There are numerous and varied recreation opportunities throughout
Colorado. Cross-country skiers and snowshoers enjoy the solitude of snow
shrouded pine forests and can make use of several huts systems for
backcountry adventuring. Snowmobilers ply what are four-wheel drive roads
in the summer, often with a skier or two in tow. Crisp white snow contrasts
with deep blue skies to create the perfect winter playground.
warming of Spring comes the annual run-off. Rivers and streams swell as the
melting snow begins its journey to the oceans. White water rafters and
kayakers brave tumultuous rapids while the less adventurous enjoy more
placid river sections.
Along the river bottoms maturing nymphs emerge
from between the rocks and begin their perilous journey to adulthood. As
they float to the surface to shed there shells and release their wings, they are
targeted by ravenous trout. Fly fisherman take advantage of this annual ritual
to try to outsmart the wary trout with their artificial flies. Colorado rivers
possess gold medal waters sporting large trout that really give a good
As the mountain peaks reluctantly give up their covering of snow,
an alpine wonderland emerges. Hikers, horseback riders, campers, mountain
bikers and mountaineers head to remote sections of the state to enjoy
stunning vistas as they practice their sport. Families pile into cars and
campers to experience Colorado's scenic byways which cross 12,000 foot
mountain passes and even reach the tops of 14,000 foot peaks. Abundant
wildflowers and wildlife provides hours of entertainment for all.
coming of fall, the Aspen trees turn to pure gold. Hunters take to the
countryside in search of elk, deer and other game. It is time for one last hike
or bike ride before the coming snows.