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5 Fun Summer Activities to Do in Colorado
Summer in Colorado means clear blue skies, plenty of golden sunshine, and the perfect temperature for getting outside and exploring the beautiful, rugged scenery the state is known for. So you have an action-packed summer this year full of excitement and adventure, plan to do at least one of these five awesome activities over the next couple of months!
1. Plummet to the ground at 60 mph on Elitch Gardens’ Tower of Doom.
The only downtown theme and water park in America, Elitch Gardens attracts visitors from all over the country eager to test their limits against heart-pumping rides like the 125-foot-tall Boomerang and the 360° Brain Drain. But if you really want to see what you’re made of, make a beeline for the Tower of Doom. This intense ride rises up 200 feet into the sky before plummeting down to the ground at 60 mph. If you’re brave enough to keep your eyes open, you’ll be treated to some amazing views from the top.
2. Soar along the highest zip line in North America at Royal Gorge Bridge & Park.
Don’t be fooled into thinking the best views from Royal Gorge Bridge & Park are found at the photo lookout areas. The best panoramic vistas by far are from the Cloudscraper Zip Line. Towering 1,200 feet above the ground, this hair-raising ride travels high over the thundering Arkansas River and rewards those courageous enough to strap themselves into the state-of-the-art harnesses with a unique viewpoint only birds usually get to enjoy.
3. Experience the thrill of skydiving at iFly Denver.
You don’t have to be daring enough to throw yourself out of a plane to feel the thrill of skydiving. With iFly Denver, you can have the sensation of freefalling and being held up only by smooth cushions of air from the comfort and safety of a vertical wind tunnel. There’s no jumping, no parachute and absolutely nothing tethering you to planet Earth during this amazing activity. The wind tunnel is made entirely of clear glass, so you can get your friends to snap lots of photos of you flying, too.
4. Hear the rumbling roar of Zapata Falls.
Summer is a great time for hiking around the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, but when you combine high temperatures with scorching sunshine and physical activity, things are bound to get a bit hot and sweaty. To keep things fresh, plan to end your trail at Zapata Falls. The 25-feet-high waterfall is made up of chilly water which rushes down over smooth, slippery rocks and gives off a thin, refreshing mist to cool down everyone in the area.
5. See the rainbow of colors at Shrine Pass.
Shrine Pass is another amazing place for a hike, especially in summer when the meadows are blanketed by a rainbow of multi-colored flora. Between June and September, the Shrine Mountain Trail is overflowing with delicate fuchsia fireweed, thin purple lupine, coral Indian paintbrush and pretty yellow daisies as far as the eye can see. Even if you don’t normally give two hoots about flowers or gardening, the kaleidoscope of colors at Shrine Pass will still strike you as astonishingly beautiful.
After long, busy days spent outdoors hiking or getting your adrenaline pumping, come visit us at Isle Casino Hotel® Black Hawk to wind down and relax. Our three restaurants provide the perfect spots for post-adventure refueling, while our many exciting games are the perfect stress-relief after intense activities. At the end of the night, you can even book yourself into one of our rooms or suites for a peaceful night’s sleep.