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Regions in Colorado : Colorado Piedmont, Eastern Plains, Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Area, Front Range, Mineral Belt, Grand Valley, Roaring Fork Valley, San Luis Valley, Western Slope
Counties in Colorado.
State Capital Colorado : Denver.
holiday homes, hotels & inns, tour operators, travel guides, travel to colorado
Holiday Rentals / Apartments
Interhome - Holiday homes Colorado - Aspen and Breckenridge
Steamboat Springs Lodging - Mountain Resorts, "Steamboat's Lodging Expert," offers a wide variety of
attractive, well-maintained accommodations at prime locations in Steamboat Springs, Colorado surrounding
the Steamboat Ski Area, with rates ranging from economy to luxury. Choose from over 400 nicely furnished
condominiums at over seventeen great locations. Whether you'd like a cozy studio, a spacious seven
-bedroom private home, or anything in between, they can provide the perfect lodging in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Hotels in Colorado
Booking - Hotel Guide Colorado
Hotel in Denver, Estes Park, Boulder, Commerce City, Loveland, Basalt, Lakewood, Breckenridge, Canon City, Snowmass Village, Frisco, Silverthorne.
Booking - Hotel Guide Denver
- Motel 6 and Red Roof
Centrally located hotels ranging from small family run budget accommodation to world-class five star hotels.
Rocky Mountain Council
HI-USA - American affiliate of the Hostelling International network
Camp sites Colorado / Campgrounds
Koa - Campgrounds of America
Each KOA may offer beautiful scenery and activities based in their locality, they all share the same KOA
mission - to provide a clean, safe and fun camping experience. Which is why KOA's camping facilities are
truly full-service. KOA's feature RV hookups, hot showers and laundry facilities, convenience stores,
swimming pools, even access to the internet. Plus, They've taken the "roughing it" out of camping by offering Kamping Kabins® and Kamping Kottages®.
Car Rental in Colorado
National Parks / State Parks
Colorado State Parks
Colorado's 40 State Parks are a vital cornerstone in Colorado's economy and quality of life, offering some of
the highest quality outdoor recreation destinations in the state. Colorado State Parks manages over 215,000
land and water acres. Colorado State Parks offers a variety of landscape to match the state's geography,
from urban playgrounds to backcountry retreats, from mountain lakes to whitewater adventure.
Rocky Mountain National Park
You'll feel it nowhere stronger than in Rocky Mountain National Park, a 400-square-mile preserve of forests,
meadows, tundra, and opaline ponds. You can stay above timberline for days on end, enjoying views
normally reserved for the sharp eyes of an eagle; picnic by a creek as it shambles side to side across a
meadow; or tug at a pulsating line with a native greenback cutthroat at the other end. Here and elsewhere in
the region--at Red Feather Lakes, deep in granite-walled Poudre Canyon, high along the Peak-to-Peak Highway--light, color, and shape achieve a kind of perfection.
Travel Agents / Tour operators
The spiritual centre of American skiing, Colorado lies high in the Rocky Mountains where the snow is soft and
reliable: Keystone, Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek, Winter Park, Copper, Aspen, Snowmass, Steamboat, Telluride
United Vacations - tailor made holidays and ski holidays in America
Travel Guides Colorado
Amazon.com - Travel Guides Colorado
Colorado: Regional Guide
Nate Cavalieri (Author), Adam Skolnick (Author)
Paperback: 388 pages; Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 1 edition (20 May 2011); ISBN-10: 174179417X.
