Fall is just around the corner and with that comes the promise of comfortable temperatures and vibrant colors that you wouldn’t believe! If you are counting down the days to when the daily temp isn’t 90-some degrees and you can truly bask in the glory that is Colorado, you will want to print this ultimate outdoor bucket list to help ensure that you hit all the best spots as soon as that first golden leaf falls:
1. Manitou Springs Incline (Manitou Springs)
Not only does the world-famous Manitou Incline (complete with 2,744 steps that burn so good) offer an amazing workout, it also offers some killer "I'm the King of the World" views from the top.
2. Denver Botanic Gardens (Denver)
After a long week, there is no better way to kick back and unwind than by strolling through 23 acres of colorful blooms that you won't see anywhere else.
3. Paradise Cove (Florissant)
Can't wait until fall to enjoy the great outdoors? Make plans to beat the heat by diving into this swimming hole that is nothing short of perfect.
4) Mesa Verde National Park (Montezuma County)
For a memorable outdoor experience that offers both picturesque views and a fascinating history, there is no topping these 52,485 acres of Ancestral Puebloan archeological sites! (Pictured is the impressive Cliff Palace, which is the largest cliff dwelling in the Park.)
5. Hanging Lake (Glenwood Springs)
When it comes to hiking, there is nowhere in the world quite like Hanging Lake's pristine pools of blue...
6. Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve (Alamosa County)
...the Great Sand Dunes National Park's unbelievable 44,246 acres of soft sand...
7. Garden of the Gods (Colorado Springs)
...or the gorgeous red rock formations that make up the jaw-dropping Garden of the Gods.
8. Dinosaur National Monument (Dinosaur)
Here's something you may not know: Colorado was once a hotbed for dinosaurs, as shown by Dinosaur National Monument's numerous fossils, petroglyphs, and various artifacts. See these Jurassic wonders for yourself at this northwest Colorado landmark!
9. Pearl Street Mall (Boulder)
Unique stores, boutiques, and restaurants set in a beautiful outdoor setting? Don't mind if I do! Make plans to spend just as much time on the street as you do in the stores - you are sure to run into several fun vendors and street performers!
10. Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Morrison)
Whether you watch a show in what has been considered to be the best concert venue in America or explore the venue on your own time, make plans to get out and enjoy this iconic Amphitheatre within the rocks!
11. Paint Mines Interpretive Park (Calhan)
Last but certainly not least on our outdoor bucket list is that of the chalky and vibrant Paint Mines, which are noted to be "a unique blending of geological, archaeological, historical and ecological resources" located just outside of the Colorado Springs area.