Where else can you find ancestral cliff dwellings, arid desert, river canyons, and snow-covered Rocky Mountains?
Colorado is easily one of the most rewarding destinations for the intrepid Hipcamper. Hosting an exceptional array of hiking, camping, and fishing options all under some of the most temperate weather the U.S. has to offer, colorful Colorado won't disappoint no matter how many times you visit. Rocky Mountain National Park is a standout—take a 75-minute drive northwest of Denver to find over 100 peaks that break the 11,000-foot mark. Meanwhile, the San Juan Mountains, sitting on the state's southern side, have the highest peaks. Ambitious hikers will want to take a shot at Uncompahgre Peak, which comes in at a whopping 14,309 feet. Need a unique way to relax? Head to Steamboat Springs on the state's north side to find Strawberry Park Natural Hot Springs. Kick back in one of this park's 104-degree springs to chill out after a day spent exploring the surrounding wilderness. Fun facts 1. The Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park is the highest-elevation paved highway in North America. 2. Bottoms up! There are more microbreweries per capita here than in any other state. 3. Colorado Springs is host to the U.S. Air Force Academy. 4. There are 52 different mountains of over 14,000 feet throughout the state. 5. The classic "America the Beautiful" was inspired by songwriter Katherine Lee Bates' visit to Pikes Peak.