Sure, most of the super-epic GoPro photos you’ve seen on Instagram are taken by professional photographers and athletes at the top of their game — but not all. And the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado, is proof that you don’t need to be a pro to take a stunning outdoor shot.
At the annual games, professional and amateur athletes alike gather to recreate and compete in a variety of outdoor games — some serious, some not so much — across the rivers, mountains, and valleys of Vail. Spectators, too, are more than welcome, and the three-day event includes opportunities for art, music, concerts, yoga, and everything you’d expect from a top-level summer festival. Activities for athletes of various levels range from trail runs and timed raft races to rock climbing competitions and uphill mountain bike races.