The Best Places to Visit in Colorado, USA

The Best Places to Visit in Colorado, USA

is a year-round destination that piques the imagination and inspires the soul with its
dramatic landscape and natural beauty. The state is stunning, with a diversity that ranges
from the majestic Rocky Mountains to the rolling hills, rivers, streams, and high desert of
the Colorado Plateau. Mountain towns beckon skiers, hikers, climbers and outdoor enthusiasts
of all types, but are also great places to soak up some tranquility and enjoy the mountain
vibe. Scenic drives through parks and along state highways are some of the best ways to
see the amazing sites that the state has to offer. Colorado is an unbeatable destination
that will make you rethink your future travel plans.
The first place to visit in our list is the Garden of the Gods.
This National Natural Landmark, is a unique landscape of jagged stone towers and fins
jutting up 300 feet from the earth, and giant balanced boulders and rock piles dotting the
landscape, with distant mountains completing the scene. Fifteen miles of trails, most of
which are short and easy, allow you to get up close to the dramatic rock formations and
wander through the surreal scenery. If you’re lucky, you may see elk, bighorn sheep, deer,
and other critters.The park is a popular area for rock climbing, but other activities in
the park include road biking in designated biking lanes, mountain biking, horseback riding,
and Jeep and Segway tours. The Garden of the Gods Park Visitor & Nature
Center functions as a museum with exhibits and a 20-minute video on the geology of the
park. Views from the visitor center are incredible, and the onsite café, with huge windows, is
a great venue for enjoying a snack or beverage. Mesa Verde National Park
Located near the towns of Cortez and Mancos, Mesa Verde is reached by a long road that
leads high up above the surrounding landscape. The name of Mesa Verde means “green table”
in Spanish and the area shows visitors what it was like to live in this Ancestral Pueblo.
It was occupied between 600 and 1300 AD and today you can find almost 5,000 archaeological
sites within the park, a figure which includes 600 cliff dwellings, which are some of the
best-preserved in the country. Starting in May, you can go on tours of the Cliff Palace
and even in the winter visitors to Mesa Verde have plenty of opportunities for adventure
on the gorgeous trails. Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the
most popular national parks in the United States. The soaring mountain peaks, alpine
lakes and meadows, forests, and abundant wildlife showcase nature at its best. The park has
more than 100 peaks over 10,000 feet, including Longs Peak, the highest in the park, at 14,259
feet. The park has an extensive system of hiking trails that range from paths of less
than a half-mile to full-day and multi-day hikes. Winter in the park holds its own unique
beauty and fascinations. The Trail Ridge Road, which itself reaches
an altitude of more than 12,000 feet, is the main driving route through the park and offers
easy access to incredible views. Maroon Bells
showcases some of Colorado’s most spectacular Rocky Mountain scenery and offers a chance
to get out of your car and into nature. Maroon Bells are considered the peaks that are most
photographed throughout North America. The gorgeous 14,000-foot peaks are surrounded
by Maroon Lake and beautiful wildflowers. This area has six mountains over 14,000 feet,
along with forests, alpine lakes, meadows, and 175 miles of trails.
The recreational activities are what draw most people here. Hiking is incredible, with
all kinds of day hikes and backpacking areas. The ski resort town of Vail draws huge crowds
in winter but it’s also a pleasant place to visit at any time of year. When it comes to
skiing, this is one of the top ski resorts in Colorado. The town at the base of the ski
hill is postcard cute, with chalet-style restaurants, shops, and hotels that make you feel like
you are in the heart of the Alps. This is a high-end resort with luxury hotels, fine
dining, and designer stores. At Vail Pass, visitors can find a handful of scenic and
easily accessed lakes in the Holy Cross Wilderness Area. At 14,115 feet in elevation, Pikes Peak, in
Pike National Forest, is one of the Southwest’s famous “fourteeners,” a reference to mountains
that stand over 14,000 feet. The snow-capped peak is easily recognizable from the nearby
town of Colorado Springs. This is one of the most visited mountains in the world, second
only to Mt. Fuji. Unlike many mountain peaks that are inaccessible to the average person,
you can drive to the summit of Pikes Peak on the Pikes Peak Highway, off highway 24,
west of Colorado Springs. This area is full of ancient ruins, deserted
mining towns, national parks, and some of the best scenery in America. The byway passes
through five million acres of both the San Juan and Uncompahgre National Forests.Traveling
the length of the byway will take you through high mountain passes and historical towns
and by waterfalls and acres of wildflowers. Traveling through the dazzling multihued San Juan Mountains
and making stops at historic towns of great significance, Colorado’s San Juan Skyway Scenic
and Historic Byway is often considered an essential journey for road trippers, traveling
through popular mountain towns . The Black Canyon of the Gunnison is one of
the best Colorado attractions for those who love old rock formations. It has some of the
oldest rocks as well as craggiest spires and steepest cliffs within North America. Over
the past two million years, the Gunnison River has worked to create this gorgeous vertical
attraction. The depth of the canyon is around 2,000 feet, with Gunnison Point and Chasm
View at just over 1,800 feet and Warner Point at 2,722 feet.The main things to do here are
to simply gaze out over the canyon and appreciate the environment or wander along the walking
paths and short hiking trails on the rim. Black Canyon of the Gunnison is a fabulous,
rugged looking canyon, and it’s remote enough that it has the feeling of being undiscovered. Cripple Creek is best known as a historic
mining and gambling town. But besides the fun and entertainment of its nine modern casinos,
Cripple Creek offers diverse activities for all ages. You can satisfy your lust for adventure
with white water rafting, river tubing, rock-climbing, mountain biking and off-road racing or explore
the Trails of Gold network of hiking and biking trails through historic sites in the gold
camp. No visit would be complete without probing
the depths of the gold mine or taking a scenic ride on the Cripple Creek Railroad. Just outside the towns of Grand Junction and
nearby Fruita is the Colorado National Monument. A scenic road snakes its way through some
outstanding scenery. This is not typical mountain scenery, but a landscape of huge rock spires,
cliff walls, canyons, and desert-like surroundings with small trees and scrubby bushes. Most
people drive through the monument along Rim Rock Drive. A number of day hikes access some
scenic areas of the monument, most of which involve moderate elevation changes that range
from approximately 300 feet to more than 1,000 feet.

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11 Replies to “The Best Places to Visit in Colorado, USA”

  1. Black Canyon of the Gunnison exposes you to some of the steepest cliffs, oldest rock, and craggiest spires in North America.

  2. I would go to google images section to see the images.This is youtube.Post videos please.Thumb down was from me :D.Your welcome.

  3. OMG! GORGEOUS!!!🏞️⛰️💚🇺🇸 I WANT to go to Colorado it's a chomping at the bit desire to do so I've never been there.. Also I had no idea there are places there that look like the Grand Canyon I'm from Arizona and I could kick myself for not taking a tour of Colorado.. 😮 it's like Heaven on Earth..

  4. Come to Trinidad. First and last city coming North or South on I- 25. Take hiway 12 west to see beautiful views and mountain lakes. Lots of wildlife, camping and fishing. Cordova Pass is gorgeous!!!!

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