Colorado is a vast wonderland of mountains, deserts, and national parks. One could spend months exploring the vistas and canyons and still only see a fraction of the natural beauty that this state has to offer.
Below are three of the most beautiful places in Colorado to visit.
Paint Mines Interpretive ParkâCalhan, CO
If strange geological sand and clay formations appeal to you, then you won’t want to miss the Paint Mines Interpretive Park. This unearthly colorful landscape drew ancient Native Americans to this secret spot as early as 9,000 years ago, to gather clay in extraordinary colors for making their pottery and to use in war paint.
This El Paso County geological wonder is hidden away on the eastern plains, where the erosion by water and wind have created weird shapes of the stone. As the light shifts throughout the day, the play of light and shadows on the stone seem to make the rock shift and change in size and shape. The stone spires stand out in a beautiful array of orange, purple, gray, creamy white, and rust.
Hanging LakeâGlenwood Springs, CO
Tucked away in Glenwood Canyon, 1,000 feet up, lies Hanging Lake. This natural green basin of crystal clear water, crashing waterfalls, and fragile travertine marble shoreline was discovered long ago by a gold prospector, but remained as part of a private homestead until 1910.
Today this gorgeous lake is protected by the forest service, attracting visitors who eagerly undertake the short, steep climb in order to be rewarded with views of the incredible trout-filled lake, formed by glaciers so long ago.
The lake gets its name from appearing to be suspended in the air from the side of Glenwood Canyon. A few hundred yards beyond, the Spouting Rock waterfall rushes through holes within the canyon’s walls.
When planning your trip to Colorado, be sure to plan a stop at these two exquisite locations and experience the ethereal rugged beauty that these natural wonders have to offer.