When I say the word enchanting, what comes to mind? A fairy tale? Spells? Maybe something whimsical? Personally, I think of Colorado and its magical charm. To prove my point, here are 12 enchanting Colorado spots that you may not know exist:
1. Blue Lakes
The vibrant blues of the water and greens of the trees may look like something out of a gorgeous watercolor painting, but they are indeed real life! Visit this hidden San Juan Mountain gem to experience it for yourself.
2. Grand Lake
This small mountain town really lives up to its name. From the boardwalk to the various shops and restaurants to the lake itself, Grand Lake is the poster child for a peaceful retreat.
3. The Paint Mines (Calhan)
How did a small plains town wind up with such a unique and colorful treasure? You decide as you hike the winding trails and explore its diverse ecological system.
4. Crested Butte
As far as I'm concerned, the nearly 1,500 people who call Crested Butte "home" are the luckiest people on earth! In the spring/summer/fall, Crested Butte is surrounded by lively greens, blues, and reds from the mountains and trees; and in the winter, it looks like a picture-perfect town you'd find in a snow globe.
5. Maroon Bells (Aspen)
The Maroon Bells need no caption.
6. Great Sand Dunes National Park
The last thing you'd expect to find in the mountain and plains state of Colorado are heaping piles of sand... but guess what? We got 'em and they're spectacular!
Boarding a train to get from point a to point b is a thing of the past... and that's really too bad. However, in the Western Slope town of Durango, riding the historic Durango & Silverton Railroad is the norm (as is exploring unique jewels such as Mesa Verde, Chimney Rock, and the Four Corners)!
8. Hanging Lake (Glenwood Springs)
Have you ever seen clear, turquoise waters this perfect? Most people haven't, so please don't touch or swim in this delicate natural wonder.
9. Eastern Plains
This picture is entitled, "Just Epic" -- and we couldn't agree more! As someone who grew up on the eastern plains, I can also vouch for their unbelievable sunsets and nighttime skies.
10. Garden of the Gods (Colorado Springs)
Here's something you don't see everyday: giant red, limestone rocks springing up among native foliage. #OnlyinColorado. Speaking of red rocks...
11. Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Morrison)
Sitting in the "only naturally-occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheatre in the world" + rocking out to your favorite band + enjoying this nighttime view of the Mile High City = the very definition of "enchanting."
12. Dinosaur National Monument (Moffat County)
This National Monument not only houses (more than 800) paleontological sites and fossils, but incredible rocks formations and landscapes as well.
Which spot in Colorado do you find to be the most enchanting? Let me know in the comments (so I can go check it out)!