For those who love active tourism the state of Colorado is firstly outstanding natural parks and the world-famous Denver skiing center. Holidays in the capital can appeal not only those who adore skiing but also those who are not indifferent to mountaineering and also love to snowboard. Here we present places which can pass to any of active tourist preferences.
The splendid panoramas of jagged summits would be reason enough to hike the West Maroon Pass trail. But the seas of rainbow-colored wildflowers that carpet these valleys in July and August mean hikers risk sensory overload. Nowhere else in Colorado will you find such vibrant concentrations of high-alpine blooms, which is why the nearby town of Crested Butte is known as the state’s wildflower capital. The route starts at Schofield Pass, 14 miles north-west of town, and follows the east fork of the Crystal river through meadows of waist-high columbine, larkspur, and lupin.
Fruita: Cross-country Mountain Biking
The quaint town of Fruita, 19 miles from the Utah border, rivals Moab as a mountain-biking hotspot. The smooth single track gives way to tight curves and rocky steeps that appeal to intermediate and expert riders, and the scenery is outstanding, with weathered badlands and red-rock canyons cut by the Colorado River. A network north of Fruita called 18 Road Trails includes convenient – if primitive – campsites. But the best views are from Horsethief Bench trail (part of the Kokopelli network south of town), which hugs the rim of Ruby Canyon.
Winter Park: Downhill Mountain Biking
This ski resort 90 minutes west of Denver is Colorado’s best destination for downhillers because the designers who built Whistler’s renowned bike park recreated their magic here. Trestle Bike Park has 42 miles of lift-served trails suitable for all abilities, with smooth options for beginners and huge jumps for pros. Many have bailout routes offering easy alternatives for bikers whose courage fails.
Breckenridge: Climbing Quandary Peak
Colorado is the highest state in the US, thanks in part to its 54 “fourteeners” (mountains over 14,000ft, or 4,267m). Many trekkers strive to collect all 54, and Quandary Peak (14,265ft) is a good starter. It requires no ropework or technical scrambling – just the burn of oxygen-starved muscles. The waymarked three-mile route begins at 10,900ft, from a trailhead eight miles south of Breckenridge. Hikers pass a cluster of abandoned mines before gaining the peak’s east ridge, near the treeline at 11,700ft. From there, mountain views abound. Be sure to leave the peak by noon to avoid afternoon lightning.
When you finally choose which part of Colorado you would like to visit you should decide which way of transport will be used. Even in major cities of Colorado travelers will not be able to get along with public transport. By bus, you can get far from all cultural sites, not to mention the natural attractions. Many tourists prefer to rent a car directly at the airport, it’s enough to have only standard documents with you.