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Colorado Gardens – Colorado, a western U.S. state, has a diverse landscape of arid desert, river canyons and snow-covered Rocky Mountains, which are partly protected by Rocky Mountain National Park. Elsewhere, Mesa Verde National Park features Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings. Perched a mile above sea level is Denver, Colorado’s capital, and largest city, which features a vibrant downtown area.
Denver Botanic Gardens: The 23-acre park contains a conservatory, a variety of theme gardens and a sunken amphitheater, which hosts various concerts during the summer. The architecture in the park combined with the different plants and flowers is stunning. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums encompass specimens from the tropics to the tundra, showcasing a plant palette chosen to thrive in Colorado’s semi-arid climate and offering garden experiences for the whole family, as well as world-class education and plant conservation research programs. While most of the gardens highlight Colorado native plants, there are beautiful gardens designed to showcase plants from around the globe. Special events, art exhibits and guided tours take place throughout the year. If you love plants, color and landscape design this is a great place to spend time. This garden is found in the heart of Denver.
Montrose Botanic Gardens: A great place to wander around and look at various plants, grasses and trees that grow well in the local climate. Paths are well maintained, and many volunteers put in countless hours of labor to maintain and upgrade the gardens. The Christmas time event with horse drawn wagons, lights and a visit from Santa is always well received by those that brave the cold weather. A beautiful, peaceful sanctuary with many innovative features added in recent years: children’s garden, native grasses/rose garden and soon a restored ” homestead”! Don’t miss Christmas Lights or the Halloween Scarecrows. Well worth the trip. Found in the town of Montrose.
Western Colorado Botanical Gardens: This garden is home to several specialty gardens including the Cactus Garden, Antique Rose Garden, Children’s Secret Garden, the Western Heritage Garden, Celebration Plaza, Japanese garden, and the gardens that surround the buildings. The tropical rainforest and butterfly house showcase tropical plants and orchids as well as koi fish, turtles, tortoises, and butterflies. You will find this garden located on 15 acres on the bank of Colorado River in Grand Junction.
Durango Botanic Gardens: A small garden with lots of plants, and they’re all tagged! Kept beautifully and smells good too. Not a lot of shade, so bring water. Animas River trail is accessible also. This is a public garden that is open 24 hours a day. This garden is a Plant Select Test Facility and Demonstration Garden. Designed developed and maintained by volunteers from Durango Botanical Society. This is not a city facility, it is maintained by donations from the public. Found by the river in Durango
Botanical Concepts Garden Center: This center is a full-service garden center with soil, mulch, fertilizer, house plants, perennials, veggies, shrubs, trees, aquatic plants, good bugs, as well as garden art and furniture. All your landscaping needs are covered. They are real plant nerds with honest, down to earth attitude and advice. This is a place for learning and purchasing new plants and other garden Items. Also found in Durango.
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Colorado State Parks:
Colorado State Parks – A western U.S. state, that has a diverse landscape of arid desert, river canyons and snow-covered Rocky Mountains, which are partly protected by Rocky Mountain National Park. Elsewhere, Mesa Verde National Park features Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings. Perched a mile above sea level, Denver, Colorado’s capital, and largest city, features a vibrant downtown area. You would figure that a state as beautiful as Colorado would have an abundance of state parks and recreation areas. But for the Rocky Mountains cutting a wide swath right through the state that would be the case. However the State Parks include: Eldorado Canyon State Park, Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Lathrop State Park, Lory State Park, Pearl Lake State Park, Steamboat Lake State Park, and 2 State Fish Hatcheries, 5 State Wildlife Areas, 11 National Forests, 3 beautiful National Parks, a National Historic Landmark, a National Monument, 4 National Wildlife Refuges, and 2 National Recreation Areas. Below you will find our choices to share with you.
