Colorado

Colorado Travel Guide

The modest spa’s hour-long Swedish massage is intense and the perfect cure for ski-weary muscles.

Where: Royal Gorge, Colorado, over the Arkansas River.

 

Stats: 1,053 feet over the gorge; 1,260 feet long.

 

One of the dozens of galleries in Aspen that feature artists of national repute.

A local favorite in West Highland, El Camino is a lively Mexican restaurant and bar with a bright pink façade and windows that open onto 32nd Avenue. Inside, circular booths are surrounded by beer can chandeliers, skulls, and photos of old movie stars.

Formerly an online-only venture, this new shop has an impressive mix of all-natural beauty products, jewelry, and gifts, such as Lama Li lokta-bark journals.

Established in 1998, the Aspen Saturday Market showcases only goods that are produced, made, or grown in Colorado. Held every saturday from June through October, the market features agricultural vendors and artisans, cooking demonstrations, crafts, and live music.

Inside the St. Regis Hotel, the Shadow Mountain Lounge breaks with the typical Aspen bar scene. Here, live piano music and a large, granite fireplace create an environment that combines elements of a ski lodge with a city jazz club.

Housed in a red-brick building in the downtown district, this contemporary art gallery displays the Impressionistic and abstract paintings of owner Paulette Brodeur.

Looking for the best and brightest-colored in ski and mountain sports clothing and equipment? On the Main Street of one of Colorado’s outdoor-sports meccas sits Primo Outdoor in a white and red building with a ski chalet-style roof and balcony.

Got kids?Go tubing. It sounds, well, juvenile, but spinning 360s in a rubber tube down an iced-over track is belly-ache-inducing fun. Plus, Keystone's tubing course on the top of the mountain is one of the best in Colorado, so if you're going to get doing it somewhere, it might as well be here.

Vail Resort, owned by the mountain resort company Vail Resorts, is an expansive skiing and snowboarding area developed around Vail Mountain. The area is known for it seven back bowls, as well as plenty of moguls, cliffs, and ridges for intermediate and expert skiers.

Centered on the late June main festival, the Telluride Bluegrass season runs from June to August with five different events and academies. The stage is set in Town Park among the San Juan Mountains, and the first gathering took place in 1973.

Ignore Gorsuch's chain-like omnipresence: when the moneyed set shop for the slopes, this is where they come.

Celebrating the beauty and grandeur of the West, Naturescapes Gallery specializes in photographic prints of landscapes in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, and the Pacific Northwest, all created by photographer-owner Dale Malmedal.