The Rocky Mountain Saab Club of Colorado wants to make sure you enjoy your stay in Colorado. If it’s possible for you and your family to come early or stay late to SOC 2019, we have some suggestions. Did you know that Colorado has seven national parks and eight national monuments scattered throughout the state? There are also hundreds of other attractions for all ages and interests. Our state’s visitor site has great information. Here are a few ideas to get you excited about your visit:
Southwestern and Western Colorado:
- The Four Corners region includes Mesa Verde National Park, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Hovenweep National Monument, the Durango and Silverton Railroad, and the unforgettable Gateway Auto Museum.
- The Grand Junction area with the Colorado National Monument, Grand Mesa, and great mountain biking.
- Dinosaur National Monument near the town of Dinosaur in the northwest corner of the state.
- Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park – the ‘Grand Canyon of Colorado’ near Montrose.
- The jagged San Juan Mountains and the towns of Telluride and Durango.
- The Paonia, Palisade, Delta, and Olathe agricultural areas that specialize in fruits and wine; peaches will be ready!
Central Colorado Mountains:
- The ski towns of Crested Butte, Aspen, Vail, and Breckenridge offer great summertime activities like mountain biking, river rafting, hiking, and zip-lining . And world-class lodging, dining and shopping.
- Glenwood Springs, a family-friendly town with great hiking, a huge hot springs pool, an unusual mountaintop amusement park combined with cave tours, and biking along the Colorado River.
- The road up Mt. Evans is the highest paved road in North America. At the top of the mountain, the Meyer-Womble Observatory has installed Saab sunroofs to facilitate cooling of its dome and telescope.
- Great Sand Dunes National Park, with North America’s highest sand dunes, is a breathtaking experience.
- Bent’s Old Fort National historic site near La Junta.
- Rocky Mountain National Park, one of the most popular national parks in the US, offers hiking both below and above timberline, mountain climbing, camping, and wildlife viewing. Estes Park is the park’s gateway town. The Stanley Hotel is located here, as is the Stanley Steamcar Museum.
- Fort Collins is home to the Odell, Anheuser Busch/Budweiser and New Belgium Breweries, all of which offer tours and samples.
- The Cameron Pass/North Park areas are less-trafficked and home to a diversity of wildlife. State Forest State Park near Walden is Colorado’s moose capital and is home to more than 600 of these magnificent animals.
- Brown’s Canyon National Monument along the Arkansas River. A great place for whitewater rafting.
- The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park near Cañon City.
- Pikes Peak, with a road to the top of the 14,000’ mountain.
- Colorado’s state capitol (the dome of which is covered in Colorado gold) offers terrific museums, shopping, and dining.
- Mile Hi Automotive, Saab specialists since 1969, is open for tours.
- Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre on the west side of the city has great concerts and more, including hiking trails and fossils.