Introducing the #TeligentTravels series!
You may or may not know, TeligentIP has offices across the U.S., however our largest offices are located in 3 of the most extraordinary cities in the country: Austin, Denver, and Salt Lake City! With so much to do and see in each of these awesome cities, we decided to take a break from technology and hit the streets to learn more about what makes these cities so great straight from the source- the locals! Join us as we kickoff our #TeligentTravels and follow along as we discover some of the must-see spots and best kept secrets from each of these cities! To kick us off, we asked our trusted office members for their personal suggestions which lead us up to the breath-taking (quite literally) elevations of the Colorado National Parks!
Colorado wouldn’t be Colorado without the mountains. If you ask any local, at the top of their must-do list, will contain something along the lines of skiing, snowboarding, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, fishing, or anything to do in the mountains as an absolute must. So, our first stop on our Teligent Travel adventure is just a drive outside of Denver in the Rocky Mountains. There are four Colorado National Parks: Rocky Mountain, Great Sand Dunes, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, and Mesa Verde, with many nationally recognized forests. While you could spend a lifetime exploring, here are a few quick suggestions of must-see sites at these majestic Colorado National Parks & forests!
Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests
About a 2 hour drive from Denver, is the Mount Evans Scenic Byway, the highest paved road in North America. Due to snowy conditions, the byway is generally only open from Memorial Day to Labor Day every year. This scenic drive is not for the faint of heart though. The 2 lane road, traditionally called “the road into the sky”, climbs up to 14,264 feet above sea level, complete with twists, turns, and steep drop-offs. We admit, it’s worth the trip to admire some of the most magnificent views and breathing the freshest air, from atop Mount Evans.
Rocky Mountain National Park
The Rocky Mountain National park boasts 415 miles of spectacular mountain land, with more than 350 miles of trails, making this park a hiker’s paradise. The park is known as a top wildlife watching destination where you can easily see creatures such as elk, bighorn sheep, moose, and over 60 other species of mammals. The Colorado River begins its trip here in the Rocky Mountain National Park making it a beautiful fishing destination for enthusiasts worldwide.
If you have a night to spare, a popular destination is The Stanley Hotel, located in Estes Park. Take a scenic 70-mile drive from Denver through the Rocky Mountain National park to get to this spooky hotel which famous for its part in the Stephan King movie, “The Shining”. Even if you can’t stay a night in the haunted hotel, book a day tour to learn more about its famed resident ghosts. While you’re there, Estes Park also offers many other attractions such as shopping, nature & wildlife tours, art galleries, museums, horseback riding, and much more.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Designated as an International Dark Sky Park, it offers night sky viewing opportunities unlike many other places that still suffer from light pollution. Big enough to give visitors the feeling of awe, but not overcrowded like many other Colorado national parks. Views of some of the steepest cliffs, oldest rocks, and craggiest spires in North America.
Ski, Board, or Tube on a Mountain of Snow
It’s no secret that Colorado offers some of the best skiing in the country, attracting thousands of people each year. On average, Colorado gets 300 days of sunshine but the mountains still get an average of 118 inches of snow each year. Keystone, Beaver Creek, Steamboat and Arapahoe Basin are popular destinations among locals, all of which are sure to please visitors of any skill levels. Not so sure about your skiing or snowboarding skills? Copper Mountain, Snowmass, and Winter Park are just a few of the resorts to offer snow tubing, an exciting way to still experience the snowy mountain tops!
Not a fan of the cold? We have a solution for you.
Experience one of the most surreal feelings: sitting in your bathing suit, in a naturally heated pool of water, while snowflakes fall on your head. This phenomenon is hard to appreciate until you’ve actually tried it. Colorado is home to over 30 natural hot springs. You can choose an elegant spa-like hot spring experience, such as the Pagosa Springs Resort & Spa. For the more adventurous type, relax in the hot springs of Conundrum Hot Springs, only after you’ve completed the unrelenting 8.5 mile hike required to get there. Or, if you’ve brought the family along, you might consider a visit to Ouray Hot Springs Pool which comes complete with water slides, diving boards, and enough room to swim laps.
Thank you for following us on our journey through Colorado National Parks. We hope you’ll visit one day and experience these national parks first-hand – you won’t regret it! We still have a ton of exploring to do so be sure to follow us for more must-see spots and best-kept travel secrets as we continue on our #TeligentTravels journey.