Colorado

Colorado

Colorful Colorado is a land dominated by the Rocky Mountains towering over the Continental Divide. Imagine two raindrops falling side by side on the ridgeline. One lands just inside the Front Range and begins its journey to the Atlantic Ocean. The other falls just a little to the west and flows down to the Pacific. Such is life in the mountains, where tiny effects have massive consequences.

Most of Colorado’s population lives in the Front Range along the I-25 corridor. They head to the mountains for outdoor recreation with every mountain sport imaginable, from hiking to skiing and everything in between.

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Language(s)

English

Currency

US Dollar

Reported for the US traveler with foreign countries rankings based on the US State Department's travel advisories.
Safety
Exercise Increased Caution

Reported for three representative cities within the destination via Weather Spark.

Climate (°F)
Summer Winter
Crested Butte 72 6
Denver 89 22
Grand Junction 94 20
Outlets
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Type-B

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit the Front Range is from spring from March to May and autumn from September to November. The spring and autumn seasons are cooler than the summer, which tends to be hot in this part of the state, and you avoid the slush and fuss of winter.

However, summer and winter are king in the mountains. During the summer, you can hike, raft, climb, and explore the Rocky Mountains. Winter is for skiing, where over 10-million people strap in and carve down the state’s iconic slopes and relax in picture-perfect ski towns.

Fun Facts

  • Colorado is home to the world’s largest natural hot springs swimming pool
  • Colorado has the world’s largest flat-top mountain
  • The name Colorado means ‘colored red’
  • It’s illegal to throw snowballs in Aspen
  • The term ‘cheeseburger’ was originally trademarked by Louis Ballast of Denver’s ‘Humpty Dumpty Drive-In’ in 1935
  • Unsinkable Molly Brown, a survivor of the Titanic, found her fortune in the mountains outside of Leadville
  • Pikes Peak has the highest paved road in North America

Bucket-List Activities

  • Explore Mesa Verde National Park (Mesa Verde)
  • See the sights at Island Lake (Silverton)
  • Bike the Million Dollar Highway (Durango to Ouray)
  • Soak in the world’s deepest hot springs (Pagosa Springs)
  • Take a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park (Estes Park)
  • Traverse a Via Ferrata (Telluride)
  • Hop on the Silverton Train (Silverton)

Natural Wonders

  • Garden of the Gods (Colorado Springs)
  • Royal Gorge (Cañon City)
  • Cave of the Winds (Manitou Springs)
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve (Duncan)
  • Maroon Bells (Aspen)
  • Hanging Lake (Glenwood Canyon)
  • Mesa Verde National Park (Mesa Verde)

Major Attractions

  • Garden of the Gods (Colorado Springs)
  • Mesa Verde National Park (Mesa Verde)
  • Vail Ski Resort (Vail)
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (Gunnison)
  • Denver Museum of Nature and Science (Denver)

Native Foods

  • Rocky Mountain Oysters (meatballs, in that they are meat and balls)
  • Colorado Style Pizza (oversized slices with a braided crust- Beau Jo’s pizza sets the bar 😉)
  • Denver Omelet (an omelet with ham, onions, and green peppers)
  • Palisade Peaches (grown only in western Colorado)
  • Olathe Sweet Corn (known for its sugary, fresh taste)

General Travel Tips

Common Phrases

  • 14er – A mountain over 14,000′
  • Blucifer – The demonic-eyed blue horse outside of the Denver Airport who killed his sculptor
  • The Mousetrap – A traffic nightmare where I-25 meets I-75
  • Colorado Kool-Aid – An antiquated term for Coors Beer
  • The Springs – Colorado Springs
  • Granola – Anybody from Boulder

Enplanements scaled by the number of commercial passenger boardings that occurred at the airport in calendar year per Wikipedia

🛩 - Limited commercial air service

✈ - 25,000  - 100,000

✈✈ - 100,000 - 500,000

✈✈✈ - 500,000 - 1,000,000

✈✈✈✈ - 1,000,000+

Major Cities / Airports

  • Denver / Denver International Airport (DEN ✈✈✈✈) – Colorado’s capital and United’s hub
  • Colorado Springs / Colorado Springs Airport (COS ✈✈) – Home to the Airforce Academy and Garden of the Gods
  • Aspen /Pitkin County Airport (ASE ✈✈) – The largest airport in the mountains
  • Grand Junction / Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT ✈✈) – Where the Western Range reaches the Colorado River
  • Durango / Durango – La Plata County Airport (DRO  ✈✈) – Start of the Million Dollar Highway
  • Vail – Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE ✈✈) – The Front Range’s answer to Aspen
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