Chances are you’re spending a good deal of your time outdoors this summer. Here are some of our favorite spots.

What do we love about summer in Colorado? Take a step outside and see. There’s no place like the Centennial State in the warmer months to enjoy all the hiking, biking, rock climbing and water activities available. Of course, heading up the hill to see the splendor of the mountains is mandatory, but we’re happy just hanging around Parker and the Front Range to play — especially if we’re just trying to sneak away from work for the afternoon. Take a look at these gems. Hope to see you out on the trails.

Roxborough State Park

Sitting right up against the foothills, Roxborough offers breathtaking views of the Front Range and a large series of trails to hike or bike from beginner to experienced alike. The red rock formations here are iconic and close to home.

4751 E. Roxborough Drive, Roxborough, Colorado, 303.973.3959,

Chatfield State Park

The reservoir at Chatfield State Park is the place to be for any kind of water activities such as paddleboarding and kayaking, or if you’re lucky enough, boating. Sitting on the beach here brings a whole other dimension to Colorado outdoor activities.

1500 N. Roxborough Park Road, Littleton, Colorado, 303.791.7275,

Castlewood Canyon State Park

We’re lucky enough to have this jewel close to home. Castlewood Canyon State Park, near Franktown, offers hiking trails that range from easy to medium in difficulty. Don’t miss the Waterfall Hike and handicap-accessible Canyon View Nature Trail.

2989 S. Highway 83, Franktown, Colorado, 303.688.5242,

Cherry Creek State Park

Another water oasis, Cherry Creek State Park offers a natural respite to its busy, traffic-congested surroundings of the city. Enjoy paddle boarding, kayaking and rowing. And don’t miss the huge Cherry Creek Dog Off-Leash Park with a creek for them to play in.

4201 S. Parker Road, Parker, Colorado, 303. 690.1166,