Things to Do in Colorado

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A hipper-than-thou vibe permeates this chic hotel bar that spills out to a heated pool, waterfall, and pair of fire pits. After dark, Prada-clad... Read More

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... Read More

A boutique established by retailer Amen Wardy, this high-end shop is stocked with unique home accents. Wardy, who has worked in home design since 1954,... Read More

When Cyclone Nargis hit Burma in May 2008, killing an estimated 140,000 people and devastating the Irrawaddy Delta, the Asia Transpacific Foundation,... Read More

Aspen Brewing Company turns out small batches of brown and hefeweizen-style ales, along with four other brews (including a cleverly named I.P.A., the... Read More

Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama, and Jordan’s Queen Noor are among the hundreds of luminaries who have passed through for public panels and talks... Read More

Founded in 1950, the institute has—especially in the almost four years since its president, Walter Isaacson, inaugurated the Ideas Festival&mdash... Read More

The Music Festival promotes classical music under the tents of the Aspen Institute. Read More

No place in the world remotely as small as Aspen (population 6,000) can boast such high-powered cultural institutions. Read More

Established in 1998, the Aspen Saturday Market showcases only goods that are produced, made, or grown in Colorado. Held every saturday from June through... Read More

On clear days it’s hard to go inside for lunch, and Belle’s Camp, at the top of Blue Sky Basin, offers the perfect solution. Accessed from the SkyLine... Read More

The town’s first contemporary-music dance venue brings in world-class acts (MSTRKRFT, Seal, Cake) year-round. Read More

Housed in a narrow 19th-century building, this independent bookstore contains an old hardwood floor, which the owners lovingly describe as &ldquo... Read More

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

Buy a lift ticket and hit the slopes at Breckenridge Ski Resort, which dazzles skiers and snowboarders with a 3,398-foot vertical rise and 155 trails ... Read More

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

Fly high over the Rockies with Camelot's hot-air balloons for a truly memorable mountain experience. Take off with the rising sun and toast your landing... Read More

This park near Colorado Springs allows visitors to go on adventures above or below ground. Guides lead tours into the Cave of the Winds, which is... Read More

View the excellent exhibits on the region’s Ancestral Puebloan culture. Read More

The Chautauqua National Historic Landmark, built in the 1800s as a Methodist retreat, now serves up salmon with salsa verde on a wraparound porch. The... Read More

If you need an indoor activity on a rainy day, check out the marvelous Clyfford Still Museum—opened in November 2011—for a focused look at the iconic... Read More

The products from this fair-trade, certified-organic coffee roaster garnered Roast Magazine’s 2011 Micro Roaster of the Year award. Located in... Read More

This aristocratic tavern inside the Hotel Boulderado has a high ceiling, tall windows, and wood everywhere, including the classy Old West-style bar area... Read More

Receiving about 25 feet of snowfall each year, this Colorado ski hill is renowned for its expert runs (double-black diamond)—some with up to 50... Read More

At this Colorado[/guides/colorado] site, kids and adults help dig with archaeologists in search of untouched Anasazi artifacts that have not seen the... Read More

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This franchise, diner-style donut shop on North Main Street has its own proprietary donut mix and medium-roast coffee. They make filled, frosted,... Read More

From the Daniel Libeskind-designed building to the museum's more than 70,000 diverse works, the Denver Art Museum is a must-do for art lovers visiting... Read More

An oasis in the city with a rotating lineup of sculptures and art, the Denver Botanic Gardens is family-friendly nature fun located just outside of... Read More

Easily identifiable by the 60-foot fiberglass dancers displayed out front, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) is located on the edge... Read More

What used to be a nondescript train station has become the most popular spot in Lower Downtown thanks to a $500 million renovation. As the city's... Read More

Climb into a sled and drive your dogs along 10,000 acres of terrain in Diamond Star Ranch near Vail. Two tours per day run during the winter, and all on... Read More

The bakery is run by the same people as Laughing Ladies Restaurant around the corner. Read More

Ride the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, which travels 45 miles through snowcapped mountains and along the Animas River to the... Read More

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... Read More

As part of its new Epic Discovery services, Vail Mountain offers a day of adventure for children of all ages. For $89, you can spend a warm summer’s day... Read More

Stop in to buy tickets for ranger-led tours to the park’s three most dramatic and important cliff dwellings: Cliff Palace, Balcony House, and Long... Read More

