From desert landscapes to the snow covered Rocky Mountains, Colorado is a true world wonder that has an amazing blend of nature and culture. You have the great city of Denver to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Mesa Verde National Park. There are remarkable sites in all corners of this state so we know you’ll need to visit more than once to get the full experience. We have compiled a list of the locations that you should set foot on while here.
Let us begin the list of amazing spot of this beautiful state with the classic legendary one, the Rocky Mountain National Park. If you’re serious on coming here, all you need to do is fly into the Denver International Airport and rent a car to drive about 75 miles north. In January of 1915, President Woodrow Wilson created the Rocky Mountain National Park Act in order to establish the park’s boundaries and protection for the future generations. With having over 4 million visitors each year, we are positive that this park will truly blow your mind!!
The Garden of the Gods are a red rock formation that was created by a disruption along the natural fault line which resulted in an incredible stacking of these massive rocks. There is actually evidence that was found by archaeologists that show people visiting this site back in about 1330 BC and then Native Americans in the latter years. From these incredible studies made, the Garden of the Gods park was recognized as a National Natural Landmark in 1971. One part in particular that you should check out is the Steamboat Rock. This site is absolutely magical and will amaze anyone so don’t miss out!
Now we come to the UNESCO World Heritage Site that give this national park that stamp of approval. In 1906, Theodore Roosevelt was so fond of this site that he established the grounds as a national park to preserve its natural beauty and Ancestral Puebloan remnants. With over 52,000 acres of land and about 600 cliffs, there is one cliff in particular that is highly recognized: the Cliff Palace. The Cliff Palace was created between 1190 and 1260 by the Ancestral Puebloans and is known to be the largest cliff structure in all of North America. This site was said to be used for religious, social and administrative reasons.
The first thing that people think about when they hear Red Rock, is the infamous Red Rock Amphitheatre where some of the most recognized people and groups have played from The Beatles, Earth, Wind & Fire, and The Grateful Dead. With only being 10 miles away from Denver and about 6,500 feet above sea level, the amphitheatre host some amazing views of Downtown Denver. Surrounding the music venue, are more red rock formations that have been around for centuries so be sure to gain the whole experience.
The Colorado National Monument park is right by Grand Junction, Colorado and is another established park since the early 20th century, in 1911. There are so many activities you can do; from horseback riding, hiking, cycling and more so that you are able to get a closer look at the amazingly chiseled canyon walls and rocks made of sandstone, granite, gneiss, and schist. Another feature about this park are the many types of species that roam here from red tailed hawks, golden eagles, coyotes, bighorn sheep and more!
Mount Evans, located in Clear Creek County, is the highest summit of the Rocky Mountain’s Chicago Peaks. This peak can be seen from over 100 miles away… and you are able to take the infamous highway called Mount Evans Scenic Byway to get your taste. From these facts alone, we hope that you are inspired to take a look into seeing yet another gift of nature we share together here on Earth.
The Upper Piney Lake Trail is about two and a half hour drive west from Denver and is surrounded by the beautiful Gore Range section of the Rocky Mountains. If you just so happen to be taking a road trip from Denver to the Mesa Verde National Park (or anything west of Denver, rather; so much to see), we recommend taking a day to hike this stunning trail that blooms some of the most breathtaking flowers during the summertime.
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