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On the Way to Rocky Mountain National Park
Plan your road trip to Colorado's most popular and largest national park. Stop in these Colorado and Wyoming destinations that give you quick access to the park.
- Ridgeline Hotel - Explore the park, then relax in our well-appointed guest rooms. Travelers enjoy regional cuisines in our dining room and lounge, a heated atrium pool/whirlpool, WiFi and more.
- YMCA of the Rockies - Choose between the YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park Center on the Rocky Mountain National Park's east side or YMCA of the Rockies Snow Mountain Ranch on the west side for great activities and lodging options.
- Estes Park, Colorado - Known as the base camp to Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park is an authentic Colorado mountain town offering seemingly endless activities for outdoor lovers, nature enthusiasts, active couples and families of all sizes. Take a historical tour, go on an adventure guided by local outdoor experts and attend unique festivals.
- Cheyenne, Wyoming - Cheyenne is a big town by Wyoming's standards and provides a fantastic authentic Western experience. For starters it's home to the largest outdoor rodeo in the world, Cheyenne Frontier Days. In addition, visitors will enjoy the Cheyenne Depot, the Big Boy Steam Engine, the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, the Railway Trolley, the Historic Governor's Mansion.
- Laramie, Wyoming - Explore a colorful historic past and some of the region’s best scenery. Find unparalleled adventure within a short drive of the city or visit the historic downtown with great lodging, art culture, nightlife and unique shopping.
- Colorado State Parks & Wildlife - Colorado’s 41 state parks are places to have fun, get away, recreate and re-create in beautiful settings. Book your camping reservations or find activities across the State.
- River Run RV Resort - This brand new resort on Rocky Mountain National Park’s west side has gorgeous accommodations from vacation home rentals to Airstreams to campsites. The property offers endless activities including paddleboarding, a yoga lawn and even a mini bowling alley.
- Visit Grand County - Grand County is authentically Colorado. Located on Rocky Mountain National Park’s west side you’ll find charming towns like Grand Lake, gorgeous ski areas like Winter Park Mountain Resort and unparalleled outdoor opportunities. Check out Colorado’s longest alpine slide, hike 600-miles of trails or soak at Hot Sulphur Springs.
- Western Riviera - As the only lakeside hotel and cabins in Grand Lake, Colo., you’ll be able to watch boats on the lake and swimming moose from your room. Located just minutes from the park’s West Entrance, you’ll be perfectly poised to explore all this beautiful part of the country has to offer.
On the Way to Mesa Verde National Park
The greater Four Corners area where Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona meet showcase ancient human history, diverse culinary treats and beautiful mountain landscapes. Add these nearby destinations in Colorado, Utah and New Mexico to complete your dream vacation.
- Farmington, New Mexico - Farmington is your ticket to unlimited adventure. Rugged, wild scenery coupled with unique culture, it’s here that outdoor lovers and active families thrive.
- Durango, Colorado - From fly-fishing, zip lining and mountain biking, to skiing, rock climbing and golfing; outdoor enthusiasts will be amazed by the playground Mother Nature has provided in Durango, Colorado.
- Strater Hotel - This iconic hotel was built in 1887, but boasts modern amenities in every room. Located two blocks from the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad in the heart of Durango and just an hour from Mesa Verde. Don’t miss the Diamond Belle Saloon, a ragtime piano bar where staff dress in period costumes.
- Rochester Hotel - Two boutique and locally owned hotels await in Durango. At the Leland House, you’ll find I Love Lucy style apartments with kitchens and at the Rochester Hotel, you’ll find rooms themed after Western films.
On the Way to Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
The areas in Colorado and New Mexico surrounding this natural phenomena includes wildlife habitats, hot springs and world-class art.
- Alamosa, Colorado - Come visit Alamosa, home of the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Or, ride the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad, camp, fish, hike, and more!
- South Fork, Colorado - Don't let this sleepy town tucked into the folds of the mountains fool you. Its small size is counteracted by the extraordinary amount of energy its 350 year-round residents generate through outdoor recreation.
- Trinidad, Colorado - Hike up a volcano, see cowboy art, or stroll past a world-class skate park. Expect the unexpected when you visit this town on the edge of Colorado’s border with New Mexico.
- Santa Fe County, New Mexico - For the adventurous traveler who craves truly authentic experiences, here is the destination that feeds the soul and energizes the spirit. Enjoy world-class hiking, biking, skiing, invigorating spa and wellness retreats, and a celebrated local cuisine.
- Salida, Colorado - Few corners of the world can match Salida’s variety of year-round activities. Shred Monarch Mountain in the winter. Enjoy the Arkansas River in the summer. And hit the epic trail system just about any season.
- The Springs Resort & Spa - Home to the most geothermal hot spring pools in Colorado, 24 soaking pools vary in temperature and receive their rich mineral waters from a record-holding geothermal hot spring.
- Cumbre & Toltec Scenic Railroad - The ride of your life awaits where 64 miles of narrow-gauge railroad track stretch from Antonito, Colo. to Chama, N.M. The train ride, which starts from either end, passes through some of the most gorgeous and untouched country in Colorado and New Mexico.
