Beers, Bikes & Hikes in Colorado USA

The state of Colorado surpassed any expectations I had as a first time visitor. After a solid week of local craft beer, riding bikes, hiking and touring breweries, I can see why most of the states residents are so happy living there. The huge amount of outdoor activities available and wide variety of local and regional food and drink make Colorado a great place to visit.

estes coneOn a recent trip offered by Zephyr Adventures, I was lucky enough to experience a variety of these things in Fort Collins, Boulder, Rocky Mountain National Park and Denver. Myself and van full of other active beer adventurers headed out under the lead of two amazing Zephyr guides for a busy week. We started off on the mellow bike paths of Fort Collins we wound our way through local Fort Collins beer makers like Funkwerks and Odell Brewing Co. before a full tour of New Belgium Brewing. Dinner presented us with a chance to try over 100 local drafts at The Mayor of Old Town before some well deserved rest at the beautifully restored Armstrong Hotel.

In the morning we were off to Rocky Mountain National Park for a day hike and night at the legendary Stanley Hotel. The guides had all the driving and meals planned out leaving us to get to know each other on the short van ride and take in the Rocky Mountain landscapes. After the hike we swung by the Estes Park Brewery before cleaning up and heading to dinner at a local restaurant and of course, more local beer.

boulderThe next few days proved to be equally active and enjoyable. A more intense hike up to Estes Cone provided incredible views from 11K feet of the continental divide, while more mellow bicycle loops and light hikes in Boulder gave a different but equally beautiful perspective of the landscape. These activities during the day paired nicely with more brew pubs, local beers and food from places like Oskar Blues Brewery, West Flanders Brewing Co., and other Boulder Breweries. I even managed to take a few extra days on my own after to attend the Great American Beer Festival.

If you love beer, love being active and are looking for a new place to vacation, Colorado USA is a great place to start. Guided vacations offered by tour companies such as Zephyr Adventures make it easy to experience a variety of areas and activities while leaving the planning up to them.