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.
Vail is the home of the world famous ski resort of the same name and dates back to just 1962. It is just 100 miles west of Denver on Interstate 70.
The Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum offers six themed galleries that explore the legacy of skiing and snowboarding in the state.
Black Hawk and Central City got their start as gold mining towns in 1859 and became gambling centers in the 1990s, with slot machines and blackjack and poker tables.
A 600-foot waterfall and a 120-year-old water wheel right off Interstate 70 have become a popular tourist attraction near Idaho Springs.
Sylvan Lake State Park is a quiet gateway to White River National Forest and the Holy Cross Wilderness.
Staunton State Park Location: Park and Jefferson counties, west of Conifer The new Staunton State Park, just 40 miles from downtown Denver, is still closed to the public but may open in 2012. Frances H. Staunton gave to the state the ranch her parents had homesteaded. She asked that it become a state park, “. . . to be preserved essentially as a wilderness area.” It is a region of…
Golden Gate Canyon State Park, just 30 miles west of Denver, offers more than 12,000 acres of forests, peaks and mountain meadows, along with panoramic views of the Continental Divide.
The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area between Leadville and Pueblo is a favorite for kayaking and whitewater rafting.
Staff writer Dillon Reservoir is a popular recreational spot 70 miles west of Denver on Interstate 70, offering miles of clear blue water and panoramic views of 13,000-foot peaks. Sailing, boating, canoeing, windsurfing, fishing, camping, hiking, bird watching, bird hunting and photography are among the activities on the lake, which has 3,233 acres of surface area and 27 miles of shoreline. Jet skis are prohibited. The towns of Dillon and…