Living in Colorado, we are lucky to have the front range right in our backyard. From reservoirs and lakes to foothills parks, and endless amounts of trails, Colorado itself truly is an outdoor playground.

For outdoor enthusiasts, looking to take advantage of our area this summer, here are five different activities to try out, that aren't hiking — because that's always a given living in Colorado.

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Try Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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There are plenty of places to try to stand up paddle boarding around northern Colorado. To make it easier, you can even rent the equipment at Horsetooth Reservoir and Carter Lake. Whether you're a beginner or an advanced SUPer, it's the perfect way to stay cool on hot summer days.

Go for a Bike Ride

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Northern Colorado is extremely bike-friendly! There are many paved paths to pick from, or, take a cruise around your city to get a different view of things that you don't normally see when traveling in a car. You could even pedal to a brewery or pack a picnic and stop at a park along the way.

Play a Round of Disc Golf

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There are several disc golf courses scattered throughout NoCo. All you need is a frisbee or two and you're ready to go! Even if you don't finish the entire round, it's still a great way to get outside and exercise, and especially fun with a few friends to compete against.

Go River Rafting

Whitewater Rafting

Nothing gets the adrenaline flowing quite like rafting down the Poudre River over rushing rapids. Or maybe, easy floating on the water, while taking in the scenery is more your style. Either way, you're in for an epic adventure. Here's where to start planning.


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Now that the weather is finally getting nice, it's the perfect time to pitch a tent for the weekend and do some camping. Spots fill up quickly at places like Horsetooth Reservoir, so it's best to plan ahead of time depending on where you want to go. If wilderness camping is what you prefer, there are lots of sites close by that don't require a long drive.

Take a Tour of Colorado's Ghost Towns, Alphabetically

There are over 300 ghost towns peppered throughout the state of Colorado. Some of these towns are very well preserved with a few residents. Others are completely abandoned with very little left to explore. Regardless, venturing through one of these towns will give you a look into Colorado's rich mining history.

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