Summer is winding down, but for the next few weeks you can still enjoy warm weather activities in Colorado.Colorado Fruit and Wine Country
|Peach orchard near Palisade|
On Colorado's Western Slope, primarily around Palisade, Grand Junction, Paonia, Hotchkiss and Cedaredge, the mountains and plains conspire to create a perfect climate for some of the country's most innovative and charming wineries. Amid orchards of peach, cherry and apple trees, acre upon acre of neat green rows of grapevines stand in stark contrast to the red sandstone mesas and deep azure sky. Stop in some of the intimate wineries for stellar classics like chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon and interesting Rieslings, gewürztraminers, petit verdots and malbecs.
|Vineyard near Grand Junction|
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Ute Mountain Tribal Park
|Mesa Verde National Park|
Ute Mountain Tribal Park near Cortez is only open to the public through a unique program in which Ute guides navigate visitors into the wilderness that abuts Mesa Verde National Park's southern boundary. This land was home to Ancestral Puebloans 1,000 years ago, who built cliff dwellings and irrigated and farmed the land. With only 1,300 visitors per year, Ute Mountain is undeveloped and quiet. Hike narrow trails and climb steep ladders onto high ledges — and feel like you have the place to yourself.Read more: Colorado Scenic Byways: Trail of the Ancients, Gaming in Colorado's Four Corners Region
|Great Sand Dunes National Park|
Read more: A 2-Day San Luis Valley Itinerary, Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic Byway, Other Colorado WaterfallsConcert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre or a Colorado Rockies Night Game
Choosing just one essential Denver summer experience is difficult — squeezing both into one weekend will have you in Colorado bliss.
|Red Rocks Amphitheater gets its name from the topography there.|
Fans of Colorado's boys of summer are the luckiest we know. Coors Field is one of the Major League Baseball's most scenic, friendly and reasonably priced venues.Information and some photos provided by Colorado Tourism, www.colorado.com
Other photos by Larry Burmeier