Colorado is a state known for many things. The diverse landscape changes from the plains of the Midwest into the Rocky Mountains. Most of the population lives in the land along the Front Range of the Rockies. During college, I spent 3 months living and exploring this great state and currently I am living in Fort Collins and using the time to explore. Here is my Colorado Bucket List.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park – Completed (Summer 2012)
Black Canyon of Gunnison is one of the lesser known parks of the Southwest. Black Canyon is the main feature is its canyon. Like the Grand Canyon, this park is explored from the rim down and was (is being) formed by the Colorado River. The canyon is named for how the steep canyon wall blocks the light.
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve – Completed Summer 2012
This national park hates me. It hates me with a passion. I made two trips to Great Sand Dunes National Park and each time something major went wrong. These dunes a spectacular sight at the base of San Cristo Mountains. During the spring and early summer, there is a snow fed spring to enjoy. Hiking in the dunes can be a great challenge and often the most direct route is the often the most difficult route.
Mesa Verde National Park – Completed Summer 2012
The Mesa Verde National Park is one of the only national parks created to protect American heritage (there are other sites in the national park system but they are not national parks).
Rocky Mountain National Park (Summer 201o)
Browns Canyon National Monument
Canyons of the Ancients National Monument
Chimney Rock National Monument
Colorado National Monument (Summer 2012)
Dinosaur National Monument
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument (Summer 2012)
An ancient fossilized redwood tree in Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Hovenweep National Monument
Yucca House National Monument
Arapaho National Recreation Area
Curecanti National Recreation Area (Summer 2012)
Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site (Summer 2015)
Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site (Summer 2015)
Drive the road up Pikes Peak (Summer 2012)
The view at the start of the trail down Pikes Peak.
Eat a donut on Pikes Peak (Summer 2012)
Spend the night at Barr Camp
Run the Pikes Peak Marathon
Hike the Colorado Trail
Go climbing in the Garden of the Gods (Summer 2012)
One of the rock I climbed in the Garden of the Gods.
Try all the breweries in Colorado (Working on it one at a time)
Take a brewery tour (Summer 2015)
Visit a Ghost Town
Stand at Four Corners
Go white water rafting down Gore Canyon
Ride the train up Royal Gorge
Whitewater through Royal Gorge (Summer 2012)
Whitewater rafting down Royal Gorge at low water level.
Watch a show at Red Rocks (September 2015)
Hike to Hanging Lake in Glenwood Springs (September 2015)
Learn to Ski
Ski down a 14’er
Climb all 53 14’ers (1 of 53)
Mount Elbert 14,433 ft (Summer 2012)
The view from Mount Elbert.
Visit Buffalo Bills grave at the top of Lookout Mountain (Summer 2016)
Bungee Jump off the Royal Gorge Bridge
Hot Air Balloon Ride
Visit the U.S Air Force Academy’s Cadet Chapel
Get as close as possible to NORAD
Visit the National Museum of WWII Aviation Museum
Take a photo of a Mountian Lion
Watch the sunset over the mountains
Steal the 419.99-mile marker on I-70 (Not going to actually steal it but have thought about it since reading about its existence).
What is on your Ultimate Colorado Bucket List?
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