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15 Best Places to Visit in Colorado

15 Best Places to Visit in Colorado

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Want to find the best places to visit in Colorado? Here’s an updated guide for 2020 with interesting and beautiful destinations to include on your Colorado Itinerary. 

Named after the major river of North America, Colorado state is a destination to put your soul on fire with its magnificence. With so many unique landscapes of mountains, canyons, rolling hills, rivers, charming cities, and towns, natural and manmade wonders, it’s hard to believe none of them is in the list of the 7 Wonders of the World.

Otherworldly and postcard-perfect landscapes of Colorado are something to see to be believed. Scenic hikes into the mountains or even simple drives through the highways of the state are perfect ways to soak up some composure and enjoy the unique vibe of Colorado. 

Being the eighth largest state in the US by size, Colorado is loaded with places to explore and admire endlessly.

Colorado National Monument 

Colorado National Monument is known to be one of the wildly impressive attractions of the state. Located in further southwest on the Colorado Plateau, it’s a 32 square mile park with sheer-walled canyons, sandstone cliffs, monoliths, and colorful geological formations.

The area is beloved by tourists for hiking, camping, biking, bird watching, climbing, and sightseeing. The monument encompasses six canyons, each with its own extraordinary cliffs and sandstone monoliths.

It’s a true geological wonderland and desert land, where visitors can also meet some species of wildlife such as mule deer, bobcats, desert bighorns, foxes, and other mammals.

Colorado National Monument 

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Maroon Bells

Although Maroon Bells is famous for being the most photographed place in Colorado, it is hard to transfer all the breathtaking beauty of this panorama by photos.

Two mountaintops in the Elk Mountains – Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak and a reflective lake, that transform the view with seasons,  have been an inspiration for thousands of travelers a year from all around the world.

Located near Aspen, CO, it’s a hypnotizing area full of flower fields and brilliantly colored nature. The beautiful area of Maroon Bells is also the place of a popular 11-mile hike to Crested Butte.

It is quite crowded in summer and fall, but winter at Maroon Bells will land you in peaceful solitude and remoteness. Nonetheless, it’s one of the most beautiful places to visit in Colorado no matter what time of the year you go.

Maroon Bells

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Mesa Verde National Park

Being known as a place of mystery and beauty, Mesa Verde National Park is the largest archeological heritage site in the US, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It protects almost 5,000 archaeological sites. Mesa Verde offers tourists to go back in the past and look into the lives in villages of Ancestral Pueblo people, one of America’s oldest cultures that lived between 700 and 1,400 years ago.

Mesa Verde artifacts tell the story of ancient people who hunted, gathered, made pottery and had religious ceremonies around astronomical observations. In the Mesa Verde National Park’s campgrounds, you can spend a night or two in a dazzling canyon for a much deeper experience of the unspoiled beauty of the park.

Mesa Verde National Park (1)

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Garden of the Gods

The one of a kind Garden of the Gods park is located at the base of Pikes Peak, in Colorado Springs. The beauty of this place made surveyors think it was a “fit place for the Gods to assemble”.

It towers sandstone rock formations, which seem to come alive when you look at them. Activities like nature walk, hiking or biking make it a paradise for adventurers and always amaze them with the scenic views.

During the wintertime, it turns into an unreal wonderland and continues to keep hikers attracted despite the cold weather.

Garden of the Gods

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The Great Sand Dunes

Marvelous wind-shaped dunes, including the tallest sand dune in North America with a 750-foot summit, make up The Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado.

For a truly outstanding experience, it is worth camping in the dunes overnight, as the light pollution in the area is minimal and provides clear views of the stars. The brilliant view of Milky Way in the sky will amaze you so much, that it will definitely become a once in a lifetime experience.

The Great Sand Dunes are also a great place for sandboarding. Down the Medano Creek mountain snowmelts form a natural beach, where swimming and sandcastle building can be alternative activities during the afternoon heat. 

