Colorado Things to Do

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Colorado Things to Do

  • Red Rocks

    Denver Things to Do

    We went up to Red Rocks around sunset time, we actually missed the sunset for a few minutes and we were sorry because it is supposed to be the best time to see the colors. Red Rocks is a park with some very odd, well, red rocks formation sticking out of the ground. There are several hiking trails available and there is also a amphitheater they...

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  • Garden of the Gods

    5 out of 5 stars

    Colorado Springs Things to Do

    This is a truly amazing place to visit if you happen to be in the area. The sandstone formations are incredible, colorful and towering all over you. The park is admission free and there are several walking trails, suitable also for wheelchairs. It is also possible to follow a driveway to move from the different viewpoints. There are many rock...

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  • Trail Ridge Road

    Rocky Mountain National Park Things to Do

    A drive across the Trail Ridge Road is an absolute must-do, a highlight of any visit to Rocky Mountain National Park. Trail Ridge Road is the highest continuous motorway in the US, much of which is well above tree line. Eight miles of the highway are above 11,000 feet (3,352.8 meters) with a peak elevation of 12,183 feet (3,713.4 m). From the...

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  • Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge...

    Durango Things to Do

    Durango's most celebrated attraction, and a boon to the local economy, is the railroad to nearby Silverton. Using old-fashioned steam locomotives, this train offers a variety of different cars for the traveler. Durango began as a railroad in 1880. This line was used in a number of movies, including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. It's still...

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  • Maroon Bells

    Aspen Things to Do

    Any visit to the Aspen area must include a visit to the Maroon Bells. We snow mobiled in years ago in the Winter which was awesome. This summer we returned and it was so simple. Just take the bus from Rubey Park Transit Station (free) in downtown Aspen to Aspen Highlands where you transfer to the Maroon Bells Bus (fee). There is no food at the...

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  • Glenwood Caverns & Historic Fairy Caves

    Glenwood Springs Things to Do

    We've been to the park on more than one occasion. Subsequent visits were to give it "another chance". It's very "Tourist Trappy",..... panning for gold,.... very gimicky,..... you're captive on the mountain and the prices are exorbitant. The food that's available is what you'd expect on a trip to the zoo, and expensive for what you get to...

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  • Sand Dunes

    Great Sand Dunes National Monument Things to Do

    Best time to go is in fall or in spring - there's snow-melt in spring so you may get to frolick in a small stream in April/May. But in mid-September, the wind isn't as nasty, so hiking the dunes is more comfortable. The campsites are nice but cramped and a bit pricey ($20/nite). No hotel or lodge in the park.

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  • Gates of Lodore

    Colorado Things to Do

    While on the river, do not neglect to do some research on the history of it. The Gates to Ladore is named after a poem describing a creek in Scotland that was very turbulant. One of the first explorers to go down the Green river saw a similar patern between the poem and the canyon he was in so therefore named it The Gates to Ladore. We happened to...

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  • Rocky Mountains

    Denver Things to Do

    Since it was a short trip (and because I'm used to low altitude), we decided to rent a car and just drive to the sights. We drove up to the Alpine Visitor's Center, which is right by the highest point on the road. That took us into the tundra and into snow (we were there in June). I was happy with our choice (p.s. bring a jacket and water)

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  • Pike's Peak

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Colorado Springs Things to Do

    Fun trip for the whole family. Ride the cog train up Pike's peak--if your lucky, the weather is good and you get up above 14 000 feet. The views are spectacular. Remember to dress for the weather as it can get cold as you go up. The train does make a stop part way for a look around, bathroom break and to stretch your legs. A knowledgeable guide is...

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  • Glenwood Hot Springs

    Glenwood Springs Things to Do

    Many virtualtourists have recommended the hot springs in the Glenwood Springs attractions area. Here are some good inside tips: 1) Go after 9:00 PM and get a discounted rate for the last hour they are open. 2) Don't be scared to go in the winter... it is less crowded and more fun, they are "hot" springs. 3) The upstairs lockers rooms, when open,...

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  • Medano Creek

    Great Sand Dunes National Monument Things to Do

    Medano Creek is a seasonal creek that flows along the east side of the dune field. Note the difference in the number of plants and animals in this narrow strip of land as opposed to the dune field itself.

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  • Botanic Gardens

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Denver Things to Do

    I went to the Denver Botanic gardens a few weeks ago. The gardens are very nice. Lots of beautiful flowers and plants to see a few okay places to eat. The best places to see were the Asian garden with the black rock path and the tropical forest area. Unfortunatly they were working on a lot of different gardens and the fountains were not working....

