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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: Collegiate Peaks

    Colorado's Collegiate Peaks Scenic Byway could be called "the Avenue of Fourteeners." Along its entire length, the Collegiate Peaks continuously rise above the 14,000-foot mark and include such summits as Mount Princeton, Mount Yale and Mount...

  • 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: Lariat Loop

    On the Lariat Loop Scenic Byway just west of Denver you'll find evergreens covering the foothills of the Rockies, the curious crimson formations at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, and even dinosaur tracks in the uplifted hogback at Dinosaur Ridge...

  • Colorado Scenic Byway: Grand Mesa

    Colorado's Grand Mesa Scenic Byway leads through old-growth forests, aspens, meadows and so many lakes you'll lose track. That's Grand Mesa in a nutshell. A must-see on the world's largest flat-topped mountain is the Lands End Overlook, which...

  • 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: Dinosaur Diamond

    Northwestern Colorado's Dinosaur Diamond Scenic and Historic byway takes drivers through landscapes that once shook under the footfalls of titans. Dinosaurs were prolific in this area and have since left their mark on the land in the form of...