Colorado

Colorado

Colorful Colorado is a land dominated by the Rocky Mountains towering over the Continental Divide. Imagine two raindrops falling side by side on the ridgeline. One lands just inside the Front Range and begins its journey to the Atlantic Ocean. The other falls just a little to the west and flows down to the Pacific. Such is life in the mountains, where tiny effects have massive consequences.

Most of Colorado’s population lives in the Front Range along the I-25 corridor. They head to the mountains for outdoor recreation with every mountain sport imaginable, from hiking to skiing and everything in between.

Price point levels scaled for a 7-day visit for a couple and anchored on research and personal experiences.

$ - up to $1500
$$ - $1500 - $3000
$$$ - $3000 -$5000
$$$$ - $5000+
Price Point
Array
Language(s)

English

Currency

US Dollar

Reported for the US traveler with foreign countries rankings based on the US State Department's travel advisories.
Safety
Exercise Normal Precautions

Reported for three representative cities within the destination via Weather Spark.

Climate (°F)
Summer (°F) Winter (°F)
Crested Butte 72 6
Denver 89 22
Grand Junction 94 20
Outlets
Type-A
Type-B

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit the Front Range is from spring from March to May and autumn from September to November. The spring and autumn seasons are cooler than the summer, which tends to be hot in this part of the state, and you avoid the slush and fuss of winter.

However, summer and winter are king in the mountains. During the summer, you can hike, raft, climb, and explore the Rocky Mountains. Winter is for skiing, where over 10-million people strap in and carve down the state’s iconic slopes and relax in picture-perfect ski towns.

Fun Facts

  • Colorado is home to the world’s largest natural hot springs swimming pool
  • Colorado has the world’s largest flat-top mountain
  • The name Colorado means “colored red”
  • It’s illegal to throw snowballs in Aspen
  • The term “cheeseburger” was originally trademarked by Louis Ballast of Denver’s ‘Humpty Dumpty Drive-In’ in 1935
  • Unsinkable Molly Brown, a survivor of the Titanic, found her fortune in the mountains outside of Leadville
  • Pikes Peak has the highest paved road in North America

Bucket-List Activities

  • Explore Mesa Verde National Park (Mesa Verde)
  • See the sights at Island Lake (Silverton)
  • Bike the Million Dollar Highway (Durango to Ouray)
  • Soak in the world’s deepest hot springs (Pagosa Springs)
  • Take a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park (Estes Park)
  • Traverse a Via Ferrata (Telluride)
  • Hop on the Silverton Train (Silverton)

Natural Wonders

  • Garden of the Gods (Colorado Springs)
  • Royal Gorge (Cañon City)
  • Cave of the Winds (Manitou Springs)
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve (Duncan)
  • Maroon Bells (Aspen)
  • Hanging Lake (Glenwood Canyon)
  • Mesa Verde National Park (Mesa Verde)

Major Attractions

  • Garden of the Gods (Colorado Springs)
  • Mesa Verde National Park (Mesa Verde)
  • Vail Ski Resort (Vail)
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (Gunnison)
  • Denver Museum of Nature and Science (Denver)

Native Foods

  • Rocky Mountain Oysters (meat balls, in that they are meat and balls)
  • Colorado Style Pizza (oversized slices with a braided crust)
  • Denver Omelet (an omelet with ham, onions and green peppers)
  • Palisade Peaches (grown only in western Colorado)
  • Olathe Sweet Corn (known for its sugary, fresh taste)

General Travel Tips

Common Phrases

  • 14er – A mountain over 14,000′
  • Blucifer – The demonic-eyed blue horse outside of the Denver Airport who killed his sculptor
  • The Mousetrap – A traffic nightmare where I-25 meets I-75
  • Colorado Kool-Aid – An antiquated term for Coors Beer
  • The Springs – Colorado Springs
  • Granola – Anybody from Boulder

Major Cities / Airports

  • Denver / Denver International Airport (DEN) – Colorado’s capital and United’s hub
  • Colorado Springs / Colorado Springs Airport (COS) – Home to the Airforce Academy and Garden of the Gods
  • Grand Junction / Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT) – Where the Western Range reaches the Colorado River
  • Alamosa / San Luis Valley Regional Airport (ALS) – Gateway to the Great Sand Dunes
Concierge Review of The Collector Luxury Inn and Gardens

Concierge Review of The Collector Luxury Inn and Gardens

St. Augustine is a city steeped in history and luxury, art and architecture, and the birthplace of the first luxury hotel in Florida. The Collector Inn is a quiet retreat…
Our 2021 Year in Animals

