Everyone who has ever stepped foot in Colorado knows that it’s a jewel. From vibrant cities to tranquil mountainsides, the Centennial State has a little something to offer everyone. But did you know that this jewel houses some real gems that you may not know about? It’s true! Here’s 10 hidden gems in Colorado that you’d never think to visit.
1.) The Dikeou Collection (Denver)
Quite possibly the quirkiest art museum you'll ever visit, the Dikeou Collection (established by siblings Devon & Pany Dikeou) houses several artist's exhibits, special workshops, and two larger-than-life inflatable bunnies.
2.) Bishop Castle (Rye)
Unique castle. Interesting history. Potentially offensive tour guide. It's like an unconventional Disneyland!
3.) Butterfly Pavilion (Westminster)
I've been visiting the Butterfly Pavilion since elementary school and it never loses its magic! When you go, tell Rosie I say "hi" and to please stop haunting my dreams.
4.) Star Dune (Great Sand Dunes)
At 750 feet, this ain't your mamma's hike!
5.) Colorado Gators Reptile Park (Mosca)
This picture gives me the willies.. and I kinda like it.
6.) Last Dollar Road (Telluride)
Windy roads, stunning views, and history galore... is this real life?!
7.) Lizard Lake (Carbondale)
This isn't a painting -- Lizard Lake is very real and is ready for your visit!
8.) Missouri Mountain (Vicksburg)
A 14er with incredible views and minimal crowds.
9.) Terror-Dactyl (Manitou Springs)
"The first of its kind anywhere in the world, the ride sits on the edge of a 200-foot cliff above Williams Canyon in Manitou Springs. Those brave enough to ride will be launched 150 feet into the canyon at nearly 100 miles per hour! " Not for the faint of heart (or for me).
10.) Ute Mountain Tribal Park (Cortez)
Incredible cliff dwellings, art, and special tours -- this is a unique experience that you don't want to miss!
Which of these locations is your favorite? Do you have a hidden gem that’s so hidden that it didn’t even make this list? Tell us in the comments below!