2017 Bucket List
25 Things To Do In Colorado
- Go to Loveland Fire and Ice Festival (http://www.visitlovelandco.org/event/loveland-fire-ice-festival-2017-2/)
- Hike a 14er (https://www.14ers.com/map.php)
- Visit Mesa Verde (https://www.nps.gov/meve/index.htm)
- Visit Glenwood Springs to soak in the hot springs and explore the caverns and hike to Hanging Lake (http://www.visitglenwood.com/things-to-do) (http://www.colorado.com/articles/30-colorado-hot-springs-quick-guide)
- Garden of the Gods (http://www.gardenofgods.com/)
- Sled/ski/board/camp at the Great Sand Dunes National Park (https://www.nps.gov/Grsa/index.htm)
- Attend a concert at Red Rocks (http://redrocksonline.com/)
- Hold your breath all the way through the Eisenhower Tunnel (https://www.codot.gov/travel/eisenhower-tunnel)
- Slide down the longest alpine slide in Colorado at Winter Park Ski Resort in the summer (https://www.winterparkresort.com/things-to-do/activities/alpine-slide)
- Ride the Winter Park Ski Train ( http://www.denverpost.com/2016/08/25/winter-park-express-ski-train-tickets/)
- Tailgate before a Bronco’s game
- Stand up Paddleboard on Cherry Creek Reservoir (http://themarinaatcherrycreek.com/)
- Learn to safely drive in the snow (http://winterdrive.com/)
- Tube Boulder Creek (https://rootsrated.com/stories/tubing-boulder-creek-insider-tips-for-an-adventurous-summer-float)
- Hike Rocky Mountain National Park (https://www.nps.gov/romo/index.htm)
- Royal Gorge ( http://royalgorgebridge.com/)
- Ski Colorado (http://www.denverpost.com/colorado-ski-report/)
- Stay the night at the Stanley Hotel (the place Stephen King was inspired to write The Shining) (http://www.stanleyhotel.com/about)
- Go to the Denver Lantern Festival (http://www.thelanternfest.com/location/denver-fall-sunday/)
- See the beautiful creations of the Denver Chalk Art Festival (http://www.denverpost.com/2016/06/05/artists-hit-the-street-for-denver-chalk-art-festival/)
- Take a ride at Elitch Gardens at night (https://www.elitchgardens.com/plan-a-visit/)
- Touch Dinosaur Tracks (http://www.colorado.com/articles/where-see-dinosaurs-colorado)
- Enjoy the Telluride Bluegrass Festival (https://www.bluegrass.com/telluride/)
- Raft the Colorado River (https://www.raftingcolorado.com/rafting)
- Stroll around during First Friday Art Walk in any of the seven art districts of Denver (http://www.denver.org/things-to-do/denver-arts-culture/denver-art-districts/)
Hike Rocky Mountain National Park — The gem of its four national parks, Rocky Mountain National Park can be daunting for those who want to try some of its trails but don’t know where to start. Here are four easy-to-moderate hikes to take in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Garden of the Gods – Balancing Rock and some other formations look as if they might tumble at any minute, and that’s the beauty of these amazing red natural sculptures. Climbing is allowed on a few more stable areas, so take a picnic and a camera and enjoy.
Royal Gorge – It’s not the biggest canyon in the world, but it’s still impressive. Be brave and walk the suspension bridge from end to end.
Ski Colorado– Schuss down the slopes at any of the state’s great ski areas. If you’ve never skied, take a one-day lesson. At least experience a chairlift, which you can even ride in the summer on most days
VISIT GREAT SAND DUNES NATIONAL PARK
Hike to the top of one of the state’s greatest natural phenomena, then snowboard down, or just walk as most people do. The park in the San Luis Valley is open 24 hours a day, so climb at sunrise or sunset or under a moonlit sky. Marvel at the beauty of Crestone Peaks, especially during the spring or late fall when the tips are coated in white. Then, in late spring or early summer, dip your toes in Medano Creek if it’s flowing. Climb to the top of Star Dune, the highest at 750 feet, for spectacular views and photo opportunities. Visit during a meteor shower for an unhindered view – no lights, no obstructions – just sky and shooting stars.
EXPLORE MESA VERDE
Sometimes we tend to downplay what’s in our own backyard, but as with other ancient ruins around the world, the cliff dwellings at this national park near Cortez should be visited repeatedly. Look and marvel on your own or take a ranger-guided tour for more insight into the people who once inhabited the more than 600 dwellings. Only a small percentage of the archaeological sites have been unearthed, but there are enough open to the public to leave you with a sense of awe. Alternatively, take a full-day tour of the Ute Mountain Tribal Park, where a Ute tribal member will guide you through the park’s cliff dwellings and explain Ute history and the many examples of wall paintings and petroglyphs. Tours begin at Tribal Park headquarters 20 miles south of Cortez. Special tours, including those on horseback, are available throughout the year. While there, stop at the Pottery Factory, where tribal members continue to paint traditional patterns and more modern ones on functional, museum-quality pots.
Create memories, have fun and document the journey!
Sunday, 1 January 2017 11:24 PM