[1 September 2014 Last updated at 14:54]

Interesting places to visit in Colorado

Interesting places to visit in Colorado
Sights to see in Colorado
Colorado is one of the most popular vacation spots in the Western US and a popular winter vacation getaway because of the superb skiing opportunities and pristine Alpine scenery.

If you’re not visiting Colorado for the skiing, it’s best you travel to Colorado in either spring or fall as the weather is perfect for things like rock climbing, camping, wildlife spotting, and to experience the fall foliage colors.


In no particular order, here are some interesting places to visit in Colorado that I enjoyed the most:

Mesa Verde Ruins

First on my list of interesting places to visit in Colorado are the ancient dwellings located at the Mesa Verde National Park.

Just like Montezuma Castle dwellings in Arizona, the Mesa Verde ruins were built on the side of a cliff and are truly fascinating to explore, especially considering the tools and technology they had to work with back then!

The Mesa Verde Park features a museum and also provides guided tours so if you’re itching to know more about the Anasazi people who built these dwellings, you’re sure to enjoy both the tour and the museum.

Denver

If you’ve been exploring Colorado state-wide and land in Denver, you’ll find a visit to Denver Colorado a rather refreshing visit because of Colorado's affluent and vibrant feel.
Apart from the State Capitol, and exploring the nearby Rocky Mountains, Denver is primarily on my list of interesting places to visit in Colorado because of the Denver Art Museum.

The Denver Art Museum has to be, for me, one of the best attractions in the city because of interactive activities and many room exhibits such as the King Tut exhibition which features many ancient artefacts from Cairo and around Egypt.

Pawnee Buttes

The famous Pawnee Buttes are located within the Pawnee National Grassland and these bluffs are certainly some of the most interesting places to visit in Colorado because of the amazing views you can get of the flat grasslands and wildlife.

If you’re considering exploring the buttes, I would suggest camping at the park or renting a cabin and spending a few days to take in all the beautiful sights.
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If you want to visit the park for the day, it takes around 3 hours from Denver, and around 90 minutes drive from Fort Collins CO.

However, getting to Pawnee National Grassland is the easy part because finding the actual buttes can be quite tricky due to there isolated location so, make sure you carry a map of the park!

Rocky Mountain National Park

The Rocky Mountain National Park is, without a doubt, the most popular national park in the state and one of the top 10 natural wonders in the USA with good reason.

The scenery is simply stunning and the opportunities for observing wildlife are plentiful.

The Rocky Mountain National Park is certainly one to add on the list of interesting places to visit in Colorado because where else can you get to see Elk up-close and personal?

If you’re traveling with the family to the park, the Estes Park has campgrounds and lodgings like YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park Center.

This Estes Park also has many attractions for kids and the entirely family that everyone will have a blast here.

Amongst the top Este Park attractions, the aerial tram offers great panoramic views of the park.

Ute Mountain Reservation

Ute Mountain Reservation is also on my list of interesting places to visit in Colorado because of Ute Mountain Tribal Park which offers interpretive tours of Native American life.

The reservation also has a lovely Pottery Factory where you can see artisans at work, making beautiful pottery items.

Another reason to explore the Ute Mountain Reservation is because of the sacred Ute Mountain. When staring at the mountain from afar, it resembles an Indian laying on his back.

If you’re visiting Mesa Verde National Park, Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribe is just 40 miles south of the park so it's worth adding these two places on your Colorado itinerary.

Virginia Dale

Virginia Dale is on my list of interesting places to visit in Colorado because of the historic nature of the town.

The town, itself, is located close to the Wyoming border (around 30 miles north of Fort Collins Colorado), and it was built in the late 1800’s by Jack Slade as a division point on the Overland Trail.

The town is now a ghost town, and you can still see standing the original stage station and Jack Slades cabin, as well as a bronze plaque.

Bent's Old Fort

Bent's Old Fort is located near La Juncta and it's no doubt, one of the most famous places to visit in Colorado as it boasts a beautifully reconstructed adobe trading post.
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History buffs will no doubt enjoy the guided tours and re-enactments, though Bent's Old Fort also offers interesting live demonstrations where kids can learn about life in the 1800's of an American frontier.

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