Our 2021 Year in Animals

Welcome to our 2021 year-in-review article, where we go through a rundown on the great adventures we had last year. Instead of your average, ordinary recap, we're doing the 2021…
The Coastal Mississippi Coffee Trail

The Coastal Mississippi Coffee Trail

How about an espresso escapade along the Coastal Mississippi coffee trail? The Gulf Coast is the birthplace of coffee in America, and its 62-miles of shoreline are the perfect escape…
Best 15 Romantic Spots in Disneyland California

Best 15 Romantic Spots in Disneyland California

Disneyland can make you feel like a kid again, but as an adult Disneyland can be just the right spot to keep the spice alive. With an abundance of rides…
The 25 Most Romantic Things To Do in St Augustine Florida

The 25 Most Romantic Things To Do in St Augustine Florida

Looking to plan a romantic getaway to St Augustine, Florida, or just to add a special date night into your vacation to America's oldest city? We will give you the…
2021 Gift Guide for Every Traveler and Wanderer on Your List

2021 Gift Guide for Every Traveler and Wanderer on Your List

The holidays are here! For 2021 we have compiled our gift guide to appeal to a broad range of your favorite peeps, whether they are avid travelers or just aspiring…
Ultimate Liveaboard Packing List - What to Pack for Your Best Scuba Diving Trip Ever

Ultimate Liveaboard Packing List - What to Pack for Your Best Scuba Diving Trip Ever

Whether planning your first liveaboard dive trip or you’re a seasoned pro, you should check out our liveaboard packing list to make sure you don’t forget anything. The last thing…
Mississippi Gulf Coast Restaurants - A Taste of the Coastal Mississippi's Culinary Delights

Mississippi Gulf Coast Restaurants - A Taste of the Coastal Mississippi's Culinary Delights

The Mississippi Gulf Coast restaurant scene is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. Coastal Mississippi's cuisine is French Creole, local seafood, deep southern fare, and farm-to-table delights…
How Safari Photography Can Help Save Wildlife

How Safari Photography Can Help Save Wildlife

Pictures are worth a thousand words and give voices to those who cannot speak. Safari photography has a significant influence in creating protected areas, documenting species, and educating people about…
TAG Fall Foliage Road Trip

TAG Fall Foliage Road Trip

Tucked in the corner where Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia (TAG) connect are some of America's most beautiful deciduous forests. They offer beautiful waterfalls, hikes, and caves. During the height of…
Concierge Review of the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club

Concierge Review of the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club

Since 1928, Ponte Vedra Inn and Club has held itself as the epitome of luxury and sophistication. We recently visited this five-star / five-diamond property to see if they live…
Mississippi Gulf Coast Road Trip - A Journey of Discovery Along the Secret Coast

Mississippi Gulf Coast Road Trip - A Journey of Discovery Along the Secret Coast

What makes the Gulf Coast one of the best Mississippi road trips? You'll experience 26 miles of beaches and delightful towns steeped in history and up-and-coming artists. Coastal Mississippi has…

WE ARE EXCITED TO SHARE OUR JOURNEY WITH YOU!

JOIN THE CONCIERGE CLUB FOR BEHIND THE SCENES CONTENT, OUR LATEST POSTS, AND MORE… STRAIGHT TO YOUR INBOX!

Newsletter Signup

Table of Contents

Travel Responsibly

Here at Coleman Concierge, we encourage everyone to travel responsibly and believe there is potential for tremendous good for the world following that ethos. There is also the potential for horrific consequences from irresponsible travel.

Before you go, please check out the latest CDC recommendations for travelers.

Even if you can’t physically explore the world, we hope that you enjoy the escape our site provides. Keep your spirits up and your hands clean. There will be a time to travel soon enough.

Meet Ed & Jenn

Hi! We are Jenn and Ed Coleman, and together we are Coleman Concierge. It is our goal to inspire you to get out, expand your world, and to seek adventure, even in your own backyard.

We deeply believe in the transformational power of travel. Our tagline is amazing adventures for ordinary people because we believe that you don’t have to be super rich, super fit or super anything to have an amazing adventure. Expanding your comfort zone and trying new things will pay huge dividends in both health and happiness.

We advocate for sustainable and ethical travel and truly believe in the power of travel to transform both ourselves as well as the world around us.

NEVER MISS ANOTHER ADVENTURE! JOIN THE CONCIERGE CLUB!

Get our latest travel tips and posts straight to your inbox and start planning your next adventure.

Newsletter Signup

Proud Media Members of:

North American Travel Journalists Association

Adventure Travel Trade Association

International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association

Society of American Travel Writers

Impact Travel Alliance

Your Journey Begins Today

Get our latest travel tips and posts straight to your inbox and start planning your next adventure.

Newsletter Signup