We visited Denver partly in order to see the Atlanta Braves (our team) play the Rockies.
There are public tours of the stadium
Public Tour Times (During the Baseball Season):
Non-Game Days: 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m.
Evening Game Days: 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m.
Afternoon Game Days: No Tours
Public Tour Times (Offseason):
12:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m.
Public Tour Prices:
Seniors (55 and older): $6
Children (12 and under): $5
Areas Visited on Tour:
Visitor's Clubhouse - (unavailable day before, day of, and day after Rockies home game days)
Available viewing areas are subject to change due to other events scheduled in the ballpark.
Equipment: But we just went to the game. The Rockies have $4 tickets for each game. These cheapest tickets are call Rockpile Tickets.
I remember riding my bike to work in Portland. Yes the weather is not as good as Denver but in Portland when you are on a bike, you are a car if you believe you are a car. Denver has lots of bike paths, has beautiful weather, but I wouldn't dare ride my bike on the streets like I would in Portland.
In Denver it's the rule of the big. The bigger you are the more of a right you have. You will get pushed and intimidated off the road.
In Portland I would just kick the car door if they tried anything.
Equipment: A bike and a helmet.
My son and husband took a day trip out to Morrison to Red Rock Park. First they looked at the amphitheatre and then took the Trading Post loop hiking trail to see some of the rock formations. The park admission is free.
I love skateboarding, and Denver is a great place to do just that. Colorado really likes their concrete skateparks, which is great, cause i like em too! That means smooth cruisin, smooth transitions, BOWLS. I had never really ridden bowls untill my trip to CO so it took some getting used to, but its great fun. Denver skatepark is HUGEEEEEEE something like 50,000 square feet. Bowls, rails, hips, boxes, its got everything. My friends and I were there on a beautiful day so there were a lot of people there. It wasnt too bad though since the place is so big.
This was my 10th MLB ballpark. It is one of my favorites but that now makes it in the 5-7 range on my ranking scale. Being very similar to SafeCo in Seattle to me I do rank it ahead.
I had left my house in upstate New York before the game the night before ended as they had a couple rain delays and also a then typical 20 plus run score. Being in that state of mind I came right to the ballpark after checking into the hotel. I wanted to see batting practice and well as everyone knows the real way to see your team have BP is on the road. It was cancelled. So I was already inside just hanging out when I got to meet John Sterling while he was walking from the gate in left towards the infield. I had my creature shirt on and he said something about it starting a small conversation.
This was one of my favorite games I have gone to on the road between meeting John Sterling and meeting another fan with seats just behind the dugout where I moved from my great seat right on the rail down the left field line. The Yanks did lose but still it was a fun game. Very back and forth and it went extra innings where finally it ended at 14 to 13 or so (might have been 14 11).
THE TWO-TIME SUPER BOWL CHAMPION DENVER BRONCOS play their home games in this beautiful new stadium. Tickets are mighty hard to come by. But even if there is no game scheduled, you can visit the stadium (be sure to see the magnificent sculpture of a herd of wild horses just outside the stadium). There is a nice Bronco gift shop there as well, and the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. The Hall of fame is open Tues-Sat. 10 - 3, and is free.
Tours of Invesco Field at Mile High begin each half hour and are 75 minutes in length. Adults $8, children & seniors $6, and groups $5.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL, NATIONAL LEAGUE STYLE. Coors Field seats 50,000 for home games. If you sit in the row of purple seats you are exactly one mile above the oceans. The stadium has its own brewpub.
Equipment: Bring sunglasses, that Colorado sun is really bright. Also sunblock and a cap for shade. Lots of ultraviolet rays up here, you know.
Rafting in Colorado can be a great experience if the rivers are full. I had the chance to go when we had a good season. Check with the company and get the river conditions befor you go. Lakota river guides offers a good trip between vail and Breckenridge.
Ratings below are a general guide. Many conditions can greatly affect a river sections rating including volume of water and remoteness of location. This table is to simply assist you in selecting the most appropriate trip.
Rivers with Class I or flat water interspersed with occasional Class II rapids: waves 1-2 feet high. This is typically referred to as a scenic float trip.
