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5 Bucket List Fall Activities In Colorado

Top Fall Activities Around Summit County

Fall Rafting Trips

Autumn is the season when we reap the beauty of Colorado’s long, snowy winters and bright, sunny summers. Trees that grew a foot in spring, leafed out exuberantly, and sucked in the high alpine sunshine now burst into a last flash of color as the sun declines toward the horizon. It’s leaf-peeping season! But why sit in your car driving around roads crowded with gawkers when you can get off the beaten path and enjoy golden aspens and rosy dogwoods with your friends in Colorado’s wild lands.

Seeking autumn adventures in Summit County, CO? Look no further than Colorado Adventure Guides. Embark on a captivating guided hike, mountain bike ride, climbing excursion, or mellow float on the Colorado River to witness the breathtaking golden aspens that adorn the Colorado landscape during fall. With their extensive knowledge of Summit County’s prime locations for autumn foliage, the expert guides at CAG will lead you to unforgettable sights.

1. Rafting On The Upper Colorado

Okay, so yes, the river will be lower than in spring, and the whitewater will be more manageable, but maybe it’s not such a bad thing not to get overly wet when the weather will be milder and the sun softer. Days in September and October are often quite warm down in the river valley, and the colors you’ll see on the drive over to Rancho del Rio alone will be worth your time. Once on the river you’ll see dogwoods and willows radiating the full spectrum of red-orange-yellow colors. Fall grasses wave yellow and orange in the breeze, and the duck and geese with their grown chicks will be filling up on ripe grass seed, preparing to head down to warmer climates. Needle’s Eye rapid at lower levels is tricky, and Yarmony is bony, but your guide will funnel you through narrow passes. You’ll zip through tall, dark, stony canyons and float past ranchlands and river islands covered with colorful fall vegetation. Experience autumn from water level, a whole new perspective.

State Bridge On The Upper Colorado

Introduction to Rock Climbing Course

2. Guided Rock Climbing Tour

Frankly, fall is our favorite time to rock climb. There’s less chance of afternoon showers that make the rock slick, and the sunshine is milder so you won’t bake on the rock wall. Most families have gone home because kids are back in school, and local aficionados are around to guide you. We’ll provide all the gear you need and teach you climbing fundamentals.

3. Mountain Bike Through Aspen Groves

Hop on a mountain bike and cruise up and down Dillon, Frisco, or Breckenridge’s mountain bike trails. We’ll load your group and your bikes up in a van, and drive you over to some of the best singletrack runs in the state. If you want to boost your confidence and expand your range of trail options, our guides will teach you skills like berm and flat turn cornering, beginner drops and jumps, introduce you to technical riding, and more. Tell us what you want, and our guides will take you there: grinding climbs, flowy downhills, or cruisers past winding historic mining towns. Most trails will take you past forests with yellow-orange aspens and towering pines.

Mountain Biking Through Aspen Groves in Summit County, CO

Fall Activities in Colorado

4. Hike Through The Fall Colors

Hike aspen-lined trails to new heights. Our guides will lead you up their favorite fall trails away from the crowds. In the fall hiking trails are often lined with fresh fallen golden aspen leaves, and you can walk over a route reminiscent of the yellow brick road to Oz. A whole corridor of aspens glows like a golden tunnel, shining warmly all around you. The aroma is kinder and more loamy than that of a clean, stark piney forest scent; the atmosphere is soft and wistful. Take a picnic and enjoy this brief, special season with the whole family.  Learn about preparing for variable fall weather here.

5. Paddle Board Tour On Lake Dillon

Tour Lake Dillon’s Islands on a stand up paddle board or in an inflatable kayak. In the fall, summer’s strong afternoon winds and clouds typically die down, and the Lake can be sunny and smooth as glass even in the second, and warmer, half of the day. The Reservoir is lined with shrubs that change from green to red and orange, exploding like small campfires on the shores you’ll cruise past. Tall grasses on the uninhabited islands turn golden and bright, and ducks and geese cruise past diving for fish or eating seeds on the shore. You may see deer and elk with furry fall racks jousting for mates, and eagles and osprey hunting fish before the lake freezes over solid. Bring the whole family; we’ll supply all you need: splash jackets, life vests, and SUPs or kayaks. This is a great place to learn the basics of stand up paddle boarding.

Paddle Board on Lake Dillon, CO in Fall

Book A Fall Adventure With Colorado Adventure Guides!

