A bucket list of Colorado tips and highlights

Welcome to our things to do in Colorado bucket list.

This is your hub for all the best places to visit in CO, including top Colorado attractions, cool cities, unique outdoor adventures and ski vacation fun.

You’ll find our best tips, recommended hotels, tours and deals. We’re adding to this the more we explore Colorado so keep checking back.

In fact, we have not explored much of Colorado. Craig and I spent about 2 weeks in Colorado in the summer of 06 and loved it. Although it was long before travel blogging so we have limited content on it.

Be sure to check all of our USA travel tips, as we’ve been exploring the country in-depth for the past year on short breaks, getaways, road trips, and a year long RV trip of the American West.

Things to do in Colorado bucket list

What are your favorite things to do in Colorado?

As you can see from the comments, we already have many wonderful tips on places to visit in Colorado. Please shares yours as well!

This is where you can share in our journey.

We want to know your local favorites and the hidden gems in your backyard? What are the backroads to take and the mom and pop stores to visit?

Sure, we still want to visit the obvious Colorado destinations like Denver and Rocky Mountain National Park, but can you suggest other places to visit in Colorado? What is Colorado known for?

Some things already on our Colorado bucket list include:

  • Boulder
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre
  • White Christmas in a log cabin
  • Skiing
  • Mountain biking in summer
  • Denver Broncos game
  • Great American Beer Festival

We can’t wait to read about your insider tips on things to do in Colorado!

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65 thoughts on “A bucket list of Colorado tips and highlights”

  1. Hi-I’ve lived in Colorado for 18 years and love it still. Some of my favorite places to visit are Hanging Lake near Glenwood Springs and Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. They both are kid friendly and have campgrounds quite close. Enjoy your adventure!

  2. Colorado is my fave! We just moved from there to RV full-time. On top of the things already on your list, I recommend:

    – Camping at Twin Lakes (right on the lake, not at one of the other nearby campgrounds)
    – Mountain Biking in Fruita, CO (It is world-known mountain biking)
    – Great Sand Dunes National Park
    – Mesa Verde National Park
    – Telluride, Ouray, Silverton area
    – Colorado National Monument

    1. Hi Michelle,

      Appreciate your insider tips. They all sound awesome. Definitely keen to get stuck into some mountain biking and hiking and exploring the national parks.

  3. Bishops Castle is on my bucketlist. The guy has been building it for years!

    Other things to see that most don’t know about:
    – The Wild Animal Sanctuary
    – Mission: Wolf Sanctuary

    Festivals:
    – Frozen Dead Guy Days

    1. Hey Lill, now that sounds like an interesting festival haha. And I just looked up Bishops Castle, wow, 40 years, that’s some project.

    2. Love Bishop’s Castle…quite the experience. Be careful of Frozen Dead Guy Days, while I have not been there during the Festival (the town is adorable and fun), I have heard that the actual festival may be a little much for kiddos!

  4. Ivan Kuznetsov

    My Colorado five cents.

    Places are listed from north to south in no particular order (* means must see or do):

    North of I-70

    Most of the roads leading west anywhere from Fort Collins to Pueblo (I-25 corridor) are very picturesque as soon as they hit mountains;
    Dinosaur NM;
    Mountain lakes and forests north of Steamboat (good for camping and fishing);
    * Rocky Mountain NP (wildlife watching, hiking), allow at least two-three days, preferably more. Estes park is a good starting point for the NP exploration, plenty of tourist staff there, good for kids;
    Plenty of goof hikes are along Rts. 7 and 72 south of Estes park and along Rt. 119 south of Netherland;
    * Best dining in Boulder is “The Kitchen”. Do not miss it. Nearly as good are “L’Atelier” and “Riff’s Urban Fair”, They are all on the same walking street (Pearl Street). Personally I also like Dushanbe Teahouse for rather rare at USA Central Asia ambience.
    * Trappers Lake (camping – both tents and cabin, hot showers available for small fee, hiking and fishing for cut-throat and other native trouts), allow two-three days minimum if you like remote locations in the middle of nowhere;
    * Flat Top Mountains (about 20 km west of Yampa on FR 7, near Bear lakes). This is one of my favorite places of Colorado for some relaxing hiking. Unless you do famous Devil’s Staircase trail, terrain is relatively flat here (for mountains), and the places are at its best in wildflower season (end of June – end of July). Choice of lodging is limited and are not in the very vicinity of hiking areas, primitive camping is free, but on a first come/first serve basis. The places are pretty popular with “those who understand”, so do your research aforehead and come prepared.

