Colorado

Summary
Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars (rounded up)

Skiing under blue skies in Colorado

Skiing under blue skies in Colorado

Colorado is certainly well known for the skiing and other snow-related activities.

However, there’s much more to explore throughout the rest of the year including the impressive national parks, the cultural treasures, the spectacular landscapes and all the high-adrenaline adventures from the mountains, to the wide open spaces and the rivers and lakes.

Colorado is an outdoor paradise.

It all starts with the majestic Rocky Mountains. The opportunities for unbelievable Colorado adventures abound from the aforementioned fun in the snow activities to hiking and trekking and maybe a little paragliding for those who seek out magnificent aerial views.

Then there are the national parks for the campers and backpackers, and for people who enjoy taking a trip to yesteryear there are the gold-rush ghost towns, and Indian ruins to explore.

The only thing it seems that you won’t find while on your Colorado adventures is the ocean, but with all the unspoiled rivers, lakes and streams to play in with your kayak, canoe or sailboat, it just doesn’t matter. And you won’t have to worry about sharks either.

The bottom line: Colorado vacations provide some of the premier outdoor adventure travel experiences on the planet. Whether you’re drawn to the mountains, valleys, water or the air, you’ll find some of the most memorable travel and adventure experiences right here all year round.

Exotic Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

Colorado will rate four stars based on the spectacular scenery alone. Natural beauty is one thing that Colorado can certainly promise, and they over deliver every time.

Just think, you could be up in the crisp, clean air looking out at some of the most majestic mountains on earth. And you’ll be mesmerized by what you see whether you find a nice little chalet in the mountains or a cozy cabin on a scenic lake.

Maybe you’re into skiing. If so, you’ll be awe struck by the snow-capped mountains all around that never seem to end. The pristine powder will give you some incredible downhill runs, and the sights you’ll see on your way down will absolutely captivate you, so watch out for the trees.

And once the winter has thawed the spectacular landscapes don’t change except for the colors. The frosty whites turn to lush greens and when the wildflowers are in bloom the pastoral palette will thrill and dazzle you.

You’ll also have the opportunity to see some exotic creatures including the playful river otter, black bears, the stealthy mountain lion, the regal bald eagle and bighorn sheep.

Awesome is the word for Colorado where the splendor of the great outdoors will welcome you to some of the most breathtaking mountain scenery in America.

Cultural Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ – 3 adventure travel stars

Colorado has an interesting culture that goes back centuries to the indigenous Indian peoples who were cliff dwellers in the canyons of the southwestern corner of Colorado. If you enjoy exploring different and unique cultures you’ll want to take several trips to Colorado because there’s a lot to dig into here.

Following the Indians came the Spanish explorers, the miners of the gold rush era, pioneers and settlers, cowboys, gamblers and gunfighters and they all left their mark on the culture of Colorado.

They also left behind their secrets and mysteries that are waiting for you to come and discover when you decide to investigate all the intriguing stories connected to Colorado.

Another thing to look forward to during Colorado adventures is the Southwestern cuisine and maybe a unique surprise or two. You’ll find plenty of wonderful Mexican restaurants that serve up scrumptious dishes with that delightful Latino flair. And for a change of pace you may want to try a bison steak. And just so you know… Rocky Mountain oysters aren’t seafood related.

While traveling through the state you’ll find a lot of interesting reminders of times gone by in the architecture. You’ll see villages thought to be one thousand years old made out of adobe and stone, Victorian mansions and ghost towns of the old west.

And if the ancient relics don’t interest you, you can find plenty of modern-day cultural adventures in the chic resort towns like Aspen and Vail.

Adventure Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

When you go for a Colorado adventure you do not want to stay indoors. This beautiful state is made for those who like outdoor adventures, and you’ll find some of the most exciting experiences you could ever imagine.

Two that stand out are the snow skiing (actually, any activity that involves snow) and the white water rafting. Both are touted to be among the best in North America, if not the world.

Other adventure activities that draw people to Colorado include mountain biking, hiking and trekking, hang gliding, rock climbing, eco tours and wildlife watching. And you may want to come just for the spectacular views.

For a more complete list of incredible Colorado adventure travel experiences you can check out the list below.

Hard

  • Bungee jumping
  • Canoeing
  • Dog sledding
  • Four wheel drive trips
  • Hang gliding
  • Hunting
  • Ice climbing
  • Motorcycling
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain climbing
  • Orienteering
  • Paragliding
  • Rappelling
  • Rock climbing
  • Scuba diving
  • Skydiving
  • Snorkeling
  • Snow shoeing
  • Snow skiing
  • Soaring (gliding)
  • Spelunking (caving)
  • Survival training
  • White water rafting
  • Wilderness training
  • Windsurfing

Soft

  • Birdwatching
  • Cultural tours
  • Eco tours
  • Nature trips
  • Walking tours

Could be either

  • Backpacking
  • Bicycling
  • Camping
  • Canopy tours / Ziplines
  • Fishing
  • Flying
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Hot-air ballooning
  • Quad-biking / ATVs
  • Sailing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Trekking
  • Wildlife watching
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