Experience Eight Free Tours and Activities in Colorado

Dec 23, 2010, 13:15 ET from Colorado Tourism Office

DENVER, Dec. 23, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- A winter family vacation does not have to break the bank. In fact, Colorado offers a variety of unique activities across the state at a great value, from a free backcountry snowshoe experience to free beer tastings and more.

  • A Stroll in the Park. Rocky Mountain National Park, one of Colorado's four iconic national parks, offers free Park Ranger-guided backcountry snowshoe tours that explore the delicate ecology of a subalpine forestland. www.nps.gov/romo
  • Woofin' It Up in Aspen. The Aspen Animal Shelter runs a program that encourages visitors to "borrow" a canine companion for the day to take a hike or stroll around town. www.dogsaspen.com
  • Tea Time in Boulder. Celestial Seasonings, the largest specialty tea company in America, offers free tours seven days a week, allowing visitors to see, taste and smell the many flavors and spices. www.celestialseasonings.com
  • Have a Jurassic Time in Morrison. Dinosaur fans will love the free, self-guided tour of Dinosaur Ridge, a National Natural Landmark, where the first dinosaur skeletons in Colorado were discovered. www.dinoridge.org
  • 'Brews' and Ahhs in Fort Collins. Fort Collins is a serious beer town, and is home to several craft breweries offering free tours including New Belgium Brewery (www.newbelgium.com), Fort Collins Brewery (www.fortcollinsbrewery.com), Odell Brewing Company (www.odellbrewing.com) and more.
  • Quenching Experiences in Central Colorado. Head to the historic town of Manitou Springs  and pick up a walking map, pinpointing a number of natural mineral springs where one can take a swig or fill up a bottle. www.manitousprings.org
  • Southeast Colorado: A Birdwatcher's Paradise. With hundreds of diverse habitats and species, Southeast Colorado has long been considered a bird watcher's paradise. Bent's Bird Sanctuary, located behind the Bent's Fort Inn near Las Animas is an ideal setting for bird watching with five trails, feeding stations and picturesque waterways. www.exploresoutheastcolorado.com
  • 50 Free Mile High Holiday Attractions: Denver, known as the Mile High City, comes alive during the holiday season, with a number of events and winter activities. The city offers 50 Free Things to Do in Denver this winter. www.denver.org/milehighholidays/50-free-winter-activities

For more information or a copy of the 2011 Colorado Official State Vacation Guide, visit www.COLORADO.com or call 800-COLORADO.

Contact: Carly Grimes, cgrimes@mmgworldwide.com

SOURCE Colorado Tourism Office