Northwest Colorado is a diverse area of snow capped mountains and red rock mesas; it is also the source of the mighty Colorado River. Best known for the many famous ski resorts, a self-catering vacation rental in this area is also a great place to be in summer. The outdoor activities are endless from white-water rafting to every imaginable winter sport, from mountaineering to fossil hunting. The geology of the area, the history of the settlers here, and the sheer beauty of the landscape make this a fascinating area to visit.
If you want to find the best white water rafting then the rapids of the Yampa, Frying Pan, Roaring Fork, and Colorado Rivers will supply all the thrills you could ask for. A Northwest Colorado vacation rental is not far from the Dinosaur National Monument formed to protect an area that is famed for its enormous Jurassic-era fossil beds. Kids of all ages will thoroughly enjoy the Dinosaur Journey Museum as well as being able to see where these extraordinary creatures lived and breathed.
A driving tour of the pictographs and petroglyphs on canyon walls produced by the Fremont people between 250 and 1300 gives a good indication of the culture and lives of the early inhabitants of the region; for this head to Canyon Pintado, from a Northwest Colorado self-catering chalet. At Rattlesnake Canyon you can hike for miles through natural arches. Just driving can be a pleasure with the glorious mountain passes like Shrine Pass Road which affords mountain meadows, summer snow and views of the Gore Range as well as the extraordinary Mount Holy Cross.
The most obvious thing to do while staying at a vacation rental in Northwest Colorado is to make the most of the fantastic ski resorts. There’s Steamboat Springs, famous for its champagne snow, Aspen, famed for the famous who ski and party there, Breckenridge, most popular ski resort in the whole of the USA or Vail, the longest. There’s more and even in the summer these towns offer fine dining and entertainment.
Amidst this beautiful scenery a quiet game of golf is great. Most of the major towns have a golf course, many of which are first rate. Live theatre is also a possibility with Tabor Opera House among other venues. Other places to look out for while staying in a self catering vacation chalet in Northwest Colorado are Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Glenwood Caverns, Colorado Ski Museum and Fort Hale.
The closest airport to Northwest Colorado self-catering vacation accommodation is City of Colorado Springs Municipal Airport (COS). You can get to Colorado throughout the year from London-Heathrow (LHR), Manchester (MAN) London-Gatwick (LGW) Birmingham (BHX) Newcastle(NCL) Edinburgh (EDI and many more. Airlines are United, Continental, British Airways, Frontier, Us Airways, and more.