Further Afield

Arapahoe National Wildlife Refuge (3½ hours)

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park — amazing narrow version of the Grand Canyon

Colorado National Monument — desert rock formations that look like every Western movie you’ve ever seen

Crested Butte (4 hours) — wildflowers

Curecanti National Recreation Area (4  hours) — boat ride into Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Dinosaur National Monument (6 hours)

Grand Mesa Scenic Byway — stunning views of canyons, woods, lakes, and tundra

Mesa Verde National Park (7 hours)

Rifle Falls State Park — small park with a pretty waterfall not far off I-70

U.S. Route 550 — The Million Dollar Highway (5 hours)