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Things to Do in Colorado

With a large part of the state in the Rocky Mountains, discover things to do year-round. Attractions include ski resorts: Aspen/Snowmass for the rich and famous; budget-minded Winter Park; Breckinridge, Cooper, Vail, Beaver Creek and Sunlight – all easily accessed from I-70; Steamboat with its cowboy feel; plus Telluride/Purgatory in the southwest.  Gold-rush stories are still told in Leadville, Golden and Independence. Colorado Spring’s Pike Peak and nearby Air Force Academy and Garden of the Gods are major draws. Drive through Rocky Mountain National Park via Estes Park. Boulder’s charm is captured on Pearl Street. Be sure to visit the capital Denver home to LoDo with many restaurants and 16th Street Mall. Find hotels, condos, vacation homes and B&Bs.
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City of Boulder - Hiking Trails

Grant Place and Baseline Road
Boulder, Colorado
303-441-3440
The city of Boulder is surrounded by more than 43,000 acres of city owned and open space land, often described as Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP). The terrain incorporates meadows with wildflowers during blooming seasons, views of valleys, ponds, dry landscape, seasonal marshes, boulders and snow-capped peaks.

Recreational activities include: walking, hiking, mountain bicycling** on 48 miles of trails, horseback riding**, dog walking**, photography and bird watching. (**not...
Hours & Admission
Space/parks: dawn to dusk. Free. Chautauqua Ranger Cottage: Monday, Thursday and Friday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road
Littleton, Colorado
303-973-3705
Discover a 750-acre native plant and wildlife preserve with several distinct ecosystems, as well as a historic 19th century farm. Chatfield is a valuable environment for education, research and conservation efforts, as well as nature walks and bird watching. Perfect for families, events include a Pumpkin Festival, a two-month long Corn Maze, the fall Haunted Houses and winter Trail of Lights It is affiliated with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
Hours & Admission
Daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed major holidays. Admission.

Denver Botanical Gardens

1005 York Street
Denver, Colorado
720-865-3500
The Denver Botanic Gardens is one of the largest and most visited botanic gardens in the U.S. It's no wonder the gardens are so popular, as they offer many distinct areas to explore: a birds and bee walk that focuses on pollination; a tropical conservatory (quite a contrast to Denver's dry air); orchids and rare plants; cutting garden filled with annuals, perennials, bulbs, shrub and ornamental grasses; dry mesa that recreates a desert environment with drought tolerant plants; rare, threatened and endangered Colorado species; the Venus flytrap; high mountain terrain typically found 8,000 feet above...
Hours & Admission
Mid-May to mid-October, Saturday to Tuesday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., mid-October to mid-May, daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Rocky Mountain National Park

1000 U.S. Highway 36
Estes Park, Colorado
970-586-1206
Rocky Mountain National Park preserves more than 265,000 acres of wilderness, 355 miles of trails and 147 lakes. It showcases stunning mountain vistas, elk herds and wildflowers. The main park road connects Estes Park Valley on the east with Grand Lake to the west and south. Hiking trails and paved roads make this park extremely accessible. The west side of the park is home to the headwaters of the Colorado River.

Opened in 1932, Trail Ridge Road, one of the most impressive alpine highways in...
Hours & Admission
Park: 24/7 daily. Trail Ridge Road: late May to late October. Old Fall River Road: late May to late October. Beaver Meadows Visitor Center: daily 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fall River Visitor Center and Moraine Park Visitor Center: daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Alpine Visitor Center: daily, weather permitting 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sheep Lakes Information Station - late May to mid-August, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Holzwarth Historic Site: daily 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Kawuneeche Visitor Center: daily 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission.

Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

4218 Fremont County Road 3A
Canon City, Colorado
719-275-7507
This is the world's highest suspension bridge, built in 1929. From the center of the quarter-mile bridge see towering pine trees, dramatic rugged views of the mountains and the 1,000-foot walls of the Royal Gorge. Cars and pedestrian traffic still travel over the bridge's wooden planks that sway with the occasional breeze or wind gust.

The Incline Railway, built in 1931, takes guests down a 1,550-foot bank at a 45-degree angle for a spectacular view of the Arkansas River...
Hours & Admission
Park: daily 10:00 a.m. Bridge: dawn to dusk. Rides: beginning late April. Admission.
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