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While snow-capped mountains, rugged ski trails, and lively lodges full of beer glass clinking winter-lovers may be some of the first things you think of when Colorado comes to mind, the “Centennial State” is full of life all year long. The state encompasses a range of landscapes including mountains, plains, plateaus and desert lands, which make for an action packed vacation. Colorado vacation rentals offer authentic comforts of home and are an affordable option, so you can save your money for experiencing the natural wonders of the state.
Regions in Colorado
Colorado is comprised of four unique regions. The Rocky Mountains are what most initially imagine when planning a Colorado vacation. This region lies in the center of the state and the Continental Divide runs through the stunning mountainous area popular among skiers and snowboarders. Comprising almost half the state, the Great Plains is a flat region perfect for hiking scenic country and enjoying native wildflowers. The Colorado Plateau includes the Grand Canyon and Colorado River and is home to an abundance of adventure for avid hikers and whitewater rafters. Finally, the Intermontane Basin, perhaps one of Colorado’s best kept secrets, is located in the northeast corner of the state and features the hills and sagebrush often described when talking about the old west. No matter which region you decide to visit, you’ll find homey Colorado vacation rentals to choose from in each.
Things to do
Whether you’re into hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, or snowshoeing, there is a trail for everyone in Colorado. During the warmer months, discover wildlife such as moose and lynx, become a bird watcher, or fish the lakes and streams dotting the Colorado landscape. The Willow Creek Trail in Roxborough State Park and the Alpine Scenic Loop Byway offer colorful displays of wildflowers encapsulating the state’s beauty. In the winter, the slopes of top resorts like Aspen Snowmass, Breckenridge Ski Resort and Steamboat Ski Resort deliver on fresh, dry powder that will get your adrenaline pumping. Although Colorado is considered the nation’s No. 1 ski and snowboard destination, visitors can also enjoy outdoor activities like snowshoeing.
Attractions & Events
The state’s breathtaking beauty is evident from the comfort of any Colorado vacation rental and there is no shortage of attractions here. In Colorado Springs, the Garden of the Gods boasts towering red rock formations set against the picturesque backdrop of snowy Pikes Peak. Soar through the baby blue skies of Telluride or just watch them overhead during the magnificent Telluride Balloon Festival in June. Catch a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre ten miles west of Denver, or travel back in time while touring the homes of Ancestral Pueblans at Mesa Verde National Park. Rodeos celebrate the spirit of the Wild West with a mix of traditional bull riding events and contemporary festivities and are another one of Colorado’s legendary attractions. In addition to outdoor attractions, Colorado also honors the arts with annual events like The Colorado Shakespeare Festival in Boulder, the Estes Park Fine Arts and Crafts Festival, and the Breckenridge Festival of Film.
Colorado’s climate varies significantly depending on the season and the region. Mountains and surrounding valleys significantly affect the local climate and generally, an increase in elevation brings a decrease in temperature and an increase in precipitation. During the winter, there’s always the possibility of record snowfall and extreme cold can often alternate with surprising warm-ups. In the springtime, warm rains can quickly change to a late-season blizzard, while summer and fall bring moderate temperatures and ample opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.
Each season offers endless opportunities for adventure and the best time to visit Colorado depends on the activities that pique your interest. Begin by renting a Colorado vacation rental near a main attraction then prepare for a memorable trip surrounded by natural beauty and adventure.