Adventurous & Adaptive Summer Sports in Colorado

Whether you want to shred down a wildflower-lined path on a mountain bike or paddle the rushing waters of one of our many rivers, there’s a good chance you’ll find an adaptive option in Colorado.

By: Staff Writer
Updated: July 8, 2024

Take a look at just a handful of the adventures waiting for you with these outfitters, many of whom offer special activities or packages for veterans and first responders.

National Sports Center for the Disabled

The National Sports Center for the Disabled — located in both Winter Park and Denver — offers so many awesome programs that we can’t list ’em all here. Athletes with any diagnosis can have a blast along the Front Range and in the mountains by taking part in an array of adventures — these rotate seasonally, so keep an eye on their page to make sure you don’t miss out!

Explore the National Sports Center for the Disabled’s full list of summer programs

Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center

Breckenridge is a haven for summer- and winter-activity lovers, providing ideal slopes for skiing and snowboarding, river rapids for paddling, trails for biking through the tall trees and much more. Founded in 1976, the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) seeks to help people of all abilities partake in the wonder of mountain exhilaration, and feel empowered and independent while doing so.

From scaling rock-climbing walls and ropes courses to paddling in a canoe and flying down a snowy Keystone or Copper mountain in an adaptive ski, BOEC has something for everyone. With programs running throughout the year, adventurers can admire the beauty of the Rockies while experiencing the thrill firsthand.

Find out more about Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center's adaptive summer programs

Adaptive Sports Center

Set in the technicolor wildflower capital of the state, Adaptive Sports Center in Crested Butte has the hookup when it comes to getting down in Colorado’s outdoors. Swing through trees and fly through the air on the Ropes and Challenge Course where a combination of low and high elements add layers of excitement to the excursion.

Or, skip the uphill grind and jump straight to the fun of mountain biking with one of the world’s only downhill-mountain-biking programs for people with disabilities. Cross-country biking is another way to take in all that sweet alpine air, with outings for all skill levels and a choice of arm- or leg-powered adaptive bikes.

Explore Adaptive Sports Center’s full list of summer programs

Telluride Adaptive Sports Program

Telluride is a charming former mining town with a laid-back vibe and love for anything outside. Let the folks at the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program (TASP) be your guides as you cast for trout at nearby Ridgway State Park, where vistas of the snow-rimmed San Juans may prove slightly distracting. Guided trips to Telluride Bike Park — an accessible-chairlift-served riding experience — will delight novices and experts alike with flow trails and technical terrain in a mountain playground.

For a quintessentially Coloradan experience Try TASP’s Hometown Adventures — custom-tailored expeditions that include tours of historical railroads, ghost-town explorations, flatwater activities and more.

Explore Telluride Adaptive Sports Program’s full list of summer offerings

Challenge Aspen

Enjoy the spoils of a Colorado summer with Custom Adaptive Adventures courtesy of Challenge Aspen in the Roaring Fork Valley (encompassing Aspen, Snowmass, Basalt, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and others). Past adventures have included gondola rides above emerald-green, fir-covered peaks and valleys, horseback riding (including therapeutic options), adaptive biking, whitewater rafting, outings to Glenwood Adventure Park and soaks at Glenwood Hot Springs. CAMO — Challenge Aspen Military Opportunities — offers fun retreats for active-duty military and veterans with service-related disabilities, like cycling Independence pass and bow-shooting instruction.

Explore Challenge Aspen's full list of summer offerings

Adaptive Sports Association

In Durango, you’ll find an authentic Western spirit, stunning views of the jaw-dropping San Juan Mountains and easy access to Colorado’s great outdoors. With the Adaptive Sports Association, let the current of the Animas River — one of the last free-flowing rivers in the country — whisk you away on a rafting trip. If you like your water a little calmer, opt for flatwater canoeing or kayaking on one of the area’s many picturesque lakes.

Or, rent an adaptive bike from ASA and set off on your own cruise along the 7-mile paved Animas River Trail, listening to the rushing water and watching for gray plumes of smoke from the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad as you go.

Explore the Adaptive Sports Association’s full list of summer programs

Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports

Steamboat Springs is nestled in the heart of The Great West, so it makes perfect sense that adaptive horseback riding is just one of the many activities you’ll find at Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports (STARS). Whether you’re already an avid rider or have never seen a horse in real life before, there’s a riding session waiting for you.

Or, saddle up a mechanical steed — that’s a mountain bike for those not fluent in Wild West — and traverse some of Colorado’s most amazing cycling country. Multi-day clinics include skill sessions for two-wheel or hand bikes, as well as bike-care courses and lodging at the STARS ranch.

Explore Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports’ full list of summer programs

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