If you’re like me and love the outdoor life, you’re to have Colorado on your USA bucket list!
Home to the spectacular Rockies, world class skiing and stunning river canyons, there is enough to do here to keep even the most ardent outdoor enthusiast busy, so I couldn’t wait to pull on my hiking shoes and explore this beautiful state. I discovered a wealth of activities and attractions to keep both adventure seekers and those in search of more relaxing pastimes satisfied, so here are some of the best that Colorado has to offer.
Colorado is best known for its 25 ski resorts offering downhill and cross-country skiing for experts and beginners alike, however there are plenty of other thrilling winter sports to enjoy too. From snowboarding and snowmobiling to ice skating and dog sledding, there are activities to encourage everyone out onto the slopes. I particularly enjoyed the Apres Ski, and there are plenty of food and drink options to choose from at the cosy restaurants and bars that nestle around the state’s popular Nordic centres.
Where To Stay
Colorado has a heap of options when it comes to choosing accommodation. Whether you prefer the luxury of one of the hot springs resorts, the cosmopolitan experience of an upmarket city centre hotel or a traditional mountain cabin, you are spoiled for choice here. For those who value independence and enjoy plenty of living space, there are plenty of incredible Colorado vacation rentals on offer, while those who want to sleep under the stars will love camping in one of the state parks.
Keen horse riders will love the experience of an authentic Colorado Dude Ranch. One of the best ways to take time out from the busy modern world and truly unwind in the splendour of nature, dude ranching is the ideal way to escape to the mountains and create enduring memories. I relished the opportunity to try my hand at the inclusive activities such as fishing, white water rafting and rock climbing and then returning to the rustic ranch to relax in an atmosphere of historic charm.
I found that one of the best ways to explore Colorado’s spectacular landscapes is by mountain bike, although taking a scenic drive through the state’s 42 state parks is just as impressive. From unwinding on the beach in the clean Rocky Mountain air of Steamboat Lake to trekking the winding trails of Castlewood Canyon, and from kayaking in the Arkansas Headwaters to a quiet picnic on the prairies at Cherry Creek, Colorado’s natural environment is hard to beat for its beauty and variety.
I thought that I had better investigate some of the state’s more leisurely pursuits, and I was delighted to discover some amazing relaxing attractions. The Denver Zoo is a wonderful place to get up close to wildlife, while the One Hundred Gold Mine Tour in Silverton gives a glimpse into a mysterious underground world! The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad takes tourists back into the Old West from the comfort of a historic steam train while the Old Town Museum in Burlington represents a fantastic opportunity to learn more about a bygone era.