Insight Guides: Colorado
This brand new edition Insight Guide provides all the information you need to enjoy the breathtaking scenery
and captivating culture of Colorado. Well-researched and fully up-to-date text provides explorations of major
sights and attractions, such as Colorado Springs, the amazing array of wildlife at the Rocky Mountain National
Park and the sprawling metropolis of Denver. Clear, colour-coded sections make it easy to navigate around
the book. Places of interest are cross-referenced on full-colour maps throughout the guide, whilst additional
maps can be found within the front and back covers, providing instant orientation. In-depth features on
history cover everything from the native people of Colorado to the discovery of gold and the Meeker
massacre. There are also features on Outdoor Adventure, Mountain and Prairie Life, even the intriguing ghost
towns, giving you a rare insight into the culture of this fascinating state. The guide also contains
comprehensive information on eating out, shopping, nightlife, sport and accommodation suitable for all
budgets, along with contact information and many other useful travel tips. The unique combination of insightful
exploration alongside practical advice means that this guide truly is a pleasure to read before, during and after your visit.
Paperback: 336 pages; Publisher: Insight; 3 edition (22 Jun 2011); ISBN-10: 9812823700.
Transport / How to travel to Colorado
Denver International Airport [ DIA ] - Flights, Maps & Directions, Ground Transportation
Denver Airport also serves as the gateway for connections to Colorado's 10 other commercial airports. Most
are linked through regular shuttle service. Commercial ground transportation also connects the airport with other cities and ski resorts.
Colorado Springs airport - also hosts several major carriers with regular timetables
Book cheap flights to Colorado at ebookers and benefit from discounted airfares.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines take you to hundreds of destinations everywhere in the world.
Airline Tickets / Bargain Flights
Mapblast! Driving Directions - streetmaps etc.
Provides interactive maps and driving directions, as well as extensive information on services and products near a user's address or travel route.
Mc Nally - Route Planner Colorado / USA
Colorado.com - The Official Site for Colorado Travel and Tourism
State of Colorado - Colorado State Government
City of Denver - Official Denver Travel Guide!
Where skies are bluer, mountains are higher and the sunshine brighter. Discover how down to earth the Mile
High City is - with big city perks and the balance of natural serenity. Enter the hidden treasure that is Denver, Colorado- the Mile High City.
The mountain towns of North Central respectfully defer to nature. Estes Park serves as the national park's
ornate lobby, Grand Lake its breezy back porch. Idaho Springs, Georgetown, and other lofty hamlets tuck
themselves as inconspiciously as possible between ridges. Only in the gambling meccas of Central City and
Black Hawk do man-made attractions presume to supersede this breathtaking wilderness, but at least they do
it with some flair--and besides, jackpot-spouting slot machines are beautiful in their own way.
Boulder, home of the University of Colorado, nicely captures the essence of the region. Framed by foothills,
the city boasts 33,000 acres of parks and trails, as well as a philosophy of spiritual and environmental health.
There's plenty to do and see in town, including the always-lively Pearl Street Mall and the summer-long
Colorado Music Festival. Additional dining and entertainment can be found in Fort Collins, the site of Colorado State University, and Greeley, home of the University of Northern Colorado.
Northeast Colorado - Sterling
Northeastern Colorado often catches visitors by surprise. Rather than the mountains and forests for which
the state is famous, this region holds wide-open grasslands and seas of golden wheat--a land of infinite flats
. Locals call it "Colorado's Outback" or "The Other Colorado" in proud celebration of their area's pioneer traditions and expansive natural beauty.
While throngs of gold-seekers paraded to and from Colorado's hills, homesteaders quietly moved onto these
prairies and built communities as level-steady as the horizon. The roots are still visible today; old emigrant
trails, antique buildings, and abandoned settlements (some brought back to life, others rotting) pepper the
landscape. The Pony Express passed through, as did Kit Carson and Buffalo Bill. Residents love to celebrate
and share their area's history. Nearly every summer weekend contains a gunfight reenactment, draft-horse
pull, mountain man rendezvous, antique carriage parade, or heritage festival. Rodeos, pancake breakfasts, and threshing-machine demonstrations are nearly as prominent.
Northwest - Grand Junction
Colorado's Northwest sector is truly a study in contrasts. This land of green mountains and bone-dry desert,
glitzy resorts and gritty sagebrush towns, ultramodern petroleum plants and century-old ranches represents nearly everything that Colorado is or ever has been.
