Colorado Packing List: What To Pack For A Colorado Outdoor Adventure

Colorado Packing List: What To Pack For A Colorado Outdoor Adventure

Colorado Springs is a breathtaking haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Its awe-inspiring landscapes are the perfect playground for people of all skill levels, hoping to unplug for the hustle and bustle of daily life. The city has over 9,000 acres of parkland and 500 acres of trails to explore. With such a wide variety of things to do while vacationing there (from water sports to hiking, to horseback riding) it’ll be hard to pack light, but I’ve got a Colorado packing list to prepare you. 

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Colorado Packing List: Prepare to be splashed

If you’ve ever had any desire to go whitewater rafting, this is the place to do it. The Arkansas River is the most popular river for rafting in the U.S. It’s got everything from scenic, family-friendly rapids to multi-day, challenging ones. Show your kids that the great outdoors can be just as thrilling as any theme park rides! How To Pack For A Colorado Springs Outdoor Adventure

While you won’t need to pack any equipment to enjoy this excursion, you’ll want to add old sneakers to you Colorado Packing List that you don’t mind getting wet. Any other type of shoe is not only impractical but can actually be dangerous. Wear a bathing suit, shorts, and a lightweight, waterproof jacket to protect you from the sun. (And ladies, this is definitely not the time for a bikini!) Most rafting outfitters actually sell wetsuits. How To Pack For A Colorado Springs Outdoor Adventure

How To Pack For A Colorado Springs Outdoor Adventure

The key to staying warm is drying off quickly, so steer clear of cotton fabrics. Don’t bother bringing towels because they’ll only get soaked, and space is super limited in the raft anyway. Wear sunscreen and consider also wearing sunglasses with a strap. Keep extra sunscreen, dry towels and clothes, and plenty of drinking water in your car. How To Pack For A Colorado Springs Outdoor Adventure

Colorado Packing List: Get Ready To Fly High 

How magical would it be to take your family or significant other on a hot air balloon ride? This is definitely one of those bucket list items, and Colorado Springs is the perfect place to check it off! You’ll take in unforgettable mountain and city views when you take a ride there.

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Before you hop in the basket, be sure you have proper head and foot gear added to your Colorado Packing List. That’s right, heat radiates down from the burner periodically, so you’ll be much more comfortable with something on your head. And because the ground is unstable, climbing in and out of the basket can be tricky, and you’ll probably have to walk out into a field of some sort to get to the balloon, it’s important that you wear sneakers or flats.

While this could be a super romantic date, it’s also not really the best venue for formal attire. Keep it casual so you’ll be comfortable and able to focus on the ride of a lifetime. How To Pack For A Colorado Springs Outdoor Adventure

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Colorado Packing List: Take A Hike 

Whether you’re looking for rock formations to rappel down, fossil beds to explore, or just want to take Fido for a walk, Colorado Springs has some of the country’s most beautiful trails. Scale the pancake rocks, skateboard in Memorial Park, or hike through the ever-popular Garden of the Gods. How To Pack For A Colorado Springs Outdoor Adventure

There you’ll find 15 miles of gorgeous trails, many of which are easy enough for beginners. No matter which of these activities you choose, be sure to add plenty of water to your Colorado Packing List. Altitude sickness and dehydration are no joke! Did you know that hiking with even just a lightweight pack can burn about 500 calories an hour? For this reason, you should bring food, even if you plan to be back by lunchtime. If you’ll be out in the summer, know that afternoon thunderstorms are common, so bring a waterproof rain jacket, too. How To Pack For A Colorado Springs Outdoor Adventure

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Don’t be fooled by the cooler weather of the Rockies; Always wear sunscreen and bring sunglasses. Avoid cotton fabrics that take a long time to dry, and pack medium weight trail running shoes to wear. Heavy boots are likely overkill unless you’re planning something major.  If you’re going off the beaten path, bring navigation tools, a watch, a fire source, a flashlight, and a first aid kit. H

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Have you been to Colorado Springs? What did you add to your Colorado Packing List?

This post is in partnership with the Colorado Springs CVB and I have received compensation for this post. Thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own and have no reflection on the CVB.



  1. September 1, 2017 / 7:23 am

    We travel full time, this would be completely out of comfort zone !! Colorado has been added to the travel list!

  2. September 1, 2017 / 9:38 am

    Colorado Springs is one of the most beautiful places I’ve been! I lived there for almost three years and I miss The Garden of the Gods and all of the outdoor activities. I wish I could visit sometime soon!
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  3. September 1, 2017 / 10:35 am

    I’ve been to Colorado many times but have yet to make it to Colorado Springs. Looks like there are so many activities to try out and the nature scene is just breathtaking! Putting this place high on my bucket list!

  4. September 1, 2017 / 11:04 am

    This place looks amazing! I’d love to go there some day. I’ve never been hiking before but this would be the perfect place to do so. Beautiful scenery.

