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13 quick stops to add to your Colorado winter road trip

Easy to get to and great during the winter season, these quick stops are perfect additions to your winter road trip across the state of Colorado.
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The Powerstop

The Powerstop

Located in Gunnison, Colorado, the Powerstop is a burger place unlike many others in the country. Found in a converted gas station, you'll find topping selections here that you won't find anywhere else.

Bug Palace

The Bug Palace

Close to Colorado Springs, the May Natural History Museum is home to the world's largest private collection of insects. You'll definitely see something that's sure to shock you here. Plus, it's it's warm!



The Coors Brewery

I know...I know..."not a Colorado craft could we recommend this stop?" Well, a visit here is actually quite interesting. It's the country's largest single location brewery. Even if you don't like the beer, learning how the process works is pretty neat.

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The South Park Sign

Found roadside in Fairplay, Colorado, visiting the South Park sign is so easy that you really don't have an excuse not to stop there.  Just make sure you don't spend too long fighting over who gets to be Kenny.

Fossil beds

The Fossil Beds and Petrified Redwoods of Florissant

If you're passing through Florissant and there's not much snow, this destination is one worth checking off your list. You'll see the remains of massive redwood trees that once thrived in Colorado.


Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine Tour

The Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine Tour

This destination gives visitors the unique opportunity to descend 1,000 feet down a gold mine shaft during the only tour of it's kind in the country. Found in Cripple Creek, this area was known as the "World's Greatest Gold Camp" during its heyday.

Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine

Penny Arcade

The Manitou Penny Arcade

Have a few extra dimes in your wallet? Head on over to the Manitou Springs Penny Arcade. This destination near Colorado Springs is a great place to spend an hour or so. There are a ton of antique games, some of which cost the original price.

Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette


America's Strangest Castle

Found in Antonito, Colorado, this castle rises up in the middle of a normal neighborhood. It consists mostly of scrap metal, slowly growing over the years.

Kevin Torres Travels

Bishop Castle

Bishop Castle

The largest one-man construction project in the country, Bishop Castle is worth visiting regardless of the season. You'll find it near Rye. If you choose to visit while there's snow on the ground, make sure you watch your step. There are big drops and slick surfaces around the property.

Dalton Walker, The Gazette


The Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center

Do you have a picture of yourself with a massive wolf? We didn't think so. Head to this destination to get up-close-and-personal with one of the world's most infamous animals. It's located near Divide. 

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Blue Mesa

The Blue Mesa Reservoir

Found in the Curecanti Natural Recreation Area, the Blue Mesa Reservoir is one of the most stunning lakes in Colorado. Unfortunately, the water during the winter is either too cold or frozen to get into, though the view is still great. If you're passing through the Montrose area, you can plan your route to see this majestic reservoir from the seat of your car.


Glendwood Hot Springs

Glenwood Hot Springs

Another destination that you'll find right off of I-70, Glenwood Hot Springs is the perfect way to add a little bit of relaxation to your trip around the state. As an added bonus, you'll officially be able to tell your friends you've been to the country's largest hot spring pool.

UFO Watchtower

The UFO Watchtower

If you happen to be traveling through the San Luis Valley, the UFO Watchtower near Hooper, Colorado is one odd destination that's worth the stop.

Jay Janner