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There’s only one way to start your day in the Centennial State, and that is with a breakfast burrito, Colorado’s favourite comfort food – and soon to be yours. Plus, it’s just the thing if you’ve got a busy day on the slopes planned! Did you know…
Colorado River cutthroat trout
If you’re eager to try a more native morsel, look out for Colorado River cutthroat trout on the menu. These fish are found only within Colorado, and make a tasty dish. A restaurant anywhere close to the river is a good bet! Bet you didn’t know that…
Green chili, or Chile Verde, is one of the most popular dishes in Colorado, and features heavily on menus across the state. Whether you order it straight up, atop a burger, or smothered all over a burrito, it doesn’t matter. Just make sure you order it at least once. Chili – green over red!
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If you’re a keen skier, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice in Colorado. For the ultimate in hedonistic luxury, head to Aspen. Alternatively, the beautiful Vail Mountain offers 5,289 incredible skiable acres.
Rocky Mountain National Park
A short drive from Denver International Airport will take you to the heart of the breathtaking Rocky Mountain National Park. Founded in 1915, this year marks its centenary and there has never been a better time to explore this wilderness playground.
South Park City
South Park, best known as the fictional town of the enduringly popular cartoon, is actually a real place here in Colorado. Visit South Park City, a ghost town now restored as a museum to show you what life was like in a 19th century mining town.
Dinosaur National Monument
Travelling with a budding paleontologist? Hit the road and seek out Dinosaur National Monument, which is one of the only places on earth you can actually see dinosaur bones, fossils and cave paintings in situ.
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Did you know that in Spanish, a burro is a donkey? Burrito essentially means ‘little donkey’, but donkey was never a popular ingredient in this famous dish. Some believe that the name could simply be because they look a little like a donkey’s ears, or the rolled packs that donkeys often carry. However the food got its name, it certainly caught on quickly and is now enjoyed across the world.
We bet you didn’t know that cutthroat trout were one of the first trout species ever recorded by Europeans in North America, and also the first trout species encountered by the 1804 Lewis and Clark expedition. There are currently over a dozen subspecies of the cutthroat trout, three of which exist in the southern Rocky Mountains. These same rivers are loved by countless outdoor enthusiasts for their canoeing, kayaking and rafting adventures.
We all know chili: rich, hot and red, right? But what about green chili, that equally rich, fresher sibling, common to Colorado? In its most basic and hard-core form, chile verde is made by stewing rich cuts of pork in a mix of roasted hatch chilies, onion, garlic, salt, and very little else. Simmered until tender, the chili broth picks up the flavour of the melted pork and distinctively sweet and bitter flavour of the chilies.