With phenomenal sights and abundant natural wonders, Colorado is a wonderful place for travelers to participate in exciting outdoor adventures. Here are four of our favorite spots across the state to enjoy.
Surrounded on all four sides by nationally protected areas, Estes Park (pictured above) is an ideal outdoor location that boasts some of the best year-round activities in the state. Tour the mountains and try ice climbing, backcountry skiing, horseback riding, and hiking. Along the journey, make sure you don’t miss the rich wildlife that surrounds the mountain village.
Make sure to stop by Rocky Mountain National Park, one of the oldest parks in the U.S. at 100 years of age. Bring your dog and RV to the neighboring National Forest, where animals and vehicles are welcome on the park grounds.
Estes Park is also an excellent place to visit because the park is affordable, accessible, and peaceful. Travelers can make the most on a budget, and those who venture into town can easily book guided tours and locate any equipment they might need for such excursions. Estes Park also takes travelers less time to reach than most comparable Colorado mountain towns because it isn’t located on I-70. This helps keep the town from becoming overcrowded, even at otherwise peak times for the Colorado park season.
Climb staggering ice in Ouray— the “Switzerland of America.” Ouray provides travelers with superb mountain views and European ambiance. The town is known for being home to one of the world’s best ice climbing spots, along with the park, located in the natural Uncompahgre Gorge just outside the city limits.
Kirstin Graber, Marketing Coordinator for the Colorado Tourism Office, says Ouray Ice Park is an excellent place for beginners and experts alike. “Future ice climbers can learn for the first time from the San Juan Mountain Guides Ice Climbing Guide Programs, and experienced ice climbers can further their expertise in the sport by participating in local competitions.” The park also regularly hosts the Ouray Ice Festival, an event which showcases some of the world’s best climbing talent.
Ride the Soaring Treetop Adventures zipline in Durango for a serious thrill. Countless travelers, from ages 4 to 94, have taken flight from this zipline in Durango. The course has approximately 27 spans that embrace the Colorado wildereness. Vice President of Soaring Treetop Adventures, Dionne Beggrow, says that this experience is a “great way to visit [a] remote, old-growth mountain forest.”
“Since Soaring is so remote, guests arrive to the property via the historic Durango Train, offering two of Durango’s best attractions in one day.” The owners of Soaring went a step further and donated the Knight Sky train car to the railroad so that their guests would have easy access to the facility. While waiting their turn on the zip-line, travelers may also want to keep an eye out for celebrities as the likes of Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa have been known to vacation here with their families.
Visiting the Mile-High city? Take a trip just south of Denver to hit up Colorado Springs, highly-accessible and top-notch location for conquering Colorado’s best trails. “With hundreds of miles of developed trails and open space, it’s hard to narrow down the options.” says Chelsy Offutt, the Communications Director for Visit Colorado Springs. Go for a standard hike or a challenging— and thrilling— ride on a mountain bike.
Chelsy highly recommends a visit to Pike’s Peak. “Given the many ways one can navigate the peak; it’s a bit ironic that Zebulon Pike, for which the peak is named, said it would never be conquered.” Companies offer journeys to the peak via bus and guided walks back down the mountain. Travelers may also choose to hike to Barr Camp before summiting the mountain the following day. “Driving is always an option,” Chelsy reports, “as is the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the highest cog in the world.” No matter what travelers decide, it is clear there is always something happening in Colorado Springs.
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