When it comes to outdoor recreation and endless opportunities to explore our beautiful Earth, Colorado is truly one in a million. We love Colorado for its many hikes, fourteener peaks, ski resorts, fishing rivers, and just pure, untouched beauty, but for anyone that knows Colorado, that is just common knowledge. So for all you non-Coloradans out there, let us explain why we love Colorado and you should too.
- Home to the most fourteeners (mountains that peak at or over 14,000 feet) in the country, 58 to be exact, at all different skill levels.
- Boasts the world’s highest zip line at Royal Gorge Bridge & Park.
- Has the longest auto tunnel, the Dwight Eisenhower Memorial Tunnel between Clear Creek and Summit Counties.
- Houses the nation’s highest chairlift at Breckenridge Ski Resort.
- Has the nation’s highest wine bar at Telluride Ski Resort.
- Keystone Resort has the nation’s largest outdoor ice-skating rink.
- 75% of Colorado has an altitude of 10,000 feet or higher.
Top Ski Resorts: Colorado is home to some of the best ski resorts in the world, and with a high altitude and fluffy powder all ski season, it’s not hard to see why. From high-class resorts catering to travelers to classic, locally owned ski resorts, Colorado has a little something for everyone. Enjoy top-of-the-line terrain parks, speedy chairlifts, and diverse terrain covering each mountain. Check out some Colorado favorites:
- Beaver Creek
- Winter Park
- Steamboat Springs
- Arapahoe Basin
- Copper Mountain
- Crested Butte
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Best Hiking Trails: When Coloradans (and visitors for that matter) are not shredding the slopes in the off season, they are taking part in the next-best alternative: hiking and peak climbing. Even if you aren’t into the hardcore stuff like climbing fourteeners, there are still plenty of beginner hikes and nature walks to experience. Some of the best trails are listed below:
- Boulder County: Longs Peak, Northwest of Denver
- Canyon Loop Trail, near Boulder
- Arapahoe Pass to Lake Dorothy, near Nederland
- Lake County:Mount Elbert, near Leaderville
- Hikes around the Maroon Bells, near Snowmass
- Mount of the Holy Cross, in Eagle County
- Green Mountain Loops, near Boulder
- Booth Falls, in Vail
- Arapahoe Glacier, near Nederville
- Garden of the Gods, near Colorado Springs
Views to Leave You Breathless: Sure, each hiking trail in the Centennial State comes with spectacular views, but there are also some incredible views to be seen without the long hikes and hard work. Some of the more popular include:
- Watching the sun rise or set at Garden of the Gods near Colorado Springs
- Trail Ridge Road offers almost dizzying views Rocky Mountain National Park
- The Black Canyon of the Gunnison offers views down into the steepest and most narrow canyons near Montrose
- Colorado National Monument offers the best views of red rock canyons and sandstone monoliths.
- The San Juan Skyway goes through five mountain passes and is one of the most beautiful scenic passes in America.
There are dozens of more reasons to love Colorado, and those are just the beginning! The rest is up to you. So pack your bags, book lodging or pack the tent, and let your adventure begin. For help on planning the best Colorado vacation for you, don’t forget to consult with our Destination Experts!
The Mountain Reservations Team
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