12 Places To Visit That You Never Knew Existed In Colorado
DENVER, June 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- There are a number of lesser-known and unusual places that provide a different path for adventure and exploration in Colorado. Uncover Colorado's truly unique places to visit. For more, visit www.colorado.com/articles/99-gorgeous-places-colorado-part-3-hidden-gems.
- Bent's Old Fort/Santa Fe Trail. Bent's Old Fort in southeast Colorado was an 1833 fort built for the trade of buffalo robes.
- The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse. Set in the Rocky Mountain Foothills of Boulder, The Dushanbe Teahouse was made by hand in Dushanbe, Tajikistan and gifted to Boulder, its sister city.
- Camp Amache. Also known as the Granada Relocation Center, Camp Amache forcibly imprisoned over 7,000 Japanese from 1942 through 1945 as a World War II internment camp.
- Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. Set in central Colorado, the Florissant Fossil Beds are one of the most diverse fossil deposits in the world.
- The Grand Mesa. The largest flat-topped mountain in the world, the Grand Mesa covers hundreds of square miles near Grand Junction and stands more than 10,000 feet above sea level.
- Kit Carson County Carousel. One of the fewer than 150 wooden carousels still in existence, the Kit Carson Carousel is on the county fairgrounds in Burlington.
- Missile Site Park. Weld County is home to Missile Site Park where visitors can get a glimpse into the Cold War Era's national defense.
- National Earthquake Information Center. The National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC) in Golden has the mission of quickly reporting the location and size of earthquakes occurring anywhere in the world.
- Picketwire Canyon. Situated near La Junta in southeastern Colorado, Picketwire Canyon is home to the longest set of dinosaur tracks discovered to date.
- The Pikes Peak Cog Railway. The highest train in the U.S., The Pikes Peak Cog Railway takes passengers 14,115 feet above sea level to the summit of Pikes Peak.
- The Real South Park. Bearing little resemblance to the TV show, South Park is home to the towns of Fairplay and Alma along with a variety of heritage areas and scenic sights.
- UFO Watchtower. Take the Cosmic Highway just outside Alamosa to the UFO Watchtower. The attraction provides 360-degree views of the San Luis Valley with no light pollution.
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SOURCE Colorado Tourism Office