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17 Rocky Mountain Adventures To Take In This Lifetime

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2. Hanging Lake, in Glenwood Canyon

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The clear turquoise lake and hanging gardens are all part of a fragile ecosystem, though, so you can't bring dogs or swim. Read more about visiting here.

3. The Great Sand Dunes, near Crestone

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While the dunes aren't ~on a mountain~, there are stunning views of well as sand dunes, tundra, forests, and lakes to explore. Read more about the park here.

4. Molas Lake & Molas Pass, between Durango and Silverton

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If you visit Durango and Silverton, check out the pass on the way up, and the train on the way down. If you're into hiking, there's some of that, too. Or go camping at the lake — get more info about that here.

6. Wheeler Geologic Area, near Creede

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Although it can be tough to get to, these stunning erosions make the hike even more worth it. Read more about the area here, and learn more about visiting here.

8. Fish Creek Falls, near Steamboat Springs

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The falls are easily accessible for all ages, and are especially spectacular in the spring time, when the snow melts. Learn more about them here.

13. Devil's Causeway, near Yampa

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This 50-foot pass narrows to around three feet at one point, making it awesome and terrifying at the same time. Learn more about it here and here.

15. Crystal Mill, near Marble

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Built in 1893, this rustic building used to be called the Sheep Mountain Power House, but is now known as the Crystal Mill. Get more information about visiting here.

17. Rocky Mountain National Park

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This park encompasses 415 square miles of gorgeous nature (including some of the spots in this article), so it's not really near any particular town. Learn more about it here.

Update: A previous version of this post incorrectly stated that #12 was the Blue Lake near Telluride.

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