When I first set foot in colorful Colorado, I wondered where the name came from. It seemed so brown, dry and barren to me. Now that I’ve been here over thirty years, I have no such misconception. Colorado is indeed colorful. True, the colors are different than those back east where I was born and raised. Still, Colorado’s earthy browns, reds and golds are a sight to see. If you’re visiting Colorado for the first time, here are some colors you won’t want to miss.
Visitors to colorful Colorado will notice right away, it’s a true melting pot. People come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Best of all, unlike some areas of the country, the people of Colorado not only appreciate their differences, they celebrate them. Cultural festivals abound. From dragon boat races to Cinco de Mayo festivals, colorful Colorado is truly blessed with diversity. All are welcome to join in the fun, no matter what culture is celebrating.
One of my favorite things about colorful Colorado are the red rocks. Visit Red Rocks Amphitheater, Rocksborough Park or Garden of the Gods to see them in their glory. You can also take a drive up into the Rocky Mountains where these beauties jut out of the hills like red sentinels. I’m particularly fond of the way they contrast with the green hills of spring.
I didn’t really appreciate the Aspen trees when I first came to Colorado. Aspen trees only turn one color in the fall, bright yellow. That’s a big difference from upstate NY, where deciduous trees burst with many colors each fall. Now that I’ve been here a while, I’ve grown to truly love the aspens. Listen for the sound of the wind through those crisp yellow leaves. Watch how they move like delicate paper wind chimes. It’s a one of a kind experience.
Colorful Colorado has the bluest sky I have ever seen. This is the sky of artists everywhere. If you ever wondered where their inspiration originated, come to Colorado. Out on the plains there is blue sky for miles. Storms bring out a rainbow of blues you’ll likely not see anywhere else. There are days when the sky is almost as purple as the mountains.
Have you ever wondered where to find the Purple Mountains Majesty? Look no further than colorful Colorado. Although the mountains display a variety of colors, purple is by far the most prominent. One of the best things about living in the Denver metro area is being able to view the purple mountains majesty anytime you like. Just look west and there they are in all their glorious splendor.
Colorful Colorado has sunsets that are impossible to describe in words. There is absolutely nothing as colorful as a Colorado sunset over the Rocky Mountains. There are pinks, purples, blues and then there are the oranges! Who knew there were so many shades and hues of orange? Just before the sun descends the other side of the mountain, watch for the ring of fire. It’s a yellow outline that appears only at sunset. Beautiful!
Take a trip to Marble, Colorado if you want to see the splendor of white marble in nature. Forget about your kitchen counter. This is nothing like that. Marble seems to burst forth from the mountain like behemoth crystals. You may not think white is a color. One look at the mountains of Marble, Colorado will change your mind.
Colorful Colorado at Christmastime is something you won’t want to miss. Check out downtown Denver first. The City and County building downtown, Union Station and most especially The Parade of Lights will brighten your holiday season. Sip some cocoa for warmth as you watch this unique lighted float parade. After the parade, take a drive around town to check out competing neighborhood light displays. Colorado is truly colorful after all.