Built on a high point in the already elevated Mesa Verde National Park, the Far View Lodge lives up to its name. Each room has a private balcony and a large picture window. Vistas stretch into the next state, and at sunset the changing shadow patterns in the canyons enchant adults while the kids watch for deer and wild horses browsing in the landscape, below.
Photo: Remote Colorado Highway 92, to the North Rim of Black Canyon of the Gunnison has some of the prettiest scenery in Colorado.
Hermit's Rest, Curecanti National Recreation Area
OK, this trip is admittedly a stretch for families traveling with young children. Colorado Highway 92 passes through some enormously remote country between Blue Mesa Reservoir and the teeny town of Crawford.
But this route to Black Canyon of the Gunnison's north rim winds through a quintessentially Coloradan landscape: dry, rugged, soaring, and snowcapped all at the same time. Glimpses of the plunging Black Canyon of the Gunnison just add to the drama.
Photo: Mt. of the Holy Cross from the Wedding Deck on Vail Mountain
Wedding Deck on Vail Mountain
As the Eagle Bahn gondola rises from the town of Vail, Colorado, layers of mountains peek from behind the ones right in front of you, until at the top of the ride, a vast panorama spreads itself for your enjoyment.
Take a short walk along a path that winds through wildflower meadows and you reach the wedding deck . The view of Mt. of the Holy Cross and her sister peaks is pretty impressive. You sit in the stone amphitheater and can't imagine a prettier back drop for a wedding.
Then you turn around and see what the bride and groom are looking at while they take the plunge ...