Your Holiday in Colorado
Colorado offers a thrilling blend of nature, culture and adventure. With a dramatic mountain backdrop, you can explore four National Parks, thirty different hot springs and 28 ski resorts, all without crossing the state border.
In the urban hubs of Denver and Boulder you’ll find a thriving arts and sports scene, with numerous galleries and museums, and top NFL and NBA teams.
Where is Colorado?
Located in the western United States, Colorado is sandwiched between Utah and Kansas. Nearly two thirds of the state is mountainous, including the San Juan and Sangre de Cristo ranges, part of the Rocky Mountains. Much of Colorado is therefore at a high altitude, with Denver itself 1,600 metres above sea level.
When is the Best Time to Visit Colorado?
There are things to do in Colorado year round:
- Summer – with pleasant temperatures and consistent weather, June to August is perfect time for hiking, biking and outdoor activities in Colorado’s National Parks
- Autumn – from mid-September to early November, Colorado’s forests turn a wonderful red and gold; a great time for scenic drives and wildlife watching
- Winter – November through April, Colorado transforms into a world class skiing and snowboarding destination, with ski resorts such as Aspen, Vail and Breckenridge attracting thousands of visitors each year
- Spring – March to May is the ‘low season’ in Colorado, but still a rewarding time to visit as wildflower meadows burst into colour, backdropped by snowy peaks. A soak in one the state’s hot springs also never feels so good!
If you are in Denver in January and seeking a truly authentic American experience, don’t miss the annual National Western Stock Show & Rodeo.
Is Denver a Good Place to Start a Holiday?
With direct flights form London Heathrow, and the Rocky Mountains on its doorstep, Denver is an excellent starting point for a holiday in Colorado.
The city offers a vibrant urban experience, Head to the historic Larimer Square for shopping, dining and nightlife, and Red Rocks Park, an amazing natural amphitheatre, for live music or sunrise yoga! Denver Art Museum hosts exhibitions by local and international artists, whilst the Museum of Nature and Science has interactive exhibits about space exploration and the natural world.
Which National Parks are in Colorado?
There are four National Parks in Colorado:
- Rocky Mountain National Park – look out for elk and bighorn sheep as you discover stunning alpine lakes and majestic waterfalls. The cliff-hugging Trail Ridge Road offers particularly spectacular views
- Mesa Verde National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its remarkably well-preserved Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings, which you can visit on a ranger-led tour (advanced booking recommended)
- Great Sand Dunes National Park – an otherworldly landscape with towering sand dunes backdropped by snow-capped mountains. You can climb the dunes, go sandboarding or explore the wetlands and alpine tundra also found in the park
- Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park – prepare to be amazed by the dramatically steep cliffs and narrow gorges carved by the Gunnison River over millions of years, at this lesser visited park
In addition, Colorado has 42 equalling awe-inspiring State Parks, and the wonderous Garden of the Gods National Natural Landmark, near Colorado Springs.
Colorado Holidays 2024 & 2025
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