Must-see attractions in Colorado

  • Denver's Red Rocks venue in the foreground, exploits the full moon as the main event.

    Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre


    When the setting sun brings out a rich, orange glow from the rock formations and the band on stage launches into just the right tune, Red Rocks…

  • Denver, CO, USA - January 12th, 2016: A night time photo taken of Union Station and the Crawford Hotel in downtown Denver Colorado at the corner of 17th Street and Wynkoop Street.

    Union Station


    Gorgeously restored, historic Union Station is Denver's main transportation hub, used by RTD light-rail lines, commuter buses and Amtrak. But it's way…

  • Denver Art Museum, Civic Center Cultural Complex, Denver, Colorado, United States of America, North America

    Denver Art Museum


    The Denver Art Museum (DAM) is home to one of the largest Native American art collections in the USA, and puts on special multimedia exhibits that vary…

  • Hispanic family biking in Confluence Park near downtown Denver, Colorado, USA

    Confluence Park


    Where Cherry Creek and South Platte River meet is the nexus and plexus of Denver's sunshine-loving culture. Thousands of outdoorsy Denverites flock here…

  • The new Clyfford Still Museum is set to open November 18, 2011. The entry of the museum on Tuesday, November 8, 2011. Cyrus McCrimmon, The Denver Post  (Photo By Cyrus McCrimmon/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

    Clyfford Still Museum


    Dedicated exclusively to the work and legacy of 20th-century American abstract expressionist Clyfford Still, this fascinating museum's collection includes…

  • The famous giant red sandstone formations at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Garden of the Gods

    Colorado Springs

    This gorgeous vein of red sandstone (about 290 million years old) appears elsewhere along Colorado's Front Range, but the exquisitely thin cathedral…

  • Green Mountain and the Flatirons as seen from Chautauqua Park in Boulder, Colorado.

    Chautauqua Park


    This historic landmark park is the gateway to Boulder’s most magnificent slab of open space adjoining the iconic Flatirons; its wide, lush lawn attracts…

  • Cliff Palace

    Southwest Colorado

    The only way to see the superb Cliff Palace is to take the hour-long ranger-led tour. The tour retraces the steps taken by the Ancestral Puebloans –…

  • Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde National Park

    Mesa Verde National Park

    Southwest Colorado

    A fascinating, if slightly eerie, national park. Anthropologists will love it here; Mesa Verde is unique among American national parks in its focus on…

  • Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - July 9, 2019 : A large golden Buddha inside the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya. The stupa was built in 1988 in the mountains of Colorado.; Shutterstock ID 1454934947; purchase_order: 65050; job: ; client: ; other:

    Great Stupa of Dharmakaya

    Northern Colorado

    The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya has an electrifying energy and is one of the most significant examples of Buddhist architecture in North America. It's…

  • Moraine Park Discovery Center

    Northern Colorado

    Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1923 and once the park’s proud visitors lodge, this building has been renovated in recent years to host…

  • Gates of Lodore, Dinosaur Nat Monument, Colorado

    Dinosaur National Monument

    Northern Colorado

    Straddling the Utah-Colorado state line, Dinosaur National Monument protects one of North America's largest dinosaur fossil beds, discovered here in 1909…

  • Pikes Peak and Garden of Gods in winter

    Pikes Peak

    Southern Front Range

    Pikes Peak (14,110ft) may not be the tallest of Colorado's 54 fourteeners, but it's certainly the most famous. The Ute originally called it the Mountain…

  • Wetlands in Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge.

    Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge

    Southeast Colorado

    This wildlife refuge on the banks of the Rio Grande is a special spot, and will give you some idea of what the valley must have looked like before it was…

  • Moonlight on Indian Tepee at Ute Indian Museum, Montrose, Colorado.

