Regions & Map
Home to RockyMountainNational Park, the Front Range holds a compelling landscape that to this day harbors wild corners, secret valleys and the endless possibility of blazing new trails. Whether you visit to catch a trout in RedFeathersLake, strike it rich in Central City or Black Hawk Casino, or come to see big horn rams butt heads in the fall; the Front Range has something for everyone. Nature frames the mountain towns of the Front Range. EstesPark serves as the national park’s lobby, GrandLake its breezy back porch. Idaho Springs, George-town and other lofty hamlets tuck themselves inconspicuously between ridges. Boulder, home of the University of Colorado, captures the essence of the region. Frames by foothills, the city boasts 33,000 acres of park and trails, as well as a philosophy of spiritual and environmental health. There’s plenty to do and see in town, including the always-lively Pearl Street Mall and the summer-long Colorado Music Festival. Additional dining and entertainment can be found in Fort Collins, the site of ColoradoStateUniversity, and Greeley, home of the University of Northern Colorado.
Boulder, Estes Park, Fort Collins, Central City & Black Hawk, Georgetown & Idaho Springs, Greeley
Rocky Mountain National Park, Chautauqua Park, Georgetown Loop Railroad, Central City Opera House, Argo Gold Mine
Biking, boating, brewery tours, camping, city tours, concert going, dining, rock climbing, gambling, golfing, heritage tours, hiking, hunting, four-wheeling, fishing, picnicking, rafting, ranching, shopping and spa and relaxation.
In this unpredictable terrain, the scenery greeting visitors is kaleidoscopic. Pristine silver lakes, hillsides covered in thick stands of aspen and pines and line after line of snow-capped mountains stretching across the horizon, a still-life of folded shapes. The ranges are never ending. Cross over one, and another comes instantly into view. Against these towering, formidable backdrops, hardy towns nestle in wooded valleys. Leadville, the highest city in America, seems to rest on a cloud. The CollegiatePeaks cluster around Buena Vista and the Sangre de Cristos soar over the sweeping Great Sand Dunes. Colorado Springs offers a touch of urban class beneath the eminent heights of Pikes Peak. In the SanLuisValley the land lies flat, as if to rest from the rolls and headstands it performs elsewhere. Here farmers raise crops in the rich soil and glistening streams snake through marshy meadows. At Royal Gorge the earth slips even lower, nose-diving a thousand feet to the Arkansas River. Rafters, kayakers and fishermen ply their skills here and on dozens of other pristine lakes and streams. With all the ups and downs in this region, a visitor has to be ready for anything. You never know what you’ll run into – but you can be pretty sure you’ll like what you find.
Alamosa, CanonCity, Cripple Creek, Colorado Springs, Leadville, Manitou Springs
Garden of the Gods, Olympic Training Centre, Great Sand Dunes NP, Pikes Peak, Royal Gorge Bridge
Biking, bird watching, camping, city tours, concert going, dining, rock climbing, gambling, golfing, heritage tours, hiking, hunting, four-wheeling, fishing, national and city parks, picnicking, rafting, ranching, shopping, spa and relaxation, historic trains and museums.
Southwest Colorado seems to put visitors under a spell. The area’s beauty amazes, transfixing the eye. Blue crags jut between grassy meadows and plunge down to roiling white rapids. Brush-stubbles mesas yawn open, creating impossibly deep stone canyons. Hot springs bubble up from sources unseen, steam flaring. Just after sunset, distant ridges turn soft and grey silhouetted against purple-pink skies. Ghost towns and abandoned mines litter the San Juan Mountains, while on the high flats of the Colorado Plateau, nameless ruins bear witness to an ancient civilization. MesaVerdeNational Park, HovenweepNational Monument and the Anasazi Heritage Centre make this area an archaeologist’s dream
Durango, Mesa Verde/Cortez, Telluride, Pagosa Springs, Gunnison/Crested Butte
Mesa Verde National Park, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Chimney Rock, The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Ute Tribal Park
Biking, camping, concert going, dining, rock climbing, gambling, golfing, heritage tours, hiking, hunting, four-wheeling, fishing, picnicking, rafting, ranching, shopping, spa and relaxation, historic trains, archaeological digs and museums.
