Colorado Attractions and Must-See
For First-time visitors, here is a short list of Colorado attractions and a must-see for people visiting the state. Depending on where you are staying in the state, you might find something very interesting or fun to do right around the corner.
Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre - a must-see
This Colorado attraction is a must-see, or rather must-experience, as it's a natural open-air venue hosting world-renowned musicians. The National Historic Landmark is also home to the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, spectacular hiking, and events like Film on the Rocks.
Dinosaur National Monument
Walk where dinosaurs roamed, see their larger-than-life remains embedded in the rocks, and view petroglyphs in the sandstone cliffs.
Wild Weather > Be prepared and dress in (or pack) layers. Colorado’s weather can run the gamut from sunny and 70 in Denver, snowing and sub-zero in the mountains and raining on the western slope, all in the same day.
Pikes Peak Cog Railway
Chug 14,115 feet up Pikes Peak on a three-hour rail trip spanning nearly nine miles and traversing streams, dense forest, boulder fields and a waterfall. A Colorado Attraction from the moment it was created. This is the only scenic train that was not originally a mining railway.
Craft Breweries - Colorado Attractions
Okay, other states have breweries, too. But there's nothing like sipping a tasty craft flight on a sunny patio at New Belgium, Oskar Blues, Odell, Left Hand or Avery Brewing Co. — all named among the country's top 50 by the Brewers Association.
Gold Medal Trout Fishing
Colorado is home to 322 miles of Gold Medal Fisheries that include 11 different rivers and three lakes.
Four National Parks -a must-see
Colorado is graced with four impressive national parks — Great Sand Dunes, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Rocky Mountain and Mesa Verde - each offering unique scenery and recreation.
Coors Field - Colorado Attraction
The home of the Colorado Rockies MLB team sits at around 5,280 feet above sea level. Head to the 20th row in the upper deck to cheer from exactly one mile high.
Cave of the Winds & Garden of the Gods
Visit these two Pikes Peak region geological wonders to wind through caverns and hike 15 miles of trails in the shadows of towering red rock formations.
Get a taste of Colorado mining and cowboy history in the highest incorporated city in North America. Drive the Top of the Rockies Scenic and Historic Byway and peruse the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum.
Poudre River Rafting
Colorado’s only designated wild and scenic river serves up Class III and IV whitewater thrills just outside of Fort Collins. Choose from a variety of professional outfitters offering half- and full-day trips.
More Colorado Attractions
Hike a Fourteener
Colorado has 54 peaks topping 14,000 feet, the most of any state. Begin your vertical venture with less intense trails such as Mount Bierstadt and Quandary Peak. If you're not up to the hike, check out these eight very scenic 14ers.
Idyllic Telluride plays host to a slew of popular festivals, including the world-renowned Telluride Bluegrass Festival, The Jazz Festival, Wine Festival, Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, and The Telluride Film Festival.
Dig into authentic regional dishes that span green chile, bison burgers, Colorado trout and eggs, and, of course, the ever-daring Rocky Mountain Oysters.
Royal Gorge Bridge & Park
Follow in the footsteps of more than 26 million guests and walk across America’s highest suspension bridge at the Royal Gorge Park, peering down between the gorge’s 1,200-foot walls. Take the gondola, soar on the zipline and check out the adventure rides.
High Alpine Lakes
Whether you’re into fly-fishing, hiking or secluded backcountry camping, Colorado’s natural, glacier-carved mountain pools provide postcard-perfect pristine backdrops. Colorado's high alpine lakes are a favorite Colorado attraction for all.
Ski Resorts in Summer
Colorado’s popular ski resorts are just as enticing after the snow melts. Hit Keystone’s bike park, Copper Mountain’s disc golf course and scenic chair lift rides, Steamboat Ski Resort’s guided hikes and on-mountain movies, and Crested Butte’s five-stage zipline tour.