Whether you’re new to Colorado and trying to figure out what to explore first, or have lived here your entire life, this Colorado Bucket List will get you started off on the right foot! If you’re the outdoorsy type, don’t forget all of the stargazing opportunities our wonderful hiking trails and mountains provide. Now, let’s have some fun!
The Great Outdoors
Royal Gorge Bridge – Usually, I wouldn’t consider a bridge part of a “must see” or bucket list. However, the views from this bridge are second to none, and it’s deserving of its must see title. Full of history and fun, take a tour, attend a concert at the park, or go ziplining!
Cave of the Winds – You could spend an entire day at Cave of the Winds and still not see it all! This family-friendly adventure is waiting for you. They’ve got cave tours, ziplining, and more. Tours available include the Discovery Tour, Lantern Tour, and Caving 101 Tour. Call ahead for more information before your visit.
National Parks – Colorado has several national parks, all worth taking the time to visit. From the Rocky Mountain National Park to Mesa Verde National Park, each one has something different you’ll want to see. These parks are great to visit year round, depending on what you like to do. Whether you like hiking, mountain biking, fishing, or just taking in scenic drives, National Parks are the way to go. Be sure to check their official websites before heading out, for admission prices, road closures, etc.
One more National Park worth mentioning is the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. It’s amazing to see sand dunes in Colorado! Don’t forget your camera; it’s definitely an area you’ll want to take lots of photos of.
Strawberry Park Hot Springs – Located in Steamboat Springs, Strawberry Park Hot Springs is a relaxing hot spring you must visit! It boasts 104 degree mineral water, surrounded by a beautiful forest. Private massage huts are available, making it the perfect romantic getaway!
Oddities, History, and Tours
Escape Room – Located in Fort Collins, the Escape Room is designed as an interactive puzzle. Complete with locks, hidden objects, and more, you’ve got 60 minutes to find the clues and escape! Call ahead to make reservations.
Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey Tour – Head a bit outside of Denver for this whiskey tour, which comes highly rated on Trip Advisor. You’ll learn about whiskey, the aging process, all about barreling, and bottling. 21+ can enjoy the tasting room, too!
Manitou Cliff Dwellings – Also a part of the great outdoors, fully rich with history, the Manitou Cliff Dwellings are located west of Colorado Springs. These Anasazi Indian cliff dwellings, said to be about 700 years old, were transported to this location piece by piece (originally located in a more remote area of Colorado). This would be an educational pit stop, good for all ages.
For more roadside attractions like the Manitou Cliff Dwellings, check out this interactive Roadside America Map of Colorado.
Looking for some … interesting cuisine? Look no further than these restaurants:
Buckhorn Exchange serves yak, buffalo, alligator, and elk. They just celebrated 120 years, so it must be pretty tasty!
Game Creek restaurant is only accessible by snowcat in the winter, which makes getting there an adventure in itself! Known for their exceptional dining experience, you’ll enjoy views you can’t get anywhere else.
Another fine dining establishment, Pepper Tree is a restaurant where they prepare your food right in front of you. I love that!
Last but not least, I love White Fence Farm. It’s not just a restaurant, it’s a family-friendly experience – complete with a petting zoo, entertainment, and more.