Experience the beauty of Fall in the Rockies with Colorado Adventure Guides. Choose from a range of guided adventures, including hiking, biking, and rock climbing expeditions. Our expert local guides will ensure an amazing experience for you.

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6 Reasons to Take a Mountain Bike Skills Course in Colorado

6 Reasons to Take a Mountain Bike Skills Course in Colorado

Intro to Mountain Biking Course Colorado

Summit County is home to some of the best mountain biking in the state of Colorado. Hundreds of miles of single-track weave across the mountains and through the valleys from Keystone, Dillon, and Silverthorne to Frisco and Breckenridge, and even down the slopes of Copper Mountain. Few places offer more miles of prime mountain bike trails, and it’s a dreamy place to ride whether you’re a complete beginner or seasoned pro.

Whether you’re new to mountain biking or you’ve got miles of single-track under your belt, it never hurts to practice the fundamentals and learn some new skills to progress on the bike. For new riders, the trails can be intimidating. With a little bike-handling knowledge and some confidence-inspiring skills, you’ll find yourself flowing through berms and bumps with ease. But the basics aren’t just for beginners. Experienced riders can often find the keys to progression by returning to foundational skills. One of the best ways to do this is through a mountain bike skills course led by a killer guiding company.  These are our top 6 reasons to take a mountain bike skills course, so read on if you’re curious about jumping into the world of MTB or looking to progress as a rider.

#1 Learn Mountain Bike Basics

Being a beginner is awesome. It presents a fun, new challenge to get excited about and the sky’s the limit when it comes to progression. But, as with any outdoor sport, it’s tough to get started without some basic knowledge. That’s when a beginner bike course can be extremely helpful to get you out on the trails. Modern bikes are complex and many of the components will feel alien to new riders, and that’s okay! We’re here to help you know your way around your bike so that you understand the basic components.

There’s a lot to learn when you’re new to the world of mountain biking, and we want to make sure you’re aware of more than just how to pedal. Along with riding skills, a course can teach new riders basics like trail etiquette as well as how to give your bike a good inspection before heading out on a ride.

It’s also helpful to know proper body positioning and to gain a general awareness on the bike. YouTube will only get you so far. Having a certified instructor to help you learn these skills on the dirt will allow you to get feedback from a professional and let the information soak in better as you practice. Where should I place my foot on the pedal? When should I shift into a lower or higher gear? How should I balance my weight on the bike? These are common questions for beginners and a course will not just tell you the answers, but show you how and allow you to practice.

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mountain bike rides

#2 Gain Confidence on the Trails

Colorado Mountain Biking Trips

Maybe you’re totally new to the sport and you’re nervous to hop on the bike for the first time. Or perhaps you’ve been at it for a while and find yourself stuck and in need of some extra encouragement to ride tougher trails. Either way, a skills course will help you gain or rebuild confidence on your bike.

For new riders, practicing the fundamentals with an experienced guide will allow you to learn valuable tips and tricks when starting out. Then, instead of having to learn all this the hard way, you can hit the trails with some familiarity of your bike and how to ride it with ease.

A course can also be useful for learning skills like basic on-trail bike repair. These are the sort of things that make you a more well-rounded and self-sufficient rider so that you have the confidence to get farther out on the trails knowing you can get yourself back even with a dreaded mechanical.

#3 Level Up Your Riding

Mountain Bike Colorado

Skills courses aren’t just for beginners. If you’ve been biking for a while but find that you’re not progressing as much as you’d like, an instructor can be very helpful in pointing out the areas where you can improve to level up your riding. Oftentimes, this means getting back to some basics in order to relearn skills or break bad habits. But, it’s also about learning new and more advanced skills so that you can start riding better and feel comfortable on more challenging terrain. Having trouble taking that corner faster, rolling over that rock garden or into that drop? A skills course just might unlock the secrets to sending.

#4 Break Bad Habits

Colorado Mountain Bike Guides

If you’re a new rider, why develop bad habits when you could learn the right way from the get go? Getting instruction will help to nip bad habits in the bud as you’re learning to flow on the trails. And whether we learned from pros or taught ourselves, any rider can develop bad habits. An instructor can help by observing your riding and pointing out areas where you’re stuck using the wrong technique, and then allowing you to practice to rebuild good habits.

