These attractions and places to visit in Colorado are much more than scenic: they represent the complex and fascinating history of this state that embraces the Rocky Mountains. Continental plate collisions brought the mountains into being and volcanic flows deposited rich veins of minerals which, when discovered by prospectors, attracted a large population from the east. Tropical seas, reptiles, dinosaurs, even glaciers and dunes, all made their mark on today's Colorado. Visitors can see evidence of all this and let their imaginations take them back millions of years to the formation of this diverse state.

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01Colorado highlights

A woman soaking in a hot spring
Dawn at Maroon Bells with autumn aspen trees and Maroon Lake in the Rocky Mountains near Aspen, Colorado
Fly fishing in winter at sunrise
Beaver Creek Colorado Village at Night
The sun goes down behind the autumn forest
Landscape on Gothic Road, near Crested Butte, Colorado
Alaskan malamute looking over a lake in the fall
Train and Animas River, Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway.
Friends a riding skateboard in Beaver Creek, Colorado
Aspen Trees looking up on Pikes Peak Highway near Colorado Springs, Colorado
North American Elk on a Rocky Mountain meadow in Colorado
Family stargazing by a campfire, Colorado Rockies