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  • Manitou Cliff Dwellings

    Colorado Springs Things to Do

    Less well-known than the famed cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde, the Manitou Cliff Dwellings are still fascinating. Built over 700 years ago, they are about the same age as many European castles and cathedrals. They illustrate life among the Anasazi Indians (the ancient ones). See how they lived. There is also a small cafe and gift shop.

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  • Visitor's Center

    Great Sand Dunes National Monument Things to Do

    On your way to dunes you can stop in Visitor Center. It is small and not so many exhibits there; however, it has a good and easy to understand information about dunes creation. Also you can see a movie about Great Sand Dunes. It has many beautiful shots of dunes during all seasons, about its nature, animals. For instance, for me it was interesting...

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  • Coors Brewery

    Denver Things to Do

    The visit to the Coors brevery in Golden was great fun! I am a technical nut that always try to find out how things work so I enjoyed the tour of the plant, particularly the area where they package the bottles. They offer a free shuttle from the parking lot, the bus will also take you around Golden giving you some historical information. You will...

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  • Seven Falls

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Colorado Springs Things to Do

    Called "the grandest mile of scenery in Colorado", these falls offer tremendous views by day and by night. It's 224 steps to the top (comparable to climbing up some cathedral spires or lighthouse steps). From there, one can continue on to the grave of novelist Helen Hunt, author of Ramona. Just beyond that is Inspiration Point, with its magnificent...

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  • Denver Zoo

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Denver Things to Do

    The Denver zoo is a good place to visit if you are in need of a kid friendly experience. it is well kept, the animals for the most case have lots of room and clean. There are many types of animals and your children will enjoy how close up they can get to the animals. An exceptionally made exhibit is the bird exhibit, which you walk through and you...

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  • Air Force Academy

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Colorado Springs Things to Do

    Just north of Colorado Springs is the sprawling Air Force Academy. I was a student here in the early 70's and the longer I'm away the fonder my memories become. There is a visitor's center and I would recommend going there first. Be sure to visit the chapel. This was my escape as a cadet as it was the only place the upper class cadets couldn't...

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  • Elitch Gardens

    Denver Things to Do

    It has 70 acres of grounds that encompasses an amusement and water park. It is located right near the downtown area, even though you would have to drive here. They have family rides, thrill rides and water attractions. Mary Elitch started the park on the outskirts of Denver old town 100 years ago. It moved into the city center and is owned by Six...

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  • Cave of the Winds

    Colorado Springs Things to Do

    We just did the "discover tour". It takes about 45 minutes and is the most popular tour. They also offer a "Lantern Tour" which I'd like to do sometime. It takes about an hour and a half and as you can imagine, the only lighting is by the lantern they give you. It costs a little more ($22), tours leave less often and small children are not allowed...

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  • Ocean Journey

    Denver Things to Do

    Go at night! The only reason I say this is because the crowds have died down and you can really experience the exhibits. My favorite part is when you can "pet" the stingrays. They allow you to buy little fish that you feed them and they are so friendly, they'll come right up and eat them out of your fingers. It's an enjoyable experience. It's great...

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  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Colorado Springs Things to Do

    Close to the Cheyenne Mountain zoo and included in the admission price to the zoo. The shrine is dedicated to the cowboy and homourist who died in a plane crash in 1935. It is located in a beautiful area and affords great views of Colorado Springs.

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  • Coors Field

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Denver Things to Do

    Coming from Boston, we're used to a cramped old ballpark (we love going to Fenway, but even we are starting to wonder if it is suited to the 21st century) and impossible-to-get tickets. Boy was Coors Field a change from that! It is a gorgeous modern stadium, open, accessible and very family-friendly, which is a real pleasure to roam around. We were...

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  • Royal Gorge

    Colorado Springs Things to Do

    This is one of the more fabulous sites to see in all of the US. It is a gorge carved out by the Arkansas River, and is 1,053 deep. At the near bottom there is a railroad that goes through some of the gorge. Yes, trips are available. Coach is $32.95 for an adult, and it goes up from there, depending on if you want a dinner ride, luxury, and other...

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  • US Mint

    Denver Things to Do

    Denver has one of two US mint sites that are open for public tours. The tour requires advance reservations although a limited first come, first serve slots may be available. Cameras are not allowed inside.

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  • Cripple Creek

    Colorado Springs Things to Do

    The creek did not look too crippled; in fact we did not even see it coming into town that I recall. The town is pretty well preserved for all these years, and none of the buildings look like they have burned down and got rebuilt. Much to do is for tourists, and gift shops abound. The museums are worth visits; into the old jail, old homestead and...

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  • Hanging Rock

    Colorado Springs Things to Do

    The Rocks of the Garden of the gods are something to definately be seen. I saw them in the snow, but they are amazing either way. Outcrops smothered in snow though look like sugar cream coated tirimasu. Almost edible these amazing geological wonders were certainly worth discovering.

