In case you haven’t seen it, our June issue is on newsstands—and we couldn’t have timed our annual 5280 Summer Guide better for the fifth anniversary of Get Outdoors Day Colorado, coming up this Saturday, June 9. This free, family-centric day (10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) in City Park offers outside activities ranging from fishing and canoeing to mountain biking and birding—with, of course, the requisite food trucks on hand for sustenance. Traditional outdoor sporting not your thing? Check out the zumba or hula-hooping sessions, take a healthy cooking or natural sculpting class, or sign the kids up for a Junior Ranger course. There’s plenty to choose from, whether you and the fam want to get sweaty, get creative, or get brainy.

That’s the thing about being outside. It’s good for you in so many ways, as long as you’re out enjoying the sunshine and breathing fresh air. It’s why the pages of our Summer Guide, “Go Play Outside!”, are devoted entirely to getting out of the house, out of the city, and finding adventure this summer—and why we wrangled suggestions for newbies right on up to the most skilled of weekend warriors. It doesn’t matter if you feel comfortable rolling a kayak or lead two-week backpacking trips into the boonies; we think everyone should revel in our incredible Rocky Mountain backyard.

Below, we’ve listed a few of our favorites from the June issue (check out the full feature for more detail and 17 other picks). So get out there, clear your head, and breathe some fresh air this summer.


Devil’s Head National Recreation Trail, Pike National Forest

—Easy, stellar views, great for out-of-town guests, historical intrigue.


Ceran St. Vrain, Roosevelt National Forest

—Suitable for confident intermediates, mimics the South St. Vrain Creek, arduous trek upward to dazzling views.


Abyss Lake, Pike National Forest

—For the hardcore backpacker, off-the-beaten-paths of Bierstadt and Evans.


Higby/Roller Coaster/Air Force Academy Loop

—Starts in Monument, loops through the Air Force Academy grounds on a peaceful, beautiful route that most Denverites wouldn’t think of.