*Best for young children and tentative adults.
Rivers with Class I - II water interspersed with Class III rapids: waves usually 2-3 feet high, passageways contain some obstacles. Rapids are challenging but not overwhelming. Unintentionally falling out of the raft may mean an uncomfortable "swim".
* Best for adventurous first-timers, rafting for the widest range of people.
Rivers with Class I - IV water and more difficult Class IV+ rapids: 4-5 foot waves and drops, complicated by difficult passages containing obstacles that require quick, precise maneuvering. Falling out of the raft and "swimming" in a rapid will be difficult.
* Best for those with Class III experience wanting to try-out Class IV, or for athletic, very adventurous first-timers.
Rivers with Class I - IV+ water interspersed with long, tumultuous Class V rapids: 5-8 foot drops or greater and obstacles that must be avoided. Falling out of the raft means an extremely difficult and potentially hazardous "swim".
* Best for experienced rafters seeking a challenge.
Equipment: Dress in layers. They provide wetsuits but bring a fleece, river shoes, a hat, sunscreen and maybe even gloves if it is spring or fall. Weather conditions change fast in colorado so you have to be prepared. You can either be freezing or burning up.
Also, bring water....but most places provide lunch after the trip.
Although we didnt see any games,(we missed the LAKERS VS NUGGETS) We did check out the Invesco field, Pepsi Center, and the Coors Field. These are all pretty close to each other. Maybe next time i can catch a game.
Washington Park, or just "Wash Park," is located just 10-15min south of downtown, and even though I-25 passes just to the south of the park, it has a very relaxing atmosphere. The park is located in a calm neighborhood and is a favorite location for people living in the area, and other parts of Denver, to have picnic, play sports, ride your bike, rollerblade, run, or walk. It has a two mile paved bike/rollerblade path, and a slightly longer dirt walk/jogging path. There are a couple of small water gatherings with fish in it, play areas, picnic tables, and shady trees.
Equipment: There are plenty of grills in the park that you can use on a first come first serve basis. However, you can also reserve a picnic area (about $40), and if somebody shows up that have done so, you have to move (personally, there has never been a time where there has been no room even if I didn't reserve a spot).
Nice area to go mountain biking, hiking, or trail running just 20min away from downtown Denver. The area has several trails for different levels and purposes. The peak of Green Mountain is at 6588ft. Hike up there and get a good view of Denver, especially later during the day.
Equipment: If you plan on mountain biking, don't forget to bring a spare tube. It is not fun to have to walk in your biking shoes for several miles (I would know!!!)
Waterton Canyon is very beautiful place for biking. The path lies in canyon along the mountain creek. You will enjoy the views of mountains and the beauty of nature. The path is good for beginner, especially for families, because the road is wide, the slopes are not high. Plus you will see a lot of families there with children on bykes with their parents. But it shouldn't stop the advanced bykers, because the path ends with long uphill road. I did only a half of it, believe me, it was tough
The path also is good for hiking, but pay an attention that path is not a concrete.
Equipment: You may take fishing poles. I saw many fishermen over there with their poles. They get to the creek on bikes, so you migh do both things for pleasure - biking and fishing
http://www.bicycletourcolorado.com/ - this is the ride I want to do here. I need to get in shape for this, but it would be an awesome experience and a great achievement. This seems to be a smaller version of the Ride the Rockies ride about a month earlier .... need to start training for 2006!
Not a bad ski area when there is good snow. It is more of a small locals ski area but is less expensive than some of the other near by ski resorts. Nothing flashy, but the lines are usually short and they have a nice little bar!
Equipment: Nothing out there! Bring layers! You can rent skis there but it is cheaper if you rent in Idaho Springs.
Steamboat Springs is about 3 hours from Denver. They have great skiing for both the Beginner to the Expert levels. The town is quaint and they offer great deals on Condo rentals throughout the season. Every Dec they run a special for 2 nights in a condo/two days skiing, plus a jazz concert for $130 USD. The town also has a natural hot springs which is nice to relax in after a long day of skiing.
Equipment: Bring all the right ski gear, and a health insurance card if you are skiing with someone like me. There are plenty of shops downtown if you forget something.