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8 Day Trips near Greeley

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Now that school is back in session, those long weekend getaways seem to come to an end. But did you know that Northern Colorado has some great day trips?

Roxborough State Park

Roxborough State Park is perfect for a day trip! There are hiking trails for all levels, spots for picnicking and the overlooks offer up some great photographs and animal sightings.

Estes Park

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Estes Park is right at the base of Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s a great place to take in small shops, grab some fantastic food and enjoy the fresh clean air. Estes Park is also home of The Stanley Hotel-home of beautiful weddings and location for some of your favorite movies. It’s incredibly easy to spend the day and then a couple more here!

Rocky Mountain National Park

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There’s a caveat to this one. My favorite time of year to head up to RMNP is Autumn. The mountains light up with shades of gold, red and orange because of the Aspen’s leave changing colors. At the highest peaks, leaves start changing in late August, however, the prime time to take a drive on Bear Lake Road, the Peak to Peak National Scenic Byway, the Cache la Poudre National Scenic Byway and the Colorado River Headwaters National Scenic Byway is mid-late September. Don’t forget all the wildlife!

Amber’s favorite? The elk bugling. The Little Horshoe Park area is best place to see the elk and the changing leaves!

Red Feather Lakes

Red Feather Lakes is a day-trippers dream! Red Feather Lakes is surrounded by the Roosevelt National Forest. Not only do you get beautiful scenery, but there are all kinds of adventures to be had, including swimming, camping, horseback riding and more!

Did you know that Ferguson Team has a cabin for sale in Red Feather? It’s the perfect place for a home away from home!

Horsetooth Reservoir

Photo courtesy of Larimer County

Horsetooth Reservoir is  those of us that would like to head north, just outside of Fort Collins. If boating, camping, picnics, swimming, fishing, concessions and light hiking are your thing, this is where you need to be!

Centennial Village Museum

Photo courtesy of GreeleyMuseums.com

Centennial Village Museum is located in Greeley. This living history museum boasts 35 historical buildings. Visitors can take a step back in time and learn about the early days of our country. There are guided tours and over eight acres to explore!

Sylvendale Guest Ranch

Photo courtesy of Sylvendale Guest Ranch

I didn’t know that Sylvendale offered more than just horseback riding! According to their website, they have game courts, fishing, challenge courses, professional wrangler led horseback riding and more! I think I’m going to have to visit there as an adult!

Furniture Row Racing

If you don’t mind a 75 minute or so drive, head down to the Furniture Row Racing shop! Every Thursday afternoon, they give tours of the race shop. Be sure to say hi to the tour guide for me! If you’ve ever wondered how a race car is built from start to finish, this is a great way to do so!

What is your favorite day trip? Have you been to any of these locations?

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