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The Complete Colorado Travel Guide


No matter which part of the world you stay in, make at least one vacation trip to Colorado, if not more, in order to feel and experience something quite out of the ordinary. This is the one special holiday spot where you can spend time marvelling at the exotic wildlife, find peace and solace in the mountains, or just try and discover the diverse culture and the rich history of the region. Our Colorado Travel Guide is a crash course on understanding and exploring this state of mountains, rivers, and adventure.

At almost every corner of Colorado, there are unique vistas and stunning private cabins in Colorado to be explored. There is no way one can experience the whole of the state in one trip, so a content of the best possible way to see Colorado and not to miss out on the special things is highlighted here.

Getting there

uColorado is on the airline map of the rest of the US as well as other major international destinations. With excellent air connectivity and a strong network of highways, trains and buses, getting in and out of Colorado is a breeze. The Denver International Airport and the Colorado Springs Airport serve the two largest cities of the state, and offer easy accessibility to the famous mountain resorts. The five other regional airports together cover all the important cities and tourist spots of Colorado.

Colorado Travel Guide

Colorado Travel Guide: The Must-Dos

Browns Canyon Monument

There is nothing better to awaken the senses than a hike through rugged terrain, untamed wilderness or a peaceful outing in a valley full of flowers. Have an adrenaline rush boating in the rapids of Browns Canyon Monument.

McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area

More than 75,000 acres of natural wonder can be found at Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness. This place houses the second largest concentration of natural arches in the United States of America and Canada combined. The best time to visit this place is early morning or late afternoon when the sun adds another layer of magic to the hundreds of red arches around.

Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde, literally means green table in Spanish, gifts us a glimpse of the lives of the locals of Ancestral Pueblo from AD600 to 1300. Mesa Verde has 5000 known archaeological sites, including the dangerous 6000 cliff housings.

Mount Zirkel Wilderness Park

With a total of 160,306 acres, Mount Zirkel Wilderness Park is a haven for wildlife and nature lovers. If you spend some time here, it is guaranteed you can see some mystical animals like elks and moose.

Comanche National Grassland

Located in southern Colorado, Comanche National Grassland is the place to follow the 150-million years-old footprints Brontosaurs and Allosaurs. The canyons and the dinosaur tracks can be accessed through hiking, biking, or horseback-riding.

Great Dunes National Park and Reserve

To have a creek in the middle of a desert-looking place makes Great Dunes National Park and Reserve a unique Colorado destination. After taking all those instagrammable photos with the dunes, you can take a dip in Medano Creek, located at the foot of the wondrous dunes.

Glenwood Springs

Hearing the name Glenwood Springs makes you think of the huge Glenwood Hot Springs Pool. Imagine dipping your tired body in welcoming warm water. It’s an instant cure for your sore muscles after a day of hiking around the Hanging Lake Trail or enjoying Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.


Understanding Colorado

Here are list of things and places, which every newcomer to Colorado should get the hang off, to feel at home in this Centennial State.

1) Four Corners

The single point in the state where the borders of the four states of New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona come together.

2) Western Slope

Located on the western side of the Continental Divide, the place is home to the Grand Mesa, the biggest flattop mountain in the world.

3) The Divide

This ridge runs along the Rocky Mountain crest from north to south. Also referred to as the Continental Divide, because it divides the river flow to the Pacific Ocean in the west and the Gulf of Mexico in the east.

colorado travel guide 4) Fourteener

This is the name given to the 58 peaks that rise more than 14000 feet above sea level.

5) Centennial State

Since Colorado was inducted to the union in 1876, it also marked the centennial anniversary of the American Independence, hence the given name.

6) Front Range

Home to the cities of Denver, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Boulder and Pueblo, this is point where the Rockies gradually make their descent to the plains.

Hotel and lodging

The range of accommodation in Colorado ranges from the rustic to the elite. With mountain resorts, B&B lodges or a guesthouse in the city, the state caters to all categories of tourists. Hotels like the Peak to Peak lodge and the Park Hyatt Beaver Resort and Spa need no introduction.

Eating out

Irrespective of where you are in Colorado, there will be no dearth of eating options. Denver has a fine range of restaurants, which offer South American and Asian food. The ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro offers a treat of culinary magic that will make you drool for more.

You can dance to the throb of Brazilian beats at Cafe Brazil, and try out the 100 different varieties of rum, washed down with excellently prepared sea food. The dining scene at Aurora, boasts of great German, Indian and Thai cuisine. The Monsoon provides authentic Indian and Pakistani food, while the Cedar Creek Pub, an American gastro outlet that serves hearty homemade fare.


Colorado, especially Denver, boasts of a robust nightlife scene. Local and international artists play almost every night in the vast number of bars and clubs. The happening spots of LoDo and Larimer Square are places where you can really let your hair down. The pulsating dance floors of Colfax Nightlife District are some of the places to enjoy.

Street Art

The street art scene in Colorado has been active for years on end, by enlivening up the alleyways and walls of the cities. The cutting edge art district attracts thousands of people to admire the galleries.

The Denver street artists paint hundreds o
f thought provoking murals and graffiti each summer to surprise you in the neighbourhoods of the city. The three must see places are Reverberations, Larimer Boy and Girl and 2668 Walnut St.

You cannot have the rights to brag about a Colorado vacation until you have experienced all the top places there. The national parks and monuments bear a great testimony to the history and culture of an area that was once inhabited by only dinosaurs. Colorado is truly an unbeatable place to visit, one that inspires the soul of the visitor with its breathtaking landscape and incomparable natural splendor.

So, have you been to Colorado? Tell me about your adventures in this top destination.

Jona of Backpacking with a Book

Hi there, I’m Jona, originally from Cebu, Philippines, had live in Hanoi, Vietnam, and now currently based in Munich, Germany. This blog used to house thoughts on life and books, but eventually it morphed into a travel blog. For collaborations, projects, and other things, please email me at backpackingwithabook@gmail.com. For essays, creative nonfiction, and others, find me elsewhere.

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