    South of I-70

    Breckenridge area:
    – Do alpine rollercoaster or super-slide (good for children). It is on the slopes near gondola.
    – Frisbee golf on the mountain slopes (available summertime at most ski resorts in Colorado). Better bring you own frisbees, though, cause rentals aren’t always available.
    – McCullough Gulch or Monte-Cristo creek. Both are accessible via gravel roads. Access is about 6 miles drive south of Breckenridge on Rt.9 (one mile past Blue River), then few miles west from here up Rd. 851 to McCullough Gulch or Rd.
    – 850 to Monte-Cristo creek and Blue Lake. Hike up the creeks. Waterfalls. Scenic.
    * – Bristlecone pines. It is again south on Rt.9 (about 10 miles toward Alma), then about 6-7 miles west from here, on Rt. 8, as I recall. Follow signs. Hiking. Impressive.
    * – Moscuito pass. Scenic. Drive Rt. 9 south to Alma, then west on Rt.12 (gravel) for as long as you can, preferably to the big old abandoned mine (new London Mine, my guess). If your 4WD vehicle is good, you are a good driver and the road is in OK condition, you may get all the way across the pass to Leadville along the Rt.12. and then return to Breckenridge via Rt.91 (it is a very scenic road with many hiking options along it. Operational copper mine above Copper Mountain resort is very impressive, too) and I-70.

