My love for Colorado stems from diversity in landscape, I’m amazed by the changes you witness between crossing the New Mexico border in the south and reaching the rugged Rockies of the north. It’s also pretty diverse in terms of its inhabitants, politics, the number of activities on offer to visitors… From armed forces towns to lavish ski resorts, bustling cities and fantastic national parks, cutting edge technology firms in Denver to the fabulous hippy lifestyle in Boulder, it really does have it all.
Colorado has been on my travel ‘to do’ list for a while now and it didn’t disappoint. In fact, it made it to number 2 in the top 3 states I’d consider living in! (number 1 is Vermont & number 3 either Washington or Oregon). I thought a nice way to show my appreciation of this fabulous state would be to share my favourite photos from our visit, they really go a long way in highlighting this fabulously changeable area.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Peaks at 13,000 ft, hundreds of miles of alpine forests, the Colorado river, an abundance of wildlife… If you get a chance to go, snap it up. The beauty of RMNP is that it is very accessible to any sort of tourist. You can travel the Trail Ridge Road across the park, still have a great experience and feel amongst the mountains or you can venture into the back country and not see another soul for days.
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Ok so you aren’t going to spend weeks here, we only popped in for an overnight stay but we had such a great afternoon of mucking around on the 750 ft dunes. It took an age to get there, driving through mountains and plains but the sight of these massive dunes was well worth it. They are literally at the edge of a mountain range so to see alpine trees and dunes fit for the Sahara side by side was a strange one. The campsite is one of the most scenic we’ve stayed in and an absolute bargain.
Foliage – everywhere!
I’ve never in my life seen colours like this. We just missed out on autumn in New England but it must be pretty spectacular to beat what we saw in Colorado. Reds, oranges and bright yellows teaming across the mountains in all directions. The aspen were so stunning I’ve been desperately trying to find out if we can grow them in the UK.
Mesa Verde National Park
It’s not every day you get to clamber around 1000 year old Pueblo cliff dwellings. This place is something else and the ranger guided tours they run are very impressive. We learnt so much about the Pueblo Indian culture and history, these people are the original Americans and it’s amazing to think of them making a living in the most inhospitable landscape.