The Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center marks the 2010 discovery of bones from a young, female Columbian mammoth by a crew working to expand a nearby reservoir.
The John Denver Sanctuary is a memorial to the singer-songwriter, who lived in the Aspen area and wrote several songs about Aspen, including “Aspenglow” and “Starwood at Aspen.”
Snowmass is making a name for itself with summer concerts in the mountains, drawing a jeans-and-hiking boot crowd with major acts and less-known ones.
Aspen has dozens of historic buildings, and many of them can be explored on foot. Take this walking tour that includes the Jerome Hotel, Wheeler Opera House, The Red Onion restaurant and Wagner Park.
Amtrak’s California Zephyr takes a scenic route through the Rockies between Denver and Glenwood Springs, with a stretch marked by 29 small tunnels and the 6-mile-long Moffat Tunnel.
Grand Junction has been a center for dinosaur discoveries and features the red-rock spires of the Colorado National Monument and fruit orchards and wineries.
Crested Butte has long gone its own way as a town and a ski resort. The town was built on coal, not gold or silver, and the ski resort has been family-owned.
John Henry “Doc” Holliday, the gambler, gunfighter and dentist, died in Glenwood Springs in 1887 and reportedly was buried there, though some researchers have questioned the claim.
The beaked Fruitadens, the smallest dinosaur on record, was named after the town of Fruita after its discovery nearby by paleontologist George Callison for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
The Torvosaurus is a 1971 discovery by Delta rockhound Vivian Jones and her husband, Daniel, in the Dry Mesa Quarry near Delta.