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As more of Colorado opens, we ask all visitors to respect the wishes, public health and capacity of our local destinations. Keep checking this guide to find your way to the latest information about which destinations and attractions are ready for visitors. 

Explore Colorado your mask to protect and show respect to essential workers who keep Colorado running. Masks are required in all indoor public spaces throughout the State of Colorado, and some counties are now requiring use of face coverings in outdoor spaces when social distancing cannot be maintained. Top public health officials in the U.S. and Colorado have identified masks as one of the most effective tools available to limit the spread of COVID-19. Many local jurisdictions already have implemented mask requirements to slow the spread of the virus. Tourism organizations and destinations statewide are joining in endorsing the move as well as a way of protecting jobs and the progress Colorado has made toward reopening its economy. Please check local mask requirements before traveling. FAQ about Colorado's mask requirement >>

We encourage all visitors to embrace our new interpretation of responsible tourism — showing care not only for our destinations but for other people as well, including those who call Colorado home. By following five simple steps, you can help our state stay on a thoughtful path to reopening our economy. 

Please be aware there are active wildfires in Colorado that could impact your travel plans. Learn more >>

With Colorado in various stages of drought, it is more important than ever to be careful with fire. The State of Colorado is under a statewide fire ban. Visitors should follow the etiquette of campfires by checking local fire restrictions, only building a fire where allowed and in designated rings, and never putting trash — including cigarette butts — into a campfire. When extinguishing a campfire, burn all wood to ash and ensure it is cool to the touch before leaving the campsite and never leave a campfire unattended. 

Our latest phase of reopening — called Safer at Home and In the Vast, Great Outdoors — has cleared the way for enjoying all kinds of fun (and naturally social distancing!) travel opportunities in Colorado this summer. Consider planning your travels around one of our 200-plus, multi-day Colo-Road Trips itineraries or explore one of Colorado's 26 spectacular Scenic and Historic Byways. All Colorado state parks, national parks and monuments are open, along with public and private campgrounds. Explore 38,000 miles of trails with the Colorado Trails Explorer app, or go whitewater rafting, enjoy on-mountain resort activities or ride a historic scenic train.

Keep clicking to find even more fun ideas for Colorado getaways or call 1-800-COLORADO to speak with a live counselor.

Explore Our Regions

As you decide which corner of our grand state to visit, explore which of the eight travel regions below hits all the highlights you and your travel companions are looking for. Pro travel tip: No need to choose just one!

 

Denver & Cities of the Rockies

Denver & Cities of the Rockies

Nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, this region is the heart of urban Colorado. Anchored by vibrant cities — each with its own energy, landscape and proximity to outdoor adventure — it’s worth a trip all on its own and can also be the splendid start or end to your Colorado getaway.

Urban adventurers can explore Rocky Mountain National Park, visit Denver Zoo and Denver Botanic Gardens, test their luck at casinos in Black Hawk and Central City, and more. Read on to learn how you can make the most of your experience in Denver and Cities of the Rockies.

Explore These Scenic Byways:
Cache la Poudre-North ParkLariat LoopMount EvansPawnee Pioneer TrailsPeak to PeakTrail Ridge Road

Take This Colo-Road Trip:
Fitness & Fun in Denver & Cities of the Rockies

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Pikes Peak Wonders

Pikes Peak Wonders

Find a blend of urban comforts, accessible (though not completely tamed) natural landmarks and a true reflection of the Western way of life. Here you’ll have the option to sit back and relax or kick up some adventure in a part of Colorado loaded with natural and manmade attractions.

Visitors can take Jeep tours and zipline across The Royal Gorge Bridge & Park, visit the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, raft the headwaters of the Arkansas River and more. Read on to learn how you can make the most of your experience in Pikes Peak Wonders.

Explore These Scenic Byways:
Collegiate PeaksFrontier PathwaysGold Belt TourTop of the Rockies

Take This Colo-Road Trip:
A Tale of 7 Adventures in the Pikes Peak Region

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Rockies Playground

For the country’s highest caliber, year-round mountain resort communities, this is ground zero. Enjoy best-in-class comforts in welcoming mountain towns around every corner.

