Exploring the Centennial State: 5 Amazing Sites to Visit in Colorado

Exploring the Centennial State: 5 Amazing Sites to Visit in Colorado

If you want to explore the country's natural beauty, there's no better destination than Colorado.

Whether you're planning a visit to the Centennial State or planning on living there, don't miss these five amazing places during your stay.

 

5 Amazing Sites to Visit in Colorado

1. Rocky Mountain National Park

With breathtaking mountains, dense forest, gorgeous lakes, and an incredible variety of wildlife such as deer and elk, it's no wonder that Rocky Mountain is one of the U.S.'s most popular national parks. Take a drive on the Trail Ridge Road, with an altitude of up to 12,000 feet, or explore the park via the many miles of hiking trails. Visitors can choose to camp or stay in the nearby town of Estes Park.

 

2. Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Located in Gunnison National Park in southwestern Colorado, this notable gorge is 2,700 feet deep and can be viewed from several scenic overlooks on South Rim Road. This road is also the starting point for the Cedar Point Nature Trail, where you can not only explore the native plants of the park but also view the Painted Wall, Colorado's tallest cliff at 2,250 feet high.

 

3. The Maroon Bells

This iconic natural landmark near Aspen is a favorite of tourists and photographers alike, an ideal day trip for those visiting the area to ski. According to the Colorado Tourism Office, access to these 14,000-foot twin purple peaks varies based on time of year, so find out whether you are allowed to drive or must take a bus before you plan your trip. You'll be rewarded with several hiking trails that allow you to explore this magnificent vista.

 

4. Mesa Verde National Park

Appealing to nature lovers and history buffs alike, Mesa Verde National Park includes well-preserved ruins of an ancient cliff dwelling known as Cliff Palace. Guided tours allow visitors to climb a ladder directly into the ruins, which were inhabited by the Pueblo from about 600 to 1300 AD. You can also independently explore trails that feature petroglyphs and other incredible artifacts. The park is about a 45-minute drive from the towns of Cortez and Mancos.

 

5. Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater

Fifteen miles west of Denver, this open-air amphitheater was actually formed over hundreds of years from two massive sandstone monoliths that provide an acoustically perfect atmosphere. Not only can visitors catch concerts from some of the world's biggest bands, they can also explore the numerous hiking and biking trails throughout Red Rocks.

 

With so much natural beauty to soak in, there's no time to waste. Colorado is the ideal destination in any of the four seasons for traveler and resident alike.