On the Way to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Dinosaur National Monument and Colorado National Monument
The region of northwest Colorado and nearby Utah is full of steep canyons, rocky pillars, dinosaur bones and wild horses. Visit three national parks and monuments within a few days by basing your vacation in one of the gateway destinations.
- Moffat County, Colorado - The 1.7 million acres of pristine, picturesque public lands, abundant wildlife, wild horses, and untamed rivers define Moffat Country.
- Dinosaurland - One of the West’s biggest secrets is northeastern Utah, an easy day’s drive west of Colorado's national parks and monuments. Some call it Dinosaurland, and you’ll find it offers adventure and sites not seen anywhere else in the world.
- Flaming Gorge Country - Explore an unspoiled playground of stunning natural features. Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area offers year-round adventure for families of all ages. Scenic Trails. Superb Boating. DIY Rafting. Trophy Fishing. Wow.
- Fruita, Colorado - Fruita is all about adventure. Whatever you call it, we have an epic option for you - biking, hiking, climbing, rafting, 4-wheeling, uncovering dinosaurs, golfing, or rodeo.
- OARS - An OARS whitewater rafting trip through Dinosaur National Monument on the Green or the Yampa River in Colorado includes paddling through fun, splashy rapids, camping on big sandy beaches, enjoying hearty, healthy meals, and a night sky like you’ve never experienced before.
- Steamboat Springs Chamber - Home to a renown ski resort, Steamboat Springs has managed to retain its authentic cowboy roots. Soak in a hot springs, peruse a hundred-year-old Western store or dine at one of the towns many inventive eateries.
Colorado's Front Range and Central Mountains
Plan your vacation along the foothills where Colorado's plains hit the Rocky Mountains. This area of Colorado includes the greater Denver metro area plus quaint mountain towns along the way to Colorado Springs, and all the hidden gems in the central mountains.
- Visit Colorado Springs - You'll find more than 55 area attractions including trains, museums, parks, a zoo and more.
- Wild Animal Sanctuary - More than ten thousand acres on two Colorado sites, where rescued animals from horrific captive situations can live and roam freely within large natural habitats with others of their own kind.
- Westminster, Colorado - This vibrant community offers family-friendly adventure from a butterfly conservatory and year-round ice rinks to a go-kart raceway and getting out on the water at Stanley Lake Regional Park.
- Morgan County - It's where the prairie meets the sky! Only an hour drive from metro Denver, find clear blue skies, waves of rich farmland and the beauty of the winding South Platte River. Drive the Pawnee Pioneer Trails Scenic Byway from Fort Morgan to the Pawnee Buttes in the national grassland.
- Visit Arvada - Just 15-minutes from downtown Denver, Arvada feels a world away with its charming and historic experience in Olde Town. Shop at locally owned boutiques, sip craft beer or partake in the thriving local food scene.
- Clear Creek County - Experience Colorado’s high country as you drive Interstate 70 through the Rocky Mountains and stop along the way in charming towns like Idaho Springs and Georgetown that make up Clear Creek County. Here you can ride a historic train, hike to a glacier and drive to the peak of a 14,000-foot mountain all in the same day.
- Chaffee County Tourism - Unpretentious mountain towns, gorgeous scenery and incredible outdoor experiences make up Chaffee County, Colo. Experience one of the country’s newest national monuments with a rafting trip in Browns Canyons, shop and dine in charming towns like Buena Vista and Salida and take in the views at Monarch Mountain.
- Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park - This family friendly adventure park located in Glenwood Springs, Colo., is the perfect stop to get the wiggles out. Go underground in the caverns or head to the mountain top to ride everything from the alpine coaster to the giant swing before playing a round of laser tag.
- Iron Mountain Hot Springs - Located in historic Glenwood Springs, Colo., Iron Mountain Hot Springs is one of Colorado’s newest soaking resorts. Relax as you soak along the banks of the Colorado River and take in gorgeous mountain views from one of 16 small pools.
- Town of Frisco - Vibrant Frisco is located along Interstate-70 in Colorado’s high country. Explore their charming downtown or head to the Dillon Reservoir where you can rent a boat from the marina to explore the water.
- Town of Dillon - Located along the shores of Dillon Reservoir, this small town is a water lover’s paradise. Rent a kayak or paddleboard to explore the waters or set sail from the Dillon Marina. At the end of the day, head to the Dillon Amphitheater to dance to night away to local music or headline acts.
- Town of Silverthorne - Stunning scenery, outdoor activities and some of the best shopping in the high country await in Silverthorne. Hit the trails in the morning before heading to the Silverthorne Outlets in the afternoon to shop until you drop.
- Central City - Explore local galleries, experience world-class opera, dig deeper at the museums, see a play and try your luck at the casinos, all within Central City’s beautiful and historic downtown.
Tour Guides and Tour Apps
Don't miss a thing by following an expert - a literal "Colorado Travel Guide."
- Rocky Mountain National Park Driving Tour App by Gypsy Guide -Listen to an expert tour guide automatically play interesting and entertaining commentary as you go.
- Wildland Trekking Guided Hiking Vacations - Go on an unforgettable hiking vacation. There's a tour that fits nearly anyone who loves to hike in world-renowned, breathtaking landscapes.
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