Social Gatherings in the Summer

Equinox Brewing, Fort Collins

Equinox Brewing, Fort Collins

A favorite saying of Coloradoans who live in the mountains is “I came for the winter and stayed for the summer.” Colorado summers throughout the state are truly spectacular with more moderate temperatures and a dryer climate than many other regions of the United States.

Not only are the mountains awash in green and wildflowers, the whole state blossoms with activities, festivals, farmers’ markets, outdoor concerts and more. It’s a perfect chance for family, church, youth, friend and other groups to head Not only are the mountains awash in green and wildflowers, the whole state blossoms with activities, festivals, farmers’ markets, outdoor concerts and more. It’s a perfect chance for family, church, youth, friend and other groups to headto the Centennial State to enjoy outdoor fun like fishing, rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, hot air ballooning, biking, hiking, camping and golfing. Summer and fall also are the perfect times to enjoy tastings on the patios of wineries, microbreweries and distilleries and even pedal between the facilities on designated bike routes.

Guest ranches and farms also have a lot to see and do, perhaps even lending a hand with chores and harvest or enjoying dinner in the fields or orchards.

Summer also is a prime time for groups to unleash energy at the state’s outstanding amusement parks, water parks and zoos and to catch outdoor concerts at all sorts of venues from parks and museums to famous amphitheatres such as Red Rocks. Major and minor league baseball teams provided fun days and nights at ball parks, plus Denver has a professional soccer team for additional action.

Hotels and resorts often offer great rates during less busy corporate and convention meeting timeframes and in university towns when colleges move to the slower schedule of summer school. Book places that give your group plenty of opportunities to relax and engage in activities on-site or nearby. A guest ranch might be the perfect option with all activities and meals included in the rate. Or think about a possible city/mountain combination with day trips or a few days in each place. Places like Denver, Boulder, Loveland and Colorado Springs all have great mountain access.

Fall also is a superb time for lower rates in the mountains when business starts tapering off on the weekdays as families head back into the school season. Indian summer temperatures and a fall foliage season that hits peak in mid-September and runs into mid-October make autumn in the high country magnificent.