Colorado encompasses most of the Southern Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern part of the Colorado Plateau and the western side of the Great Plains. This gives rise to a geography that is uniquely diverse; we’re talking snow-capped mountains and desert lands in the same state! Here are ten images that prove just how colossal Colorado’s landscapes are.

1. Sunrise in the Rocky Mountains

2. Ice Lake sunset

3. Great Sand Dunes National Park

4. Blue Lakes just below Mount Sneffels

5. Meteor shower over Blanca Peak

6. Estes Park

7. Dream Lake

8. Valley of gold

9. Molas Lake

10. Elk Mountains

Photo: Zach Dischner