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Zipline Tour: Colo-Rad

1. Zipline Tour: Colo-Rad

Zipline over the foothills of historic Manitou Springs at the foot of Pikes Peak. Perched high above Manitou Springs over Gregory Gulch, you will indulge in excitement and spectacular vistas while soaring over this beautiful alpine canyon.  The natural-terrain course features five ziplines, varying in length from 225 feet to over 600 feet and provides the best rush of adrenaline on the Front Range of the Rockies.The ziplines are fully licensed, insured, and inspected. The course is a rustic cliff to cliff style, with no towers to climb, and also includes a couple of short nature hikes between lines. Be sure to dress in layers with closed-toe shoes. The tour includes 4x4 transportation from the station to the start of the course and the best Zipline guides in the West.

Castle Rock: The EDGE Zipline Tour

2. Castle Rock: The EDGE Zipline Tour

Enjoy an activity full of adventure and adrenaline in Colorado's Castle Rock. Soar across over ten ziplines, with speeds of up to 50 miles per hour, and admire the surrounding mountain views. Feel totally safe with a completely guided experience, perfect for beginners and adrenaline-junkies alike. This award-winning Zipline tour is fully guided, covers 10 zip lines, and will have you soaring over a beautiful 320-acre (130 hectares) park. Open year-round with beautiful mountain views, this tour is an epic escape from everyday routine. Enjoy a new way to jump right into Colorado's picture-perfect scenery when you book this beginner-friendly zipline tour. Choose from multiple start times, from morning to evening, and make your own way to the zipline center, located a quick drive from Denver.

From Denver: Rocky Mountain National Park Day Trip and Lunch

3. From Denver: Rocky Mountain National Park Day Trip and Lunch

Explore the Rocky Mountain National Park on this day trip from Denver. See nature at its finest as you take in unspoiled views and magnificent peaks. Cruise down Trail Edge Road and through Estes Park in a comfortable and airconditioned van. Stop for a nice picnic in a stunning natural setting. Meet your local guide at the Denver Union Station and climb aboard a spacious van with plenty of legroom. Sit back and relax on the drive to the Rocky Mountain National Park. Take in views of the city of Boulder on the drive. Stop to see the iconic Flatirons red-rock formation. Admire views of this 300-million-year-old wonder that lies in the Rocky Mountain foothills. Feel as though you are on top of the world as you cruise down Trail Edge Road which offers plenty of opportunities for capturing breathtaking photos. Indulge in delicious picnic lunch as you enjoy views of the Rocky Mountains in the background. Visit the Stanley Hotel which was made famous as the shooting location for Stephen King's film 'The Shining.' Encounter marvelous views of the Rocky Mountains as you drive through Estes Park. Return to your meeting point in Denver at the end of your Rocky Mountain adventure.

Denver: Glacier Hike and Geothermal Cave Pools

4. Denver: Glacier Hike and Geothermal Cave Pools

Hike up to St. Mary's Glacier, ascending through the stunning Colorado Forest and ending with breathtaking panoramic lake views. With swimming and sledding included, this 1.5-mile hike is a popular hike in Colorado. Afterwards, enjoy lunch at Beau Jo's Mountain Pizza in Idaho Springs, which has been around since 1880 and is one of Colorado's hidden gems. Idaho Springs has a population of 1,717 people, and is a gold-mining town founded in 1859 during the Gold Rush. Following lunch, your tour visits another historic landmark where you can soak in the natural geothermal cave pools, perfect for sore muscles after hiking.

From Denver: Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods Guided Tour

5. From Denver: Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods Guided Tour

Check out some of Colorado's most beautiful scenery on this full-day tour departing from Denver. See the stunning sandstone rock formations at the Garden of the Gods and head to the Pikes Peak Summit and take in views of Colorado Springs and the rest of the Rocky Mountain ranges Admire the variety of red, pink, and white sandstone formations as you explore the Garden of the Gods. Make the most of the scenic photo opportunities as you wonder at the beauty of these ancient geological formations. Be sure to check out the Balanced Rock and the Kissing Camels formations. Head to the Pikes Peak, the tallest mountain in the southern front range of the Rocky Mountains. As you stand at the summit, admire views of Colorado Springs and the rest of the Rocky Mountain range. With the right conditions, you can see for miles into the distance. Descend the mountain and continue the tour with a drive through Manitou Springs, a small resort town located to the west of Colorado Springs. Finally, finish up back in central Denver.

Rocky Mountain National Park: Driving Audio Tour App

6. Rocky Mountain National Park: Driving Audio Tour App

Experience the beauty of the Rocky Mountain National Park with this audio tour that works offline. Use the live GPS to learn more about historical sites, natural landscapes, and the people who have lived in this area. Start at the Estes Park entrance and travel toward sparkling Bear Lake. Pass numerous hiking trails to smaller lakes like Fern Lake and Bierstadt Lake. Make as many stops or take as many detours as you like. Reach Deer Mountain Trailhead. Head to Beaver Ponds which has a boardwalk through a unique wetland biome. Travel to Hidden Valley and Marvel at the views of lush glacial meadows at Many Parks Curve Overlook. Hear about the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. Uncover the buried history of the Ute tribe and listen to a Ute story. Go by the Roger Toll Memorial. Tour at your own pace and let your audio guide reveal all this and more as you drive along.

Colorado Springs: Garden of The Gods Hiking Tour

7. Colorado Springs: Garden of The Gods Hiking Tour

Meet at the Garden of the Gods entrance sign and begin this stunning but easy hike in the central park. First, have your photo taken with the entire park as a backdrop. Then, begin your journey through the beautiful trails of the Garden of the Gods and enjoy the most stunning views and red rock formations. Keep your eyes open for wildlife such as deer, hawks, and rock climbers. Learn about the history and fascinating geology of the garden from your knowledgeable guide along with facts about local plants and the Native Americans for whom this land is sacred. These relatively easy trails are perfect for any ability level. During your hike, you'll also be provided with tips on other destinations and useful information for your future hiking adventures.

