Landlocked Coloradans just can’t get enough water (see this and this), especially in this drought. If your lawn is starting to dry out, head to the mountains to take in some green(er) country. Our pick: The YMCA of the Rockies at Estes Park where you can ogle the Big Thompson River (spring runoff, pictured). Bonus: Bike there from Boulder. —Natasha Gardner

—Image by Pete Claussen for YMCA of the Rockies at Estes Park, 2012

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Natasha Gardner
Natasha Gardner
Natasha Gardner is a Denver-based writer and the former Articles Editor for 5280.