Summer in Colorado: Adventure Awaits at Every Peak

Explore summer in Colorado with hiking, biking, and dining near legendary resorts like Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail, Beaver Creek, and Crested Butte. 

Summer Activities in Village in Keystone, CO.

Discovering Summer in Colorado: A World Beyond the Snow

There’s a saying, "The only thing better than winter in Colorado is summer in Colorado." 

As we shift from bluebird days on the Rockies' powdery playgrounds, to the vibrant greenery and blue skies of summertime, it’s easy to see why. The Colorado Rockies offer an equally, if not more spectacular experience.

In fact, the list of active summer pursuits is equally as long as the winter activities. From hiking and backpacking, to road biking and mountain biking, to rafting, sightseeing and swimming, there is something for everyone. 

What to Expect & how to Protect  from Colorado's Summer Weather

Colorado summers are a surprise to those who associate the state only with winter sports. With warm, sun-soaked days and cool nights—especially in the high country—it is the ideal weather for active pursuits.

For the savvy traveler, or active outdoors person,  this means packing a mix of baselayers, insulation, and wind and waterproof outerwear.

In addition to sport-specific gear of your choice, think lightweight, breathable fabrics for sunny afternoons, a fleece or insulative layer for evenings, and an all-weather breathable shell for wind protection. In addition, sun protection and a good pair of hiking shoes or boots are non-negotiables. 

Mountain Majesties: Summer Activities at Each Resort

Breckenridge - A Summit of Summer Fun

Before Breckenridge was a world-class skiing destination, it was a mining town. This makes for lots of routes to adventure. 

In the summer, Breckenridge transforms into a playground for hikers and mountain bikers, offering high-country views and a vibrant Main Street lined with boutique shops and gourmet restaurants.

  • On-Mountain Activities: There are a variety of summer mountain activities, including alpine slides, scenic chairlift rides, and mountain biking trails accessible from the lifts. Explore more on Breckenridge Summer Activities.
  • Off-Mountain Activities : Take on the Tenmile Range on a mountain bike or by foot.
  • Live Events: check back frequently for updated events throughout the summer.
  • Dining: Don't miss the eclectic menu at Ember, where each dish is a piece of art.


Keystone - The Summertime of Your Life

Keystone Resort is a haven for families and outdoor enthusiasts. Known for its friendly atmosphere and diverse terrain, Keystone shines in the summer with opportunities for golfing, mountain biking, and exploring natural scenic trails. 

The River Run Village also features outdoor concerts and festivals, making it a cultural hub in the mountains.

  • On-Mountain Activities: Keystone delights summer visitors with chairlift-accessed hiking, mountain biking, and a family-friendly adventure park that includes mini-golf and a bungee trampoline. Learn more at Keystone Summer Activities.
  • Off-Mountain Activities: Enjoy fly-fishing in the serene Snake River or take a guided horseback tour through the White River National Forest.
  • Golf: Two distinctly different styles, for over 36 scenic holes of play.
  • Dining: Explore the picturesque Soda Creek Valley in a wagon ride that lands at a historic homestead for live music and a dinner on the  Dinner Wagon Ride by Keystone Stables. 

Vail - Summer’s Versatile Playground

Vail is synonymous with luxury and Alpine charm. As one of North America’s largest ski resorts, it offers a sophisticated blend of adventure and leisure. In the warmer months, Vail's vast network of trails and the majestic Gore Range provide the perfect backdrop for hiking, cycling, and gourmet dining in an alpine setting.

  • On-Mountain Activities: Vail’s summer offerings include Epic Discovery, guided hikes, and scenic gondola rides to enjoy the mountain's natural beauty. More details can be found on Vail Summer Activities.
  • Off-Mountain Activities: Stroll through the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, the highest botanical garden in the U.S., or enjoy world-class golfing in the Rockies.
  • Dining: Cucina is a must-visit in Vail Village, known for laid-back atmosphere and mountain comfort cuisine. .

Beaver Creek - Luxury in the Lap of Nature

Renowned for its elegance and upscale experiences, Beaver Creek offers a more secluded and refined mountain escape. Summer visitors can enjoy world-class golf courses, serene hiking trails, and the renowned Beaver Creek Arts Festival.

  • On-Mountain Activities: Beaver Creek offers lift-served hiking, mountain biking, day camp for the kids, and a charming mountain-top 4x4 tour to explore the resort’s natural splendor. Check out Beaver Creek Summer Activities for more options.
  • Off-Mountain Activities: Tee off at the Beaver Creek Golf Club, where the course is as scenic as it is challenging, or try your hand at fly-fishing in pristine mountain streams.
  • Dining: Enjoy an evening at Citrea, where locally-sourced Colorado ingredients mesh up with Mediterranean cuisine for an upscale dining experience in the mountains. For on-mountain, Beano's Cabin is a must visit. A crown jewewl of Colorad dining it is found at the base of the Larkspur Bowl.

Crested Butte - Wildflower Capital of Colorado

Often referred to as the last great Colorado ski town, in the summer, Crested Butte is also known as the wildflower capital of Colorado. A laid-back vibe and spectacular natural beauty make it a prime destination for mountain bikers and nature lovers who flock to its colorful, flower-filled meadows and rugged trails each summer.

  • On-Mountain Activities: Known for some of the best mountain biking trails in North America, Crested Butte also offers two disc golf courses, a 3D archery park and adventure park features including gem mining and bungee trampolines. Visit Crested Butte Mountain Resort Summer Guide for more information.
  • Off-Mountain Activities: Wander through wildflower-laden trails or engage in some of the local arts and cultural festivals that highlight the area’s unique character.
  • Dining: From the legendary Secret Stash pizzeria to Izakaya's Sushi Cabin to Elk Ave Prime, Crested Butte has a high-quality mix of restaurant offerings.

Enjoy a Summer in the Rockies 

The summer months bring out a different kind of magic in Colorado’s mountain towns. Just replace the promise of fresh powder, with the tranquil beauty of alpine wildflowers, winding trails, and sunlit peaks.

So whether you are looking for the adrenaline rush of outdoor sports to a stroll through a high-country wildflower meadow, there’s something here for families, couples, and adventure seekers alike.

Colorado in the summer isn't just a destination; it's an experience that stays with you, long after the hiking boots have been put away.