The scenic vistas of the Rocky Mountains humble and empower at the same time. From Boulder to Breckenridge, Grand Junction to Greeley, there's so much to experience -- grueling hikes, adrenaline-fueling mountain biking, quaint shopping in the rustic villages nestled in shaded valleys, and more.
Start in Denver. The Mile High City is a mecca for Western culinary specialties (bison meatloaf or green chili, anyone?), live entertainment and walkable urban exploration. When you've had your fill, escape to the Rocky Mountain wilderness. The Front Range is about an hour from downtown and unlocks unlimited outdoor exploration.
As you're cruising down (and up!) I-70, you never know what the next hairpin curve will reveal -- a dramatic peak, a valley that stretches for miles...or maybe even a sudden rain or snowstorm. If you plan to tame the Rockies, make sure your tires are as prepped as your backpack is.
For every 1,000-foot increase in altitude, tire pressure decreases by as much 0.5 psi depending on tire size – enough to create safety hazards if tires aren’t properly inflated beforehand. Underinflated tires increase the risk of blowouts and have decreased handling properties. Before heading for the hills, make sure your tires are inflated to the recommended tire pressure for your car. And consider installing a set of all-weather tires on your vehicle -- unlike all-season tires, they're crafted to drive in the sudden snow that can fall any time of year at high elevation.