Garden of the Gods: Located at the base of Pikes Peak, this National Natural Landmark and popular park features stunning geological formations, rock climbing, nature trails and the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center. Fantastic! Wonderful place to visit, take pictures, leisurely walk, visit the center for food, prehistoric presentations, postcards, views of kissing camels, Pikes Peak – which is at 14,110-14,112 feet above sea-level, tours, and Glen Eyrie castle monument. A great place to be through winter, spring, summer, or fall. There are great biking trails; all trails are manageable for all ages! Visit this park In Colorado Springs.
Cherry Creek State Park: This is a huge area where everybody can find something of interest. Great spot for low HP watercraft and sport. You will see kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, swimmers, sailboats, and jet-skis. There are some beach areas, lots of picnic spots and things for the kids to play on. There is an abundance of wildlife, lots of birds so bring your camera. You can bring a dog and let him play in this great dog park, you can ride a bike, or horse, run or just take a walk. If you like to play with radio-controlled airplane models, there is a spot for that, too. This park is located in Aurora.
Bear Creek Lake Park: Lots to do such as hiking, biking, archery range, kayaking, fishing, and horseback riding. If you have family members that are into horses this may be where you might want to come. They have fully trained horses and guides to help you have a great riding experience. It also has a very nice campground. Found in the town of Lakewood which is near Denver.
Barr Lake State Park: This park is a hidden gem outside of Denver! It’s relaxing. Over the years the Park Manager, Michelle, has made a lot of improvements & features to improve the park enjoyment. Staff are always kind and willing to help you. Some people complain about the park fee. The positive is if the park isn’t for you, you can use that same park pass until 10 AM the next day at another park or get an annual pass so you could visit many parks. It’s a bird sanctuary and you will see interesting wildlife, so it is a good place for photography. The lake is very pretty with the skyline of Brighton beyond.
Ridgway State Park: This park is very accessible and well maintained, Owl Creek Pass does not require four wheel drive but we recommend taking it slow and bringing your camera. Abundant wildlife can be seen like deer, elk, marmots and even bald eagles. The reservoir is often like a mirror and makes for some postcard like photographs. Drive to Ridgway to enjoy this park.
Owl Creek Pass and Silver Jack Reservoir: Owl Creek Pass is a sightseer’s dream come true, in Sept and Oct. Fall colors and blue skies every day! It’s a gravel dirt road off highway CT Route 12, and climbs to approx. 13000 ft. so a 4X4 is probably best. Since there is access to streams, you may see Elk Herds, Pumas, and brown/black bears. Great flowers in spring, mushrooms for serious mushroom hunters in the fall! You’ll see mostly aspen that turn a beautiful gold in the fall and pine trees. This park is In Ridgway.
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Colorado Museums range from cliff dwellings to historic railroads, ghost towns to scenic byways, museums and more — you’ll find many ways to experience Colorado’s distinctive history and character, as well as plenty vacation ideas.
The History Colorado Center: This center goes beyond a traditional history museum experience, telling the stories of colorful Coloradans with fun, family-friendly activities and hands-on exhibits in. Through interactive and digital experiences, find out why Colorado’s eastern plains homestead communities inspired James Michener’s Centennial, what it felt like to descend down a mineshaft in search of silver in Silverton, how a 1915 wooden ski jump inspired generations of Olympic athletes from Steamboat Springs and much more. New exhibits debut in phases, and the center’s status as a Smithsonian affiliate ups its prestige and gives it additional resources, including access to Smithsonian collections and other programs that promise exciting things into the future. The Smithsonian has entrusted Denver to display all these wonderful exhibits.
Denver Art Museum: World-class art in amazing spaces in the heart of Denver! Libeskind-designed Hamilton Building, renowned collections including European & American painting, contemporary art, and more. Hands-on activities, artist demonstrations, family-friendly programs and tours, a café and museum shop. Special needs compliant, with brochures available; offering catering, Food/Beverage Service, a great Gift Shop, and Maps. Parking on site. Visit this museum in Denver.
