The beautiful state of Colorado is known for its winter sports, wildflower meadows and charming towns. The main destination for visitors to south central Colorado holiday homes is around Colorado Springs, although Grand Junction, Pueblo and Durango are also popular.
Set within the Rocky Mountains, Colorado Springs offers plenty to see and do in all seasons. The spectacular scenery offers hiking, cycling, kayaking, mountain climbing, nature sporting and whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River in the summer. The easiest way to get to the summit of Pikes Peak is by the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the highest cog railway in the world, surrounded by Pike National Forest. In winter, areas such as Aspen are popular for skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, sledding, snowshoeing and other winter sports. Dining out can be enjoyed at some of the best international restaurants in the USA in cities such as Colorado Springs.
The Garden of the Gods is Colorado's premier attraction with hiking trails to spectacular red sandstone formations. Another superb natural attraction is the Cave of the Winds, a series of underground caverns. The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is the only mountain zoo in the USA and has 500 animals in an area surrounded by awesome scenery. For those with an interest in aircraft the Air Force Academy is within easy reach of holiday rentals at Colorado Springs. It has a Cadet Field House, planetarium and chapel. For youngsters and western fans, the Wild West is brought vividly to life at the Ghost Town Museum in Colorado Springs.
The climate in South Central Colorado is very complex due to its varied elevations with mountains, deserts and plains. In general terms, average daily high temperatures in summer reach 90°F (32°C) and drop to around 43°F (6°C) from November to March with below freezing temperatures overnight. Higher elevations are cooler and wetter than lower places. The area has heavy snowfall on the mountains, making it popular as a winter sports destination. May is generally the rainiest month in Colorado.
The major international airport serving South Central Colorado holiday rentals is Denver International (DEN) Airport. It is one of the busiest airports in the US with flights from all over the world with American Airlines, British Airways, Continental. Delta, JetBlue, Lufthansa and United Airlines among many others. A car is recommended for getting to your South Central Colorado holiday rental and for exploring the area. Other alternative airports serving the area are Colorado Springs (COS) Airport and San Luis Valley Regional (ALS) Airport among several other domestic airports in the area.