Colorado Travel Information

The state of Colorado lies at one of the highest elevations in the country. Once the home of nomadic bands of Native American tribes, Spanish explorers soon traveled the state. Fur traders and trappers called the Colorado home, until gold was discovered in 1858. The population continued to grow in mining towns throughout the state, and it was admitted to the union in 1876. The Rocky Mountains provides the background for a number of outdoor activities that draw tourists from around the world.

The Colorado climate varies widely from west to east and low to high. The sun shines 300 days a year in the state, but higher elevations winter snowstorms frequently create road closures. The eastern slope can also experience blizzard conditions in winter, alternating with days between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Colorado can be very dry, and dehydration can become a problem during outdoor activities. In summer, temperatures can reach 90s, but the lack of humidity makes the climate more comfortable than in more humid areas of the country. Spring and fall are short, with warmer temperatures during the day and temperature drops at night.

The state offers a wide variety of experiences for travelers, from the ski slopes of Aspen and Breckenridge to white-water rafting on the Colorado River. Hiking, rock climbing, bicycling, wildlife viewing, fishing, and boating are just a few of the many activities visitors enjoy when visiting the state. For less active travelers, Colorado offers a wealth of dining and shopping opportunities, as well as cultural events.

Pikes Peak near Colorado Springs is one of the more popular attractions in the state. Visitors also enjoy the scenic train rides, museums, art galleries, university campuses, breweries, and wineries provide interesting experiences for visitors of all ages. Dinosaur National Monument offers a look at landscapes where giant dinosaurs once roamed. The spectacular views of the Rocky Mountain National Park and ancient Native American ruins of Mesa Verde National Park provide travelers with memorable experiences of their visit to the state.

Denver International Airport is the largest airport in the state, with numerous flights from around the country. Regional airports are located at Grand Junction, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins/Loveland, and Telluride. An Amtrak train line runs from Chicago to Denver, with another line from Los Angeles to Chicago that stops at a number of cities in the state. Most people rent a car for getting around Colorado. Some shuttle services are available to the many ski resorts in the state.