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From Pikes Peak and Vail’s snow-capped mountains, to Peyton Manning’s perfect spiral, there are a lot of lovely things to celebrate in our state. Spend some time getting back out there, relaxing, and exploring why we all fell in love with CO to begin with. While the options are endless, these 13 stunning spots you might not have even known existed are a great starting point.

Bear Lake

Rocky Mountain National Park
This national park is a popular destination, but it’s filled with hidden gems for those willing to throw on hiking shoes and venture beyond the views found along the much-traveled Trail Ridge Rd (aka the highest continuous motorway in the United States).

The Bear Lake Loop is an easily accessible 0.8-mile trail that’s ideal for hiking newbies and those easing into the high altitude, but still offers stunning views of this serene alpine lake, as well as Half Mountain and Longs Peak looming behind it.

Roxborough State Park

Red Rocks Park and Garden of the Gods may be the state’s best-known destinations for exploring impressive red sandstone outcroppings, but this state park right outside of Denver isn’t messing around when it comes to impressive views.

And as the home to a number of native species, including black bears, foxes, mule deer, and golden eagles, you’re likely to spot some wildlife while you’re taking in the scenery.

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