Colorado Travel Guide

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One of the most rugged and beautiful states in America is Colorado. Featuring the highest peaks in the United States within the Rocky Mountains, and such wonders as the ancient cliff dwellings of the Native Americans at Mesa Verde, to the cities of Denver and Boulder, or the ancient mining towns of Durango and Silverton, there is plenty to see and do for all types of visitors. On top of the natural beauty, the amazing national parks, the fishing and hunting, and the legendary cities going back to the days of the Wild West, Colorado offers casinos at places like Blackhawk and Central City, and some of the best skiing in the nation, with places like Vail and Aspen, Steamboat Springs, or Breckenridge, the most popular ski resort in the United States.

Colorado is a vast landscape of opportunities. There are dozens of parks, thousands of miles of trails, mountains, lakes, rivers, open plains, hidden valleys, forests, history, and more. Visit Estes Park and explore the beauty of the Rocky Mountain National Park, or head down to Pike National Forest down by Colorado Springs, home to Pikes Peak. Hike the Old Spanish National Historic Trail or visit the Santa Fe National Historic Trail and let your legs chew up some miles.

Colorado is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. The scenery is some of the most majestic in the entire nation, and the ski resorts are without a doubt some of the best in the world. The various parks showcase the beauty of the Rocky Mountains, as well as the wildlife and forests, but one cannot ignore the popularity of the cities as well. Denver is arguably the best place to start, and branching out from there one can either head out to Boulder, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, or anywhere they like. The Mile High City, as it is called, is the central hub for the area, allowing the opportunity to explore a wide array of parks and otherwise, all within an hour or two from the city.

The Rocky Mountains are what I love the best in Colorado with the big large firs, blue Spruce and aspens providing shade and the elevation providing warm days and nice cool summer nights.

