With a breathtaking view and housing over 1000 peaks, Colorado has ample locations to click Instagram-worthy pictures. It is perfect to visit all year around. Colorado isn’t only about Rocky Mountains. With serene lakes, red rock formations, sand dunes and prairie grasslands, it is lined with beautiful towns.
Must-visit spots in Colorado:
- Mesa Verde National Park: The place was home to the Pueblo people from 600 to 1300 CE. The park was established in 1906 to preserve their archeological heritage. It protects about 5000 archeological sites along with 600 cliff dwellings. To reach Balcony House and Cliff Place people have to climb a high ladder and scramble through a narrow cave.
- Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park: It is very steep making it difficult for sunlight to penetrate to the bottom. The canyon is often shrouded in shadow thus making the rocks appear dark and hence the name. Book a room at Red Arrow Inn, Montrose, CO when travelling to Montrose to get a glimpse of this dramatic canyon.
- Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve: Comprising of 78 square kilometers and the tallest dune being about 230 meters high, you can explore the place by foot or sand sledge/sand board your way through it in equipment available for rent at the site.
- Bridal Veil Falls: It is smallest among the 3 falls that make up Niagara Falls. Take the Cave of Winds tour and experience a thrilling walk to the base of the falls. There are also guided tours that take visitors to the front of the falls. Feel the taste of mist on your lips, spray of water and go for a walk of your lifetime.
- Owl Creek Pass and Silver Jack Reservoir: This high mountain pass situated at an elevation of 10,114 ft above the sea level offers serene views. The 325 acre Silver Jack Reservoir is a favorite spot for those who love fishing.
- Maroon Bells: Touted as the most-photographed mountains in North America, none of the pictures do justice to its beauty. It has two snow-striped mountain tops and a reflective lake and attracts a lot of daytime and overnight visitors. Visit it on a weekday when it is less crowded for a better experience.
- The Hanging Lake: The Lake is a magical, geological phenomenon is nothing short of spectacular. The 1.2 mile is quite rigorous and rocky yet rewarding. Start hiking early during the away to stay away from crowds.
Colorado is synonymous with beauty and scenic. It’s a haven for nature lovers.