The Colorado List – A Comprehensive Adventurer’s Bucket List

The Colorado List – one woman’s journey to experiencing every adventure the Centennial State has to offer. From taking a bite out of the great outdoors to tasting the state’s best local dishes, I’m spending 365 days traveling and playing hard to complete my Colorado bucket list. Read the Colorado List backstory here. While some bucket lists limit the theme to hardcore outings or city slickin’ adventure, my goal is to explore every facet of life in Colorado. Because what’s the point in a wilderness backpacking trip if you aren’t going to celebrate with the state’s finest margarita afterwards?

As each adventure is completed, the list item will become a link that takes you to the full report of my experience. Want to join me for the adventure or help me complete the list by sponsoring an adventure? Scroll to the bottom for more information!

Outdoor Activities (& Climbing):

Learn how to Ski (Properly)
Overnight Backpacking Trip
Float the Colorado River
Ride an Alpine Slide
Zip-lining at a Ski Resort
Camp in a Yurt
Mountain Biking (in Fruita?)
Ride a Horse
Catch a Fish (and eat it!)
Ice Skating
Hot Air Balloon Ride


Hike a 14-er
Hike part of The Colorado Trail
Conundrum Hot Springs – Crested Butte
Hanging Lake – Glenwood Springs
Seven Falls – Colorado Springs
Roxborough Park
Hike Castle Rock
St. Mary’s Glacier
Bridal Viel Falls – Telluride
Herman Gulch Trail – Dillion
Grizzly Lake – St. Elmo
Devil’s Causeway


Climb (Free-solo) a Flat Iron
Climb a Multi-Pitch
Lead a Trad Route
Ice Climb

Outdoor Destinations:

Cave of the Winds + Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Ice Castles at Silverthorne
Araphahoe and Pike National Forests
Camp at Lost Lake
Crystal Mill
Maroon Bells
10th Mountain Division Hut System
Boulder Reservoir


Rocky Mountain National Park
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Garden of the Gods National Park
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Mesa Verde National Park
Dinosaur National Monument
Canyons of the Ancients National Monument
Chatfield State Park
Three Sisters Park in Evergreen

In the City (Denver):

Denver Cruisers
Tour a Brewery
Eat at Casa Bonita
Brunch at Snooze
Volleyball/Sloshball at Washington Park
Go to a Colorado Rockies Game
Go to a Denver Nuggets Game
Ride Cherry Creek Bike Trail

In the City (Boulder):

Boulder Farmers Market
Eat at The Sink
Take a Local Table Tour
Float on Boulder Creek
Hike to Royal Arch in Chautauqua Park

Road Trip:

Stand at Four Corners
Drive Trail Ridge Road in RMNP
Visit the Continental Divide
San Juan Mountains (Drive the San Juan Skyway)
Ride a Historic Train (Royal Gorge?)
Ride Pikes Peak Cog Railway
Visit a Ghost Town
Soak at Glenwood Hot Springs
Bishop Castle – San Isabel National Forest
Alpine Loop Scenic Byway
Grand Mesa Historic Byway
Santa Fe Trail Scenic Byway
Guanella Pass Scenic Byway
Phantom Canyon Road


Telluride Bluegrass Festival
New Belgium Tour de Fat
Great American Beer Festival
Attend a Concert at Red Rocks
Camping and Concert at “The Mish” Mishawaka
Ullr Festival
Colorado State Fair
Colorado Balloon Classic

Want to join me for the adventure? Keep an eye on the blog for posts after every outing, follow the #ColoradoList hashtag on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with my bucket list ticks and upcoming plans, or better yet – JOIN ME! Invite yourself along to help me complete my list, or suggest Colorado bucket list to-dos that I don’t have on my list yet (I know I must be missing a ton).

Want to help me complete my list? Can you lend me a pair of snowshoes? Want to equip me with the gear I’ll need to catch myself a fish? Interested in sponsoring a weekend trip to try ice climbing? Whether you’re an outdoor outfitter or local adventure company – I want to work with you to make my bucket list attempt a success and highlight the best brands Colorado has to offer. Please feel free to contact me at katieboue(at)gmail(dot)com for information about how to get involved!