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Travel Destinations | Southwest, CO
In the winter, the adventure continues. Of
course, snow sport lovers rejoice in Colorado.
Go alpine skiing and snowboarding, cross
country skiing, snowshoeing, or snowmobiling.
Try ice climbing, ice skating, sledding, hockey,
or even broomball.
“People relocating to Colorado are looking
for something else, whether it’s adventure,
to explore the outdoors, to have the best of
all seasons, or even to simply try something
di;erent. You become your own explorer or
daredevil. Why yes, you need that mountain
Bag your first 14er? [ 14,000 ft. mountain] No
problem!” Allen laughed.
A FEW WAYS COLORADO PULLS OUT
YOUR SENSE OF ADVENTURE LIKE
1. Explore Mother Nature in the National Parks and Forests
If all things high-up and way-out pique your interest, then you’re
probably already aware that Colorado is for you. From the Sierras to
the Rockies, nowhere you stand is without a mountain vista backdrop
to gaze upon.
“Granted, Colorado isn’t the only mountainous region in the United
States, but there is just something special about the blue skies and
awe-inspiring peaks Colorado boasts. In the state alone, there are 11
national forests and 42 national wilderness areas,” Allen said.
2. Snow, snow, snow — for skiing and more
From Aspen and Vail to Steamboat Springs and Breckenridge, there’s
no shortage of slopes in Colorado. But, southwest Colorado’s ski scene
brings a sense of community.
“There are six ski areas within a couple hours of driving, for all levels
of skiers. Purgatory Resort, Silverton backcountry, Silverton Mountain,
Kendall Mountain, Wolf Creek, and Telluride,” said Smilanic.
3. Ice climbing in Ouray
Only an hour and a half drive from Durango is the town of Ouray, CO.
Climbers from around the world make the trek to Ouray Ice Park to
experience the awe-inspiring ice. With snowy winters and world-class
peaks, it only makes sense that Colorado provides an oasis of ice that’s
made to be climbed with an axe and a pick.
4. Have a brew
While green chile is a staple, Colorado’s a foodie haven for other
reasons: craft brews and healthy eats. When you’re in Colorado, a
Coors isn’t what you ask for — there are more than 350 breweries to
grab a cold craft beer from instead. As the state with the third highest
concentration of craft breweries, it’s hard to walk a block and not find
a place to sit and have a pint. Try the Rue B. Soho Grapefruit Lager or
the Rudie Session IPA at Ska Brewing.
5. Eat some green chile
Finally, you’ll have to eat some green chile to really experience the
zest of life while you’re visiting Colorado (or staying for good). From
August to September, the chili cook-offs begin. The largest is the
Chile and Frijoles Festival, located in Pueblo, CO. For green chile
in Durango, head to Carver Brewing for their legendary green chile
served in a warm bread bowl.
Just like a spoonful of green chile, Durango’s spice and adventure will
leave you wanting more.