    *- Raft Arkansas, Colorado, Eagle, Clear Creek or Blue rivers. Many outfitters that run this rivers are well within one-two hours drive from Denver. Check outfitters reviews before going. Colorado river may be pretty murky anytime, but winter.
    Arkansas and Eagle rivers usually has a clear(er) waters during summer. Clear Creek and Blue rivers are usually nice blue (and the coldest). Blue river is for novices. Arkansas and Eagle may be much more interesting. However, for that reason Arkansas is usually totally overcrowded with rafters at any location.
    – Arapahoe basin ski area may be open for skiing till late June. Good opportunity to ski in your swimsuits there.
    – You may book a tour at any of old or operative gold, copper or other mines throughout the area. Leadville has a good mining history museum.
    * – Drive up Mt. Evans. Panoramas from there are gorgeous (better, then those from much more popular Pikes Peak). In summer it is usually a good opportunity to see mountain goats here in numbers. Bring binoculars.
    – Gore creek trail. Access from Vail pass summit (I-70). Can be combined with visit to Vail for lunch or dinner (Higher rated by Yelp restaurants in Vail better should be reserved well in advance even in summer).
    – Missoury lakes trail. It is less visited trail, one of many in this particular wilderness area between Vail and Aspen. A lot of marmots are here in summer.
    * – Independent pass (mountain pass between Leadville and Aspen). Scenic drive. Many hiking trails from the summit and on both sides of the pass. Full day driving loop can be done if you proceed via the pass to Aspen (gondola ride up the Aspen mountain there may be fun), then to Steamboat (may get to a hot springs spa there.
    * – Maroon Bells trails. Very scenic, about 10 miles from Aspen. Allow whole day if you want to hike to upper lakes. Midday access is limited for private cars (drive in by your own car is either very early (before 8am) or very late (after 4 (?) pm) in the day, shuttle buses from Aspen runs regularly between this hours).
    * – Hanging Lake trail (right off I-70 between Gypsum and Glenwood Springs). Lost creek loop trail (part of it, at least). Very scenic, but difficult climb.
    * – Royal Gorge Bridge. Gorgeous, but rather touristy destination. May be combined with Arkansas river rafting trip. Or, alternatively, may be combined with a loop drive via Colorado Springs.
    * – Colorado Springs Garden of Gods NP is a very scenic must to visit destination.
    – Pikes peak scenic drive is nice, but not overwhelmingly impressive, though (in my view). Beware of altitude sickness on top.
    – US AirForce Academy Chapel is also fun to visit.
    * – Good places to eat are numerous at Manitou Springs near Colorado Springs. Do not miss free mineral water springs at Manitou Springs, a lot of free water wells are throughout the town. Also the town was right by the epicenter of great Colorado fire of Y2013 (escaped miraculously untouched).
    * – Black Canyon of Gunnison NP. Scenic canyon, some scenic sections of the roads. Must see. Southern access is more scenic, in my view.
    * – Really good summer concerts are performed each summer in Central City, Co. Check schedules.
    * – Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction. Must see (actually, must drive scenic road). Don’t miss a chance to buy famous Grand Junction cherries in season (June-July) at town markets.
    – Grand Mesa National Recreational area. Nice cluster of alpine lakes, good for hiking and camping, in summer provides a cool oasis for relaxing and enjoying an open conifer forest environment.
    – Drive from Carbondale to Crested Butte is pretty scenic, doable in 2WD, but in a bad weather I would suggest to do it in 4WD;
    * – drive to tiny city of Marble. Operational marble quarry up the mountain is closed for visitors now (it was open 10 years ago), but vast collection of nice (and huge in size) white marbles can be seen there (to get to it, turn right in Marble as soon as you see the sign to the quarry, marbles are on the right bank of the river, before bridge);
    – if you have a really good 4WD and you are an excellent driver, you may drive all the way up the Rt.3 through the Marble to extremely picturesque Crystal Mill (said to be one of the most picturesque settings in whole USA). I have tried to do the road in regular Jeep Cherokee and chickened out just few miles from destination;
    * – Telluride is a nice town to spend few days (or weeks) in, any season. Obvious attractions, like waterfall, hikes, etc. are numerous. Ski lifts run year round, so better stay at upper village (connected with lower village by ski lift);
    – Ophir Mountain Pass is a very picturesque and not overly difficult off-road. It is suitable for most regular 4WD cars. However, the road is not for those who is afraid of height. It is class 1-2 4WD Mountain pass, I did it both ways and like it more when driving from east to west;
    – Ouray is a nice mountain resort village, known for it’s radon pools. Very picturesque location, but can be overcrowded at peak summer months;
    * – Silverton is famous for its 4WD mountain roads and numerous miners ghost towns. Some of them are relatively well preserved. Hikes up to alpine lakes are really impressive (you can actually drive to some of the alpine lakes via regular gravel road). I would highly recommend to check this excellent book about Colorado back roads http://www.amazon.com/Colorado-Backroads-4-Wheel-Drive-Trails-Edition/dp/1934838047 if you plan to see real Colorado, not the touristy one;
    – The quadrangle between Pagosa Springs, South Fork, Lake City and Durango is pretty untouched by humans (except remnants of old mining hubs), has many gravel roads and is very picturesque;
    – Rio Grande river headwaters are pretty scenic, it can be easily accessed from north via Lake City or from east via South Fork (nice B&B called Arbor House in South Fork, would highly recommend);
    * – Mesa Verde is obviously a must see destination. Keep in mind, that the area is closed in winter due to its high altitude and may be closed in summer due to fires, so plan accordingly;
    * – Great Sand Dunes NP. Absolutely wonderful place, highest sand dunes in USA (sandboarding is popular here, boards can be purchased on place), in spring and early summer small creek by the dunes is not run dry and looks extremely nice. Choice of lodgings is limited. Camping is OK, but I’d suggest staying at Great Sand Dunes Lodge here (book in advance, it is the only lodging nearby). For really adventurous, class 2 mountain pass road goes east of the place and is very funny to drive. If you are not familiar with 4WD mountain pass classification, here it is: There are difficulty levels classed 1 through 10, where 10 means your car has 100% chance of overturning, and 1 means you have just 10% chances of being overturned. I did some of the passes (including this one) and will tell for sure that anything above class 2 is not for a normal human, but for an absolute adrenaline rushers.

