When you have been in class for the last nine months, there is really no better excuse to have fun and enjoy something a little different than the end of the school year; and few places do celebrations better than Colorado.
Letís look at five places to celebrate the end of the school year in the Centennial State.
33rd Annual Balloon Festival at Telluride Park
From June 3-5, hot air balloons will lift off from Telluride Park and effortlessly float above the Telluride Valley. Itís an all-day event that will not only let you get close to hot air balloons but even give you the chance to help get them off the ground. If the weather allows, you might even be able to go on a ride for an unforgettable experience. Even if that doesnít happen, the view from the ground is one to behold. If youíve been taking photography classes throughout the school year, youíll definitely want to head to Tellurideís 33rd annual balloon festival with your camera. For more information, visit https://telluride.com/telluride-balloon-festival.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Itís not a Colorado summer without at least one visit to the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver. The huge 300-foot red sandstone rock formation flanks a 9,525-seat venue that is all about celebrating the outdoors. Around it is 868 acres of prairie, incredible vistas and geological marvels; plus, itís the only naturally-occurring, acoustically-perfect amphitheater in the world.
This summer at Red Rocks, youíll be able to catch concerts by The Lumineers, Slipknot, Flight of the Conchords, The String Cheese Incident and many more. Visit http://redrocksonline.com/ to learn more about upcoming events.
Alamosa PRCA Round-Up Rodeo
The Alamosa PRCA Round-Up Rodeo is a family-friendly event that brings a full week of activities to the San Luis Valley. For 30 years, this annual event has been part of Coloradoís thriving western heritage and provides an easy way to have a great time after a long year at school. This summer, the best cowboys and cowgirls in the country will head to Alamosa to compete in seven major rodeo events, including bareback riding, tie down roping, bull riding, barrel racing, saddle bronc riding, team roping and steer wrestling. More information is available at http://alamosaroundup.com/.
Clear Creek Rafting in Idaho Springs
Getting wet is half the fun of summer, and one of the best places to get wet is undoubtedly the Clear Creek Rafting Company in Idaho Springs, which is open from May to Labor Day for all ages and rafting abilities. It offers some of Coloradoís most thrilling whitewater rafting experiences as well as sections for beginners and families who simply want to learn the ropes or have a relaxing time.
Itís not all water and rafting, though; Clear Creek is nestled in a historic mining valley that offers stunning scenery. Itís also teeming with wildlife, and if you look closely enough, you might spot bighorn sheep, beavers, muskrats and possibly even bears or mountain lions. Plan your trip at http://clearcreekrafting.com/.
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
Few states can boast natural views as breathtaking as Colorado, and few places in Colorado can match the visual quality of the massive Royal Gorge just outside CaŮon City. Empty your mind and forget all about school by walking across one of the worldís highest suspension bridges, which provides a view of the Arkansas River and its surroundings from nearly 1,000 feet up.
If youíre truly not afraid of heights, impress your friends by taking a ride across the zip line or the Royal Rush Skycoaster, both of which will have you hanging freely above the gorge at over 1,200 feet. For more information, visit http://royalgorgebridge.com/.
Thereís always something to do wherever you go in Colorado. To make the most of your summer, be sure to check out any or all of the five places described above.
This article is presented by Perkins Motors in Colorado Springs, Colorado.