Colorado & the Rockies The land of the cheyennes
With 300 days of sunshine a year, Colorado is a great state for a road trip and for active travellers.
You can explore by car, kayak, on a horse, on foot, and even by train.
You will find rolling hills as far as the eyes can see, rivers, waterfalls and vineyards; mountain with snow-capped peaks and pine forests, but also sand dunes and deserts.
Denver: A true symbol of the American way of life, the capital of Colorado is nestled high above sea level, the Rockies as a backdrop. An authentic city of the conquest of the West, born at the time of the Colorado Gold Rush, today it displays a cultural and dynamic face with its beautiful museums, renovated old quarters and lively alleys.It is a dynamic city with street art, shops and breweries (under a ceiling of bright garlands in the evening) The stunning Union Station, with its restaurants, beer galleries and billiards-the city’s museums is a must see as well as the Denver Art Museum and its beautiful collection of Indian art.
Mesa Verde: Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is home to the largest concentration of Native American caves and troglodyte villages. The cliff-side » pueblos” are among the most remarkable and best preserved on the North American continent, and bear witness to seven centuries of history.
Durango: The mining town of Durango is old Colorado with Victorian-era saloons, charming bungalows and quiet streets. Its flagship attraction remains its steam train.
Great Sand Dunes: Explore the highest mountains of sand in North America. This is the result of the San Luis Valley’s unique wind patterns.
The entire dune field encompasses 30 square miles and the tallest dune towers 750 feet high.
Colorado Springs: The red rock formations at Garden of the Gods are stunning.
Rocky Mountain National Park: home to the highest mountains in America, there are 78 mountains taller than 12,000 feet within the park It offers magnificent landscapes with forests, alpine lakes, snowy peaks and wildflowers. The best way to visit it is to take one of the 350 hiking trails, the opportunity to meet exceptional wildlife: bald eagles, sheep, elk and even black bears. There are also lakes with blue steel waters as well as the highest paved road in the United States: the Trail Ridge Road.
Aspen: This is also a former mining town that has become one of the most upscale and glamour ski resorts in North America, renowned for the typical Victorian-era downtown architecture, its restaurants and trendy shops. Many personalities have established their second homes there. Throughout the year, many festivals – art, music, cuisine – animate the resort, which offers many outdoor activities. The name of the city is probably due to its trees with stunning golden tones, playing on a very impressionist palette, especially in the fall.
Explore its natural wonder: The red rock formations at Garden of the Gods, the tallest sand dunes in the country, Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak are some of the most beautiful mountains in the world, the beauty of the waterfalls and crystal-clear lakes and the deepest hot spring in the world and of course wildlife with an abundant population of large mammals like grizzlies, wolves, elk and mountain lions.
Discover a rich and vibrant culture: enigmatic pre-Columbian ruins such as Mesa Verde, American Indian Art at the Denver Art Museum, 250 buildings on the National Historic Register in Breckenridge making its Main Street an absolute dream to wander, and Argo Gold Mine and Mill.
For foodies: Colorado has 348 breweries and they love their beers. They have the largest beer festival in the country. It is also known for its food court and food trucks. Unlike established restaurants, food halls allow up-and-coming restaurateurs and cutting-edge cuisine to flourish. Experiment with the newest trends in Denver, savor farm-to-table treats in Fort Collins and try funky eats and drinks in Boulder.
For active travels: Zipline over beautiful Royal Gorge canyon or raft down the Arkansas River, hike the Colorado Trail, join working cowboys on a genuine cattle drive, canyoning Colorado, downclimb, scramble and rappel before you tackle the ultimate challenge: a controlled descent down a 50-foot waterfall,
In the winter experience cross-country skiing or Alpine skiing, take a snowmobile tour.
Ride the Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
A coal-fired, steam-powered train just like those that ran throughout the state during the days of cowboys and settlers over 100 years ago. Enjoy the remote beauty of the San Juan National Forest.
E-Bike in Colorado wine country
25 miles of paved road through the area’s gorgeous wine country.
Spend a night in an old wagon
A unique experience and a night of romance guaranteed.
This one-of-a-kind trip gives you the opportunity to get a jaw-dropping aerial view of Vail Valley’s panoramic vistas before touching down on one of the company’s remote private ranches for a day of fly-fishing in glorious solitude.
Hike the Continental Divide Trail
One of the most significant trail systems in the world that connects three countries (Canada, America and Mexico). The longest roadless section of the CDT is here in Colorado, surrounded by the remote glacial valleys of the Weminuche Wilderness.
Set up a “portaledge”: a semi-rigid hammock that hangs from cables bolted directly into the mountainside. From your perch high above the valley floor, you’ll enjoy a sunset picnic dinner before crawling into your sleeping bag for an unforgettable evening on the brink.
Discover the foliage
From mid-September to early October admire breathtaking green, red and gold aspen colors
RECOMMENDED HOTELS & INNS
The Crawford Hotel****
Perched above Denver Union Station’s iconic Great Hall, The Crawford Hotel creates a luxurious oasis within a storied landmark in the heart of downtown Denver. With all of the station’s acclaimed food, drink and diversions just below the hotel – and the enticements of downtown Denver right at the door – The Crawford is a playful, yet elegant refuge within an ever-changing city.
