Colorado is very much a mixed bag for gay and lesbian travelers. In general cities and college towns have more progressive attitudes – Denver especially has a thriving gay and lesbian scene.

Some other areas in the state are characterized by conservative attitudes and old-school ideas of machismo. The more affluent ski areas and artsy communities are less uptight about same-sex relationships, but you still couldn't mistake the region for San Francisco.

Resources

For the latest news, events and goings-on in Denver, Boulder and beyond, check out the online edition of Out Front Colorado (www.outfrontonline.com), Out Boulder County (www.outboulder.org), and the website of The Center (www.glbtcolorado.org), the largest LGBT community center in the Rocky Mountain region.

Good national guidebooks include Damron Women’s Traveller, Damron Men’s Travel Guide and Damron Accommodations, with listings of gay-owned or gay-friendly accommodations nationwide. All three are published by Damron (www.damron.com).

Another good resource is the Gay & Lesbian Yellow Pages, a directory of LGBTQ-friendly businesses in select cities.

Finally, if you believe you've been the target of discrimination or a hate crime, contact the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force and/or Lambda Legal, both national organizations dedicated to protecting LGBTQ civil rights.