Summer is in full swing in Colorado by July. With tons of outdoor events and activities to choose from, it’s a wonderful time to head outside and enjoy the warmer weather. Whether you’re looking to explore the natural wonders of our beautiful state, enjoy a picnic and live music or attend a one-of-a-kind event, here are some ideas of things to do in Colorado in July:
July 1-4: Celebrate Western heritage at the Greeley Stampede
Rodeos, bull riding, country music, carnival rides, western art and a 4th of July parade are just a few of the things you can experience at the Greeley Stampede. Dating back to the late 1800s, this community celebration is rich in history and tradition and features one of the largest rodeos in the world.
And here is a list of other 4th of July events.
July 7-16: Explore the beauty of Crested Butte
The picturesque mountain town of Crested Butte is known as the wildflower capital of Colorado. The Crested Butte Wildflower Festival offers guided and self-guided hikes and walks, adventure photography and art workshops, nature-inspired culinary classes and more. Learn about geology, birding, butterflies and the history behind Crested Butte and the area’s wildflowers. Events are generally limited to 15 participants and are selling out fast, so get your tickets today.
July 21: Enjoy a summer evening in the park
Summer Sessions is a free concert series at Riverfront Park in Denver that takes place on the third Thursday of every month throughout the summer. Along with local live music, you can enjoy delicious bites from food trucks and peruse a host of artisans and vendors who will also be showing off their goods and services. UCHealth is sponsoring a free and secure community bike corral next to the food trucks this year, so if you’re able, hop on your bike and join us!
July 1-July 30: Hike a 14er
If you’re not from Colorado, you may be wondering, what is a 14er? A 14er or “Fourteener” is a mountain that exceeds 14,000 feet of elevation. Colorado has 58 named 14ers, the most of any state in the United States.
Summer is the best time to summit a 14er as most of the snow has melted, but the summer season is also known for afternoon storms. That’s why you want to start your hike as early as possible and be coming off the summit by noon at the latest, so you don’t have to weather a lightning storm. It’s also recommended to bring lots of water and snacks for fuel, wear multiple layers and have a dependable headlamp if you’re starting your hike in the early morning hours.
Hiking a 14er can feel intimidating, but there are various levels of difficulty, so most ages and fitness levels can summit a 14er. You can even drive to the summit of two of them, Mount Evans near Denver and Pikes Peak near Colorado Springs.
Weekends in July: Go back in time to experience the Renaissance
If you’ve ever wondered what life was like in the 16th century, wonder no more. The Colorado Renaissance Festival in Larkspur, or “Larkspurshire,” lets you explore medieval artisans, music, festivities and shows. Feast on a turkey leg while watching a live jousting combat, learn how to juggle from Gypsy Geoff or browse medieval jewelry, clothing and artwork. Costumes are optional but always welcomed.