Center for Colorado Women’s History at the Byers-Evans House: This museum offers tours of a historic home that provides a glimpse into life in early Denver with exhibits that expand the understanding of the history of women in Colorado. The Center also connects local stories to broader stories of women’s history worldwide. You will find a Gift Shop, and Interpretive Displays that make your visit come alive. The house is part of the National Register of Historic Places as well. The History Colorado Center, The Denver Art Museum and the Center for Colorado Women’s History are all a part of the “Golden Triangle Museum District” in Denver.
Forney Museum of Transportation: Explore one of the largest and most unique transportation collections! See Union Pacific’s “Big Boy”, Amelia Earhart’s Kissel car & special rotating exhibits. The “Big Boy” is in Denver.
Denver Museum of Nature and Science: Explore one of Denver’s top family attractions. Experience ancient fossils, dazzling gems and minerals, majestic wildlife, recent discoveries from outer space, Egyptian mummies, exhibits about the human body, traveling special exhibitions, and more. Part of the Denver museum’s first floor has been transformed into a replica mineshaft. Precious stones glitter from its walls and stalactites hang heavy from ceilings in an immersive learning experience. This wonderful museum is located in Denver.
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June marks the start to Colorado’s one-of-a-kind summer festival season. With mild temperatures and gorgeous blue-sky days, summer celebrations don’t get better than this. We’ve outlined a few of the finest Colorado summer festivals to help you get started on planning the ideal summer vacation.
Telluride Bluegrass Festival: The Telluride Bluegrass is held the weekend closest to the Summer Solstice — the longest day of the year which begins the Colorado summer. It’s a magical time of sun and light, when the high country of Colorado puts away its skis and grabs hiking boots, guitars, and a low-back festival chair to take in “Bluegrass.” Since its very beginning, the festival has embraced a wide swath of roots music to create the unique genre of “Telluride Bluegrass.” Recent lineups have welcomed Robert Plant, Mumford & Sons, The Decemberists, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, David Byrne, Ani DiFranco, Lyle Lovett, Ryan Adams, Counting Crows, Bonnie Raitt, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic, etc. 46th Annual Telluride Bluegrass (June 20-23, 2019).
FIBArk — America’s Oldest & Boldest Whitewater Festival: FIBArk stands for “First in Boating the Arkansas“—it’s a three-day festival held in Salida, Colorado that started in the 1950s. The history began in 1949 when two friends bet each other who’d win a race from Salida to Cañon City on the Arkansas River. A mixture of whitewater races & paddles, bike races, parades, live music & more! 16 June 13-16, 2019 Father’s Day Weekend
Greeley Stampede: The Greeley Stampede is Colorado’s premier western summer celebration; a Top-25 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo; and a recent inductee into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. Furthermore, the backbone of the Greeley Stampede is the rodeo, but it is the concerts that have brought big-name entertainers and big crowds to Greeley. The Stampede’s demolition derby is the largest in Colorado. This annual sell-out, offering non-stop crashes and crunches. It also features a full-size RV division that is the event grand finale and a definite crowd favorite. The Greeley Stampede also includes children’s activities, a carnival, fireworks, and much more. The 4th of July parade is a traditional event that brings families back every year. June 26, 2019 – July 7, 2019
Hot Air Balloon Rodeo: The Hot Air Balloon Rodeo offers guests a spectacle like no other with a sky full of color. Get to the launch grounds early to see the balloons inflate and enjoy this wonderful photography opportunity. The rodeo portion of the event consists of fun contests like dipping into Bald Eagle Lake and since balloon pilots can be competitive, you’re guaranteed a good show. Hot Air Balloon Rodeo and Art in the Park events offer artistry and color both on canvases and in the air making this weekend a staple of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. July 13 – 14, 2019
Vail Dance Festival: Pirouettes, dips, leaps and head-spins sweep through Vail during the prestigious International Dance Festival. Moves from “Dancing with the Stars” are so much more exciting in the flesh — not to mention in Vail’s scenic outdoor venues. July 26–Aug. 10, 2019
Other possible Festivals:
