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High Adventure Activities Across Colorado

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Adventure in Colorado is all about gravity—or attempts to defy it. You can find pretty much any extreme mountain activity you can dream up. From ice climbing in Ouray to rock climbing in Boulder Canyon, to hiking any of the state's 53 fourteeners, here are a few activities to get the adrenaline running. Clip in, you're on belay.
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280 Co Rd 361, Ouray, CO 81427, USA
Usually, ice climbers have to slog down miles of trail to reach their objectives. In Ouray, they don’t even have to leave downtown. Located right outside central Ouray, the Ouray Ice Park uses an ingenious system of irrigation pipes to farm ice...
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Alma, CO, USA
Climbing the Colorado 14ers (14,000 foot or higher peak) is a rewarding summer and early fall activity. Set out early Saturday morning, bring water, snacks, layers, and a camera. Mount Democrat is a 4-mile round trip with over 2,000 feet of...
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Avon, CO, USA
Rock climbing. Ice climbing. Desert camping. Backcountry skiing. Pretty much anything you dream up Apex Mountain School can put together. They operate throughout the Rockies and into southern Utah.
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4250 Divide Rd, Snowmass Village, CO 81615, USA
Going around the rocky mountains on a dog-sled is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The scenery was simply breathtaking, not to mention that my dogs were adorable. After this experience, you'll have a better appreciation for the world we...
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31749 Forest Rd 302, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487, USA
The shuttle van pulls up to a small wooden cabin in the middle of a snow-laden forest, where snow hangs heavy on the boughs of pine branches. There's a faint hum of engines purring, a line of snowmobiles warming up for their afternoon excursion....
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Minturn, CO 81645, USA
Everyone should hike at least once among the humbling, snow-capped grandeur of the Rocky Mountains to put things in perspective. And why not let a sturdy, exotic pack animal carry your stuff? Sign up for a guided backcountry llama trekking trip in...
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Silverton, CO 81433, USA
Home to one chair and thousands of acres of amazing terrain—accessed by heli or on foot—Silverton offers a true snow adventure. A day trip from Telluride, it's well worth the hour drive. Avalanche gear/training or guides required, but a perfect...
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Crested Butte, CO 81224, USA
When you stay at Scarp Ridge Lodge in Crested Butte, part of the experience is the options for adventure and the outdoors. One special activity in the summer that Scarp Ridge offers is Heli-fishing, where you will take a helicopter ride leaving...
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King Lake, Colorado 80466, USA
I was hiking the King Lake Trail, in the Indian Peaks Wilderness, doing a 48-hour solo loop backpacking trip. It was late August. The wildflowers were going crazy, but up here just beneath the Continental Divide, there was still plenty of snow and...