Colorado Mountains, the introduction...
Majestic sentinels borne from the fiery tectonic plate shifts as the super continent of Pangaea broke into pieces forming the inland sea.
Smashing cataclysmically into each other to form the Great Continental Divide: the Rocky Mountains.
These mountains stretch from one end of North American to the other as two separate continents became one.
Glaciers formed and retreated, fires rained down from the heavens.The Colorado Mountains are a part of what was, millions of years ago, Pangaea.
Geographically this Range is extremely important. As rain falls on the western front, it will make its way to the Pacific Ocean and the eastern side will find its way to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.
Rainfall helps water and maintains life in the regions it travels. Colorado is mountainous, although the largest amount of land is plains.
Some of the highest peaks on the North American continent are in Colorado. Among them are Mt. Elbert (also one of the most isolated summits at 14,440 ft) in the Sawatch Range, Mt. Evans in the Front Range (14,265 feet), Longs Peak (part of the Rocky Mountain National Park system) comes in at 14, 259 feet on the Front Range.
Pike's Peak was the inspiration for the song "America the Beautiful", was home to a gold rush and has an impressive road of switchbacks to reach the summit.
Northwestern and southwestern Colorado are the canyon and mesa countries while South central Colorado houses most of the Colorado ski areas in the San Juan Mountains, known as the American Alps.
With so much to offer, what should you definitely not miss?
That's hard to say, so let's touch upon a few highlights. You can partake of some of the best skiing in the world in Colorado at places such as Vail, Bear Creek, Telluride, Aspen and Breckenridge. In the summertime Telluride and Aspen have jazz festivals as well.
When it's not snowing you can still take a ride up the ski lift to hike the ski trails if you'd rather avoid the snow. Lots of great family vacation spots here!
Some of the frontier towns still thrive as attractions like Central City, Cañon City, Durango, Fort Collins and Loveland. Take the kids along for the ride. You can have headline newspapers made, flatten pennies, grab some gigantic jawbreakers, be placed on a wanted poster and pan for gold.
Take a ride on the Durango Narrow Gauge Railroad to see scenery that you can only enjoy from the rails!
Did you see something you like? Why not head on back by car and go mountain climbing or hiking in the area and commune with nature. Colorado family vacation is supposed to be adventures!
You can also visit wildlife refuges in many of the National Parks in the Colorado Mountains.
Go wine tasting in Colorado's wine country where some of the highest vineyards in the world are grown. Dinosaurs and fossils shouldn't be missed, either.
Hey, dude, be a dude! Colorado has dude ranches up there in them thar hills!
Do you want to really impress the kids? Head on up to South Park located north of Denver. That's right, the popular cartoon's town really does exist. Once you've had a chance to whet your palette with these ideas, come on back for more.
We're not done! Have a great stay!
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