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We encourage all visitors to respect the wishes, public health and capacity of our destinations, whether in-state residents returning to their favorite getaways or out-of-state travelers discovering Colorado for the first time. Keep checking this guide to find your way to the latest information about which destinations and attractions are ready for visitors. The health and safety of both visitors and residents remain our highest priority and travelers are asked to step up by wearing masks and practicing social distancing. Also, contact tracing is a key tool to fight COVID-19 and slow its spread and now, travelers and residents can activate CO Exposure Notifications to be quickly notified of exposure. Visit addyourphone.com to opt-in and help Colorado stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Explore Colorado in your mask to protect and show respect to essential workers who keep Colorado running. Please be aware that masks are required in all indoor public spaces throughout the State of Colorado, and some counties require the use of face coverings in outdoor spaces when social distancing cannot be maintained. We encourage visitors to 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, including wearing a mask and social distancing, you can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Colorado.  

Colorado's dial framework standardizes different levels of "openness" at the county level, allowing for certain levels of activity while ensuring we do not surpass our public health and health care capacities. Visitors are encouraged to check local guidance while planning and taking trips across Colorado. Click here to learn more

Know Before You Go. Please check local restrictions and guidelines before and as you travel and visit cotrip.org for up-to-date travel alerts across Colorado. The Colorado Welcome Centers in Burlington and Fruita are closed for the month of November.

Winter in Colorado offers something for everyone from the festive atmospheres of our cities to adventures that can be found on the snowy slopes. The travel industry is working hard to ensure visitors and residents alike are kept safe while able to enjoy their favorite winter activities. 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 shop at Stanley Marketplace, view the new Mexican Modernism exhibit at the Denver Art Museum, 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 experience the new United States Olympic and Paralympic Museum, hike the Manitou Incline, try a new chile entree in Pueblo 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. As snow blankets Colorado's high-country and the state's ski areas open for the season, the state is excited to welcome guests back to the slopes for the 2020-21 winter season. Colorado ski areas and resorts have been tirelessly working with state and local officials to prepare for this winter season. All skiers and riders, no matter how experienced, are encouraged to Know Before You Go. Guests should visit ski area websites, social media and other channels to ensure they have the most up-to-date information on any COVID-19 protocols and understand what is expected during their visit. 

Visitors can experience fine dining in Aspen, shop the Outlets at Silverthorne, warm up in the hot springs near Glenwood Springs, ride the Georgetown Loop Railroad 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, catch a fish in Flat Tops Wilderness Area 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 test their palette with winery tastings and tours, traverse a 27-mile drive (or bike ride!) through the Colorado National Monument, or step 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. Travelers can also visit quirky roadside attractions, wildlife watch 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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