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A Road Trip through Colorful Colorado

4 days of adventure and outdoor exploration in Colorful Colorado

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by happily ever exploringAbout Me:Hey there! We’re Aleah & Seth. One of us has always had a passion for adventure, while the other knew nothing much outside of our area code. Soon after meeting, he swept her off her feet, and she swept him into the wonderful world of cons... read more

North AmericaUnited States4 days / January 2018

Highs & Lows

We were able to explore so many diverse natural landscapes.

We dot not have enough time to hike all of the trails we would've liked to.

Itinerary Overview

From iconic red sandstone formations, to towering snow-capped mountains, to expansive sand dunes, and evergreens as far as the eye can see, Colorado's geography and natural landscapes are as diverse as they come. The vibrant, western state that is “Colorful Colorado” lives up to its namesake, and ranks pretty high on our list of aesthetically pleasing destinations in the United States. In our experience, the mix of winding roads, sprawling valleys, and steep mountain passes that you'll find here are best explored by car, so we are sharing our epic, winter Colorado road trip itinerary that is packed with hikes, hot springs, and outdoor adventures galore. 

  • 1 Night: Denver
    Ski Resorts & Hot Springs
  • 1 Night: Alamosa
    Sand Dunes & Waterfalls
  • 1 Night: Colorado Springs
    Hiking & Red Sandstone Rock Formations
  • 1 Night: Estes Park
    Rocky Mountain National Park

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    We would have loved to spend more time exploring Rocky Mountain National Park. Only being able to fit in one hike just was not enough!

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Colorado is such a diverse state with regard to its nature and geography. So to make the most of your trip, do not only stay in one city; rent a car and explore as much of Colorful Colorado as you can!

  • Packing tips?

    Do not underestimate the importance of layers! Colorado's weather can change drastically in the span of an hour or two, so if you are planning to be out and about all day, layer up!

  • Transportation Tips?

    There is so much to see in Colorado, we highly recommend renting a car so you can road trip around the entire state.

  • Any surprises?

    We were surprised at the amount of mule deer that we encountered all across the state, and by how unafraid of people they were.


  • On the first night of our trip, we stayed with friends who live in Denver, then drove to Alamosa and stayed at an Airbnb.

  • We woke up at an AirBnb in Alamosa, and then drove north to spend a night at Valley View Hot Springs Eco Resort.

  • We woke up at Valley View Hot Springs Resort, and ended the day at an Airbnb in Loveland.

  • We stayed at an AirBnB right outside of Estes Park.