The Oxford Hotel****
A true Denver classic, The Oxford Hotel is an inviting respite from the excitement of the bustling streets of LoDo. With roots dating back to the 19th century, The Oxford offers a one-of-a-kind experience where historic charm and contemporary convenience combine.
Sip brandy by a roaring wood fire in the lobby surrounded by a storied western art collection and step back in time to a fascinating history of this boutique hotel.
The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, Autograph Collection****
Located in downtown Denver, Colorado, this luxury hotel features a spa and 3 restaurants. The Denver Zoo is 10 minutes’ drive away and Coors Field is just 5 minutes’ drive away. 24-hour room service is available.
Offering white plush linens, each elegant room provides a flat-screen cable TV, an iPod docking station and an en suite bathroom. Bathrobes are also provided in rooms at The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, Autograph Collection.
After a day of activity, guests can enjoy a fitness centre and a massage at the spa at The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa. Salon services are also offered.
For an elegant breakfast or lunch, guests can enjoy Ellyngton’s and a Dom Perignon Champagne brunch buffet is available on site. The Ship Tavern offers burgers, steaks, seafood and beer and at Palace Arms guests will enjoy fine dining for dinner. Afternoon tea is also offered
Hotel The Source****
Boasting an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, bar and free WiFi, The Source Hotel is set in Denver, 4 km from Colorado Convention Center and 4.2 km from Pepsi Center. Featuring a 24-hour front desk, this property also welcomes guests with a restaurant and a sun terrace. The property is non-smoking and is situated across the street from Great Divide Brewing.
All guest rooms come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a fridge, a coffee machine, a shower, a hairdryer and a desk. At the hotel the rooms come with a wardrobe and a private bathroom.
Guests at The Source Hotel can enjoy a à la carte or an American breakfast.
Hotel The Broadmoor*****
Boasting 18 on-site dining options, 3 championship golf courses and a luxury spa, The Broadmoor is 4 km from Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Free WiFi is provided. Guests can also enjoy multiple pools and hot tubs.
Each room at The Broadmoor offers a flat-screen cable TV, a fully stocked minibar and a coffee maker. Private bathrooms with eco-friendly bath amenities and robes are also offered. Select rooms have a kitchen and a balcony.
Guests at this resort will enjoy the extensive variety of dining options, including the renowned Penrose Room. Full-service restaurants, cafes, bars and lounges are spread throughout the property. Guests can also choose in-room dining.
A state-of-the-art fitness centre, personal trainers and exercise classes are offered to all guests at The Broadmoor. A list of spa services are available at the on-site spa
Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa*****
This is a rustic but luxurious mountain getaway in an isolated location in the middle of the Rocky Mountains. It’s ideal for outdoor enthusiasts who like to cross-country ski in the winter, and bike, fish, and ride the on-site zipline in the summer, or ride horses year-round. Guest rooms and cabins are spacious but cozy, with a log-cabin feel. The resort also has three exquisite restaurants, a heated pool, and a full-service spa.
Taylor River Lodge*****
Located in the remote Taylor Canyon in southwest Colorado, Taylor River Lodge offers discerning guests world-class fishing without sacrificing any creature comforts. The property consists of a collection of stylish private cabins and family-friendly log homes that unobtrusively meander along the riverbank. Kokanee, the luxuriously comfortable main Lodge, beckons guests to the indoor/outdoor fireplaces and offers an unrivaled view of both the river and casting pond. You have exclusive use of the property’s amenities, such as the riverside pool house, sauna, steam, spa, and media cabin.
The Cliff House at Pikes Peak****
A free buffet breakfast is offered to all guests at this hotel. Rooms offer a flat-screen cable TV with a DVD player. Downtown Manitou Springs is 5 minutes’ walk away.
Free Wi-Fi is provided in all guest rooms at the Cliff House at Pikes Peak. A small fridge and coffee-making facilities are included. A heated toilet seat is featured in each en suite bathroom.
The Cliff House Dining Room offers room service for guest convenience. The Red Mountain Bar and Grill is available Friday and Saturday evenings.
A fitness centre is on site for guest use at the Pikes Peak Cliff House. Laundry services are also available.
Scarp Ridge Lodge*****
Nestled high in the mountain oasis of Crested Butte, CO., Scarp Ridge Lodge provides unparalleled service and adventure.
An authentic mountain town setting alongside some of the world’s most exclusive skiing. Located in the heart of Crested Butte, dubbed Colorado’s last great ski town for its historic charm and soulful spirit, Scarp Ridge Lodge feels like a European ski chalet with Rocky Mountain style. The former Croatian saloon still has its Wild West facade, but the interiors have been transformed with reclaimed iron from the old mills in town and generous amenities, like an indoor saltwater pool and oxygen-enriched air system.
The Little Nell*****
This luxurious mountain hotel is the only hotel in the heart of Aspen that boasts ski-to-door access. It features an onsite restaurant with an award-wining wine list and a tavern on-site. Summer, Fall, and Winter activities are all available from the property.
