Colorado is epitomised by spectacular mountains and beautiful forests, which are at their best during the legendary winters. Whether you spend your time there out on the slopes, carving up the perfect powder, or settled in front of an open fire, you will enjoy a uniquely Western American experience.
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Colorado holidays centre on the Rocky Mountains. Based in the heart of this fabulous mountain range, Colorado is known as a brilliant winter destination for endless snow, outstanding skiing and comfortable mountain lodges. If you visit between October and April you will see it at its finest, with heaps of fresh powder to get stuck into.
The mountainous backbone of Colorado isn’t exclusively reserved for winter-lovers though, and a visit in the summer provides plenty of exciting opportunities. Hiking, biking, river running and rock climbing are just some of the activities you can get involved in, while the remote landscape provides a unique escape from the urban world. The Rocky Mountain National Park is the most popular spot, but beware - you’ll have to share the beauty with the moose, elk and foxes that wander the landscape.
In the city of Denver you will find some of the most famous sporting arenas in America, as well as a refreshed downtown and loads of cycle routes to explore. In the university towns of Boulder and Fort Collins there is a uniquely cool vibe, while Aspen hosts some exciting summer music festivals. Heading south of the Arkansas River will take you into the Hispanic land that used to be Mexico, where a strong Native American culture still exists.
Colorado produces more barrels of beer than any other state in America, and the collection of breweries, wineries and distilleries offer a huge selection of drinking options. Beer tastings and tours are a must and if you visit during the summer you can enjoy a picnic amongst the scenic vineyards. In terms of food, the locally-sourced vegetables and meat come directly from the farmers to your plate. A pork-filled burrito is a must-taste if you want to sample the Mexican heritage of the south-west. You should also take the chance to visit the farmers’ markets where all sorts of local delicacies are on offer.
Hotels geared for skiing can be found across Colorado, with Aspen being one of the most popular options. The only ski-in, ski-out resort in Aspen is Little Nell, which will add a sense of luxury to your stay. Get even closer to the mountains by staying in one of the high-altitude huts that are dotted around the area. If you want an even more genuine outdoors experience, the Moraine Park campground in the Rocky Mountain National Park is a brilliant option during the summer.