Colorado Springs: Garden of the Gods Immersive Hike

8. Colorado Springs: Garden of the Gods Immersive Hike

Embark on an adventure through this outstanding natural landmark. Enjoy a moderate guided hike and encounter these famous rock formations away from the normal tourist trail. Meet at the Garden of the Gods entrance sign for an immersive hike through the Garden of the Gods. First pause to take your photo against the famous entire park backdrop. Embark on the easy and convenient trails through the central Garden in the company of your expert guide. Learn about the history and fascinating geology of the park, and some fun facts about the formations. Explore the less-traveled side trails. See some of the hidden park features not typically seen by visitors. Marvel at the stunning views and amazing red rock formations.

16 National Parks Self-Guided Driving Tours Bundle

9. 16 National Parks Self-Guided Driving Tours Bundle

Start any of these tours by downloading the app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. This bundle includes: Grand Canyon Yellowstone Grand Teton Rocky Mountains Great Smokies and Blue Ridge Parkway Shenandoah Acadia Sequoia and Kings Canyon Joshua Tree Arches Bryce Canyonlands Capitol Reef Zion Grand Staircase Monument Valley Marvel at a mile-deep crack in the earth at the Grand Canyon. Tour the rim, hike eye-popping trails, and learn how this awe-inspiring landscape formed. Watch Old Faithful erupt in Yellowstone, but don’t stop there! See Grand Prismatic, observe the nation’s largest bison herd, get the truth about the Yellowstone supervolcano, and more! Travel to new heights in the Grand Teton mountain range, offering unbelievable vistas, dramatic mountain passes, and tons of history. Explore Colorado’s dramatic Rockies, from gorgeous vistas to the enormous Bear Lake. Plus, learn how this park exists thanks to some very capable women. Discover why Great Smoky is the most-visited national park. Find sparkling waterfalls, verdant hiking trails, and a rich Cherokee heritage. Plus, explore little-known Civil War history at Cades Cove. Cruise through tree-filled mountains on the Blue Ridge Parkway and Shenandoah’s Skyline Drive, both of which offer perfect wilderness sights as well as plentiful wildlife and legends. Get in touch with nature at Acadia, one of the greenest places in the country. Or visit in the fall for a truly unforgettable display of autumn foliage! Visit living giants in Sequoia, home to the largest trees on Earth. Then go beyond those groves to Kings Canyon, boasting dramatic vistas for those seeking the perfect photo op. Cruise through Joshua Tree, where two deserts meet. See great desert hikes, wacky Dr. Seuss-like trees, and some of the best sunsets you’ll ever see. Discover the gravity-defying wonder of Arches, named for impossible rock formations millions of years in the making. Hear how they formed and what they meant to the tribes who lived here. Marvel at the towering hoodoos which dot Bryce Canyon. Dive into the legends behind them, including the harrowing tale of giants who were turned to stone. Visit the staggering beauty of Canyonlands, home to the stunning red desert and more canyons than you can shake a stick at. Stand atop breathtaking vistas, find a piece of history at Aztec Butte, and much more. Tour remnants of a pioneer town in Capitol Reef. Explore striking contrasts as you move from harsh desert to verdant orchards! See why Mormon pioneers thought Zion was heaven on earth! Visit natural wonders from towering rock temples to emerald pools and a hiking trail like no other. Unearth hidden secrets at the Grand Staircase. Visit a petrified forest, sparkling waterfalls, and sweeping vistas. Plus, learn about dino fossils found here! Visit the spot where Forrest Gump ended his famous run at Monument Valley! Explore this valley’s jaw-dropping mesas and spires which made it Hollywood famous.

From Denver: Red Rocks and Mount Evans Guided Day-Trip

10. From Denver: Red Rocks and Mount Evans Guided Day-Trip

Embark on a memorable trip outside of Denver to the wilderness of Mount Evans on this day-trip. See the world from the top of the mountain and enjoy scenic stops at the Red Rocks Amphitheater, Echo Lake, and Idaho Springs. See the Red Rocks Amphitheater, built in a red sandstone rock formation and one of the most beautiful music venues in the United States. Next, head to Echo Lake, filled with its crisp mountain waters and surrounded by evergreen trees. Continue all the way to the summit, along the Mount Evans Scenic Byway. Take some spectacular pictures from the top of one of the tallest mountains in the Rockies and be on the lookout for Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep and mountain goats making their way around. On your way back to Denver, check out some local history in the city of Idaho Springs. In 1859, prospectors discovered gold at this location where the Chicago Creek meets Clear Creek.

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What people are saying about Colorado

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 20 reviews

The perfect day trip from Denver. It never felt rushed, with a non-strenuous hike to a great view, quick hot springs visit, and lunch. Our guide, Trey, was great, with fun facts about the local area and good instincts when a lightning and hail storm came in just as we were finishing the hike. He was even our personal photographer!

The mountains were breathtaking the hike was enjoyable the tour guide Breanne was the most attentive knowledgeable courteous and fun she made the experience relaxing and comfortable I totally enjoyed the geothermal caves and pool beautiful and peaceful scenery

OMG, what a fun adventure! I was a bit nervous but the guides and others really helped me overcome any hesitancy I had. The view was incredible and the operation was efficient and safety-minded. The guides were incredible! Highly recommend!

knowledgeable and attentive guides; great small group experience.

It was an amazing tour! Breanne is the best guide !!!