June is Great Outdoors Month — and it’s got us excited! We encourage every resident to lead a lifestyle of joy and wellness, and playing in the outdoors is a perfect path for this pursuit. From national parks and public lands to state parks and neighborhood trails, the options to have fun and find wellness in the outdoors are plentiful when you live at Sterling Ranch!
What is Great Outdoors Month?
Started in 1998 as a week-long observance, this celebration of the great outdoors has morphed into a month-long event encompassing all things outdoors:
- National Trails Day
- National Fishing and Boating Week
- National Get Outdoors Day
- The Great American Campout
- And more!
At the heart of it, Great Outdoors Month is about connection: with nature and with others. How will you participate? Here are some ideas for finding joy, wellness and connection throughout Colorado:
Hiking / trail running
The trails in Colorado are epic. From challenging Fourteeners (there are seven in nearby Pike National Forest!) to meandering greenways, the options run the gamut. People of all ages and fitness levels can enjoy the fresh Colorado air, whether walking, hiking or trail running. Lace up!
Mountain biking / cycling
Known for their trails, the high country towns of Vail and Breckenridge are a peddler’s paradise. If an overnight trip or full-day trip is too much, Waterton Canyon is close to Sterling Ranch and sports challenging courses for bikers. A few miles from the neighborhood, the Highline Canal greenway offers a flat trail perfect for higher speeds or a leisurely outing with family.
Boating and fishing
Moments from Sterling Ranch lies Chatfield State Park and its bass- and walleye-filled reservoir; this body of water is open to motorized and non-motorized craft alike. Residents can enjoy the park year-round with the Colorado State Parks pass that comes with every home*. Want trout? These fish are abundant in nearby Evergreen Lake and spots near Mount Evans, such as Roosevelt and Chicago Lakes.
Just west of Sterling Ranch lies one of the state’s most visited public lands. A short drive from the community, Pike National Forest is an adventurer’s haven. Camping — dispersed and in designated campgrounds — is a popular activity and is the perfect way to unwind and connect with nature.
Douglas County’s Castlewood Canyon State Park boasts vertical walls of exposed rock and is a fun spot for top-rope climbing. Further north along the Front Range, Boulder Canyon offers sport climbing and traditional routes for climbers of all levels. These granite rocks are world-class!
Paragliding and hot air ballooning
The Front Range is also a hotspot for air sports. The ultimate adventurers, paragliders and hot air balloonists alike flock to the foothills to take to the skies. It’s exciting to see them dot the horizon. Would you partake in this exhilarating activity?
Interested in a less adventurous option, but an engaging one all the same? Birding is a delightful way to enjoy the outdoors and connect with nature — the melodious songs are merely a bonus! Colorado is home to dozens of species, many of which live right here in Sterling Ranch. In partnership with Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, we’ve devised a long-term prairie management plan to ensure we remain a bird-friendly community.