Twin Lakes, Colorado
Maroon Lake, Colorado
Cottage in the woods, Colorado
Colorado's natural spaces will amaze you with their diversity: sand dunes, vast forests and lakes, deep canyons, red rock formations in the southwest or rolling meadows in the northeast. However, the landscape of Colorado is characterized above all by its large share of the Rocky Mountains and by the Colorado Plateau which extends far beyond the state's borders to Utah, New Mexico and Arizona.
Discover the region
Colorado is situated between the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains. The nickname "Centennial State" dates back to its foundation exactly 100 years after the independence of the United States from Great Britain.
In the mountainous region there are 68 peaks with more than 14,000 feet in altitude (often referred to as the "fourteeners"). Even Colorado's capital Denver, known as "Mile High City", is located at a height of 5250 feet.
Colorado is one of the last states with a true Western atmosphere. Many rodeo festivals are held throughout the year, e.g. the National Western Stock Show. One of the emblematic figures of the Western universe is Buffalo Bill, whose grave is located in the city of Golden.
About a 1h 30 min drive from Denver, you will find the entrance to the Rocky Mountains National Park. It is ideal for outdoor activities given the fact that it has a dry climate with 300 days of sunshine per year.
In the Mesa Verde National Park you can admire the historical homes of the Anasazi natives. There are no less than 152 troglodyte dwellings dating from between 600 AD and 1300 AD, the most famous of which are perhaps the Spruce Tree House or the Cliff Palace.
The cliffs in the Gunnison River valley are so steep that sunlight can only fall into the narrow gorge at noon – a phenomenon that gave the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park its name. The Great Sand Dunes National Park is located in the south of Colorado. Its dunes can reach heights of up to 670 feet. The Maroon Bells, a pair of peaks in the White River National Forest, offer a well-known sight. The reddish-brown sandstone formations in the Garden of the Gods can be found on the outskirts of Colorado Springs, at the foot of Pikes Peak.
Also winter sports enthusiasts get their money's worth in Colorado, for the country's most famous skiing areas are located in Vail, Aspen-Snowmass, Beaver Creek, Telluride and Breckenridge.