Colorado Is More Than Just Mountains

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This is a photo of Clear Creek in the town of Golden in Colorado. Image credit @ Ken Lund.
Colorado is usually known for the Rocky Mountains and not much else right? Well as you can see in the above image, there is a natural beauty to be found in the home of the Rocky Mountains that extends beyond just the eye catching landscape that the rolling mountains and hills can offer. Clear Creek is a tributary of the South Platte River, and is roughly 66 miles (or 106 kilometers for those of you that are used to the metric system) long, and is located in the central section of northern Colorado. This creek flows directly west of the major metropolitan district of Denver, from the creek itself and flows from there into a descent through a lengthy gorge, only to emerge on the Colorado Eastern Plains where it then joins the South Platte. While this creek is certainly beautiful to behold, it doesn’t appear to have any real significance at first glance other than being worthy of a few snapshots of nature, right? Wrong. This creek draws tourists due to being famous as a location for exceptionally active mining activity during the Colorado Gold Rush of 1859. This creek was also the place where the (locally famous) mountain man, frontiersman, guide, scout and experienced trapper and tracker, Jim Baker had a cabin and home for the last 25 years of his life (1873 to 1898). The historical and agricultural attractions of this area are certainly enough to draw tourists for years to come.
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Here is a photo of some of the beautiful plains and mountains of Colorado, taken west of Ridgway, Colorado. Image credit @ Larry Lamsa.
While historical attractions and sightseeing some of the beautiful foliage, landscapes and local wildlife are attractive tourist attractions, there are many other features to the relatively large state of Colorado that can interest people with a wide variety of activities. Riding in a hot air balloon, skiing, hot springs, hunting (or protesting hunting if you’re a die-hard animal lover!), rafting and snowmobiling are all activities that Colorado offers but the urbanized areas of the cities offer art galleries, museums, distilleries, spas, as well as performing arts and music. Just imagine riding a hot air balloon over a beautiful landscape such as the one in the picture above. For those who live in the western end of the world, Colorado isn’t too far away, and for those who ever plan a vacation to see the sights of the west, this is definitely one of the best places to visit.