Looking for a vacation that will offer you loads of adventure? Then look no further than the Centennial State. Colorado has more opportunities for excitement and fun than just about any other state. Hiking, camping, biking, climbing, whitewater rafting, and skiing are all within your grasp while visiting this outdoor enthusiast’s paradise.

Time to Get Outside

Boasting 4 national parks, 41 state parks, 8 national monuments and numerous public open spaces and wilderness areas, you can hike, backpack, or mountain bike until your heart is content. National parks and most state parks do charge an entrance fee. There are however, a ton of trails that you can access for free that begin at various pull-offs along the mountain passes, winding their way through the beautiful Colorado wilderness.

Check ahead to see if a wilderness permit is required if you will be backpacking. If you are planning a winter trip, make sure you have or rent snowshoes for the high country so that you can really enjoy the spectacular wonderland that awaits you.

If you really want to challenge yourself, consider climbing one of the 53 fourteeners in the state. These are mountains with a peak of at least 14,000 feet. Why is this such a feat, you ask? The altitude is no joke, and many of the trails are long, often involving scrambling or all-out rock climbing. Even the “easy ones” can kick your butt on any given day. If you are considering this, please do your research and be prepared. Don’t forget to pack a summit celebration beer!

For the Powder Addict

Looking to tame the mountain in a different way? Downhill skiing will surely get your blood pumping. Twenty-six resorts and ski areas will give you a wide range of difficulty and atmospheres. Places like Arapahoe Basin tend to draw more locals, whereas Vail and Aspen appeal to the rich and famous as well as ski enthusiasts from around the world.

Want a fun-for-the whole-family resort? Check out Breckenridge. Its quaint, historic downtown area outside of the resort is sure to charm you as well.

Wet and Wild Fun

Summer snowmelt means fast rivers in Colorado. Numerous companies have set up shop in Buena Vista, Canon City, Crested Butte, and Gunnison that can offer you an all-inclusive whitewater rafting experience that you’ll never forget. Deep gorges and mountain peaks surround you as you speed downriver, paddle in hand, water crashing over the raft with your heart in your throat. Just wow! Make reservations early, because these places tend to book up quickly.

What are you waiting for? Come make your own adventure in Colorado!