Summer is just around the corner. That means we’ll have more opportunities to get outside, soak up some vitamin D and stay active. Follow these tips to stay safe, healthy and make the most of your Colorado summer.
Starting May 16, Boulder County moved to Level Clear. Restrictions may differ from county to county, so be sure to review COVID-19 restrictions for wherever you plan to go before heading out.
300 days of sunshine combined with high altitudes make Colorado a great spot to catch a sunburn. Minimize the risks while still enjoying our especially great outdoors with these tips:
Apply sunscreen (SPF 30+) 30 minutes before heading outside. Remember to reapply every couple of hours to avoid burns.
Wear protective clothing like sunglasses, a hat and long-sleeved shirt if you’re out in the sun for a while.
Know the signs of dehydration, and always bring and drink plenty of water. If you’re taking a pet out on the trails with you, be sure you’re carrying enough water for them, too!
Invest in mosquito and other bug repellants if you'll be hiking, biking, camping or spending time in wooded areas.
If you'll be exercising outdoors, try to stay in the shade, or go in the early mornings and evenings when temperatures are lower and the sun isn't directly above you.
If you’re planning to adventure on your own, be sure to let someone know where you’re going and how long you expect to be gone. Have a plan in place in case someone needs to call for help on your behalf.
With plenty of designated lanes and trails, Boulder is the perfect place to log some miles on your bike. Whether you’re taking a ride around town or mountain biking, keep these tips in mind:
You already know that helmets greatly reduce the risk of brain injury—so wear yours with pride!
If you'll be riding at night, make sure you have front and rear lights that are turned on. You’ll also want to invest in reflectors for your bike and clothes.
Know the laws and follow them. Ride with the flow of traffic, stay in your lane and use hand signals. It’s illegal to ride with headphones in, so unplug before you pedal.
Biking is subject to the same DUI laws as driving in Colorado. So, if you've been drinking, it’s better to stay off the bike and call for alternative transportation.
Rocky Mountain National Park is right in our backyard, and there's no better way to explore it than with a camping trip. Whether you’re staying local or heading out of town, here’s what we recommend:
Avoid food poisoning by packing food in tight, waterproof containers and keeping your cooler insulated. Be sure to sanitize your hands often. Separate raw foods from cooked foods, and cook meats to the appropriate temperature (bring along a meat thermometer to be sure).
Only drink potable water. Bring along your own bottled water, invest in a portable water purification system or research other water treatment methods to find one that works for you. You can find more information on water treatment methods from the CDC.
Keep a first-aid kit stocked and ready to go. Review your basic health skills before leaving, like how to identify poison ivy, what to do if you see a wild animal, how to disinfect a cut and how to perform CPR.
Use the buddy system. Have someone looking out in case of an emergency and do the same for them, whether you’re hiking, kayaking, swimming or climbing. If you’re out alone, let someone know where you’re going and have a plan in place in case they need to call for help on your behalf.
Have all the gear you need ready to go. If you’re not ready to make the full investment, the Outdoor Program Equipment Center rents out all kinds of gear to CU Boulder students, staff and faculty.