Between its many ski resorts and ample annual snowfall, it’s no secret that Colorado is powder paradise for skiers and snowboarders. Beyond the slopes, however, the Centennial State offers many unique and unexpected experiences.
Winter shines a little brighter in Colorado, where there’s something for everyone to enjoy. With a vast selection of world-class ski resorts and charming towns set in the snow-capped Rocky Mountains, there’s no shortage of off-slope wonder to experience. Done shredding for the day but not ready for the scenery to stop? Travel back in time to learn about the rich mining history of the wild west, or hop on a nearly 150-year-old railway for stunning views of the Rockies’ rivers, valleys and cliffs. Kids can ride a hand-carved wooden carousel, while those seeking relaxation sip on warm drinks inside a Tajikistan tea house. Vacation doesn’t have to end when you’re ready to ditch your boards and skis.
Check out some of Colorado’s most unexpected après-ski destinations below.