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The Gazette Published: May 18, 2013

Rock climbing in Garden of the Gods

There are many ways to experience this park, but none as personal as rock climbing. Guided trips by the Front Range Climbing Company are available. You can find their kiosk in the Visitor and Nature Center. Or you can go alone, but you must obtain a permit at the visitor center. gardenofgods.com

 

Kayaking in Confluence Park

Load up the kayak and drive to ... downtown Denver? Yes, that's right. This park is unique in its urban setting. Located at the nexus of Cherry Creek and the South Platte River, it has been transformed into a kayak run. So before you brave the Arkansas River, this is an ideal spot to get your feet wet. denvergov.org/parks

 

Mountain biking in Fruita

This mecca for fat tires continues to expand. Four trails have been built in the past year and another is coming this summer. This old farming town offers a variety of terrain for all ages and abilities. Enjoy the steep climbs and sweet downhills. You can rent a bike locally at Over The Edge Sports. gofruita.org/biking

 

Ziplining in Salida

Strap in, let go and gravity will do the rest at Captain Zipline. Hitting speeds up to 40 mph, you'll have a blast soaring nearly 200 feet above the ground. Outside Magazine included this tour among its best in a 2012 edition. An aerial park featuring tightropes and swinging bridges is coming this summer. captainzipline.com

 

Skiing in Summit County

Yes, this is a summer fun guide. But this is also Colorado. And Arapahoe Basin is open for business, sometimes running through July 4. It can be 90 degrees in Denver, yet you can be skiing in a T-shirt and shorts just more than an hour away. This year, the closing date is scheduled for June 2. arapahoebasin.com

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