This is Kelly, your English blogger. In my post today, I want to make an appeal for Colorado, my home in the USA!
Colorado is the center of America. It is far from the ocean, but it has beautiful mountains, lakes, and even some hot springs! The capital city is Denver. The summers are hot, and the winters are very cold and snowy.
I recommend traveling by car. Many university students plan road-trips with their friends to see the southwest United States, which includes the Grand Canyon in Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada.
Here are 5 great places to experience in Colorado, with some information under the pictures. I hope these pictures inspire your future travels!
Rocky Mountain National Park is Colorado’s most famous park. You can see wild animals such as bighorn sheep, elk, moose, deer, pumas, foxes, bears, and bobcats. About 3,000 elk live in the park in the summer.
The park has 570 kilometers of hiking trails, 150 lakes, and 5 camping areas.
1,500 years ago, the Anasazi built and lived in these buildings. The Anasazi grew corn, beans, and squash, and also made baskets and pottery. The circle-shaped rooms, called kiva, were used for ceremonies and political meetings.
Mesa Verde means “green table” in Spanish, for the nature near the buildings. Mesa Verde has been a national park since 1906.
To see this lake, visitors must use a hiking trail that is 1.2 kilometers long (2.4km round-trip). The trail is always open, but it can be dangerous to hike in the winter.
Nearby, you can also visit Glenwood Springs. Glenwood Springs has a natural hot springs bath– but to enter a hot springs bath in America, please bring your swimsuit!
The name “Maroon Bells” refers to the two mountains in this picture, Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak. There are 3 main hiking trails around the peaks.
The Maroon Bells are about 19 kilometers from the ski resort town of Aspen. A bus runs between Aspen and the Maroon Bells from mid-June until early October.
European explorers arrived here in 1859. They were amazed by the natural beauty of the rocks, and named it “Garden of the Gods.”
Visitors can do hiking, rock-climbing, bicycle tours, and guided tours. The park is about 90 minutes from Denver by car, and entry to the park is free.