This is a great trip. While, I technically didn't make it to the top. Short by about 100 vertical feet and a one-mile (2 Km) trail, I stopped short in the parking lot., which is at 14,130 ft (4,307 m). That's higher than Pike's Peak, see my Cog Rail to the Top review, which is 14,115 ft (4,302 m). So, without climbing the last 100 feet, I exceeded Pikes Peak and didn't have to walk. - Oh, That's why I've listed it as Accessible for persons with disabilities. -- Warning - Not for Motor-homes or trailers.
I got turned around, but Denver is on the east horizon and the Rockies trail off to the west, southwest and northwest. It becomes cloudy and chance of sprinkles in the afternoon.
Had to put this one in. We drove by the track, west of town on 470. It looked like it was between events. Maybe something would be happening later that evening. We went up on Dinosaur Ridge. While having a great time seeing the fossils (see the Dinosaur Tip), I noticed the track down below. Low and behold, there was movement. They were having races. I guess with Denver so large that you don't draw a crowd and the open spaces disapate the sound. We didn't go to the track, but I watched a few races from high above.
Welcome To Bandimere Speedway
NHRA Championship Drag Racing
The picture is with the other Denver pictures. Soon, before the middle of September, I hope.
One of the best things about Denver is its proximity to Rocky. In fact, its less than a two hour drive from the tall buildings of the city to the towering mountains and sweeping views of the park. Rocky Mountain National Park is open all year, although some portions of the park are closed in the winter due to snow.
From Denver, take I-25 north to hwy 34 west. For more information, visit my Rocky Mountain National Park page.
Green Mountain is the first mountain to rise from the plains and become the foothills of the Rockies. This mountain is practically in the city of Denver which makes it a popular destination for hikers, runners, and mountain bikers. The area is protected from devolpment but the large number of users are leading to erosion issues - so stay on the trails. After the 2.7 mile trail takes you to the top you have a commanding view over Denver and a front row seat to the Rockies. To get there take 6th ave west from Interstate 25, take the Kipling street exit and head south on Kipling. From Kipling take a right onto Alameda and you are now heading west again. Alameda takes a soft left around Green Mountain. You will not have much warning that the parking area is coming up but a sign does exist. It will be on your right. Remember to remove all valuables from sight inside of your car.
Riverside Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in Denver, founded in 1876. It occupies a 77-acres on Brighton Blvd. Hundreds of local historical figures are buried here. These include congressman James B. Belford (1837 - 1910), Hiram Pitt Bennet (1826 - 1914), Henry P. H. Bromwell (1823 - 1903), ,Job Adams Cooper (1843 - 1899), Colorado governors John Evans (1814 - 1897), Frederick Walker Pitkin (1837 - 1886), John Long Routt (1826 - 1907), early baseball pros John Bass and Oliver Marcelle and many others. Sadly the cemetery is falling into a state of disrepair due to lack of funding.
This is a small community close to Vail and it is worth a visit for seeing the preserved old town strip of buildings. Georgetown has/had the fame of having the Royal Gorge RR come form here to go down to the south. Now I am not sure if it runs or not. The shops and the retail are nice to visit. The weather here is brutal in summer, or especially winter. Being in a valley that is surrounded by high mountains, it gets gusts of winds beyond imagination. The local tour operator told me it gets easily to 70-80 MPH winds through here and it starts in early fall. Summers also gets a breeze, but not as fierce.
Gold was discovered in 1859 and the mining continued in earnest through the first decade of 1900's. They still dig today, and Arco Gold Mine is in the middle of the town, but most of it is for tourism .
The town is only 1,900 people, and most all are in retail connection some how. Store fronts stretch for a good mile down the old highway, now Miner St. The summers bring many to relax and take in the surrounding mountains. Due to them having a backyard of mountains, the town cannot expand north or south where there also is US 70 blocking the growth. So they are spreading out west. The town has a lot of old time cabins and motels form the original tourism era back in 1950-60's. It looks interesting to stay there.
This community of 6,500 people cater to the traffic coming off of US 70 on the way to or from Denver. Between there, not many places are available to stay. In my opinion, it is easier to stay the night here and go on to Denver in the morning. It is less hassle and easier to find a spot you can trust is clean. Downtown Denver seems not to show many attractive type facilities that area easily located off the highway, and the alternative is to go way west to suburbs to find a chain motel.
The town has been a mecca for travelers for many years, and it also has some decent restaurants, like the one below, South Side Food-Drink. Prices are right and the quality and volume of food favorable. A 2 piece chicken dinner includes a full all you can eat salad bar for $7 and an 8 oz beer $1.40-wow that is reasonable.
In 1970, Denver City Council dedicated Babi-Yar Park. "--IN MEMORIAM--to the two hundred thousand victims who died. Babi Yar, Kiev, Ukraine, USSR--September 29, 1941-November 6, 1943. The majority Jews with Ukrainians and others."
The part of Kiev's history
On September 25, 1941 thousands of Jews were summoned by Nazi authorities to the corner of Melnikova and Degteryevska Streets. They asked to have with them their documents, valuables and money, as well as warm clothes, underwear. Those who didn't comply were threatened by execution. Thousands of Jews came thinking about Nazi's plan of relocation, but nobody knew that they would be strip down, shoot with gun machine and their bodies would be thrown into deep ravine. In the report by SS it was noted that 33,771 people were massacred. This was how "the final solution of the Jewish problem" was carried out in Kiev.
