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First-Timer’s Guide

First-Timer’s Guide: Buena Vista

This quaint town offers the best of Colorado—outdoor adventures, tasty restaurants, boozy sips—all with beautiful views. 

First-Timer’s Guide: Durango

Though this southwestern Colorado town is heavy on Old West charm, its restaurants, craft beer scene, and outdoor recreation options bring it firmly into the 21st century.

First-Timer’s Guide: Fort Collins

Located just over an hour from Denver, this mid-size college town offers an ideal mix of outdoor recreation, casual dining and drinking, and activities for day and night.

First-Timer’s Guide: Carbondale

Sitting at the base of Mt. Sopris and at the confluence of the Crystal and Roaring Fork rivers, this mountain town is made for enjoying every kind of high-country thrill.

First-Timer’s Guide: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Just six hours from the Mile High City, this international art destination feels a world away. A few ideas to inspire your next three-day-weekend romantic getaway.

Los Secretos De Taos

This Northern New Mexico town and its surrounding area are packed full of clandestine delights—both old and new.

First-Timer’s Guide: Paonia

With the state’s largest concentration of organic and sustainable growers, petite Paonia is a hotbed of fresh farm-to-table food—and wine. Here, a few suggestions for making the most of your visit to this scenic and friendly Western Slope town.

Photos: Backpacking the Four Pass Loop

This 28-mile trek, tucked in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness area, is one of the most challenging—and spectacular—adventures in all of Colorado. 

First-Timer’s Guide: Grand Lake

This idyllic mountain hamlet, with its come-as-you-are watering holes, wealth of recreational activities, and legendary hikes, provides the quintessential Colorado summer vacation.

First-Timer’s Guide: Palisade

From July through September, Colorado’s Grand Valley—with the town of Palisade located at its heart—is full of roadside fruit stands as well as eager agri-tourists. Here, a few suggestions for where to go, what to see, and how to best enjoy a visit to this stunning part of Colorado.

First-Timer’s Guide: Estes Park

There’s something for everyone in this Rocky Mountain town, from outdoor adventures to delicious food and haunted hotels. 

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