Among the beauty found in North America, undoubtedly lie the breathtaking Rocky Mountains with all their awe-inspiring scenery. This location is not like any major mountain range - it is a major attraction for anyone drawn to the natural splendor of mountainous environments, which apart from majestic mountains and rocks, offer incredible views of lakes, hot springs, geysers, glaciers, valleys - and literally the best scenes you could ever expect from nature. Let us fascinate you with 17 of the best spots you can visit within this range.
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1. Maroon Lake and Maroon Bells, near Aspen
It's not every day that you get to see marvel comparable to the Maroon Bells, which is one of the most photographed peaks in North America. More information here.
2. Hanging Lake, in Glenwood Canyon
Enjoy views of the hanging gardens and the mesmerizing bright-colored lake as you listen to the soothing sounds of waterfalls pouring into it - a pure experience of nature. More information here.
3. The Great Sand Dunes, near Crestone
A truly unique sight to witness while trekking along mountains. In this spot, you can explore tundra, forests, lakes, and other gems amid the enchanting backdrop of mountains. More information here.
4. Molas Lake & Molas Pass, between Durango and Silverton
If you happen to be traveling to Durango or Silverton, be sure to make a stop at this incredible place. Planning a hiking or camping experience here is probably every adventurer's dream. More information here.
5. Lone Eagle Peak and Crater Lake Trail, near Granby
From enormous rocks to sparkling lakes and lush vegetation, this location is the place to be - especially if you're a fan of hiking or rock climbing. More information here.
6. Wheeler Geologic Area, near Creede
Witness the natural beauty of the rocks in Wheeler, which were formed by volcanic tuff. Over the years, these rocks have taken on unique shapes you are unlikely to see anywhere else in the world. More information here.
7. Pikes Peak, near Colorado Springs
Behold the massiveness of Pikes Peak - one of the most famous mountains in Colorado and the second most visited one in the world after Japan's Mount Fuji. More information here.
8. Fish Creek Falls, near Steamboat Springs
This remarkable spot in the mountain range boasts a number of clear alpine water springs and falls, as well as picturesque views of the surrounding wilderness, making it a perfect location for a delightful hike or family walk. More information here.
9. Mount Evans, near Denver
Climbing Mount Evans makes for an exciting experience for everyone. A two-hour walk is enough for you to be able to enjoy the scenic views of the entire Front Range. You will even meet some wildlife along the way, including jumping mountain goats and furry marmots. More information here.
10. Shrine Pass, near Copper Mountain
What's more dream-like than rambling through the infinite meadows endowed with pine trees and blooming flowers, in the backdrop of the compelling Rockies? More information here.
11. Lost Creek Wilderness, near Deckers
Explore the eroded boulders in this site rich with wildlife and wondrous landscape. You might even spot deer, elk, bobcats, bighorn sheep and black bears here. More information here.
12. Blue Lake in the Indian Peaks Wilderness, near Boulder
Bask in the wonder of the alpine beauty right here, where you can enjoy scenes of the dazzling Blue Lake, as well as other glorious lakes, ponds and peaks that will take your breath away. More information here.
13. Devil’s Causeway, near Yampa
Hiking along this ridge, which gets as narrow as three feet at one point, is sure to awaken the spirit of adventure in you. More information here.
13. Kenosha Pass, near Fairplay
This site makes for a fantastic walk for any nature lover, and hikers of any level. Immerse yourself into the thick forest of aspen trees and see stunning 270-degree views of the mountains. More information here.
15. Crystal Mill, near Marble
Although you wouldn't dare climb into it, this Crystal Mill is a favorite sight in the mountain range of Colorado, especially to those with a photographic eye. More information here.
16. Chimney Rock National Monument, near Pagosa Springs
This monument in the form of a rock makes an interesting find, as it stands atop a high mesa and is surrounded by several prehistoric sites as well as the San Juan National Forest. More information here.
17. Rocky Mountain National Park
For one compelling experience, be sure to visit the Rocky Mountain National Park, which is home to spectacular mountain environments, including a few mentioned in this article. More information here.