Colorado Bucket List ~ Mountains and Mesas Region

We’ve reached the final region in our Colorado Bucket List series! We have made it to the southwest corner before heading into Utah.

Chimney Rock

  • Chimney Rock National Monument: Not to be confused with the Chimney Rock in Nebraska, this one looks just as fun!

Cortez

  • Canyons of the Ancients National Monument: This area protects over 6000 ancient archaeological and cultural sites.
  • Hovenweep National Monument: Part of the National Park Service, this site protects an important cultural area.

Delta

  • Fort Uncompahgre: An old fur trader fort that gives perspective on life in the Old West.

Durango

  • Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad: Picturesque rail ride through the mountains.

Fruita

  • Colorado National Monument: Area of desert land on the Colorado Plateau.

Grand Mesa

  • Grand Mesa: Largest flat topped mountain in the world.

Mesa Verde

  • Mesa Verde National Park: Come visit the Ancestral Pueblo village, including the Cliff Palace.

Montrose

  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park: Beautiful park along the Black Canyon.
  • Ute Indian Museum: Museum detailing the history and culture of the Ute Indians.

Ouray

  • Ouray Hot Springs Pool: Visit the natural hot springs of the area.

Pagosa Springs

  • The Springs Resort and Spa: Allows you to visit the world’s deepest Geothermal Hot Spring.

Silverton

  • Cunningham Gulch: Fun hiking place with waterfalls.
  • Ice Lakes Basin: Beautiful lake nestled among the mountains.
  • Mayflower Mill, Old Hundred Gold Mine, and Silverton Museum and Jail: Take part in a tour that helps teach about the history of the area.

Telluride

  • Bridal Veil Falls: Hike out to the beautiful falls.

Ute Mountain

  • Four Corners Monument: I think I featured this in either Arizona or New Mexico, but since it also involves Colorado I figured I’d also throw it in here!

All attractions found in the 2019 Colorado Vacation Guide.

Colorado Bucket List ~ The Great West Region

We’ve got a really short bucket list today!

Grand Lake

  • Grand Lake: The town that sits upon this lake is aptly named as it sits on the shores of this largest natural body of water in the state.

Steamboat Springs

  • Strawberry Park Hot Springs: Bask in the wonder of these natural hot springs.
  • Yampa River Botanic Park: Beautiful community botanical garden located along the banks of the river.

All attractions found in the 2019 Colorado Vacation Guide.

Colorado Bucket List ~ Rockies Playground Region

Today we continue our journey into the mountains and explore the area that is home to Mount Elbert, the highest peak in Colorado.

Alma

  • Windy Ridge Bristlecone Pine Scenic Area: This area protects Bristlecone Pine Trees that have been sculpted by the wind.

Aspen

  • Maroon Lake: Beautiful lake named for it’s color.
  • Glenwood Springs
  • Glenwood Hot Springs or Iron Mountain Hot Springs: Both offer options to explore and enjoy the hot springs of the area.
  • Hanging Lake: Beautiful lake that was formed from its existence along a fault line.

Idaho Springs

  • Mount Evans Scenic Byway: Great way to take a drive through the mountains.

Leadville

  • Hopemore Underground Mine Tour: One of a few mining tour still available to the public in Colorado.
  • National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum: A great way to learn more about the history of mining.
  • Twin Lakes: These lakes sit in the shadow of Mount Elbert.

Vail

  • Goat Yoga at Vail Stables: I’ve always thought is would be fun to try out goat yoga.

All attractions can be found in the 2019 Colorado Vacation Guide. 

 

Colorado Bucket List ~ Mystic San Luis Valley Region

Today we head into an area that seems to be far less visited in Colorado and yet listed as having several “hidden gems.” So I guess, here I am now spoiling these hidden spots and sharing the knowledge with all my readers!

Alamosa

  • Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve: It’s a National Park, so of course I must visit, but these large dunes are sure to impress!
  • Zapata Falls: Located just south of Great Sand Dunes NP, this is listed as a hidden gem of Colorado.

Creede

  • North and South Clear Creek Falls: Located within a National Forest, these falls look stunning!
  • Wheeler Geological Area: These stone spires look like a beautiful area to explore!

Del Norte

  • Penitente Canyon, Natural Arch, and Elephant Rocks: Three different hiking opportunities lie within this National Forest area.

Hooper

  • UFO Watch Tower: Sounds like a fun little roadside oddity to check out!

Lake City

  • Lake San Cristobal: Beautiful Lake nestled between the mountains that brought the city it’s name.

All attractions found in the 2019 Colorado Vacation Guide.

Colorado Bucket List ~ Pikes Peak Wonders Region

As those who follow the blog have probably realized, I did not do a great job keeping up with posts this summer. Part of this was because we were out traveling and exploring new places to write about, but part of it was….life just got in the way! I really am hoping to be back at it, so here’s our first Bucket List post in quite some time. Today we visit the Pikes Peak region of Colorado, a region we may actually end up visiting within the next year! But I could be completely wrong in that statement…you never know with us!

Canon City

  • Royal Gorge Bridge and Park: Walk across the highest suspension bridge in the state!

