It’s an outdoors enthusiast’s paradise, with its ski resorts, towering peaks and even sand dunes, and it’s a great destination for travel nursing assignments as well. Check out these reasons to make Colorado your temporary home.
Reaching your peak. With some of the highest mountains in the contiguous United States, Colorado is the place for hiking, mountain climbing and biking. It’s home to Pikes Peak, Mount Elbert and Longs Peak, among dozens of others, all towering above 14,000 feet. Whether you want to spend your entire weekend scaling peaks or are looking for a low-key hike that gives you time to shower and head downtown for dinner, you’ll find the right adventure in Colorado. Check out these day trips around Denver for inspiration.
Ski free. There’s a reason people associate Colorado with ski and snowboard bums: It has nearly 30 resorts! If you’re on assignment in Denver and want to stay close to home, head to Echo Mountain or Loveland for great snow (Loveland sometimes opens in early October). Vail, the largest single ski resort in the United States, is only two hours from Denver, and Breckenridge is close by as well. Working in Grand Junction? Don’t miss Telluride for impressive slopes and plenty of activities in the summer as well.
Rock of ages. Tired of snow? Colorado is also home to Mesa Verde National Park, which protects 5,000 archeological sites of the Pueblo people who lived there for 700 years near the New Mexico border. Don’t miss the Cliff Palace, filled with well-preserved Pueblo cliff dwellings, and be sure to check out Spruce Tree House, a cliff dwelling built beneath a large Douglas fir tree. If you’re working near Colorado Springs, visit Garden of the Gods park, with towering sandstone rock formations, and check out Colorado National Monument, full of red rock canyons and monoliths, if you’re on assignment in Grand Junction.
Are you convinced that the Centennial State is the place for you? Check out our open travel nursing jobs in Colorado.