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Things to do in  Colorado

Welcome to Colorado

From the eastern plain’s flat grasslands rippling in the breeze to the snow-capped peaks of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado is perfect for those who heed the call of the wild. A variety of tours offer hiking opportunities in Rocky Mountain National Park and Garden of the Gods, each within easy reach of Denver and Colorado Springs, respectively. White-water rafting tours whisk you along rivers that wind their way through the state. Snow sports enthusiasts will want to join an excursion to some of the best slopes in the United States in Vail, Telluride, and Breckenridge — which transform into cultural hubs hosting music festivals and outdoor movie nights when the snow melts in the summer. Take a trip to tour the southern tip of the state, where Canyons of the Ancients and Mesa Verde National Park offer a glimpse into the lives of the area’s Ancestral Puebloan inhabitants. When it’s time to step indoors, make your way to a culinary or city tour for some cowboy-chic culture, especially in and around the Mile High City (and state capital) of downtown Denver. Sip high-altitude beers on a tour of the city’s ever-expanding craft brewery scene; taste farm-to-table cuisine on a Denver food tour; spend an evening touring the city’s fine art collections; or take an easy day trip to the neighboring college town of Boulder.

Top 10 attractions in Colorado

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Animas River

Animas River

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Get your helmets and life vests ready—this family-friendly rafting river serves up class I, II and III rapids as it winds through Colorado shrub land and downtown Durango. Calmer than its wild upper reaches in the San Juan mountains surrounding Silverton 48 miles north, Durango’s stretch boasts calm bends as well as several named rapids including “Smelter,” “Pinball,” and “Santa Rita Hole,” as it passes the fairgrounds and the buildings of downtown. Though it still can be a wild ride, most guided tours will take kids as young as five years old. Rafting adventures run from May to September.In the height of summer when the river is warmest and lowest, tubing is also a popular past time. The city runs shuttles from the parking and take-out at 9th Street at Schneider Park to the put-in near the Recreation Center where there’s free air fills for tubes. South of town a four-mile stretch of river has achieved notoriety as an excellent fly-fishing spot for rainbow and brown trout.If you’re in Durango in the off-season, you can still enjoy the river and its downtown views via the Durango River Trail. The walking path has pedestrian bridges and sculpture installations and follows the course of the river through the city.More
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Arkansas River

Arkansas River

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Flowing through four states, the Arkansas River is the sixth longest river in the United States. Its source basin and Arkansas River Canyon can be found in Colorado, where it is a popular spot to go whitewater rafting. It runs past the Rocky Mountains and drops extensively as it flows through the valley, creating the conditions that are good for rafting and kayaking. Depending on the section of the river there is everything from Class IV and V rapids to gentler II and III sections that are ideal for beginners. Waters weave scenically in and through canyons and gorges surrounded by thick forest and snow-capped peaks.Aside from boating and fishing, visitors to the Arkansas River often utilize the facilities and the beautiful backdrop for activities such as hiking, camping, mountain biking, birding, and rock climbing. There is also great fly fishing in this part of the river, particularly for trout.More
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Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods

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An urban park and designated national landmark in Colorado Springs, the Garden of the Gods encompasses 1,367 acres of unique wilderness, Great Plains grassland, and juniper woodlands. The most iconic section of the park features a towering ridge of eroded red rock formations that reveal 300 million years of geological history, while the famous red rock formations include Balanced Rock, Gateway Rock and the Three Graces. Among the crags and overhangs, visitors can spot petroglyphs from the Native American Ute tribe that once roamed these lands.More
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Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre

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Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a music venue unlike any other—a sandstone stadium forged by the elements and blessed with natural acoustics. Many musicians have taken to this stage, and when shows are in town, Red Rocks can host over 9,500 concertgoers, all in for a treat beyond the music: stellar views of the natural Colorado landscape.More
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Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park

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In the southwest corner of Colorado, Mesa Verde National Park is known for its Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings and boasts a landscape of mesas and canyons. This UNESCO World Heritage Site attracts history and archaeology buffs who go to marvel at the pueblos built into cliffs, which were inhabited from about 1190 to 1300.More
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Pikes Peak Highway

Pikes Peak Highway

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The Pikes Peak Highway offers an easy, scenic route to the top of iconic Pikes Peak. The 19-mile, paved toll road was originally built in 1915, and the entrance begins at 7,400 feet before climbing all the way to the top of the 14,115-foot summit. One of the best views of the peak can be found at the pullout between mile markers seven and eight. Along the way you can make a pit stop at the historic Glen Cove Inn, a cabin-turned-rest stop area featuring a gift shop, restaurant and restrooms.At the summit, you’ll find the Summit House, which has the America the Beautiful monument and an observation deck from which you can enjoy incredible panoramic views stretching all the way to Colorado Springs. If the altitude proves overwhelming, head inside the Summit House to belly up to the oxygen bar and alleviate altitude sickness.More
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Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave

Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave

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The final resting place of Wild West showman extraordinaire William “Buffalo Bill” Cody sits atop Lookout Mountain on the outskirts of Golden, Colorado, where grave marker itself overlooks a panoramic view of the Rock Mountains. Since Cody’s burial here in 1917, which had some 20,000 fans in attendance, the mountain attraction has also grown to include a museum devoted to his life.The 3,000-square-foot museum is a family-friendly roadside attraction with a variety of permanent and rotating exhibits documenting his life and legend. See rare historical artifacts, including one of Cody’s Stetson hats and a peace pipe from Sitting Bull. Other exhibits include a display of Wild West guns and a Kid’s Cowboy Corral, where children can design their own brand and learn to throw a lasso.More
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Browns Canyon National Monument

