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8 reasons to head to the Colorado mountains this summer

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Snow attracts many visitors to the Colorado resorts, but there are numerous summer activities as well! Here are a few to check out!

Beer, Blues and BBQ
Beer, Blues and BBQ Vail Resorts

Beer, Blues and BBQ

1.    11th Annual Blues, Brews and BBQ -- May 24-26 in Beaver Creek, Colorado.  The Microbrewery Festival features over 80 concoctions, free Grammy Award winning music from Charlie Musselwhite all weekend long, $10,000 in cash prizes for the weekend’s barbecue competitions, and the return of the annual golf event benefiting Can Do Multiple Sclerosis!


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2.     Wanderlust Festival in Aspen/Snowmass -- June 29-July 6, 2014.  Features yoga teacher training, tons of workshops, Stand Up Paddleboarding, hikes, a Jurassic 5 concert, "soulful cinema," and more.  Sounds like a Boulder vibe will take over Aspen for a few days!

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3.    Ziplining.  Sure, you could try it in the winter, but. . . brrr!  Pray for a clear day with no rain.

4.     Breck Epic Mountain Bike race: August 10-15, 2014 in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Ultra-endurance mountain bike stage race held in the sprawling backcountry surrounding the Victorian mining town of Breckenridge, Colorado. Rider's compound contains camping, medical support, massages, showers, organically-grown food from local farmers, mechanical support and great coffee.  Quite an adventure!

5.    Copper's Gone to the Dogs -- June 28, 2014 in Copper Mountain, Colorado.  5K, 10K, Expo and Activities with, by and for your favorite family member (your 4 legged friend!)

6.   41st Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival -- June 19-22, 2014 in Telluride, Colorado.  Brandi Carlile, Steve Winwood, Punch Brothers, Béla Fleck & Brooklyn Rider, Jerry Douglas, Chris Thile, Tim O'Brien, and of course the "King of Telluride" Sam Bush are amongst the featured performers.

7.  Vail America Days 4th of July Festival -- fireworks surrounded by mountains.  What else could you ask for?

8.   Heritage Square Alpine Slide -- okay, so it's in the foothills, not the mountains, but when is the last time you rushed down a reallllly long slide amongst scenic beauty?