Colorado’s picturesque scenery simply cannot be matched.  A state made of colossal mountains, rich forests, and glassy ponds, this landscape will truly leave you speechless.  If you’re planning an adventure out West, make sure you visit the best parts of Colorado.  This place contains endless opportunities to explore the great outdoors; you won’t believe your eyes when you journey through this amazing destination.  Discover some of the best places to see during your vacation, like Colorado National Parks as well as additional trails and monuments, in order to create a truly unforgettable trip.

3 of the Best Outdoor Attractions and National Parks in Colorado

  1. Mesa Verde National Park

Travel back in time when you visit this incredible attraction of Colorado!  This was once home of the Ancestral Pueblo people (ancestors to the modern-day Pueblo Indians); this group inhabited the area for almost 7 centuries, from A.D. 600 to 1300.  Observe over 5,000 archeological sites, 600 cliff dwellings, and other additional artifacts.  Make sure you see the Cliff Palace- it’s the largest cliff dwelling of the entire park!  This iconic part of this area includes over 150 rooms which used to hold over 100 residents.  Mesa Verde National Park also presents endless opportunities for exploration and education, as it contains multiple trails for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.  This attraction also includes a visitor and research center, which is a great resource for learning more about the area.  Tours of this park are also available, along with exciting events!

  1. Chimney Rock National Monument

One of the most incredible national monuments in Colorado, this breathtaking landmark towers between the two towns of Durango and Pagosa Springs.  Having been in existence for almost one thousand years, Chimney Rock National Monument once served as a sacred place for the Ancestral Pueblo people; you can still see some of their weathered architecture surrounding this area.  This site is open from May until September every year for tours about the monument’s intriguing background and origins.  They also host many festivals and programs, so make sure to check their calendar for the next big event.

  1. Hermosa Creek Trail

One of the most well-traveled hiking paths of Colorado, the Hermosa Creek Trail is a favorite of both locals and visitors alike.  Those who traverse this trail will encounter creeks, bridges, hills, and of course, jaw-dropping views.  The trail totals to 18.6 miles in length and aside from a few steep climbs, the terrain is generally easy to ride on a mountain bike.  Don’t miss your chance to explore one of the best Colorado attractions!

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Settle down in one of the most beloved mountain towns of Colorado while you’re vacationing out West!  Durango is a scenic region that contains easy ski access and a charming downtown area.  Stay with us at Durango Colorado Vacations for the best accommodations in town; our luxurious rental apartments, cottages, cabins, and villas, are all comfortably furnished and thoroughly equipped to meet all of your needs.  Get ready to have the most memorable getaway of your life- book one of our fantastic vacation rentals today!
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