Outdoor Life In Colorado

For students with an active lifestyle or who simply like being outdoors, Golden has endless opportunities to enjoy a bit of sunshine, whether it be tubing down Clear Creek, hiking the nearby trails, kayaking and even—for the more adventurous—tandem paragliding jumps from Lookout Mountain.

There are multiple famous ski areas within an hour or two of Golden such as Copper, Breckenridge, Loveland, and Arapahoe Basin. Discount day passes to Copper Mountain are available for students on campus at the Outdoor Recreation Center (ORC). Students can even rent ski and snowboard equipment from the ORC!

There are many hiking trails in and around Golden that can easily be accessed by students. Hiking up South Table Mountain is a particular favorite among students as the view from the top overlooks all of Golden and the Mines campus. 





































If you want to hike like a true Coloradan, try hiking some Fourteeners! Colorado is home to 53 peaks that measure over 14,000 ft tall, more fondly known as fourteeners. Hiking to the peak of one of these mountains is a day-long trek and many people proudly document how many they have summit-ed. 

It is easy to find student groups who plan adventures like camping, hiking, skiing, climbing, and even high-lining!

You can even enjoy the wonderful Colorado sunshine without leaving campus. During nice weather, students can be found on Stratton commons picnicking, studying, playing frisbee, slack-lining and even relaxing in hammocks.