Colorado is the perfect antithesis to a city vacation, offering up more national parks, hiking trails, ski mountains, and other outdoor activities than you can shake a ski pole at. Even its major cities are surrounded by peaks, geothermal hot springs, and astounding canyons, nicely balancing out the skyscrapers, sports arenas, and museums. If you’re wondering what to do for outdoor fun in the Centennial State, look no further than this list of the best things to do in Colorado.
The Best Things to Do in Colorado
From ski mountains and hiking trails to hot springs and urban oasis, here’s what to do in Colorado any time of year.
Take a Dip in a Hot Spring
There’s no shortage of hot springs in Colorado, and unwinding at any of the pools is one of the most relaxing things to do after a long hike or day of skiing. Whether you’re looking for a hot spring at a luxurious resort or a clothing-optional spring, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Colorado.
Head to the 1800s ghost town of Dunton for a unique hot springs and glamping experience, or opt for the clothing-optional and off-the-beaten path Valley View Hot Springs in the San Luis Valley. There are more than 30 different hot spring complexes in Colorado, so it’s easy to find a hot spring that meets your preferences.
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Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2016. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.