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Colorado Regions

Colorado is an amazing state, featuring some of the most incredibly diverse geography, ecosystems, and weather in the country, but it's also a big state so it's important to know you're way around or at least understand the basic layout. There are six main regions of Colorado, all of which are very different, but all of which are worth visiting.

Denver Area

Denver AreaWhen thinking about Colorado, there's simply no way to get around Denver. At 5,280 feet, the "Mile-High City" is the state's capital and largest city, home to great sports teams, restaurants, theme parks, and other cultural attractions. You'll find everything a cosmopolitan city has to offer, plus easy access to the beautiful Rocky Mountains, which are only fifteen miles west of town. Read on to find out more about the Denver area.


Eastern Plains

Eastern PlainsThe Eastern Plains of Colorado is the largest of the regions, but it's the most sparsely populated. It stretches from the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains to Nebraska in the east and New Mexico in the south. This region will never attract as many visitors as Denver or Colorado Springs, but Pueblo is a substantial city in its own right, and there are some points of historic interest. Click here to find out more about the Eastern Plains.


Front Range

Front RangeThe Front Range region derives its name from the range of Rocky Mountains just north of Denver. The mountains in this area are generally not as high as the Rockies of southwestern Colorado, but they're still high enough to get serious winter weather, and the presence of Colorado's two largest universities makes this region a lively and entertaining area all year. Read on to find out more about the Front Range.


Northwestern Colorado

Northwestern ColoradoNorthwestern Colorado is a diverse region incorporating red rock mesas and snow-capped mountain peaks, as well as the headwaters of the Colorado River. The majority of Colorado's most popular ski resorts, like Breckenridge, Aspen and Vail are also situated in this area. Northwestern Colorado doesn't have the same metropolitan appeal as Denver or Fort Collins, but it does have wonderful skiing and beautiful terrain. Read on to find out more about Northwestern Colorado.


South Central Colorado

South Central ColoradoSouth Central Colorado is caught in the middle of all the other regions, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have its own identity. There are some wonderful natural attractions in the area, and Colorado Springs is the state's second largest city. The region stretches from the western slope of the Rockies up by Denver down to the San Juan Mountains along the New Mexico border. Read on to find out more about this rich region.


Southwestern Colorado

Southwestern ColoradoSouthwestern Colorado is known for its beautiful landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and abundant outdoor activities. It's dominated by two geological features: the mountains along the Western Slope of the Continental Divide and the mesa and canyon zone comprised of the Uncompahgre and Colorado Plateaus. It is also home to the West Elks American Viticultural Area, a significant part of Colorado's wine country, and the Four Corners area, the only place in the U.S. where four state lines touch. Click here to learn more about this unique and interesting region.

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