Colorado

    Wheeler Geological Area of the Rio Grande National Forest, Colorado

    11/13/12 •

    The Wheeler Geological Area is a hidden natural wonder in Colorado’s Rio Grande National Forest. It’s filled with fantastical formations carved by wind and water out of thick ash deposited millions of years ago by a volcanic eruption. Named after Captain George Wheeler, an early explorer and surveyor, these badlands are something to behold. The…

    Black Canyon in Gunnison National Park, Colorado

    6/30/17 •

    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 2,700 feet…

    Ghost Town of Independence, Colorado

    4/18/18 •

    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 about 1,500…

    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 so. In…

    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 wife at…

    See the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, Colorado Springs

    3/05/18 •

    Will smiling with family, friends, politicians and entertainers. Finally, we stepped out onto an observation deck and were rewarded with a spectacular panoramic view of Colorado Springs and the plains of Colorado. This indeed is a truly inspirational tribute to the man once hailed as “America’s unofficial ambassador of goodwill”. Before You Visit Colorado Springs…

    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 county roads,…

    5 Must See Colorado Travel Destinations

    8/21/17 •

    and the Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rapids, and Colorado Rockies. Visitors can indulge in such offerings as the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, the Denver Art Museum, the U.S. Mint, and the wide-ranging Denver Zoo. 3. Colorado Springs Stop by Colorodo Springs, home to nearby Pikes Peak. Katharine Lee Bates was inspired to write “America…

    Outdoor Spas of Pagosa Springs, Colorado

    9/15/17 •

    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 along the…

    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 narrow-gauge railroads–the…

    Drive the San Juan Scenic Skyway in Colorado

    4/17/18 •

    more information about the Skyway, call 1-800-933-4340. For more information about communities along the route, consult these sources: Cortez–www.caccl.com/mesaverdearea/; 1-970-565-3414 Durango–www.durango.org; 1-800-525-8855 Ouray–www.ouraycolorado.com; 1-800-228-1876 Ridgway–www.ridgwaycolorado.com; 1-800-220-4959 Telluride–www.telluride.com; 1-888-605-2578 To learn more about Mesa Verde National Park, contact 1-970-529-4465 or visit www.nps.gov/meve. More to See Four Corners National Monument, the only place in the United States…