Denver #1 most popular location
Cleverly nicknamed as ‘Mile High City’ (Denver does in fact sit exactly one mile above sea level), and backed by the kind of mountain range that instantly justifies the arty name, Denver …
1,243travelers 88reviews 68blogs
Colorado Springs #2 most popular location
As far as inspirational, unavoidably beautiful outdoor adventures spots go, Colorado Springs has to be pretty hard to match. Watch the US Olympic team train, spend an afternoon at the bottom …
283travelers 42reviews 36blogs
Breckenridge #3 most popular location
Breckenridge is a small 148-year-old quaint Victorian town in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, in Summit County, Colorado, about 1.5 hours west of Denver. As one of the USA's premier year-r…
34travelers 13reviews 9blogs
Steamboat Springs #4 most popular location
Steamboat Springs is the county seat of Routt County, Colorado, and has a population of about 10,000 people. It lies in the Yampa Valley of Northwestern Colorado and has an elevation of 6,7…
15travelers 1reviews 1blogs
Aspen #5 most popular location
Founded as a mining camp in the Colorado Silver Boom and named because of the abundance of aspen trees in the area, the city is now a ski resort and cultural center. The city emerged as a ski…
67travelers 7reviews 1blogs
Vail #6 most popular location
Vail, incorporated in 1966, is located in the Rocky Mountains in central Colorado and is divided into the following areas through the narrow Vail Valley: West Vail, Vail Village, Lionshead, G…
44travelers 5reviews 2blogs
Estes Park #7 most popular location
Estes Park is much more than a small, quaint touristy town, just outside of Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. Even though the streets are lined with gift and souvenir shops, ice crea…
14travelers 9reviews 6blogs
Durango #8 most popular location
Durango is home of the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. This town of about 15,000 was begun back around 1880. Mining in the area brought the need for railroads and the Denver and Rio …
46travelers 10reviews 15blogs
Boulder #9 most popular location
Boulder is a beautiful picture postcard of CO. It sits in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains about 30 miles northwest of Denver on Hwy 36. Boulder has over 300 day of sunshine a year. It is…
278travelers 17reviews 9blogs
Keystone #10 most popular location
Keystone is a wonderful mountain resort, full of adventurous activities! It is a Colorado classic. Keystone offers world class skiing, set in a great Colorado ski town. The town is full of …
7travelers 4blogs
Fort Collins #11 most popular location
In 2006, Money ranked Fort Collins as the best place to live in America, proclaiming that "great schools, low crime, good jobs in a high-tech economy and a fantastic outdoor life make Fort Co…
110travelers 16reviews 3blogs
Telluride #12 most popular location
Telluride is a former mining town surrounded by the 13,000 foot San Juan Mountains in the southwest corner of Colorado. Telluride is well known by its ski resort by the same name of Telluride…
13travelers 2reviews 2blogs
Grand Junction #13 most popular location
This high desert community of nearly 50,000 population sits at the bottom of a very unique area for Colorado. It is named the Colorado National Monument. It is a series of canyons and mesas …
47travelers 7reviews 5blogs
Manitou Springs #14 most popular location
Manitou Springs is an artsie town just outside of Co. Springs and is most known for it's natual sparkling water that flows from the ground drink ready.
6travelers 13reviews 6blogs
Glenwood Springs #15 most popular location
Glenwood Springs is home to the world's largest Hot Springs Swimming Pool and some of the most spectacular scenery, mild to wild outdoor adventures, and the friendliest people in the country.…
15travelers 15reviews 3blogs
Winter Park #16 most popular location
Winter Park is nestled against the western slope of the Continental Divide, just a short drive from Denver. With stunning scenes of the divide on one side and a lush beautiful valley on the o…
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Pueblo #17 most popular location
Pueblo is a nice small city on I 25 south of Colorado. It is a friendly town and real good to stop and resupply. Pueblo has grown a lot and is more busy now; but still has that small town fe…
25travelers 2reviews 8blogs
Aurora #18 most popular location
Aurora is a suburb of Denver.
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Frisco #19 most popular location
Frisco is a small town with few services West of Denver and a few miles South of Interstate 70 on Colorado hwy 9.
7travelers 1blogs
Cortez #20 most popular location
Cortez is located in Montezuma County in southwest Colorado. It is a great base from which to explore Mesa Verde National Park and San Juan National Forest. Often referred to as the gatewa…
4travelers 6reviews 3blogs
Crested Butte #21 most popular location
There are few places remaining that can be called a true Colorado ski town. Crested Butte is considered a holdout, retaining its small town charm and the adventurous soul that it has always h…
5travelers 1reviews 3blogs
Englewood #22 most popular location
Englewood is a suburb of Denver.
5travelers 1reviews
Canon City #23 most popular location
Canon City, CO, population about 16,000, was founded in 1859 making it the 3rd oldest city in Colorado. It started out supplying miners looking for gold in the nearby mountains. Today it’s …
8travelers 6reviews 7blogs
Pagosa Springs #24 most popular location
Pagosa Springs is a nice big town on the crossroads of US 84 and US 160 in the SW corner of Colorado. They have most services. The town is named for their hot springs. The hot springs are w…
8travelers 6reviews 2blogs
Lakewood #25 most popular location
Lakewood is a suburb of Denver.
23travelers 3reviews
Golden #26 most popular location
Golden, CO is really known for one of its most famous residents: Coors Beer. You can smell the making of beer all over town. It is an interesting smell, but pleasant. They have free tours of …
23travelers 2reviews
Ouray #27 most popular location
Ouray is a picturesque, old mining town located in the southwest corner of Colorado in the San Juan Mountains. The small community is nestled in some of the most rugged and towering peaks of …
3travelers 2reviews
Loveland #28 most popular location
Loveland is a city North of Denver and a short way West of interstate on US 34, with all facilities. If you continue West on US 34 you get the eye poping views from Rocky Mountain N Park.
12travelers 2reviews 6blogs
Westminster #29 most popular location
Westminster is a suburb of Denver.
18travelers 1reviews 3blogs
Salida #30 most popular location
Salida is a nice small town on US 50 and CO 291. They have limited services. If you just need normal travel services Salida would be OK. No major hotels but maybe a few minor motels. Salid…
6travelers 3reviews 1blogs
Dillon #31 most popular location
Dillon is a small town West of Denver on US hwy 6 with few services.
8travelers 2reviews 2blogs
Montrose #32 most popular location
Montrose is a medium sized town on US 50 and US 550 in western Colorado. They have many services but not all services. It is a peaceful place to stop and get normal travel supplies.
7travelers 1reviews 2blogs
Silverthorne #33 most popular location
Silverthorne is the place to start and end a ski weekend in the winter or a nice hike in the summer. The city sits right on I-70 past the Eisenhower tunnel. It has beautiful views of Summit C…
4travelers 1blogs
Longmont #34 most popular location
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Greenwood Village #35 most popular location
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Brighton #36 most popular location
Brighton, CO is the county seat of Adams County, Colorado and is located about 20 miles northeast of Denver, CO. Colorodo State Highway 7 (Bridge Street) bisects the city seperating north fro…
12travelers 9reviews 18blogs
Littleton #37 most popular location
Littleton is a small suburb on the South side of Denver.
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Gunnison #38 most popular location
Gunnison is a small yet diverse community in the central Colorado Mountains. The town is a beautiful place, but it is known for harsh winters. Winter whiteouts, feet of snow, and sub-zero tem…
6travelers 3blogs
Trinidad #39 most popular location
Trinidad is a very nice town on interstate 25. It is very near Raton Pass on the very south side of Colorado. Trinidad is a very old historic town with nice old historic block or brick struc…
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Castle Rock #40 most popular location
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Limon #41 most popular location
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Mancos #42 most popular location
Mancos is a small town with few services on US Hwy 160 just East of Cortez and Mesa Verde N Park.
1travelers 2reviews 1blogs
Alamosa #43 most popular location
Alamosa is a nice large town on US 285 and CO 17 in south central Colorado. They have many services. Stop there for the slow place and get most travel supplies.
4travelers 1blogs
Broomfield #44 most popular location
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Rifle #45 most popular location
Rifle is a small town with few services on US hwy 6 (a little North of Interstate 70) West of Glenwood Springs.
3travelers 1reviews 7blogs
Grand Lake #46 most popular location
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Fraser #47 most popular location
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Fruita #48 most popular location
Fruita is a nice small town on I 70 near Utah. There are limited services there. Fruita was named from their many fruit orchards; but sadly I was never there when the fruit was ripe.
2travelers 1reviews 2blogs
Cripple Creek #49 most popular location
Cripple Creek, named for a small steam in which a cow was supposed to have broken it’s leg crossing, began live when gold was discovered in 1890. The town quickly sprang up around that clai…
1travelers 5reviews 2blogs
Thornton #50 most popular location
Thornton is a small suburb on the North side of Denver.
10travelers 1reviews