Colorado Road Trips are some of the most unforgettable experiences in the US! The state is full of breathtaking scenery that is simply picture-perfect. We want to take you on a tour and let you relish each and every mile you pass by. We’ve already written about the top 5 road trips and we hope this piece will add even more flavor to your trip planning.
If you’ve never been to Colorado, I think it’s safe to say you should go. The state is one of the most beautiful places on earth, with the Rocky Mountains, beautiful lakes, and beautiful hiking trails scattered throughout the state. I’ll let you be the judge for yourself though.
Are you ready to move fast? This Colorado road trip list will give you a good sense of the state’s amazing color!
You can fuel up for the day at Urban Egg in Colorado Springs. Urban Eggs is a made-from-scratch breakfast spot where you can drink your own Bloody Mary or enjoy a mimosa with your meal!
Location: 28A S. Tejon St.
After breakfast, head over to Pikes Peak for a hike up 14,115 feet and 19 miles that will leave you speechless. Not sure you can handle it? Don’t worry! If you don’t want to drive, you can take the Pikes Peak Cog Railway ($38/adult, $20.50/children) or drive your own car ($12/adult, $5/child, $40/carload max 5).
GREAT SAND DUNES STATE PARK
There are 85,000 acres of sand dunes at Great Sand Dunes National Park, including the tallest sand dune in North America (750 feet). While visiting the dunes, you can cool off in the streams that flow around the dunes, depending on how much rain has fallen.
Wanna go sandboarding or sledding? You can rent one for only $20 a day at the visitor center. It’s a little challenging, but so much fun.
Got 4WD? Feeling adventurous? You’ll find lush forests, fields of wildflowers, and camping grounds along the Medano Pass Primitive Road on your way to Great Sand Dunes National Park.
When you get there, head to Hanging Lake Trail. This is a short hike but there are a lot of steep spots, so take your time and enjoy the scenery on your way up. You’ll love the beauty of a place full of mystery and vivid colors.
If you’re tired after hiking, grab lunch at Glenwood Canyon Brewery, where you can try craft beer and reenergize with nachos, wings, and other appetizers.
You should give Estes Park some extra time on your Colorado Road trip. You won’t regret it! It wouldn’t be a trip to Estes Park without a visit to Rocky Mountain National Park. There are some amazing hikes here – one easy hike is Bear Lake Loop.
Another thing you shouldn’t miss is the Estes Park Aerial Tramway. Enjoy the skyline views of the Rockies when you buy a round-trip ticket!
Climb, hike, and trek the Flatirons. To start our hike, we parked at Gregory Canyon Trailhead, which leads to the Flatirons. It’s pretty from below, but the view from the top is even cooler!
The Flatiron trail loop begins after a half-mile hike up (Baseline trail to Ski Jump trails to Bluebell-Baird trail). Up until Flatiron 1 and 2, the mile trail is mild at first but gets steeper as you go.
Check out the fun family-owned restaurant The Sink, which was featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives! After dinner, you can go shopping on Pearl Street!
If you are planning a trip to Colorado which will include some time to visit some of the state’s most beautiful natural areas, these are seven places that you can spend some time exploring. However, there are numerous other natural areas in Colorado, each with its own appeal. These are simply some of the best of them, in our opinion. We’d love to hear what you think in the comments.