During the past 2 years while living in Colorado, Brett and I have tried to spend our days off exploring Colorado. We have certainly found our favorite places, places that we try to go back whenever we get the chance. If you are planning a trip any time soon, here is a list of our favorite places to visit in Colorado.
Estes Park, Colorado
Every time we have friends and family in town, we always take them to Estes Park. Some of the town’s highlights is the famous Stanley Hotel (the white building in the picture above) and Rocky Mountain National Park. We have been to RMNP in the spring, summer, winter, and fall. It is beautiful at all times but it is known to be a summer destination. During the fall you can see the elk bugle and the turning aspen trees. In the winter snowshoeing is a fun activity, especially around Mary’s lake trail. The wildlife is in abundance during all seasons!
Chapel on the Rock (Saint Malo Church), Allenspark, Colorado
Built in the 1930’s, this chapel is one of the most photographed attractions in Colorado. It is stunning in person. A few years ago, a flood wiped out most of the grounds around the chapel but left the actual building untouched. They are currently in process of restoring the area. Whenever we drive to Estes Park, I always stop by here to see if I can get a good shot of the chapel. It is particularly picturesque during a foggy morning.
Crested Butte, Colorado
My favorite ski town! Also known for their wildflowers and mountain biking, this place is fun year round. If you are in to running, I would recommend the Gothic to Crested Butte 1/3rd marathon on July 4th every year. The race is worth it for it’s views alone.
Colorado has the most peaks exceeding 14,000 feet compared to any other state. I have personally done 3; Gray’s, Quandary, and Mount Bierstadt. Mount Bierstadt is one of my favorites and is the easiest (in my opinion). Once you summit the peak, usually there is a sign with the name of the peak that you can take a picture with (hey, its proof that you finished the climb!). If you are planning on visiting Colorado, definitely include climbing a fourteener in your plans.
Have a good rest of the week friends!