Colorado is the ideal winter destination with unparalleled skiing and snowboarding, adventures beyond the slopes, and a rich cultural heritage. Skiers flock to the slopes here for the champagne powder and thrilling downhill runs. Need a break from the outdoors? Urban adventures await in cool cities like Denver, Boulder, and Aspen. The best-known Rocky Mountain state, with the highest concentration of peaks above 14,000 ft, Colorado owes its public adoration to the alpine behemoths that rise abruptly, crinkled and snowcapped, out of the Great Plains. Countless hiking and biking trails climb above the treeline to wildflower-strewn meadows, while a plethora of scenic drives wend their ways up hairpin turn to cross the Continental Divide.
Even during the peak summer season, when millions of tourists flood the state, visitors can still find solitude by camping at a remote glacial lake or peering down at the world from atop a craggy summit. Colorado isn’t all mountains, though. Mesas, canyons and high desert hills also make up much of the state, particularly in the south and west. Boaters paddle through the Arkansas and Colorado River gorges, mountain bikers cruise desert singletrack outside towns like Fruita and Salida, and rock climbers can get outside even in winter at Shelf Road and Boulder. Mesa Verde, Hovenweep and Chimney Rock provide a glimpse of what Ancestral Puebloan life was like hundreds of years ago on the Colorado Plateau, a monumental desert landscape that extends into New Mexico, Utah and Arizona.