Posted on: 20 October 2017
The Rocky Mountains in Colorado are often synonymous with skiing, and rightly so. But there's a lot more to these mountain getaway towns than great downhill slopes. If you're not a skier, why should you vacation on the high mountains of this beautiful state? Here are 4 other compelling things to do and see.
National Parks. Colorado has several national parks, including Rocky Mountain National Park and Great Sand Dunes National Park. Sitting at the entrance of the former is the quaint town of Estes Park. it's a great place to stay while enjoying nature, and you may see elk, moose, and bighorn sheep in the town limits. Have fun at Great Sand Dunes by finding a unique place to stay, such as the nearby working Zapata Ranch or by camping with 14,000 foot peaks in the background. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park boast lots of hiking and a magnificent backdrop.
Mining Towns. Georgetown is a great example of Colorado's history as a mineral mining mecca. Local silver mines resulted in a boom in this and other mountain hideaways, and that history is still visible. From well-preserved Victorian age hotels and homes that you can still stay in to silver mine trains that take daily visitors through the backwoods, it's a history lover's dream.
Water Retreats. You may not immediately think of water when you think of the Colorado Rockies, but there's plenty for river and lake fans to enjoy during their stay. Grand Lake, for example, is a great family destination due to its titular, picturesque lake. You can try stand up paddleboarding, kayaking, and other water sports on its calm waters, and there's a sandy beach for the kids to play on. Want a more adventurous trip? Book a rafting tour on the Arksansas or Cache la Poudre rivers as well.
Luxury Relaxation. Colorado's famous ski towns may have a name due to the slopes, but their opulent and luxurious accommodations are open to stay in all year round. Beaver Creek is a newer ski resort area that boasts some of the grandest places to stay in the entire state. Throughout the famous resort areas, including Vail and Aspen, you can soak in decadent hot tubs (or even a hidden hot spring or mineral pool) and have a spa treatment before window shopping through high-end downtown malls.
Whatever you enjoy—whether it's indoors or outdoors—the Colorado Rocky Mountains have something to offer you. Why not start planning your visit today?Share