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.
Hot spring hunting in the Southwest USA
With clear desert nights, fresh mountain air and a sweet lack of city crowds, the Southwest USA is an ideal place for a restorative outdoor dip in a hot spring.
Need to know
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 and Regions at a Glance.
Where in the country does the city’s mayor also own some of the state’s most popular microbreweries? Well, Denver, of course.
Golf getaways for the non-golfer
The sweet smell of wet grass. The unmistakable thwack of a clean hit. That last glimpse of a ball as it soars long and straight down the fairway. Golf can be a beautiful game. Of course, not every golfer wants to spend every moment on the green.
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, History, Exploration & Settlement, Fur Trade & Emigrant Trails, Statehood, Colorado Way of Life, Quite the Pioneers, Extremism in the Rockies, Arts, Gallery Hopping, Festivals, Colorado Cuisine, You Call This Mexican?, Happy Hour Happiness, On a Vegan Note, Wildlife & the Land, Geology, Flora, Dinosaurs, Tracking the Giants, Directory, Accommodations, Travelers with Disabilities, Volunteering, Transportation, Getting There & Away and Getting Around.
Coast to Coast Road Trip Eastbound
Get out on the road and follow in the footsteps of Jack Kerouac to discover the real America. This ultimate coast-to-coast road trip connects you and your small group of fellow travellers to the iconic cities, natural wonders, national parks and monuments that make this land great. Learn about Navajo culture in the Southwest and what the odds are in Las Vegas.
Grand Canyon and Rocky Mountain Trails
Explore Yellowstone, the Rocky Mountains and hike the Grand Canyon
Best 'après-ski' spots of the Americas
OK, we get it. Europe dominates the après-ski world. The most famous scenes for post-ski boozing, eating, ballyhoo always seem to be the Zermatts, the St Antons, the Mont-Blancs.
Colorado - Northwest Colorado (Chapter)
This is the Northwest Colorado chapter from Lonely Planet's Colorado guidebook. Coverage includes: Steamboat Springs & around, Stagecoach State Park, Mt Zirkel Wilderness, Hahns Peak, Walden, Kremmling, Hot Sulphur Springs, Craig, Dinosaur National Monument & around, Dinosaur, Rangely, Cañon Pintado National Historic District, Along I-70, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Marble, Crystal, Colorado National Monument, Grand Junction, Fruita and Grand Mesa.