Unforgettable Winter and Summer Adventures
Like to climb mountains? All the 14ers, plus numerous 13ers, can be climbed without sophisticated mountain-climbing gear. Go to the 14ers.com website for detailed routing for your climb.
Like to fish? You can fish in the headwaters of the Arkansas River, in beautiful Turquoise Lake, Twin Lakes, which is located in Alta Colorado’s southern sector, and in many smaller lakes and ponds sprinkled throughout the region.
Need a good adrenaline rush? You’ll find some of America’s most popular whitewater rafting in the Brown’s Canyon National Monument, just beyond the southern boundary of the So Vail Region, with plenty of class 3 and 4 rapids.
Want to play golf? Try the 9-hole Mt. Massive Golf Course, the highest in America, where one par-five has Mt. Massive as an unforgettable back- drop for your shots. In the winter, the golf course converts into a budding Nordic skiing Mecca, with miles of skier-friendly groomed trails.
For all of you speed demons, snowmobiling outfitters are abundant throughout the Big Valley at the center of the Alta Colorado.
If you like sliding downhill, you have come to the right place, with
three of America’s most popular ski resorts forming the northern boundary of the Alta Colorado region: Vail, Breckenridge, and Beaver Creek. Always popular Copper Mountain lies within the South of Vail region and family friendly Ski Cooper hugs U.S. highway 24 as it heads south from Vail.
Fat Tire Biking
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Dining from Down-home to Fancy
Dining options range from down-home cooking at the Golden Burro to delicious prime rib at Quincy’s (both in Leadville) to fine-dining at the Twin Lakes Inn, and all the way to fancy at the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse at the base of Ski Cooper.
Historic. Rustic. Charm. Luxury.
For overnight stays in Alta Colorado, variability and affordability are the main themes. Leadville’s Columbine Inn is a travelers’ favorite, with spectacular views of Mt. Massive and Turquoise Lake. If you want history, try Leadville’s Delaware Inn, which hasn’t changed much since it was built in the 1880’s. Sugar Loaf Inn RV park is on the edge of the Turquoise Lake nature park or you can tent-camp inside the Forest Service park.
Farther south, if you like rustic, try the Twin Lakes Inn and Saloon
or the Twin Lakes Roadhouse Lodge and Cabins.