While Colorado is a breathtakingly beautiful place in Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter, the weather can be volatile and unpredictable within just 10 miles. "if you don't like the weather in Colorado, just wait 15 minutes" is not just a saying. A clear sky can turn cloudy and into a blizzard or downpour in just minutes, and a windy stretch of open road can become an ice rink in the blink of an eye. Follow a standard set of precautions while traveling through the mountains or on the plains for a safe and enjoyable trip.
One Tank Trips
Location: North-central section of the state over US 34 through the park. Highway 34 through Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) is closed through the winter. But there are several alternative paths that can allow you to experience the beauty all year round.
Fuel prices always rise during the Summer traveling season, but even when costs are not that high, you can take a few measures to reduce the money you pay for gas, so you can spend it on the trip! Of course if you have suggestions for other money saving ideas, share them with us.
Location: Northwest section of the state over US 40, State highways 131 and 13.
From the headwaters of the White River and through White River, Routt and Arapaho National Forest you will see some of the biggest Aspen trees in the state! There is a stretch between Meeker and Craig that holds unbelievably beautiful scenery. There are several variations to this road trip, and every time is different.
This day trip takes you along the Highway of Legends Scenic Byway. (2 Scenic Byways Bingo Points).
Absolutely incredible views. You'll pass through LaVeta where there are remnants of a an ancient Rocky Mountain volcano and fantastic views of Spanish Peaks.
Location: Highway 83, between Colorado Springs & Parker
A trip through the Black Forest between September 5th and October 31st will provide a different view each day. The fiery red outcropping of bushes and golden Aspen and Cottonwood stand out from the almost black Pines that make up the lush Black Forest.
Nature lovers and groups enjoy environmental diversity on several hiking trails ranging from mild to moderate. The trails range from .5 to 4 miles and can be combined for longer journeys. The winding Cherry Creek flowing along the canyon floor provides wonderful rest stops. Remnants of geologic and local history combine when the then Castlewood Dam burst in 1933, sending a 15-foot-high wave of water into Denver. Ruins of the original ill-fated dam and the historic homestead still exist for hikers to see.