There are dozens of National and State Parks throughout this beautiful state. Besides the Rockies, other highlights are Mesa Verde, where you'll discover astonishing 13th-century dwellings hewn into the cliff face; Black Canyon, with its forbidding granite walls; the tallest dunes in America at Great Sand Dunes (you can board or sledge down them!); and amazing rock formations in the Garden of the Gods.
Drink and Be Merry
Denver is home to the huge Coors brewery, so beer is never in short supply on holidays in Colorado. The state is also known for its microbreweries, and there are plenty of brew pubs around where you can sample hand-crafted ales. If wine is more your kind of tipple, then drop by some of the 80 wineries along the Colorado Wine Trail for tasty Merlots, Chardonnays and Cabernets.
The White Stuff
Excellent skiing and snowboarding are the order of the day at Colorado's world-class resorts. Glitzy Aspen and Vail attract celebrities to their superb slopes and buzzing night-life, while Steamboat Springs is perfect for families. With sunny skies and deep powder, the downhill action can't be beaten.
Ride the Rails
For the ride of your life, chug by train through the awesome peaks and plunging valleys of the Rocky Mountains. The Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad was originally used to transport mine supplies and workers, but now pulls sight-seers for 45 miles along a 915-metre ascent. It trundles over narrow bridges that span gaping white-water canyons as it does so.
Spending time in one of Colorado's natural hot springs is a sure fire way to relax to the max. Strawberry Park has pools surrounded by forest; mountainside Jacuzzi tubs are the order of the day at Indian Hot Springs; and the name says it all at Hot Sulphur Springs Resort & Spa.