By Nicholas Trotter
Are looking to roam great nationwide Parks or luxuriate at a fancy inn? journey the rails or trip the variety? discover old fashioned small cities or booming vast towns? Ski the slopes or browse within the retailers? no matter if you will have urbane luxurious, back-country experience, or whatever in-between, you’ll locate it among the pages of this pleasant advisor that provides you the inside track on: mountain climbing, whitewater rafting, trout fishing, mountain cycling, snowboarding, and golf The ordinary Wonders and wide selection of environments The breweries and their signature brews neighborhood cuisine resembling buffalo, rattlesnake, and Rocky Mountain oysters three nice itinerary thoughts like all For Dummies shuttle advisor, Colorado & the Rockies For Dummies contains: Down-to-earth trip-planning suggestion What you shouldn’t miss—and what you could pass the easiest lodges and eating places for each finances convenient Post-it Flags to mark your favourite pages
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That means you won’t read about the Great Plains of eastern Colorado, or the ranges of northwestern Colorado. There’s just not that much going on out there. The places I do cover are the top cities (the Front Range) and the other major tourist regions in the state (see the nearby “Colorado” map). qxd 22 6/24/05 10:39 PM Page 22 Part I: Introducing Colorado Colorado WYOMING 125 13 ¡¡ YAMPA RIVER Howelsen VALLEY Steamboat Co l Ri E NG H R A ELK RAN GE SAW ¡ Monarch Monarch Pass Poncha Pass Cañon City 50 Saguache 62 Cortez FOUR CORNERS MONUMENT ¡ 550 SAN JUAN RANGE ¡ Durango GREAT SAND DUNES NAT’L PARK & PRESERVE 17 160 Wolf Creek Pass Durango (Purgatory) SAN LUIS VALLEY Monte Vista Alamosa 160 285 Pagosa Springs 17 Antonito NEW MEXICO La Pa NG O RA MESA VERDE NAT’L PARK ¡ 285 Slumgullion Pass Creede RIST DE C McPhee Res.
Athletes and health-nuts continue to make up a huge part of the state’s population. S. Air Force Academy, two large military bases, and a number of defense-technology contractors overtaking what had been a tiny resort community. The Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union from the 1940s through the 1980s added NORAD under Cheyenne Mountain and led to a uranium-mining boom, which devastated large tracts of land with immensely destructive mining techniques and underground nuclear weapons testing.
Surprisingly, winters here are warmer and less snowy than those in the Great Lakes area or New England. Most of Colorado is considered semiarid, and overall the state has an average of 296 sunny days a year. The prairies average about 16 inches of precipitation annually; the cities along the Front Range, 14 inches; the western slope, only about 8 inches. Rain, when it falls, is commonly a short deluge — a summer afternoon thunderstorm. However, if you want to see snow, simply head to the mountains, where snowfall is measured in feet rather than inches, and mountain peaks may still be white in July.
Colorado & the Rockies For Dummies (Dummies Travel) by Nicholas Trotter