    Few words about Colorado ski resorts:

    I think I did ski every (or most) ski resorts in that state and is happy to share my impressions. If you are not prone to altitude sickness, it is plenty of really nice slopes to choose from in the state. Just keep in mind that base (!) elevations for most skiable areas are at or above 2,500 meters. Due to that, as I am getting more and more out of form, skiing in Colorado is not as much fun as it was when I was younger.
    As for resorts, most people prefer Vail. I am not. It has really nice slopes facing away from interstate I-75, but to get to it you have to use at least two (actually three) ski lifts and do a lot of slope traversing, which is not always funny, cause winds may be really treacherous there.
    My favorite ski areas in the state are Winter Park, Snowmass, Telluride, Breckenridge and Copper Mountain, in that exact order. Winter Park and Telluride, being world-class large resorts, strangely provide some sense of coziness and you feel there like at home (never felt that in Vail). Snowmass and Breckenridge have probably the best infrastructure and logistic from all Colorado resorts and the best choice of ski-in/ski-out accommodations. Copper Mountain is extremely conveniently located and slopes are very easy to navigate. On pair with Copper Mountain is Keystone Resort, ski-slope mountain views here are nearly as good as in Winter Park. Beaver Creek is similar to Vail, (good trails are long lift rides away from the base, nearby slopes are very steep and may be icy). Loveland Pass and Arapahoe Basin are for late season skiing; slopes are pretty steep at both resorts. Eldora is a small and easy resort closest to Boulder, and is very nice during middays (avoid it on weekends, same is true for Vail, Keystone, Breckenridge, Loveland and Copper Mountain). Other notable resorts are Monarch Pass (one day is enough to ski it through), Steamboat Springs (very nice resort in term of slopes but is on permanent renovation for nearly 25 years now; seems that it dilapidates faster, than grows), Crested Butte (nice place, but far away from everything, rich people now like it even more, than Aspen), Aspen (cheeky, fur-coat skiing, very steep slopes, and not many of them), Aspen Highlands (good for one day ski trip, can be combined with Snowmass and Aspen, though), Durango and Powderhorn are small local resorts with unpredictable snow.

    Hope that helps.

    I’d like to give you more info about your upcoming trip, but starting this weekend for the next three months I am in Australia (!) and not sure how good Internet access will be there on West and North Coasts, where I’ll spend good half of the trip. Please, don’t hesitate to E-mail me, I hope to be able to check my mails more or less regularly.
    Happy travel,
    Ivan

    1. G’day Ivan,

      We’re really loving your “5 cent” comments on all our American posts. You’ve done some traveling that’s for sure!! Great insider tips once again, you’ve given us a lot of awesome info here and will be referring back to this post for sure before we hit Colorado. Cheers mate!

  5. We loved camping and exploring Great Sand Dunes National Park.
    Head west from there and stop at Pagosa Springs for a soak in their hot springs. Even farther west from there is Mesa Verde National Park with excellent camping. Head north and camp near Telluride. You can ride the free gondola. In the summer they have an outdoor jazz festival. Colorado National monument is also a beautiful place to camp.

    1. Hey Tammy,

      We love a good hot spring. And Mesa Verde keeps popping up as a suggestion so definitely want to check that park out. Appreciate the other tips too!

  6. My bucket list as a Coloradoan!:
    -Hike a 14’er
    -Raft a river
    -Sand Dunes
    -Steamboat Springs and Strawberry Hot Springs
    -Hike 8ish miles to Conundrum Hot Springs
    -Breweries in Denver
    -If you are here in end of Aug/beginning of Sept Tour de Fat in Fort Collins
    -The train that goes through the Royal Gorge is really fun as is the cog train to the top of Pikes Peak, I loved these as a kid

  7. I’m a Colorado native of over 30 years and am thrilled you’ll be visiting – it’s a truly special place. You should definitely check out the Western Slope, particularly the area around Paonia. My wife and I were married there and fell in love with the town and the area. It’s known for fruit orchards and wineries and is considered Colorado’s farm-to-table capital. There are some outstanding but unassuming restaurants here. The most beautiful drive of my life was over McClure pass (connects Carbondale to Paonia) as the aspens were changing. See if you can time your trip here for late September to mid October 🙂

    1. Hey Ryan, thanks so much for suggesting the Western Slope area, never heard of it but love the sound of farm-to-table. And wow that drive sounds awesome too. Hopefully we can time it right!

      1. Glad to help. If you’re looking for family activities, consider picking your own fruit (apples/peaches/etc) with the kids around harvest time in Paonia or nearby Hotchkiss or Palisade.

  8. One of our favorite must do activities when in Colorado is to ride the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. You ride 45 miles on an historic train on rails originally laid in 1882. You will travel from the town of Durango to the mining town of Silverton along the Animas River through beautiful wilderness not accessible by roads. It’s an awesome ride!

