Colorado is brimming with beauty and landscapes for you to visit, from the Rocky Mountains to Pikes Peak – you are spoilt for choice. Maybe you fancy trying something a little less known, or perhaps adventure is your middle name. If so, then check out these cool and unusual things to do on your next visit to Colorado. Remember not to leave your ESTA application to the last minute or you might miss out on these amazing locations!
1. Desert Reef Hot Springs, Florence, Colorado
These hot springs were accidentally created when subsurface oil exploration resulted in a pool of hot water that streams from deep underground, and the result is beautiful! It’s a unique destination for both avid naturalists and those who are just looking to escape and relax whilst becoming more in tune with the Earth.
2. Canyons of the Ancients, Towaoc, Colorado
These are an absolutely breathtaking array of ancient Pueblo artefacts and structures that were, somewhat counter-intuitively, preserved by neglect. It is a haven for those interested in Native American culture and history. An outdoor museum with over 6000 archaeological sites, Canyons of the Ancients is a unique site that contains unrivalled amounts of historic environmental resources. Perfect for those seeking adventure.
3. Hanging Lake, Glenwood Springs, Colorado
This natural beauty is a crystal clear lake that is popular for those willing to take a short but steep hike to see the glacially-formed watery haven. It oozes tranquillity and peace. Just a couple of hundred yards behind this Hanging Lake is another beautiful waterfall called the Spouting Rock, which jets through holes in the canyon walls. You can’t miss the chance for a day trip here!
4. Bishop Castle, Rye, Colorado
This is the largest self-built castle in the whole of the United States, so it’s a must-see. What begun as a one-man project could now be the largest architecture project completed by one man in the world. It’s an interesting architectural beauty that shouldn’t be missed. The castle is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year-round, so there’s never a bad time to go!