Browns Canyon National Monument

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The Browns Canyon National Monument is an area around the Arkansas River that's long been a popular recreational area.The nearly 22,000-acre area of the Arkansas River that is contained within the Browns Canyon National Monument is the United States' most popular place for whitewater rafting. It is also popular for its hiking and fishing opportunities.Prior to becoming a National Monument in 2015, the area had also been popular with hunters. With the designation, animals such as bighorn sheep, elk, and golden eagles are more protected.More
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Historic Downtown Durango

Historic Downtown Durango

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The heart of Durango is a nationally registered historic district where visitors can walk in the footsteps of the miners and railroad workers who helped settle the Wild West, though today’s Durango is quite a bit more upscale that it was when William Jackson Palmer settled the area in the late 1800s. Historic attractions include the original Strater Hotel, built in 1887, and the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, which still carries passengers between the two towns along the Animas River. The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Museum sits at the back of the railyard with exhibits describing the history of the town and the railway.More
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Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

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Atop Iron Mountain in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park provides a day of nonstop thrills with some of the best views of any amusement park around. Home to the highest-elevation full-size coaster, the park gives adrenaline junkies plenty to scream about with rides that zip and swing across cliffs and canyons.More

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How to Spend 3 Days in Colorado Springs

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Recent reviews from experiences in Colorado

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Worth it all
Briana_C, Dec. 2020
Breckenridge Mountain Explorer
I recommend this to anyone who wants to have a full day of things to do in Colorado!
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Great day excursion
Andy, Nov. 2020
Breckenridge Ultimate Full Day Mountain Tour from Denver
We would highly recommend this tour if you want to see a lot in a day .
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Rocky Mountain High - Colorado
Diana_H, Sep. 2020
Half Day Rocky Mountain Escape
Nice quick getaway to see a taste of Colorado, beautiful trees turning fall colors Our tour guide Jed is very knowledgeable & accommodating.
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Amazing
Alisha_P, Jan. 2021
Breckenridge Ultimate Full Day Mountain Tour from Denver
She explained, how to dress, what to expect, what hop spots to visit and just an angel to speak to.
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Three stops in Colorado
Melody_D, Oct. 2020
Visit Red Rocks Park, Continental Divide & Breckenridge
All in all a easy way to get out of the city and to see some beautiful views.
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Great experience
Michael_P, Aug. 2020
Hiking Adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver
Gave me great advice on restaurants and activities for our weekend in Colorado!
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Amazing tour!
Alexa_S, Aug. 2020
Small Group Tour of Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods from Denver
What a great way to see the beauty of Colorado.
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Amazing guide and great trip!
justmiller85, Jan. 2020
Small Group Tour of Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods from Denver
Worth the money for sure, a great, comfortable, way to see Colorado.
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Can't wait to go back!
lyndseymartinelli, Nov. 2019
Jeep Tour - Foothills & Garden of the Gods
I climbed the red rocks, went through old trail tunnels, took pictures of scenic outlooks and learned all about Colorado springs.
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Loving the rockys
Anna D, Jul. 2019
Discover Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver or Boulder
She knew the best times to visit each attraction to take in the best views.
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Zipline Tour with Dylan and Natalie
Pioneer02051456941, Jun. 2019
Fins Course Scenic Zipline Tour
The views while ziplining in Colorado Springs were breathtaking and I was able to take it all on my GoPro with help from our guides.
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Rocky Mountain National Park Tour - Denver
RJREY, May 2019
Discover Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver or Boulder
One of my main reasons to visit Colorado was seeing Rocky Mountain National Park.
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Red Canyon loop half of day jeep tour
Alla L, Mar. 2019
Red Canyon Loop Half Day Jeep Tour
We were moving on to Colorado Springs that day and he gave us a wonderful restaurant recommendation.
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Great trip all around! I was...
Elizabeth B, Jul. 2017
Red Canyon Loop Half Day Jeep Tour
Mel was very knowledgeable - I learned so much about the area and got to see beautiful views!
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Great views and history of The Springs
Sean_H, Jul. 2020
Jeep Tour - Foothills & Garden of the Gods
We had a beautiful, clear Colorado day and got to see some great views as well as a great history lesson of greater Colorado Springs.
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Aspire Tours Breckenridge Trip
Glen V, Oct. 2019
Breckenridge Mountain Explorer
If you only visit Colorado for a few days, this trip is a great way to see a good amount of the scenery and get a great understanding of the lifestyle.
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Foothills explorer tour- Red Rocks
ctilgh, Oct. 2019
Foothills Explorer Tour From Denver
Got to see a lot of great spots.
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Awesome information and great views
William G, Sep. 2019
Small-Group Half-Day Tour Foothills of the Rockies from Denver
I would give it a 5 star but we weren't able to see the Bison, which was what we were excited about seeing.
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Great day trip from Denver.
khbmnyus, Jul. 2019
Mount Evans & Red Rocks Park Small Group Tour From Denver
Evans ,We stopped at Idaho Spring for 1 hour lunch,having a couple of craft beers.
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This tour is amazing if you want to...
jokim14, Jun. 2018
Shared Half-Day Mountain Tour in Red Rocks Evergreen and Echo Lake
This tour is amazing if you want to see 3 major breathtaking Colorado sights on a budget, without a lot of hiking or having to spend the entire day on a tour.

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