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Intro to Colorado

Getting away is easy in Colorado. Known for diverse landscapes, including breathtaking mountain views and bustling city life, Colorado has certainly lived up to its “Colorful Colorado” nickname. With nearly 5.6 million residents, this fast-growing state has become a Mecca for outdoor adventurers and nature lovers. Visitors can explore 41 state parks, as well as four national parks -- Rocky Mountain, Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes and Black Canyon of the Gunnison, ranging from ancient ruins to wide valleys to 14,000-foot peaks. Denver, the capital city, is where you’ll find hip brewpubs, a historic train station and Empower Field at Mile High stadium, home of the Denver Broncos. Whether you are looking for nature to disconnect from technology, or seeking a taste of Colorado’s urban side, Colorado is well worth the trip.

Plan Your Trip

Where is Colorado?

Colorado is situated in the Rocky Mountain region of the USA.

Getting Around Colorado

The main airport is Denver International Airport. Unless you’re staying in Denver or in one location, we recommend renting a car to get around in Colorado. Other transportation includes light rail services, the Amtrak train, and shuttles and buses in Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder and other locations. Uber and Lyft, smartphone apps that act as taxi cabs, are also a popular means of transportation.

Language

The predominant language spoken across Colorado is English. According to statisticatlas.com, the second most-used household language is Spanish at 11.9 percent.

Currency

U.S. dollar. Currency exchanges are located throughout Colorado; however, the best place for exchange is Denver International Airport.

When is the Best Time to Visit Colorado?

Colorado is a year-round destination, although spring in the mountains can mean run-off and what locals call “the mud season.” Many visit Colorado for its world-renowned skiing, which is typically from mid-November through late April, as well as other winter sports. The fall season, late-September through November, is also a prime time to witness the changing color of aspen leaves and other trees that become a blend of oranges, reds and yellows. Summertime in Colorado is beautiful, with dry, warm sunny days.

What to Pack When Visiting Colorado

The motto with dressing for Colorado is to pack layers. The weather is usually dry, with frequent blue skies. But the weather can change quickly. During the warm season, shorts, comfortable hiking shoes and short sleeves will be perfect for the average temperature of 77 degrees. The wintertime is a different story; winter jackets, long pants and snow boots will be necessary anywhere you are in Colorado. Sunscreen and hats are a must in any season because Colorado has about 300 days of sunshine every year.

Top 10 Things to Do in Colorado

Top Destinations

Latest Stories on Colorado Travel

Gateway Canyons: Luxury Oasis in Colorado

One of the best kept secrets in the American Southwest, Gateway Canyons Resort is a luxury oasis in the middle-of-nowhere, Colorado. Created by John Hendricks, the founder of the Discovery Channel, the resort is surrounded by canyons on all sides and is well worth the visit.

7 Top Colorado Hot Springs

Colorado may be known for its skiing, but its numerous hot springs are a draw for many. Here are seven of our favorite Colorado hot springs.

7 Best Dude Ranch Vacations

Dude ranches provide an unforgettable family vacation, but each has their own style and offerings. Here are some of the best dude ranches in America.

Heels Down, Eyes Up in Colorado: Solo Travel in the American West

An English woman learns the ways of the west at a Colorado dude ranch.

Quirkiest Town Names in America: Allgood to Zig Zag

The stories behind these unusual American town names are as intriguing and entertaining as the unique monikers themselves.

Native Secrets: Inside Scoop on Skiing in Colorado

Want an affordable winter vacation that doesn't break the bank? Let a local show you the road less traveled. Here's the inside scoop on skiing in Colorado.

Christmas in Colorado

During the holidays, Colorado truly shines. The snow is pristine, the air is pure – and there is plenty of space to enjoy Mother Nature.

Chugging into the Past: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad runs from Chama, NM to Antonito, CO. Riding this historic steam train in the San Juan Mountains is like riding into the past.

The Late Check-Out: Haunted Historic Hotels

There’s something to be said about rubbing shoulders with kindred spirits on vacation, especially if you share a fondness for historic hotels.

Where to Stay in Colorado

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