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Colorado has a widely varying landscape – from flat prairie lands next to Kansas, to the legendary rocky mountains, and everything in between!  We have lived here for many years, and wanted to share some of our favorite, must-see Colorado landmarks that you have to see on your visit!  

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1. Red Rocks Amphitheater

You’ve heard about it, you’ve probably even been to a concert there. If you have, you understand how unforgettable the experience is. If you haven’t, and you’re planning to visit Colorado, do yourself a favor and splurge on some Red Rocks concert tickets. With a packed schedule of the best musicians and comedians in the world, check the schedule here.

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2. Browns Canyon National Monument

Accessible only by raft, Browns Canyon is one of Colorado’s newest National Monuments located in Buena Vista.  This rafting adventure is world-class and not to be missed. Raft Browns Canyon with The Adventure Company’s experienced guides this summer – choose from 1/2 day trips, full-day trips, or multi-day trips!  This ancient valley has a rich history, and your guide will tell you all about it as you navigate the Class III rapids together – this is a trip you won’t soon forget!

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3. Great Sand Dunes National Park

This place is tucked under the snow-capped Colorado mountains and is an unforgettable escape.  Rent a sand board and experience this alien land in Colorado!

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4. Mesa Verde National Park

This forgotten world is available to explore in Southern Colorado. Imagine a life in Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings. To learn more and explore this park year round, click here.

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5. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Visiting Colorado Springs? Don’t forget to stop by the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo during your stay! Feed the giraffes, and see all the other exotic animals! 

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6. Breckenridge

Breckenridge has so much to offer, all year round! It is a stunning mountain town walking distance to the gondola. Explore the scenic downtown, or go skiing at one of the most legendary mountains in the country. Can you name the Jim Carrey movie that was filmed here?!

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7. Coors Field

Hot dogs! Cold beers! Baseball! What’s not to love?!

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8. Million Dollar Highway

We recommend visiting this epic drive in summer! Winter can get a bit spicy as you look down the steep cliffs. From Ouray to Silverton, the Million Dollar Highway is simply stunning – one you have to see for yourself. Ouray is known as ‘the Switzerland of Colorado’

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9. Telluride

With multiple music festivals each year, it’s easy to get an excuse to go visit Telluride. World class skiing in arguably the most beautiful town in Colorado?! Yes please. You can ride the gondola for free in the summer and catch a glimpse of Mt. Sneffels. Enjoy some jazz in autumn as the leaves are turning. 

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10. Mount Princeton Hot Springs

Nestled into the Chalk Cliffs of the legendary Collegiate Peak, Mt. Princeton – these hot springs are not to be missed after a long day adventuring around Buena Vista and Salida. Stunning views and warm pools await you.

Stay at A Riverhouse Lodge

Live the adventure along the Arkansas River in Buena Vista, Colorado.

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