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Cool Off in Colorado This Summer

Cool Off in Colorado This Summer

DENVER (July 25, 2012) – While sweltering temperatures plague towns across the nation, Colorado’s mild climate and refreshing activities offer relief from late summer’s heat and humidity. From plunging into icy lakes and cool cave tours to whitewater rafting and windy adrenaline rushes, Colorado offers plenty of opportunities to stay cool this summer. Below is a sampling of the many ways visitors can chill out around the state.

  • Low Temperatures in High Places. Summertime temperatures in Leadville — the highest incorporated city in North America — range from 70s in the afternoons to the 40s at night. Turquoise Lake and Twin Lakes invite visitors to take a dip or spend more time on the water by renting a canoe or kayak.  
  • H20 @ 8,150 ft. Vail Cascade Resort offers plenty of ways guests can stay cool, starting at just $139 per night. Guests are invited to stay wet by watching movies in the pool on Friday or Saturday nights, participate in boat races, practice stand-up paddle boarding and a variety of other cool activities.
  • River-Runner. The Cache la Poudre River near Fort Collins is whitewater paradise for those wanting to cruise and lurch down stretches of the river in a canoe, raft or kayak. Class I to Class V rapids are accessible. 
  • Beneath the Surface. Escape to year-round cool underground temperatures at Cave of the Winds in Colorado Springs. Visitors can choose from two exciting cave tours: the Discovery Tour, which winds through nearly a mile of caverns; and the Lantern Tour, which explores historical formations by lantern light. 
  • Nighttime Photo Tour. A photography-focused evening walking tour through downtown Denver is a great way to beat daytime heat and cool off in the Mile High City. Guides start with an ideal dusk shot and continue on to some of Denver’s best locations for nighttime photography. 
  • Sunset Sails. Sail Western Colorado offers the chance to cruise Blue Mesa Lake while soaking in refreshing breezes, stopping for a swim in a quiet cove and assisting with sailing.
  • Zippy Adventure. Float through crisp mountain air on an all-day zipline course in Durango. Soar above treetops and rushing rivers to feel refreshing excitement on the longest zipline course in the world.
  • Chill Out at the Boulder Reservoir. Visitors can cool down through a variety of summertime activities including windsurfing, sailing, swimming, relaxing on the beach, playing in the sand, kayaking or kite-surfing. 
  • Feel the Rush. North America’s highest roller coaster, the Cliffhanger, recently opened at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs and is giving brave riders a breezy adrenaline rush.
  • Whitewater Suds. Amble down the pristine Arkansas River on a whitewater rafting excursion with Noah’s Ark. Cruise down the river for a half day at $40.46 for adults and $29.97 for children, or paddle away all day for $61.46 for adults and $52.46 for children.
  • Above It All. Ascend sky-high in a hot air balloon and take in dawn’s gentle wind. After launching in Fraser, relish panoramic birds-eye views of the Rocky Mountains while floating through cool breezes. 
  • Jump for Joy. Hidden within Southeast Colorado’s canyons and plains, the Black Hole in Two Buttes Reservoir invites visitors to enjoy a refreshing dip, afternoon of fishing and the thrill of cliff jumping.

Colorado is a four-season destination offering unparalleled adventure and recreational pursuits, a thriving arts scene, a rich cultural heritage, flavorful cuisine, and 26 renowned ski areas and resorts. The state's breathtaking scenic landscape boasts natural hot springs, the headwaters of seven major rivers, many peaceful lakes and reservoirs, 12 national parks and monuments, and 58 mountain peaks that top 14,000 feet. For more information or a copy of the 2012 Colorado Official State Vacation Guide, visit or call 1-800-COLORADO. Media are invited to visit the Colorado Media Room at Follow Colorado on Twitter at @Colorado or Facebook .

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Roland Alonzi / 646-442-6765 / [email protected]
Carly Grimes / 720-289-9366 / [email protected]