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Horseback Riding!

Monday, October 1, 2012

It's no surprise Boulder has TONS to do within its city limits, but there is also a lot to do outside of town. For instance, Denver is only 30-40 minutes away from Boulder, so you can always attend a sporting event, explore downtown and eat at fun restaurants in the Mile High City. Also, the ski resorts aren't that far from Boulder, so when winter comes, planning a weekend trip to the mountains isn't out of the question. I, however, am familiar with and grew up going to a place just about an hour away from Boulder in the Rocky Mountains. The small mountain town is called Allenspark and it is a quick drive, an hour at most, west on 36 and highway 7. Last week, a good friend of mine and I decided to venture to this enchanted little town and go horseback riding! 

That's right! Colorado still does hold onto some of its Western herritage from way back in the day. I grew up going to this particular stable where the horses are located. My family and I have made many camping trips to this particular area and horseback riding is an activity we always made sure we did. It was a beautiful fall day, with the golden Aspens glistening in the bright sun. The air was crisp and smelled of fresh pine. The horseback ride was very enjoyable this way. It was an easy route and definitely doable for those of you who have never gone before. Our trip was about an hour long and we stopped at various points along the trail to admire the breathtaking views of fall and Longs Peak (one of Colorado's highest mountains) in the distance. 

This is what I absolutely love about Boulder. You are never confined to one location and activity within the town. It is centrally located to many of Colorado's attractions and many of the trips, even to Northern Colorado, only take but a couple of hours at most to get somewhere. I know it is important to consider attending a college based on other merits besides location; however, CU really is in the perfect spot. If you are like me, and you're from Colorado, you are never too far from home in Boulder and if you are out-of-state thinking about attending CU, you will never be bored. There is so much to do and explore! 

Kathryn
Journalism and Communication • Longmont, Colorado

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