Great Sand Dunes National Park

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Without any exaggeration, in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park you can experience some of the most spectacular views and outdoor activities on the planet.

Hikers of every level are welcomed here to admire the views of ceremonious mountains, generous wildlife, and the beautiful array of tundra nature. It is simply hypnotizing when you stare at the reflection of surrounding mountain peaks in the National Park’s Nymph Lake. 

Rocky Mountain National Park

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Hanging Lake

Located in Glenwood Canyon of the White River National Forest, Hanging Lake is one of Colorado’s awe-inspiring treasures. It got its name from the cliffside location where water flows into the lake over Bridal Veil Falls.

The light play and the water spray make up a hypnotic view and give a stunning panorama of the surrounding waterfalls cascading down into the lake.

Here you can also explore a rarest and largest examples of hanging garden plants, schools of trout fish that gather in the lake’s clear waters. Because the nature of this lake is very fragile, fishing and swimming are prohibited here.   

Hanging Lake

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Dinosaur National Monument 

Yes, dinosaurs really once roamed here, and their remains can still be found ingrained in the rock formations. In the area of Dinosaur National Monument, you can see dinosaur fossils and about 1,500 bones, which provide a geological proof of earth history covering billions of years.

The preserved archetypes here are an important history and give mankind an opportunity for recreation. It’s a great place to visit in Colorado to learn more about the dinosaurs. 

Dinosaur National Monument 

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Being quite different from America’s westers national parks, the canyon got its name “black” because of the limited amount of sunlight being able to penetrate into its depths.

And because of that, the canyon is almost always in the shadow, which results in the rock to appear black. The park contains 12 miles of Gunnison River and it is the deepest and most impressive section of the canyon.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

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Lone Eagle Peak

Lone Eagle Peak is one of Colorado’s fascinating mountains. You can find Crater Lake bundled in 3641 meters high mountain cirque, which offers amazing reflecting views of the peak. This is one of the most admired views in the Indian Peaks Wilderness.

Lone Eagle Peak

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Mount Evans Recreation Area 

Mount Evans Recreation Area offers very beautiful views of inspiring mountain environment, including Mount Evans at an altitude of 14,130 feet above sea level, that can be accessed via the highest paved road in North America!

Here you can observe the oldest living organisms on earth, alpine lakes, and valleys. A path through scenic byway will take your breath away in more than one way!

Mount Evans Recreation Area 

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Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway

The historic steam railroad that has been continuously operating between Durango and Silverton since 1882 keeps the history of miners, frontiersmen and cowboys journeyed 140 years ago!

Does this sound like an interesting experience of taking you back in time? It definitely is. The Railway train takes passengers to once in a lifetime journey through the beautiful wilderness scenery and mountainous areas of Colorado.

Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway

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“Pah Gosah” Hot Springs in Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs welcomes visitors to the world’s deepest known geothermal hot spring. The term “Pah Gosah” is translated as “healing water” and refers to its remarkably high mineral content with nothing else added. 

This is believed to give the hot water valuable therapeutic benefits. It’s one of the best places to visit in Colorado for relaxing, unwinding the soul and getting soothing health benefits at the same time. 

“Pah Gosah” Hot Springs in Pagosa Springs

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Telluride

Besides being a historic mining town and National Historic Landmark District, Telluride is also known for its undeniably beautiful scenes, European-style architecture, world-class alpine skiing spots and jaw-dropping views of the surrounding mountain peaks.

Telluride has been continually ranked as the number one ski resort in North America. However, it is also full of endless activities and events during the summertime.

Telluride

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Vail

A small charming town in the base of the largest Vail Mountain in Colorado is a perfect getaway destination both during summertime and wintertime. It hosts numerous cultural events and festivals every year, which makes Vail a special place year-round.

With its cozy and friendly small-town feel, unique vibe, finest resorts, and breathtaking mountain views it attracts thousands of visitors every year. 

Vail

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