Free Wi-Fi is offered in all rooms at The Little Nell. Each spacious room includes a flat-screen cable TV, an iPod docking station, a fireplace and a minibar, which includes non-alcoholic beverages and snacks. Rooms offer either city or mountain views.
Offering farm-fresh Italian cuisine, Element 47 restaurant is located on-site at Aspen Little Nell. The restaurant offers world-class dining with wine suggestions from a master sommelier. Serving lunch and dinner, the on-site Ajax Tavern offers a Franco-American bistro-style menu with daily specials.
After a day of skiing, guests can relax in the hot tub or go for a swim in the outdoor pool at The Little Nell. If guests prefer, they can schedule a workout with a personal trainer in the on-site fitness centre or book a massage from one of the hotel’s highly-skilled massage therapists. Little Nell Adventures offers custom designed fly fishing, cycling, and other outdoor adventure experiences from the property.
The Mining Exchange****
Located in downtown Colorado Springs, The Mining Exchange, A Wyndham Grand Hotel & Spa is a 4-star hotel in Colorado Springs that has 2 on-site restaurants and a full-service spa. Garden of the Gods is 10 km from the hotel and Peterson Air Force Base is 8 km away.
Guest rooms in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV with cable channels, free WiFi and a private bathroom.
The MX Spa offers massage and facial treatments. Guests can enjoy Cajun and Creole cuisine at Springs Orleans Restaurant and Bar, relax in the outdoor English Courtyard, or enjoy a cocktail and pub fare in the The Mining Exchange’s Lobby Bar.
Beaumont Hotel and Spa – Adults Only
Located in Ouray, Colorado, this historic hotel and spa features onsite massage, manicure, and pedicure. The soundproofed rooms offer free WiFi and guests have access to movie rentals.
A satellite TV is available in all rooms at the Beaumont Hotel and Spa. Mountain views, a work desk, and a seating area are also provided.
A concierge service can assist guests with area attractions is featured at the Beaumont Hotel and Spa. A hot tub and sauna is available for guest relaxation.
The Ouray Hot Springs Pool is half a kilometer from the hotel.
4 Eagle Ranch***
A Night with Nature Has Never Felt So Restorative
Mountain air, iconic vistas, sun-soaked accommodations, private gourmet
farm-to-ranch dining, and artisanal S’mores under the stars.
Surrounded by 1,000 acres at 4 Eagle Ranch, Collective Vail gives you a taste of pristine Colorado while still being an easy.
Picture an old-school canvas safari tent in a sprawling mountain valley, with views of the Sawatch Range beyond. Now add a king-size bed and luxury furnishings that rival a five-star hotel. In short: total perfection.
Frisco Inn on Galena***
Frisco Inn on Galena has a restaurant, free bikes, a fitness centre and shared lounge in Frisco. The accommodation provides a ski pass sales point and ski storage space, as well as a garden and barbecue facilities. The accommodation offers a sauna, evening entertainment and room service.
All guest rooms at the inn feature a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, blu-ray player, and a private bathroom with a shower, a hairdryer and free toiletries. Guest rooms will provide guests with a wardrobe and a coffee machine.
Full English/Irish and American breakfast options are available every morning at Frisco Inn on Galena.
The accommodation offers 3-star accommodation with a hot tub and terrace. You can play billiards at Frisco Inn on Galena, and the area is popular for hiking and skiing.
Wine Country Inn***
Wine Country Inn has a restaurant, seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a bar and shared lounge in Palisade. Featuring a garden, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The hotel features a spa centre and a 24-hour front desk.
At the hotel, the rooms are fitted with a wardrobe. All rooms at Wine Country Inn are fitted with a flat-screen TV with cable channels.
Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a Full English/Irish or a vegetarian breakfast.
A business centre and vending machines with drinks and snacks are available on site at Wine Country Inn.
Arbor House Inn B&B
This award-winning, five-bedroom bed and breakfast inn in beautiful Southern Colorado offers mountain elegance, unparalleled service and delicious gourmet breakfasts. The view are breathtaking with the cliffs of the San Juan mountain range rising in the distance.
The cabins at Avalanche Ranch are rustic and decorated with nifty Colorado collectibles.
If you are looking for a truly unusual experience, book a wagon.
Each has a full-sized bed, coffee maker, towels, a charcoal BBQ grill and a picnic table. They are stationed near the natural hot springs. Sleeping quarters are tight, but it is a great experience for romance (and novelty).
Plus, the wagons are painted in such bright colors (especially the Gypsy Wagon), they make great photo ops.
Dunton Hot Spring cabins
Sturdy, hand-hewn and authentic, the cabins contain a world of whimsy and elegance. Built in a circle around the Saloon and Dance Hall, they lie just steps from the wonderful bath house. At the other end of town is an open air chapel and tumbling waterfall.
All of Dunton’s authentically restored log cabins are full of fascinating details. All the cabins are hand-built and, in some cases, by the original miners themselves. Lovingly restored, each possesses a distinct character. Tastefully decorated, they are full of unique artifacts and furnishings. Every window affords magnificent views of the mountains and the surrounding meadows.
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