Updated: Aug 13, 2020
As someone who visited Colorado for the first time about a week ago, there are plenty of things I learned along the way that are good to know going into a trip.
If you're someone visiting Colorado from a long distance away, such as from the east coast or even a different country in general, the elevation levels will be something you need to take into effect. If your body is not accustomed to the layout and higher elevation of Colorado, it will take a few days to get your bearings straight.
Water Water Water
The decreased levels of oxygen as you get into the rocky mountains mean
that your body will start to work harder to obtain the oxygen it needs.
Hydration is very important. We each carried a 32oz hiking bottle with us
as we traveled across the state and made sure to refill whenever we came
to towns that provided water. You start getting a headache, just remember
keep the hydration and food consumption up!
Plan your breaks!
With the POI's spread out across the state, it's important to plan for any
water, food, and restroom breaks so that you can avoid any
inconveniences. With the many variables that steep rocky mountain
exploration contains, you'll want to make sure you're well prepared for
What to do!
As with any new adventure in life, you may be out in left field when it comes to planning a trip to a new state. Luckily for you, Colorado will have you leaving the state wishing you had another week to do things. The beautiful land provides many different avenues for adventure.
You'll be able to go to just about any mountain town and most likely there'll be a few Jeep Rental companies. However you'll want to call ahead to reserve a jeep as many places sell out during the summer months.
Quite obviously, the Rocky Mountains are a hiker's dream. Everywhere you drive, there are pull offs and parking lots dedicated to different trails that go up and explore the mountains. If you're new to an area and need some help finding the right trail for you, I suggest downloading the alltrails app on the app store. You'll be able to find that trail that will best fit your wants as far as distance, difficulty, and what kind of views you'd like to encounter. An underrated hike we trekked was called Potato Lake which was about 4.5 miles round trip and is a few miles south of Silverton. Nice picturesque views of the lake and mountains will put a smile on the face.
Fly fishing was quite a new experience personally and it was gladly accepted. We chose to rent our gear and tag along with a fly fishing guide and it was well worth it. Along the San Miguel River coming out of Telluride, we fished the knee deep water. The guide from Rigs offered plentiful tips to use and to remember for when we begin our own fly fishing endeavors. Rigs Fly Shop is located right in Ridgeway, CO and offers a healthy number of guided trips for all experience levels.
Visit the Mountain Towns
This town offers small cabin and camper stays as well as very scenic views as it sits between two mountain sides. Ouray offers a small town feel whilst still providing plenty of outdoor avenues.
After traveling on the Million Dollar Highway, you'll come to Silverton which is a town known for their 4x4 trails and a railway that comes from Durango. Their local bars and restaurants (Handlebars) will keep the family entertained!
Known best for the never ending ski slopes and golf resorts, Telluride is a great place to stay. Their unique culture and environment they've developed within the town's limits will keep you entertained!
Getting to these different places to fish and hike was an adventure all on it's own! The heavy climbs through the Colorado Rockies literally gives you an amazing view on each turn! If you're feeling a little more adventurous on the asphalt, the Million Dollar Highway is trip along a mountain side from Ouray to Silverton that leaves a drop off just inches from the paint.
Remember to keep your fluids within reach and go explore the beautiful, jaw-dropping views that the Colorado Rockies have to offer, you will not be disappointed!