name no matter what type of exploits you seek. Travelers can take in the serenity of Colorado’s high country while residing just a stone’s throw away from fine dining, world-famous breweries and Boulder’s hopping nightlife. Lodge highlights include: Slacklines, hot tub, pool, firepits, hostel, campsites, bike, and crashpad rentals.

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eeking the heart of Colorado? With roughly 150 trails and more than 750 miles of singletrack, the Gunnison Valley is the epicenter of mountain biking. Whether you’re a beginner seeking short, smooth stretches or an expert after rocky, technical terrain, there’s an option for you. Mark your calendars for the following events.

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GO OUTSIDE AND PLAY! >> Big Mountain Enduro Finals, September 2-4. This local company hosts

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three days of steep, gnarly riding in the last race of its summer series. >> 40th Anniversary of the Pearl Pass Tour, September 10-11: Join in this longstanding tradition and cycle your way from Crested Butte to Aspen along the precarious, yet beautiful pass. >> One Good Ride: Tick a few of the Gunnison Valley trails off of your must-ride list and document your adventures with #onegoodride.

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ith cloudless skies, the faint fragrance of fruit in the air and myriad options for relaxation, summer in Grand Junction is truly grand. “Grand Junction is unlike any other destination in the west,” said Mistalynn Meyeraan, with the Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau. You will agree.

>> Peaches and Trails: “Warm-to-hot days and cool nights produce amazing fruit, including what is regarded as the best peach around,” says Meyeraan. “And the trail systems are as varied as the Grand Valley wines.” >> Exploration: Adventurers will enjoy hiking around the aspen forests and lakes of Grand Mesa, road biking along the sandstone cliffs of the Colorado National Monument or rafting down the Colorado River. Foodies can take an orchard tour, sample the wares of the local wineries and stop in at the farmer’s market. And inquiring minds will love the area’s museums, which feature dinosaur skeletons, Anasazi pottery, western history and more.

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GO OUTSIDE AND PLAY! >> Bikes are Welcome! 2016 marks the inaugural year of

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lift-accessed riding aboard the Flat Top Flyer high-speed quad lift at Powderhorn Mountain Resort. It’s a downhill mountain biker’s dream come true. >> Be a Pioneer: With three trails less than one season old, Powderhorn’s mountain bikers can be the first of their friends to bomb down these new routes. >> Buy Your Tickets: Make a weekend of it with an all-day or single-ride ticket ($25/$17) or plan for a season of fun and purchase the full summer pass ($179). Happy trails!

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ituated high on Grand Mesa, Powderhorn Mountain Resort offers up a cool break from the desert below. In winter, you can harvest powder here, but there’s far more than great skiing at Powderhorn. Come summer, the warm temperatures melt away the snow, uncovering miles of steep mountain biking terrain. Powderhorn.com | 970-268-5700

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Poncha Crest Cabins

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his eco-minded adventurer’s home away from home is located just a quarter mile from the shuttle start of the famed Monarch Crest Trail (allowing you to finish the ride at your front door). The brand new, 450-squarefoot, passive solar cabins are the ideal spot for mountain bikers who want to minimize their footprint. Enjoy close proximity to a mini-grocer, an Italian bistro and the favorite brewery Elevation Beer Company.

elcome to Colorado’s Mountain Adventure Basecamp. Located at 10,300-feet and powered by a mini-hydroelectric system, Tomichi Lodge is your center for off-the-grid adventure. Enjoy a long trail run, bag one of the area’s 13,000’ peaks, 4x4 Tomichi Pass and tackle the Canyon Creek mountain bike trail all from your front door. World class rafting and fishing are easily accessible. There’s no wrong way to “Tomichi”. Tomichi Lodge

GO OUTSIDE AND PLAY! >> We’ve been able to incorporate the type of family-fun

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inding your inner child is a breeze at Lawson Adventure Park. In addition to the high ropes challenge course and protected climbing route, families can bounce on the bungee trampoline, attempt to tame the mechanical bull and roll around like hamsters downhill on the ZORB course.

activities that you would expect to find in a theme park, but we have them in a natural setting, with walking trails and great lodging and campfire options. >> Located just 30 minutes west of Denver in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the park is close enough for an adventure-filled day trip. Or, extend the fun for a few nights and set up a tent at either one of the rustic campsites, glamping yurts or modern suite-style cabins.

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