Colorado State Fair, Aug. 23–Sept. 2, 2019; A Taste of Colorado, Labor Day Weekend 2019; Snowmass Wine Festival: Sept. 19-22, 2019
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United States Air Force Academy: The facilities are incredible, everything is state of the art, cadets receive everything they need, as well as support in various forms when they need it. The Academy chapel is also an amazing structure that admirable serves worshipers of all kinds of religious backgrounds, it’s very inclusive and beautiful. Watching all the cadets in formation marching on their parades is impressive. Being in the Academy for a football game is also a great experience to enjoy. Nothing better than to enjoy an Academy tailgate BBQ organized by the cadets themselves before the game is so awesome! The campus is so large and beautiful. It takes several full minutes of drive from the North entrance before you get a glimpse of the sprawling 18,500-acre campus. It was a medium-sized town rather than a traditional college campus. Visitors can freely drive around the campus except only a few places like the sleeping quarter. Because the campus was so huge, a full-sized 18-hole golf course and a full-size football stadium looks small. Admission is free. The half-a-day tour of the campus was another highly memorable experience in Colorado Springs.
National Museum of World War II Aviation: The museum is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10AM to 4PM. Tours are at 10AM, NOON and 2PM. Visitors can walk around the museum on their own or take a historical tour with a guide. Hourly docent led tours are also available to visit WestPac Restoration where WWII aircraft are actively being restored to flying condition. The planes are amazingly well-restored. Plan to spend an hour more past the tour to look at the exhibits more in detail. Every single volunteer was energetic, enthusiastic, and happy to share. Little kids might do better with a self-guided tour, and they can get into some of the hands-on stuff like the flight simulator. For adults? Do the tour!
Garden of the Gods: Located at the base of Pikes Peak, this National Natural Landmark and popular park features stunning geological formations, rock climbing, nature trails and the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center. The rock formations are unusual and beautiful. The park is very clean and restrooms available. You will want to visit the visitors center which had a great deal of information and a good gift shop and a refreshment area with seating. This was a must see. Balanced Rock is awesome but go early to be ahead of the crowds as it is a great place to take pictures. The Siamese Trail was a nice easy hike for the entire family and the trail does offer a nice photo of Pikes Peak through the rock formation.
Penrose Heritage Museum: Make a trip over to the Broadmoor Hotel and stop into the free museum. The museum is so well designed. They built a structure in the room which portrays the mountain and highway. You walk up the highway and see vintage and more recent race cars and motorcycles displayed to each side of the walkway. Clothing from famous race drivers and garage equipment donated by racers and their families. Park next door in the underground parking garage which is paid parking. Admission to the museum is free.
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum: This museum is in downtown Colorado Springs in the old El Paso county courthouse. There are two floors of exhibits and a 100-year-old cage elevator you can ride between the two floors. There was an exhibit on Van Briggle pottery, an exhibit about Colorado Springs role in the Tuberculosis epidemic, another on the founder of the town, a restored nineteenth century courtroom, and an exhibit on the towns early business enterprises. There are rooms for the kids, which they will enjoy. Since its downtown, and there are some nice restaurants that are close. The grounds are well kept with some nice statues and flower beds. Beautiful in the spring.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo: This is one of the best zoos. The giraffe feeding area is so cool and the kids absolutely love seeing the big purple tongues grabbing the lettuce. They can play in a real-life airplane above the rhino exhibit, fed parakeets, and enjoy the Discovery Center. The walk through the zoo can be a bit strenuous as it is built into the side of a mountain and you work your way up slowly on the winding paths, but just take your time and don’t forget to enjoy the amazing views as you proceed through the zoo. The grill has fabulous hamburgers and fries for a reasonable price while you overlook the city. Overall, truly terrific!
