We took a trip to Colorado and wanted to make a simple list for others thinking about going as well. We didn't do to much research before hand and really wish we did so here's a couple of hints and tips...
- If you are not used to high-altitude, take it slow for a few days when you arrive in CO. Some people recommend taking altitude pills while others suggest slowly acclimating to the altitude as a healthier alternative.
- If you are taking a road trip through Colorado, the driving can become very snowy, icy, or even impossible during snowstorms in the winter. However, these storms rarely last more than a few days and can usually be avoided by checking reliable weather reports.
- If you go out for the evening, especially drinking, try to plan your return mode of transportation before heading out. You may want to look into the light rail and local buses before resorting to an expensive taxi ride.
- Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Colorado is a very dry state, so make sure to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. In addition, be careful not to start a forest fire as some inattentive campers have done so in the past.
- Do some quick research on how to respond if you encounter any wild animals like rattlesnakes or mountain lions. Encounters are rare, and most animals will be scared of humans. However, they do occur, so it is good to have knowledge at hand should such a meeting happen.