Must-See Places to Visit in Colorado
Experience the best of Colorado, from skiing to the world-famous Rocky Mountains to exploring many cities and towns or even appreciating its spectacular natural beauty, all of these are just waiting for you to conquer. Denver as its capital is said to be one of the world’s most stunning backyards because of its diverse offerings. The gateway to the amazing locations in the Mile High City. There’s never a bad time to visit this state with all these great things to do and see all year long. You can stay at one of these cabins in Colorado which will truly provide you the comfort and much-deserved break, away from the crowd thus offering a breathtaking view at every turn. Now is the perfect time to plan a trip.
Here’s a list of must-see places in Colorado:
- ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK
The most popular attraction in Colorado is the Rocky Mountains. There the presence of the famous Trail Ridge Road that crosses the park which forms the highest and continuous highway in North America. A tour of Rocky Mountains provides you the stunning beauty of the thundering waterfalls, peaceful lakes, massive peaks and rugged canyons. You can engage yourself in different activities in the area like biking, hiking, horseback riding, climbing, camping, fishing and witnessing wildlife.
Don’t miss the Bear Lake! It has a paved trail and it offers an opportunity to see beaver dams and even the high mountain basin lake.
- FLORISSANT FOSSIL BEDS NATIONAL MONUMENT
This captivating monument is a part of an ancient lakebed which existed 35 million years ago. Throughout the 6,000-acre Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, you’ll found out leaf, insect and seed fossils.
Don’t miss the Petrified Forest Walk. It is a one-mile trail which passes through the massive Redwood stumps. This is a historic excavation side as well as a geologic timeline exhibit.
- MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK
It is located in the high plateau country of southwestern Colorado. Mesa Verde National park is a World Heritage Site which contains some of the largest and best-preserved models of the Anasazi cliff dwellings. It was built more than 700 years ago.
Don’t miss the Cliff Palace. It is Mesa Verde’s largest cliff dwelling. It contains 150 rooms and 23 kivas or the round, sunken rooms of ceremonial importance. Approximately, it has a population of 100 people.
- HOVENWEEP NATIONAL MONUMENT
Hovenweep National Monument features the ruins of six prehistoric villages built between 1100 and 1300 AD. There are crumbling towers and pueblos among the cliff dwellings, all in beautiful southwestern canyon country.
It features the ruins of the six prehistoric villages that was built between 1100 and 1300 AD.
Don’t miss the largest collection of Puebloan structures. It can be found around the two-mile loop around Square Tower Group.
- BROWNS CANYON NATIONAL MONUMENT
Grand Canyon recently became a National Monument. It provides an avenue for exceptional recreational outdoor activities and a natural grandeur. Brown Canyons is also one of Colorado’s famous sections of whitewater.
Upon your visit here, don’t miss the Centennial State experience. It involves a rafting trip that ranges from half-day to whole day trips towards to Arkansas River. Colorado’s adventure is waiting for you!
- BENT’S OLD FORT NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
Let’s travel back in 1845 during the time that Bent’s was one of the significant stops along the Santa Fe Trail. Here, it tells what life used to be before especially during the days of the mountain men and are being conveyed using costumed interpreters. You can walk through the fort’s ramparts or even drop by the blacksmith shop, trapper’s quarters or the trading post.
- CURECANTI NATIONAL RECREATION AREA
Be sure to explore Colorado’s largest water area which is the Curecanti National Recreation Area. It is made up of three lakes namely Blue Mesa, Morrow Point and Crystal. All of these were created by the Gunnison River. You can try out numerous water sports activities here all summer long while appreciating the stunning landscape this place has to offer. Don’t miss the Morrow Point Boat Tours that pass through the upper Black Canyon but still within Curecanti.
- GREAT SAND DUNES NATIONAL PARK & PRESERVE
The Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve contains most of the highest inland sand dunes in the world. It is located in the eastern part of San Luis Valley. The height of the Great Sand Dunes reached 800 feet and the dunes here changes it colors throughout the day. With that, it resulted in a dramatic and spectacular landscape. What added more to this is the Sangre de Cristo Mountains as its backdrop. Go for a walk or climb and even ski the dunes.
Don’t miss the Medano Creek where you take a quick dip and relax while appreciating the view of the brilliant sand dunes all over the area.
- COOL MOUNTAIN TOWNS
Here at the Cool Mountain Towns, you can try out different activities like skiing, hiking, horseback riding, fishing and more. Be sure to visit the South Park City Museum which is noted as a living history after being restored to a 9-century mining town.
Salida is located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Salida is known as a historic downtown inclusive with bars and restaurant and shops. It’s just a step away from the Arkansas River. You can explore the area by biking or even enjoy hiking, rock climbing and many more other outdoor opportunities this place has prepared for everyone.
- CRESTED BUTTE
It is known as Colorado’s Last Ski Town as well as the Wildflower Capital of Colorado. Crested Butte has everything an outdoor enthusiast is looking for. From mountain biking, skiing, kayaking, fly-fishing, hiking and many more. Be sure to discover the Crested Butte Summit Trail.