We face 2021 with so many reasons to stay positive and hopeful.
With this in mind we've come up with a mix of 21 of the best things; new, news, iconic and our favourites, about Colorado to remind Aussies and Kiwis how much there is to love about this great State.
And how much Colorado is looking forward to seeing us again when we can safely visit.
Photo above: Red Mountain, Image courtesy of Glenwood Springs
What's New1. The release of the new route Rockies to the Red Rocks and itinerary for the Rocky Mountaineer. Access them here!
2. In collaboration with our neighbours in the Southwest – Arizona and Utah – we have launched 3 new regional road-trip itineraries. Based on themes such as national parks, dark skies locations and scenic byways, they are perfect for inspiring any style of journey.
3. Park County, Colorado's centre, has launched their Art Adventuring Map! The Park County Creative Alliance has compiled an asset inventory of all arts, cultural sites and businesses to create a beautiful map. The content pairs art galleries, restaurants, studios, cultural sites and art hubs with well-known trailheads, river access and scenic spots that have inspired local artists. You can review the Art Adventuring in Park County map online.
Photo above: Fishers Peak, Image courtesy of CPW/Mike DelliVeneri
What's News5. The Wild Animal Sanctuary, a non-profit organization 30 miles outside Denver, is the largest and oldest carnivore sanctuary in the world. More than 80 newly rescued exotic animals are experiencing a world they never knew existed. This freedom came after a year like no other for the sanctuary. Despite a global pandemic, the Sanctuary conducted rescue operations stretching from New Orleans to Dade City, Florida, to Pachuca, Mexico. Most notably, many of the animals came from breeders featured in Netflix’s popular documentary series, “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.” Read more about it here!
6. Throughout 2020, Denver International Airport (DIA) often topped the list of the nation’s busiest airports, partly because its air traffic was down less than at other major airports, and they opened new gates. Colorado’s regional airports also suddenly attracted a wave of new point-to-point service, with Montrose/Telluride alone winning new nonstops to Boston, JFK, LAX, Dallas, Charlotte and Denver. Though international carriers were grounded for months, by late December Denver was offering nonstops from eight carriers to 16 destinations in six countries (though only two long-haul flights, both to Frankfurt). A year earlier, 12 carriers were operating nonstops to 23 destinations in 10 countries.
Photo above: Image courtesy of NPS/ Patrick Myers
8. Winter Recreation Tips, Hiking Tips, supporting local businesses and more here.
9. A must visit destination – The Minturn Inn. Looking like a true mountain retreat (think dark wood planks and a green, peaked roof), The Minturn Inn delivers lots of bed-and-breakfast charm. Built in 1915, the refurbished homestead’s nine rooms are topped with high-beamed ceilings, rustic bathtubs and what can only be described as Colorado-themed decorations such as snowshoes, antler chandeliers and skier lamps.
Photo left: Breckenridge, Image courtesy of Matt Inden/Miles
11. Escape into the heart of the Rockies with classic tunes that capture Colorado’s soul on this perfectly curated Colorado Roadtrip Playlist! Be sure to log into Pandora first, before trying to access the playlist.
Photo right: Red Mountain, Image courtesy of Colorado.com
What's Iconic13. Care for Colorado sustainability principle. With a shared goal of inspiring both Colorado residents and visitors to protect Colorado's special places, the Colorado Tourism Office (CTO) and the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics collaborated in 2018 to create the Care for Colorado Principles. Learn all about it here.
Photo left: Image courtesy of Visit Glenwood Springs
15. The historic Durango to Silverton train has been in continuous operation between Durango and Silverton since 1882. It is a family-friendly ride, sure to create memories that will last a lifetime while offering a view of Colorado's mountain splendour inaccessible by highway.
Photo right: Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Image courtesy of Colorado.com
And Our Special Favourites17. Colorado’s 28 winter resorts are huge favourites with Australian skiers and boarders. This year we have been unable to visit but this has only strengthened our desire to return. And the Colorado Ski resorts LOVE and miss Australians. Look out for our winter marketing campaign with www.SnowsBest.com this month to show you all how much we are missed and wet your appetites for the 21/22 season. Check out our first instalment here!
Photo left: Denver’s 16th St Mall, Image courtesy of Colorado.com
19. For those interested in adventure, history and much more make sure to listen to the OutThere Colorado Podcast on Apple or GooglePlay!
20. The newly opened U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum in Colorado Springs.
21. And last but definitely not least, the place to find YOUR reasons to return: the official source for all things Colorado – Colorado.com; Facebook page; Vacation Guide.
Find out more and get a copy of the Colorado Official State Vacation Guide at www.colorado.com
COLORADO TOURISM OFFICE: www.colorado.com