I-70 cruises through the modern heart of Colorado, linking the world-class resort playgrounds of Summit County and the Vail Valley with the oil-shale boomtowns further west. Along U.S. 40, an older but still vital
side of the Centennial State survives. Here, ranchers and cowboys follow patterns that have remained
unchanged since the 19th century, trailing herds in scenes almost as old as the West. By the time you
approach the Utah line, you may think you have traveled through a time warp; this weirdly beautiful moonscape coughs up dinosaur skeletons hundreds of millions of years old.
South Central - Colorado Springs
South Central Colorado offers up a smorgasbord of pointed peaks, deep canyons, and dazzling wildflowers.
Sunlight streams down warm and pure, draping aspens in gold and throwing sharp shadows across the mountainscape. Thunderheads twice the size of a 14er unleash furious lightning-and-hail assaults.
Against these towering, formidable backdrops, hardy towns nestle in wooded valleys. Leadville, the highest
city in America, is so far up it seems to rest on a cloud. The Collegiate Peaks cluster around Buena Vista, and
the Sangre de Cristos soar over the sweeping Great Sand Dunes. Colorado Springs offers a touch of urban class beneath the eminent heights of Pikes Peak.
In the San Luis Valley the land lies flat, as if to rest from the rolls and headstands it performs elsewhere. Here
farmers raise crops in the rich soil, and glistening streams snake through marshy meadows. At Royal Gorge
the earth slips even lower, nosediving a thousand feet to the Arkansas River. Rafters, kayakers, and fishermen ply their skills here and on dozens of other pristine lakes and streams.
Southeast Colorado - Pueblo
Although history books usually begin with the 19th-century gold rush to the central Rockies, the real cradle of
Colorado is here, on the wind-swept plains of the Southeast. It was here, in the 1540s, that the first gold
-seekers arrived--Francisco Vasquez de Coronado and his band of conquistadores. It was here, in 1806,
that Colorado received its first emissaries from the United States--the expedition led by Zebulon Pike. And it
was here, in 1833, that the first American settlement was raised--Bent's Old Fort. The fact is, almost everything that has happened in Colorado happened here first.
The Arkansas River represents a direct line into the past. The Santa Fe Trail ran right alongside it, bringing
traders and, later, armies into one of the country's last Native American strongholds. For legendary
frontiersmen such as Kit Carson and John C. Fremont, the Arkansas provided a gateway to the Rockies.
Homesteaders traveled upstream in their wake, moving in tandem with the railroad crews and building towns-
-Lamar, La Junta, Rocky Ford--that still dot the banks of the river. The two largest cities of Southeast Colorado, Trinidad and Pueblo, made their wealth on ranching, coal mining, and commerce.
Southwest Colorado - Durango
The area's beauty amazes, transfixing the eye in an endless metamorphosis of colors and shapes. Blue
crags jut between grassy meadows and plunge down to roiling white rapids. Brush-stubbled mesas yawn
open, creating impossibly deep stone canyons. Hot springs bubble up from sources unseen, steam flaring. Just after sunset, distant ridges turns soft and gray, silhouetted against purple-pink skies.
The human landscape is as dramatic as the topography; not even lifelong residents have unraveled all of the
region's mysteries. Ghost towns and abandoned mines litter the San Juan Mountains, while on the high flats
of the Colorado Plateau, nameless ruins bear witness to an ancient civilization. Mesa Verde National Park,
Hovenweep National Monument, and the Anasazi Heritage Center make this area an archaeologist's dream.
The towns of the Southwest march to their own rhythm. People are always on the move-biking, hiking,
running, climbing, flying, boating, even occasionally working-yet nobody is in a hurry. Telluride, Silverton, and
Ouray-the divine trinity of the San Juans-pair stunning physical beauty with high culture, making them
attractive retreats for starving artists and CEOs alike. Down the hill, Durango offers Western congeniality,
with just a hint of rebellious frontier spirit. And funky, friendly Crested Butte embodies the individualist ethic of
the West. Spend a few days in these upbeat locales and you'll be convinced that anything is possible.
