It almost had us fooled. Northern states like Colorado have a lot of appeal, especially for southerners who are tired of the heat, humidity, and a lack of changing seasons. Though that doesn't mean you have to travel to the Centennial State for great views and exciting things to do since Alabama has it all. 

With some of the most striking similarities to the northern hotspot, we're convinced that it's a mini Colorado in the making.

From enchanting hikes with breathtaking mountain views to rushing waterfalls, Alabama totally feels like the Colorado of the South. It even shares Colorado’s infamous bouldering spots, echoing caverns, and vibrant showcases of the fall foliage each season.

Be sure to check out both the Colorado and Alabama comparison and see what you think!

Whether you’re up north or down south, it’s a great time to plan your summer bucket list for adventures all over our beautiful country.

You might just find that your dream spot is closer than you thought.

Camp, hike, climb, and explore! There’s no end to the ways you can appreciate the natural beauty of Alabama’s wilderness or even take a “mini day trip” to Colorado, while you’re at it.

Walls of Jericho

Why You Need To Go: Nothing beats being rewarded with a refreshing splash in a waterfall after a long hike, and Alabama’s got you covered with Walls of Jericho, which bears a striking resemblance to Colorado’s Zapata Falls hike. 

Chinnabee Silent Trail

Why You Need To Go: The journey to your destination is definitely a great sight, but the view from the top feels pretty darn good, too. Alabama has mountaintop views for days, and you can catch that fresh mountain air at Chinnabee Silent Trail. It rivals the Castlewood Canyon State Park in Colorado. 

Cheaha Lake

Why You Need To Go: For fishers, swimmers, and water lovers, a crystal-clear lake is invaluable, especially if you’re landlocked. You might think nothing would come close to the gorgeous waters and surrounding landscape of Turquoise Lake, but Cheaha Lake certainly doesn’t lack in views or quality. 

Cheaha State Park

Why You Need To Go: Most people would believe that the northern states are the best place for viewing the vibrant fall foliage, like at Rocky Mountain National Park. But Cheaha State Park gives it a pretty good run for its money! 

Cathedral Caverns

Why You Need To Go: The north isn’t the only place with mountains and plenty of caverns to go exploring in. Like Glenwood Caverns in Colorado, Cathedral Caverns is just as vast and amazing. 

Tishomingo State Park

Why You Need To Go: While spots like Garden of the Gods in Colorado are infamous for their bouldering opportunities, places like Tishomingo State Park are just as amazing, with many unique formations only found in the area. 


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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