#5 Discover New Trails in Summit County

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When you get out on a skills course with Colorado Adventure Guides, you’re getting more than an instructor—you’re also getting a guide. You may find yourself on fun new trails that you’ve never ridden before, even in your own backyard. And we all know how fun it is to discover new single-track to ride. Resources like TrailForks and MTB Project are great, but nothing’s as good as a local guide showing you some awesome spots.

#6: Meet New Biking Buddies

Full Day Mountain Bike Tour

A skills course is a great way to jump-start your riding abilities, or catapult you into new skills. And chances are, the people in the course with you are there for the same reasons: to progress and have fun on bikes. Taking a course allows you to get to know other like-minded bikers, and you may just find some new riding partners to help encourage and fuel your progression long after the course is over.

At Colorado Adventure Guides, we offer a few different options for instructional mountain bike courses.

Intro to Mountain Biking Course

This course is designed for folks who are new to the beautiful sport of mountain biking. If you’ve had little to no experience on a mountain bike, our instructors will show you the fundamentals of riding the trails so you’ll have the confidence to get out there for some fun on your own. We’ll cover things like basic bike awareness, offer some skills practice, and then we’ll hit the trails to put those newly minted skills to work.

Intermediate Mountain Biking Course

If you’ve been riding for a while and you’re ready to take it to the next level, this course will give you the tools to do just that. You’ll work on skills like cornering and small drops, and practice riding some spicy technical stuff, too. On top of that, our intermediate courses cover things like basic on-trail bike repair and how to dial in your suspension to maximize your bike’s potential—all things that will help you have more fun out on the trails.

Guided Snowshoe Tours in Colorado

Snowshoe Adventures: Go farther. See more.

For some folks, getting deep into the mountains can be a daunting and discouraging undertaking.  Where do we start?  How long will it take?  What if something goes wrong?  These are some of the questions we ask ourselves when planning any sort of mountain adventure.  These questions tend to have more complex answers in the winter months, when snow covers the ground.  Even as guides, we ask these questions.  However, our experience in the mountains and knowledge of the region, allow us to answer these questions and remove many of the unknown factors, making for a safer and more enjoyable experience for our guests.

Many people ask if we go on the same adventures in the winter as we do in the summer.  The answer is YES!  But, we use different types of equipment to access these areas, equipment that makes it more efficient to move on snow.  Our winter hiking tours include the use of snowshoes.  Snowshoes are designed to help a hiker stay on top of the snow when there has been recent accumulation or when the sun begins to soften the surface.  Snowshoes are also equipped with a “crampon” or spikes beneath the foot which provide traction and stability on slippery or uneven surfaces.

Snowshoes allow our guides to bring guests farther into the mountains, accessing places where a traditional hiker will not be able to venture with simple hiking boots.  With the use of snowshoes, we offer everything from simple half-day hikes, full-day hiking adventures near Frisco, Breckenridge, Dillon, Silverthorne, and Keystone.  We also offer peak ascents to the summits of Summit County’s 13ers and 14ers, including Quandary Peak, Grays Peak, and Torreys Peak.  A guided adventure is more than just a walk in the woods.  Hiking with a guide has many benefits.  First, it takes out planning time and potential time lost finding the trailhead and/or trail.  Second, guides are trained medical professionals with years of experience making decisions in the outdoors, therefore, their first job is doing what it takes to keep you and your group safe.  Lastly, you will learn something!  Guides love telling stories, especially about the place we call home.

So, book your snowshoe adventure today.  Springtime is a great time to go somewhere you’ve never been, in a safe and inclusive environment, and learn something about our amazing mountains.  Book here now!


Rock Climbing Tours in Colorado

An Adventure Together: Family Rock Climbing

What exactly is “holistic health”? It’s not just about nutrition or acupuncture or massage therapy. Holistic health is an approach to healthcare that considers the “whole” person and all aspects of the body and mind. There is no single aspect of your life to focus on, no one cure-all for your problems. It is not necessarily about losing weight or getting to the gym. It’s about finding balance across your life, as a whole, and in the process, finding health and happiness too.

How does one actually do this? Of course, there is no single answer that works for every person. One important aspect of holistic health is that we must take responsibility for our own well-being. Personally, I know that spending time outside is integral to my mental health. I can’t spend too many hours between four walls before I start to feel anxious and restless. Whether I am hiking, skiing, rock climbing, cycling or just sitting in my camp chair with my feet up, I need the great outdoors to feel satisfied in my life.

