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.
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!!!)
Playing inside the Pepsi Center for home games are the Denver Nuggets of the NBA. The Nuggets are what you would call a "rebuilding" franchise. The General Manager Kiki Vandeweghe is building a product that is capable of both winning games and is also fun to watch. Utilizing Denver's rarified air the concept employed is to run the visitors up and down the court, and out of breath.
If the Nuggets keep it up this will be one of the hottest tickets in Denver.
Nosebleed seats start at 10 dollars a pop and work up to over 100 dollars for lower level. If you are in need of lower level tickets (for a price) that you are told are sold out to season ticket holders just look for the people outside who are "buying" tickets.
Or ask me - I have a hook-up.
Equipment: They do perform a bag check at the gate. You are not allowed to bring food or drinks (including water) into the Pepsi Center.
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).
Eight Sunday afternoons each fall 76,000 football fans jam this stadium to watch their beloved Denver Broncos play football. If all goes well during the regular season fans might get to see two additional (playoff) games during the month of January.
Coors field is home to the Major League Baseball Colorado Rockies. Being in the National League west division the most common opponents are the Dodgers, Giants, Diamondbacks, and Padres. The stadium is a brick throwback to the old style, oozing an aura that screams for a future legacy and excellent views of the Rocky Mountains at sunset. Tickets range from 3 to 40 dollars and can be purchased up to Game time at the stadium box office. Beer and other concessions on the other hand can be pretty expensive - expect to pay 5 to 6 dollars for a mass produced pint. The season runs from early April to the end of September. I always hope the Rockies extend this by going to the playoffs.
Equipment: Bring sunglasses at all times. You may want to bring sunscreen for those day games.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
When in Denver, baseball fans should take the opportunity to visit Coors Field and take in a Colorado Rockies baseball game. This "mile high" stadium is comfortable and cozy, and you'll have a great seat no matter where you sit.
Plenty of ice cold Coors brew for your drinking pleasure, too.
The Rockies kind of stink lately, but a trip to the ol' ball game is always fun, win or lose.
Equipment: This sporting tip involves viewing, not playing. Just get enough money to buy a ticket or two, and a few beers. Head over to Coors and have a ball.
I suppose you COULD bring a glove in case you have a foul ball hit your way in the stands. But we all know that the only people who catch foul balls at baseball games never have baseball gloves. : )
BTW, the stadium is located at the intersection of Blake and 20th streets. Back when the Rockies were pretty good, they were often called the Blake Street Bombers. Now, thanks to their anemic pitching staff, they mostly get bombed. ; )