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PHOTOS: Beautiful Colorado: Postcard-perfect images

10:57 AM, Jan 15, 2014   |    comments
  • Colorado is more than just mountain peaks. The Eastern Colorado plains burst into a riot of color during the summer sunflower season. Flickr/messycupcakes
  • Colorado, a true four seasons destination, transforms into a sparkling winter wonderland once the snow begins to fall. Digital Vision/Thinkstock
  • Known as "the city nestled between the mountains and reality," Boulder enjoys panoramic views of the Flatirons in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Getty Images/iStockphoto
  • Buena Vista means "good view" in Spanish, and that couldn't be more true for this community at the base of the Continental Divide. Matthew Inden/Miles
  • Many of Colorado's dreamy mountain towns, including picturesque Breckenridge, started out as mining villages. Getty Images/iStockphoto
  • An outdoorsman's dream, Colorado has 54 peaks that top out at over 14,000 feet. Getty Images/iStockphoto
  • It's the 38th state in the Union, and offers some of the most beautiful scenery in the country, once you get west of the eastern plains. Denver is the gateway to the Rocky Mountains. Getty Images/Thinkstock
  • Students from around the country and the world come to learn at Colorado's universities, including the prestigious Air Force Academy. Flickr/Beverly & Pack
  • Come winter, Colorado becomes a winter sports paradise with 25 ski resorts enjoying some of the country's most reliable snow conditions. Matt Inden/Miles
  • The Browns Canyon portion of the Arkansas River takes white water rafters past five 14ers and beneath the Royal Gorge Bridge -- the world's highest suspension bridge. Getty Images/iStockphoto
  • Colorado is a land dominated by the rugged beauty of the Rocky Mountains and a rich cultural heritage. Getty Images/iStockphoto
  • Denver International Airport, with its iconic white peaked architecture, is the fifth busiest in the United States and a gateway to the Rocky Mountain West. Getty Images/iStockphoto
  • Denver, Colorado's capital city, has the nation's largest park system, with over 200 parks in the city limits. Getty Images/iStockphoto
  • Garden of the Gods, a collection of red sandstone formations just outside of Colorado Springs, is one of Colorado's most-visited attractions. Flickr/Jasen Miller
  • The Colorado River and snowmelt from the Continental Divide carved out 16-mile-long Glenwood Canyon over the course of 3 million years. Today, it's a premier destination for hiking, rafting and biking. Getty Images/iStockphoto
  • Some of the ancient, twisted juniper trees found within Garden of the Gods are more than 1,000 years old. Getty Images/iStockphoto
  • The southwestern portion of the state more closely resembles the American desert Southwest, particularly near Cimarron Ridge. Getty Images/iStockphoto
  • In the San Juan National Forest just west of Pagosa Springs, the towering pillar known as Chimney Rock juts into the Colorado sky. Matthew Inden/Miles
  • Collegiate Peaks Scenic Byway passes through the farm country of Eastern Colorado, with a string of 14ers jutting up from the landscape in the distance. Matthew Inden/Miles
  • The Dallas Divide in Southwestern Colorado represents fall leaf-peeping at its best, when the band of aspens running along the base of Sneffels Range transform into a sea of yellows and reds. Sreedhar Yedlapati/Hemera
  • In springtime, Colorado's mountain trails put on a colorful show of wildflowers, including the state flower, the purple and white Columbine. Getty Images/Fuse
    
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