A supersized ant eats an apple core taller than a human. A man shoots from a cannon. A glittering giant bison guards a bank. A sinuous nude graces the concrete. Sculpted surprises continue around every corner as one walks the streets of downtown Grand Junction through the public sculpture exhibit Art on the Corner.
An early morning chill hangs in the Durango fall air, the streets quiet, yet to wake fully. A shrill whistle pierces the stillness, cutting straight to the wandering soul of any traveler, a sound filled with new horizons, teary goodbyes and promises. The train’s steam whistle even seems to foretell the changing seasons, as fall reveals its golden autumn coat.
With only 4,000 occupants, this eastern plains town may appear at first unassuming, but there's more than just a century-old secret swirling in Burlington's city center.
Located south of Grand Junction and running southwest from Whitewater, the glorious Unaweep-Tabegauche Scenic and Historic Byway sweeps through unfathomably deep canyons and climbs skyscraper plateaus, taking us on a winding journey through an ancient and historied land.
Ever wondered what life was like for frontier-era fur traders? Visit the living history museum at Bent's Old Fort and experience it for yourself
“Like a sea in storm,” exclaimed Zebulon Pike Jr. in 1807 when he first witnessed the immense Great Sand Dunes nestled in a dogleg crook of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. From high above, in the toothed cirque of peaks surrounding the Crestone Needle, the dunes indeed appear as an unruly brown sea.
Life will always have its challenges, but when you live in Colorado, every day is like a walk in the park. Literally. The more you travel the state, the more it seems like every other place name includes the word “park” – and that can get pretty confusing.
Visit a charming Victorian mining town, thriving alpine environment and one of Colorado’s 14ers on this jewel of a scenic byway.
U.S. Highway 285 west of Denver cuts through one of the most pristine segments of the Colorado Trail. Look for a large parking area near the summit of the pass to get out of your car, stretch your legs and walk comfortably under arching aspen trees in fall foliage.
A little-known fall color hotspot right on Denver’s doorstep, Golden Gate Canyon lives up to its name in autumn. The park is filled with aspen in fall foliage, mountain meadows, sweeping views of snow-covered peaks, historic homesteads and an extensive series of trails for hikers of any skill level.
Five fall color hotspots near the Denver metro area #2: Rocky Mountain National Park & Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
This adventurous day trip starts in Estes Park and snakes through some of the Front Range’s most prized aspen viewing locations. In Rocky Mountain National Park, look for golden trees at the base of Trail Ridge Road, in Horseshoe Park, or along the shores of Bear Lake.
In mid-October this park in the southern metro area explodes with a rainbow of color. Orange leaves of gamble oaks combine with the vivid yellow of cottonwood trees circling a line of massive scarlet sandstone hogbacks jutting upward from the earth.