Welcome to Colorado
From family attractions to national parks and outdoor adventure, Colorado is a wonderland of attractions for the RVer in each of several travel regions.
Here are some of the highlights:
Denver was a 1850s Colorado boomtown for prospectors who struck silver and gold in the Rocky Mountains. This heritage lives on in the Lower Downtown's warehouse district and in the turn-of-the-century mansions of Capitol Hill. The golden-domed Colorado State Capitol is a prominent feature in Denver's skyline. The Neoclassical building sits at the eastern end of Denver's Civic Center Park. Denver's amenities include art museums, a performing arts complex, and major league professional sports teams.
Explore the 1889 Victorian home of Titanic survivor Molly Brown. Tour guests experience the profound changes she witnessed in her lifetime and hear about her role in shaping America.
Housed in a historic 1930's-era former Air Force hangar, Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum maintains a large collection of aircraft and space vehicles.
Switch-back mountain passes cross over the Continental Divide. Attractions include ski resorts, sandstone canyons, stunning cliffs, lakes, and hot springs.
Shaded by the majestic beauty of red rock cliffs and mesas surrounding Grand Junction the Grand Valley is home to more than 20 wineries. Nearby the Colorado National Monument preserves towering monoliths, red rock expanses, deep canyons, and sandstone towers.
Dinosaur National Monument is a fossil-filled park that is like taking a step back into the Jurassic era.
The jagged San Juan Mountains form the region's backbone and are a haven for outdoor adventure. Fluffy snow provides world-famous skiing at Crested Butte, Telluride, Durango, and Silverton before melting into streams and rivers that cut fantastic gorges, such as the 2,660-foot-deep Black Canyon of the Gunnison. The San Juan Skyway is one of the most scenic drives in America, spanning elevations from 6,200 feet near Cortez to 11,008 feet at Red Mountain Pass. The bluffs and plateaus in the Four Corners area are home to 10,000-year-old hot springs, formed by snowmelt that pools in an underground aquifer, heats up, and simmers to the surface.
Mesa Verde National Park offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people. Today the park protects nearly 5,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. Canyons of the Ancients National Monument features more than 6000 recorded archaeological sites.
Rocky Mountain National Park is reason enough to visit this picturesque region. This popular park offers majestic peaks, forests, meadows, tundra, and opaline ponds -along with a scenic byway and wildlife viewing. Elevations range from 8,000 feet in the grassy valleys to 14,259 feet at the top of Longs Peak. Nearby, the Peak to Peak Highway offers a jumping-off point to explore alpine lakes and towns such as Nederland and Ward. The Front Range is also home to the western tip of the Great Plains, as well as to St. Mary's Glacier, the southernmost glacier in the United States. You can hop an old railroad in Georgetown or touch the state's ceiling at the top of 14,240-foot Mount Evans.
Northeastern Colorado is Great Plains territory, and much of the state's history was played out in these golden fields. Pioneers flocked to the frontier by the thousands, traveling in covered wagons. The natural history is preserved in Pawnee National Grassland where it's possible to see pronghorn, fox, and birds of prey near the 300-foot-tall Pawnee Buttes.
Much of the terrain looks as it did when the first traders, trappers, and pioneers settled here in the mid-1800s. Unblemished plains still exist at the Comanche National Grassland, which features more than 400,000 acres of short-grass prairie. History buffs will appreciate a drive along the Santa Fe Trail, which passes through Colorado near Trinidad.
The 125-mile flat San Luis Valley is a land of dichotomies encompassing 29 of the state's 54 fourteeners (mountains 14,000 feet or higher). Silver and gold deposits made 1850s prospectors in Leadville, the country's highest-altitude city, rich.
Petrified redwood stumps and thousands of detailed fossils of insects and plants are revealed at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. The tallest dunes in North America are the centerpiece at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.
Colorado Springs is home to Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, and the United States Air Force Academy. The city is also a jumping off point to explore flaming-red foothills, Gold Rush era mining towns, and the Royal Gorge, a dramatic crevasse spanned by North America's highest suspension bridge.
In the historic mining town of Cripple Creek ride the Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad steam locomotive into the historic mining district.