Colorado is situated in the Southern Rocky Mountains. The state boasts of rivers, mountains, gorges, and other natural marvels. Denver, a metropolis, is the capital and most populous city. The state has more than a hundred mountain tops, including the peak of Mount Elbert, which at 4,401 m is the highest point in the state as well as the entire Rocky Mountains. Despite this, almost half of Colorado is a flat and rolling plain. Most of the Coloradan population lives along the eastern edge of the Rockies. The state has the most extreme climate, and thunderstorms are common occurrences. These variations in climate and an overall natural bliss make it a tourist's paradise.
The north, east, west, south, and the central regions provide various national parks, historic sites, adventurous experiences, and friendly people, along with the overall scenic beauty of this state. Let's get to know some of the exciting stuff that you can do here.
Colorado National Monument
It is popularly known as 'the monument' and is situated near the semi-desert part of the city of Grand Junction. There is a richness of wildlife here, and it forms the base camp for various adventure sports including road biking, horseback riding, and hiking. The view from the Rim Rock Drive is just astonishing. The rock formations such as Monument Canyon, Coke Ovens, Kissing Couple, Independence Monument are huge tourist attractions. The world's largest flat-top mountain, 'Grand Mesa' is also situated nearby. Several sites from the park have been named in the National Register of Historic Places.
Mesa Verde National Park
This is a Spanish term meaning 'green table', because of the dense forests of juniper and pinyon pines. Mesa Verde has been converted into a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1978. Located in the Montezuma county, it is near the 'four corners' (a region formed by the four states of the US namely Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona). There are some mind-blowing cliff dwellings as well as ruins of the villages of the 'Anasazis' (the ancient Pueblo peoples) who lived there during the 13th century.
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
It is situated in Teller County in the western region of the Pikes Peak, which is a national historic landmark. This place is noted for the remains of prehistoric life in fossil form that are preserved in the 'Florissant formation' from the Eocene age. Thousands of living species were destroyed about 35 million years ago, due to an enormous volcanic eruption. Those living things are still present there in the form of fossils. The Petrified Forest is one of the main attractions at the monument.
Summit County Expeditions
There are three erstwhile mountain towns in the region of Summit County. A small trip to these townsites will provide you with beautiful sights, some fishing, and a lot of shopping as well. Frisco is in the center of the county. It is both quiet and cheerful at the same time. The White River National Forest makes this town even more tranquil. Dillon is another town with one of the most amazing lakes of the state known as Lake Dillon. It provides you with a great vacation spot anytime of the year along with Silverthorne, which is better known as the 'gateway of the Summit County'. There are numerous ski resorts here; however, shopping is the foremost reason for the rise in tourist numbers in this town.
It is a bustling mountain, best known for its world-class skiing schools and exceptional quality of snow. It is also a famous resort master-planned as the perfect accommodation for the skiers. It is also known for the friendly western hospitality and the charm of the mountain villages. The resort has hosted many global skiing championships. So, if you are a skiing enthusiast, this place has to be on your itinerary!
Dinosaur National Monument
It is situated on the south eastern wing of the Uinta Mountains near the confluence of the Yampa and Green rivers. The park is a preservation site of the fossils of various sauropod dinosaurs. The rocks that enclose the fossils are a sandstone and conglomerate bed of alluvial deposits, known as the 'Morrison Formation.' The Dinosaur Quarry building is where the 'dinosaur wall' is located, though the initial rocky layer is removed for its exhibition.
Colorado is mainly famous for its parks and historical treasures. There is much more to see, like the historic trails of the Pony Express and the Old Spanish Trail, national parks like the Rocky Mountain National Park, the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, etc. Adventure sports like mountaineering and rock climbing, ski resorts, and the panorama of various mountains, glaciers, and lakes make this place absolutely breathtaking and one that is a must-see.