Colorado Mountain Resorts

Whether vacationers are planning on scaling the slopes, doing some skiing, or simply enjoying the scenery, the mountains provide a majestic backdrop to any vacation. Colorado mountain lodging providers offer a variety of accommodations, including posh ski resorts, slope-side accommodations, historic hotels, and rustic retreats.

Many Colorado mountain resorts are clustered along Grand Lake, the western gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. The town and the lake share the same name; many of the resorts line the shores of the lake or are found deeper in town. Cozy lodges nestled in the mountains, fish camps, welcoming lodges, and others provide hospitality to Rocky Mountain vacationers. Estes Park, another gateway to the Rockies, is another choice for Colorado mountain lodging, offering more than 150 different properties in several different price ranges.

In the heart of wine country, Grand Junction is just an hour's drive away from the Rocky Mountains as well as Denver. Perched along the Colorado River and in the shadow of flat-topped Grand Mesa, Grand Junction is a favorite place for outdoor recreation like mountain biking, white-water rafting, and hiking. The city also is a haven for gourmets with the wineries and food festivals. Grand Junction hotels offer more than 3,000 rooms. These hotels in the Colorado mountains suit budget travelers and the jet set alike.

Pikes Peak, the purple mountain's majesty that inspired America the Beautiful, is a part of the Front Range of the Rockies. The mountain is open to explore on foot, by car, or scenic railway. Those who want to make reservations at hotels in the Colorado Mountains near Pikes Peak should look to Colorado Springs, Cañon City, Cripple Creek, and Manitou Springs. Cripple Creek is one of the few places in the state where casinos are found. Cañon City is home to the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, an array of attractions clustered around the Arkansas River, primed for families and high adventure. The Colorado Mountain resorts located in Colorado Springs offer luxury accommodations, spas, golf courses, and other ways to enjoy the finer things in life and views of majestic mountain peaks.

Durango's collection of Colorado mountain lodging providers also offer variety. National chains join with ranches, slope-side condo rentals, plain-Jane cabins, and other Durango hotels to provide vacationers with a comfortable place to anchor in the shadow of the San Juan Mountains.

After a good night's sleep, travelers can leave their hotels in the Colorado mountains and explore Mesa Verde National Park, take a spin on the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, or hike along the shores of Vallecito Lake.

The Sangre de Cristo Mountains stretch from Colorado into New Mexico. The parks and visitor attractions in scenic mountain range offer some of the best rock climbing, wildlife watching, and skiing in the southern corner of the state. Travelers can make reservations at Colorado mountain resorts in a variety of small towns and scenic locales. On the eastern slope of the mountains, Cuchara is surrounded by the San Isabel National Forest. The resorts offer easy access to the scenic lakes, meadows, and other interesting natural places, as well as a welcoming dose of Western hospitality.

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