Visitors can experience stimulating summer activities at the area’s world-class mountain resorts including Vail and Aspen, take a dip in the region’s many hot springs, fly-fish on Gold Medal rivers, explore Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and more. Read on to learn how you can make the most of your experience in Rockies Playground.

Explore These Scenic Byways:
Guanella PassMount EvansTop of the RockiesWest Elk Loop

Take This Colo-Road Trip:
A 6-Day Recess in the Rockies Playground

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The Great West

The Great West

Amid rolling ranchland, green hills, marbled mountains and dramatic canyons, discover warm folks and Wild West lore. Come as you are, get a taste of the frontier and disconnect from real life’s rapid pace.

Those who appreciate how history shapes the present can explore Dinosaur National Monument, see the wild horses of the Sand Wash Basin near Craig, spot wildlife near Walden, spend time at a dude and guest ranch, walk in the steps of outlaws and explore historic downtowns. Read on to learn how you can make the most of your experience in The Great West.

Explore These Scenic Byways:
Cache la Poudre-North ParkColorado River HeadwatersDinosaur DiamondFlat Tops TrailTrail Ridge Road

Take This Colo-Road Trip:
Discover The Great West in 6 Days

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Mountains & Mesas

Mountains & Mesas

Here you’ll encounter Victorian-era mining towns, colorful farm communities and Certified Colorado Creative Districts — along with mesmerizing landforms and ancient cultures — that infuse the awe-inspiring area with a majestic and distinct heritage.

In this mountain-biking mecca, visitors can traverse jaw-dropping landscapes with winery tours, rafting down Durango’s Animas River, a 27-mile ride through the Colorado National Monument, or by stepping into the past at Mesa Verde National Park. Read on to learn how you can make the most of your experience in Mountains and Mesas.

Explore These Scenic Byways:
Alpine LoopDinosaur DiamondGrand MesaSan Juan SkywaySilver ThreadTracks Across BordersTrail of the AncientsUnaweep TabeguacheWest Elk Loop

Take This Colo-Road Trip:
A Grand Tour of Mountains & Mesas

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Mystic San Luis Valley

Mystic San Luis Valley

A spiritual and intriguing land circled by soaring peaks, the valley offers a sense of peace amid epic views. Travel here to learn about the legacy of Hispanic settlers and explorers in a region steeped in history and ripe with folklore.

Cameras are a must for this stunning landscape, which includes the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve — the largest sand dunes in North American — set against the majestic Sangre de Cristo mountains. Visitors can also watch the sandhill cranes at Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge and stargaze among the high-desert valley’s certified dark-sky destinations. Read on to learn how you can make the most of your experience in Mystic San Luis Valley.

Explore These Scenic Byways:
Highway of LegendsLos Caminos AntiguosSilver Thread

Take This Colo-Road Trip:
Ultimate Colorado Adventure in the Mystic San Luis Valley

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Canyons & Plains

This area is shaped by a rich heritage of Hispanic and Native American culture. It’s a special place to enrich your perspective, meander country roads and experience fascinating moments in the nation’s history firsthand.

Cultural history buffs can go back in time at Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, track prehistoric creatures in Comanche National Grassland, learn the heartbreak of the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site or visit one of the region’s many family-operated farm stands. Read on to learn how you can make the most of your experience in Canyons and Plains.

Explore These Scenic Byways:
Highway of LegendsSanta Fe Trail

Take This Colo-Road Trip:
The Ultimate Canyons & Plains Adventure

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Pioneering Plains

Pioneering Plains

Marked by waves of plains, grassland and shallow canyons, these lands are full of traditional character, a pioneering spirit and 100-year-old farms. Slow things down here to relish an authentic and memorable vacation.

Visitors can stop by the Burlington Old Town Museum, recreate at North Sterling State Park, explore Pawnee National Grassland, spot unique birds on the Colorado Birding Trail and more. Read on to learn how you can make the most of your experience in the Pioneering Plains.

Explore These Scenic Byways:
Pawnee Pioneer TrailsSouth Platte River Trail

Take This Colo-Road Trip:
3 Days on the Pioneering Plains

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