    1. Hi Barbara, that Durango to Silverton train ride sounds tops for a family. We definitely love getting out in the wilderness. Appreciate you sharing that tip!

      1. Definitely second the Durango to Silverton train. There are actually cabins along the train route you can rent or places you can camp and use the train for access. At there was 13 years ago when I was there 😉

  9. My dream is go to Colorado, only seem from pictures and videos, but see it yourself and do all those things, go to the parks, festivals, lakes… Well I do believe will go there soon… Thanks for sharing! You have an awesome blog… just become a follower

    1. Hey Marcos, thanks for following along. Hopefully we can not only inspire you to visit Colorado and other places in the US but show you how to as well. Happy travels.

  10. As a Colorado Native, you really can’t go wrong with most any place here! Winter or summer we see a lot of sunshine and we love getting outdoors.
    I know it isn’t popular because you will likely get food poisoning but seriously, Casa Bonita is worth the adventure, but you don’t go for the food! Read Yelp reviews and you will see what I mean!
    Also, we love the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, it is on the side of the Mountain so be prepared to hike it but it is a neat zoo.
    We hit Breckenridge every year during the summer, it is a fun little town to wander around. It is fun to take the Gondola up the mountain in the summer and do the Alpine Slide. (We don’t ski but I am sure it is fun in winter too!;))
    White Fence Farm is a favorite of our kids. It is super cute, has a petting zoo, a fun playground, cute little shops and lots for the kids to do and see while you wait. Personally, we love the food too!
    The Sand Dunes are fun, we love going in early July, when the river is still there. Our kids LOVE playing in the water. Don’t forget to do the Jr Ranger Program there!
    If you are here in the summer, you need to hit up Water World! And a smaller version is Pirate’s Cove. Both great water parks.
    Hammond’s is a small candy factory that has a short and fun tour.
    I could go on and on, more than I already have!
    Just be careful, people have a way of visiting Colorado and never wanting to leave!

    1. Thanks for all the great tips Diana. Love the sound of lots of sunshine in either summer or winter. And I can only imagine that many people who visit, never want to leave!

  11. Hi, my husband and I travelled through 17 U.S states last june/july and we loved every second and everything about America! Our first stop in colarado was Alamosa and the great sanddunes. The Campus Cafe there has handsdown the best cinnabun scroll we are ever likely to have. Glenwood Springs, Durango, Salida lovely. Independence Pass was beautiful and we also went white water rafting in Canon City through the Arkansas River. Can’t wait to go back again one day!

    1. Hey Kristy, thanks for the heads up on Alamosa, sounds cool. And we love a bit of white water rafting, will have to check that out.

  12. Skiing at Steamboat Springs… The skiing is awesome, like most places in Colorado, but you also can relax in natural outdoor hot springs after are hard days skiing. It was snowing while we were in the 40 degree plus springs – a great experience.

  13. Do a couple nights in a hike in only 10th mountain division hit. We like the Fowler hut in the summer as you can pick wild mushrooms everywhere.
    Love the ghost town a few miles behind Silverton, my kids love running in and out of old mining houses. Then you 4 wheel drive over the pass, rent a Rzr for this whole day.
    Splash park at Union station downtown Denver is fun for kiddos, you can even take the train too it if you don’t want to drive downtown.
    Frozen dead guy days was in May I think and my young kids loved it.

  14. Garden of the Gods
    Durango Silverton Narrow Gague train ride
    Georgetown Loop train ride
    Film fest in Telluride
    Concert at Red Rocks (AMAZING! Saw Bonnie Raitt there in 2006)
    Drive through Rocky Mountain National Park
    Spend some time in Estes Park

  15. Take the back roads as often as possible and get off the main highways. As with most countries, you miss a lot! The old town centers and feel of what goes on in “old” America is still pulsating in these little towns that you would miss if you only took the big highways. Try to see as many National Parks as possible, they really are the gems of America. Have fun!

    1. Great advice Ali that we will be following. Love taking the back roads and exploring small towns and visiting National Parks. Excited for Colorado!