Arvada - Arvada
Aspen - Aspen
Aurora - Aurora
Boulder - Front Range
Canon City and the Royal Gorge region
Castle Rock - Town of Castle Rock
Centennial - Centennial
Colorado Springs - South Central Colorado
Colorado's second-largest metropolitan area
Durango Area - Southwest Colorado
The Durango area offers western, archeological, historic and Native American vacation experiences.
Activities include skiing, snowboarding, rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, camping, horseback rides,
hunting, fishing, backcountry and mining tours, golfing, rock climbing, live concerts, gaming, art gallery walks and much more.
Fort Collins - Fort Collins
Grand Junction - Northwest Colorado - Wine country
Imagine a valley framed by the Rocky Mountains and the cliffs of the Colorado National Monument blanketed in
farmland and vineyards. Every Colorado activity you can dream of reaches its peak here. World-famous golf
courses, mountain biking routes, hikes through wind-carved canyons, archaeological sites and rafting on the
Colorado River top the list. What's left is our 12 distinctive wineries- each with its own personality.
Greeley - Greeley
Lakewood - Lakewood
Littleton - Littleton
Longmont - Longmont
Loveland - Loveland
Northglenn - Northglenn
Parker - Town of Parker
Pueblo - Southeast Colorado
Sterling - Northeast Colorado
Thornton - Thornton
Westminster - Westminster
Arkansas River - see Whitewater Adventure
No trip to Colorado is complete without a raft trip down the Arkansas River, suggested by Paddle Sport
magazine to be one of the best rivers for whitewater rafting in the country. Whitewater Adventure Outfitters
offers a unique and memorable rafting adventure for nearly anyone, from first timers and families to experienced whitewater rafting enthusiasts looking for the thrill of class IV and V water.
Bold and beautiful happenings abound in every season. This is where adventure of the American west
comes alive. Authentic western towns, wide open spaces and friendly people invite you to our neck of the woods.
76 miles northwest of Denver on the western side of Rocky Mountain National Park. The Continental Divide,
National Forests, real cowboys and historic landmarks created by the early pioneers make Grand County a vacation destination for the entire family.
VailValley & Summit County
The Vail Valley and Summit County are nestled high up in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Within a short
distance on the I-70 corridor are several great resort areas including Vail, Beaver Creek, Copper Mountain,
Breckenridge, Keystone and A-Basin. You can find something in this region for everyone ... great skiing and
snowboarding in the winter, and championship golf, hiking, biking, white water rafting, kayaking, and fishing
in the spring, summer and fall. On these pages you'll find tons of information on area lodging, dining & nightlife,
and local attractions, current free shuttle bus schedules, ski rentals, town information, local weather, ski reports for local ski areas, and much, much more!
Colorado State Fair
Concerts, PRCA Rodeo, Free Entertainment, Carnival, Fine Arts Exhibition, Fiesta Weekend, Demo Derby / Tough Truck, Livestock & Horse Show, Farms Awards
Colorado Division of Wildlife Home Page
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
America's most authentic steam railroad, just as it was for a century, from the coal tipple to the conductor's
smile. Twisting and turning through the beautiful San Juan Mountains on tracks that tamed the West, you'll
cross the Colorado-New Mexico border eleven times. Count them as you look down from Windy Point, up at the spires of Phantom Curve, or into the depths of Toltec Gorge.
News from Colorado - Colorado Daily
News from Denver - Denver Post
News - Rocky Mountain News
PBS - Living Edens - Canyonlands: America's Wild West
In the vast American West there is a tough, high, lonely land called the Colorado plateau. Lying mostly in Utah,
it extends south into Arizona and east into Colorado. This stark and untamed wilderness is home to an
incredible array of creatures, including the grasshopper mouse, burrowing owl, rattlesnake and the resourceful coyote.
