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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.

Hitting the trails in an Action Trackchair® at Staunton State Park
Hitting the trails in an Action Trackchair® at Staunton State Park
Climbing with Paradox Sports (photo credit: Will Strathmann)
Climbing with Paradox Sports (photo credit: Will Strathmann)
Hand cycling with Telluride Adaptive Sports Program
Hand cycling with Telluride Adaptive Sports Program
Climbing at Horsetooth Reservoir with Adaptive Adventures (photo credit: Craig DeMartino)
Climbing at Horsetooth Reservoir with Adaptive Adventures (photo credit: Craig DeMartino)

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, Winter Park & Denver

NSCD offers so many awesome programs that we can’t list ’em all here. Here’s the tip of their amazing outdoor-experiences iceberg: Join a hosted camping trip under the inky star-dusted sky of the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest or shoot down the Colorado River’s rapids while looking for river otter, bighorn sheep and maybe even bear.

Learn to rock climb on the craggy walls of Clear Creek Canyon in Golden or play a game of H-O-R-S-E with the Denver Nuggets during an ability clinic. (If basketball’s not your jam, they also have clinics with the Rockies, Avalanche, Broncos and Rapids.) Explore the National Sports Center for the Disabled’s full list of summer programs >>

Adaptive Sports Center, Crested Butte

Set in the technicolor wildflower capital of the state, Adaptive Sports Center 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 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 >>

Adaptive Sports Association, Durango

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 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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