Colorado's gold rush brought humanity and hardship to these rocky mountains. Mining towns popped up by the dozen, but just as quickly found themselves abandoned as the politics of man and nature shifted. The 11 ghost towns on our list might be haunted by the past, but it isn't hard to find the beauty in these booms gone bust.
From vistas of golden aspens under snowcapped mountains to scenes of slithering rivers on the plains lined by cottonwoods, Colorado is full of fall photo opportunities. September and October are the peak months to go leaf-peeping. Here are eight great spots spanning the state to capture autumn with a camera.
Denver’s old train station took on a new life when the Crawford Hotel opened last year. Using the hotel as a base camp, people can explore Denver, or simply explore Union Station’s shops and restaurants – and perhaps enjoy a cocktail from bartender Hunter Byrne at the Cooper Lounge.
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
The rock walls of Canyon Pintado have served as a massive canvas for thousands of years, preserving the history of the land and it's people against both natural and human destruction.
Bed and breakfasts, by definition, give travelers a place to rest and a morning meal, but these one-of-a-kind B&Bs also offer novel experiences to be found nowhere else, from on-site Ancestral Puebloan ruins to unlikely guest rooms inside a rustic barn or historic hospital.
Students in Jay Young’s gator-wrestling class, at his Colorado family farm, might be thrill-seekers, but by wrestling the reptiles, they’re also helping move the animals so they can be treated for illness or injuries.
Victor Wisdom and Carol Wisdom-Silvey of Wisdom Rides are the fourth generation of their family in the carnival business.
The Devil's Backbone may look - and sound - intimidating, but this unusual stretch of craggy rock offers Coloradans a heavenly time on the outskirts of Loveland.