Those back to school ads are coming in full force. It is time now for the last hurrah. Why not mosey on over to Browns National Monument where the scenery never fails to surprise. We have mentioned the award winning fishing, horseback riding and daring to dangle in one of the many family fun aerial parks. Now that autumn closes in, it is a perfect time to visit a fish hatchery after a day waxing down the river. Colorado’s hatcheries cultivate and care for over 30 different species of fish. Most offer self-guided tours, though this time a year when many fish are spawning, tour guides are in full swing. Here are a few of our favorites:

Located just south of Buena Vista, Top of the Rockies Zipline. Take in the sweeping spectacle of the Sawatch Mountain Range while you participate in team and individual courses including broken bridges, wobbly logs and seven zip lines ranging from beginner to advanced. No one in your family will be left out. Give us a call or stop in to book your zipline adventure.

Lillian from Kansas

Give Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP) a try! Book your rentals from the Frisco location. These are not guided trips, so you can just swing by and pick up some boards for a half or full day rental. You will have a choice of local ponds in Breckenridge or Silverthorne, or onto Lake Dillon that will give you a great introduction or an all day float with quiet time to take in the scenery!

Roaring Judy Hatchery has the largest Kokanee salmon run in Colorado. Among the salmon, are rainbow and cutthroat trout. This hatchery includes 783 acres that offer the public superb fishing and wildlife watching.

Mt. Shavano Hatchery is one of the largest trout facilities in the state. The kids will love to feed the fish from set dispensers while the family observes the many species of trout and salmon destined for one of Colorado’s rivers.

Leadville National Fish Hatchery is the second oldest federally operated fish hatchery. Enjoy the subalpine forest as you survey the stocks of trout, fish in one of the two public fishing ponds or spend a day hiking and biking on the surrounding trails.

However you choose to spend the last summer days, we know you won’t be disappointed. You’ll be asking yourself; can’t summer last forever?