Interested in exploring an outdoor paradise this summer? Take a "peak" at the Rockies.
Check out our recommendation for the ultimate Rocky Mountain road trip.
The scenic vistas of the Rocky Mountains humble and empower at the same time. From Boulder to Breckenridge, Grand Junction to Greeley, there's so much to experience -- grueling hikes, adrenaline-fueling mountain biking, quaint shopping in the rustic villages nestled in shaded valleys, and more.
Start in Denver. The Mile High City is a mecca for Western culinary specialties (bison meatloaf or green chili, anyone?), live entertainment and walkable urban exploration. When you've had your fill, escape to the Rocky Mountain wilderness. The Front Range is about an hour from downtown and unlocks unlimited outdoor exploration.
As you're cruising down (and up!) I-70, you never know what the next hairpin curve will reveal -- a dramatic peak, a valley that stretches for miles...or maybe even a sudden rain or snowstorm. If you plan to tame the Rockies, make sure your tires are as prepped as your backpack is.
Stop at Copper Mountain, a POWDR ski resort that caters to families, thrill-seekers and everyone in between. Whether you're a novice skier or have eyes on the Olympics, Copper's diverse array of hills -- 140 trails! -- will challenge and delight.
From the mountains of Colorado, venture west to the Utah desert. Moab is the gateway to Arches National Park, which is stocked with sandstone formations and outdoor adventure sites.
End your trip four hours northwest in Salt Lake City, a major airline hub with some stellar scenery of its own. As you fly back over the Rockies, reminisce on a journey you won't soon forget.