Planning a Solo Trip To Colorado – All You Need To Know

Discover essential insights for planning a successful solo trip to Colorado, from choosing destinations to safety tips and travel recommendations.

Embarking on a solo trip can be a transformative adventure, and Colorado offers the perfect backdrop for your journey.

But before you start packing your bags and head out, there are a few things that you should keep in mind. 

In this article, we’ll talk about everything you need to know before your solo trip to Colorado.

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When is the best time to visit Colorado?

Colorado is beautiful year round, and there is always something to do.

Aerial view of Denver, Colorado during the summer months.

When to visit depends on your taste and preferences for weather and experiences.

Late spring into early summer, namely June, the weather is mild and the views are absolutely stunning. Most of the snow has melted but there is still some on the mountaintops and everything is green.

Fire season picks up in summer, so be aware of any situations as they develop when you are on our trip. This season is pretty unpredictable, but if the air quality is bad then it could ruin your trip. Most of the time, summertime in Colorado is blue skies.

Fall is also a great time to visit, as the leaves start to change color, giving everything a warm and cozy feeling.

Telluride, Colorado during the winter months.

If you’re looking to visit during the winter, make sure you’re well prepared for snow and icy conditions. If you are renting a car, definitely get a 4×4.

Consider renting show shoes if you are not a skier and go have a blast in the mountains. There are free trails in Rocky Mountain National Park included with your entrance fee, and you can pick up snow shoes at a local shop for under $20 for the day.

What is the best way to get around Colorado?

Colorado is a large state, and the best way to explore it all is to rent a car.

Golden aspens line the roadsides during fall.

This will give you the freedom to explore at your own pace and make spontaneous stops along the way. 

Plus, with the beautiful mountain backdrop, driving in Colorado can be just as enjoyable as the destination itself.

If you are unable to rent a car or don’t want to drive, there are options.

There is a bus that runs from Denver to Boulder, Fort Collins & Estes Park, and the local city transport can get you around anywhere in the metro area including to and from the airport.

Day passes are affordable and the best way to sight-see via public transportation. 

We recommend downloading the RTD app to explore routes in Denver, and look into the Bustang routes if you want to leave Denver and visit other towns.

What are some great places to stay in Colorado?

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly option, you can opt for hostels or campgrounds. 

However, if you prefer something more comfortable, hotels and resorts are also available. 

Enjoy your own private hot spring experience at Dunton Hot Springs, in Colorado's southwest corner.

And if you’re feeling adventurous, renting a cabin or condo in the mountains will give you a truly unique experience. Airbnb has some really stunning options for cabins and mountain homes.

If you are looking to visit hot-springs, check out our list of the Best Hot Spring Resorts in Colorado.

What are some of the must-see towns in Colorado?

Red Rocks Amphitheater just outside Denver is the perfect venue for outdoor music.

Denver  –  The capital city is a vibrant hub with a thriving arts scene, diverse dining options, and cultural attractions like the Denver Art Museum and the world famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

Boulder is an outdoor lovers paradise year round.

Boulder – Known for its outdoor activities, Boulder offers excellent hiking, biking, and rock climbing opportunities in the Flatirons and nearby trails.

Garden of the Gods is a must see if you are in Colorado Springs.

Colorado Springs – Home to the stunning Garden of the Gods and the awe-inspiring Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs is a nature lover’s paradise.

Maroon Bells is one of Aspen's most popular and accessible hiking areas.

Aspen – A year-round destination, Aspen is famous for its world-class skiing in winter and offers fantastic hiking, biking, and cultural events in the summer.

Explore the San Juan Mountains via train from Durango to Silverton.

Durango – Explore the picturesque San Juan Mountains and take a ride on the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

Hike to the colorful Lake Haiyaha in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Rocky Mountain National ParkWith over 350 miles of trails, this park offers hiking, biking, and horseback riding for all levels. 

You can also take a scenic drive on Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous paved road in the country. 

Other notable destinations include Vail, Breckenridge and Glenwood Springs, Steamboat Springs, Paonia, Carbondale, & Palisade.

Taking a drive across I-70 heading west from Denver and stopping at different mountain towns along the route is an idyllic way to spend a few days

Is Colorado safe for solo travel?

Colorado is definitely a safe destination, but it’s always important to take precautions when traveling alone. 

Make sure to let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to be back, and share your location with a friend or family member if you can. 

It’s also important to keep your valuables secure and be aware of your surroundings at all times.

There are places inside the major cities that are considered unsafe, but one of the more pressing issues outside the city is being aware of the wildlife that is around you. 

Colorado is home to mountain lions, black bears, and many other critters that you might not want to run into on a trail.

Consult the ranger stations and campsite hosts if you are planning to spend a lot of time outdoors for the latest updates and precautions for the area.

Final thoughts

A solo trip to Colorado can be a journey of self-discovery and adventure. 

From exploring stunning natural landscapes to immersing yourself in vibrant urban culture, the Centennial State offers endless possibilities for solo travelers.

By planning your trip carefully, staying safe, and embracing opportunities to meet people, you can make your solo journey an unforgettable experience filled with new experiences, personal growth, and lasting memories. 

Colorado’s diverse attractions and welcoming communities await your exploration, making it the perfect destination for your next solo adventure.

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