Pikes Peak Cog Railway
Highest rack railway in the world as well as the highest railway in North America.
Conventional railroads use the friction of wheels upon the rails, called "adhesion", to provide locomotive
power. A cog, or rack, railroad uses a gear, "cog wheel", meshing into a special rack rail (mounted in the
middle between the outer rails) to climb much steeper grades than those possible with a standard adhesion railroad.
The Manitou & Pikes Peak Railway uses the Abt rack system. The maximum grades are 25%, which is about the upper limit for the Abt system.
Radio - Colorado Public Radio
Royal Gorge Route Railroad
The railroad tracks were laid over 120 years ago, however, passenger service was cut off in 1967. In 1999,
passenger service returned and now provides visitors from around the world 12-miles of unforgettable scenery, coupled with exceptional service and memories to last a lifetime.
TV - Colorado Public TV
TV - Rocky Mountain PBS
United States Air Force Academy
Because of heightened national security conditions, the U.S. Air Force Academy is probably closed to visitors.
University - Colorado State University
University - University of Colorado at Boulder
University - University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Cuisine - Colorado Recipes
Colorado Beef Council - Beef It's What's for Dinner
Colorado Farm Fresh Recipes
Colorado Patatoe Recipes
Inn Good Taste - A collection of Colorado's best Bed & Breakfast Recipes
The Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers of Colorado Cookbook. Favorite Bed and Breakfast Recipes to enjoy at home.
Colorado Cache Cookbook: A Goldmine of Recipes
by Junior League of Denver
Paperback: 430 pages; Publisher: Treasure Chest Books; 4th edition (June 1997); ISBN: 0960394656
Pie in the Sky Successful Baking at High Altitudes : 100 Cakes, Pies, Cookies, Breads, and Pastries Home
-tested for Baking at Sea Level, 3,000, 5,000, 7,000, and 10,000 feet (and Anywhere in Between).
by Susan G. Purdy
Hardcover: 352 pages; Publisher: Morrow Cookbooks (May 31, 2005); ISBN: 0060522585
History of Colorado
Colorado Historical Society
Founded in 1879, the Colorado Historical Society brings the unique character of Colorado's past to more than
a million people each year through historical museums and highway markers, exhibitions, manuscript and
photograph collections, popular and scholarly publications, historical and archaeological preservation
services, and educational programs for children and adults. In short, the Society collects, preserves, and interprets the history of Colorado for present and future generations
Website: About CHS | Exhibitions | Programs & Events | Publications | Archaeology & Historic Preservation |
Join Us! | Colorado's Historic Sites | Library | Stores | Kid's Page! | State Historical Fund | Search
Colorado Railroad Museum
One of the best privately supported rail museums in the United States. This "can't miss" site for railfans
features over 70 historic narrow and standard gauge locomotives and cars exhibited on 15 acres at the foot of North Table Mountain, near Golden, Colorado.
Libraries & Museums in Colorado
National Park Service - Links to the past
Explore America's cultural resources - buildings, landscapes, archeological sites, ethnographic resources, objects and documents, structures and districts.
Music, Art & Culture in Colorado
Colorado Council on the Arts
Colorado Arts Net
Denver Art Museum
Denver Center for Performing Arts
National Western Stockshow, Denver, Colorado
The National Western Stockshow has been called the "Super Bowl of Livestock Shows." With 100-acres of
show grounds, there is plenty of room for the world's top steer wrestlers and professional bull riders to
share with entertaining showmen and beasts. Based on the spectacles of Buffalo Bill Cody, the Stockshow's
Wild West Show features a six-horse stagecoach holdup, a world-champion trick roper, and a tribute to the American Indian.
Other Denver attractions: Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater, Denver Art Museum, Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, Black American West Museum and Heritage Center, U.S. Mint.
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