American Rockies MapThe American Rockies is a spectacular landscape of rugged canyons, mountains, lakes and forests, that is steeped in history and located on the Western spine of North America. The region stretches over 1,000 miles, and includes the popular Rocky Mountain states of Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota and Montana. Here you will discover an impressive range of outdoor activities, stunning wildlife and scenery, and a diverse history full of cowboys, Native Americans, intrepid explorers and mountain men.

There are few regions that match the allure and captivating scenery of the American Rockies. It boasts America’s oldest and the world’s first national park, Yellowstone, as well as vast mountainous peaks reaching over 14,000ft. Snow-capped summits are popular among skiers while summer explorers can soak up the natural beauty of sparkling lakes and virgin forests. Some Rockies holidays will take you beyond the primary mountain regions to South Dakota, home of the Black Hills, the iconic Mount Rushmore National Memorial, the Badlands National Park and the Crazy Horse Memorial.

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Places to visit in the American Rockies


Colorado is the ultimate getaway state, with 300 days of sunshine and endless opportunity for adventure. The majestic landscape of rugged mountains, winding rivers, picturesque grasslands and desert terrain is a haven for outdoorsy types and nature lovers. Colorado holidays can take you to over 100 state parks and recreation areas where you can explore to your heart’s content.

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Cliffside dwellings at the Mesa Verde National Park

The Rocky Mountains are by far one of Colorado’s most famous assets. The highest altitude state in America is popular for hiking, rafting and biking, while the 45 recognised downhill and cross-country ski areas make for excellent skiing in the snow-capped peaks. For breathtaking wildlife and over 300 miles of walking trails, the Rocky Mountain National Park is one of Colorado’s greatest treasures.

Colorado’s abundant cultural heritage offers fantastic insight into the old West and the state’s ancient history. Colorado driving tours and coach travel can take you to the key highlights, such as the Indian cliffside dwellings at the Mesa Verde National Park or the Black Canyon’s dark rocks from the Palaeozoic era. You can also see authentic dinosaur fossils at the Dinosaur National Monument on the Utah/Colorado border.

To truly experience the essence of Colorado’s Old West, the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is over 123 years-old and takes passengers on an unforgettable journey through the pristine forests and mountains north of the old west town of Durango.

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Top Locations and Attractions in Colorado

  1. Denver
  2. Aspen
  3. Rocky Mountain National Park
  4. Mesa Verde National Park
  5. Durango
  6. Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
  7. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
  8. Great Sand Dunes National Park
  9. Pikes Peak


The heart of the old West lies in the American Rockies state of Wyoming. Wolves, bears and herds of bison and deer roam the unspoilt landscape of boundless prairies and mountain ranges. This beautiful region has something to offer for everyone all year round. There is no doubt a Rockies tour of Wyoming will open up a world of unrivalled scenery and diverse outdoor activity.

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The Grand Teton National Park

One of the most spectacular spots for wildlife and scenery is the Yellowstone National Park – the World’s first national park – a contrasting landscape boasting over 2 million acres of canyons, meadows and America’s largest mountain lake. Another great reason to visit Wyoming is the Grand Teton National Park, which features 310,000 acres of striking cultural history and unique natural wonders. Both parks offer numerous activities including white water rafting, hiking, horse-riding, canoeing and wildlife viewing.

Travelling through Wyoming takes you deep into a land of cowboy culture. Ranches, country music dance halls, rodeos and cattle roundups are ongoing traditions in old Western towns such as Buffalo and Cody. You can also discover a wealth of Rocky Mountain heritage in the many museums and historic trails, or take a road trip to Wyoming’s famous Devil’s Tower National Monument.

Top Locations and Attractions in Wyoming

  1. Yellowstone National Park
  2. Grand Teton National Park
  3. Bighorn Mountains
  4. Cody
  5. Cheyenne
  6. Buffalo Bill Center of the West
  7. Fort Laramie National Historic Site
  8. Devil’s Tower National Monument


The ‘Big Sky Country’ of the American Rockies, Montana is well-known for its abundant wildlife, glistening lakes, vast forests and rugged peaks. The name ‘Montana’ derives from the Spanish word for ‘mountain’. Its far-reaching landscape is a fantastic location for outdoor enthusiasts – particularly those who enjoy water sports such as river rafting, kayaking, canoeing and fishing.

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The Glacier National Park

Montana tours and activities are also a must for those who have a strong connection to nature. Bird watching is a popular activity, and wildlife watchers will have the privilege of capturing some of the most magnificent wild animals of the continent, including grizzly bears and grey wolves.

Not to be missed is the Glacier National Park, which is a key destination for a Montana driving tour. Dubbed the ‘Crown of the North American Continent’, here you will find more than 700 miles of trails for hiking, biking and exploring. Expect waterfalls, pine forests, glaciers and sparkling lakes. You may also want to take a scenic drive along the beautiful Going-to-the-Sun Road – a journey that will take you winding through mountains and deep into the park’s spectacular wilderness.

Top Locations and Attractions in Montana

  1. Glacier National Park
  2. Little Bighorn Battlefield National Memorial
  3. The C. M. Russell Museum in Great Falls
  4. Flathead Lake

South Dakota

Many Rockies tours can take you beyond the traditional Rockies regions to the ‘Mount Rushmore State’ of South Dakota. Considered the heart of the American Western frontier, South Dakota is rich in Native American culture and offers a window into the Wild West. Here you can gaze on the magnificent 60ft sculpture of presidential faces at Mount Rushmore, visit the prehistoric lands of the Badlands National Park and take a step back in time with visits to the many fascinating museums and cultural centres.

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Mount Rushmore National Monument

For adventurers, South Dakota has some of the most dramatic landscapes in the American Rockies. The Badlands National Park is one of the region’s most popular attractions, where you can hike through luna-like terrain, or take a horseback ride and weave through the grassy plains. Custer State Park is also worth a visit for its beautiful scenery and is home to one of the largest and last remaining herd or bison.  Nearby Wind Cave National Park provides underground tours of one of the largest cave systems in the world. Jewel Cave, the Crazy Horse Memorial and The Black Hills are further must-see attractions on your rocky mountain tour through South Dakota.

Top Locations to Visit in South Dakota

  1. Badlands National Park
  2. The Black Hills
  3. Custer State Park
  4. Wounded Knee Massacre Monument
  5. Crazy Horse Memorial
  6. Deadwood
  7. Spearfish Canyon
  8. Mount Rushmore National Memorial
  9. Wind Cave National Park

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