Colorado, which got its name from the Spanish word for Red, made several attempts at statehood before becoming the 38th state on August 1, 1876. It was given the nickname “Centennial State” due to Colorado being admitted into the union during America’s 100th anniversary. Colorado became known as the home of the “Rocky Mountain High” when John Denver released his hit song in August of 1972. Winter sports enthusiasts from around the world know Colorado as one of the “Best” places to ski and snowboard; and the people who live in Colorado will tell you that there is no better place to live on earth. With all of this high acclaim, it is no wonder that Colorado has become known a year round vacationers dream.
Colorado summers are filled with all the adventure and excitement visitors can pack into a day. Hiking in the Rocky Mountain National Forest, pedaling at one of the many mountain bike events or catching a Colorado Rockies baseball game are all summertime memories waiting to happen.
Autumn in Colorado is a colorful event. The mountains are filled with the golden leaves of the quaking aspen glistening against the bold green of the pine forests. As the summer temperatures cool and the air begins to feel crisp, the mind starts to wander toward the upcoming football season. The Denver Broncos are the home team of every city and town in Colorado. Vacationers in the area can catch a home game or attend one of the many football parties held at area clubs and restaurants. Other fall time activities in Colorado include climbing through the caves and caverns found near Glenwood Springs then spending the evening soaking in the natural hot springs found in the area; take a drive to Dinosaur National Monument or explore one the many silver mines that have been opened to the public.
Winter in Colorado is filled with snowboarding, skiing, snowshoeing and winter festivals galore. Aspen, Vail, Steamboat Springs and Winter Park are just a few of the winter resort choices offered to snow sport enthusiasts vacationing or living in Colorado. Hockey fans can spend an evening with the Colorado Avalanche. Those seeking a bit of romance can curl up in front of a fire in one of the many cabins, hotels or resorts scattered throughout the Colorado Mountains.
Spring anywhere is beautiful, but in Colorado it is filled with the wonder of wildflowers, the budding of the trees and the surprise and marvel of seeing the new born wildlife found in the Colorado Mountains.
No matter what time of year you plan to vacation, Colorado is an exciting and scenic choice.