Colorado and the Rockies For Dummies

Colorado and the Rockies For Dummies

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From spectacular ski mountains to eerie ghost towns, roaring rivers to heavenly hot springs, Colorado and its majestic Rocky Mountains offer incredible scenery and a fantastic range of recreational options to plunge into it headfirst. No matter what your season and reason for a trip to Colorado might be extreme snowboarding off-piste in Aspen or hiking with the whole family in Rocky Mountain National Park you'll find all the guidance you need with this friendly travel companion, including: tips on what's happening in Colorado in each season and each month of the year; a candid discussion of your lodging options, from B&B to historic hotel, dude ranches to campgrounds; suggestions for trips based in the cities and quick, easy ways to branch out to take in the natural wonders surrounding them; fast facts on all the major ski resorts, including elevation, skiable terrain, snowfall, and reservation information; information on how to get the most of the great outdoors in every locale, from hiking and biking to cross-country and downhill skiing; hints on getting maximum bang for your buck in the shops, restaurants, bars, and clubs; and ten signature, can't-go-wrong Colorado experiences.
Like every "For Dummies" travel guide, "Colorado & the Rockies For Dummies" includes: down-to-earth trip-planning advice; what you shouldn't miss and what you can skip; the best restaurants and hotels for every budget; and lots of detailed maps.
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  • Paperback | 472 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 33.02mm | 589.67g
  • Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • Foster City, United States
  • Illustrations, maps (some col.)
  • 0764554921
  • 9780764554926

Table of contents

Introduction. Part I: Getting Started. Chapter 1: Discovering the Best of Colorado. Chapter 2: Deciding When and Where to Go. Chapter 3: Four Great Itineraries. Chapter 4: Planning Your Budget. Chapter 5: Tips for Travelers with Special Interests. Part II: Ironing Out the Details. Chapter 6: Getting to Colorado. Chapter 7: Getting Around Colorado. Chapter 8: Booking Your Accommodations. Chapter 9: Money Matters. Chapter 10: Tying Up the Loose Ends. Part III: Exploring the Big Cities. Chapter 11: Settling Into Denver. Chapter 12: Seeing the Best of Denver. Chapter 13: Side Trips from Denver. Chapter 14: Colorado Springs. Part IV: Northern Colorado. Chapter 15: Rocky Mountain National Park. Chapter 16: Boulder and Fort Collins. Chapter 17: Northern Colorado High Country (West). Chapter 18: Northern Colorado High Country (East). Part V: Southern Colorado. Chapter 19: South Central Colorado. Chapter 20: Black Canyon of the Gunnison and Western Colorado. Chapter 21: Southwest Colorado. Part VI: The Part of Tens. Chapter 22: Ten (or So) Signs You're in a Colorado Mountain Town. Chapter 23: Ten Signature Colorado Experiences. Appendix: Quick Concierge. Worksheets. Index.
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About Alex Wells

Eighteen years ago, Alex Wells became transfixed by a Coors Light commercial and decided to drive west to Colorado to be a ski bum "for a year." He spent his first night shivering under a cotton blanket in the backseat of his Pontiac J--2000 at 8,000 feet in elevation, somewhere in Summit County. This experience taught him that the Rockies get frosty at night, even during the summer. A few years later, having already forgotten his first lesson, he rode his bicycle through Colorado during one of the wettest Mays in state history. On that trip, he discovered on four separate occasions that spring can be an atrocious time to pedal across the continental divide. A few years later, while checking into a famous luxury hotel in Denver on his first real business trip, he learned that his tattered old hockey--equipment bag was not suitable luggage for every Colorado accommodation. For better or worse, Wells is still learning about Colorado every chance he gets. When not at his home in southern Utah, he regularly crosses the Colorado border to pedal the trails, soak in the hot springs, and ski the mountains. He still makes mistakes now and then, but the friendship, beauty, and joy that Colorado affords him more than compensate for his occasional misery. A graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism, Wells is also the author of Frommer's Grand Canyon National Park and has written for publications such as Men's Journal, Skiing, Conde Nast Traveler, and Backcountry.
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