Colorado is known for its majestic mountain ranges, diverse arid landscapes, and raw natural beauty. These are the top CO attractions that draw in millions of visitors a year to experience all that this rugged state has to offer.
Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde is home to stunning specimens of cliff dwellings, and the national park is incredibly permissive in the amount of access they give the public to these ancient ruins. Built by the Ancestral Pueblo who lived there from 600 A.D. to 1300 A.D., there are thousands of archeological sites to explore. You can explore hiking trails, overlooks, and petroglyph sites.
Cliff Palace, the focal point of the cliff dwellings, is the one of the most impressive in the country. You can take a tour led by park rangers during the summer and climb ladders up into the heart of Cliff Palace. If you can’t manage the climb, you may be able to take some fantastic pictures with a telescopic lens from an overlook nearby.
Garden of the Gods
The Garden of the Gods in eastern Colorado registered as a National Natural Landmark, featuring a rugged landscape of jagged fins and stone towers that reach 300 feet in the air. You can also spy unusual enormous balanced boulders and rock piles or explore fifteen miles of primarily easy to hike trails. A favorite location for rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking, and hiking, the park is also a common destination for Segway and Jeep tours.
Silverton Narrow Gage Railway
At the base of a nearby mountain range sits the historic town of Durango, with grand restored buildings still in operation today as restaurants and hotels. Some buildings feature an Old West style decor.
The town is home to the Durango & Silverton Narrow gage Railway, which runs from Durango to Silverton, the old mining town at the end of the Colorado Trail.
These attractions offer incredible views and rich history of the Colorado landscape, with spectacular photo opportunities and a chance to get out and immerse yourself in the state’s ecological diversity.