Sightseeing in Spectacular Colorado

If you have come to Colorado to enjoy sightseeing, there is nothing more spectacular than Colorado’s mountain vistas, canyonlands, and natural beauty. Around every bend lies yet another amazing view, scenes of wildlife or flora unfolding.

For those who are truly on a sightseeing mission, plan your trip to explore some part of the many National and State Parks, National Forests, and BLM land that are abundant throughout this state. Most National and state parks offer guided tours. The more remote you can venture, the more spectacular the views and your experience with nature become. However, it’s tempting to want to visit many locations. Realistically, you are better off selecting an area to explore. This way, you can really get to know the geology, flora, and fauna, visit notable attractions or go on a wildflower hike.

Traveling the state by RV is very popular

Mountain passes and byways are spectacular. Reaching heights of over 10,000 feet, winding through Aspen groves, or crossing bridges over deep canyons is an ever-transforming and exciting experience. Check out our scenic summer drive recommendations. However, travel by RV can be a bit nerve-racking with all the challenges that mountain driving presents. Please be aware that mountain driving is not well suited for those not experienced with this type of driving. Your vehicle needs to be in top shape as well. Consider a sightseeing tour and leave the driving to a seasoned expert.

Sightsee By Rail – a great way to see the sights

We suggest the best way to travel into remote and spectacular mountainous regions is by narrow gauge rail, otherwise known as a scenic train ride. This is a wonderful way to see the sights with your entire family or group of friends while leaving the tough mountainous navigation to the train engineer. You can completely immerse yourself in the Rocky Mountain scenery and listen to historical tales along the way. Allow yourself to become distracted by each new view, hold your camera with both hands and talk at the same time.

Sightseeing Wildflower Hikes

There’s nothing more spectacular than seeing and smelling the bloom of Colorado’s wildflowers. With so many various elevations and geographies in this state, you need only seek the right locations to find glorious foliage. Crested Butte celebrates wildflowers during its annual festival, or check out these wildflower hikes.

Sightseeing by Gondola or Chairlift

Colorado’s popular resort towns run gondolas and select chairlifts in the summertime, offering sightseeing, hiking and mountain biking trail access, top-of-the-mountain dining, and other activities.

Telluride’s Mountain-to-Town Gondolasightseeing

Telluride has a FREE gondola connecting the town with Mountain Village, stopping at San Sophia Station. This gondola makes accessing the Market grocery store, the Mountain Village Post Office, the Town Hall, and the ski slopes and hiking trails easy. Plus, there’s an eyeful along the way.

Off-Road Tours

Colorado is full of rugged mining roads left over from the gold and silver boom days. These roads offer amazing views and access to vistas and remote areas. Ouray and the Royal Gorge Region are both excellent choices. You can find tour companies to handle the driving while you sit back and take in the sights. However, there are many other places throughout the state where you can find similar experiences.

Winter Snowcat Tour Sightseeing

A popular way to get close to the winter landscape is on a snowcat tour. These modern transportation machines are impressive to ride in as they easily navigate through the forest and up and down steep hills. For those with a bit more adventurous edge, try a snowmobile tour.

Mountain Horseback Riding Tours

A great way to get close to nature and see beautiful sites is on a mountain horseback ride. Enjoy a casual day with your friends and a horse along a scenic mountain trail.

Sightseeing Colorado’s Beautiful Lakes

Colorado has more than 4,000 lakes and reservoirs to enjoy. Many have marinas that offer boat rentals or have a beach nearby. Colorado’s State Parks usually feature a wonderful mountain lake with hiking trails and other amenities. State parks often promote wildlife and birdwatching so bring the binoculars along. Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon is a popular and spectacular lake to visit.

Lathrop Lake Spanish Peaks

Sightseeing in Colorado means being prepared

  • If you’re traveling by vehicle, ensure your auto is in perfect condition, especially the brakes.
  • If you’re going to be hiking, make sure your shoes are comfortable and broken in before heading out.

In any case, you must bring all-weather clothing: a jacket that will protect you from wind, rain, or snow, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and daypacks for all your extra gear, food, and water. Don’t forget your camera or phone so you can bring home all those spectacular sights. Be advised that cell service is limited at best in the mountains, and outlets for charging are not always available. Most of all, enjoy your Colorado experience.

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