Colorado isn’t just beer

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Take me back.

Take me back to the clear skies, endless views clear across the state and mountains that sprout up out of nowhere.

Having the feeling that you’re on top of the world looking out on your kingdom, okay I’m getting a little a head of myself, but it does feel that way at times.

Views that take your breath away, literally, because you’re standing at 14,000 feet above sea level. These are views that you only see on screens and calendars, like you are now, and they were right in front of me.

This is Colorado.

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Yes, I know you are expecting the posts about all of the glorious breweries, taprooms and beer bars this mecca of beer has to offer; don’t worry, I wrote those too.

This post is about what else the Centennial State has to offer from the state and national parks to simple car rides through the mountains.

Our first taste of beauty was Horsetooth Reservoir. A 6.5-mile body of water built in 1933 and named after the unique Horsetooth rock formation that overlooks the reservoir.

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We then went to Lory State Park to get a better look at Fort Collins and the reservoir. The hike was almost two miles but it was all worth it for this view.

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The thing about Colorado is that even when in the car you feel like you are perpetually in a national park.

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Estes Park was the next stop. It’s a place that seems too good to be true.

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It’s in the middle of the Rockies, five miles away from one of the most beautiful places I have ever experienced, Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Although nothing can compare to the rolling mountains and wildlife of the Rockies, Red Rocks comes pretty close.

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Red Rocks is very well known for being one of the most unique places to see a concert in the country but it is also a great place for some amazing views.

We didn’t get to see the amphitheater, because of a Marilyn Manson and Smashing Pumpkins concert (there were some interesting people walking around that day) but that didn’t matter because the views are great trade-off.

Although, seeing a concert there some day is on my bucket list.

The beauty of the state never ceased to amaze me. It gave us so much and right before we left it had one last thing to show us.

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The view right before we got on the plane back home.

Take me back.

James Werner
Author: James Werner

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