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Rocky Mountains in Denver, Colorado

Handsome, rugged, outdoorsy and cool: if Colorado was a man he'd be snapped up instantly. You're guaranteed to fall in love with this state in America's Wild West; from hiking in spring and summer, discovering exciting cities in autumn, and skiing in winter - Colorado offers a bit of everything for everyone and hotels in Colorado will cater for your every need.

Whether you choose to stay in a budget hotel on the outskirts of Mile-High-City Denver, or in luxury lodgings in one of the glitzy ski resorts, such as Aspen or Vail, the friendly American welcome is ever present. Colorado hotels of all shapes and sizes can be booked in the cities, towns and ski resortsThe Rocky Mountains of the Centennial State.

There are six national monuments in Colorado, 26 ski resorts, and four national parks - wherever you choose to lay your head you will find plenty to see and do during your holiday. And with 300 days of sunshine on average every year, you are likely to enjoy your break with the sun on your back.

The Southern Rocky Mountains provide for much of the outdoor-playground fun in Colorado, with ski resorts peppered among the peaks and slopes. Choose from popular destinations such as Aspen, Vail, Telluride, Beaver Creek and Breckenridge, and book hotels overlooking the mountains. From budget rooms, to luxury hotels complete with hot tubs and oak-beamed receptions warmed by roaring log fires, you can find all sorts of accommodation in Colorado's ski resorts.

Mountains aren't the only natural wonders in Colorado. The state is blessed with amazing red rock formations, waterfalls, sand dunes, vast lakes, canyons, forests and the Great Plains, where dude ranches provide the most unique kind of Colorado hotels.

The state's towns and cities also offer very different views on Colorado; book hotels in energetic Denver, or taste the hip food scene in Boulder. Golf enthusiasts will adore Aurora. You'll find rooms in hotels from major brand names such as Hyatt Regency, La Quinta, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn, Westin, Ramada, Quality Inn, Staybridge, Hilton and Comfort Inn to name but a few.

Top five attractions

Garden of the Gods

Hikers, bikers, horseback riders and rock climbers flock to this stunning natural park to see a range of unusual rock formations.

Rocky Mountains

Spring, summer, autumn or winter, visitors cannot fail to be mesmerised by the Rockies. There is always something new to do and a fresh way to see Colorado's stretch of this vast range.

Mesa Verde National Park

The ancient cliff dwellings of the Pueblo people, or Anasazi, have been carefully preserved across this vast park.

Pikes Peak Cog Railway

This charming old mode of transport takes visitors to the summit of Pikes Peak, near Denver and Colorado Springs. The beauty of the ever-changing scenery never fades.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Close to Colorado Springs, this mountainside zoo houses a variety of animals, but it's most proud of its wildly-successful giraffe breeding programme.

Events

Mesa Verde Country Indian Arts and Western Culture Festival; May-June: All kinds of music, dance and artistic performances ae presented during this celebration of culture and heritage at culture centres around Mesa Verde country. 

Colorado State Fair and Rodeo; August-September: Rides, parades, animals, rodeos, exhibits, shows, activities, concerts, competitions - there is lots to see, do and participate in at this annual celebration of rural life in Colorado, which is held in Pueblo.

Vail Snow Daze; December: Hitting the powder by day, and partying by night, Snow Daze features live music concerts as part of the après-ski fun in Vail every December.