4 Must See Places To In Colorado
Over the years, I have met a lot of people that have said “I have always wanted to move to Colorado, but I am just not sure.” When I ask about what causes their uncertainty the most common reason has to do with not knowing what to expect or what activities Colorado has to offer. Nobody wants to move to a new state with the fear of having nothing fun to do. In this article I talk about the hiking trails and zoos that this state has to offer.
The Rocky Mountain National park protects 415 square miles of spectacular mountain environments. Trail Ridge Road crests over 12,000 feet and includes many overlooks to experience the subalpine and alpine worlds. The National Park has over 300 miles of hiking trails and fun times. It features majestic mountain views, a variety of wildlife, various environments, and easy access to backcountry trails and campsites. If 300 miles of hiking trails were not already enough, there are plenty more for you at Pike’s Peak.
The most visited mountain in North America, Pikes Peak forms a stunning backdrop for Colorado Springs and the Garden of the Gods. About 15,000 people a year attempt to climb Pikes Peak on foot. The 13-mile trail begins at the base of Pikes Peak in Manitou Springs. But if you would like to reach the top and do not want to hike the whole thing, there is an 8.9 mile cog railroad that typically operates April through December.
The Denver Zoo is an 80-acre facility located in Denver, Colorado. Founded in 1896, it originally started with the donation of an orphaned American black bear. With the construction of Bear Mountain, it became the first zoo in the United States to use naturalistic zoo enclosures rather than cages with bars. It expanded on this concept with Primate Panorama with its huge mesh tents and open areas for apes and monkeys, and Predator Ridge, which has three separate areas through which animals are rotated so that their overlapping scents provide environmental enrichment. Toyota Elephant Passage (which opened on June 1, 2012) is divided into five areas for rotating the various species. The zoo is currently home to about 3,500 different animals, representing over 650 species.
For those who plan on moving near the Colorado Springs area, you could easily visit Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Currently housing 550 animals representing 119 species, this zoo may be smaller but definitely worth a visit. Cheyenne Mountain is the only mountain zoo with a live giraffe cam, interactive curriculum guide for teachers, elephant art and more! As you can see, there are plenty of things to do in Colorado.
These four places barely make a dent in all the attractions and fun things to do the state has to offer. Whether you live up north or down south, there are plenty of family friendly activities nearby.
If you are still considering a move to Colorado Springs or the Pikes Peak area, please contact us for more information. Our Merit Co real estate agents love Colorado and we’d love to help.