  5. September 1, 2017 / 1:00 pm

    Woow..the pictures are so awesome. I like to be in hot air balloon and see all the city from the top. One of my dreams.
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  6. September 1, 2017 / 1:43 pm

    Colorado Springs does look breathtaking in thses poctues, and a hot air balloon ride would be something i would love to do there!

  7. September 1, 2017 / 1:45 pm

    Colorado Springs does look breathtaking in these pictures, and a hot air balloon ride would be something i would love to do there!

  8. September 1, 2017 / 4:27 pm

    Wow! The pictures sold me! This has now been added to my bucket list, great job! 🙌🏼

  9. Benita
    September 1, 2017 / 6:29 pm

    I have been to a few cities in Colorado but ever to Colorado Springs. It looks like such a fun place to visit and I would love to visit.

  10. Shell
    September 1, 2017 / 10:01 pm

    Your photographs are absolutely beautiful!!! This place is amazing!!! I’m adding this to my travel bucket list immediately!!

  11. September 1, 2017 / 10:34 pm

    Colorado springs seems to be a wonderful place. You all had a lot of fun.

  12. September 2, 2017 / 12:39 am

    You’re making me want to go to Colorado right now! The pictures are gorgeous and I definitely love all the outdoor activities. I actually would love to go rafting one day and have been a bit scared to try, but after seeing children doing it too, I feel I should lose that fear!

  13. September 2, 2017 / 5:45 am

    I have never been to Colora Spring but I would love too! Looks like a beautiful places and so many things to do! Defo something I’d be doing on a holiday!

  14. Quen
    September 2, 2017 / 7:50 am

    Colorado Springs seems like an action packed adventure, better than any theme park!! Definitely on my travel list!

  15. September 2, 2017 / 9:28 am

    Colorado is such an amazing place! I have been there a few times, but I haven’t been on a hot air balloon ride there. I would love to take a hot air balloon ride and see all those beautiful sights.
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  16. September 2, 2017 / 2:09 pm

    Oh my goodness, the photos are absolutely breathtaking! I would love to visit one day and when I do, I’ll definitely go on a hot-air balloon ride as it’s something that has been on my bucket list since I was little. Thanks for sharing your experience xx

  17. September 2, 2017 / 4:12 pm

    This scenery is so beautiful. I live in Arkansas, but refuse to touch the water sadly!! I’m determined to conquer my fear and go hiking one day.
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  18. September 2, 2017 / 4:57 pm

    Colorado is definitely on my bucket list for places to go. And if I muster up enough courage I’ll go hiking like you did. Thanks for sharing.

  19. September 3, 2017 / 1:08 am

    That’s my favourite kinda activities! But I’m still slightly scared of hot air balloon after seeing the recent reports on the accidental crashes~ *touch wood* but yea, there’s danger involved in everything!
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  20. Our Family World
    September 3, 2017 / 5:25 am

    Haven’t been to Colorado! OMG. I am missing so mush, being unable to travel at this point in time. I hope me and my husband will be better next year so we can go and travel once again. Colorado Springs will be in our list for sure.

  21. September 3, 2017 / 7:15 am

    I’ve heard so much about this place. One day hopefully!

  22. Ebrian Fox
    September 3, 2017 / 8:39 am

    That really looks fun! Mind if I ask what camera you are using?

  23. September 3, 2017 / 8:46 pm

    Traveling is not my thing. But I am learning that it could be a very a very fun experience. I haven’t been to Colorado Springs. I should probably consider it because this post sure makes me want to go there. Thanks

  24. September 4, 2017 / 11:16 am

    Everything looks so nice and calm also very beautiful. I love to visit nature and see what it has to offer. Every time I do visit nature it never seem to amaze me of how beautiful it has evolved to.
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  25. September 4, 2017 / 1:51 pm

    these pictures are so full of color! it makes me miss living out west. the mountains are just so majestic. i need to escape out that way again!

  26. Thena
    September 4, 2017 / 2:34 pm

    This looks like such an amazing adventure! I would love to go and do a lot of these activities! Thank you!

  27. September 4, 2017 / 10:05 pm

    Colorado springs seems to be awesome and adventurous destination. I love hiking. And hot air balloon ride is so on my bucket list. Thanks for sharing great tips.

  28. September 5, 2017 / 7:25 am

    I’d love to visit there! Colorado Springs is on my bucket list to visit with my family.. my two little minions and my husband.. thanks for the great article!
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  29. September 5, 2017 / 9:52 am

    I have never been to Colorado! It looks like such an adventuress state! I would love to go white water rafting, I am sure I would be really afraid that it would be so much fun and exciting.

  30. September 5, 2017 / 2:18 pm

    That does look like an adventure! Those photos are amazing!

  31. September 6, 2017 / 12:17 am

    Colorado Springs is certainly one of the most beautiful places! you get to experience the best of the nature over there!

    I love going there with my family. and I travel there once in every year.

    Thanks for sharing! Cheers!

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