By Nate Cavalieri, Adam Skolnick
“Spectacular vistas, numerous powdery ski runs, severe terrain parks, steaming scorching springs and outdated West echoes. Colorado is mysterious, adventurous and all natural.” – Adam Skolnick, Lonely Planet WriterOur PromiseYou can belief our go back and forth info simply because Lonely Planet authors stopover at the locations we write approximately, every version. We by no means settle for freebies for optimistic insurance, and you'll depend upon us to inform it like we see it.Inside This Book3 authors15 weeks of research13 distinct scenic drivesTons of microbreweries, pubs & barsInspirational photosClear, easy-to-use mapsOutdoors making plans featureIn-depth backgroundAt-a-glance useful infoEasy-to-read format
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One is accessible by road and rail. The rest you’ll have to work for. Whether you decide to hike the shortest trail – just 3 miles to Quandary Peak (Click here) near Breckenridge – tackle multiday routes to Longs Peak (Click here) in Rocky Mountain National Park or make a run at Mt Elbert in Mt Massive Wilderness Area (Click here), the tallest of them all, it won’t ever be painless. Longs Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park SALLY DILLON © Rocky Mountain Oysters 18 Munched from Mexico to Spain, from Arizona to Montana, also called prairie oysters, criadillas or huevos del toro, this is a much loved novelty dish.
Surrounded on three sides by towering 13,000ft peaks, Telluride is all strong coffee, historic buildings and big nature. You have some hiking to do here, whether it’s to the top of Ajax Peak, Bridal Veil Falls (Colorado’s highest waterfall; 365ft) or to the summit of 14,246ft Mt Wilson, in the Lizard Head Wilderness Area. Drive the Million Dollar Hwy through Silverton to Durango, where you can hop the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (a must). Explore the turquoise jewelry and art galleries of the town before driving deeper into the Four Corners and Mesa Verde National Park .
It’s no secret, but if you start early and plan to hike all day, you can avoid the bussed-in crowds and head up and over Buckskin Pass where solitude can be yours and the views are breathtaking. But there are other options in the Aspen area, including a hike to the famous Grottos and a trail to Conundrum Hot Springs. The Collegiate Peaks Wilderness is a close second. Best accessed from sweet Buena Vista on Hwy 24, here are eight peaks above 14,000ft. Vail or Minturn are the best departure points for the famous trail to Mount of the Holy Cross, while Quandary Peak holds the distinction of being the most accessible 14,000ft peak in the state.