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Colorado. A state where the names of towns and mountains produce a sense of nostalgia for the past. A state of beautiful national parks, gorgeous mountains, and amazing scenery.

And what better way to learn about Colorado then speaking to a local? Today we bring Jason back to share his experiences living in Colorado and to hear what he would suggest for anyone looking to visit.

We cover the best cities, how to visit all the national parks for cheap, great ski spots, delicious food, and of course, great beer. Jason also shares his Rule of Three, a great way to tell the best restaurants in any area you visit!

Have you ever been to Colorado? Tell us about the things Jason’s been missing out on in the comments below!

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In This Episode:

  • A great roadtrip itinerary around Colorado
  • The best hot springs.
  • Ways to save on National Park admission.
  • How to camp for free on your trip.
  • Some great festivals in Telluride to check out.
  • Some of the best restaurats to eat at in Boulder, Denver, & Breckenridge
  • An Epic way to save money on skiing during the season. (If you like to ski, this is a MUST do!)
  • The top 3 ski locations if you’re on a time crunch

and much more!

Things we talked about in this episode:

Click on the map to see all the locations listed below on a Google Map! It’s a great tool for planning your own trip to Colorado!

A Great Roadtrip Path

Take the 285 starting in Denver and head towards Salida and Gunnison before turning south towards Telluride and the San Juan National Forest. Here you’ll find some of the youngest mountains in the state, which are craggier, and very different from mountains found elsewhere in Colorado. Turn west towards Mesa Verde National Park and then loop back up north towards Grand Junction or loop back to Salida before returning to Denver via Boulder.

Click here to see the route in google maps!

Distance : About 1,000 miles but you’ll never leave the state.
Recommended Time: 7 to 10+ days.

Denver:

The Little Man Ice Cream
The Yardhouse

Boulder:

Sherpa’s Adventurers Restaurant & Bar
The Bitter Bar
UpSlope Brewing Company
Fate Brewing Company
Larkburger
Illegal Petes

Breckenridge:

Broken Compass Brewing
Modis

Colorado Springs:

Western Jubilee Recording Studio

National Parks & Camping:

National Park Annual Pass
Bureau of Land Management Camping Information
FreeCampSites.net

Parks Mentioned:

Garden of the Gods near Colorado Springs
Mesa Verde National Park
San Juan National Forest

Hot Springs:

Strawberry Park Hot Springs
Orvis Hot Springs

Skiing:

The Epic Pass – This Pass is good for the entire ski season with unlimited access to over 10 ski locations.

Top 3 Ski Locations:

Bear Basin – Close to Denver
Vail
Steamboat Mountain – Good open tree runs.

Festivals:

Telluride Bluegrass Festival
Telluride Blues and Brews Festival

Links:

Top 16 Breweries in America (#1 in Colorado!)

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