1000 Things to Do in Colorado

52 FREE Things to do in Colorado


We are working on paying down over $57,000 in credit card debt. Then we will be moving on to our student loan debt and car loans.

So, this summer we will be doing free activities around Colorado. The vast majority of the 52 FREE things to do in Colorado are near the Denver area. Some of them though will take you on a journey around the state, so there is gas cost to take into consideration. I’m excited to try to do as many as we can this summer!

This list would be great if you’re traveling to the area and want to experience this beautiful state but keep it on budget. Comment below and let me know if you plan to do any of the activities on this list, have done them, or have something different to share, I’d love to hear it!

52 FREE Things to do in Colorado

1. Rocky Mountain Arsenal (north Denver)
2. Two Ponds Wildlife Refuge (Arvada)

Garden of the Gods rock formation - free things to do in Colorado

3. Garden of the Gods Hike

Manitou Incline - Free things to do in Colorado
4. Manitou Incline Hike
5. Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum (Pike’s Peak region)
6. Celestial Seasoning Factory Tour

Dinosaur Ridge - Free things to do in colorado
7. Dinosaur Ridge ($4 guided tour, free unguided)
8. Dog Park in the mountains
9. Cherry Creek Dog Park
10. Leaning Tree Sculpture Garden (Boulder)
11. Littleton Museum
12. South Park City Museum
13. Nighttime walk scavenger hunt (pinterest)
14. Messy Twister
15. Make Sun Tea
16. Go to the park
17. Sunday Jazz Night at City Park

Red Rocks - free things to do in Colorado
18. Hike Red Rocks
19. Cherry Creek State Park Beach
20. Go tubing down Poudre River (Fort Collins)
21. Camp at Sweetwater Resort
22. Peterson Air and Space Museum (CoSprings)

Peterson air and space museum - free things to do in colorado
23. Visit El Paso County Parks (free)
24. Dr. Lester Williams Fire Museum (CoSprings)
25. Air Force Academy Museum (9-5 Daily)
26. Denver Art Museum (free for kids everyday, free for everyone the first Saturday of each month)
27. Farmer’s Markets (Not free if you end up buying things, but I love walking a farmer’s market)
28. Taste of Colorado (end of summer)
29. Film on the Rocks (July 11th Sandlot, July 25th Labyrinth, Sept 6th Star Wars )
30. Movies at Skyline Park (Saturdays in July)
31. Monday Park Movies at Infinity Park in Glendale (June 13th, June 27th, July 11th, July 25th, Aug. 8th)
32. Hike Bear Lake Loop (Rocky Mountain National Park)
33. Hike Boulder Creek Path (Boulder)
34. Hike Canyon Rim Trail – (Near Grand Junction, CO)
35. Hike Coyote Trail (Rifle Falls State Park – bring flashlights for caves)
36. Hike Lost Lake Trail, camp at end (Arapaho National Forest)
37. Hike Alderfer/Three Sister’s Park (Jefferson County)

Petroglyphs on the trail - free things to do in colorado
38. Hike Petroglyph Point Trail (Mesa Verde National Park)
39. Devil’s Head Fire Lookout (Pike and San Isabel National Forests)
40. Mount Elbert Trail (Rocky Mountain National Park-Class 1 14er)
41. Tubing on the Yampa River in Steamboat Springs
42. Hike Grays Peak 14er – class 1 (Front Range off I-70)

Free things to do in Colorado
43. Ride the Cherry Creek bike path (If you don’t have a bike with you there is the option to rent bikes)
44. Read in the park
45. Visit a Tattered Cover bookstore
46. Free Day at the Zoo(3 free days in November this year)
47. Visit the Aurora History Museum

Free things to do in Colorado
48. Visit the Capitol Building
49. Visit Union Station
50. Go to Washington Park(This park is so quintessentially Denver)
51. History of Colorado Center

52. Visit the Denver U.S. Mint and see where our money is made. Book early for this one because it books out a few months in advance.

I can’t wait to try some of these out and take you along with me. Let me know what you like to do in Colorado!


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