earliest settlers in the area we know as Colorado were the Arapaho,
Cheyenne, Comanche, Kiowa, and the Pawnee Indian tribes. The area
later came under the influence of Spain when 16th century explorers
discovered the territory which was formally claimed by Spain in
U.S.A. acquired the area piecemeal the eastern part of the Colorado Territory
was obtained with the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. The rest was not added until
the middle of the 19th century at the end of the Mexican-American War.
its rich and varied history, Colorado boasts some of the most
breathtaking scenery on the planet attracting mountain
climbers, back packers and adventure travelers hoping to experience
their own "Rocky Mountain high" at world famous Colorado
ski resorts and at natural wonders like Pike's Peak in Colorado
Top Colorado tourist attractions include the spectacularly scenic Rocky Mountains, the world class
Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and famous ski resorts in Vail, Aspen, and Telluride.
Family fun in Denver includes a trip to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, one of the biggest natural history
museums in the nation. With limited time, head straight for the
museum's most popular exhibits, the Hall of Life and/or the Space
Odyssey, both featuring hands-on interactive exhibits.
Denver Zoo is also high on the list of places to go with kids
in tow, featuring close encounters with more than 4,000 animals
on 80 acres in City
Park, including a train and bus shuttle to help you see it
all. For a really sweet treat, kids also won't want to miss a
Candy Factory Tour offering friendly guides and a tour of
the candy making process, plus free candy samples at the end of
Springs, top kids entertainment (adults enjoy it, too) is provided
by the Ghost
Town Museum with a fun look back at the Old West with authentic-looking
displays including 19th century shops, a saloon, and activities
such as panning for gold. In nearby Cascade CO, families can also
get an early start on the holidays with a visit to the North
Pole, a Christmas-themed amusement park with a special trip to
DID YOU KNOW? Colorado Travel Fun Facts
Pike's Peak: inspiration for America the Beautiful
• There are more than 100 Colorado wineries throughout the state. Colorado's warm days and cool nights make for ideal wine country.
• The "unofficial" national anthem of the US, "America the Beautiful" was written by poet Katharine Lee Bates in 1893 following a visit to the top of Pike's Peak.
• One of the world's highest zip lines is located at Royal Gorge Bridge & Park in Canon City. It's located 1/3 of a mile high with speeds of up to 55mph.
• Visitors to the Telluride Ski Resort can mellow out at the nation's highest wine bar.
.• The Four Corners is the only place in the United States where you can stand in four states at the same time -- Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
Official Site for Colorado Travel and Tourism - An
eyeful of color and information awaits with an excellent guide to getting there
and getting around, suggested itineraries, special looks at ski areas, hotels,
hot springs, nature trails and more.
Colorado Springs - The state's most popular destination combined with
a trip to Pike's Peak including vacation package information & maps, pictures,
restaurant & hotel guides, event calendar.
Colorado Travel Region - Home to the Grand Mesa and Mesa
Verde National Park, rugged mining ghost towns in the San Juan
Mountains, with a calendar of events and related links by region.