With many options for great summer getaways, a train ride on Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad leads the pack. Riders will experience the authentic West as they pass through New Mexico and Colorado’s most scenic areas on the train. The 2013 Cumbres & Toltec season starts May 25 and runs through Oct. 20, 2013.
The sleepy little town of Como, Colorado is a hidden treasure. Established in 1879, it was once a bustling railroad town. Today it’s the town that time forgot. Because there’s been no development here, much of it remains the way it was. Sadly, much of the town was destroyed in a 1909 fire and not rebuilt. Miners heading out from Denver for the gold rush towns of Leadville and Breckenridge rode the train over Boreas Pass.
Aspen Meadows, an all suite resort, has earned Forbes’ Four Star designation. The design and furnishings echo the Bauhaus philosophy of clean lines and functionality, using design to unite mind, body and spirit. In their eyes, nature was the unifying element bringing the trio together. All the resort’s contemporary buildings are either white or a color called “Bayer Blue,” named after the architect. It was the color of the façade of Aspen’s historic Hotel Jerome at the time the buildings were designed.
Agritourism is thriving in rural Mesa Verde, Colorado. “Talk is sheep,” laughs Betsy Harriston, while cradling a Navajo Churro sheep so we can run our fingers through the white wool. “This is genetically the same as the ancient sheep raised by the tribe for its blankets and clothes.” The sheep bleats plaintively in the expanse of Harriston’s Crabapple Tree Ranch near Mancos, Colo. in the shadow of Mesa Verde National Park.
Western Colorado has some unique sights to explore. Glenwood Hot Springs, a celebrated landmark in the heart of Glenwood Springs, Colorado is one of them. On the grounds of the World’s Largest Hot Springs Pool you’ll find a 107 room lodge, water slides, mini golf, an athletic club, and the Spa of the Rockies.
Colorado Springs boasts three particularly interesting places to visit: Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, and The United States Airforce Academy. Special advice for RVers about campgrounds and driving limitations. Outdoor sports and activities abound. The cultural scene is extensive and eating great food is explored.