Souvenirs from Colorado
Colorado's history can be traced back to the ancient age of the dinosaurs and its fascinating heritage includes the legacy of Native Americans and Wild West conquer and expansion, celebrated through a network of tourist landmarks. Recreating the ancient tracks of dinosaurs, the Dinosaur National Monument and Dinosaur Ridge are loved by children whereas the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Centre and the exciting Dinosaur Journey Museum offer interactive displays and loads of information for those interested. Colorado also respectfully preserves its Native American roots: everywhere across its territory, traditional festivals, art galleries and historical museum collections recreate the vibrant exceptional life style of the Natives in venues such as Ute Indian Museum or Trail of the Ancients Scenic and Historic Byway. Tourists are welcome to keep Colorado alive with fridge magnets, keychains, souvenir plates and T-shirts available now online.
Colorado, a Story of the Wild West
The exciting tales behind the exploration of the Western territories of the USA can be relived inside the Colorado forts; during the 19th century, the mines of the region drew many people to Colorado and it was the beginning of a booming era for towns like Breckenridge or Central City. A mining train is still functional today and carries passengers to the Bachelor Syracuse Mine. Documenting the role of railroads throughout the development of today's modern state, the charming Colorado train museums offer an unconventional approach to history as 10 of the state's historical railroads can still be visited. For a historical journey across Colorado, old 19th century forts are ideal landmarks to visit, whispering forgotten legends of miners and soldiers during the conquering of the Wild West.
From Urban Denver to Rural Charm
When visiting Colorado's capital, Denver, enjoy its many cultural landmarks, from the Kirkland Museum to Santa Fe's artistic heritage and the rich Museum of Contemporary Art. Every November, Denver hosts a colourful festival which brings together over 300 exhibitions and events within its art galleries, museums and theatres. Popularly Colorado's free museums are lovely venues to start exploring the history behind its rich heritage: aristocratic mansions, exhibits of ancient art and local flavour are open to visitors all year long. Symbolic for the natural landscape of Colorado is the aspen tree, which is so popular and typical for Colorado that even towns, roads and the local beer bear its name. Also stop to experience the exciting highest road in Northern America and Mountain Evans Scenic Byway with its icy lakes, granite rocks and endless forests of pine. If you follow the Lariat Loop Byway you will soon marvel at the beautiful hills below the Rocky Mountains or the breathtaking Red Rocks Park and maybe discover dinosaur tracks from ancient times.
Colorado Landscape, a Beautiful Open Space
The Colorado landscape transforms into immense open spaces in its Southern parts, such as the San Luis Valley with its desert like look and spectacular Great Sand Dunes, protected by mountain peaks and watered by the Rio Grande River. Don't miss the breathtaking Colorado National Parks celebrating the wonderful landscapes of the Rocky Mountains, the Black Canyon, Mesa Verde and the Great Sand Dunes. Recognized as the biggest flat-topped mountain around the globe, the Lands End Overlook rises high above the Grand Mesa and its luxurious forests and countless lakes and meadows. Try "Colorado's Playground" which names the Summit County, popular for its breathtaking views during summers and the charming towns of Breckenridge, Fraser and Silverthorn close to the mountains. The Alpine Loop of Colorado offers splendid views of the tundra landscape even during its warmer seasons.