- Renowned for its large and beautiful portion of the Rocky Mountains
- World-famous ski resorts
- Four national parks
Population: 5.6 million (#21 in the U.S.)
Area: 104,100 sq. miles (#8 in the U.S.)
Largest city & capital: Denver (metro population: 2.8 million)
Photo: Herman Gulch Trail
One of the nation’s fastest growing states, Colorado is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, with year-round opportunities for nature activities in the Rocky Mountains. Over 80% of the state’s population is clustered in the Front Range, the north-central region of the state just east of the Rockies, while the rest of the state remains largely free of urban sprawl.
Where To Go in Colorado
The Rocky Mountains: No visit to Colorado is complete without a side trip to the Rockies. Click here for a guide to the best hikes near Denver and Boulder, many of which can be taken year-round.
Denver: A nature lover’s paradise, this city is defined by its proximity to the Rocky Mountains, but it also offers 4,000 acres of parkland, incredibly well-preserved turn-of-the-century homes, and some of the best breweries in the country. Read more.
Boulder: A haven for hippies in the 60s and 70s and far-left environmentalist folks today, Boulder is a utopic city with some of the country’s most progressive laws, miles upon miles of public walking and biking paths, and a vibrant downtown pedestrian mall. Read more.
Aspen and Vicinity: A world-famous mountain town, Aspen is a popular year-round destination for outdoors activities – hiking and climbing in spring and summer, fall foliage viewing in autumn, and skiing and snowboarding in winter. Read more.
Great Sand Dunes National Park: One of America’s newest national parks and home to North America’s tallest dunes, Great Sand Dunes offers some unique outdoor adventure opportunities and lots of freedom to choose your own path of exploration. Read more.
Rocky Mountain National Park: One of the most visited parks in the country, Rocky Mountain National Park is a mountain wonderland with 300 miles of hiking trails and plenty of scenic spots that are accessible via car. Read more.