While summer and winter in the Colorado Rockies seem vastly different, they actually share many similarities. During both seasons you can get out and participate in a variety of activities. During the summer months hiking, fishing, golfing, camping, kayaking, biking, etc. are all excellent ways to enjoy a summer vacation in the mountains. Come wintertime you could snowshoe, cross country ski, snowboard, go snowmobiling, ice skate, take on the tubing hill, relax in the hot springs, etc. to create a perfect mountain getaway. No matter the season, Colorado has many fun mountain towns providing the ultimate weekend away from home. The places on this list are ones with great restaurants and bars, beautiful views, lots of outdoor activities, and are in great locations. Throughout my 26 years wandering Colorado, these towns have made for the most memorable getaways,
#5 Estes Park
Tucked away outside Rocky Mountain National Park, with some of the best views in Colorado, this town is truly special. In town you can visit the famous Stanley Hotel, dine in at a variety of great restaurants, visit some fantastic wineries and breweries, check out the amusement park, and partake in the Estes Park Elk Festival! During the summer, you can enjoy golfing, fishing, kayaking, hiking, horseback riding, camping, and driving through Rocky Mountain NP. During the winter, you can enjoy cross country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice fishing, a soak in the hot tub, ice skating, and sledding. Located along the front range, just west of Loveland, CO.
Sitting at the southern tip of the Sawatch Mountain Range, this town is quickly becoming a hot spot for those looking for a mountain vacation. In town, you can hike or mountain bike up S Mountain for an exquisite view, try local breweries and meaderies, have dinner on the river at The Boathouse, and participate in the famous FIBArk Festival. The lifeblood of this town is the Arkansas River. During the summer you can have a great day fishing, rafting, floating, and soaking in the river. Along with that, you can go horseback riding, boating, hike 14ers, golf, mountain bike, drive up Monarch Pass, camp, and visit The Great Sand Dunes National Park. During the winter, you can ski Monarch, visit hot springs, snowshoe, snowmobile, ice skate, ice fish, go sledding, and cross country ski. Located southwest of Denver, CO, just east of Gunnison, CO, and west of Colorado Springs, CO.
Nestled perfectly in a mountain valley, this town feels somewhat cutoff from the rest of the world. The town hosts the popular Crested Butte Film Festival, has amazing breweries and restaurants, and is a paradise for those looking to feel far from home. During the summer, you can enjoy amazing fly fishing, hiking, camping, kayaking, 4-wheeling, mountain biking, rafting, and go horseback Riding. Come wintertime, you can ski Crested Butte Mountain, snowshoe, go snowmobiling, ice skate, go sledding, cross country ski, and visit natural hot springs! Located north of Gunnison, CO, just south of Aspen, CO.
Similar to Crested Butte this town is isolated and absolutely beautiful. In town you can dine in at amazing restaurants and bars, hang in the crystal clear river, and partake in some amazing art festivals including the famous Telluride Blues & Brews Festival. During the summer, you can hike to breathtaking waterfalls, go 4-wheeling, fish, camp, take the gondola up the ski mountain, mountain bike, kayak, and go horseback riding. The winter provides snowmobiling, snowshoeing, sledding, skiing the amazing Telluride Ski Resort, and ending the day with a soak in the hot tub. Located south of Montrose, CO, just north of Durango, CO.
Located between six different ski resorts and adjacent to Dillon Reservoir, this town is perfect for any Colorado vacation. Main Street Breckenridge, Vail Village, the Outlets at Silverthorne, and downtown Frisco make for a great day of shopping, dining, and relaxing. During the summer, you can enjoy fishing crystal clear rivers or enormous reservoirs, boating, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, camping, kayaking, golfing, and countless festivals of all kinds. During the winter months, you can ski six different mountains, snowshoe, go snowmobiling, hit the tubbing/ sledding hill, cross country ski, ice skate, and hit the hot tub. Frisco, CO is just west of Denver, CO, east of Glenwood Springs, CO.