Choice House facilities sit within the picturesque Boulder County area of Colorado in the foothills of the Rocky Mountain National Park. Our unique location offers beautiful views for clients and their visiting loved ones, and the area is also a veritable playground for many fun, sobriety-leaning outdoor activities. Colorado has long been a destination for outdoor enthusiasts no matter the season, and the spring and summer months are truly where the local area comes alive!
With spring winding down and the warmer temperatures of the summer nearing, the number of outdoor, sober activities seems endless in the Boulder County region of Colorado. Colorado truly has something for everyone, from walking and hiking trails to rock climbing and white water rafting. Whether you are a client of Choice House or are family and friends visiting an individual receiving treatment, there are plenty of reasons to set aside some time and take in what this area has to offer. To help guide you along the way, we have included a handful of our favorite picks for fun, sober spring and summer activities.
Exploring the Great Outdoors
The Boulder County area of Colorado has a multitude of hiking and rock climbing opportunities due to the abundance of state and national parks preserving land and nearby mountain ranges. Hiking trails are abundant, ranging in all levels of difficulty from easy treks around Boulder Creek Path to more moderate or advanced hikes up through the Flatirons or Flagstaff Mountain. The parks with the best potential for hiking near our facilities include the picturesque Flatirons, Chautauqua Park, Eldorado Canyon, Flagstaff Mountain, and the Boulder Creek Path.
For novice rock climbers looking for a more challenging outdoor experience, Boulder County has several guided rock climbing tours that you can find online. For solo, experienced rock climbers, we would recommend Boulder Canyon, where many of the residents will go for an amateur rock climbing experience. The Canyon is nestled at the base of The Flatirons and provides a decent amount of rock formations that prove convenient for climbers.
Not only does Boulder provide several opportunities for rock climbing, but the region also has rope courses and zip line tours that provide more than enough entertainment for all ages. Below you will find two local zip-line adventure companies listed in affiliation with the Colorado state tourism site worth checking out:
- DENVER ADVENTURES – ZIPLINE TOURS
26267 CONIFER RD, CONIFER, CO 80433
- THE EDGE ZIPLINES & ADVENTURE
1375 WEST PLUM CREEK PARKWAY, CASTLE ROCK, CO 80109
Wet and Wild
Having the Rocky Mountains next to our backyard has more than hiking. Boulder Creek and the nearby Boulder Reservoir provide ample opportunity to cool off from the warm, sunny days of summer. Boulder Creek offers commercial tubing and a wading pool area for visitors to relax and refresh in the local waters. The creek provides a lazy river experience that can help peel away the stressors that often build up during recovery from addiction.
For the more adventurous thrill-seekers, Boulder County also has some of the best rivers for whitewater rafting. The whitewater rafting tours range from novice to class 4 and 5 rapids (the highest rating being Class 5). You can easily find guided tours with a cursory google search, and we have listed a few companies affiliated with the Colorado State Tourism site below:
- AVA – COLORADO RAFTING & ZIPLINE
116 HURON ROAD, BRECKENRIDGE, CO 80424
- ASPEN WHITEWATER RAFTING (TWIN LAKES)
759 CO-82, TWIN LAKES, CO 81251
- GEO TOURS WHITEWATER RAFT TRIPS
- 229 COLORADO HIGHWAY 8, MORRISON, CO 80465
- BRECKENRIDGE WHITEWATER RAFTING
116 HURON ROAD, BRECKENRIDGE, CO 80424
- DOWNSTREAM ADVENTURES
409 E PARK AVE, EMPIRE, CO 80438
Concerts in Summer Sun
Due to the ongoing pandemic and subject to change, Boulder provides a regular weekly series of family-friendly outdoor concerts during the summer months. The summer concert series held outside in Boulder takes place every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday in several different locations ranging from the foot of the Flatirons to beautiful Pearl Street. To see the latest updates and if the summer series will be held while you are in Boulder County, check out the city site.
Free Range Eaters at the Boulder Farmers Market
Named as the number one farmer’s market in the country, the Boulder Famers Market has both homegrown farm-to-table selections of produce and local meats as well as a festival atmosphere. The market is held every Wednesday afternoon, and Saturday morning with live music, food stands, fresh meats, and produce on sale. The Boulder Farmers Market is located at Central Park between 13th and Canyon Street and is a non-profit coalition intended as an outlet for local agricultural producers. Currently, the farmers market boasts over 150 participants that include both traditional farmers and food vendors.
Substance use disorder (SUD) can disrupt the lives of those with addiction and those in their support network, often making it difficult to enjoy recreational activities. If you or someone you love is struggling with SUD, then Choice House has treatment services to help. We offer men the chance to build a new foundation of love and empathy as they achieve initial sobriety and learn skills needed to maintain sobriety once they return to life outside of treatment. Our programs include a 90-day inpatient service, an intensive outpatient program, and a sober living campus. Located in the Boulder County region of Colorado, our facilities sit within the foothills of the Rocky Mountain National Park. This proximity to the Rocky Mountains allows us to employ unique therapeutic modalities like our outdoor wilderness therapy. Men reconnect with themselves, nature, and fellow peers through physical activities like hiking, rock climbing, and kayaking. For more information regarding Choice House facilities or addiction recovery treatment services, please give us a call at (303) 578-4977.