You Will Be Interested in Colorado Outdoor Activities
Whether you are planning to travel to Colorado during the winter or summer months, you are sure to find several attractions and activities that you can see and do. Situated in the Rocky Mountains region, the state does not just offer a spectacular view of the highest peaks and elevations of the North American Rockies, it is also where many other breathtaking natural wonders and attractions that would allow travelers to have both a fun and memorable time.
Colorado also has several vacation rental homes and vacation rental cabins that are scattered throughout the state so you should be able to find one at a location that would be most practical and convenient to what you are planning to do. Try going through our listings of Denver vacation rental homes, Aspen vacation rentals, Beaver Creek condos, ski condos in Keystone and Estes Park vacation rentals and take advantage of some of the best Colorado vacation specials that we have. Aside from providing you with listings of Colorado vacation rental home, we also have a helpful guide that you can use while planning your trip itinerary to the state.
Canyons of the Ancients National Monument is located in Southwestern Colorado and has over 6,000 archaeological sites, which represent the Ancestral Puebloan and many other Native American cultures. Here, you can visit the Anasazi Heritage Center which houses many of the artifacts from the excavations done in the Canyons of the Ancients or you can visit the historic landmarks and the prehistoric settlements and learn how they have contributed to how the US and Colorado is today. If you plan to go to this national monument, it would be good to rent a Colorado vacation home located nearby so that if you need several days to explore the grounds, you would be able to easily and conveniently do so.
Found in Northwestern Colorado, this national monument features a trail system that goes through red sandstone pillars, magnificently formed arches and countless interesting rock formations which rise hundreds of feet over the Grand Valley. Some of the activities that you can do here would be hiking, climbing, bicycling and horseback riding. You can look for a Denver vacation cabin or Denver vacation home and then either go to the site by bike, car, bus or train. This national monument near Cortez protect several Ancestral Puebloan villages which are scatted over a 20 miles of mesa tops and canyons on the Utah-Colorado border. It is most known for its multi-storied ruins.
Colorado has a total of 11 national forests, some of which have famous landmarks. Most of these forests also offer a number of recreational activities for locals and tourists alike. Here are some that you might want to consider going to. Pike National Forest, located near Colorado Springs is where Pikes Peak can be found. Pikes Peak is the most visited mountain that is in North America. You can either drive to the top or you can ride on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. There are also a number of visitor centers on Pikes Peak. If you are looking into doing some hiking in this national forest, you may want to look for a Colorado Springs vacation rental, a Manitou Springs vacation rental or a Divided vacation home, which are all located nearby.
San Isabel National Forest is where the highest peak in Colorado, Mount Elbert, can be found. It features some of the most famous mountain ranges including the Sawatch, the Collegiate Peaks, the Spanish Peaks and the Sangre de Cristos. Located near Aspen and Vail and home to the famous Maroon Bells Range and the pilgrimage site of the Mount Holy Cross, White River National Forest also offers plenty of activities including hiking and camping. If you want to visit this national forest during your trip, it would be advisable to get a vacation rental in Vail so that you would also be located to many other attractions that you can go to.
Located near Buena Vista, Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area is one of the most popular locations to do some whitewater rafting and kayaking along the Arkansas River, which is the most commercially rafted river worldwide. Chautauqua Park is home to one of the remaining Chautauqua lecture halls, which is a national historic landmark. Designed over a century ago in 1882, Denver City Park is now a great tourist attraction which is where the Denver Zoo and the Museum of Nature and Science are located. If you are staying at a Denver vacation home, this city park should be included in your must-see attractions list, especially if you are traveling with kids. A great city park to go to if you are renting an Aspen vacation cabin would be the John Denver Sanctuary which is a fan pilgrimage site and a monument of the great folk artist John Denver.
Aside from the national monuments, forests and parks, Colorado has a myriad of many other attractions for travelers of all kinds. Located in Colorado Springs and built in 1962, the Air Force Academy Chapel is a designated national historic landmark. It is a white spired building which is considered as a perfect example of Modernist architecture. For those staying at a Denver vacation rental home, the Denver Mint is definitely one of the first things that you should go to. It is the largest producer of coins worldwide. They offer a free tour but make sure that you would be going to their website and booking your reservations in advance to make sure that you would be accommodated when you travel to the area. Housing a wide range of collections including the works of Andy Warhol, Man Ray, Philip Guston, David Hockney and many other Western Art collections, the Denver Art Museum offers plenty for art lovers and art enthusiasts. Situated in Burlington, the Kit Carson County Carousel is a 100-year-old carousel which surprisingly still has its original paint and is still in working condition.
Offering 6,000 miles of streams and over 2,000 lakes and reservoirs, Colorado is where you can fish for more than 35 species of warm and cold-water fish. Some of the fishing activities that you can do include angling, ice fishing and high mountain stream fishing. However, before going fishing, make sure to check the seasons which have been set by the state and to obtain a fishing license. A lot of fishing spots are located near several vacation rentals in Colorado so make sure to check them out as you go through our listings. With an endless number of hiking trails with various terrains, hiking is one of the most popular activities done in Colorado. You can actually choose to rent any vacation rental home in the state and be sure to have a place where you can hike nearby.
Mountain climbing is also one of the more popular outdoor adventures that you can do while in Colorado because of its numerous mountains. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced climber, you should be able to find a mountain that would suit your skills. Because of the large number of ski areas and ski resorts in the state, many people who are traveling alone, with their significant other or with their family choose to go here to have an exciting ski trip. You can find cabin rentals and a ski condos in Breckenridge, Beaver Creek or Keystone and enjoy an exhilarating adventure in the snow. If you are a non-skier, there are many other things that you can do while staying at a ski resort such as shopping, trying out the spas or going tubing.
During the summer, thousands of tourists flock to Colorado to go whitewater rafting. Because most of the outfitters are located near Denver, rafters usually rent a Denver vacation home to have a whitewater rafting excursion or adventure. Colorado is also known for having a diversity of wild animals in its national parks and forests including elk, moose, mule deer, mountain goats, moose, antelope, bighorn sheep, brown bears, mountain lions, bobcats and migratory birds. You can look for signs along the interstates and the highways which say "Wildlife Viewing Area" or venture to some of the wilderness areas with a pair of binoculars and a camera and you should be able to see several animal species.
You can also visit trails which have connected countries, cultures and colonies in the past to see their beauty and learn about their significance to the history of the US. Some of the historic trails in Colorado include the: Old Spanish Historic Trail, which winds through southwestern Colorado and leads from Abiquiu in New Mexico to Los Angeles in California; the Santa Fe National Historic Trail; and the Pony Express National Historic Trail.
Colorado has two national historic sites which tell the story about the relations of Europe and the US with Native Americans. These historic sites would be: Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site, located near La Junta and is an adobe fur trading post in the 1840s that has now been restored; and the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site is located near Chivington. You can arrange for a trip or a tour of these historic sites to add to your itinerary, especially if you want to know a bit more about the rich history of the state.