Driving Colorado in the Summer

When Colorado loses its winter coat, the dramatic mountains and perilous canyons of Colorado become a wonderful setting for a classic American road trip. Flowers bloom amongst the rocky landscapes and it’s meadows, and as you traverse its winding roads through quaint old mining towns and stop at cliff edges for spectacular views of the Rockies, you’ll be very glad to visit one of the most beautiful states in the US. Driving Colorado in the Summer in just beautiful!

In the heat of the summer, a drive to American Adventures in Buena Vista is a great way to experience the cool exhilaration of white water rafting. If you’ve packed your bike you could head to, just 19 miles west, which is one of the premier mountain biking trails in the country. There are even shuttle services that go to the trailhead and Poncha Springs, which means you can enjoy as much of the 35-mile trail as you want.

A road trip around Colorado wouldn’t be the same without a visit to the Mesa Verde national park, which is one of the best preserved archaeological wonders North America. Here you can explore the ancient Ute’s tribe ancestral land, and discover the thousands of ruins and cliff dwellings which are still intact and seem part of the rocky landscape.
Driving Colorado in the SummerColorado has 53 peaks over 14,000 feet, called 14ers, more than any other state, and there are some peaks that can be reached by amateur hikers in the summer season. A hike up Mount Bierstadt in high summer is one of the easiest of the 14ers, offering fantastic views across the state. Whether you prefer to hike or drive across the dramatic mountain landscape of the Colorado Rockies, there are always great places to refresh yourself and quench your thirst. Colorado is known as the Napa Valley of beer, with more than 100 breweries based in the state. The best way to tour them is to hop on the Colorado Brewery Bus, to sample some of the best.

In the summer Colorado has some excellent music festivals to show its hippy side. Some of the best are the Brews and Chili festival in June, the Global Dance Festival in July and the Riotfest in Denver, which attracts the best international bands and musicians. There is so much to see and do in Colorado in the summer, and best of all is the spectacular backdrop of the changing landscapes of its famous mountains and canyons, and it’s well worth a visit.

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Have you been to Colorado? What’s your favorite thing to do or visit?  Please let us know in the comments below!


  1. I have never been to Colorado but those of my friends who have visited are so impressed by the beauty.

  2. I would love to see some of Colorado’s Music Festivals. That is one of our favorite things to do in the summer.

  3. never been there but it looks amazing

  4. shelia gwynn says:

    havent been to Colorado but would love to go

  5. Colorado looks so pretty!

  6. Christina C moore says:

    I would love to drive to Colorado , I have never been.

  7. I have never been to Colorado, but it looks so nice. I love the picture!

  8. I will be traveling to Colorado in September for my family reunion. What a beautiful state!

  9. Debbie Yoder says:

    Weve been through Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park is awesome!

  10. I would to go camping in Colorado !

  11. Victoria Scott says:

    My husband and I want visit Colorado so badly, but we are afraid if we go, we’ll never come back!

  12. I have never been to Colorado (other than the Denver airport haha) — sounds so lovely and unlike my Midwest home.

  13. Sandy Klocinski says:

    Beautiful! I didn’t realize Colorado was so gorgeous.

  14. Beautiful story,maybe we can go.Thanks for sharing 😊

  15. Brenda Haines says:

    So beautiful! I can feel the relaxation just looking at the picture!

  16. tat2gurlzrock says:

    I lived in Denver for a little over a year. Colorado is a beautiful state!

  17. Wow, it sure looks gorgeous out there. Unfortunately, no one in my family (including me) knows how to drive. (Stop laughing!)

  18. Tracie Cooper says:

    My hubby and I are planning a road trip to Colorado this summer and plan to check out Mesa Verde national park!

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