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Summer is the ideal time to explore; the kids are out of school, and things seem to slow down a bit. Colorado Springs, The Front Range, and Colorado all have so much to see and do that you don’t even need to get on a plane to get away and experience some extraordinary moments.
This area offers activities ranging from swimming in secluded mountain springs and climbing 14ers to enjoying concerts, festivals, and much more.
We’ve put together this post to help you make the most of the season by showcasing various activities that cater to all interests and ages.
Colorado Springs and its surrounding areas have something for everyone, whether you’re seeking outdoor adventures like hiking through picturesque trails or indulging in cultural experiences like visiting art galleries and museums.
Additionally, you’ll find recommendations for family-friendly attractions, places to swim, and exciting events that will make your summer memorable. So, embrace the spirit of exploration, delve into the rich offerings of this beautiful region, and create cherished memories that will last a lifetime.
Pools are not common in Colorado, the season is short, maintenance is challenging, and water is expensive. Because of this, most of the swimming opportunities are isolated to private clubs or institutional pools. Let’s take a look at your options.
The Pikes Peak YMCA has two outdoor pools open to the public (for a fee) all summer long.
Two popular indoor pools in the area are open to the public:
Paradise Cove: If you’re interested in something unique, you need to check out Paradise Cove. This hidden gem offers adrenaline-packed adventures, with cliff jumping and exploring mesas and canyons. This unforgettable destination is about 1-hour southwest of Colorado Springs outside and 15 minutes east of Guffey, Colorado.
The area has several private pools; some are part of a much larger health club, while others are individual neighborhood pools. If you are in a neighborhood with a private pool you could certainly look to join here are a couple of the more popular private neighborhood pools.
Rafting is immensely popular in Colorado during the summer months. Pristine rivers and breathtaking canyons create a perfect backdrop for adrenaline-pumping adventures. With a robust snowpack from winter snowfall, Colorado’s rivers benefit from strong currents during spring and summer, which is ideal for rafting.
Several options are available for Colorado Springs residents looking to check out some whitewater. Canon City is a short drive to the south and is home to the Royal Gorge. The Royal Gorge is over 1,200 feet deep and over 10 miles long. This makes it ideal for rafters of all skill levels. Here are some of our favorite companies to take you down the river.
Hiking is almost synonymous with Summer here in Colorado. The combination of clear blue skies, warm sunshine, and breathtaking mountain vistas creates the perfect setting for outdoor enthusiasts. The Pikes Peak region offers an extensive network of trails that traverse diverse landscapes, and there’s something for everyone, from serene nature walks to challenging summit hikes.
Mountain biking is a fantastic summer activity, and you’ll be thrilled to discover the diverse array of riding destinations in the Pikes Peak region. From the challenging and technical trails around Cheyenne Mountain and Mount Herman in Monument to the more accessible trails like the Santa Fe Trail and Fox Run Regional Park, there’s something for every skill level. Let me share a couple of our favorite trails that are perfect for novice riders and can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Fishing is a popular summer activity in the Pikes Peak region and throughout Colorado. The region offers a variety of fishing opportunities, ranging from lakes and reservoirs suitable for traditional fishing to serene and stunning streams perfect for fly fishing. Here is a list of some of the most beloved fishing spots in the Pikes Peak region.
Summer festivals are super popular for a bunch of reasons. These events are all about celebrating the season and making the most of those longer days and warm weather. They’ve got all kinds of stuff going on, like awesome live music, cool art exhibitions, tasty food trucks, and displays of different cultures. Festivals bring people together to have a blast and feel like part of a community.
The best part? They usually happen outside in parks or by the water, so you can soak up nature while having a great time. Plus, they’re perfectly timed with school vacations and time off, so it’s easy for everyone to join in and get the full festival experience.
When is the last time that you went bug hunting? This is a great activity that can be done anywhere; in your backyard, at the neighborhood park, or even in the closet you haven’t cleaned in a while. We use the generic term “bugs”, but really mean all types of insects such as:
(Hopefully, the entomologist in the group will forgive us for leaving off the cockroaches and sucking lice).
Download and print the attached worksheet to find native bugs around Colorado Springs! Leave the bugs be, don’t harm them, mark them on the list when you find one! Don’t forget your magnifying glass!
Did you know that Colorado has over 500 species of birds? If entomology doesn’t excite you, maybe ornithology is your thing. Like bug hunting, bird hunting is easily done in your backyard, in an open field, or at the park down the street. Other great locations include:
Also check out this resource: https://www.visitcos.com/blog/pikes-peak-birding-trail/
Download and print the attached worksheet to find native birds around Colorado Springs! Don’t forget your binoculars!
Use pinecones, flowers, sticks, rocks, etc to create a mandala at your local park (don’t destroy plants to get what you want, use what’s already laying around!)
Use items you may have around your house to create an obstacle course for the whole family. Examples: hula hoops, skateboards, any kind of ball, nets, hoops, racquets, boards, string/rope, sticks, etc.
Make a goal of trying a new park/trail each week – https://coloradosprings.gov/parks/page/parks-trails-open-spaces
Get one from Poor Richards https://littlerichardstoystore.com/
Are you familiar with geocaching? Letterboxing is a similar activity but is more easily done with families. Instead of a GPS, users use clues to find hidden stashes containing a stamp used to document their success. Two great resources for this fun family-friendly activity are https://www.letterboxing.org/ and https://www.atlasquest.com/.
Here is where your creativity can run wild!
Download and print the attached kid-friendly Nature Scavenger Hunt list to find the listed items around your favorite park! Make sure you take a small bucket or Tupperware to gather your things!
Check the Farmer’s Market’s website and info as they are very individual due to COVID-19. Some Markets will not start until July, some have online ordering, and some are on their regular schedule.
Invite a small group of friends or neighbors over for a yard game tournament! Play a few games, then create a bracket so you can declare the supreme winner. Use the yard games you already own to create the playing field or ask every family to bring one game to add to the fun! For more fun, pick up a silly used trophy at the resale shop to offer as the prize.
Purchase yard games: Garage Sales, Facebook Marketplace, Big Box Stores, or even the Dollar Store
Whatever it is your family enjoys this summer, we hope it is wonderful!