You're ready to take a break and you've seen pictures of Colorado's majestic landscapes reaching 2 miles into the American sky and you think this may be someplace you'd like to see. It'd take a few lifetimes to see, enjoy, experience, feel and reach all that Colorado has to offer. So, we're here to help you with your Colorado vacation planning and the best way to maximize your time while in Colorado.
With so much going on in Colorado it’s best to identify your vacation passion and the passions of the group or other person you are traveling with. Here is a list of considerations to help you get the best Colorado vacation experience.
Will your winter vacation be at a ski resort?
There are 25 ski areas in Colorado not including cross-country ski touring centers. It’s best to investigate your options as to what they have to offer, type of terrain, expense, apres ski activities, and more. Before you start to check them out it’s best to understand the abilities and expectations of your group.
Are all members of your group skiers or are there snowboarders too?
If you’re vacationing with a mix of skiers and snowboarders as well as ability level. It’s best to take a close look at the resorts that have terrain parks as well as blue and expert-level ski runs. The larger resorts will have the most options.
Does your group want to travel to different resort destinations or stay at a specific resort?
If touring different resorts is what you have in mind. Staying in the Central part of Colorado is by far the most efficient. As all these resorts can be traveled to by car in a few hours. Or, skip the winter driving around and just stay at a more out-of-the-way resort and focus on your fun there.
Is vacationing on a budget a concern?
If being budget-minded is part of your vacation. Try planning your trip during the “off-season” or not “peak-season” times. Check out lesser-known resorts. In either case, you should be able to find deals on lift tickets and lodging.
Are off-slope activities appealing such as shopping, dining, spas, events, or alternative activities?
If your group needs alternative activities. The bigger resorts will have the most varied selection of activities to choose from. However, popular attractions like winter scenic train rides, natural hot springs, and guided tours such as snowmobiling or sleigh rides are not necessarily at the resort. Check out “other attractions” first and then decided on the resort to stay at.
What summer Colorado activities are a priority for you and your group? Start by identifying the primary activity and prioritizing from there.
If you're planning a backpacking trip. You will want to select a region such as the Rocky Moutain National Park, and just stay there.
If day hiking is more your thing. You will get the most hiking in by exploring a region versus trying to travel all over the state but some travel is realistic.
Perhaps your bucket list includes visiting an adventure park, a scenic train ride, a hot springs visit, getting a hike or two in, and rafting. Wow, that’s ambitious but it can be done. Once again, staying in a region, like the Royal Gorge area can serve this up. If you look closely, you will find companies that even sell combinations of experiences in one day.
Are you planning to tour the state? Will you need lodging or will you be camping along the way?
Summer tourist season in Colorado is popular. If you’re planning on camping, tent camping or RV camping, you will need to plan ahead. Reservations at public campgrounds are necessary, especially during “peak season”.
Identify what “other” activities are important.
Check in with your travel companions and find out what activities they have in mind. You might find mutual interests or complete diversity. Knowing this will help you map out your route and where to look for lodging.
Colorado offers an almost endless list of vacation options. The first step is to understand if you want to tour around or stay in one place. Either has much to offer. However, touring the state will require more vacation planning. Please use our free vacation planning itinerary tool. This will help you keep track of the sights and experiences that you don’t want to miss. Plus organize your lodging and travel routes along the way.
Just staying put at that special place in Colorado is also a good way to spend your vacation. With so much to explore in any given region of the State, it might make more sense for you to just find lodging in a favorite place and base all your activities from that location. In either case, feel free to request some of our free visitor guides, and use our free itinerary tool to help organize all the activities, keep the dates and times handy, and just make your vacation more relaxing.