Home to dramatic rocky landscapes and dynamic cities, the state of Colorado is a good place to immerse yourself in the American spirit, old and new. Get an extraordinary experience without breaking the bank - here’s our pick of the free things to do on your next Colorado holiday.
Tour dinosaur tracks
You can stand in the three-toed impression left in the bedrock by a brontosaurus 150 million years ago, at Picket Wire Canyonlands outside La Junta, North America’s largest dinosaur track site. Get to the tracks with a very flat five-mile hike, bike or horseback ride. At Dinosaur Ridge near Morrison, you can take a tour of exposed fossils and footprints, as well as the excavation sites, including the spot where the world’s first stegosaurus was discovered in 1877.
Visit a ghost town
The state is peppered with deserted but beautifully-preserved mining towns that give a feel for the state’s ‘Wild West’ past, when they were populated by outlaws and cowboys. Take a road trip to find them in the summertime, including Independence near Aspen, St. Elmo near Buena Vista and Animas Forks near Silverton.
Discover Denver’s brews
Get around Denver’s myriad independent craft breweries, cideries and wineries by electric tuk tuk on a tour with ETuk. Every Saturday it runs free rides between the best local drinking hotspots in the trendy RiNo district.
Take a hike
There’s no charge for exploring the breathtaking beauty of Colorado’s great outdoors on foot. Thousands of miles of trails and parkland trace through different extraordinary landscapes including the spectacular red-rock formations of Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, the gushing waterfalls at Bear Creek Falls in Telluride and the Maroon Bells in Aspen, which with its stunning autumn leaves. For a serious hiking challenge, try the Colorado Trail which runs 486 miles from Denver to the old west town of Durango, crossing eight challenging mountain ranges.
Go fly fishing
Catch dinner while admiring the stunning landscape on a fishing expedition. Set up at one of four major rivers or several lakes in the state, and join one of seasonal free fly fishing introductory classes, including a fly fishing clinic run by The Blue Quill Angler in Evergreen every Saturday and Rocky Mountain Anglers in Boulder every other weekend.
Looking for fun free festivals in Denver this fall? Check this list to join October’s Denvers’ zombie crawl - which holds the Guinness World Record for the largest zombie event - and more!
Posted on: 24/09/2017