Colorado Front Range Museums

Into the Past: Colorado museums showcase everything from Native American cultures to rodeo cowboys and Olympic skiers.

Rocky Mountain National Park Area

Moraine Park Museum in Rocky Mountain National Park

Moraine Park Museum in Rocky Mountain National Park

Moraine Park Museum
Check out natural history exhibits without leaving the park at this free museum on Bear Lake Road.

Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colo.

The Stanley Hotel

Stanley Hotel
It’s not exactly a museum, but this 1909 hotel packs plenty of history. On the 90-minute Stanley Tour, you’ll see original Stanley Steamer cars, tour the grounds, and, yes, get the scoop on the supposedly haunted hotel’s resident spirits.

Kauffman House Museum
This tiny, charming museum in the quiet downtown of Grand Lake preserves a log hotel in operation from 1892 to 1946.

Colorado Front Range

Fort Colllins Museum of Discovery

Museum of Discovery

Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
The new (reopened in November 2012) Museum of Discovery features a little bit of everything, from a Sound & Music Lab to Native American exhibits and a hands-on family exploration center. Admission is $9.50 for adults, $7 students and seniors.

Molly Brown House in Denver, Colo.

Molly Brown House

Molly Brown House and Museum
Denver is packed with world-class museums, but this little gem celebrating the unsinkable Titanic survivor (it’s in her 1889 home) is especially fun. $8 adults;

University of Colorado Museum of Natural History
This Boulder museum covers fossils, botany, bugs, and much more, plus a Discovery Corner for kids. Admission is free (with a suggested $3 donation).

ProRodeo Hall of Fame & The Museum of the American Cowboy
If you know the difference between a hazer and a rank—or want to find out—this Colorado Springs museum is a must-visit.

Ski & Snowboard Museum
This free Vail destination commemorates Olympic ski champions, the history of skiing in the Vail Valley and elsewhere, the 10th Mountain Division ski troopers, and much more.


Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colo.

Estes Park's Historic, Haunted Stanley Hotel

6-miles from Rocky Mountain National Park, it inspired, "The Shining." The owner invented the Stanley Steamer car. Stay in the hotel or take a ghost tour.

Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park

Colorado Mountains

With numerous activities, and 300 days of sunshine, Colorado is a mountain lovers dream.

Boy Fishing

Fishing in Colorado

If you are a serious angler or just a beginner looking to cast a line, Colorado has a place for you.

Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep in Colorado

There's an estimated population of 7,000 bighorn sheep in Colorado, the most in any state. Watch them butt heads in Nov. and Dec.

Hot Springs pool in Glenwood Springs, Colo.

Top 9 Colorado Hot Springs Soaking Spots

Colorado is blessed with naturally-heated mineral waters. Here are our favorite places to soak.

Gunnison Point at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Colorado's Deep Scenic Canyons

See a beautiful canyon such as Forest Canyon, Spruce Canyon, the Black Canyon of Gunnison or Royal Gorge

Ski Biking

Ski Biking at Colorado Ski Areas

Ski bikes are being seen on the ski slopes more and more these days and offer a new and exciting way to hit the slopes, be it at the resort or backcountry.

Christmas lights downtown

Rocky Mountain Winter Holiday Activities

Estes Park, Grand Lake, and Denver, Colorado glow with Christmas and New Year cheer.

Chasm Lake at Rocky Mountain National Park and sunset at Great Sand Dunes National Park

Win a Colorado Road Trip Vacation

Go from guided hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park to sandboarding the drifts in Great Sand Dunes National Park, with stops for hot springs, lakes and river rafting.