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If you're looking for the postcard perfect images of the Colorado ski resorts you see in magazines, Aspen is your kind of town. And if you're looking for a mining camp that made a..
When people think skiing in Colorado, Vail is often the first town that comes to mind.
Established less than 50 years ago, saying the small town has grown rapidly in popularity is quite an..
Its first settlers came to hunt for gold, but today, this casually sophisticated university town looks and feels very little like a mining camp. Tucked into the foothills below a rock..
Scratch the veneer of the new-West look of urban Denver and you'll get a glimpse of the Old West, too. Sitting at 1,609m (5,280 feet or one mile) above sea level, in view of the Rocky..
Even by American standards, Denver is a young city. The gold strike that launched it occurred just 140 years ago. Denver and Colorado didn't join the Union until 1876, the same year..
From tasting wine in Colorado's wine country to sipping a hot cocoa with views of snow-capped peaks, the Northwest Region of the state is a place meant for savoring life's finer things...
Southwest Colorado seems to put visitors under a spell. The area's beauty amazes, transfixing the eye. Blue crags jut between grassy meadows and plunge down to roiling white rapids...
Ooh! That's what most people say when they enter this town wedged in a picturesque glacial canyon at the base of the dramatic San Juan Mountains. Once a remote mining area, today Telluride..
Asked once to describe Colorado, Teddy Roosevelt demurred, saying, "The scenery bankrupts the English language." He was probably thinking of the Front Range region. Postcards come to life..
Prepare your eyes for a visual feast: South Central Colorado offers up a smorgasbord of pointed peaks, deep canyons and dazzling wildflowers. Streams of sunlight drape aspens in gold and..
Although history books usually begin with the 19th-century gold rush to the central Rockies, the real cradle of Colorado is here, on the wind-swept plains of the Southeast. It was here, in..
Northeastern Colorado often catches visitors by surprise with its wide-open grasslands and seas of golden wheat - a land of infinite flats. Locals call it "Colorado's Outback," or "The..
Gold brought many of the first settlers to Durango, in the Animas River Valley of Colorado. Trains were essential transportation of the day, bringing supplies in and gold ore out. Much of..
Many motorists whiz right by the town of Burlington, on the eastern edge of Colorado's plains, eager to get to the mountains. But they might want to know what they're missing.
Thanks to the invention of the mountain bike and an abundance of natural slick-rock trails, Fruita is finally gaining much-deserved recognition as an outdoor paradise. Along with Fruita's..
Lamar resulted from an argument between landowners that ended with a railroad crew removing an existing depot, moving it three miles west and renaming it.
Although the town's history is..
Part of the Tri-Lakes region, Monument, along with Palmer Lake and the unincorporated community of Woodmoor, are so named for three community lakes: Lake Woodmoor, Monument Lake and Palmer..
Originally named Artesia, this quaint town became the gateway community to the archeologically and paleontologically rich Dinosaur National Monument, and renamed itself Dinosaur as a..
A bedroom community of Greeley, Evans' culture is strongly tied to its more-developed metropolitan neighbor. Evans forms the northwestern corner of an equilateral triangle with Boulder and..
Golden, a gateway to the Rocky Mountains on the west edge of Denver, offers a peek at mining, beer and Buffalo Bill.
The grave of Buffalo Bill Cody, of legendary Wild West Show fame, is..
Not everyone came to Colorado seeking gold. Other minerals played an important part in the state's history, as you'll discover in Leadville. And at 10,000 feet, it’s North America's..
The quiet, unassuming community of Mesa is a gateway to Grand Mesa, the world's largest flattop mountain. Visitors will enjoy panoramic views stretching from valley floor to the mesa top as..
Palisade, on the Western Slope, is in the heart of Colorado's wine country. Nearly a dozen area vineyards are producing small quantities of wines that are getting big attention. Each..
It's said that the earliest permanent building in Colorado was erected in Pueblo by Lt. Zebulon Pike while he explored this part of the West. On his heels, Colorado's earliest pioneers..
Tiny, and nestled precariously between two rugged San Juan Mountain passes, Red Mountain and Molas, Silverton always survives harsh winters and a wavering economy to remain an interesting..
