We went to Colorado during the last week of October. We ended up going to four national parks - Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes and Rocky Mountain. All beautiful in very unique ways. Originally, I only wanted to see Mesa Verde but somehow, we successfully saw all four. Quite a feat. Sure, we spent so much time on the road (each leg was about 4 hours). Hubby drove and drove, while I sat in the car, singing, thinking and looking at the beautiful scenery. We realize it'll take more than one trip to see Colorado's attractions. It's such a big state; it felt like what we saw was just the tip of the iceberg.
I-70 is possibly the most gorgeous interstate I've ever seen.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison was really nice, especially if you have no fear of heights. It would've been nice to hike, but they didn't really have pet-friendly trails.
Mesa Verde was 7-8 hours away from Denver. We nearly took it out of our itinerary, saving it for another trip, but in the end, why on earth won't I go where I want to? That seemed stupid. Good thing we went. It was an impressive man-made wonder. The park ranger said something that struck a nerve with me. Maybe, just maybe, the Ancestral Puebloans left because they felt it was time to move on...that the place no longer felt right, no longer felt like home, no longer served their purpose. I'd like to think that they were that spiritual and enlightened.
Great Sand Dunes was a must. Pet-friendly national park, for starters. Hiked 1 1/2 hr. It was really challenging, but I did get pretty far up.
Rocky Mountain, the national park I wasn't so keen about yet ended up falling in love with. Such magnificence.
I can rave about what we saw during our vacation, but it really boils down to this - I fell in love with Colorado.