  16. We have lived on the Western Slope of Colorado since 2008 (Grand Junction first and Durango now). This side of Colorado is incredible. Email me if you have questions or want to see pictures. Here are some of our faves:
    -Ice Lakes / Island Lake – hike near Silverton with turquoise alpine lakes to die for
    -Durango / Silverton Narrow Gauge Train – ride the train one way, roundtrip or take it to the middle of nowhere, get off, and backpack. It’s incredible…the area is called Weminuche or Chicago Basin.
    -Palisade Wine Tasting or even better, go to Colorado Mountain Wine Festival held every Sept. Colorado’s largest wine tasting event. It is a blast and such a beautiful area. It’s only 10 min from Grand Junction.
    – Million Dollar Highway, you’ll see why…start in Ouray to Durango
    -Piedra River Hot Springs (free!)
    -Crested Butte – free camping along the slate river. The scenery here is amazing.
    -Creede/Lake City area – Creede is incredible, old mines, small town.
    So much more……Shoot me an email if you have questions. Our family of 4 is hitting the road in June for a year or more. Going to travel around the US to start (Pacific NW and Canada – 150th anni…free admission to all national parks!!). Maybe we will see you out there!

  17. My family spent a week in Colorado (boulder, estes park and colorado springs) in October and loved it so much we are thinking of moving there! I have a 2 year old and 5 year old. I just started a travel blog since we have been traveling a lot (it is a passion of mine) and we are getting ready to halt life and travel the US for a year as well. I wrote about our trip here (www.coloringthemap.com/colorado/). The Colorado Springs Zoo is amazing and RMNP is phenomenal. Hope you have fun!

    1. Thanks Erin. I know what you mean about wanting to live in Colorado, it made that impression on us too on our brief previous visits. Enjoy your travels around the US.

  18. Blues from the Top. Outstanding Blues Festival in Winter Park the last weekend in June. Outdoors with the Rockies at your back, 70 degrees. Take an extra day and explore hike Rocky Mtn Nat Park.

  19. I grew up in Colorado Springs and love Colorado! Of course Garden of the Gods and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Manitou Springs is great to visit and has a different vibe to it. You can climb the Manitou Incline. Great Sand Dunes National Park. St. Elmo Ghost Town. Cripple Creek. Phantom Canyon Road-Really nice drive and is fabulous in the fall. Bishops Castle. Independence pass on the way to Aspen and Snowmass. Maroon Bells, Rocky Mountain National Park. Estes Park. Wolf Sanctuary in Divide, CO. Woodland Park, CO. Ouray, CO.

    I see this post was from a while ago, have you already made it to the USA and worked on your bucket list?

    There is so much to see and do in this beautiful state we could go on and on with suggestions.

    1. Hey Shawn,

      Thanks for your great tips. We are currently based in North Carolina, have been in the US for 3 months now, and planning to be in Colorado hopefully for some skiing this coming winter, and then again next year in the warmer months. Looking forward to ticking off everyone’s great suggestions!

  20. I’m a Colorado Native! I have to say at the top of my list is camping in Ouray or Lake City and ATVing or Jeeping the Alpine loop and making sure to try to get over California Pass and stopping to explore Animas Forks along the way!

  21. We came for a visit & are now moving to Colorado! Our fav place to visit is Steamboat Springs natural Hot Springs. Beautiful scenery & peaceful environment.

  22. You have to hit Durango (awesome train ride up to Purgatory) and wine country in Grand Junction. Way too many people ignore the West Slopes

  23. My parents live in Creede, CO. It is beautiful! It has an old amethyst mine that is open to the public, a drive around Bachelor Loop to see remains of the old mining town up in the mountains, Hansen’s Mill, too many day hikes to mention and if you’re RV’ing, a fabulous RV park a walks distance to town. Creede sits right on the Rio Grande River. So try your hand at fly fishing or rafting. Email me and let me know when you’re coming through and I’ll try to make sure our family is there to give you a tour!

    1. Sara! I grew up there and my parents still have a place there! Definitely worth a few days of exploring there. Don’t forget a night at the Repertory theatre. Cheers!

  24. Interpretive Paint Mines in Calhan Co. Absolutely beautiful. Only 4 miles of trail but you get to see all of the beautiful colors of clay and get amazing views of the rock formations up close along with the views of the mountains in the distance. We went on our fist hike there and it wonderful we watched a big storm system form in the distant mountains and watched it roll in before we decided it was getting too close and left.

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