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  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National...

    Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is located in the Western part of Colorado a bit South of center. It is along US Highway 50. Black Canyon is an interesting place to spend a few hours or a few weeks. The park includes 14 of the 48 miles of Black Canyon. Black Canyon is about half as deep as the Grand Canyon (2772 feet deep at Warner...

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  • Trout Lake - Heaven on Earth

    Most beautiful lake I've ever seen. Fine, fine, fine trout as well. There is a circular dirt road around the lake's perimeter. An old defunct trestle of the historical "Galloping Goose" narrow-gauge railway also traverses the deep ravine between the lake and the mountains. There is a public access boat launch and a picnic area but no facilities....

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  • National Parks

    There are plenty of national parks in Colorado, all you need is the time. Every park is worth of visiting, they might be appeared look alike but they have different history

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  • Unsinkable Molly Brown

    One of Denver's most famous residents, Molly Brown, Titanic survivor, may be gone but her house in Denver is still around for all to enjoy. Tours of this beautiful place are very interesting for history and architecture fans alike. Saved from demolition by a local historical group, the Brown house was restored to how it was when Molly lived in it....

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  • U.S. Mint

    The Denver mint is one of only two of the mints that give public tours (the other is Philadelphia). Located downtown, it's easy to fit a tour into your visit to Denver. The guided tour (you can't wander around on your own for obvious reasons) shows how coins are currently made including the artistry that's involved and gives a history of coins and...

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  • Denver Art Museum

    When you're in Denver, you'll see a lot of signs that say DAM. They're not referring to the kind that holds back water but rather, this lovely place - the Denver Art Museum. Located in downtown across from Civic Center Park in a complex with sculptures (some are really cute, pop art types of things, like the giant broom and dustpan) and a...

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  • Great Sand Dunes National Park

    This park captures a unique geological feature of huge sand dunes created by the Rocky mountains creating a wind break.

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  • Denver

    At the base of the Rocky Mountains, Denver is a great exploration base for Colorado along with having numerous sights of its own.

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  • Mesa Verde National Park

    This National park in southwest Colorado contains one of the largest concentrations of anazi cliff dwellings.

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  • The Denver Art Museum

    Founded in 1918, the Denver Art Museum has the largest collection of art in the Rocky Mountain West. It is most notable for having one of the world's best collections of American Indian art.Since 1971, all of the collections of the Denver Art Museum were housed in the North Building (pictured here in the background). The ten-story, 28-sided...

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  • Alpine Tundra

    Over one-third of Rocky Mountain National Park is above timberline, which is the primary reason the area was set aside as a national park. Theses high-altitude areas above timberline consist of a natural habitat, or ecosystem, called alpine tundra. Alpine tundra is similar to the arctic tundra that occurs at latitudes above the Arctic Circle, but...

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  • The Rocky Mountains

    The Rocky Mountains are truly rocky, and show evidence of how glaciation and other natural forces have shaped and scoured the mountains over hundreds of thousands of years. The mountains, which form the backbone of the North American continent and stretch over 3,000 miles (4,828 kilometers) from northern Canada to Mexico, are about 2,000,000,000...

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  • The State Capitol Building

    Completed in 1894, the Colorado State Capitol Building was designed by architect Elijah E. Myers. It was constructed of material entirely from Colorado, except for the brass and oak trimmings. The exterior of the building is made of granite quarried in Gunnison and sandstone from Fort Collins. The pillar casings are made of Colorado onyx, a...

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  • The Coors Brewing Company

    Established in 1873, the Coors Brewing Company is the third-largest brewer of beer in the United States, but is the world's largest brewery on a single site. Each year, the brewery produces 703,700,000 gallons (2,663,504,500 litres) of beer for distribution throughout the United States and several foreign countries.The Coors Brewing Company was...

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  • The Denver Mint

    The mountains of Colorado have produced immense amounts of gold and silver. In 1858, gold was discovered in Colorado. The resulting gold rush brought in prospectors, merchants, and settlers. Because of the presence of so much gold and silver, the United States government established a branch of the United States Mint in Denver, the Denver Mint....

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  • The City and County Building

    Denver's semicircular City and County Building took 26 years to build and was completed in 1932. The Beaux-Arts neo-Classical façade houses the Mayor's Office, the Denver City Council, and other city offices and departments. Because it houses municipal offices, there is nothing within the building itself that would interest tourists. However, the...

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  • Civic Center Park

    Denver's Civic Center Park is centrally located between the downtown business district to the north and the museums and public buildings of the Golden Triangle neighborhood to the south. It is centered on an east-west axis with the State Capitol Building to the east facing the City and County Building to the west. The two-square-block park features...

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