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Colorado State Capital: Denver
From an English surname which was from a place name meaning “Dane ford” in Old English. This is the name of the capital city of Colorado, which was named for the politician James W. Denver (1817-1892). In November 1858, while Denver was still serving as territorial governor, William Larimer, Jr., a land speculator from Leavenworth, planted the townsite of “Denver City” along the South Platte River in Arapaho County in western Kansas Territory (the present-day state of Colorado).
The state was named for the Colorado River, which Spanish travelers named the Río Colorado for the ruddy silt the river carried from the mountains. The Territory of Colorado was organized on February 28, 1861, and on August 1, 1876, U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant signed Proclamation 230 admitting Colorado to the Union as the 38th state. Colorado is nicknamed the “Centennial State” because it became a state in the same year as the centennial of the United States Declaration of Independence
Denver Botanic Gardens: This is a relatively compact, well-designed, varied and beautiful botanic garden right in the heart of Denver. It does a brilliant job of showing off Rocky Mountain flora and fauna, while it offers other beautiful gardens like it’s Japanese garden. Fabulous art exhibitions in the gardens each year are not to be missed.
Mt Evans Drive from Denver: Scenic Mountains and Mining Towns: Head for the hills on a full-day adventure that takes you from Denver to the stunning peaks and Old West boom towns of the Rocky Mountains. Drive up Mt Evans, one of Colorado’s highest ’14-ers,’ and witness the dramatic ranges of the Continental Divide. Along the way, keep an eye out for bison and bighorn sheep, and pass through historic mining towns that preserve the state’s rich silver mining legacy.
On this tour, you will depart from downtown Denver where you will meet your guide and fellow travelers. Your first stop is a visit to one of the best outdoor music venues on earth, Red Rocks Amphitheater, where music has echoed off the sandstone cliffs for decades. Drive through Morrison on your way up into Bear Creek Canyon and watch the landscape change as you head up into the mountains. Take in sweeping vistas and the clear waters of Echo Lake, as you continue along on your journey. In Idaho Springs, enjoy an included lunch at a local’s favorite café. After lunch, we head higher into the hills to one of Colorado’s most famous mining towns, Central City, a place bursting with wild west and gold rush history. Visit the Teller house, a historic building where the onsite guide will tell you stories from the old mining days.
Coors Field: Love this venue- all seats with good views of the field. Very helpful staff. Good choice for ballpark eateries, especially for those who do not want the traditional hot dog! Family friendly. A must if visiting Denver. Population wise, Denver is the smallest city in the country with four major professional sports teams-Denver Broncos football, Denver Nuggets basketball, Colorado Rockies baseball, Colorado Avalanche hockey and Colorado Rapids soccer. That should tell you something about the way Coloradans feel about their sports.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science: Fabulous place to go back in time! The Museum is clean, so informative on animals, prehistoric dinos, lots of exhibits for kids too. You must go! It’s amazing. Visitors to Colorado MUST see this as many of the Dino bones are from here. This is a 5-star place to visit! Very interesting for all ages. There are several interactive exhibits which are great for kids. There is quite a bit of walking, but it is wheelchair accessible and there are escalators too. So many sections of the museum…lots of animals displayed in their habitats, ancient Egyptian displays, and some displays about space.
American Museum of Western Art: What an incredible collection of American western art from the early 19th century through the modern era. Nicely displayed and with an excellent audio guide, this museum will blow you away with the depth and quality of the art. Also, located in a wonderful Victorian building in the heart of Denver, really a must visit for anyone interested in the subject.
North to Loveland on to Estes Park: one of the best ski towns to visit and is one of the gateways to the Rocky Mountain National Forest and Mirror Lake.
South to Colorado Springs to the Air Force Academy: the iconic Cadet Chapel is located there. A must see if your traveling around Colorado.
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COLORADO Natural Wonder: Pikes Peak
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