The same fate awaited the Gypsies. Later this became a place for the execution of prisoners from Syrets concentration camp, members of the communist underground. The total number of victims was about 100 thousand.
In 1976 an official monument in memory of murdered Soviet citizens was built between the Yar and the site of the Syrets concentration camp. Sculptor M. Lysenko.
The reason I have a tip about this park is because I am a native Kievan and it is a great pleasure for me to have a piece of my native city Kiev here in Colorado.
Babi-Yar Park is located in southeast Denver at Havana St. and Parker Road.
Get out of the city for a little bit and enjoy nature! In 20 minutes you can be in Idaho Springs with many shops and good eats (Take I-70 west until you get to the third exit of Idaho Springs). Beau Jo's pizza is a must if you've never had Colorado pizza. There are also other good places like Mainstreet for breakfast, a buffalo place for lunch, and then pizza for dinner. For drinks, you can go to the local micro brewery, Tommy Knockers. The new hot store in town is Woodland Park Gifts and Gallery.
A great hike is only a short drive up Mt Evans. About 13 miles up St Rt 103 is Echo Lake. For you flat landers you might just want to walk around the lake and call it a day. But, if your tough (which is an easy hike for someone who lives at altitude) there is a trail that starts on the backside of the lake and goes back to Idaho Springs Reservoir (2.5 miles). If you are really tough you can continue back to Twin Chicago Lakes (another 2.5 miles). Start early; clouds tend to roll in during the afternoon. Also, drink plenty of water. Altitude sickness is no joke!
Okay, so I have ambivalent feelings about Cheeseman Park. Cheeseman Park is located it the heart of Capitol Hill, not far from downtown. Many many years ago it was the city cemetary, but all (supposedly some remain, but that may be urban myth) the guests were removed and it was turned into the park.
Cheeseman Park is often known as the gay park because of it's location in Cap Hill (the gayborhood). It is a popular place for people to hang out. Although there once was some naughty stuff occuring in the some of the distant bushes, it is now a very clean and popular place with all residents, family and families alike. The center of the park is a large open space encircled by a street. I say I am ambivalent about Cheesemen because it is a place where many gay man park along the street and hang with their friends in order to be seen. You will often see some cars driving around to "cruise" the guys (usually older men looking for younger guys). I just hate this aspect of Denver gay culture where you are judged on your looks and your car (although the eye-candy can be definitely enjoyable). Besides that small part of it, Cheesman is a cool place to have a picnic, toss the ball or frisbee for Fido, or soak in the sun while reading a book. There are also some walking and running trails around the park. If you are just looking for a nice place to relax, this is definitely a great choice.
Located between 13th Avenue (north) & 8th Ave (south) and Humbolt St (west) & Race (east). It is adjacent to the back side of the Botanical Gardens (east of the park).
If you want to go riding in Colorado there are a few good places to go that I have visited.
Most wont let you run due to the rocky conditions of the land but the views are amazing and the guides are safe.
If you tip well and are in an area that is safe for the horse and rider they will let you trot and canter.
.............personable.....allows you to camp with the
horses if you prove your horsemanship ability.......owners are from Prague.....great couple.
Pine Cliff Stable
21517 W 56th Ave
Golden, CO 80403
Is an excellent one.....short ride but good guides.
also rocky mtn national park offers rides but i have never ridden there so do a search if you are interested. most places are seasonal......meaning no deep snow although gold lake will let you ride if you are experienced....they also offer lunch and sunset rides around the area.
great riding but check weather conditions.
This is one of the finest and largest hardware stores I have been in. They have all the normal stuff hardwares carry as well as tons of household goods and a wonderful garden center. Our group of 3 women and 2 men spent over an hour just wandering and gawking. It is a local legend and well worth a wander.
2525 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder
Those who visit Dinosaur Ridge will see dinosaur prints. But there's another location just outside Denver where you can see dinosaur bones sticking out of the ground. At least, that's what the sign says they are.
Driving along I-70, you'll see a small road sign indicating the attraction. The parking lot is just off the interstate. From here, a short but steep trail leads to the dinosaur bones.
There is a dispute between Colorado and Wyoming as to where legendary Buffalo Bill Cody should be buried. Although he died in Denver, the folks in the town of Cody, Wyoming, founded by Buffalo Bill himself, felt he should be buried there.
I read somewhere that Buffalo Bill was originally buried in Wyoming but that his body was "stolen" and moved to Colorado. I'm not sure if that's simply an urban legend. But, history aside, Buffalo Bill is laid to rest beneath concrete at the summit of Lookout Mountain.
Its a pretty drive to the grave and small museum, along a winding road with tremendous views of the mountains. Its even possible to see a deer or two on your way up to pay your respects.
There is no charge for viewing the grave, which is simply a marker saying "Buffalo Bill lies here" or something similar. There is a separate entrance fee into the museum.
The grave and museum are located off Exit 256 on I-70. Look for the sign indicating "Buffalo Bills grave" and follow the signs to the top of the mountain.