Are you looking to have epic nature adventures this summer? If you are, you have come to the right place, as Colorado is home to hands-down the best outdoor recreational opportunities in the country! Where does one begin? By partaking in one of these 11 amazing treetop adventures that you can only have in Colorado, of course!
Rocky Mountain TreeHouse (Glenwood Springs)
Who says that tree houses are only for kids? The fun and gorgeous Rocky Mountain TreeHouse in Glenwood Springs is truly a Colorado gem that features large rooms, a state-of-the-art kitchen, and a private balcony with both a hammock and hot tub!
Santa's Workshop North Pole (Cascade)
If you are looking to take a ride high above Colorado's tree line, make plans to visit the magical Santa's Workshop, which is home to 28 rides, restaurants and unique shows that are perfect for the entire family.
Georgetown Loop Railroad (Georgetown)
We may be in the middle of summer, but that doesn't mean we can't begin dreaming of fall and where we want to go to see the changing colors! If you are looking for suggestions, hop aboard the Georgetown Loop Railroad for their famous Fall Colors ride, which gives guests the chance to "enjoy the changing of the leaves as you wind through the aspen-filled Rockies between Georgetown and Silver Plume."
Last Dollar Road (Telluride)
Considered to be one of the most stunning drives in the country, the Last Dollar Road is a colorful 18-mile trek that passes through (and under) some of the most amazing scenery in not just the state, but the entire country. (I mean, c'mon; how many opportunities have you had to drive through a tunnel of trees?!)
Browns Canyon Adventure Park (Buena Visa)
Hiding inside the Browns Canyon National Monument near Buena Vista is Browns Canyon Adventure Park; an epic (and somewhat secret) adventure park that is tucked away within a Colorado forest! Whether you swing 40 feet over the Arkansas River or try your hand at one of their challenge courses, you are guaranteed to have the time of your life at this must-visit Colorado attraction.
Uncle Charlie's Ranch (Black Hawk)
Can you tell what this is a picture of? Yes, it's thousands of Colorado's most mature and green trees, but what they surround is Uncle Charlie's Ranch: a non-traditional ranch that offers camping, therapeutic hot springs, and — most importantly — water that is considered to be some of the purest in the entire world. Sample some of the water for yourself when you camp out in this peaceful area!
Highland Haven (Evergreen)
Your eyes do not deceive you, folks; Colorado is indeed home to not one, but TWO rentable tree houses! Boasting an impressive two stories, the TreeHouse at Highland Haven is a magical hideaway that features charm from the outside in with its luxurious master suite, spa room, and included home-cooked breakfast.
Lookout Mountain Nature Center (Golden)
Learn about native trees, flowers, and wildlife at the must-see Lookout Mountain Nature Center; an outdoor education center that "promotes conservation of Jefferson County's open spaces through educational programs and exhibits." From taking a free naturalist-led class to strolling along the serene 1.4-mile walking trail, there is no shortage of things to see and do at this FREE gem.
The Terror-dactyl at the Cave of the Winds (Manitou Springs)
If you consider yourself to be a bit of (or a lot of) an adrenaline junkie, this one is for you! Housed inside the iconic Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, the Terror-dactyl is a heart-pounding, first of its kind thrill ride that features a large swing that launches guests into a 200-foot-tall canyon at a whopping 100 miles per hour. (Do you think you can handle it?)
Telluride/Mountain Village gondola (Telluride)
Tucked away in the enchanting town of Telluride lies a gondola that is considered to be the "most unique transportation system of its kind in North America!" Welcome to the Telluride/Mountain Village gondola; a first-of-its-kind means of transportation that takes guests on a FREE 13-minute ride from Telluride to Mountain Village via the scenic San Juan Mountains.
Denver Adventures Zipline Tours (Conifer)
What better way to end this list than with one more heart-pounding ride above the tree line? Billed as being "Colorado’s longest and fastest ziplines," Denver Adventures Zipline Tours offers several different heart-pounding lines ranging from 850 to 1,900-ft. long. (Denver Adventures Zipline Tours also allows you to customize your adventure with your choice of a 4 or 8-line expedition!)