Colorado

    5 Must See Colorado Travel Destinations

    9/01/16 •

    …Looking for a family-friendly destination that caters to outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs alike? Get ready to explore Colorado, home to some of the nation’s finest–and funnest–experiences, and create some memories that will last a lifetime. 1. Go Play Outside! Once host to miners and cattlemen alike, Colorado is rich in natural beauty and…

    The Colorado Railroad Museum

    4/13/16 •

    …When my husband and I recently visited Golden, Colorado, we made tracks for the Colorado Railroad Museum — and we’re glad we did! As longtime railroad fans, the quality of the museum and its collections thrilled us to no end. Established in 1959 to preserve Colorado’s flamboyant railroad era — particularly its pioneering…

    See the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, Colorado Springs

    12/17/12 •

    …Quite by accident, my husband and I discovered one of the most breathtaking attractions in Colorado Springs, Colorado — the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun. We were driving up into the Rockies, when a magnificent medieval-style tower came into view, high above us on Cheyenne Mountain. We had to investigate! At the…

    Ouray, Colorado: The "Switzerland of America"

    4/24/15 •

    …One visit and you’ll see why this Colorado town is known as the “Switzerland of America”. My husband and I never really had a favorite vacation destination — until we visited Ouray, Colorado. Some friends introduced us to this quaint Old West town in 1992, and since then we’ve returned every year or…

    Drive the San Juan Scenic Skyway in Colorado

    11/22/16 •

    …scenic overlooks. You can drive the entire Skyway in a day, but to fully appreciate it, plan on taking about 3 days. This is one area you won’t want to rush through! Before You Visit The San Juan Skyway is open year-round but may be snow-covered in winter. Check driving conditions with the Colorado Highway…

    Glen Eyrie Castle, Colorado

    10/31/12 •

    …For 30 years, I’ve been fascinated with Glen Eyrie, a magnificent old estate with a castle on a hill, set against a dramatic canyon wall backdrop here in Colorado Springs. General William Jackson Palmer, a Civil War hero and railroad magnate who founded Colorado Springs, originally built a 22-room wooden house for his…

    Ridgway, Colorado: Home of Many Western Movie Sets

    7/08/16 •

    …When folks visit us in Ridgway, Colorado, they often say the stunning scenery looks familiar — and it’s no wonder. You see, Ridgway and the surrounding area appeared in several classic Western films, including True Grit and How the West Was Won. Several of the best film locations are located along well-maintained graded…

    Ghost Town of Independence, Colorado

    11/30/13 •

    …Near Aspen, Colorado, I found the fascinating ghost town of Independence. Early settlers there had to be independent — at an elevation of 10,920 feet, the town is buried in snow from October through May! Prospectors discovered gold there in 1879, and 3 years later, the town soon boasted 40- some businesses and…

    Wheeler Geological Area of the Rio Grande National Forest, Colorado

    11/13/12 •

    …behold. The formations are in the La Garita Wilderness Area, located north of Creede, a tiny community on State Highway 149, 105 miles south of Gunnison in southwest Colorado. You’ll need a four-wheel-drive vehicle, a horse or good hiking shoes to reach it. From Creede, proceed southeast on Highway 149 for about 7 miles. Then…

    Outdoor Spas of Pagosa Springs, Colorado

    2/26/13 •

    …While on a recent trip to the West Coast, we traveled through Pagosa Springs, Colorado. We arrived in town about noon and discovered a natural hot spring in the center of town. We’ve been to other outdoor spas, but this one is very well developed with dressing rooms and showers. The spa is…

    Black Canyon in Gunnison National Park, Colorado

    10/26/16 •

    …When I first read about Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in southwest Colorado, I seriously doubted it would live up to its lofty billing. But when my family and I arrived at the first overlook, words couldn’t describe the magnificent stark beauty of America’s third-smallest national park. The canyon walls drop…

    Grand Canyon Pictures (2)

    11/16/13 •

    …because it was the only one I have of the Colorado River. Plus, I thought the reds, pinks, and oranges were interesting. Some impressive statistics about the Grand Canyon from Our National Parks, a book by Reader’s Digest: To travel from end to end means a river journey of 277 twisting miles. The distance between…

    Camp in Buckskin Mountain State Park, Arizona

    12/23/12 •

    …I think Buckskin Mountain State Park is one of the best places to camp when traveling along the Colorado River in west-central Arizona. Located along the so-called Parker Strip, an 18-mile stretch between Parker Dam and Headgate Dam, the park is a great base from which to explore the area’s many wonders. In…

    When Drones Use Their Powers for Good

    12/15/14 •

    …the outlaws are able to race from the park and across the border with Zambia, where they can’t be pursued. As CBS News reported in May, the World Wildlife Fund recently received a $5 million grant for its pioneering work in countries like Nepal and Namibia with drones, such as those specially designed by Colorado

    Water ETF: A Precious Commodity Despite Its Abundancy (2)

    9/10/12 •

    …refinery in Kenya shut down due to water shortage. Water shortage in Dominican Republic leads to violent protests. In Colorado, where they actually have water courts to resolve disputes over limited supplies, construction of new homes and commercial buildings has been halted in some areas due to lack of water. Water shortage in South Africa…

    Houseboating on Lake Powell, Arizona

    9/10/15 •

    …the blocked Colorado River to flood Glen Canyon. It took 18 years to create the 186-mile-long lake, named after explorer John Wesley Powell, who discovered Glen Canyon in 1869. The striped rock formations along the lake’s shoreline are so pretty; they seem to change color as the light changes. Sunrises and sunsets here are awesome,…

    New River Gorge, West Virginia: Some of Most Incredible Views in the Eastern US

    11/06/16 •

    …876 feet above the river, it’s the second-highest bridge in the U.S. (only Colorado’s Royal Gorge Bridge is higher). Each year on the third Saturday in October, the bridge is closed so people can walk across it while the gorge is ablaze with fall color. Vendors set up booths at each end and sell food,…