The Best Colorado Hiking, Skiing and Outdoor Destinations According to Wine and Beer Pros | Wine Enthusiast – Wine Enthusiast Magazine Online

Home to the Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), more than 50 mountains that exceed 14,000 feet and countless miles of uninterrupted terrain, Colorado offers residents and visitors a wide range of options to get outdoors. To help you find your next favorite spot, we talked to brewers and wine experts throughout the state.

Avery Brewing Company

Boulder, Colorado

Avery Brewing Company first opened its doors in 1993. John Olson, Avery’s product development and innovation lead, notes that the tap room and restaurant always have some 30 beers on tap, “so no matter what you’re in the mood for, we’re going to have an awesome beer waiting for you.”

When Olson isn’t at the brewery, he enjoys being outside.

“I love skiing, camping and playing golf whenever I get the chance,” says Olson. “There are so many incredible camping options throughout the state of Colorado, many of which are right in Boulder’s backyard, so finding new spots to spend a night or two and hike around during the day has been an awesome way to get outside and enjoy the amazing scenery here.”

One of his favorite spots is Turquoise­ Lake, just outside of Leadville,­ Colorado.

“The lake is absolutely beautiful and there are a handful of campgrounds that surround it, making it easy to go hang out by the lake, fish, paddle board or hike around,” says Olson. Another one of his picks is local favorite Brainard Lake.

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“Without having to get too far off the beaten path, you do some camping or just head up for the day to explore some great hiking trails and experience some epic views of the mountains along the Continental Divide,­” he says.

Snowy Peaks Winery

Estes Park, Colorado

Mt. Ida on the way to Chief Cheley / Photo by Tristan Coriell

You’ll find Snowy Peaks Winery and Tasting Room in downtown Estes Park. …….


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