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Southwest Colorado

With two spectacular national parks (Mesa Verde and Black Canyon of the Gunnison), a handful of scenic byways and more lakes and rivers than any other part of the state, the Southwest region is as wild as Colorado gets. 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 trickling streams and rivers that cut fantastic gorges, such as the 2,660-foot-deep Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Many of these waters are fishable, too, holding trophy-size trout and kokanee salmon. Moving south, the mountains mellow, and pine-forested ... Read more

Southeast Colorado

Imagining buffalo and plains Indians roaming the vast, beautiful grasslands in Colorado’s southeastern corner is easy — partly because much of the terrain looks like 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, a quickly disappearing environment in the U.S. The grassland and waterways are home to nearly 400 bird species. Throughout the year, more types of birds can be seen in this region than any other in North America. Each year, thousands of geese descend on the lakes near Lamar, and the John Martin Rese... Read more

South Central Colorado

South central Colorado is a land of dichotomies. Explain that the region is famous for encompassing 29 of the state’s 58 fourteeners (mountains 14,000 feet or higher), and you leave out the 125-mile, perfectly flat San Luis Valley. Say you rafted the raging Rio Grande River, and someone will ask, “Yes, but did you go to Great Sand Dunes National Park?” Who knew just one part of the state could be so diverse? In the east, Colorado Springs — the state’s second-largest city — is a jumping off point to explore flaming-red foothills, tiny Gold Rush-era mining towns and the nearby Royal Gorge, a dramatic crevasse spanned by North America’s highest suspension bridge. T... Read more

Northwest Colorado

Northwestern Colorado is a region in the northwest portion of Colorado. It borders Western Colorado, Northern Colorado, the north portion of Central Colorado, Southwestern Colorado, Utah, and the northwest state of Wyoming. This region is among the lower populated regions in Colorado. Up, up, up: That’s northwest Colorado’s mantra. Switch-backing mountain passes cross over the Continental Divide, where the air is thin and smells of pine needles. Eventually, these dramatic, evergreen-sided peaks surrender to the Western Slope’s scarlet rocks and high, sage-covered mesas. But in between the vastly different geographies lies a dense array of world-class ski resorts, gushin... Read more

Front Range Colorado

That Colorado's Front Range is the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park is reason enough to visit this enormously picturesque region. The 415-square-mile natural wonderland outside Estes Park offers majestic peaks, forests, meadows, tundra and opaline ponds ­along with a legendary scenic byway and epic wildlife viewing. Nearby, the Peak to Peak Highway offers a jumping-off point to explore alpine lakes and funky towns such as Nederland and Ward. College towns such as Boulder and Fort Collins sidle up to the foothills ­— where hiking is a typical Saturday activity and where cycling to and from destinations is the norm. The Front Range is also home to the western tip of... Read more

Denver Area

The Mile High City — is where urban sophistication meets outdoor adventure. Denver is an outdoor city known for its world-class cultural attractions, thriving craft breweries, chef-driven dining and red-hot music scene, all within easy reach of the Rocky Mountains. Situated in the South Platte River Valley, this modern city draws openness from the Great Plains to the east and features spectacular Rocky Mountain views to the west. Residents of this mile-high landscape (Denver is exactly 5,280 feet above sea level, or one mile high; 1.6 km for our metric friends) are noted for their sunny dispositions and can-do attitudes. Easy Access & Walkability Getting to Denver is... Read more

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