A Strangers Guide To The Colorado Western Slope

The western slope of Colorado is a world away from the hustle of the Colorado front range. Away from the big cities and dense population of the Denver metro area you are free to enjoy all the beauty of Colorado without the massive crowds.

If you’re planning on making the trip here are a few spots that you should take in.

Steamboat Springs
In the northern western slope you will find beautiful mountain ski town of Steamboat Springs, but don’t be fooled, this is a great place to visit in the summer as well. Visit Fishcreek Falls, or go skinny dipping at Strawberry Springs. With plenty of excellent shopping and fine dining this is a great place to spend a week or just a weekend.

Mesa Verde National Park
All of have seen photos of the cliff dwellings in our school history books. But if you have the opportunity to visit them you’ll see that the photos don’t do them justice. It’s amazing to explore the ruins on a guided tour and walk in the footsteps of history.

Telluride, Ouray and Silverton
Remnants of Colorado’s mineral wealth can be explored in the resort towns of Telluride, Ouray and Silverton. Part of the “Million Dollar Highway“. These mountain towns were once the center of some of the most prolific mining activity in the state. Over the years, these hamlets haven’t lost their charm but instead of hosting miners at the Saloons, now they host tourists looking for some authentic history and an escape from life.