Picturesque resorts and grand mountain hotels with views of the Rockies are just a few of the things that make luxury holidays in Mountain West magical. From lively skiing trips on the mountain’s dramatic peaks to peaceful spa breaks alongside peaceful forestland, Colorado’s charm shines through all.
Stay in a contemporary ranch hotel for an authentic southwest experience, with activities on offer like horse rides through blooming forests, archery practice and scenic hikes. Plan summer strolls through the gorgeous sights of Zion or Pike National Parks or visit Aspen or Vail during the winter month to ski to your heart’s content.
The mountains of Colorado are not only awe-inspiring to look at – they once held many treasures too. The Pike’s Peak gold rush in the late 19th century means the area also has some truly fascinating history to soak up. Check out the Museum of the Mountain West to feel as though you’ve stepped into a Western and be sure to visit some of the charming, historic gold rush towns Unwind in a luxurious spa resort framed by the rugged beauty of the Mountain West or spend peaceful afternoons wandering the greens of some of the area’s most prestigious golf courses, including the impressive 54-hole golf course at Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.
The sun shines strongly over the Mountain West region so even when the weather is chilly, there’s a good chance you’ll see sun sparkling on the snow. January to March is a good time to travel if snowfall and ideal skiing conditions are on your mind.
For warmer temperatures ideal for sunbathing, visit over June, July and August when you can expect averages in the mid-20s. Spring and autumn are perfect if you’re planning hikes or adventure trails around Mountain West, thanks to typically bright days and slightly cooler temperatures.
Dishes in this area are strongly influenced by the flavours of the American West so be sure to have an authentic dining experience with a treat like fresh and delicious corn on the cob from Olathe, bison burgers and world-famous mountain meats like Colorado lamb.
Otherwise, resort chefs can cook up a range of cuisine with influences from Europe, Asia and, naturally, North, South and Central America.
When you’re planning a short holiday to visit Mountain West, you can generally Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) through the Visa Waiver Programme online. Find out more about visas and passports for American travel at GOV.UK.