Labor Day Weekend marks the "last hurrah" of summer, which is why we want to encourage you to take full advantage of your day off. If you need some adventure inspiration, we have 8 ideas for how you can enjoy your long-weekend & end the summer season on a high note!
Enjoy Some Mountain Biking
Set up camp and head to the trails for some mountain biking-- a great alternative to hiking. Enjoy the challenge of various terrain as you let the wind invigorate your senses. The benefit of biking, is that you can explore more of the area in which you are staying, as you can cover lots of miles! Just be sure to stay on designated bike paths and to bring bike repair supplies.
Trip Recommendation | Lakeside Camping & Riding at Curt Gowdy
Camp on the shores of the Granite Springs Reservoir in Curt Gowdy State Park in Wyoming! This area is excellent for water sports and biking along the vast trail systems. Spacious campsites with lake views makes this destination even better.
Go On a Guided Rafting Trip
There's nothing quite like a rafting trip with friends. Unfortunately you need to get a rafting permit way in advance. You can still have an epic water adventure, however, by finding a rafting outfitter to guide you down the water! Get the thrill of whitewater rafting without having to do all of the chaotic trip planning.
Trip Recommendation | The Colorado River
Dvorak Kayak and Rafting Expeditions is a rafting outfitter that offers trips down a variety of Colorado waters. Alternatively, you can camp at Radium Campground and enjoy other activities on the Colorado River like cliff jumping, tubing and bathing in the Radium Hot Springs!
Take That Multi-Day Backpacking Trip
Have you been meaning to get out on that multi-day backpacking trip but haven't had the chance? Labor day weekend is the perfect time to do so! Head somewhere local or venture to your dream destination. Stock up on lightweight backpacking meals now!
Trip Recommendation | The Maroon Bells Four Pass Loop In Colorado
This trek begins from the famous Maroon Bells Scenic Areas in Aspen Highlands. From here, it’s a 28 miles roundtrip that general takes most backpacker's 3-4 days.
Find a Body Of Water To Paddle On
Not only is paddle boarding a great form of exercise, but being on the water is an excellent way to connect with nature. Find a lake or reservoir near you, or ramp up the challenge by going to the ocean! Just check the requirements for paddle boarding permits before you go.
Trip Recommendation | Stanley Lake in Idaho
Stanley Lake is an Idaho alpine lake located at the base of the magnificent Sawtooth Mountains in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. Whether you Kayak, Canoe, or Paddle Board, trust us when we say, you'll want to get out on that water.
Escape The City For a Day of Rock Climbing
Grab your rock climbing buddies and spend your day off exercising your body and brain. There are so many incredible places where you can go to "conquer that wall" and soak in the epic views from above.
Trip Recommendation | Saddle Peak in California
Saddle peak is arguably one of the best hiking/climbing locations in the Los Angeles area. Just be sure to bring some dinner, to catch an incredible sunset view. #dinnerwithaview
Take an RV Trip
Bring the whole family (fur babies included), in an RV! You can carry everything you need, as well as enjoy the comfort and flexibility of having your mini-home on wheels. Being the driver's seat also lets you have the liberty of where you want your journey to take you! Just make sure you get a full-hookup site, so you can connect to water, electricity and sewer.
Trip Recommendation | Rocky Mountain National Park
There is RV camping available inside Rocky Mountain National Park at the Aspenglen, Glacier Basin, Moraine Park, and Timber Creek campgrounds, as well as plenty of RV camping in Estes Park. You can explore many beautiful trails throughout the park with pleasant hiking temperatures this time of year.
Set Out On a Day Hike
If you don't have the luxury of setting out on a big long-weekend trip, plan a fun day hike with your family for Labor Day. Choose a hike with a rewarding destination to eat lunch, relax and maybe even setup that portable hammock!
Trip Recommendation | Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rock in New Mexico
This is a must-do adventure if you live in the northern region of New Mexico. The unusual "tent rocks" are a result of erosion from a volcanic explosion some 7 million years ago. It's an accessible trail for the whole family that provides major scenic views.
Whether you prefer to fly fish or bait fish, find a source of water to cast a line. The calming sound of the waves lapping against a shoreline and the feelings of accomplishment when you reel in personal best catch are reason enough to spend your labor day weekend angling.
Trip Recommendation | Big Cottonwood Canyon In Utah
Big Cottonwood Creek is a wonderful fishing oasis when you're looking to escape the crowds. The fish aren't as big as other fly fishing waters, but make up for it by being less selective with flies.
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