While this certainly won’t be the same for everyone, there is a definite correlation between time spent outside, physical activity and mental health. Proximity to green spaces reduces stress and depression. Absorbing vitamin D from the sun will improve your mood and reduce anxiety. And of course, regular exercise will support both mental and physical health,improve your quality of sleep, and help ward off heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

So, what does holistic health mean for you? Perhaps you’re like me and making time for scenic hikes and fresh air will bring you peace of mind. I challenge you to think about what in your life brings you lasting happiness and satisfaction. How can you find more time in your daily life for these activities? And conversely, what areas of your life do you feel could be improved upon?  If you frequently find yourself feeling stressed and anxious, consider downloading an app to help you learn to meditate. If you’re looking for more wholesome, nutritious meals for you and your family, a holistic nutritionist could help point you in the right direction. Are you feeling lonely or far away from your loved ones? Try setting a weekly date to catch up with someone you are missing. Happiness is a crucial component to one’s health and will improve your quality of life in more ways than you can imagine.

Holistic health is a lifestyle. Take charge of your life by finding healthy ways to nourish your body and mind.

Take a hike with Noemi on July 22 to learn about:

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Noemi is an avid rock climber, outdoors woman, and holistic nutrition expert living in Breckenridge, Colorado.  She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition with the American College of Healthcare Science.  

Guided Hiking Tours in Summit County, Colorado

Adventure Lessons from Colorado Adventure Guides

Guests preparing for a hike with Colorado Adventure Guides commonly ask about trekking poles. Do I need them? Do you rent them? How do I use them? 

Knees love trekking poles; poles distribute the impact of hiking to all four limbs rather than just to the legs. They can give hikers a little extra power going uphill, as you can push off both your arms and legs. Their greatest value, however, might be on the downhills, when the impact forces of descending tend to make knees ache and quads sore. Poles can also improve balance by keeping four limbs in contact with the ground instead of two.

If you want to try the benefits of hiking with poles, first find a pair that fits you. When holding the handle with the tip of the pole on the ground, your elbow should bend at a 90 degree angle. Some hikers like to lengthen their poles for downhills and shorten them for uphills if their poles are adjustable.

Remember that you don’t need to change how you walk to use trekking poles efficiently. You may have never noticed, but with each step forward you take, the opposite arm and hand also swing forward. This opposite arm swing happens involuntarily whether you are hiking up a mountain or walking through the mall. Now that you have poles in hand, simply plant the pole in the ground each time the hand holding it swings forward. For a natural arm swing and efficient pole use, plant the pole tip slightly ahead (if hiking downhill) or behind (if hiking uphill) and outside of your body. In other words, when your right foot steps forward, your left arm, hand, and pole also swing forward, and you plant your left pole. You weight your right foot and left pole at the same time. Then step forward with the opposite foot and swing and plant the opposite pole. Don’t overthink it! When using poles smoothly and efficiently, your body moves naturally, just as it would without poles.

This opposite foot/pole technique effectively distributes impact between all four limbs and aids in balance, but there are also other ways to use poles. Sometimes, when pushing the pace up steep terrain, it’s helpful to use a double pole plant: plant both poles ahead of your feet simultaneously, then take two steps, resting your body weight on both poles as you step. It’s nice to use this technique to get into a mesmerizing rhythm while hiking uphill: plant, step, step, repeat indefinitely. You could also take four smaller steps in between a longer pole swing while using the double pole technique.

Finally, it’s important to remember a few seldom mentioned things about using trekking poles. Firstly, keep in mind that poles redistribute the impact of hiking; while poles reduce the impact to the legs, they add impact to the upper body. Expect to feel some soreness in the triceps and shoulders, especially while getting used to them. Additionally, though poles are very helpful, there are some situations in which they can be annoying at best. If your hike requires frequent use of hands for scrambling, consider leaving poles behind. And perhaps most importantly, remember that those stabby things in your hands can seriously injure others! Leave space between you and other hikers to avoid impaling your hiking buddy’s Achilles tendon. Be aware of where you point and plant your poles.

We’re excited to announce that we now offer trekking poles for guests to rent on guided hikes! We also highly recommend shopping with the knowledgeable staff at Mountain Outfitters in Breckenridge if you’re looking to invest in a pair of your own. Happy hiking!

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