Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, a short 2 hour drive from the Denver Airport, lies Beaver Creek. Usually known for its affluent skiing experience, Beaver Creek also provides an abundance of summer activities that are great for a couples retreat, family get away, or for going solo. Whether you want to check out the sites, rush down a mountain, or watch 100 children chase a calve, Beaver Creek has got something for you. Here are a few of our must do activities when visiting Beaver Creek.
Scenic Mountain Rides
Even though it can feel like a tease riding up a gondola in the summertime, the views that the Rocky Mountains deliver are still definitely worth it. Take a chairlift or a gondola up the Centennial Express and kick back and relax while taking in the views after grabbing a drink and some food from Spruce Saddle Lodge. For those of you that have an Epic Pass the Centennial Express is free year round so make sure you’ve got yours renewed.
If you’re looking to explore the aspen forest even further, take a hike on one of many trails that are scattered across Beaver Creek. Start from the bottom, where many of the traill heads are just minutes from the village, or take the Centennial Express up and start from there. With waterfalls, lakes, old mining houses, and all those mountain peaks, there’s so much to explore throughout Beaver Creek and beyond. For more casual hikers, checking out the village to village trail that connects Beaver Creek is a great way to explore the resort and each village. Hikers looking for a bit more of an adventure can be sure to find by checking out Mount of the Holy Cross, one of Colorado’s famous 14,000 footers that has one of the best views in the state.
It seems like every ski resort has a golf club now, but do they have three? Beaver Creek does, and not only that, they have three world renown courses with two of them built by Tom Fazio and Greg Norman. You can challenge yourself to these courses by checking out Red Sky Golf Club, a members only club that allows guests staying at one of the partnered hotels to play as well. Beaver Creek Golf Club also offers a well designed course created by architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. and is a must do for it’s stunning scenery and difficult holes.
Beaver Creek Rodeo
A trip to Beaver Creek is not complete without attending the Beaver Creek Rodeo. While they do offer traditional rodeo events like ranch saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, team roping and the classic bull riding. They also have several audience participation events for people of all ages. Children as young as three can test their skills on the Mutton Bustin’, where whoever rides a sheep the longest wins. There’s also Calf Scramblin’, which is the most insane game I’ve ever heard of, that involves 100 kids chasing a group of calves trying to pull ribbons off their tails. Lastly, there’s the Burro Racing where teams of three race to push a burro from one side of the arena and back. These three events alone are enough to make this a must see event for you and the whole family.
The optimal way of getting down a mountain in the summertime, nothing can beat the thrill of coasting down a mountain on two wheels (besides two skis of course). Along with all those hiking trails, Beaver Creek also offers a series of bike trails for all experience levels. Do hot laps while getting rides back up the mountain on one of several bike accessible lifts or take an easier way down while enjoying the views. Don’t have a bike? Beaver Creek offers a variety of bikes to rent out, whether you’re downhill biking or just cruising around you can try that out without the stress of buying one yourself.
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