Few towns in Colorado have undergone such dramatic transformations in recent years as Trinidad. Just north of the New Mexico border and Raton Pass, Trinidad was a stop on the Santa Fe Trail..
The word quaint might have been invented in Breckenridge. Its main street could be a painting of what a mountain resort town ought to look like.
The oldest and largest town in Colorado's..
The southwestern Colorado town of Cortez, an archaeological center of America, lies between the entrance to world-famous Mesa Verde National Park and the fascinating Ute Mountain Tribal..
Nestled in the Vail Valley just west of the famous ski and resort town of Vail, Edwards is the fastest growing community in Eagle County. Founded in the late 1800s, Edwards is home to many..
Gunnison is rather like a home on the range surrounded by ski areas and a national park. The city, which feels like a cattleman's town, is the kind of place where you don't feel like a..
Walking through this quiet town situated along the South Platte River, it's hard to believe Julesburg was once the wickedest city in the West. It's true though - the city got its start as a..
Some call the tiny mountain town of Ouray the Switzerland of America, as it’s situated in a river valley at nearly 8,000 feet, surrounded by the snow-capped San Juan Mountains. You..
Nestled in the Eagle River Valley, at the base of Beaver Creek Ski Resort and 14 km (nine miles) west of Vail, Avon sprang up in the midst of the ski area's development. Although this town..
Just down I-70 from famed Summit County ski areas Copper Mountain, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Breckenridge, snow riders find in Dillon a great pit stop and a close place to stay after a..
Brush is a place to spend a day or a lifetime. Here, you’ll discover that Brush is more than blue sky, prairie and small-town charm. From its sunny location nestled in the wide-open..
Even in Colorado settings just don't get much more spectacular than Creede, tucked into the San Juan Mountains. Because it's situated in a former volcanic caldera, it's surrounded by sheer..
Situated east of Steamboat Springs along Highway 40, the small town of Kremmling offers access to virtually every outdoor pursuit in Colorado. It is close to three national forests: Routt..
This town, at the bottom of winding Bear Creek Canyon, is perhaps most famous for the nearby natural outdoor concert venue, Red Rocks Amphitheatre. If you've already planned to see a show..
This former mining town situated in the remote southwestern part of the state reveals much of a past life in Colorado, but it continues to make its way in the modern world. Historic..
Salida, which means exit in Spanish, is actually an entrance to some of Colorado's highest country. It's surrounded by a dozen of the state's 50-plus fourteeners — mountains that are..
The largest city in the northeastern part of the state, Sterling is a farm-ranch community with deep roots in the Colorado prairie. Make your first stop at the Overland Trail Museum, named..
From this picturesque town, sandwiched by the Wet and Sangre de Cristo Mountain ranges, you can spot five 14,000-foot peaks, known as the Crestone Group.
Campgrounds in the San Isabel..
Cuchara is classic Colorado - where snowcapped mountains meet lush green fields and rushing rivers. Tucked in the eastern shadow of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this serene town rests..
Perched atop 9,165-foot Ute Pass, residents in this serene community will tell you Divide is the middle of the known universe. Named for the point at which the waters of the South Platte..
This down-home, non-resort community about 30 miles west of Vail features friendly folks and a cozy mountain setting. Not only is this town close to Vail and Copper Mountain ski resorts..
If you picture a Gold Rush miner as a grizzled old guy leading a burro, you might still see that today in Fairplay! Especially during its annual World Champion Pack-Burro Races and..
Located at the base of towering Pike's Peak, Fountain is a small town with Colorado Spring's big-city culture and conveniences just 10 minutes away. Recently named America's Millennium..
Remember those days as a kid, when all you had to think about was where you were going to ride your bike, which mountainside to climb and what was waiting on the table for your lunch? Well..
This easy-going community is just 16 miles outside Boulder, but it has a character all its own.
Featuring a lively and historic downtown, plenty of open space parks, high tech companies..
Nestled in the foothills southwest of Denver, Pine is a picturesque mountain community with lots to offer both outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs. A sharp left-hand turn off of scenic..
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