We couldn’t be getting more excited for our upcoming Colorado Yoga Retreat at C Lazy U Dude Ranch in Granby, Colorado. So, this week we caught up with Elizabeth Fuqua of South of Belmar, and our leader for the week. Elizabeth, originally an East Coast lover and hailing from New Jersey, recently picked up and moved West to the land of the great frontier. Here she shared with us her Top 10 Things to Do and See in the Wild West, and it’s got us packing our hiking boots and cowgirl hats.
We moved to Colorado in 2016 for the endless possibilities of things to do and places to see. From hikes to hot springs, sand dunes to ski towns, and breweries to baseball, here is my list of the top 10 things to do and see in Colorado.
1. St. Mary’s Glacier – Located about one hour west of Denver near Idaho Springs, St. Mary’s Glacier is a quick, but steep, 1.5 mile round trip hike to Rocky Mountain views, stunning lake and glacier visible year round.
2. Rattlesnake Gulch Trail – Ten minutes from Boulder in the Eldorado Canyon, this 3.4 mile loop will provide breathtaking views of the canyon and climbers. After your hike, take a dip in Eldorado Swimming Pool, a natural artesian springs pool at the base of the mountain.
3. Great Sand Dunes National Park – About 4 hours south of Denver, the Great Sand Dunes National Park is by far the most breathtaking location I have visited in Colorado. Hike miles of dune with the Rockies as a backdrop.
Food & Drink
4. Avanti Food & Beverage – Located in Denver’s LoHi neighborhood, Avanti is our go-to for a big group or out of town guests. The “modern day food hall” offers a vast selection of food options plus a full service bar.
5. Rayback Collective – A food-truck park in Boulder built around community and featuring fire pits, outdoor games, and live music.
Elizabeth is an E-RYT 200, Certified Personal Trainer, and student of Chinese Medicine. Elizabeth discovered yoga in 2006 while looking for a way to regain flexibility after years of playing physically intense sports. As her practice deepened, Elizabeth found the emotional and spiritual benefits of a regular yoga practice to be as significant as the physical asana. Her deepened interest led her to the Center for Health & Healing in Toms River, New Jersey, where she received her 200-hour certification in 2010. Since becoming an RYT, Elizabeth has taught in over a dozen gyms and studios with styles ranging from Yin to Heated Vinyasa Flow. She currently lives and teaches at The Freyja Project in Denver, Colorado and attends Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, Colorado.