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The Royal Rush Skycoaster. Photo courtesy of Royal Gorge Bridge & Park
101 Things to Do in Colorado This Year

Don’t Take These Classic Colorado Pursuits for Granted

We gained a new appreciation for our state’s hallmark activities this past year.

Certain Centennial State activities may seem as permanent as the Rocky Mountains themselves, but as 2020 showed us, nothing is certain. As the world opens back up, check off some of these bucket-list items—with the ideal adventure buddy.

With Your Kid

88 Drive-In Theatre
The 88 Drive-In Theatre. Photo by Sarah Boyum

Photo courtesy of Jes Kimak Photography

With Your Friends

With Your Significant Other

Maroon Bells
Maroon Bells. Photo courtesy of Getty Images

With Anyone

We Asked Notable Coloradans…

What’s the first thing you’ll do when we finally return to normal?

Neyla Pekarek
Neyla Pekarek. Photo courtesy of Andrew Kelly

“I miss getting all dolled up in a gown and red lipstick to see a show at the Denver Performing Art Complex. Much of the joy of live theater lies in the energy of sitting in a darkened room with other theatergoers and experiencing the show.”—Neyla Pekarek, former cellist for the Lumineers whose 2019 album Rattlesnake is being turned into a musical called Rattlesnake Kate

Joseph Gray
Joseph Gray. Photo courtesy of Hoka One One

“I’m pumped to get back to some of the classic races in Colorado that we missed in 2020, such as the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail and Pikes Peak Ascent. Sharing time with my fellow athletes and having some laughs are things I await!” —Joseph Gray, winner of the 2016 World Mountain Running Championships

Gregg Deal
Gregg Deal. Photo courtesy of Daniella Zalcman

“The biggest thing for me is music. I miss a good punk show by an old band from the ’80s or early ’90s (or something new!) at the Mission or the Ogden. Right now, the close proximity of the pit and the breathing on each other isn’t conducive to a safe environment, but I’ll be there when it is!” Gregg Deal, Denver Indigenous artist and activist

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