Scenic Byway: Mount Evans

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Chilling winds whistle as byway travelers leave the comfort of their cars to scale the final 130 vertical feet to the summit of Mount Evans. The trail zigs and zags upward. Although the distance is only a quarter-mile, muscles burn and lungs crave oxygen. Within minutes, though, climbers stand on top of the world. The … Read more Scenic Byway: Mount Evans

Chimney Rock: National Historic Site

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Look south as you drive across U.S. 160 in southern Colorado, between Pagosa Springs and Durango. What appears to be a spire of rock rises from the landscape like a sword thrust through the earth’s crust. You might glimpse a sign that informs you that the turnoff for Chimney Rock is near. Take it. The … Read more Chimney Rock: National Historic Site

National Repertory Orchestra: Making Music in Breckenridge

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When Indiana University music major David Waldman heard that his 10-minute private violin audition won him a spot in the National Repertory Orchestra, the first thing he thought was that he wouldn’t have to go home and look for a summer job. The gig would put him in the Colorado mountains for the summer, and … Read more National Repertory Orchestra: Making Music in Breckenridge

Top 5 Water Skiing Spots In Colorado

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Although most travelers usually visit Colorado for the plentiful skiing the mountains have to offer, summer is a great time to ski Colorado in a completely different way. Water skiing, wakeboarding and jet skiing are just a few great ways to enjoy Colorado’s many lakes and reservoirs. Many hardcore water skiers choose to join one … Read more Top 5 Water Skiing Spots In Colorado

Decompress With A Stay In Durango

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Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway for two or a fun-filled Colorado vacation for the family, Durango proves to be the perfect staging ground for both.  With picturesque scenery all around and activities that encompass all the seasons, this town is sure to be anything but a letdown.  With a number of bed … Read more Decompress With A Stay In Durango

Vail’s Natural Beauty All Year Long

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 Have you ever considered visiting Vail, Colorado, in the summer or fall? While the mountain may feel like the primary draw, with skiing being the premier activity, there is much to see and do in the Vail Valley when the snows melt. In fact, the Valley itself is a primary attraction, with outdoor activities welcoming … Read more Vail’s Natural Beauty All Year Long

Spend Time Outdoors in Estes Park

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 The main draw to people who plan to visit Estes Park, Colorado, is the vast number of outdoor activities and attractions the area provides. As the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, it has numerous areas where you can spend hours enjoying the beauty of Colorado’s mountain range. As you are planning for your Colorado … Read more Spend Time Outdoors in Estes Park

Tour the Town of Frisco

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No matter where your travels bring you, no one would consider leaving without visiting the Main Street to get a feel of the area. This could be the reason that Frisco, CO is such a popular destination. Known as the Main Street of the Rockies, it’s a year round destination spot for Colorado residents and … Read more Tour the Town of Frisco

Kit Carson County Carousel: Take a Ride on History

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 The historic Kit Carson County Carousel (also known as PTC #6) was built in 1905 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company for Elitch Gardens in Denver, where it operated every summer until 1928. The Kit Carson County Commissioners purchased the Carousel in 1928 for $ 1,200, which included the delivery of the carousel to Burlington. Today, … Read more Kit Carson County Carousel: Take a Ride on History

Discovering the Beauty of Picture Rock Trail

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Since Boulder County’s Picture Rock Trail was completed in 2008, mountain bikers, hikers and horseback riders have been able to guide their way through woods and meadows, encountering spectacular mountain views along the 5.2-mile multi-use trail between Lefthand Canyon and Lyons. The trail twists and turns in a southerly direction, while climbing through the high … Read more Discovering the Beauty of Picture Rock Trail

Answer the Call of the Canyon When You Stay in Idaho Springs

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You haven’t really seen the best parts of Colorado until you have driven Trail Ridge Road, the highest paved road in the Northern Hemisphere. At 14,260 feet above sea level, you can feel that you are at the top of the world, even though as you approach Idaho Springs, you know that Mt. Evans looms … Read more Answer the Call of the Canyon When You Stay in Idaho Springs

Rocky Mountain High: Climbing Colorado’s Fourteeners

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 At 5 in the morning, the Colorado mountain resort of Beaver Creek is eerily still. Windows remain dark, shops are still closed and only starry reflections dance on the skating rink ice. Even Starbucks is padlocked shut, much to the disappointment of those gathered at the Hiking Center. Four vacationing souls have cut short their … Read more Rocky Mountain High: Climbing Colorado’s Fourteeners

Top Five Gunnison Activities: Water Sports

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 At 7,700 feet of altitude and inside a river basin, Gunnison, Colorado is a well-endowed setting for summer fun and high adventure. Check out Gunnison for iconic outdoor Rocky Mountain activities like rafting and fly fishing, or try something new and brave the rapids by surf board, “duckie,” or stand-up paddle. Gunnison is so into … Read more Top Five Gunnison Activities: Water Sports

Scenic Byway: Trail Ridge Road

In an alpine meadow carpeted with lush grasses, newborn white-spotted elk frolic under the watchful eyes of their mothers. Travelers edge their cars onto the shoulder of Trail Ridge Road, opening their windows to gaze at the endearing wildlife “nursery.” Around another bend, snow-mantled Never Summer Range scrapes the sky. Such wondrous sites unfold as … Read more Scenic Byway: Trail Ridge Road

Chicago Basin: A Photographers Dream

If the Mobil Travel Guides rated wilderness, Chicago Basin would certainly garner five stars. It is nestled high in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado, one of the most rugged and seductive alpine regions to be found in the 48 contiguous states. At 11,000 feet above sea level, its long, terraced valley is filled … Read more Chicago Basin: A Photographers Dream