Fall’s arrival in Colorado means it’s time to head to the mountains and take in the yellows, oranges and reds of the aspens. We’ll share some favorite places, from day trips to weekend escapes. Now’s the time.
Cortez serves as a gateway to Mesa Verde National Park and the Four Corners Monument and a jumping-off point for tourists headed into Colorado’s San Juan Mountains.
The Crystal Mill is the subject of countless postcards – a rustic, wooden building from 1893 that sits atop a rugged rock outcropping with the Crystal River rushing below.
Ridgway, “Gateway to the San Juans,” took a star turn in the 1969 movie “True Grit” that won John Wayne his first and only Oscar.
The mountain town of Marble is the home of a quarry that has provided marble for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, and hundreds of other buildings.
Steamboat Springs is a western Colorado ranching town and a major ski town, and it celebrates the blending of the two cultures.
Colorado has an unparalleled record for dinosaur discoveries. Fossils of most of the best-known of the giant reptiles were found here first.
Aspen and its ski areas have been a tourist destination and a gathering place for the rich and famous for decades.
Telluride has many claims to fame – as a mining boom town and an elite ski resort and as the home for festivals and celebrities.
Breckenridge is a major skiing center in the winter, with five Summit County ski areas within easy driving distance, and it’s just 80 miles west of Denver.