20 Places To Visit
1) Maroon Lake - got its name for how it reflects the image of the Maroon Bells - two purple colored mountain peaks in the Elk Mountains. Located approximately 12 miles southwest of Aspen. Maroon Bells is the 27th highest peak in Colorado at 14,156 feet (4,314.75 m). The mountains are composed of metamorphic sedimentary mudstone.
2) Last Dollar Road - runs from Mount Sneffles Wilderness to San Miguel River valley. Considered one of the best back roads in Colorado. A popular time to visit the road is fall when the aspen trees are turning. Runs from the Dallas Divide (west end of Sneffels Range) to Telluride.
3) Dallas Divide - A high mountain pass which features views of ranches, foothills, mountains, aspen and fir trees. In 1880 there was a toll road created over Dallas Divide between Dallas and Telluride.
4) Bridal Veil Falls - Waterfall located 365 feet above Telluride. Bridal Veil Falls is popular for ice climbing and has hiking trails which pass through it. The power plant above the falls is home to the second-oldest operating AC Generator in the US. It provides 25% of Telluride's electricity.
5) Blackface Mountain - Can be reached by hiking and provides panoramic views of Golden Horn, Lizard Head, Vermillion Peak, and Pilot Knob. It is found along Route 145 near Telluride.
6) Fish Creek Falls - Waterfall over Fish Creek's Cliff. It is found 5 miles east of Steamboat Springs. Wonderful place for ice climbing in the winter.
7) Eagles Nest Wilderness - Extremely high and in some cases unnamed and unexplored peaks. The area is in the Gore Range near Copper Mountain and Vail. It features a large variety of popular hiking trails.
8) Chicago Basin - Wonderful place to backpack. It is found on the upper part of the Needle Creek watershed in the Needle Mountains. The Durango & Silverton train is the only way to reach it.
9) Fryingpan River - Awesome rainbow trout fishing. Located near Aspen, it is a tributary of the larger Roaring Fork River.
10) Wilson Peak - It is the highest point in San Miguel County near Telluride at over 14,000 feet (4,267.2 m). Wilson Peak has the distinction of The mountain on the Coors Beer can. Usually climbed in the summer months and also is the beginning of backcountry skiing descents.
11) Mount Zirkel Wildnerness - Excellent hiking opportunities for varying degrees of skills including beginners. Can see wildlife such as elk and moose. It is named after German geologist Ferdinand Zirkel and the closest city to it is Steamboat Springs.
12) Wetherill Mes, Mesa Verde National Park - Cliff dwelling of the ancient Pueblo People near modern day Durango. Was named after Richard Wetherill who as a member of a ranching family in Colorado.
13) Kebler Pass - largest aspen stand in Colorado. Kebler Pass is a high mountain pass known as Gunnison County Road which runs west from Crested Butte to intersect with Colorado State Highway 133 near Paonia State Park.
14) Ute Mountain Tribal Park - Only open to the public by Ute Guides near Mesa Verda National Park. These are historic ruins of the ancient Pueblos near Durango.
15) Independence Pass Summit - The top of Independence Pass is 12,05 feet (3,687 m) and has more fourteeners than anywhere in Colorado. It is at the midway point between Aspen and Twin Lakes. The pass has the distinction of being the highest paved crossing of the Continental Divide in the U.S.
16) Snowmass Lake - Gathering and camping spot for persons who are going to hike Snowmass Mountain. From Snowmass Creek, it is an 8.1 mile (13.04 km) hike from the parking area.
17) Boreas Pass - Hiking and biking path which used to be an Ute Indian trail before being a railroad pass. The road along the pass travels from Como to Breckenridge.
18) Chimney Rock - Chimney rock is located in Durango and are two rocks that Ancestral Puebloans built ceremonial structures around. Every 18 years full moon rises perfectly between the rocks and is popular for photographers.
19) Hermosa Creek Trail - Mountain biking through scenic views of the La Plata Mountains and gorgeous meadows. Near Durango, it is 21 miles (33.8 km) long and recommended for more advanced riders.
20) Ice Lake Basin - Has beautiful flowers, lakes and waterfalls. Can be reached from the Ice Lakes trail head via U.S. Highway 550 directly north of Silverton.
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