If you’ve been living in Denver for more than a few years, you can visibly see the change in traffic and new construction appearing all around the city. More and more people are moving to
Dated: September 23 2020
One of the most incredible things about our beautiful state are the Rocky Mountains. Giving us majestic views and westward orientation (a joke for you locals), adventure, relaxation, and a good time await us regardless of the season.
The mountains provide a great option during social-distancing times, as we can still get outside and navigate smaller crowds. As we prepare for colder temperatures and the beautiful landscape of changing Aspen colors, here are some getaways to consider:
1. Estes Park – Just 70 miles from Denver, this popular town is nestled at one of two entrances to Rocky Mountain National Park. Home to the historic Stanley Hotel, made famous by Stephen King’s The Shining, this town boasts shopping, restaurants, and outdoor adventure. Fall is a great time to visit, as the famous elk in the area begin their rutting season. Elk roam the valleys in large herds as the bulls bugle while competing for mates. The sound at dusk is one of a kind.
2. Grand Lake – Grounding the other side of Rocky Mountain National Park, this quaint lake village provides a very different mountain experience than its Estes Park sister. Whether you’re looking to camp, fish, or do some water sports, the large scenic lakes in the area are sure to please. Keep your eyes peeled for area moose, which make your visit complete.
3. Breckenridge – Ninety minutes from Denver, this town is nestled in the heart of ski country. Founded by prospectors, Main Street is home to 300+ restaurants, shops, and boutiques. Skiers and snowboarders can tackle the 5 peaks at Breckenridge Ski Resort, while history buffs can take a mine tour. Be sure to visit the famous Breckenridge Troll at his new home on Illinois Gulch Trail.
4. Aspen – Near Colorado’s famously-photographed Maroon Bells, this mountain town has become a popular destination for the rich and famous. Don’t let the reputation fool you; however, Aspen offers something for everything. The John Denver Sanctuary provides a tranquil spot for picnics or meditation, while the Aspen Mountain Gondola offers picturesque views without the hike. In good weather, check out Independence Pass, which at 12,095 ft (summit) is the highest paved pass in Colorado.
5. Durango – Located in Southwestern, Colorado, this quaint town is at the foot of the famous San Juan Mountains. Near Purgatory Ski Resort, this historic town is home to the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Nearby Mesa Verde National Park is home to significant cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for more than 700 years. The park protects nearly 5,000 known archaeological sites, which are some of the most notable and best preserved in the state.
6. Telluride – US News and Report calls Telluride the #1 Best Small Towns to Visit in the U.S.A. Showcasing scenic Aspen color changing in Fall and 2,000+ acres for powder hounds, this town also provides plenty of activity in the city as well. A must-see is the San Juan Skyway, which is affectionately known as the “Road to the Sky” and traverses through 11 towns and two national forests in southwestern Colorado.
7. Frisco - Just an hour from Denver, Frisco is at the heart of mountain adventure. Ideally situated near numerous ski resorts, Frisco makes an ideal basecamp for snow adventures. Those interested in snowshoeing or Nordic Skiing can obtain rentals and lessons through the Frisco Nordic Center. Horse-drawn sleigh rides or dogsledding tours are both additional ways to explore the area. In warmer weather, Dillon Reservoir hosts kayaking, paddleboarding, pontoon boats for fishing, and more. Mountain bikers of all levels must check out the Frisco Adventure Park.
8. Steamboat Springs – This small town boasts Champagne Powder® Snow, Olympic Sports heritage, and breathtaking views. Known around the globe as Ski Town, U.S.A.®, Steamboat has produced a record 95 Olympians, more than any other town in North America. In addition to famous powder that “tickles your nose like Champagne,” Steamboat provides other winter adventures like snowmobile tours and Fat Biking. Year-round be sure to visit the scenic Gondola, Outlaw Mountain Coaster, Strawberry Park Hot Springs, and town for great shopping, eating, and festivals. The trip to Steamboat over Rabbit Ears Pass is a must-see.
You never know when a mountain adventure could turn into a decision to purchase a vacation home or prompt you to move entirely. Should you decide to buy property near one of these fabulous locations, please let us know. We’d love to partner with you to turn a vacation into a home.
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