Aspen residents head to Carbondale the first Friday of each month for the First Fridays Art Walk, in which the whole downtown is closed for gallery... Read More

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Frequented by visitors looking to stock their resort kitchens, this grocery store is housed in a red-brick building conveniently located in the center... Read More

Located inside a former firehouse, this Highland bar blends the aesthetics of a mountain cabin and a contemporary art gallery. The candlelit... Read More

A registered National Natural Landmark, the Garden of the Gods is a collection of 300-foot sandstone rock formations set in the shadow of famous Pikes... Read More

With amazing views of the Rockies, the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater is a magical setting for music festivals and performances. During the summer, Vail... Read More

An international tour operator headquartered in Littleton, Globus hosts guided vacations to over 70 countries on six continents. In addition to a set... Read More

After a day on the slopes, skiers unwind at this atmospheric honky-tonk club, where a full-size gondola loaded with skis dangles from the ceiling over... Read More

With outposts all over Eagle County, including one at the Arrabelle in Vail, Gore Creek Fly Fisherman has served the area with angling guides since the... Read More

Ignore Gorsuch's chain-like omnipresence: when the moneyed set shop for the slopes, this is where they come. The original store, opened in Vail Village... Read More

Ignore Gorsuch's chain-like omnipresence: when the moneyed set shop for the slopes, this is where they come. The original store, opened in Vail Village... Read More

Ignore Gorsuch's chain-like omnipresence: when the moneyed set shop for the slopes, this is where they come. The original store, opened in Vail Village... Read More

Ignore Gorsuch's chain-like omnipresence: when the moneyed set shop for the slopes, this is where they come. The original store, opened in Vail Village... Read More

Ignore Gorsuch's chain-like omnipresence: when the moneyed set shop for the slopes, this is where they come. The original store, opened in Vail Village... Read More

Located in a former firehouse, this fine art gallery and studio displays original pieces by owner Steph Brady and her husband Joe. Established in 2001,... Read More

The Gunnison thunders down the steepest mountain descent of any river in the United States through one of the most spectacular and deepest canyons in... Read More

Kids and adults alike will love this hands-on and high-tech look at Colorado's most interesting history. Visitors enter into a four-story hall that uses... Read More

Housed inside the upscale Hotel Jerome, the J Bar has been serving drinks for more than 100 years, even during Prohibition. The bar has a tin ceiling, a... Read More

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You may not need Luchese boots, Stetson hats, horsehair belts, or leather chaps (then again, maybe you do), but that's what makes Kemo Sabe such a... Read More

The Ranch's two courses are lauded for their mountain views and landscape, with the Snake River rambling by and the roof of Summit County rising from... Read More

A wooden storefront in the center of the heritage coal-mining town, Lavish sells scarves, handbags, jewelry, and other accessories—all from... Read More

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

A carnivalesque watering hole, panels of red and blue lights illuminate the back wall while bright red stools and tent-shaped booths flank the bar area.... Read More

This Boulder bistro creates French Provençal cuisine in the mountains of Colorado. Seating includes a long bar and two rows of tables with white... Read More

True, most resorts have a Nordic center, but Beaver Creek's McCoy Park stands above the rest—literally. McCoy's 30 kilometers of Nordic and... Read More

The Mile High City has consistently been named one of America's best places for craft beer, so a self-guided tour of Denver's best breweries (like Great... Read More

For one of the most memorable and challenging off-piste experiences in Colorado, ski Minturn Mile right into downtown Minturn, an old mining town about... Read More

The vertical that draws skiers in the winter lures fat-tire aficionados in the summer. The 20 or so trails range from over-your-handlebar black-diamonds... Read More

While parents ski or board, kids can take lessons through Mountains of Discovery, the ski school at Breckenridge. Children as young as three can sign up... Read More

This small, edgy museum in Lower Downtown provides a perfect afternoon escape for modern art lovers with a well-curated selection of rotating... Read More

Look for a brick building on the corner of 15th and Platte, and you’ll find My Brother’s Bar, which has no signage and can be difficult to... Read More

Celebrating the beauty and grandeur of the West, Naturescapes Gallery specializes in photographic prints of landscapes in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming,... Read More

Rent climbing shoes here, where the in-store museum features dozens of ice axes and an early pair of Rossignol skis. Read More

Inspired by founder Jeff Lebesch's bicycle tour of European breweries, New Belgium Brewing Company is best known for its flagship amber ale, Fat Tire. A... Read More

