Colorado Landmarks From the Natural to the Weird

Do you plan on traveling to Colorado in the coming weeks or months? If you’re headed to the beautiful state known for its tall trees, beautiful mountains, and incredible scenery, be sure to check out some of the most famous landmarks. It’s easy to find stunning landmarks throughout the state, providing you with plenty to do and see while making memories with your loved ones.

National Natural Landmarks

Rocky Mountain National Park

The Rocky Mountain National Park is, by far, one of the most famous landmarks in the state. It’s a spot known for its protected mountains and massive forests. People love to visit the park to go on long hikes to explore the area and enjoy nature at its finest. You can even find campgrounds in the area that allow you to spend the night in such an incredible place. Head off on the trail to explore the area to see what you can find. Expect to see different animals, plants, and other beautiful pieces of nature in the Rocky Mountain National Park!

mesa verde is deep with history
Home to Ancient Puebloan peoples, Mesa Verde is one of the most ancient but less visited national parks.

Mesa Verde National Park

Found in Montezuma County, the Mesa Verde National Park is another popular hot spot and landmark. It’s a well-preserved area with incredible cliffs and unique dwellings that provide the perfect backdrop for photos with family and friends. You can head off on different trails throughout the park to explore the area even further. Be sure to stop at the information center to gather more information before heading out on your adventure. Expect to see some amazing sights while you’re visiting the area.

great sand dunes national park seen from afar
The stunning great sand dunes.

Great Sand Dunes National Park

You can’t go to Colorado and not take a trip to the Great Sand Dunes National Park! It has large dunes that you can ride on with a sled! It’s a perfect place for children and adults. However, it does get hot here, so be sure to pack water and bring plenty of sunscreen to protect your skin while you’re out on the sand for such a long time. Park rangers are available to provide helpful information and offer assistance when needed. It’s an experience of a lifetime worth checking out while you’re in Colorado.

Strawberry Springs hot springs with a fresh layer of snow.

Steamboat Hot Springs

The Strawberry Park Natural Hot Springs is another hot spot you won’t want to miss while in Colorado. Found in Steamboat Hot Springs, it’s an incredible facility that offers visitors the opportunity to camp, spend time in a cabin, and enjoy relaxing in the natural hot springs. If you’re looking for a way to relax after a long day of hiking and exploring the area, this is a great spot to visit. To really get up close check out one of the hot springs cabins!

Insider Tip: There are also several options for relaxing natural hot springs near Denver.

views of garden of the gods one of colorado landmarks
Horseback riding at Garden of the Gods is certainly a unique way to take in the spectacular views.

Garden of the Gods

If you’re in Colorado Springs, be sure to visit the Garden of the Gods, is one of the most visited of Colorado landmarks and nature center with stunning scenery for you to see. The area offers multiple hiking trails for exploration, along with acres full of sandstone formation for you to check out. Be sure to bring your camera or phone to take lots of pictures.

Canoes and stand up paddle boards waiting to be taken out on Piney Lake with the Gore Range on the ackground.
Canoes and stand up paddle boards in the early morning hours, waiting to be taken out on Piney Lake.

Gore Range

For anyone who drives from Denver on I-70 west into the mountains towards Breckenridge and Vail, they will see the stunning peaks of the Gore Range. There are other places along the way to enjoy this sight while getting out into nature. Piney Lake offers views of these majestic Mountain reflected on the lake’s still waters.

Maroon Bells one of the most photographed of Colorado landmarks
Maroon Bells in Autumn reflected on the water.

Maroon Bells

About a 12 mile drive outside of Aspen, and located in the Snowmass Wilderness area, the Maroon Bells are not actually one, but two mountain peaks. Their names are Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak, both of them rising to over 14,000 feet in elevation. Photographers from all over come here for their chance to witness these towering snow-covered giants, as they reflect off of the stunning Maroon Lake. The wildflowers, conifers, and greenery in the surroundings creates a setting so beautiful it almost hurts the eyes.  

National Historic Landmarks

Denver Union Station is one of the historic Colorado landmarks

Union Station Denver

This modern-day revitalized historic train station is a very cool place to see and explore. It originally opened in 1881 and once greeted nearly 80 trains per day. Learn about the rail services available, the building’s massive collection of custom Western art, as well as the independent Colorado retailers and restaurants that now occupy the historic building. Take a self-guided walking tour of Denver’s Union Station to learn more about the train station’s unique history.

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site

In 2007 the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site was dedicated. Located 170 miles southeast of Denver, the Sand Creek Massacre site marks the site where the U.S. Army massacred over 150 Cheyenne and Arapaho people, most of whom were women and children. This sad, but important remembrance is now a site managed by the National Park Service,

Weird Landmarks

Blucifer

As you head in or out of Denver International Airport, one of Colorado’s many convenient airports, keep an eye out for a huge blue mustang with devilish red eyes. This 32-foot sculpture rearing up to the sky has quite the history. Installed 15 years after its comissioning, Blucifer eventually killed its creator. A part came loose from the sculpture as he was working on it and killed artist Luis Jiménez. Love it or hate it, Blucifer appears to be here to stay.

Cano’s Castle 

Located in Antonito, Colorado, Cano’s Castle is a landmark that brings you something that’s both unique and slightly bizarre that visitors can view from the roadside. Some would label it as nothing more than a mound of junk, while others would argue it to be a work of art. It’s a large unusual structure that has four distinct towers. These towers are made entirely out of beer cans, hubcaps, grills, and other metal scrap. They are continually being added to it to this day. Cano, the Native American that built the structure, created it as a homage to God for allowing him to survive the Vietnam War.   

These are the top must-see Colorado landmarks. If you’re heading to the area, which landmark would you like to check out first?

Colorado Landmarks From the Natural to the Weird

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