Must-see attractions in Central Colorado

  • Barney Ford Museum

    Breckenridge

    Barney Ford was an escaped slave who became a prominent entrepreneur and Colorado civil-rights pioneer, and made two stops in Breckenridge (where he ran a…

  • Landscape with Mt Evans, Colorado, USA

    Mt Evans

    Central Colorado

    The pinnacle of many visitors’ trips to Colorado is a drive to the alpine summit of Mt Evans, less than an hour west of Denver’s skyscrapers. It was…

  • St Mary's Glacier

    Central Colorado

    Wildflowers and windswept trails, boulders and snowfields – these are the disproportionately big rewards for the easy hike up to St Mary’s Glacier. It’s a…

  • Camp Hale

    Central Colorado

    About 16 miles north of Leadville on Hwy 24, just over Tennessee Pass, lies the former US Army facility Camp Hale. Established in 1942, it was created…

  • Frisco Historic Park & Museum

    Central Colorado

    Set on the site of the original town saloon in 1889, and later converted into the town’s second school in 1901, this museum features a number of…

  • Edwin Carter Discovery Center

    Breckenridge

    This award-winning museum sheds light on a pioneer lured west by the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush in 1858. He reached the Blue River valley in 1860. An original…

  • Ice Age Discovery Center

    Aspen

    In October 2010, a bulldozer working near Snowmass unearthed the tusk of a female mammoth. Spurred by this unusual discovery, the Denver Museum of Nature …

  • Boreas Pass

    Breckenridge

    Originally known as Breckenridge Pass (11,481ft), this road first began serving stagecoaches in 1866 when prospectors flooded into the area from South…

  • Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

    Aspen & the Maroon Bells

    This family-oriented destination lumps together several attractions at once: the Fairy Caves (once billed as the eighth wonder of the world), a full-on…

  • Independence

    Aspen

    Just 16 miles east of Aspen, at the foot of Independence Pass, this gold-mining boom town turned ghost town started as a tented camp in the summer of 1879…

  • Ashcroft

    Aspen

    The access point to the breathtaking Castle Creek Valley is the ghost town of Ashcroft, a silver-mining town founded in 1880. What remains are mostly…

  • Linwood Cemetery

    Aspen & the Maroon Bells

    Established in 1886, this is where John Henry ‘Doc’ Holliday was allegedly laid to rest in November 1887 (debate about this persists, since some scholars…

  • Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin

    Central Colorado

    Two of Leadville’s oldest surviving homes are decked out with the owners’ original gear, plus period pieces resembling what they may have enjoyed. The…

  • South Park City

    Central Colorado

    South Park City has nothing to do with Cartman, Kyle, Stan or Kenny. It's a collection of 35 original buildings, built in the 1870s and 1880s in places…

  • Aspen Art Museum

    Aspen

    This art museum's striking building features a warm, lattice-like exterior designed by Pritzker Prize–winner Shigeru Ban and contains three floors of…

  • Matchless Mine

    Central Colorado

    This is where silver magnate and Colorado senator Horace Tabor made and then lost millions in the 1880s, and where his glamorous and sensational wife,…

  • Breckenridge Arts District

    Breckenridge

    This block-long stretch of historic Breckenridge is where you’ll find a burgeoning arts scene. It has a live-work art space for visiting artists, a…

  • Lomax Placer Mine

    Breckenridge

    Here’s a chance to pan for gold, learn how old-mining-town chemists assayed the valuable claims and check out the actual sluices and flumes used in placer…

  • Rocky Mountain Land Library

    Central Colorado

    If you're a fan of libraries, you'll want to check out this 1862 ranch, which is currently being renovated to accommodate some 32,000 volumes about the…

  • Redstone Castle

    Aspen & the Maroon Bells

    Several of Redstone's original buildings are still standing, including the original chalet-style workers' cottages and John Osgood's personal residence,…

  • Colorado Snowsports Museum

    Vail

    Humble but informative, this museum takes you from the invention of skiing to the trials of the 10th Mountain Division, a decorated WWII alpine unit that…

  • Tabor Opera House

    Central Colorado

    Built in 1879 by multimillionaire Horace Tabor, this was once one of the premier entertainment venues in all of Colorado, if not the West, and hosted the…

  • Riverside Park

    Central Colorado

    This park has it all. There's a bandshell with free concerts on Thursday nights in the summer at 6pm, picnic tables and good spots to sit by the river to…

  • National Mining Hall of Fame

    Central Colorado

    Although it sounds both cheesy and dreary, this is a surprisingly informative museum, with mineral displays, gold-mining dioramas, a mock-up coal mine and…

  • Hamill House

    Central Colorado

    Originally built in 1867, this residence was renovated as a mountain estate in the late 1870s by William Hamill, who made his fortune in silver mining…

  • Frontier Historical Museum

    Aspen & the Maroon Bells

    Tucked into a quiet, leafy neighborhood, this community museum has an excellent collection of historic photos and old maps. The staff are history buffs:…

  • Christopher Martin Gallery

    Aspen

    Local artist Christopher Martin specializes in reverse glass painting, a technique that dates back to the Middle Ages. Stop by for a peek at his dynamic…

  • Peter Lik

    Aspen

    Displays the work of the self-taught Australian photographer. Lik focuses on vibrant panoramic landscapes, with a fine selection of local Aspen shots that…

  • Boesky West

    Aspen

    Opened in 2017, this is the Western outpost of Marianne Boesky's Manhattan gallery, displaying the works of emerging artists over two floors.

  • Galerie Maximillian

    Aspen

    Come here for famous 20th-century names from Chagall to Lichtenstein, mixed in with works from contemporary American and British artists.

  • Baldwin Gallery

    Aspen

    A two-floor gallery, the Baldwin opened in 1994 and specializes in contemporary American art. It's among the best in the Rocky Mountains.

  • Buena Vista River Park

    Central Colorado

    Take E Main St to its riverside conclusion and you'll find a park that sprawls for more than 2 miles along the Arkansas River. At its northern end are…

  • High Line Railroad Park

    Breckenridge

    This isn't much of a park, but it is notable for its display of a vintage narrow-gauge rotary plow and the locomotives that powered it up the famed,…

  • Buena Vista Heritage Museum

    Central Colorado

    Housed in the 1882 Chaffee County Courthouse, the museum focuses on railroad and mining exhibits (there's a great model railroad of the Arkansas River…

  • Blue River Plaza

    Breckenridge

    A beautifully landscaped riverside plaza with ample seating looking out onto the numbered peaks. There is sculpture, a 19th-century wagon, a small toddler…

  • Cottonwood Lake

    Central Colorado

    Tucked up against a stark, moonscape granite wall on one side and into a gorgeous, pine-dappled bowl on the other, this is one of the most picturesque…

  • Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

    Vail

    The highest botanical gardens in the US. Stop by for a soothing stroll past rock gardens, native alpine plants and collected species from as far as the…

  • Rio Grande Park

    Aspen

    Aspen’s biggest public park runs along the river and is bisected by the Rio Grande Trail for 2.1 miles. The park is home to an enticing skate park,…

  • Wagner Park

    Aspen

    A patch of green just off the Mill St mall, edged with cedars and a couple of shimmering aspens, and views of the Red and Aspen mountains. American…

  • Summit Ski Museum

    Breckenridge

    This small museum celebrates the first ski town in Colorado – that would be Breck – and the first century of Summit County skiing. There's a documentary…