The last bastion of schussing under the lights in Colorado, Keystone's night skiing program remains one the best deals in ski country. Fifteen trails... Read More

About 20 minutes southwest of Colorado Springs, this 1,600-acre park provides a variety of outdoor activities amid a largely untamed wilderness. The... Read More

Ascend the frozen waterfalls of Ouray's Uncompahgre River Gorge, where a local organization aims hoses and sprinklers off cliff edges each winter to... Read More

Rent kayaks or book a white-water-rafting trip through Pagosa Outside, a reputable one-stop outfitter for activities on the roaring San Juan. Read More

One of the premier retailers of ski equipment and skiwear in Vail, Pepi Sports spans three stories in Vail Village. The lower level houses the store... Read More

From its summit at 14,115 feet, Pikes Peak delivers panoramic views of four states, Colorado Springs, and the mountainous Continental Divide. A 19-mile... Read More

Plum Creek Cellars, located in the small farming town of Palisade on Colorado’s Western Slope, is the state’s most award winning winery. Be... Read More

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... Read More

Recent transplants to Denver and long-time locals all have one thing in common: everyone loves Red Rocks. And for good reason. Located a mere 25-minute... Read More

The organic local produce and honey from Red Wagon is used by restaurants in Boulder, Denver, Lafayette, and Louisville, and can be purchased at their... Read More

The Regal Watering Hole is a popular destination for Aspen’s young and party-ready crowds. The club often attracts a line of patrons waiting to... Read More

The new spa inside the St. Regis Aspen is impressive for many reasons, and the Remède spa boutique fits right in. This plush little shop carries... Read More

The tour company runs excursions to the Upper Colorado, where Class I and II waters are easy and calm. Read More

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

Serious treks through Western Europe (the Mont Blanc region; the Italian Dolomites), the Himalayas, and southeastern Utah. Accommodations vary by region... Read More

With hotel pickups in the Vail Valley, Sage Outdoor Adventures couldn’t be more convenient for Vail visitors looking for an adrenaline rush. The company... Read More

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... Read More

Part of the year-round Granby Ranch mountain community, SolVista Basin is one of Colorado’s most affordable and family-friendly ski areas. The two... Read More

A hotspot for Broadway hipsters and those who fancy themselves trend-setters, Sputnik’s retro red leather booths and vintage bar stools make it a... Read More

Soothe dance-and-ski-exhausted muscles with a deep-tissue massage and mineral soak in natural stone-lined pools. Read More

Larimer Square's stylish, upscale club caters to the who’s who of Denver in addition to visiting celebrities. Geometric patterns repeat through... Read More

Located about 30 minutes south of downtown Glenwood Springs, this ski area has 67 trails spanning approximately 500 acres of the White River National... Read More

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... Read More

Work off all of those craft brews with a stroll or bike ride down the Cherry Creek Bike Trail, a mostly flat, well-paved path that runs from downtown... Read More

Opened the day after Prohibition ended in 1933, the Cruise Room is one of the oldest bars in Denver. Located off the lobby of LoDo’s Oxford Hotel,... Read More

Uley Scheer was more clean-cut than the average man of the mountains, an incident involving liquor and town law enforcement landed him in the county... Read More

Vail's consistently hot après-ski spot, this neighborhood-like bar is always jam-packed after the lifts close for the day. You may have to elbow... Read More

Take a hike beneath cottonwoods and aspens alongside the rushing San Miguel River. Read More

Situated at the base of Fanny Hill, this 25,000-square-foot, nature-themed recreation and learning center is housed in a two-story, wood-beamed... Read More

Located in a fairly nondescript office park just off a busy highway, Udi's draws locals not so much for its ambience—which is pleasant, but a... Read More

Vail Resort, owned by the mountain resort company Vail Resorts, is an expansive skiing and snowboarding area developed around Vail Mountain. The area is... Read More

For snow-lovers seeking an adrenaline-packed experience that doesn’t involve lift lines, Vail Snowmobiling offers tour options for every skill level,... Read More

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... Read More

For decades, Washington Park has been the go-to destination for Denverites who want to picnic, read a book, or play volleyball. Made up of two lakes,... Read More

Still standing after 100-plus years, two fires, and three renovations, the Wheeler is an Aspen institution that screens movies and hosts theater and... Read More

Hunter S. Thompson's old haunt lives on in this rustic tavern covered in old news clipping and memorabilia, mostly about the gonzo journalist himself.... Read More

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