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    THINK SNOW.

    by DrexelDragon Updated Nov 19, 2004

    If you like to ski, and you are in Denver during the winter then you need to ski the following: Winter Park, Copper Mountain, Arapahoe Basin, and Breckenridge. If you really must ski Vail and Beaver Creek...go ahead...I didn't think they were anything really special. Keystone isn't bad either.

    Winter Park has great terrain. Awesome bumps. The only thing about Winter Park is that it isn't the quickest accessed resort off I-70 West.

    Copper is all around. It's got a good village. The only thing I didn't like was that you had to take a bus from the general parking lot.

    Breckenridge is the place to go for great skiing and equal to the task night life.

    A-Basin is no frills. It's the skier's mountain. It was my favorite place to ski in CO.

    Equipment: Good boots, good skis, and good skills.

    I-70 roadside view
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    • Road Trip
    • Skiing and Boarding
    • Camping

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    Dude Ranches Dude

    by grandmaR Written Nov 12, 2004

    When we visited Colorado on a road trip in 1948, we went up into the mountains where a distant cousin had a goat ranch. After they showed us how they milked the goats, they took us on a trail ride. You can see that I'm not a great rider in this pictures.

    You don't have to know someone with a ranch to go riding in Colorado though. There's a whole association of people in Colorado who 'do' dudes. They say:

    " For pure value, Colorado's guest ranches are America's best kept travel and vacation secret:

    "Fabulous meals and inviting accommodations.
    At most places these two items alone will cost you more than the COMPLETE vacation package at a Colorado dude and guest ranch.

    "And for the same price...
    you can ride horses, fish in a trout stream, enjoy local entertainment, maybe go river rafting or on a pack trip, even learn to pan gold...."

    Equipment: There are over 30 ranches to chose from. Big ones with up to 115 guests and small ones with only 10 guests. Some of them have kids programs for children as young as 3 or as old as 18.

    Me at age 10 on a trail ride
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    • Family Travel
    • Horse Riding

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    Moutainbiking outside of Evergreen

    by tejanasueca Updated Nov 5, 2004

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    Outside of Evergreen, there are three small mountain peaks called the Three Sisters. Around this area you're bound to find great mountainbiking spots. They are not only challenging to go up; put also extremely funny to go down.

    Ponderosa Trail:
    Cross the large open area on the other side of the road. Follow the path. Essentially the route starts of with a switchback climb for quite a while. Once you reach the top, walk out to the right for a fantastic view, before you head down. The downhill part offers some switchbacks and stony areas. It might be a good idea to have the more experienced rider go first, as while most of the downhill are relatively easy, there are a few spots at which a beginner probably would prefer to walk their bike. Towards the very end, when it starts to flatten out, there are a few bunny hops; a great place to learn how to jump! Once you reach the bottom, keep left before you reach the road, and there will be a short uphill to take you back to the parkingarea.

    Equipment: The regular when it comes to mtb: helmet, water, and spare inner tubes!

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    Sledding (Loveland Pass)

    by tejanasueca Updated Sep 5, 2004

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    Can't afford skiing?

    You can still experience Colorado in the winter. The road up towards Loveland Pass offers nice places to go sledding. Round of the day by driving up to the pass and stand on the continental divide.

    Make sure to check weather conditions before going up there. Loveland Pass always closes in case of recent heavy snowfall.

    Equipment: Yourself, your friends, some snacks, and a $5 dollar sled bought at Wal-mart!

    Loveland Pass, Continental Divide
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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Skiing and Boarding
    • Family Travel

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    Ski in Loveland

    by tejanasueca Updated Sep 5, 2004

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    Loveland might not be the biggest skiing resort in Colorado, but it offers something most resorts don't: easy accessable natural, i.e. not groomed, slopes for the intermediate and advanced skiier. Go to the top of one of the slopes in Loveland Valley and feel like you are in the backcountry! (Loveland has the highest lift served terrain in the northern hemisphere)

    + Loveland Basin (there is a shuttle that takes less than 5min) is a great place for a first time skiier so a mixed level family/group can spend the day in the same area.

    Another big plus is that Loveland Ski Area offers FREE PARKING!

    Equipment: Bring it or rent it in the store at Loveland Basin. The prices there are cheaper than at the big resorts, but probably not as cheap as if you where to rent it in Denver. Ask for group discounts.

    Chair 1, Loveland Ski Area
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    • Skiing and Boarding

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    Hike the Mount Massive Wilderness Area

    by tejanasueca Updated Sep 5, 2004

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    The hike, located in San Isabel National Forest, is only 7 miles and can be done in a day if you start early. However, it is worth it to bring a tent and spend the night down by "Native Lake." The spot offers god camping ground and Mount Massive, Colorado's second highest peak (14,421 ft), can be seen in the background.

