August is upon us, and so is lower water. Though Class II and III rafting trips are still a blast, there’s plenty of other outdoor adventure to thoroughly enjoy this time of year. Here’s what you should look into venturing out on this August in the Colorado Rockies.
1. Guided Hiking Trips in Rocky Mountain National Park
Hiking is the most intimate way to get out there and enjoy the mountains. Rain or shine, there’s plenty of views to thoroughly enjoy in the Rockies. Colorado has a plethora of hikes to offer, whether you want to hike to the top of a waterfall, around a lake, or to the top of a mountain. Lucky hikers may get the opportunity to see elk, mountain goats, or even a bears (from distance of course). Most of Colorado’s trails are well marked and travelled, but for an experience that takes you off the beaten path and away from the crowds, a guided hike with AVA is your best option. Our guides have deep local knowledge of the fauna and geology so that you will learn everything about the environment and feel comfortable doing so. Our guides will help you carry gear and navigate the remote western rocky mountain national park. The remoteness will increase your chances of seeing wildlife and help you become more in tune with nature. Getting ‘lost’ in the wilderness is truly a therapeutic experience, a great escape from technology and the hustle and bustle of life.
2. Mountaintop Ziplining
Just because you aren’t rafting doesn’t mean that the adrenaline must stop flowing. Flying down the ziplines on one of two AVA courses in Colorado. These courses are built into the landscape of the mountains, so you are not simply traveling from tower to tower. You will be screaming with excitement through the treetops, descending cliffsides, and soaring among the mountaintops.
3. Colorado Via Ferrata Courses
Our Via Ferrata courses are the perfect option for those who may be looking for an adventurous mountaineering experience. Perhaps you’ve been ziplining once or twice before and though you loved the exhilaration of it, you’re looking for a step up. A Via Ferrata is your answer. These high ropes courses are built into the cliffside, and are equipped with suspended bridges, iron rungs, and plenty of means of transportation among the mountaintops. Any individual, family, or group of people with a passion for climbing and the mountains is a sure fit for a day on one of our Via Ferrata courses.
6. Guided Fly Fishing Tours
Ever wanted to try your hand at fly fishing but don’t have the gear or the knowledge to do so? Here’s your solution: a guided fly fishing tour. Four hours on the Upper Colorado River with an experienced guide on a raft with a fishing frame. You won’t have to wear waders and tromp around in the water, you’ll be floating atop it with tips from your guide in your ear the whole time. Whether you’re a beginner fisherman or an experienced angler, you’ll have a blast on AVA’s guided fishing trips.
p.s. We are aware this activity isn’t technically land-based, but the Colorado River is a grand exception to this rule.
5. Horseback Riding
Riding horses is a classic Coloradan pastime. Since the first days of the cowboys and gold panners, horseback has been one of the best ways to navigate the Rocky Mountains. Experience Colorado’s incredible vistas, sounds, and smells from the comfort and ease of horseback, going farther faster than you ever would on foot. We are partnered with the Mt Princeton stables, based in the Arkansas Valley near Buena Vista, and the Rusty Spurr Ranch, which is near Kremmling.
Enjoy plenty of activity on solid ground in Colorado for the end of your summer vacation. It’ll be the greatest kick-off to another awesome school year.