There are some great places to travel on a Budget in Colorado! Forget expensive places like Aspen because there are far more budget-conscious places that are just as much fun. So, without further ado, here are 10 Places to Travel in Colorado on a Budget:
1. Denver – The Mile High City has a ton of great things to do, and a lot of them are free! Talk about a great place to travel on a budget. Go visit the U.S. Mint, check out the Brown Palace, hike around beautiful Red Rocks Park, and go on a tour at Coors Brewery. If you’re willing to spend a little bit of money, you can catch a baseball game at beautiful Coors Field and then hang out in lively LoDo (lower downtown) for a beer or a snack post-game.
2. Colorado Springs – Forty miles south of Denver is beautiful Colorado Springs, which boasts majestic Pikes Peak, where “America the Beautiful” was written. You can drive up the Pikes Peak Highway or take the Pikes Peak Cog Railroad. In addition, you can visit the Garden of the Gods, or check out the United States Air Force Academy. Or check out historic downtown through walking tours – another great way to add Colorado Springs to your list of great places to travel on a budget.
4. Glenwood Springs – Another great place to travel on a budget in Colorado is Glenwood Springs. A mountain town with proximity to skiing, rafting, and hiking, there is a lot to do in the area. Glenwood Springs is best known, however, for its Hot Springs Pool, the largest in the world at over two blocks long. It is open year-round and is budget-friendly at $15-18 per person.
5. Boulder – Home to the University of Colorado (CU), if you’re traveling on a budget, Boulder can’t be beat. Because this is a college town, there are plenty of nearby budget-friendly activities and places to eat. Of course, you can’t miss the beautiful Flatirons, the mountains that rise above the town. Go for a mountain bike ride and enjoy beautiful Colorado!
6. The Great Sand Dunes – One of the most interesting visitor attractions in Colorado is the Great Sand Dunes. These sand dunes are the tallest in North America and provide plenty of chances to play…and at $3 per person to enter the park, you can’t beat this for a fun place to travel on a budget in Colorado!
7. Mesa Verde National Park – Also located in Southern Colorado is the Mesa Verde National Park, the ancestral home to the Pueblo people, including over 600 cliff dwellings. Another great place to travel on a budget in Colorado, as entrance fees are only $5-15 per person.
8. Durango – Durango is one of many Colorado’s beautiful mountain towns. One of the great things about this town is the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, which climbs through San Juan National Park. It’s a beautiful trip, and adventure packages are available that combine such activities as the train ride and snowmobile tours.
9. Royal Gorge Bridge – The Royal Gorge Bridge hangs over 1,000 feet above the Arkansas River and is the highest suspension bridge in the world. Built for only $350,000 in 1929, the bridge is breathtaking and you can walk or drive over it…but beware if you’re afraid of heights! At around $15 per person, this is definitely a budget adventure.
10. Vail – One of the most beautiful parts of Colorado is the city of Vail. Hit the slopes, of course, but don’t miss the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, the world’s highest botanical garden. With no admission fee, this is definitely a budget-friendly option! Vail has good hiking, skiing, shopping, and a wide range of restaurants in town – enjoy!