Beat the Summer Heat with these Cool Colorado Spots

Colorado Summer
Looking for things to do this summer? From outdoor water adventures to indoor activities, there are plenty of ways to cool down when the hot Colorado sun comes out.


There isn’t a lot of humidity here and the sun can get very hot, which makes things very dry. So, it helps to have a plan for staying cool and finding some shade.

Here are some of our favorite places to visit and things to do in Colorado in the summer to stay cool!


Boulder Reservoir:

Located just 15 mins North of Boulder the reservoir allows for a nice reprieve from the heat. It is open for swimming, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding or sail boating. If you do not own any equipment you can do day rentals there.


Denver Museum of Nature and Science:

Here, you can explore a prehistoric journey of the evolution of life on earth (including dinosaur skeletons and fossils!). Explore the “wildlife halls” that feature dioramas displaying many extinct and still-living creatures. Or check out the more “recent” history in exhibits, such as the Egyptian and Leonardo Di Vinci exhibits.


Sweet Cow Ice Cream:

They serve up some of the most unique and authentic ice cream flavors anywhere. Our favorites include Lucky Charms, The Big Lebowski, and Ozo Coffee.


Manitou Lake:

Manitou Park Lake is located just 7 miles north of Woodland Park on Highway 67. It is open from May 21, 2021 to September 20, 2021. The lake is a 5-acre reservoir and the park is considered a recreation area. It’s a nice summer getaway for the whole family that’s not too busy with tourists. The main activities available here are fishing, boating (non-motorized), and hiking the Manitou Park Lake Trail which borders the entire lake.


Colorado Rivers:

One of the best ways to enjoy Colorado summers is to explore the many rivers and streams that the state offers. Drop into the characteristically blue waters of the Blue River for some fishing in north central Colorado, north of Vail. Check out the Arkansas River (which feeds the Pueblo Reservoir mentioned below!) for great rafting and fly fishing.


Colorado is a beautiful state, and we here at Corken + Company love being able to share it with all of you. Get out there and enjoy all our state has to offer!


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