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Colorado Trip Ideas

The articles below offer great vacation ideas and things to do in Colorado. Use the Category drop-down menu to sort the articles by topics you're interested in. Get started planning your amazing Colorado vacation today!

  • Colorado Scenic Byway: Guanella Pass & Mount Bierstadt

    The Guanella Pass Scenic Byway is a great introduction to Colorado's Rocky Mountains. Climbing to timberline, the byway takes in views of 14,060-foot Mount Bierstadt and the alpine tundra before descending into cool groves of aspen and pine, as...

  • Colorado Scenic Byway: Alpine Loop

    Colorado's Alpine Loop Scenic and Historic Byway has a narrow window in which it's snow-free (June to September). But it's worth the wait — the 65-mile scenic drive travels through a surreal landscape of treeless tundra and mountains seemingly...

  • Colorado Scenic Byway: Trail of the Ancients & Mesa Verde National Park

    Colorado's Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway travels between two remote national monuments and Mesa Verde National Park. This National Scenic Byway near Cortez and Dolores takes you through the heart of the  landscape and unique history of the...

  • Colorado Scenic Byway: Top of the Rockies & Leadville

    Scenery reaches new heights on the Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway in Colorado — Mount Elbert and Mount Massive are the tallest and second tallest peaks in the state. Follow the beginnings of the Arkansas River, and be sure to stop by one of the...

  • Colorado Scenic Byway: Santa Fe Trail

    The Santa Fe Trail between Missouri and Santa Fe, in what was the Mexico, ran through the southeast corner of Colorado. This reliable route was traversed by a bevy of fortune-seeking individuals, including "Wild" Bill Hickok, frontiersman Kit...

  • Colorado Scenic Byway: Gold Belt Tour & Cripple Creek

    Settlers of this area that now encompasses Colorado's Gold Belt Tour Scenic Byway had written “Pikes Peak or Bust” on the side of their wagons — a sign of their optimism for gold and the desperation they felt after crossing America’s frontier. What...

  • Colorado Scenic Byway: Frontier Pathways

    The area covered by Colorado's Frontier Pathways Scenic Byway is heavily steeped in Colorado history. The land near Pueblo holds great importance to past inhabitants. Fur traders and trappers made a living in the Rocky Mountain foothills, Ute...

  • Colorado Scenic Byway: San Juan Skyway

    Traveling through the dazzling multihued San Juan Mountains and making stops at historic towns of great significance Colorado's San Juan Skyway Scenic and Historic Byway is often considered an essential journey for road trippers, traveling through...

  • Quick Guide to Colorado's National Monuments

    If you want to create lifelong memories, look no further than Colorado's seven National Monuments. Whether you're interested in fossils, geology, ancient peoples or the lore of the gold rush, the National Parks Service in Colorado has set aside...

  • Unique Outdoor Shopping in Colorado

    Want more of a unique shopping experience? Take a look at the state’s smaller and more historic shopping destinations and discover one-of-a-kind buys. Most of us have our usual shopping spots, so why not break the routine and experience some of the...