From tasting wine in Colorado’s wine country to sipping a hot cocoa with views of snow-capped peaks, the North-west Region of the state is a place meant for savouring life’s finer things. Here, travellers will find an abundance of activities year-round. Nestled beneath the continental divide you’ll find some of the world’s most legendary resort towns, including Aspen, Breckenridge, Keystone and Winter Park; Vail, Beaver Creek and Steamboat Springs. These havens for powder hounds in winter become playgrounds for sun-seekers in summer, when the valleys overflow with waterfalls and blossom with wildflowers. The mighty Colorado River flows through this area, forming impressive canyons along the way. Glenwood Springs is famous for its thermal hot springs and rafting industry. An hour’s drive downstream, the thriving and scenic city of Grand Junction is home to more than 120,000, and its profile as a producer of fine wines is increasing with each year. Nearby are two major recreation attractions: the ColoradoNational Monument (which is home to spectacular rock formation and staggering vistas) and Grand Mesa (where lakes are scattered throughout pristine forest). For inspiration, relaxation or just a refresher course on how sweet life can be, the Northwest Region of Colorado is tailor-fit for an unforgettable vacation.
Aspen/Snowmass, Steamboat Springs, Vail, Grand Junction, Breckenridge, Glenwood Springs, Winter Park
Colorado National Monument, Colorado Wineries, Glenwood Hot Springs, Glenwood Caverns
Biking, bird watching, boating, camping, concert going, dining, rock climbing, golfing, heritage tours, hiking, hunting, four-wheeling, fishing, picnicking, rafting, ranching, shopping, spa and relaxation, wineries, historic trains, archaeological digs, museums and gold mine tours.
While throngs of gold-seekers paraded to and from Colorado’s hills, homesteaders quietly moved onto these prairies and built communities. The roots are still visible today. Old emigrant trails, antique buildings and abandoned settlements pepper the landscape. The Pony Express passed through, as did Kit Carson and Buffalo Bill. Residents love to celebrate and share their area’s history. Nearly every summer weekend contains a gunfight re-enacted, draft-horse pull, mountain man rendezvous, antique carriage parade, or heritage festival. Of course, it wouldn’t be Colorado without outdoor recreation. Sun-splashed lakes and reservoirs offer plenty of water sports, and hunters can find pheasants, antelope, deer, geese, ducks, quails and wild turkeys. But what makes Northeast Colorado special is its boundless generosity. The people are friendly, the town’s small and pretty, the pace unhurried. And when you look up and see the endless sky reaching to the horizon, you realize that it doesn’t take mountains to make a destination.
The Fort Morgan Museum, Pawnee Buttes National Grasslands, Burlington Old Town, Overland Trail Museum, Rainbow Arch Bridge, North Sterling State Park, Kit Carson Carousel
Biking, bird watching, camping, golfing, hunting, heritage tours, hiking, fishing, picnicking, ranching and museums.
Although history books usually begin with the 19th century gold rush to the central Rockies, the real cradle of Colorado is here, on the wind-swept plains of the Southeast. It was here in the 1540’s that the first gold-seekers arrived – Francisco Vasquez de Coronado and his band of conquistadores. And it was here in 1833 that the first American settlement was raised - Bents Old Fort. The Santa Fe Trail runs directly through this region. The two largest cities of Southeast Colorado, Trinidad and Pueblo, made their wealth on ranching, coal mining and commerce. Today the region possesses the dignity that comes with age. There’s no heritage of hurry here, no rush to riches at the foundation of the culture. Time is as plentiful as the prairie short grass. Visitors who overlook this quiet corner of the state are missing out on something special. In the vastness of its landscapes and the bottomless depth of its roots, Southeast Colorado conveys a sense of the eternal.
Pueblo, La Junta, Trinidad
Bent’s Old Fort, Historic Boggsville, Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Comanche National Grassland, Walsenburg Mining Museum.