Colorado July 09, 2016
10 Once-In-A-Lifetime Adventures You Can Only Have In Colorado
Colorado is a one-of-a-kind place, so it only makes sense that it houses some one-of-a-kind attractions and adventures. If you are looking to partake in some of these once-in-a-lifetime experiences (that are located right in your own backyard), make sure to try:
1. Biking through St. Elmo.
Get ready to see this infamous ghost town in a whole new light, as companies like
Absolute Bike Adventures
conduct informative tours through this and other historic Colorado areas.
2. Climbing the Manitou Incline.
It's 1-mile long; it climbs 2,000 vertical feet; AND it'll completely bust your butt (in the best way possible, of course).
3. Digging for dinosaurs.
Get ready to see over 800 paleontological sites at the always fascinating and informative
Dinosaur National Monument
. (Want to make your experience even more memorable? Make plans to camp in one of their scenic campgrounds.)
4. Riding the Telluride/Mountain Village Gondola.
Do you want to know what I love the most about the
Telluride/Mountain Village gondola
? No, it isn't the view (though it is absolutely spectacular)... it's the fact that the 13-minute ride over the San Juan Mountains is FREE!
5. Hopping aboard the Pikes Peak Cog Railway.
All aboard the
Pikes Peak Cog Railway
; a historic steam train that has been running from Manitou Springs all the way up to Pikes Peak since 1891.
6. Visiting the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.
Whether you hike, sled, take pictures, or admire from a distance, everyone should take in these extraordinary (and completely unexpected) 44,246-acres of soft sand. (You can find more information about the Great Sand Dunes via the National Park Service's
7. Exploring the Cave of the Winds.
One of the "newer" attractions in Colorado is that of the
Cave of the Winds
, which was first discovered in 1984 and has since become one of the most popular Colorado attractions for both locals and tourists alike.
8. Traveling back in time (via vintage campers).
Get ready to party like it's 1965 in one of the retro trailers at
The Starlite Classic Campground
, which houses nearly one dozen vintage trailers (including this darling 1962 Tepee trailer, aptly named the "Flamingo Lounge").
9. Making a few new 4-legged friends.
No need to visit exotic lands to get up close and personal with exotic animals; the 720-acre
Wild Animal Sanctuary
houses more than 350 lions, tigers, bears, and other types of rescue animals.
10. Mining for gold.
How lucky are we to not only have the incredible
Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine
within driving distance, but to have the opportunity to experience it for ourselves via tours and demonstrations?
Want to discover even more unique Colorado adventures? Check out
10 Colorado Gems That You’d Never Think to Visit.