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8 reasons to head to the Colorado mountains this summer

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

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!

Yoga!
Yoga! Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Yoga!

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!

Ziplining
Ziplining Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Ziplining

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?