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Rocky Mountains playground with skiing, rafting, biking and hiking

Overview

Known as the Centennial State due to its inauguration into the Union 100 years after the United States’ Declaration of Independence, Colorado is one of those fortunate destinations and the envy of many – it’s on show all the year round and for spectacular and differing reasons. There’s no doubt it owes its public exultation to the towering, snow-capped Rocky Mountains that are the main allure for travellers, no matter what time of year. During the long winter months, thousands of skiers and snowboarders gather from around the globe to pay homage to the legendary powdery snow that adorns its slopes. In its colourful springs, mild summers and vibrant autumns when the aspen put on their sparkling show of bright yellowy golds, you can indulge in its staggering natural beauty. Not to mention its unparalleled adventure and activities from hiking to rafting, biking to kayaking, fishing to golfing.

When it comes to winter, it’s no surprise that skiing and Colorado are inseparable bedfellows. After all the state is home to some of the world’s best, biggest and most well known resorts – Aspen, Vail, Breckenridge and Telluride - and it’s with very good reason that these fine ski centres come with a large smattering of glamour, money and some of the world’s most famous celebrities. The reason? It’s all about the snow. Rocky Mountain snow is lighter, drier and more consistent and is the stuff skiers’ dreams are made of; that is if your dreams are to be the best skier you possibly can. The secret to the snow conditions is the continental climate, far from the moist influence of either seacoast combined with the generally higher elevations of the ski areas. The snow falls as fluff and the lowering temperatures after a storm dry it out even further and generally the snow gets lighter a day or so after it falls. This means less resistance, less friction, less work to turn and slide.

Away from the slopes, Colorado packs in no less than four National Parks as well as six national monuments and forty state parks - an impressive set of stats and a testament to its quite extraordinary beauty and cultural heritage. Mesa Verde National Park is one of the world’s greatest man-made wonders with its towering city of cliff dwellings constructed by the Ancestral Pueblo people. Hiking, biking, bird watching and fishing are all popular activities in the gorgeous Rocky Mountain National Park, just North West of Denver, and few places feel a more exciting collision of earth & sky with its beautiful lakes and rugged mountains. The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park exposes you to some of the steepest cliffs, oldest rock, and craggiest spires in North America while the Great Sand Dunes National Park hosts a dune field encompassing more than 30 square miles with the tallest dunes in North America, a feat made all the more astonishing when you consider they are a thousand miles from the nearest coast.

For many, the first sighting of this stunning state is Colorado’s hip, mile-high Capital city. Denver is proud to go miles above expectations, literally. From the vibrant theatre district, to the modern day cowboy culture, it’s a town full to the brim with diverse culture and a thriving culinary scene. It offers a wealth of attractions within the city limits – the US Mint, Coors Brewery, Botanic Gardens and the State Capitol - but it also provides easy access to some of the state’s premier playgrounds and historical hot spots.

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  • Beaver Run Resort Breckenridge, Colorado

    Beaver Run Resort

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    The ski-in, ski-out Beaver Run Resort offers comfortable guest accommodations with unbeatable slopeside access to the Breckenridge Ski Resort.
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  • River Mountain Lodge Breckenridge, Colorado

    River Mountain Lodge

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    Located in the heart of downtown Breckenridge by the historic Main Street, the River Mountain Lodge is an excellent base for shopping, dining and skiing...see more

  • Vail Cascades Resort, Colorado

    Vail Cascades Resort

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    Vail Cascade Resort is a sophisticated mountain retreat located at the base of Vail Mountain, Colorado. The picturesque location overlooks Gore Creek and...see more

  • Ski Vail, Colorado Ski Holidays

    Ski Vail

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    Boasting one of the largest ski areas in America, nine metres of average snowfall and a beautiful Alpine village centre, it is easy to see why this high...see more

  • Aspen Ski Holidays

    Ski Aspen

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    Behind the glitz, the glamour and the famous faces that choose to make Aspen their winter home lies a fantastic ski resort that really caters for any budget....see more

  • Breckenridge Ski Holidays

    Ski Breckenridge

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    A favourite of British skiiers for many years, Breckenridge guarantees great skiing all season long thanks to its high altitude and consistent snowfall....see more

Top tips

Top tips for visiting Colorado

1. Dress for the weather

• As you’re packing your clothes, you’ll no doubt check the weather forecast for the Colorado spot you’ll be staying in, but keep in mind that the weather can swing dramatically.
• Plan on bringing plenty of layers so that you can be comfortable whether it’s 40°C or 0°C – you might actually see both extremes while you’re in town!

2. Events in Colorado

• Colorado’s towns excel at providing a full calendar of events and attractions throughout the year. From lighting ceremonies to visits with Santa, concerts, holiday markets, and even wine and music and food festivals, you won’t want to miss out on all the fun happening around you.
• Be sure to check online or call the visitor centre before you arrive to make sure you don’t miss the local signature event.

3. Finding discounts

• Many businesses will promote their holiday specials and discounts, but sometimes the best way to find out about a great deal is to ask a local who’s in the know. Check with your hotel’s concierge or front desk what specials are going on around town to get the inside scoop and save a few dollars.

4. Adjusting to the altitude

• When you’re reading up on all the fun holiday activities available, it’s easy to fill up your entire day and every day of your trip. Bear in mind that you’ll be making a big change in elevation, and your body is going to need time to recover once you’ve arrived in Colorado.
• Plan something low-key for your first day or consider keeping the first 24 hours completely free of plans. After a chance to recover, you’ll be much more ready to take on the local attractions.
• Very importantly, do make sure you drink plenty of water as this will help with any altitude discomfort too.

5. Visiting Mesa Verde National Park

• If you are planning a visit to the amazing Mesa Verde National Park, the first thing you should do is visit the Far View Visitor Centre which is open early June to the Labor Day Weekend (the first weekend in September) and features exhibits that focus on the contemporary American Indian cultures in the Four Corners area.
• You’ll also find rangers here who will be happy to help plan your visit and answer any questions you may have. To get a real insight into the life of the early inhabitants of the Mesa, you may want to consider a guided tour with one of these knowledgeable rangers.

6. Take photos!

• Colorado is beautiful all year round and chances are you’ll be spending most of your time making amazing holiday memories with family and friends. Whether you bring a camera or just make sure you have extra memory on your phone, you’ll want to be ready to document every moment of your stay.

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At a glance


  • Home of Aspen, Vail, Breckenridge and Telluride ski resorts
  • Year round location with skiing in winter and biking, hiking, fishing and golf in summer
  • The capital city, Denver, is excellent for shopping, dining and nightlife
  • Home to the incredible ancient structures of Mesa Verde

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At a glance


  • Home of Aspen, Vail, Breckenridge and Telluride ski resorts
  • Year round location with skiing in winter and biking, hiking, fishing and golf in summer
  • The capital city, Denver, is excellent for shopping, dining and nightlife
  • Home to the incredible ancient structures of Mesa Verde

Trusted travel partner


Winner of British Travel Awards 2020 - Gold award for Best Holiday Company to Canada (Large)
Winner of British Travel Awards 2020

Gold award for Best Holiday Company to Canada (Large)


Fully protected - We are members of ATOL, ABTA and IATA
Fully Protected

ATOL, ABTA and IATA logos

We are members of ATOL, ABTA and IATA.

Price Match Guarantee
Price Match Guarantee

If you find the same tour cheaper through another operator, we'll match the price.

Why book with American Affair


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  • Tailor Made Holidays

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