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The 7 Wonders of Colorado

By: Ellie Herring

We can thank Herodotus and Callimachus, ancient Greek historians, for the concept of the 7 wonders of the world. They compiled lists of both natural and manmade wonders that inspired awe and delight for the civilizations that lived in the Mediterranean region. Though here in 21st century Colorado you’d be hard pressed to find colossal statues of Zeus and structures of the scale of the Great Pyramid of Giza, we do have at least 7 wonders of Colorado that stick out as particularly special and unique. From Colorado’s rolling plains to its snowcapped peaks, meadows of wildflowers to desert moonscapes, the Centennial State is full of places to explore. We guarantee that a visit to any of these destinations will be unforgettable. Which destinations would you add to this list of the 7 wonders of Colorado? Send us your ideas for our Adventure Lists at so that we can feature your favorite destination!

Wheeler Geologic Area snowpeak (Flickr)

7. Wheeler Geologic Area.

Eroded layers of volcanic ash make up the spires of this otherworldy landscape. The Wheeler Geologic Area was actually Colorado’s first national monument established in 1908. It lost its title in 1950 when it became a protected area of the La Garita Wilderness Area. Start your visit to this incredible place from Creede, Colorado.
Photo Credit: snowpeak (Flickr)
Things to do in the Canon City Area

6. Royal Gorge

The Arkansas River rushes through the base of this breathtaking canyon. Viewing options include an adrenaline-inducing zipline, rafting on the river, and walking across the Royal Gorge Bridge, one of the highest bridges in the world.
Cliff Palace - OutThere Colorado

5. Cliff Palace. Mesa Verde National Park.

The Ancestral Puebloan peoples of the Four Corners region left behind incredible monuments to their civilization. Scramble over cliffs, up and down ladders, and through ancient byways to experience one of the most important cultural monuments in the United States.
Photo Credit: Mesa Verde National Park.
Picketwire Canyon Dinosaur Tracks - OutThere Colorado

4. Picketwire Canyon

Head to this remote attraction in search of dinosaur footprints. If you’re able to make the long hike, you’ll find a trail of roughly 1,300.
The Maroon Bells. Photo Credit: AndrewSoundarajan (iStock).

3. Maroon Bells.

More than 300,000 people visit the Maroon Bells near Aspen, Colorado every year. Let’s assume that every visitor takes three photos: a landscape shot, a selfie, and a portrait with family and friends. That’s almost 1 million photos of the Maroon Bells per year! That many photos alone is enough to make this stunning destination one wonder of Colorado.
Great Sand Dunes 2 - OutThere Colorado

2. The Great Sand Dunes

Featuring dunes that reach a massive height of up to 750 feet, the Great Sand Dunes National Park is home to the tallest piles of sand in North America. It’s a popular spot for sand boarding and sand sledding, delivering a high-speed rush to visitors. If you’re planning a visit, make sure you get there early. The sand can get quite hot later in the afternoon.

1. Garden of the Gods.

This aptly named nature center located in Colorado Springs is a natural red rock phenomenon. It was named a national natural landmark in 1971 and attracts thousands of visitors every year, including over 130 species of birds.
Photo Credit: Inspired Aerial Views.

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