10 Awesome Hidden Gems in Colorado
What’s not to love about Colorado? There are far too many things that make Colorado great, but to name just a few: its capital of Denver is known for being highly progressive and being filled with unbelievably scenic natural beauty. The state has tons of amazing wildlife, providing easy access to the splendor of adjacent states like Utah and Wyoming. We could keep going! But we won’t, for now, because we want to jump into the focus of this article: the hidden gems in Colorado that make it such an outstanding place to live. Read on for the details on what you’ll find when you head off the beaten path of the state’s more renowned attractions.
We’re starting off this list with an extremely unusual attraction! It’s a castle that’s been in the process of being built by a man named Jim Bishop for almost six decades. It’s a major roadside attraction on State Highway 165. The castle contains three stories of rooms, including a grand ballroom, soaring towers, and bridges with incredibly natural vistas. It’s a fascinating place to visit and certainly worth taking a look.
This is an amazing five-acre estate with so much to offer. For starters, the views of the mountains are absolutely stunning, and the surrounding gardens are extremely lush and verdant. The majestic and picturesque home itself is made up of five bedrooms and four bathrooms, and totals 6,000 square feet. Located in Lafayette, CO, just 10 minutes to Boulder and 30 minutes to Denver, this space is particularly amazing because it’s a rural farm setting that’s still extremely accessible from nearby towns and major cities.
You’ll love the warm industrial vibe offered by this location’s hand-built stills, its abundance of wood and exposed brick, and its appealing and atmospheric lighting. Enjoying outstanding spirits created onsite using old-world techniques allows you to appreciate their creation process from start to finish. Visiting this distillery/pub is an opportunity to step back into the feel of historic Denver.
This is an outstanding art gallery, one of Denver’s premier art galleries for more than half a century. What lends this gallery its welcoming authenticity is the fact that it continues to be family-owned and directed. The collection of art featured here is primarily made up of 21st-century American and European oil paintings, watercolors, and bronzes. That it’s located in the thriving Cherry Creek North shopping district is all the better.
The Radium Hot Springs are completely natural hot springs with a temperature varying from about 85 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit. The hot springs are located 15 miles southwest of Kremmling, CO, and sit directly adjacent to the Colorado River. The hot springs are accessible via a hike and are filled with mineral rich water that makes for a highly soothing soak in the great outdoors.
Without a doubt, one of the best things about Colorado is its abundance of pristine wilderness of all kinds. We love this mountain home because it’s the perfect place to access and appreciate this natural beauty, while still being incredibly easy to access (it’s just seven minutes from downtown Boulder). Gaze out the floor-to-ceiling windows surrounding the home for views of the impressive surrounding scenery. The home measures 5,000 square feet and is nestled on 15 secluded acres, making it a true hidden gem in Colorado.
You’ll love the unique atmosphere of this historic space, located on the second and third floors of a 19th-century Victorian home. It feels private and secluded, yet with a wall of windows providing a perfect view of the impressive Denver skyline. The creative and eclectic energy of this home makes it a perfect place to gather for laid-back conversation, art, yoga, meditation, and other relaxing activities.
Another example of Colorado’s natural beauty, the centerpiece of this hidden gem in Colorado is a historic barn that’s more than a century old. It contains 2,000 square feet on two levels. Adding to the historic ambiance of the venue are an assortment of antique vehicles and farm machinery, vintage hand tools, straw bale furniture, and more. This place is the definition of rustic beauty, which is why it’s been used as an artist’s studio space, a photoshoot location, a wedding venue, a place for an antiques fair, among others.
This loft space combines industrial aesthetics (such as exposed brick and ductwork) with comfortable, welcoming details like thoughtfully selected furniture and beautiful, unique art. Twenty-foot ceilings and skylights make the enormous space feel airy and bright, but there are also cozier areas throughout the loft. This space provides access to a full kitchen, lounge and work space, and two full bathrooms.
This open-concept taproom combines classic features and the warm feel of a German-style brewery with a modern, eclectic feel. You’ll love the massive garage doors that allow guests to gaze out at the impressive view of the Denver skyline. In addition to the 3,000-square-foot taproom, there’s an expansive wooden deck patio for outdoor events, which is especially great in the summer. And don’t forget the variety of delicious German brews. All in all, this is one of our must-see hidden gems in Colorado.