Summer Packing List
Colorado summers are some of the best in the world! Warm sunny days with cool starry nights. The temperature can swing up to 50 degrees F between mid-day and midnight. We always suggest layers in the summertime. Often in the afternoon, we will experience brief and spectacular thunderstorms, so keep your rain gear on hand. Luckily, when the sun comes out, your clothes dry quickly. View current weather conditions here.
Here are some packing ideas we’ve pulled together to get you started on planning your next trip to Colorado’s favorite Playground.
Clothing & Shoes:
- For hiking and outdoor activities, you will want to bring lightweight shorts and t-shirts. If you plan on hiking one of our 600 miles of trails, you will want a pair of comfortable hiking boots (preferably already broken in!) or heavy duty tennis shoes, a light fleece and rain jacket. Be sure to bring your favorite heavy duty socks to prevent blisters while hiking.
- Convertible pants that can also be worn as shorts are handy, but not necessary.
- If you plan on riding horses, you will need jeans or some other long pants and sturdy shoes.
- All of the restaurants here in Grand County are “Colorado Casual!” No need to bring fancy clothes (unless you want to).
- Going rafting? We recommend bringing some type of sport sandals or water shoes (waterproof and secure are best for rafting). An old pair of tennis shoes will work, too.
- Don’t forget your swim suit! Nothing is better than a soak in a hot tub after a day of hiking, biking or just hanging out. The Grand Park Community Recreation Center also offers a lap pool, a lazy river, water slide, zero entry kiddie pool and a hot tub for lots of water play.
- Sunglasses are a must to keep that bright Colorado sun out of your eyes. A wide-brimmed hat provides extra protection from the sun, as well. And of course, bring plenty of sunscreen (see notes below)!
Toiletries & Medication:
- Make sure to pack plenty of sunscreen! It is easy to get sunburned above 9,000 feet. The air here is very dry and you may want to bring your favorite lotions and lip balm as well.
- Band Aids are good to have on hand, as you never know when you’ll need them.
- If you have asthma or breathing difficulties, make sure you have supplies that will help in this area if you become short of breath at this high altitude.
- Be sure to bring more of your prescription medication than you think you’ll need. You never know if you might end up staying longer than planned here in the high country!
- Don’t forget to drink plenty of water on your visit! It’s the number one way to help your body adjust to our higher altitude and the desert-like atmosphere while keeping you feeling great to go play in Colorado’s favorite playground!
- With all of the gorgeous mountain scenery, you won’t want to forget your camera! Be prepared to capture the memories you’ll make by packing your camera and a charging cord or extra batteries.