Colorado – It’s A Year-Round Adventure!

Colorado is one of the few places where you can play a round of golf in the morning, hit the ski slopes in the afternoon and relax in the hot springs at night. That’s what we call true Colorado adventure.

Why? In Colorado you’ll find numerous ways to play in the snow – on skis, boards or snowshoes, and yet there’s much more. Colorado is a great place to unplug, unwind and do nothing. It also happens to be one of the hottest destinations for camping, rafting, hiking, fishing, and golf. All that in one place.


Colorado in Numbers

Colorado stateThe eighth largest state in the U.S., Colorado offers a diverse landscape that encompasses wide, flat eastern plains, sparkling cities of the Front Range, snowy peaks of the Rocky Mountains, red rock plateaus of the Western Slope and much more.

You’ll experience 300 days of sunshine a year with summer temperatures averaging between 75 and 85 degrees and winter temperatures ranging between 30 and 70 degrees – making Colorado ideal for outdoor exploration and activities.

Colorado boasts 18 million acres of public land – three national parks, six national monuments, 40 state parks, 15 national forests and grasslands, and seven national monuments and national recreation areas. The state is also home to 24 scenic byways that showcase every corner, culture, and ecosystem in Colorado, as well as 54 of the 61 “fourteeners” (14,000-foot peaks) in the continental United States (source).

colorado 14000 foot peaks

No matter where in Colorado you travel, you’ll find adventure, family fun, breathtaking vistas, sparkling waters, cultural crossroads, historic side trips, relaxation, and memories to last a lifetime.

colorado adventure riverDuring the summer, visitors can enjoy river rafting, hot air ballooning, horseback riding, 4×4 tours, hiking, camping, water skiing, rock climbing, golfing, mountain biking, paragliding, fishing, sailing, caving, and much more.

Come winter, enjoy world-class skiing, snowshoeing, dog-sledding, ice-fishing, ice-climbing, tubing, sleigh rides, ice skating and more.

colorado winnter skiing resort

From the intrigue and mystery surrounding the ancient cities of Mesa Verde National Park to the old-fashioned flavor of the historic Silverton and Durango Narrow Gauge Railroad, Colorado is rich in history and cultural destinations.

western colorado adventuresVisitors to the Grand Junction area can dig for dinosaur bones at one of the many designated digging sites, while visitors to Georgetown can take a tour by train through the historic Lebanon Silver Mine. In addition, the symphony, ballet, and theater abound both in the cities, as well as your favorite mountain villages.

Guest ranches across Colorado invite city slickers to experience the Western lifestyle with guided horseback rides, llama pack trips, chuckwagon cookouts, and campfire cuisine.


Camping in Colorado

Abundant and inexpensive opportunities to experience Colorado’s natural beauty make camping and hiking among the most popular year-round activities.

Every corner of the state offers a variety of camping options, from tents in the backcountry to cozy cabins, well-appointed RV parks (especially for RV full-time travelers), and even yurts and huts.

colorado rv camping

Private campgrounds, located throughout the state, www.campcolorado.com offer amenities such as swimming pools and laundries. For a mixture of urban oasis and high country adventure, be sure to check out Colorado’s 40 state parks.

This year, visitors can reserve one of Colorado State Parks’ 3,900 campsites up to six months in advance. Starting Feb. 18, visitors can make reservations at one of the 33 state parks with campsites.


Festivals & Events

Finally, from western rodeos to symphonies on the slopes, it would be hard to find a single week anywhere in the state without a festival or special event.

Some examples:

  • The Colorado Renaissance Fair, about 60 miles south of Denver in Larkspur. The fair, which has been voted a top family festival, runs June 14 – Aug. 3.
  • The Greeley Independence Stampede held June 26 – July 6, is one of the world’s largest rodeos and western celebrations.
  • Colorado’s wine country, on the Western Slope near Grand Junction, hosts the Colorado Wine Festival every September and offers tasting and tours year-round.
  • For an exciting glimpse of the past, catch the Pony Express Re-ride held each June in Julesburg in the northeastern tip of the state.

NOTE: All photos courtesy of www.colorado.com –  a must see website for those of you who look for information on what this fantastic state has to offer.

camping basics list

Camping Must Haves – Basics and Things to Know

Camping Must Haves

One of the most important things is to make sure you are properly prepared for the trip. There are a few items that are essential to bring whenever camping is concerned. Below you will find a list of things that we consider as absolutely necessary – our camping must-have gear. However, use your discretion, some are more necessary than others.

camping must-have list

We, at TravelingUSA.com advise you take serious precautions to make sure you have everything you need and that all your equipment and gear works well and will withstand nature’s curveballs.


Camping Basics – Must-Have Camping ITEMS

Our camping must-have accessory list is as follows:

  • Map
  • Compass
  • Water and a way to purify it
  • Extra food!!! (you get surprisingly hungry after hiking and swimming all day)
  • Rain gear and extra clothing
  • Firestarter and matches (waterproof matches are invaluable)
  • First aid kit
  • Army knife or multi-purpose tool
  • Flashlight (plus extra bulbs, and batteries, for that matter)
  • Sunscreen and Sunglasses
  • Tent (make sure it is durable enough and has all its pieces)
  • Sleeping Bag (needs to be warm enough, pillows are great after a hard day too)
  • Know where you are going and for how long (obviously this affects all other preparations)

Other Important Items:

  • Hat (to keep you warm at night, shading from the sun- sunscreen is not always enough)
  • Axe (in case there is little or no wood. Although you must be careful that you only cut wood in an approved area.)
  • Rope (good for a clothesline and to hang trash and food on trees)
  • Cooler (or other completely sealable containers for food)
  • Bungee Cord (lock cooler, hanging lantern)
  • Portable Shower and/or Toilet (necessary for trips of a week or longer in rough conditions)
  • Camera (disposable ideal, useful to have beauty to remember when you have to come back to the real world)

camping Important ItemsThe first thing you do when you get to your campsite is make sure the area is clear and take out any trash that someone may have left there (trash on ground = animals in the campsite).

Set up your tent so you can put your things away; and after that, make sure you have enough firewood to last the night. The rest of what you do is up to you; enjoy yourself.

Know where to find help, should you need it. Help is a lot more obvious when you are camping at a commercial campground, but when you really rough it, it is important to know where the closest form of civilization is (or a park/forest ranger, or simply 911). They are a wonderful commodity and are very helpful if any problems arise.

Camping Must Haves – Conclusion

Have fun out there. One of the most beautiful things about camping is that it is, primarily, going back to basics, so enjoy yourself.

Relax! With the basics, and our list of must-have camping accessories you will be fine. Just get out there and figure out why camping is one of the top forms of recreation. Camping can be the fun and active adventure, or the calming getaway you desire.


See what Andy Torbet thinks of the camping must-haves: