Located in Boulder, Colorado, Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides is nestled in the perfect location to reach the most pristine environments in the United States. With over 100 adventures to choose from, all fully customizable to fit you and your group, these are some of our top favorites for summer of 2023.

1. Rafting the Upper Colorado

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and join us on one of the most scenic rafting trips in the western United States. Picture yourself floating down large roadless sections of river as the California Zephyr train goes by, surrounded by breathtaking scenery. With approximately 4 hours on the water for our half-day trips, the tour includes stops at a natural hot springs and has multiple chances for cliff jumping. It’s a perfect opportunity for the whole family to enjoy easy rapids, stunning scenery, and peace and quiet. If you prefer a full-day or something more technical, try out our 11.7 mile route which delves into two great canyon sections: the famous rapids of Eye of the Needle and Yarmony Rapids.

2. Beginner Climbing in Boulder on Elephant Buttress

Two young women Rock Climbing Outdoors

Are you ready to experience the thrill of rock climbing? Whether you’re a beginner looking to try the sport or a gym climber transitioning to the great outdoors, Elephant Buttress is the perfect place to start. Located just minutes outside of downtown Boulder, you’ll learn the basics of rock climbing and have the opportunity to climb on granite or sandstone.

The Elephant Buttress features a range of beginner to intermediate routes that are ideal for first-time climbers and families. With an easy approach, fun routes, and close proximity to downtown, it’s no surprise that this is one of the most popular climbing spots in the city. Our 3.5-hour trip or course is designed to get beginner and novice climbers outdoors, so whether you’re a family, group, wedding party, reunion, or individual, this half-day of climbing is perfect for everyone.

3. Five Days on the Continental Divide Loop – Rocky Mountain National Park

Embark on a rugged and rewarding adventure on the Continental Divide Trail, a 3,100-mile path from Mexico to Canada that traverses five US states. During this five-day, thirty-mile loop, you will encounter over 5,000 feet of elevation gain and get a taste of what it feels like to be a thru-hiker. Meander through lush meadows, traverse rocky mountain passes, and with options to summit Hallett peak and other day trips, this journey will challenge you physically and bring you closer to nature. Keep an eye out for elk and moose, who are often spotted along the trail. While not for the faint of heart, this trip is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Look out for our dates that will be posted in March.

4. Backpacking to Sandbeach Lake – Rocky Mountain National Park

If you want something a bit more relaxing than a 30-mile exploration, our three-day Sandbeach Lake adventure might be right up your alley. Like its name suggests, Sandbeach Lake boasts a stretch of white sand that wraps around the lake, providing a picturesque and tropical feel high in the Rockies. Surrounded by lush evergreen forests, this lake is situated in the shadow of Long’s Peak and is the perfect summer destination for those looking for a scenic and adventurous getaway. The 4.2-mile trail from the trailhead to the lake is manageable for most and can be easily completed in 2 days, although you can turn it into a 4-day adventure by adding additional activities such as fly fishing, peak ascents, and wilderness survival training. The lake offers spectacular day hikes and great fishing opportunities, making it the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors and escape from the daily grind.

5. Fly Fishing in Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park is renowned for its rushing rivers and waterways, and what better way to explore them than with a fly fishing rod in hand? With dozens of streams fed by summer snowmelt, the water and temperature make for the perfect conditions for trout to thrive in the park. The park is home to four distinct trout species: brown, brook, rainbow, and cutthroat, which are native only to Colorado. Our expert guides are here to teach you the art of wading fly-fishing in the cool mountain creeks and streams. They’ll take you to remote sections of the park under stunning scenery and provide you with a lifetime of experience in just one full-day trip. Fly fishing in Colorado’s wilderness is an experience like no other, and it will provide memories that you’ll be talking about for the rest of your life.

Please note that you will need to acquire your Colorado fishing license prior to participating in this adventure!

Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides creates custom trips to fit your needs. Please call (720) 242-9828 or email info@cwrag.com with any questions or to set up your next adventure today!


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