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5 Boulder Day Trip Destinations to Hit Before Summer is Over

There’s still plenty of time left this summer to enjoy all our city has to offer. From family-friendly activities to mountain adventures, we’re never short of things to do in and around Boulder. Here are some can’t-miss activities to check off your bucket list before summer comes to an end. 

Rocky Mountain National Park

While often avoided during peak tourist season, August is one of the slowest summer months at RMNP. Home to some of our nation’s best terrain, this park is a can’t miss destination during the warm summer months. The snow capped peaks provide the most beautiful backdrop for creating lasting family memories. Reconnect with our state’s majestic wilderness and experience this treasured park before the warm weather is gone. 

Gross Reservoir

Rent a paddleboard from Whitewater Tubing & Recreation for the day and explore the waters of Gross Reservoir. Paddleboards offer users a wonderful way to experience nature. This low-impact activity is easy to learn, and the inflatable paddleboards fit conveniently into the trunk. Soak up the summer sun, pack a picnic, and spend the day exploring this gorgeous, high-elevation reservoir. 


This historic Colorado town hosts its annual Boom Days celebration during the weekend of August 2 – 4. In celebration of the mining town’s history, Wild West-themed activities take place all weekend long and include mining competitions, reenactments, and a parade. Just a little over two hours, Leadville is a fantastic and distinctive place to explore during a day trip from Boulder. 

Indian Peaks Wilderness

With all the rain and snow we’ve received this year, the Indian Peaks Wilderness is alive with flora and fauna we sorely missed last year. Rivers, streams, and lakes abound with fish, while chipmunks, deer, and moose explore the vegetative forests. Hike to Long Lake or Lake Isabelle in the Brainard Lake recreation area or explore the quiet forests behind Rollinsville. Strap on your hiking boots and experience the Indian Peaks like never before. 

Cheyenne, Wyoming

See an entirely new state only a few hours drive from Boulder. Cheyenne is the largest city in Wyoming and has plenty to do, including an open-air trolley tour, Frontier Days, Wild West museums, and more. Wyoming gets cold and windy in the winter months so don’t wait too long to check this near-by city out. Spend the day exploring this interesting city to learn a bit more about our Western culture and history. 

Get the most out of your summer by visiting or participating in these Boulder day trips. Explore the great outdoors, catch a play, or try a new sport. No matter where your interests lie, Colorado has a little something for everyone. 

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