Colorado Springs

  • The Broadmoor Seven Falls: Series of 7 waterfalls.
  • Cave of the Winds Mountain Park: Fun cave tour experience.
  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo: The highest zoo in the nation!
  • Garden of the Gods: Beautiful red rocked area designated a National Landmark.
  • National Museum of World War II Aviation: Located at the Colorado Springs Airport, this allows you to view several different artifacts from WWII.
  • Pikes Peak: Located just west of town, this is the highest summit of the southern Front Range of the Rockies.
  • Pub Dog: Local restaurant that includes a fenced in play place for man’s best friends.
  • Red Rock Canyon Open Space: Beatufiul place to enjoy hiking trails.
  • U.S. Olympic Training Center: As an Olympics fanatic, this is a must see for me!

Cripple Creek

  • Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine: The only vertical shaft gold mine tour in America.

Divide

  • Mueller State Park: Beautiful mountainous park for hiking.

Florissant

  • Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument: Explore several plant and insect fossils at this National Monument!

Manitou Springs

  • Manitou Cliff Dwellings: Explore these ancient homes just a few miles from Colorado Springs.

Pueblo

  • El Pueblo History Museum: Gives the history of the many cultures that have formed the history of this area.
  • Historic Arkansas Riverwalk: Beautiful walk along the river.
  • The Steelworks Museum: Preserves the history of the coal and steel industries of the Western United States.

Salida

  • Browns Canyon National Monument: Beautiful area along the Arkansas River, and a newly recognized National Monument.

All attractions found in the 2019 Colorado Vacation Guide.

Colorado Bucket List ~ Denver and Cities of the Rockies Region

Sorry! I’ve been MIA for about the past week as we were doing some traveling to visit friends and wrapping up the school year! But this week, I’m back into it! Back to our Colorado Bucket List, with a major tourist area today….Denver and the surrounding Cities of the Rockies!

Boulder

  • Audrey Jane’s Pizza Garage: Those who follow close know I don’t typically feature restaurants on the bucket lists, but this one was featured on Triple D on Food Network, so it will probably withstand the test of time!
  • Museum of Boulder: Museum that features interactive exhibits that teach about the history of the area.

Denver

  • Butterfly Pavilion: Butterfly house, that not only features butterflies, but also tons of other bugs you might find in a Colorado backyard.
  • Cherry Creek: THE place to go for fine shopping and dining.
  • Confluence Park: Where the South Platte River and Cherry Creek meet. Offers a portion where you can try out kayaks.
  • Denver Museum of Nature and Science: This looks to be like a fascinating Science Museum with a huge focus on Animals of the world.
  • Denver Zoo: I love zoos and I’m guessing Denver has some great zoo exhibits.
  • Downtown Aquarium: This looks to be like a very diverse and elaborate aquarium.
  • History Colorado Center: Looks to be a great history museum about not only the Denver area, but also the state as a whole.
  • State Capitol: Of course no trip to Denver would be complete without a stop at the capitol building.
  • Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum: This one is more on the list for Andrew as he gets super into checking out big planes!

Estes Park

  • Rocky Mountain National Park: Of course a NPS junkie like me has to get this National Park in the books. Special areas mentioned in the travel guide featured, Trail Ridge Road, Gem Lake and Bridal Falls.

Golden

  • Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum: This only museum in the nation that teaches about mountaineering.
  • Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave: Museum dedicated to the life of Buffalo Bill Cody and his final resting place.
  • Coors Brewery: While I’m not a beer drinking, I think this popular brewery would still be worth the visit.
  • Golden Gate Canyon State Park: State Park located at the edge of the Rockies.
  • South Table Mountain Park: Park located on a mesa at the foot of the Front Range.

Greely

  • Colorado Model Railroad Museum: I think model railroads are fascinating to explore so this museum would be fun to visit, particularly for their Christmas village portion.
  • Poudre Learning Center: This learning center helps families learn of the impact the Poudre River had on the area and offers some trails.

Longmont

  • Warrior Playground: Offers classes on an official Ninja Warrior Playground used for training purposes.

Loveland

  • Devil’s Backbone Open Space: Great place for hiking with unusual rock formations.

All attractions can be found in the 2019 Colorado Travel Guide.

Colorado Bucket List ~ Pioneering Plains Region

Another short bucket list segment today! Moving to the northeast corner of Colorado.

Julesburg

  • Fort Sedgwick Museum: Shares the history of Fort Sedgwick and the surrounding county.

Limon

  • 1910 Limon Depot: This building is located on the National Register of Historical Places.

Sterling

  • Chimney Canyons: Unique landforms near Sterling.
  • Overland Trail Museum: The Overland Trail was a branch of the Oregon Trail and this museum honors the gold seekers and pioneers who traveled along it.

All attractions are found in the 2019 Colorado Travel Guide.

Colorado Bucket List ~ Canyons and Plains Region

Today we begin a new state in the Bucket List series. We are moving northward into Colorado, beginning in it’s southeast corner. This list is rather small as it is a sparely populated area before we hit the mountains.

Eads

  • Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site: This marks the site where Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes were massacred by the U.S. Army in the American Indian Wars.

La Junta

  • Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site: This site features an old adobe fort built on the mountain extension of the Santa Fe Trail.

La Veta

  • Francisco Fort Museum: Another old trading fort located at the foot of the Spanish Mountains.

Trinidad

  • Ludlow Massacre Site: Site of a massacre of striking coal miners and their families by the Colorado National Guard and Colorado Fuel and Iron Company.
  • Santa Fe Trail Museum: Part of the Trinidad History Museum, this portion focuses on the role the Santa Fe Trail played in the area.

All attractions can be found in the 2019 Colorado Visitor Guide.