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Northwest Region

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Mount Evans Scenic Byway
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Roaring Fork River
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Steamboat Springs Area
Summit County Area
Sylvan Lake State Park
Vail Area
White River National Forest
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Description - There are a large variety of things to do within this region. In the east you'll find the high mountains along the Continental Divide and the many activities they offer in winter and summer. Steamboat, Winter Park, Vail, Aspen and numerous other worlk-class resorts provide thousands of miles of trails for skiers and snowboarders.

The northeast section of this travel region is a haven for individuals who enjoy the outdoors. All levels of recreationists will enjoy the activities supported by this area. It contains the Rahwah Wilderness, Never Summer Wilderness, Routt National Forest, Roosevelt National Forest, Arapaho National Forest and Rocky Mountain National Park.

The western portion of the Northwest Travel Region remains far less populated that the eastern mountains. The area surrounding Rifle and Meeker support vast hunting grounds for small and big game. This area includes the White River National Forest, Flat Tops Wilderness Area, Routt National Forest and Bureau of Land Management Lands.

In the northwest corner of Colorado, travelers will find Dinosaur National Monument. The Green River and the Yampa River intersect in Dinosaur National Monument. This well-kept secret is a good place for recreationists interested in various activities.

Recreation - This region offers year-round excitement. Visitors and locals alike will enjoy skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling in the winter. During the summer months the region supports hiking, mountain biking, road biking, motorcycle riding, backpacking, rafting, fishing and kayaking and much more.

Climate - The eastern part of the region contains mountainous terrain. Expect the weather to change frequently and rapidly. Temperatures can vary 40 degrees in one day; so be prepared for the worst. Winters are cold with heavy snow, especially in the highest elevations.

The western portion of the Northwest Region lies on the high Colorado Plateau. This area consists of deep canyons and exposed highlands. The summer climate is much like the desert; warm to hot during the day and cool at night. Although, the summers are dusty and hot, the winters can be shockingly cold. The first snow happens in early October and the last usually happens in May.

Location - This travel region encompasses the northwestern quarter of Colorado. On the eastern border visitors will find the Continental Divide, Lake Granby, Rocky Mountain National Park and the towns of Winter Park and Fraser. The southern boundary roughly follows the Elk Mountains and the Grand Mesa. The Colorado border forms the northern and western boundaries of this region.

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