    Ute Indian Museum

    Southwest Colorado

    One of the few American museums dedicated to one tribe. The Ute are the traditional people of western Colorado. The museum is situated on a homestead that…

  • Colorado School of Mines' Geology Museum


    With a collection of 50,000 minerals, fossils and gemstones, the School of Mines' Geology Museum is worth a stop, even if rocks aren't really your thing…

  • Morrison Natural History Museum


    This small but excellent museum has displays on Morrison during the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. There are huge dinosaur skulls as well as a full…

  • Dry Mesa Dinosaur Quarry

    Southwest Colorado

    Within the borders of the Uncompahgre National Forest, this bone-rich area yielded one of the most diverse Jurassic vertebrate collections in the world…

  • Clear Creek History Park


    Explore the life of a homesteader by walking through this re-created pioneer settlement. Here, original and replica 19th-century buildings – a cabin, two…

  • Colterris Winery at the Overlook

    Southwest Colorado

    Sold in Colorado's finest restaurants, Colterris sits in a league of its own – as a sip of its earthy, balanced Cabernet Sauvignon confirms. The inviting…

  • Barney Ford Museum


    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…

  • Great Sand Dunes National Park

    Southeast Colorado

    Landscapes collide in a shifting sea of sand at Great Sand Dunes National Park, making you wonder whether a spaceship has whisked you to another planet…

  • Suncrest Orchard, Alpacas and Fiber Mill

    Southwest Colorado

    If cute were currency, Mike and Cindy McDermott would be sitting on a gold mine with their combination Alpaca and lavender farm. While Mike patiently…

  • Dairy Arts Center


    A historic milk-processing factory turned arts center, the Dairy is one of Boulder's top cultural hubs. It's a state-of-the-art facility with three stages…

  • Pearl Street Mall


    The highlight of downtown Boulder is the Pearl Street Mall, a vibrant pedestrian zone filled with kids' climbing boulders and splash fountains, bars,…

  • Crested Butte Center for the Arts

    Southwest Colorado

    The arts center hosts shifting exhibitions of local artists and a stellar schedule of live music and performance pieces. There’s always something lively…

  • Stations of the Cross

    Southeast Colorado

    Following a path up a small hill, local sculptor Huberto Maestas’ 15 dramatic life-sized statues of Christ's crucifixion are a powerful testament to the…

  • Trinidad History Museum

    Southeast Colorado

    This is a lot of museum, a full city block in fact, set smack dab on Main St. There are three sights here: the adobe Baca House (1870), the French-style…

  • Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

    Southern Front Range

    In 1929 this 1260ft-long suspension bridge was built across the 950ft-deep Royal Gorge, which stretches for 10 miles west of Cañon City. The bridge and…

  • El Pueblo History Museum

    Southeast Colorado

    Set on central plaza, the original site of Fort Pueblo (an American fort established in 1842 and held until 1854, when a Ute and Apache raid on Christmas…

  • Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience

    Southern Front Range

    More than three years in gestation, this dinosaur of an experience hatched in 2016 and comes highly recommended for fans of the Jurassic period and anyone…

  • Cave of the Winds

    Southern Front Range

    Set on the rim of a craggy canyon is this developed cavern concessionaire. You’ll forgive the cheesy entry and elevator music because here are the…

  • San Luis Museum & Cultural Center

    Southeast Colorado

    This handsome museum and gallery chronicles Hispanic culture in southern Colorado, in a modern building that blends sustainable concepts with traditional…

  • Buell Children’s Museum

    Southeast Colorado

    This is the place to climb into classic cars, jam to old rock and roll, build bridges, swim with jellyfish, create magical fairy lands and discover the…

  • Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site

    Southeast Colorado

    Set just north of the Arkansas River, this was once the natural and official border between the US and Old Mexico (until 1846), and was once a cultural…

  • The Mount Zirkel Wilderness lies within the Routt National Forest, just west of the northern Colorado town of Walden.The wilderness straddles the Continental Divide in the Park Range.; Shutterstock ID 1285592140; your: Sloane Tucker; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI

    Mount Zirkel Wilderness

    Steamboat Springs

    One of the five original wilderness areas in Colorado, Mount Zirkel Wilderness is an untamed, roadless expanse dotted with icy glacial lakes and granite…

  • Fish Creek Falls. Waterfall near Steamboat Spring, Colorado.; Shutterstock ID 1444664363; your: Sloane Tucker; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI

    Fish Creek Falls

    Steamboat Springs

    Just 5 miles out of town, Fish Creek Falls is a wonderful hike for families. The 0.8-mile loop takes you to a scenic overlook with views across to the…

  • Swetsville Zoo

    Northern Colorado

    Bill Swets, a former farmer, volunteer firefighter and insomniac, created a scrap-metal menagerie during his restless nights, a whimsical roadside…