Last summer we had a family challenge — to have the best high country summer ever. It was our personal mission statement that we tested every decision against. When in doubt about doing something, we just asked each other, “Does this fit the best summer ever challenge?” If the answer was yes, we did it. And we did, indeed, have an incredible summer.
This year we are going to be even more intentional about our high country summer — we've created a summer bucket list. Whether it's your first or your fiftieth summer at altitude, the sweetness of the season never dulls. When something this beautiful is bracketed by the contrast of a Rocky Mountain winter, one can't help but want to drink up every drop.
In no particular order, here are some activities from our High Country Summer Bucket List. We'd love to hear yours!
- Buy perfect Colorado peaches at a local farmer's market and eat them right away.
- Hike a peak, any peak. Don't get caught up with numbers. Just get up early and do it.
- Attend an arts festival.
- Boat on Lake Dillon.
- Drive some golf balls (or play lots of rounds) at 9600 feet.
- Watch baby foxes wrestle.
- Look at the stars from the darkest spot you can find.
- Smell the cottonwood trees after a rain.
- Get a crepe at the crepe cart, a scone at Amazing Grace, and a cookie from Mary's Mountain Cookies. Not on the same day.
- Go on a wildflower hike and find Columbines and Indian Paintbrush.
- Find the Fairy Forest.
- Attend at least one concert at Red Rocks.
- Sample local beers and spirits.
- Hike a section of the Colorado Trail.
- Be in a Fourth of July parade.
- Hike to a hot spring and soak.
- Stand in the same aspen grove in early, mid and late summer and note the differences.
- Volunteer. There are so many opportunities to lend a hand, from helping create zero waste events to dog walking at the animal shelter. Get involved!
- Get up early when the peaks have received a dusting of snow mid-summer and watch the sunrise melt it all away.
- Take a mountain bike clinic.
- Meet one new neighbor.
- Learn the names of all the peaks you can see from a set spot.
- Sleep in a tent and/or a van.
- Cheer on racers at a local event. Race a local event.
Each and every Broker / Partner at Breckenridge Associates has her or his own list and we are always happy to share ideas. Stop by for some 'what to do' list inspiration! And we try to keep an up-to-date list of unique events and festivals in Summit County on our Upcoming Events page.