(NOTE: We have updated this article and re-published on our platform Travel1000Places.com. Read the updated article here: Colorado, USA - visiting the Centennial State )
"I believe that in Colorado we live in the midst of one of the most spectacular landscapes of the world"
- Bill Owen, former Governor of Colorado -
Although Colorado is famous for its white powder snow and excellent ski landscapes, there is much more and probably something for everybody.
Besides nature monuments, historic places, hiking opportunities and climbing adventures, Colorado has some of the most impressive and beautiful landscapes within the USA.
Colorado is situated in the southwestern part of the US. The western half of the state is dominated by the rough mountain ranges of the Rocky Mountains.
From December to March/April thousands of winter sports fans flock to the famous ski resorts of Aspen and Vail as well as to the many others, which might not be so well-known but which have at least the same good or perfect snow conditions.
No matter where in Colorado one spends his vacation, - from mountain climbing, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, camping, white-water rafting , skiing - all of these activities are possible. Colorado is also the state for people who want to experience the 'wild west' with typical landscapes, cowboys and native Americans - a lot looks familiar... as seen in many movies.
Neighbour states of Colorado are: to the east Kansas and Nebraska, to the north Nebraska and Wyoming, to the west Utah and to the south New Mexico and Oklahoma.
Colorado is a diverse state with mountains, plateaus, canyons and prairies.The eastern half consists of flat land and prairies which arises to the west, the foothills and the Rocky Mountains. The continental divide runs from north to south through central west Colorado and divides the state in east and west.
The overall elevation of Colorado is one of the distinguishing geographic elements which makes the state on average the highest state in the nation.
The average elevation is 6,800 ft (2.073 m) Highest point with 4.811 m / 15,784 ft is Mount Elbert. The lowest point with 1.100 m / 3,609 ft is the Arkansas River.
In Colorado you find many guest & dude ranches - an interesting alternative for active vacations with horse-riding and a lot more outdoor activities.
Prices vary between $1.100 - $1.800 per 7 days, inclusive meals and riding.
See for more information our RANCH Portal including ranch directory - the link can be found below.