Planning your Colorado Summer Vacation

It’s getting to be that time when people are planning their summer vacations. CoSPL has in our collection the official state vacation guides from the Colorado tourism office; these are also online at We also have a number of guidebooks on Colorado’s scenic/historic byways.

Planning a hiking or camping trip? Or just need some directions on how to get where you’re going? Check out CoSPL’s many maps including State Parks trails maps; fishing maps; and highway maps highlighting sights of interest.

Also, for some fun summer reading on the plane or in the car, CoSPL also has some great historical books on Colorado travels and destinations, including Colorado: A Summer Trip, by Bayard Taylor, who visited Colorado in the mid-nineteenth century. Other Colorado traveling books include

  • The Western San Juan Mountains
  • Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains
  • Discover Colorado: Colorado’s Scenic and Historic Byways
  • Colorado Outdoors Getaways (video)
  • Colorado 12, Scenic Highway of Legends
  • Colorado Mini-Tours
  • Scenic Trips into Colorado Geology
  • Fly Fishing Colorado (DVD)
  • Bent’s Fort on the Arkansas
  • The Georgetown Loop: A Capsule History and Guide
  • El Pueblo Museum: A Capsule History and Guide
  • This Blue Hollow: Estes Park, the Early Years
  • Colorado Byways: A Guide Through Scenic and Historic Landscapes
  • Mesa Verde National Park: Shadows of the Centuries
  • Colorado Museums and Historic Sites
  • Exploring Colorado State Parks
  • Rocky Mountain National Park: A History
  • America’s Switzerland: Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park