Vacation Spots in Colorado

Vacation Spots in Colorado Idea #1:

For an active, outdoor vacation idea, Crested Butte Mountain Guides offers hiking and climbing tours of the Colorado back country. They will guide you into the Elk Mountains for back country skiing, snowboarding, hut trips or ice climbing at the Ouray Ice Park.

In the summer you can get into some mountain biking, hiking, and rock climbing or backpacking. They have experienced certified guides that will make sure that you have an exciting and safe adventure vacation in the heart of the Rockies.

Vacation Spots in Colorado Idea #2:

Pikes Peak, in Colorado, is the most visited mountain in North America and the second most visited mountain in the world behind Japan's Mount Fuj.

One way to enjoy this national treasure is on a bike and you can do it with the help of Pikes Peak Mountain Bike Tours. They shuttle you up to start out at the summit and then your professional guide will take you on an exciting bike ride down 7,000 feet on mountain trails.

If you prefer walking, you may want to join the 15,000 or so yearly visitors who hike the 13-mile trail that begins at the base of Pikes Peak in Manitou Springs. In August the Pikes Peak Marathon draws runners from all over the world.

Vacation Spots in Colorado Idea #3:

For something really different you can visit The Colorado Territorial Prison Museum located in Canon City. Colorado's first territorial prison was built in here in 1871 and Fremont County has nine state and four federal prisons making it the "Corrections Capital" of the state.

The museum is a former state women's prison building and is dedicated to preserving the history and explaining the evolution of western prisons. There are weapons, uniforms, escape paraphernalia and photos of notorious inmates along with the old gray mare, a whipping horse used to punish prisoners, and a replica of the lethal injection table.

Vacation Spots in Colorado Idea #4:

One of the more popular vacation spots in Colorado is Durango, a historic mining town in southwest Colorado's Four Corners region.

Nearby is the San Juan National Forest making Durango a great base to use for some hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and other outdoor adventure activities.

San Juan National Forest has McPhee Reservoir for boating and fishing. The McPhee Campground has a boat marina, a panoramic view overlook and a mountain bike route. The town of Durango has a nice Victorian downtown area with arts and crasft shops.

You can hop on the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Guage Railroad for a scenic train ride along a route that used to haul silver & gold ore. Some of the other things to do nearby Durango is Durango Mountain Resort for skiing, the Animas River for rafting and Ute Mountain Tribal Park for guided archeological tours.

Vacation Spots in Colorado Idea #5:

Colorado is a very popular place for taking a hiking vacation. With Outdoor River Specialists ( O.A.R.S. ). You can satisfy your desire to be an archeologist while at the same time enjoying the fantastic hiking opportunities of Colorado.

On a Hiking and Archaeology Tour you will accompany expert guides and archaeologists as they explore ancient Native American sites in places like Mesa Verde National Park, Chaco Canyon, Canyonlands National Park.

You will hike pristine canyons to remote archaeological sites, float the San Juan River and explore the seldom seen archaeological wonders of Chaco Canyon. O.A.R.S. has been doing this since 1969 and has one of the best archeology and adventure vacations available anywhere.

Reader Comment - Our last vacation was to the Grand Canyon. Our time there was wonderful. I think the park service does a wonderful job presenting this spectacular scenery. My husband and I have 3 school aged children. The walking trails offer safe views and the trolley system allows visitors to get in the most sights as possible in just one day.

The restaurants and shops are reasonable. The staff was extremely friendly. The maps and other informational billboards were very helpful and interesting. The Grand Canyon is a gem and a family vacation we will never forget.

Vacation Spots in Colorado Idea #6:

By Rod from Colorado - One of the most beautiful areas in Colorado is the Royal Gorge area in Canon City, Colorado. It ranks as one of the most scenic areas in the state with lots of attractions, and recreational activities to keep you busy for as long as you would like to stay. We are South about a two hour drive from Denver, or an hour's drive from Colorado Springs.

The Royal Gorge area was first named the Grand Canyon of Colorado for its 1,000 foot granite walls, with the Arkansas River running through. It became a popular tourist area even in the late 1800's. The Royal Gorge Bridge & Park, the home of the world's highest bridge is an awesome place to go.

Not only is the scenery flanked by mountains, they also offer the Incline Railway to the bottom of the gorge, and an Aerial Tram to take you across the gorge. The extreme height here is a real kick. Whitewater Rafting on the Arkansas River, and taking the Royal Gorge Route train, offering dinner trains are very popular.

The frontier town attraction called Buckskin Joe's, The Dinosaur Depot, The Holy Cross Abbey Winery, camping, hiking (especially through the dinosaur fossil areas), fly fishing, four wheeling, and horseback are just some of the fun things to do.

If you like shopping, and historic downtowns, Canon City offers the Dinosaur Depot, the Prison Museum, the Royal Gorge Regional History Museum and the Fremont Center for the Arts.

The town of Florence, (right next door) has been named the Antique Capital of Colorado. Both downtown areas offer a variety of local eateries from gourmet French and Italian to down home pizza.

The Canon City has several events during the year, the most popular one being Blossom Weekend, always the first weekend in May, with the Royal Gorge Rodeo, and the Blossom Day Parade complete with street vendors, craft fairs, and entertainment in the Veteran's Park.

You are about an hour's drive away—through the gorgeous Rocky Mountain scenery to Cripple Creek, Colorado, an historic mining town, where you can gamble. The drive during the "turning of the colors" of the Aspens in September is absolutely stunning.

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