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Start by contacting the Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Denver, CO 80202 (tel. 800/COLORADO [265-6723]; www.colorado.com), for a free copy of the official state vacation guide, which includes a state map and describes attractions, activities, and lodgings throughout Colorado. Another good source for Colorado information is the website of the Denver Post, the state's major daily newspaper, at www.denverpost.com.

The Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association, 999 18th St., Ste. 1240, Denver, CO 80202 (tel. 303/297-8335; www.coloradolodging.com), offers a free guide to lodging across the state. The nonprofit Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers of Colorado, P.O. Box 38416, Colorado Springs, CO 80937 (tel. 800/265-7696; www.innsofcolorado.org), distributes a free directory describing about 100 B&Bs across the state, including a number of historic inns in Denver, Boulder, and Colorado Springs.

Hostelling International USA, 8401 Colesville Rd., Ste. 600, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (tel. 301/495-1240; www.hiayh.org), has a computerized system for making reservations in hostels worldwide and also has a print directory of U.S. hostels.

A free copy of Your Guide to Outdoor Adventure, which contains details on the state's 40 parks, is available from state park offices at 1313 Sherman St., Ste. 618, Denver, CO 80203 (tel. 303/866-3437; www.parks.state.co.us). State park offices can also provide information on boating and snowmobiling.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.