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5 Unforgettable Experiences in Colorado’s Mountains

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From black-diamond skiing to healing hot springs, these five mountain experiences are perfect for both thrills and relaxation in Colorado.

Rugged, wild and totally inspiring, the Rocky Mountains of Colorado provide endless diversions for those lucky enough to visit. Over every mountain peak, you’ll find world-class ski resorts, natural hot springs, historic attractions, family adventures and friendly mountain towns to use as your basecamp. Visit for yourself and discover which of these five experiences is perfect for your travel plans.

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

One of the Colorado mountains’ most historic experiences, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has been chugging along its tracks since 1882. Riding this narrow-gauge railroad (the tracks are less than a meter wide) is like stepping back in time as you pass through rugged wilderness, steep canyons, rushing rivers and abandoned mining sites. The train boards in Durango, a charming mountain town that houses the railroad museum and hosts fun events throughout the year. Check the schedule beforehand; the route changes according to the season.

Rugged and scenic mountain views from aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

Rugged and scenic mountain views from aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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Glenwood Springs

Long before it became a tourist destination, Glenwood Springs and its restorative hot springs pools were known to the Ute Indians. Experience it for yourself at the Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves, the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool and Iron Mountain Hot Springs on the banks of the Colorado River. For outdoor activities, enjoy skiing at Sunlight Mountain Resort and swimming in the turquoise waters of Hanging Lake. Located atop the mountain, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park has a variety of thrill rides as well as a scenic aerial tram and underground cavern tours.

Exploring beautiful Hanging Lake in Glenwood Springs

Exploring beautiful Hanging Lake in Glenwood Springs
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Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort

Located in the town of Nathrop, Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort is equally great for relaxation and adventure. Soak in an all-natural geothermal spa surrounded by stunning mountain views, take a water yoga class in the hot springs or reserve a luxury spa treatment. The resort is surrounded by undeveloped wilderness that you can explore on a guided tour: snowmobiling, skiing or dog sledding in the winter; golfing, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, rafting and rock climbing in the summer.

Evening glow at Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort

Evening glow at Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort
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Aspen

First home to the Ute Indians, then a mining town, Aspen is now a luxury mountain destination known for world-class skiing on its four mountains: Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass and Buttermilk. Aspen Mountain attracts expert skiers; Aspen Highlands is excellent for backcountry skiing and uncrowded slopes; Snowmass is a family-friendly resort; and the terrain parks at Buttermilk attract skiers and snowboarders of all levels. With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, Aspen’s outdoor activities extend to rock climbing, hiking, cycling, kayaking and fly fishing in the summer.

Relaxing in Aspen after a day on the slopes

Relaxing in Aspen after a day on the slopes
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Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs’ underground hot springs holds the Guinness world record for the deepest geothermal hot spring. Ute Indians and other ancestral Puebloans have been using these healing hot springs for centuries. When you soak in the steamy water, high levels of natural minerals like sodium, potassium, magnesium, silicon, iron, manganese and sulfur bring you nourishment and soothing. Take your pick of three natural springs: The Springs Resort & Spa, Healing Waters Resort and Overlook Spa. A range of outdoor activities, from skiing and dog sledding to hiking and hot air-balloon rides, provide plenty of fun outside of the hot springs.

Hot-air balloons floating above Pagosa Springs

Hot-air balloons floating above Pagosa Springs
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