Socially distanced attractions and activities for a road trip through Colorado that are actually worth the stop

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Visit these socially-distanced attractions if you're road-tripping through Colorado this season.

 

International travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic made road trips the vacation of choice this summer. Travel experts previously told BI that they expect to see vacation trends shift from traveling by plane to that by car and RV.
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As fall rolls around and the pandemic continues, we compiled a list of road trip stops to fill the season safely. These are the top-rated attractions through Colorado that are worth a socially distanced visit.
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Follow in the footsteps of dinosaurs through a hiking trail at a park and preserve in Morrison, Colorado, west of Denver.
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At Dinosaur Ridge, visitors can hike a trail full of 250 preserved dinosaur tracks from three dinosaurs and one crocodilian, per the company's website.
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Geologist T. Caneer volunteers with the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge. He is darkening the dinosaur tracks with charcoal to make them more visible to visitors to the dinosaur trove north of Morrison. The tracks were made by an iguandon, a plant eater, that walked across a beach. (Photo By Karl Gehring/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

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The site reopened on May 9 with coronavirus-era procedures in place, like having all workers wear masks and enforcing social distancing. Patrons are only required to wear masks inside facilities like the gift shop.
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Marisella Rodriguez, 12, from left, Christopher Rodriguez, 10, and Aaron Rodriguez, 7, pose for a photo with dinosaur footprints at the Dinosaur Ridge near Morrison on Saturday, June 6, 2009.

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North of Denver, catch a movie at Holiday Twin Drive-in.
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For up to $9 a person, depending on your age, watch two films on the big screen from the comfort of your car. Tune in to the movie's audio on the radio.
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Speakers and screen 1 at the Holiday Twin Drive-in, in Fort Collins, CO, Friday October 12, 2011. Craig F. Walker, The Denver Post.

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The drive-in is operating with restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus. All tickets and food must be bought online, and cars have to park at least 10 feet apart. Additionally, restrooms are being cleaned every 15 minutes.
Screen 2 at the Holiday Twin Drive-in, in Fort Collins, CO, Friday October 12, 2011. Craig F. Walker, The Denver Post.
Screen 2 at the Holiday Twin Drive-in, in Fort Collins, CO, Friday October 12, 2011. Craig F. Walker, The Denver Post.

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West of Denver, explore an outdoor concert venue among red rocks without the usual crowd.
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Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre is an outdoor theater that hosts live music. But during the day, people use its 193 steps for exercising and enjoying the view.
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During the coronavirus pandemic, dozens of concerts have been canceled or postponed, but the space is open. The venue's fitness classes are limited to 175 people, and people outside the class can't access the steps during class times.
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Adrian Marcial, who comes every weekend to work out, runs the lengths of the stairs back and forth as he make his way up the entire amphitheatre at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on March 31, 2019 in Morrison, Colorado. Red Rocks has become a popular destination not only for rock concerts but workouts. Hundreds up people show up every day to take part in a variety of personalized exercises that include running the stairs, jumping up and down the stairs or the planter boxes, calisthenics such as push ups, dips, lunges and squats and a variety of other creative workouts.

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In Southern Colorado, get lost at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.
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This park holds the tallest sand dunes in North America, per the National Parks Service. It's not like beach sand — Trip Advisor reviews say it's much softer.
Hikers in the sand dunes, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado, United States of America.
Hikers in the sand dunes, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado, United States of America.

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The park began a phased reopening in June. The inside of the Visitor's Center remains closed to adhere to CDC guidelines, but park rangers will be available outside the center to answer questions. The park encourages patrons to avoid crowds and wear a face covering when social distancing isn't possible.
Hiker in the sand dunes and in the background the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado, United States of America.
Hiker in the sand dunes and in the background the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado, United States of America.

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Take a stroll through the Denver Botanic Gardens. The garden's York Street and Chatfield Farms locations have reopened.
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At the York Street location, explore 24 acres of gardens filled with plants from around the world. Conversely, the Chatfield Farms location is a 700-acre refuge for native plants.
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A visitor wears a mask while passing by a pond at the Denver Botanic Gardens late Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in Denver.

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Both locations have limited the number of people allowed in the gardens at a time, using a timed ticket system. Tickets must be bought online and patrons have to wear face-covering throughout their visit, aside from when they're eating or drinking.
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A social distancing reminder sign stands inside the gate to the Denver Botanic Gardens on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in Denver.

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Wander through trails amid rocks that are 300 feet tall at the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs.
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Garden of the Gods is a national landmark and free attraction with 21 miles of hiking trails at the base of Pikes Peak, a Rocky Mountain summit.
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Rock Formation on June 16 in Garden of the Gods, Colorado.

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To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, parks in Colorado Springs require visitors on trails to maintain six feet of space from others and wear masks when social distancing is impossible.
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People stand on a rock at the Garden of the Gods on August 21, 2014.

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Take a scenic drive through the portion of Colorado's Route 550 known as the Million Dollar Highway.
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The Million Dollar Highway is a six-mile section of San Juan Skyway, a road that traverses the San Juan Mountains.
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Circular elevated view of Colorado State Highway 550.

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This attraction is inherently socially distanced since it doesn't require you to leave your vehicle.
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A red jeep drives on the Million Dollar Highway in Colorado.
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