Motels in Colorado

by Alison Merfeld
Visit the Rocky Mountains during a trip to Colorado.

Visit the Rocky Mountains during a trip to Colorado.

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Colorado, located in the western United States, is home to many cities that are popular with tourists for different reasons. The Anheuser-Busch Brewery is an often-visted attraction in Fort Collins, and travelers staying in Estes Park enjoy hiking in the Rocky Mountains. Grand Junction is home to the Colorado National Monument, and majestic Pikes Peak, among many other attractions, is within a short drive from Colorado Springs. Motels in these locations tend to offer smaller guestrooms but often have swimming pools and easy access to local dining facilities.

Fort Collins

Surrounded by foothill mountains, Fort Collins is located in the northern area of the state off Interstate 25. The Budget Host Inn in Fort Collins is two miles from the New Belgium Brewery and three miles from Colorado State University. Guestrooms provide Internet access and kitchenettes; smoke-free rooms are not available. The hotel prepares a continental breakfast and offers picnic areas with barbecue grills. Located four miles from the Fort Collins Museum, where admission is free every third Sunday of the month, the Motel 6 Fort Collins provides guestrooms with Internet access; some rooms contain kitchenettes. Well-behaved pets may stay at no extra charge. Motel amenities include an outdoor swimming pool and laundry facilities.

Estes Park

Open from May to mid-October, the independently owned Alpine Trail Ridge Inn is less than one mile from the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. The 48 smoke-free guestrooms are on the small side but offer mountain views, complimentary Internet access and kitchenette; some rooms also have a private balcony. The inn has an outdoor swimming pool and a business center. The on-site Sundeck Restaurant serves prime rib, trout and goulash. The pet-friendly Econo Lodge Inn & Suites is a one-story motel overlooking Lake Estes. The 58 guestrooms offer kitchenettes and free Internet access; suites have whirlpool bathtubs. The Econo Lodge has an indoor hot tub, a seasonal pool and a complimentary breakfast. Shopping on Elkhorn Avenue in downtown Estes Park is one mile away, and Rocky Mountain National Park is four miles.

Grand Junction

Grand Junction is situated at the western edge of Colorado approximately 30 miles from the Utah border. The family-owned El Palomino Motel provides guestrooms with queen- or king-sized beds. Rooms have free Internet access, microwaves and refrigerators. Guests can take advantage of an outdoor swimming pool and airport shuttle service to Walker Field Airport, and Mesa State College is just a mile away. Less than eight miles from the Colorado National Monument, where you can view wildlife and towering red rocks, the Motel 6 Grand Junction offers guestrooms with hardwood floors throughout. Room amenities include Internet access for a small fee. Pets may stay in rooms for free. The motel provides laundry facilities and has an outdoor swimming pool. Walker Field Airport is less than one mile away.

Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs is centrally located in Colorado and home to Pikes Peak, Cave of the Winds and the U.S. Olympic Training Center. The two-story Howard Johnson Express Inn-Colorado Springs provides guestrooms with complimentary Internet access, weekly newspapers and kitchenettes, as well as smoke-free rooms. A complimentary breakfast and an outdoor swimming pool add to the amenities. For guests interested in hiking and nature activities, Cheyenne Mountain State Park is six miles from the hotel. The two-story Rodeway Inn & Suites provides a complimentary continental breakfast, a sundeck and an outdoor swimming pool. The 50 pet-friendly guestrooms have free Internet access and dining areas; suites also include kitchenettes. The hotel is within five miles of Manitou Springs and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Local eateries such as Pikes Perk Coffee and Sushi Den are located directly across the street.

About the Author

Alison Merfeld has been a freelance writer since 2008. Her published articles can be found on various websites, covering golf, the outdoors and other topics. She is currently working on her first fiction novel. Merfeld earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Iowa.

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