The year 2017 may have just begun, but you may already be finding yourself in a bit of a funk. Are you needing to shake up your routine and try something new? We’ve got you covered with this list of 17 epic things you never thought of doing in Colorado, but definitely should:
Are you needing to shake up your routine and try something new? We’ve got you covered with this list of 17 epic things you never thought of doing in Colorado, but definitely should:
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
Tubing at Copper Mountain Ski Resort (Copper Mountain)
Alright thrill seekers; this one's for you! (Some of) Copper's tubing hills not only feature deeper slopes and faster speeds, but sharp turns and jumps as well! Not in the mood for a high-adrenaline ride? Not a problem, as Copper offers more family-friendly hills as well.
Explore the Redstone Coke Oven Historic District (Aspen)
Talk about a nice kitchen; the old Redstone Coke Oven Historic District was constructed in 1899 during a spike in the region’s smelting industry.
Take a soak in the Conundrum Hot Springs (Aspen)
Also located near Aspen are the unreal Conundrum Hot Springs, which are natural infinity pools that offer warm, relaxing waters and some of the most incredible views you have ever encountered. The trip to the Springs may seem like a long, somewhat treacherous one, but soaking in the waters of this paradise pool is something that everyone should try at least once.
Glamp at Dunton Hot Springs (Dunton)
Beautifully restored log cabins. Glamorous decor and furnishings. Fine dining and spa treatments. The very definition of glamping can be found at the stunning Dunton Hot Springs, which is located just across the mountain from Telluride.
Dive into Paradise Cove (Guffey)
It doesn't get anymore epic (or refreshing) than this popular swimming hole located just outside of Guffey!
Discover Hovenweep National Monument (Montezuma County)
A landmark we share with our neighbors to the west is Hovenweep; six groups of Ancestral Puebloan villages that were occupied between 6000 BC to approximately 200 AD. The well-kept villages became a National Monument in 1923.
Tour the Olympic Training Center (Colorado Springs)
See for yourself where legends (and legends in the making) train at the official Olympic Training Center, which hosts nearly 130,000 guests every year. (Tours start at $3 per person.)
Spend the night in the Rocky Mountain TreeHouse (Glenwood Springs)
Built in 1971, this spacious and elaborate treehouse is built around four large spruce trees and stands more than 25 feet tall. In addition to its memorable exterior, the treehouse features a large bedroom, loft area, bathroom with a rock shower, luxurious kitchen, and other homey amenities. (So fun, right?)
Hike the Devil's Causeway (Yampa)
Explorer, beware: The views from the Devil's Causeway may be unlike anything you've ever seen, but the hike across the narrow ridge can be dangerous, so tread with caution.
Ride the Philadelphia Toboggan Company Carousel No. 6 (Burlington)
Also known as the Elitch Gardens and/or Kit Carson County Carousel, this 1905 Philadelphia Toboggan Company masterpiece features gorgeous, hand-carved animals and original 1909 Wurlitzer 155 "Monster" military band organ.
Walk around the Paint Mines Interpretive Park (Calhan)
Did you know that there is more to Colorado than just the mountains? Crazy, right? For instance, the Eastern Plains is chock-full of beautiful natural and manmade attractions, including the Paint Mines and their colorful chalky spires, canyons, and gullies.
Marvel at the bizarre Cano's Castle (Antonito)
Here is something you definitely don't see everyday: Not only is this tall structure a castle, it is a castle that is constructed entirely of empty beer cans and other recycled materials. (The inspiration behind the dwelling? Jesus and marijuana, of course!)
Climb the Manitou Incline (Manitou Springs)
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).
Wrestle an alligator at the Colorado Gator Farm (Mosca)
This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity can be yours for only $100!
Camp at Echo Lake (Evergreen)
Technically, you're not too far from the city (a little over 30 miles from Denver, to be exact), but the campground at the base of Mount Evans will make you feel like you're millions of miles away from the ordinary.
Stroll Elf Lane (Red Feather Lakes)
Welcome to Elf Lane (or Gnome Road); a quarter-mile-long dirt trail in Red Feather Lakes that is home to several hidden gnomes, elves and even fairies. Since these colorful characters are said to be very shy, you may need to do a little searching within the trees and shrubs to find the creatures and their adorably decorated nooks. Please note: A sign along the road asks that visitors “Do not take us, break us, or relocate us, as we live here on Elf Lane to watch over children and all the little animals.”
Shopping at Mile High Flea Market (Henderson)
This ain't your mamma's flea market; Mile High Flea is an 80-acre bargain hunter's paradise complete with thousands of booths, food and drink, and even carnival rides for the kids!