When you think of Colorado destinations, you probably imagine the likes of Colorado Springs, Denver and Aspen. After all, these are all popular options when visiting the state, and all offer a wealth of enticing attractions and things to do. This is enhanced by the fact that Colorado is a year-round destination, which means that there is something for everyone – whether you want to ski down a mountain or hike alongside a picturesque river.
However, there are many small towns and villages that often go under the radar in Colorado – and these usually feature activities that are also well worth your time. So with that in mind, here are five hidden gems that you need to discover when in Colorado.
While ‘hidden’ is perhaps a bit much, it is fair to say that Snowmass Village is something that is overlooked – especially when it is just a short drive from the aforementioned Aspen. With a glorious terrain that is ideal for skiing in the winter and activities like hiking in the summer, Snowmass is a great place to get away from it all and enjoy nature.
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Now virtually everyone in the world has heard about the Great Wall of China. However, what about a wall that is made purely due to nature? Well Colorado’s answer to that is the Devil’s Causeway.
Running through the Flat Tops Wilderness, the Devil’s Causeway is a narrow rock ridge that supplies stunning panoramic views that will capture your imagination. Although beware: the trail slims to just three feet wide in certain spots – and the sheer drop on either side is not too friendly, to say the least!
While nature is typically the main focus of a visit to Colorado, this doesn’t mean there aren’t manmade structures worth checking out. One of these is the Bishop’s Castle.
Situated in the San Isabel National Forest, the castle is a whimsical building that wouldn’t look out of place in a Dr. Seuss book. You are free to walk inside the Bishop’s Castle and also tackle the spirally staircase-type creations.
First built in 1906 by prison inmates as a way for horse-drawn carriages to get around, the Skyline Drive is now one of the most scenic routes in all of Colorado for automobiles. Although with a narrow 800-foot high ridge, the Skyline Drive is not for those easily scared or lacking in driving ability.
Estes Park’s cliff camping
Estes Park is not exactly a secret in itself. In fact, the park will most likely reside near the top of the list of things to do for visitors to Colorado. However, one of the activities it provides is far from as well-known – specifically, its cliff camping. Essentially, the cliff camping leaves you suspended from a sheer rock face via a semi-rigid hammock… 50 foot up in the air.
It is fair to say that this is another ‘adrenaline junkies need only apply’ type gem!