The mountains and canyons surrounding Ouray are filled with some of the West’s most unforgettable scenery. Heritage activities abound along the back roads and Scenic Byways: you can see vistas where old Hollywood westerns were filmed and explore high country ghost towns that were once booming mining cities. In our scenic mountains, four-wheel-drive adventures are the height of Ouray’s driving experiences; we are, after all, known as “The Jeeping Capital of the World.” Ouray’s Jeep roads, carved from historic wagon trails, traverse a variety of terrain from extreme high mountain passes and rugged winding roads to wide, flower-filled meadows and pastoral valleys. Ouray Visitor Info
High in the pristine Rocky Mountain wilderness of Colorado, the mighty Colorado River begins. After winding its way across Colorado, the river enters some of the most spectacular river rafting destinations in the world. These unparalleled Colorado River rafting vacations include famous Westwater Canyon, Cataract Canyon through Canyonlands National Park, Grand Canyon 6 or 7 Day, and Grand Canyon 3 Day or Grand Canyon 4 Day rafting trips. Colorado River rafting provides some of the most exhilarating river vacations in the world. Endless in scenic wonder and majesty, any trip along this river will be the adventure of a lifetime. Colorado River Rafting
Needle Rock is an intrusive of rhyodacite volcanic plug located in the Needle Rock Natural Area, 3.5 miles (5.6 km) east-northeast (bearing 68°) of the Town of Crawford in Delta County, Colorado, United States. It stands 800 feet (240 m) tall above the floor of the Smith Fork of the Gunnison River valley. It originated as the throat of a large volcano about 28 million years ago in the Miocene geological epoch, when molten rock intruded between existing sedimentary rocks. The plug may represent the eroded conduit of a laccolith.Climbing Needle Rock
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. state of Colorado. The town is a former silver mining camp on the San Miguel River in the western San Juan Mountains. The first gold mining claim was made in the mountains above Telluride in 1875 and early settlement of what is now Telluride followed. The town itself was founded in 1878 as “Columbia”, but due to confusion with a California town of the same name, was renamed Telluride in 1887, for the gold telluride minerals found in other parts of Colorado. These telluride minerals were never located near Telluride, causing the town to be named for a mineral which never was mined there. However, the area’s mines for some years provided zinc, lead, copper, silver, and other gold ores.
The City of Aspen is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Pitkin County, Colorado, United States. The city population was 6658 at the 2010 United States Census. Aspen is situated in a remote area of the Rocky Mountains’ Sawatch Range and Elk Mountains, along the Roaring Fork River at an elevation just below 8,000 feet (2,400 m) above sea level on the Western Slope, 11 miles (18 km) west of the Continental Divide.
The West Elk Loop Scenic and Historic Byway has been described by a forest ranger as “the closest you can come to a wilderness experience in a passenger car.” The 204 miles of two-lane roads through rural western Colorado touches three designated Wilderness Areas and passes through thousands of acres of National Forest. West Elk Loop Info
Big enough to be overwhelming, still intimate enough to feel the pulse of time, Black Canyon of the Gunnison exposes you to some of the steepest cliffs, oldest rock, and craggiest spires in North America. With two million years to work, the Gunnison River, along with the forces of weathering, has sculpted this vertical wilderness of rock, water, and sky.
The Town of Crested Butte is a Home Rule Municipality in Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. The town population was 1,487 at the 2010 United States Census. The former coal mining town is now called “the last great Colorado ski town”. Crested Butte is a destination for skiing, mountain biking, and a variety of other outdoor activities. The Colorado General Assembly designated Crested Butte the Wildflower Capital of Colorado. Crested Butte Info
Colorado events and festivals run throughout the year and celebrate the state’s beautiful seasons, geography, food and culture.
Colorado may be landlocked, but that doesn’t mean we lack shoreline. With a large collection of lakes and reservoirs — many that are a boon for boaters — Colorado has its fair share of weekend sailors, windsurfers, swimmers and flat-water kayakers and canoers.Colorado Lake Info
What does your Colorado outdoor adventure look like? Hiking, camping, cycling, rafting, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, wildlife viewing? You can do it all.
The Grand Mesa is a large mesa in western Colorado in the United States. It is the largest flat-topped mountain in the entire world. It has an area of about 500 square miles (1,300 km2) and stretches for about 40 miles (64 km) east of Grand Junction between the Colorado River and the Gunnison River, its tributary to the south. The north side of the mesa is drained largely by Plateau Creek, a smaller tributary of the Colorado. The west side is drained largely by Kannah Creek, which is received to the west by the lower Gunnison River. The mesa rises about 6,000 feet (1,800 m) above the surrounding river valleys, including the Grand Valley to the west, reaching an elevation of about 11,000 feet (3,400 m), with a maximum elevation of 11,333 feet (3,454 m) at Crater Peak. Much of the mesa is within Grand Mesa National Forest. Over 300 lakes, including many reservoirs created and used for drinking and irrigation water, are scattered along the top of the formation. The Grand Mesa is flat in some areas, but quite rugged in others.Grand Mesa Info