Where to Lose Weight and Get Fit in Colorado

Fitness vacations for firming up and shedding pounds throughout the state

Ciclismo Classico Cycling Tour
••• Biking in mountainous Colorado. Courtesy Ciclismo Classico

It's easy to keep up your exercise routine when you visit Colorado. With its temperate climate, you can hike or ski the state's mountains all year round. Most hotels here have fitness centers for keeping up a cardio or strength-training regime. At the very least, taking a brisk walk under Colorado's typically sunny skies is always an option for maintaining health goals.

But if you want a vacation specifically focused on fitness or losing weight while visiting the state, consider these options:

RE:treat Yoga and Hiking, Skiing or Cycling

RE:treat curates yoga inspired adventures for individuals seeking a rejuvenating mountain wellness escape. In the winter months, it's yoga and skiing in Telluride, and in the summer it's yoga and hiking in Telluride, with participants staying at the luxurious Auberge Element 52. A yoga and cycling experience starts at the Gateway Canyons Resort in southwest Colorado, and finishes in Telluride. Guests typically stay in luxury hotels, and they are treated to twice daily yoga, hosted skiing, guided hiking, and spa treatments, while dining at some of the best restaurants in Telluride. Retreats are all inclusive and range from four to eight nights.

Fitpacking Weight Loss Backpacking Adventure Vacation

Fitpacking is weight loss backpacking, where clients are guided on one- and two-week wilderness hiking vacations to stunning destinations in order to alter body composition, jumpstart fitness levels, and provide an unforgettable wilderness experience.

Watch the website for offerings in or near Colorado.

The St. Regis Aspen Resort Mountaintop Reboot Program

The St. Regis Aspen Resort just launched the Mountaintop Reboot Program, which features a guided snowshoe hike with a naturalist who enlightens guests on Aspen’s history and nature while hiking up mountains, through mining ghost towns, or even by moonlight;  three hours of private consultation with the resort’s nutritionist and personal trainer, including a customized food and fitness plan for guests upon returning home; a private cooking class with the resort’s executive chef after which guests will receive an individualized menu to take home with five easy and healthy dinner options; a customized one-hour facial at the resort’s Remède Spa.

Pricing for the Mountaintop Reboot Program at the luxury Aspen resort hotel starts at $3,600, which includes three nights' accommodations. Activities can be booked "a la carte," and guided hikes are offered in the warm-weather months. For more details, call 970-920-3300 or 888-627-7198.

Book your stay at the St. Regis Aspen resort here.

Ciclismo Classico Cycling Tour

This bike tour company offers a weeklong tour of Colorado through national parks, mountain ghost towns and beautiful high-alpine scenery. Participants “bag a Fourteener," climbing to the 14,128-foot summit of the highest paved road in the USA, on Mount Evans; ride over a total of four mountain passes; sample organic and locally grown foods; experience two stages of the US Pro Cycling Challenge with a special VIP pass to get up close and behind the scenes for Stage 1. Total distance is 255 miles, with a daily average of 36 miles; the tour begins in Aspen and ends in Golden. Dates are August 16-24, 2015.

Anschutz Health and Wellness Center Extreme Weight Loss: Destination Boot Camp

The University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora offers a new transformative weight loss program, Extreme Weight Loss: Destination Boot Camp, which includes one week of weight-loss training, followed by a year of remote support.

Three  "Chapter 1" boot camps are offered in 2015: March 22-28, June 14-20, and July 26-August 1. Transformation coaches guide participants through a six-day schedule of physical activity, mindfulness exercises and nutrition education based on principles from State of Slim. Participants also get a full comprehensive wellness assessment, body composition analysis, and even a facial image of what they'll look like when they reach their goal weight.