    The hike starts off with a switch back climb, it then crosses an open plateau, before you descend into the valley with the lake. When you get to the lake, keep left to find several good camping spots. End the weekend with going to Quincy's Steak House in Leadville (see restuarant tips).

    Equipment: Caution: The conditions change fast and are very different from the conditions down in Denver (two hours away). We went during Labor Day Weekend (first weekend in September) and woke up to the first snow off the season (in Denver, it was still summer like conditions). So, BE PREPARED. BRING WARM CLOTHING AND GOOD HIKING BOOTS.

    Mount Massive Wilderness Area, Colorado
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    • Backpacking
    • Hiking and Walking

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    Skiing/Snowboarding (Breckenridge)

    by tejanasueca Updated Jul 30, 2004

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    Both tourists and locals love the slopes in what locally is called just "Breck." The newly opened (03/04) lift #7 provides some naturally rolling hills. Lots of lifts and slopes for all levels, however, it can still get a little bit crowded on the weekend. Tuesday afternoon is usually the slowest day.

    Equipment: There are plenty of places to rent equipment in Breck, however, if you want better prices, rent your equipment ahead of time down in Denver (pick it up the night before you need it, that way you can get an early start).

    Related to:
    • Skiing and Boarding

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    snowshoeing

    by goingsolo Written Jul 12, 2004

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    Snowshoeing is very popular in the winter, but can also be done in the early summer in places such as Rocky Mountain National Park, where the high elevation means that snow has not melted by this time of year.

    Snowshoeing in Rocky Mountain National Park

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    Rock climbing

    by goingsolo Written Jul 12, 2004

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    Colorado's landscape allows for many opportunities to rock climb throughout the state. In Boulder, less than an hour from Denver, the Flatirons are popular for the sport. This photo was taken at Hartman's Rocks, a popular rock climbing spot in Gunnison.

    Hartman's rocks

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    Just Duck

    by morgandk Written Feb 22, 2004

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    Duck hunting in Colorado is fantastic. Bring your 12 guage and meet the license qualifications- then savor the outdoors, the hunt, and the duck fajitas!

    Equipment: Warm clothes, 12 guage, boots, orange vest, and a license.

    John is ready to cook up Daffy!
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    • Road Trip
    • Farm Stay

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    Colorado - the state of bikers

    by OlenaKyiv Written Feb 21, 2004

    It is hard to believe maybe but the most part of citisence of Colorado have bikes and they will be able to show you hundreds of tracks of different dificulties.

    I tried the Cherry Creek in Denver and the trail in Colorado Springs. The amazing that they are so long that you don't know where the end of them. You have to be careful with your strengths, because it can happen in that way that you won't be able to get back because you have got too far.

    Equipment: Some bike routes are pretty good for roll blades what I really like so you can have a competition with bikers :-)

    Denver biker
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    • Cycling

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    The Royal Gorge of the Arkansas River

    by kenadams Written Jan 18, 2004

    The best description of the whitewater kayaking experience I've ever read is by a Miami Herald columnist, Dave Barry. Click here to read his insights into the world of white water.
    Kayaking is fun and safe. As long as you have a sense of adventure (or sense of humor) you'll have a good time.
    This Colorado section of the Arkansas river is not too hard and is accessible to first-timers during the summer, when the water level is lower than in the spring.

    Equipment: Look for the Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center in Howard, Colorado. Their safety standards are excellent. You can buy/rent the equipment and hire an instructor all in one place.

    The Arkansas river
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    • Kayaking
    • Rafting

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    Lake Pueblo

    by Nexus7 Written Oct 27, 2003

    Lake Pueblo is in Pueblo, of course, and consists of a nice reservoir and camping areas in addition to many hiking trails around the giant semi-arid steppe climate. It's not real crowded and only about two hours from Denver if you get sick of Cherry Creek Reservoir.

    Lake Pueblo

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    Mountain Biking Fruita, Colorado

    by Got_Snow Written May 6, 2003

    Be sure to have good transportation with bike racks. This is a major plus to be able to get from trailhead to trailhead. It is possible to bike right from Highline Lake State Park to get to Mary's Trail and the Kokopelli Trail, but take a car. There is really no need to have a shuttle because once you are at the trail head you may ride for as long as you want.

    Equipment: Mountain bikes....DUH!!!!!!!

    Tim, myself, and Chris

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    Tossing the Iron

    by morgandk Updated Jan 19, 2003

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    When horses wear out their shoes, the natives play with them. This is serious sport. Pull up your lawnchair, ice down you Colorado Cool-ade, and get ready to tumble and rumble.

    Equipment: Four big horshoes and two iron stakes. They tried it with cats but they just don't bounce as well.

    Pitchin' Shoe

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