The Hidden Beaches Road Trip That Will Show You Colorado Like Never Before

Colorado may be well known for its mountains, plains, picturesque cities, and legal weed, but there is much more to this state than people realize. Take, for instance, the fact that Colorado is also chock-full of scenic beaches! Surprised? Colorado is full of waterways, and it was even named for the Colorado River. Grab your friends, hop in the car, and take this hidden beaches road trip to the best beaches in Colorado (link to the interactive map can be found here):

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Grab the sunscreen and plan to spend the day exploring the great outdoors of the Centennial State. Which of these Colorado beaches is your favorite? Share your thoughts, pictures, and memories in the comments!

For even more road trip fun, check out these 9 Amazing Places You Can Go On One Tank Of Gas In Colorado!

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Best Beaches In Colorado

July 25, 2019

What are the prettiest beaches in Colorado?

The Centennial State is famous for being one of the loveliest in the nation, and the same high expectations visitors hold for its landscape can be applied to Colorado beaches. The truth is that the state’s waterways are downright beautiful! Blue Mesa Reservoir in Colorado is the state’s largest body of water, and Grand Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park is the state’s largest natural lake, both of which are stunning destinations to visit.

What are the best beach towns in Colorado?

Colorado is all about community, and our small beach towns are some of the quaintest and most charming anywhere in the nation. Ever heard of Chapel on the Rock? This famous attraction can be found in Allenspark, which boasts the best sandy beach in Colorado. Fort Collins also boasts of Horsetooth Resevoir, a dreamy lake that offers endless outdoor adventure. Some even nod to this site as the beach with the clearest water in Colorado! No matter which beach town you stumble into, you’re sure to fall in love with the community.

What beaches have the clearest water in Colorado?

There are many pristine waterways in this spectacular state, but some clear waters will leave you awe-struck. Hanging Lake features crystal clear water that’s as blue as the sky, and it’s just one stunning body of water. The aptly-named Blue Lakes are also strikingly pristine and beautiful. The truth is that each body of water you visit has its own charms, but you’re most likely to find clean, untouched landscapes in Colorado’s National Parks.