There’s nothing like an end of summer trip to the West Coast! Colorado is extremely scenic with its beautiful landscapes and picturesque mountains everywhere you turn.🤩⛰🙌🏼 No matter the season there’s so much to see and do, it’s overflowing with fun activities! So here are my Top 5 Things to Do in Colorado!
See a Concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre
📍18300 W Alameda Pkwy, Morrison, CO 80465
Red Rocks Amphitheatre has been on my bucket list forever and I finally got to check it off this summer!🤩✔️ There wasn’t any concerts going on the day we went (so sad) but it’s good to know that you can still go and enjoy the beautiful Red Rocks even when there’s not an event happening. And it’s surprisingly free to get in! Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a must see and I’ll definitely be back for a show! 🎶🙌🏼
🌟If there’s a concert or event going on that day visitors are only allowed in until 2 pm! Make sure to check out their calendar for concerts and events before you go! here
Visit Rocky Mountain National Park
📍Estes Park, CO
Open 24 hours daily
You’ll need a few days just to explore this national park! Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most visited national parks in the country and has over 300 miles of hiking trails and some of the most amazing views you’ll ever see! The snow-capped Rocky Mountains were absolutely breathtaking and like nothing I’ve ever seen before.😍⛰ And there’s plenty of outdoor activities to do like hiking, backpacking, mountain climbing and more!🥾🧗🏼♀️
Entrance fee: $25 day pass/per car
With so many breathtaking sights in the park it can be hard to pick which ones to see, so if you’re looking for incredible mountain lake views without a hike than Bear Lake is the place to go!🐻🌲 It’s the easiest scenic spot to get to with just a short 5-minute walk from the parking lot.
Emerald Lake and Trail Ridge Road (a.k.a. the highest road in the USA 🛣😱) are also must sees too!
Go Horseback Riding in Estes Park
📍Estes Park, CO
Open 24 hours daily
If you plan on visiting Rocky Mountain National Park make sure you spend some time in Estes Park too! Estes Park is known for its wildlife, outdoor adventure, and of course its scenic beauty. With tons to do like hiking, fly-fishing, and more!🎣
The number 1 thing I wanted to do when planning my Colorado trip was to go horseback riding in the Rockies and believe me it was nothing short of amazing!🐴⛰ We booked a tour through Sombrero Stables and did a 2-hour ride through Glacier Basin. We rode through dense forest, rocky paths, creeks, and around Spraque Lake with the most incredible views of the Rocky Mountains along the way!🤩
Tour & Cost: Glacier 2-hour Ride (Glacier Basin) – $60
Garden of the Gods
📍1805 N 30th St, Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Open daily 8am-7pm (Summer Hours)/9am-5pm (Winter Hours)
Garden of the Gods Park is located in Colorado Springs, CO and is known as the most beautiful park in the world! There’s no shortage of views here with 300′ towering sandstone rock formations and beautiful blue skies all against the picturesque snow-capped mountains.🤩🏔 It only takes less than 30 minutes to drive from the entrance to the exit, so it’s definitely worth a visit! And just like Red Rocks, it’s free to enter the park!🙌🏼
When you think of Boulder, CO the first thing that comes to mind is probably the Boulder Flatirons.⛰ The Flatirons are 5 massive, triangular-shaped sandstone slabs that attract over 100,000 visitors to Boulder every year! If you’re wondering where the name comes from, it goes all the way back to the early 1900s when someone said they looked like flat, metal irons that you use to iron clothing. And the name just stuck!😆
For the most rewarding views start at Chautauqua Park. It sits at the bottom of the flatirons and is the perfect starting point for a hike up!
If you’re looking for a peaceful, non-crowded place to just relax and take in some epic views definitely head over to Boulder Mountain Park! We took the 1.3 mile Red Rocks Loop Trail, it was a short and fairly easy hike which led us to more beautiful Red Rocks, plenty of nature, and we even saw a few deer!🦌 And you can actually take this trail all the way down to Pearl Street in Boulder!
Right in the heart of Boulder’s historic downtown is the famous Pearl Street! It stretches from 11th street all the way to 15th street and is one of Boulder’s most popular attractions. Full of art, restaurants, shops, street performers, and more! You have to visit to Pearl Street Mall at least once when in Boulder!🤹🏼♂️🎶