Colorado was cool with the college crowd long before MTV’s cameras caught on. No, the seven strangers on the hit reality show The Real World Denver weren’t the first to dig this funky Rocky Mountain High. Their contemporaries have been flocking to the Centennial State for decades to participate in a uniquely Colorado coming-of-age ritual: the act of ski-bumming (definition: living in a mountain ski resort town such as Breckenridge, working in the service industry and riding as much fresh powder as possible in between). And it’s not just the college crowd. Colorado has been catching Californians, New Yorkers and Washingtonians faster than a fly-fisher can snare a cutthroat trout on the Platte River.
Simply said, Colorado is a great place to live and play, and common knowledge among the locals is that once you taste that ‘Rocky Mountain High’ John Denver used to croon about you’ll get so addicted to the atmosphere, altitude and attitude you’ll never leave. Where else can you spend the morning in an office, the afternoon on the mountain bike and the evening sipping a hopped-up, local beer at a brewpub with friends?
Best places to stay in Colorado
Colorado travel guide
Prepare to lose yourself in spectacular vistas, countless powdery ski runs, extreme terrain parks, steaming hot springs and Old West echoes. Colorado is mysterious, adventurous and all natural.
Powder on your doorstep: ski adventures close to US cities
Head out into the great white winter for the best quick-break ski adventures North America has to offer. Each of these top five destinations is within easy day-trip distance of a metro area, making it easy to catch some powder shots on just a tank of gas...
Need to know
Western USA travel guide
Landscapes and legends draw adventurers to the West, where a good day includes locavore dining, vineyard wine-sipping, cowboy history and outdoor fun.
Mesa Verde & Southwest Colorado
The Southwestern corner of the state boasts stunning alpine scenery and charming old mining towns brimming with Wild West lore.
Skiing Colorado’s 10th Mountain Division
A winter ski tour in Colorado’s 10th Mountain Division huts system is the stuff adventures are made of: cold weather, iced-up skis, heavy packs laden with survival gear (plus a wee pint of brandy to keep you warm at night), snowshoe hares, wide-open wilderness without a soul in sight, and open skies with a million more stars ...
Colorado - Planning your trip (Chapter)
This is the Planning chapter from Lonely Planet's Colorado guidebook Coverage includes: 25 Top Experiences, Welcome to Colorado, Need to Know, If You Like, Month By Month, Itineraries, Outdoors, Rocky Mountain Road Trips, Travel with Children...
Roadtrip America Eastbound
Up for a cross-country journey? Then sign up for this road trip adventure from San Francisco to New York City, with plenty of big-name stops in between. Discover some of America's greatest national parks, live it up in Las Vegas, feel dwarfed by the Grand Canyon and discover a vibrant blend of musical traditions in New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville.
Rocky Mountain Zipline Adventure from Denver
Enjoy the fresh Colorado air and admire the views of the Rocky Mountains as you fly through trees and over meadows on a zipline! Ride on some of Colorado’s longest zipline tracks on a course that spans more than 6,000 feet (1,828 m). Choose between a 4-line ride and a 6-line ride and enjoy scenic hikes between the ziplines.
Southwest USA: old West & silver screen towns
Hollywood has long had a love affair with America’s Wild West of yesteryear. Southwestern towns in Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada have featured in hundreds of movies set against the region’s stunning scenery - and still feel like silver screen sets today. Take a tour of the Wild West, on the road or on screen....
Colorado - Understanding Colorado & Survival Guide (Chapter)
This chapter contains the Colorado Today, History, Colorado Way of Life, Arts, Colorado Cuisine, Wildlife & the Land, Dinosaurs, Directory and Transportation chapters from Lonely Planet's Colorado guidebook. Coverage includes: Colorado Today,...