Colorado is the 8th largest state in the United States, boasting a geography and cultures as diverse as its 104,093 square miles. From the desert southwest with Mesa Verde’s ancient cliff dwellings to ski resorts in the snow-covered Rockies, there’s no shortage of places to explore in colorful Colorado. We’ve checked into the state’s finest lodgings, from historic inn to modern boutique hotel, focusing on those that offer luxury, service, hospitality, and amenities that make the spaces uniquely Colorado and not a boxy cookie-cutter.
Mountain destinations like Vail and Aspen, which offer luxurious accommodations whether you’re visiting during ski season or enjoying the bountiful summer activities of the region, like biking, hiking, horseback riding, and white-water rafting, are in the mix, as are a small clutch of resorts that are a destination all their own, and options that are the perfect place to hang your hat on a road trip of the American West. And of course, we couldn’t round-up the state’s best hotels without including Denver, Colorado’s capital city. A mile above sea level, this booming urban oasis is welcoming record numbers of new residents and visitors alike, eager to explore the Mile High City’s abundant offerings – from culinary hotspots to nightlife, sporting events, and cultural attractions.