100 Best Things to do in Colorado (Part Three)

Posted by: admin March 18th, 2020

100 Best Things to do in Colorado (part three)
By Your RV Lifestyle Staff

We teamed up with Your RV Lifestyle to give you the 100 best things to do in Colorado. Read part three of five below.

41. Ouray County Museum

This is found in the town of Ouray. The museum is jam-packed with artifacts and information such as medical, military, law, and mining. Be sure to talk to the staff as they are very well-informed about the history of the area,

42. Great Sand Dunes National Park

This preserve is found in southern Colorado. It is well-known for the towering dunes. Look for the high point named Star Dune. There is a seasonal creek that may be filled with water at different times throughout the year. For hikers, head for the Medano Pass which winds through the canyon and on towards the Sangre de Christo mountain range. There are several trails leading through forests, wetlands, and lakes. This is a great place to take an RV and stay a few days while you enjoy hiking in the park.

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43. Buckhorn Exchange

This attraction was founded in 1893 and is found in Denver. It houses a wall-to-wall collection of taxidermy. It is also kept in Denver's oldest steakhouse. You will find collections of antique weapons along with the hundreds of stuffed animals. The steakhouse menu includes such items as rattlesnake and elk, with buffalo sausage and alligator tails also being available. This restaurant is definitely a 'must' for those who enjoy a meal with a difference. Be sure to reserve your table as it is a very popular venue.

44. Breckenridge Ski Resort

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Breckenridge is the largest historical district in the state and this is where the ski resort is found. The town is built around the resort and it a delightful place to spend a day, even if you do not ski. The streets are lined with eclectic shops and interesting restaurants. There are several coffee shops and small family-owned eateries. Be sure to head to the downtown area where you will find the art district.

45. Mount Evans Scenic Byway

You can start up this byway in Evergreen. It is the highest paved road in North America. The road winds its way up Mount Evans to an altitude of 14,130 feet above sea level. The road was completed in 1931 and runs for 28 miles, with some of the most spectacular scenery in the state. Be aware that it can get cloudy and have snowfalls so check the weather before you plan a trip. There are plenty of pull-off areas where you can stop and take pictures. Along the way, you will find the Mount Goliath Natural Area which is home to protected trees. At the top, you can stop and see Summit Lake Park and the lake. You will notice that the waters of the lake are pristine because they are fed from a glacier.

46. Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

You will find this in Glenwood Springs, about 160 miles west of Denver. The caves and the tours only opened for the public in 2003. There are guided tours to the caves which are called the Fairy Caves Tour, the Kings Row Tours, and the Wild Tour. The tours last about 2 hours, and they must all be booked in advance.

47. Anasazi Heritage Centre

This museum is found in Dolores. It is the premier archaeological museum in the state. You can see the history of the Anasazi and several other Native American cultures. There are two sites and a collection of over 3 million artifacts. The museum is well worth visiting and is free during the winter months. The entrance fee of $3 per person is charged at other times.

48. Mount Elbert

This is the highest point in the state and you will find it near Buena Vista. It is at an altitude of 14,400 feet above sea level. This is the second-highest peak in the USA and there is a hiking trail that is relatively easy, and only three miles long. If you plan to climb this mountain, you must be aware that the weather changes and it is subject to lightning in the afternoons.

49. Try some Colorado Lamb

This is regarded by locals as the best lamb in the world. You will find lamb on most restaurant menus as well as in most smaller eateries. Colorado lamb is bred for meat, not wool and is known for the rich flavor and good texture. It is almost completely free from artificial growth hormones. You will find lamb in many delicious dishes in most towns and cities in the state.

50. Take a helicopter tour

Many helicopter tours start in Las Vegas, where you will be collected at your hotel. You will be taken to the airport where you will be flown in a 7-seat helicopter. Most tours will take you over the Hoover Dam, and Lake Mead, which is very clearly seen from the air. You will be able to get great pictures of the Colorado River and the iconic colored wall faces, before heading back over the Black Canyon and the extinct volcano. Allow yourself a full day for these tours as Las Vegas has many things to see and do.

51. Royal Gorge Bridge

This attraction is near Cañon City, in the Royal Gorge Park. The bridge crosses the gorge at 955 feet above the Arkansas River, and until 2001 was the highest bridge in the world. It is still the highest bridge in the USA. The bridge is 1,260 feet long. Cars are allowed over the bridge but only at certain times, so you should check before you plan to cross. There is an amusement park at the entrance to the bridge which is a great place to take the kids. There is also a zip-line across the gorge for the more adventurous.

52. Ludlow Massacre Site

This is found in Trinidad. It is the site of the Colorado Union Massacre which took place in 1914.
Some 8,000 mine workers went on strike to protest against unfit living conditions. They planned to form a union, and a fight ensued between the miners and the National Guardsmen with 25 people being killed. Today the town is a ghost town, and the monument is dedicated to the workers and innocent families who died that day.

53. Rocky Mountain zipline

You will find this outside of Denver in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. There are four different tour times and zip line options ranging in length from 850 feet to 1,900 feet. You do not need any experience to be able to enjoy this as the staff will instruct you. You will get a short training period, and then be fully equipped for the ride. If you prefer you can take the tour which involves a 4-hour tour and three of the longest zip lines. To do this, you need to take the 10-minute hike uphill, making it good for people who are fit.

54. Maroon Bells

These two peaks are found in the Elk Mountains. They are on the border between Pitkin County and Gunnison County, about 12 miles southwest of Aspen. The view of the mountains is widely regarded as one of the most photographed in the county. There is even a bus from Aspen which takes tourists out to the mountains to take pictures. There are several hiking trails, some long and some shorter so suitable for all levels of fitness.

55. Butte Theatre

The theatre is home to both community and professional performing arts events. It is in Cripple Creek. The town of Cripple Creek is worth looking at. There are several small casinos and a silver mine which you can tour. This is a nice place to take an RV and stay a few days.

56. Manitou Incline

You will find this outside Manitou Springs. It is a vertical hike that will take you up 2,000 feet in less than a mile. You can follow the old cable car tracks and it should take about 40 minutes to get to the top. You do not need any special climbing equipment, although this may not be suitable for children or people who are not relatively fit. Be sure to pace yourself so that you get to the top. Also, take enough water for up and down.

57. Manitou Cliff Dwellings

You will find this just west of Colorado Springs. They are the ruins of the Anasazi Tribe who used to live there. The dwellings date back many years and were first opened to the public in 1904. Be sure to check out the museum, where you will learn about the tribe and be able to see artifacts such as tools and pottery. There is a good collection of weapons on display. You can walk through the ruins, so wear sturdy shoes.

58. Boulder teahouse

The interesting thing about this tea house is that it was a hand-built gift from Boulders' sister city in Tajikstan. In the exchange program, the two cities agreed to exchange one building each and while Boulder received the teahouse, Tajikstan received and internet café. You may agree that Boulder got the better deal in that arrangement!

59. See the Flatirons

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For walkers and hikers, this is a great place to see. There is a trail that is well marked. The hike is quite difficult, and care should be taken but the views from the top are spectacular. Be aware that if you hike here in winter there will be ice at the top and the rocks will be very slippery. There are several trails that do not go all the way to the top and are easier, and more suited for people who are less fit.

60. Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway

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The railway runs from Durango to Silverton and has been designated as a historical site. The railroad was opened in 1882 to transport gold and silver from the San Juan Mountains. The last train ran along the tracks in 1968, after running continuously since 1881. You can take the train from Durango to Cascade Wye in the winter, and to Silverton in the Summer months. Be sure to book seats in advance.