New Year’s Resolutions: Colorado Travel Edition

New Year’s resolutions are much easier to keep when they involve things you want to do. Swapping out dieting for traveling and resolving to feast on the sites rather than fill up on kale is an inspiring and exciting way to ring in 2022. And you don’t even have to leave Colorado to do it!

There are all sorts of fabulous places to go right here in our state, including the following dynamite destinations:

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park is among the most famous national parks in the country, and for good reason. The park is marked by rising peaks, alpine lakes, flourishing meadows, and lush forests filled with deer, bighorn sheep, coyotes, pikas, mountain lions, bears, bobcats, and more. Depending on the season, it offers snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, tours, hiking, and scenic drives.

Rocky Mountain National Park is located near Estes Park, which means you can always make it a double-destination day and swing by the Stanley Hotel on your way in or out of town. On the rare occasion, you might spot a mountain goat and a mountain ghost.

Garden of the Gods

Located in Colorado Springs, the Garden of the Gods is a registered National Natural Landmark. The unique landscape of burnt red rock, balancing boulders, and stone pillars offers the perfect photo op for nature lovers and beauty seekers. While you’re there, enjoy mountain biking, horseback riding, rock climbing, or casual strolls. 

The trails are quick, undemanding, and offer tons of variety. With 15 miles of trails to choose from, you’ll certainly get your steps in.

The Million Dollar Highway

The Million Dollar Highway is a 25-mile stretch of US Highway 550 extending from Silverton to Ouray. It’s a challenging drive, with steep drop-offs and mountainside hugs, but well worth the effort: it showcases some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. Driving one-way takes approximately 45 minutes if you go on a clear day when the roads are dry, snow-free, and safer. 

It’s rumored that the Million Dollar Highway gets its name because it cost a million dollars per mile to build. However, the name also pays homage to the breathtaking views it’s known for.

Black Canyon in Gunnison National Park

Arizona might have the Grand Canyon, but this is Colorado’s rebuttal. The Black Canyon is courtesy of the Gunnison River and millions of years of carving and erosion. It offers depths greater than 2,000 feet and plenty of things to do.

Winter activities include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and backcountry camping while summer ushers in climbing, hiking, and fishing. The night sky lights up year-round and features some of the best stargazing in the region.

Buena Vista

Buena Vista is a quick two-hour drive from the Denver Metro Area and the perfect destination for those who love the outdoors (as well as those who only sort of like them). It’s a destination filled with family-friendly activities, rustic landscapes, and hillside thrills. 

Summit a 14er, explore a ghost town, soak in the hot springs, go four-wheeling, hop on a bike, or raft upon the Arkansas River. During winter months, you can go snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, dog sledding, or snowmobiling. 

If you’re keener on the indoors, the Buena Vista nightlife won’t disappoint. It offers plenty of dining options, eclectic shopping, and a thriving music scene.

The above destinations remind us that Colorado is smack dab in the middle of Mother Nature’s playground. As 2022 rolls in, resolve to rejoice in the beauty all around.

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