Colorado: Outdoor Adventures, Big and Small
Here are 5 ways to explore the natural wonders of this Western USA state.
Colorado is a beautiful, naturally diverse place nestled in the western part of the USA. Filled with unique canyons, hot springs, arid desert, alpine landscapes and the world-famous Rocky Mountains, this state features plenty of outdoor activities for any adventure-seeker to choose from.
Hiking Colorado’s Mountains
The bulk of Colorado is covered by the famous Rocky Mountains. An impressive 58 peaks in Colorado alone are more than 4,267 meters tall – more than any other state in the USA. Discover hiking trails that take you along breathtaking paths filled with wildlife and lush greenery. Whether you’re a novice or an expert, want to climb to the top or prefer to stick to valleys and foothills, you can connect to the rugged beauty of Colorado’s mountains.
Horseback riding in Rocky Mountain National Park
Horseback Riding at Maroon Bells
Explore like the cowboys do in Colorado – on horseback. Take an unforgettable tour of the countryside with a short day trip or a longer multi-day adventure at the incredible Maroon Bells near ski resort towns Aspen and Snowmass. Take in sights of polar and conifer trees on the snow-capped rocky peaks and breathe in the surrounding beauty. Be sure to bring your camera on this excursion, because this is a landscape you are going to want to remember forever.
Twilight Photography at Mesa Verde National Park
Located in southwestern Colorado, Mesa Verde National Park is a picturesque site filled with hundreds of cliff houses that were built from AD 600 to 1300. Take the Twilight Photography Tour and roam the Cliff Palace at sunset while you learn first-hand about the building of the cliff houses and the lives of the ancient Pueblo people. Snap the perfect pic with dramatic lighting and magnificent scenery that even a novice can take advantage of.
Take stunning photographs of Mesa Verde National Park at twlight
Sandboarding at Great Sand Dunes National Park
Great Sand Dunes National Park is a vast sandbox and lush forest that covers 78 square kilometers and including its highest sand dune standing at 228.6 meters. For enormously good fun, rent a special sandboard or a sand sled and plunge down the soft sand of the dunes. Don’t bring your snowboard though, as it won’t work on the dry sand. For even more high-speed fun, add some wax to the bottom of your sandboard or sled. If you’re looking for more adventure, ride a four-wheeler through the Medano Road or rent a Fat Bike (a mountain bike with extra wide tires for sand) and pedal your way through. There are also plenty of campsites, picnic sites and hiking trails to experience during your visit.
Have a blast when you sandboard the sand dunes at Great Sand Dune National Park
Snowshoeing at Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park offers 1,075-square kilometers of spectacular mountain views. In the winter, grab some snowshoes and a couple of poles to conquer the many hiking trails available for all levels. Explore the area by yourself or go on one of the free ranger-led programs available. Marvel at various wildlife along the trails (including elk, mule deer, moose and bighorn sheep) and snap photos of the beautiful scenery along the way. There’s nothing quite like the experience of hiking through the Rocky Mountains in snowshoes.
Take in the beauty of the winter wonderland when you snowshoe the trails in Rocky Mountain National Park
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