Colorado is a year-round paradise. The state capital of Denver has several large parks such as Washington Park and City Park. The Cherry Creek Reservoir on the south side is popular with boaters. North of Denver, it is an easy drive to Rocky Mountain National Park. The town of Estes Park is at the southern entrance to the park, which has trails along mountainsides.
In west central Colorado are the famous ski resorts of Aspen, Vail, Steamboat Springs, and Telluride. Often overlooked by summer travelers, these same ski resorts are great summer destinations, with ski trails becoming beautiful nature trails surrounded by snowy peaks.
Glenwood Springs is base camp for white-water rafting on the Colorado River, with half and full day adventures down the Shoshone Rapids. Travelers can also hop on the only zipline across the Colorado at Royal Gorge near Canon City.
On the west side of Colorado Springs is Garden of the Gods Park, enjoy picnics by a stream while looking out for bears here. Almost directly west of that is Pike’s Peak, which has the highest road in the country ending at the summit. In semi-arid southwestern Colorado is Mesa Verde National Park, far from major cities.