Get in the Buff
Colorado University Football matched against the Big Twelve NCAA conference oppoents. Watch the game. Cheer on Ralphie the Bison as he romps down the gridiron. Paint your face and party with the wildest college bunch at the victory party!! Maybe the best team in the Big 12 North!
Equipment: Dress warm. There is always a breeze in Boulder.
White water rafting! No rivers flow into Colordo, they all flow out. The Platte, the Arkansas, and the Rio Grande all start in the heart of the Rockies. You can find rafting and kayak outfitters almost all over the state. Whatever bubbles bubbles up!!!
Equipment: Cash, waterpoof camera, dry clothes, and your courage. Not for the faint of heart or swimming.
Jump into the Rocky Mt High
Skydiving, the maximum rush from 17500 ft above sea level. First timers can take a tandem jump with a qualified instructor.
Equipment: Cashola. Leave the twinkies at home. Max weight is 210 pounds and min age is 18.
Tossing the Iron
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.
Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Home of the National Football League's Denver Broncos and Major League Lacrosse's Denver Outlaws, Sports Authority Field at Mile High opened in 2001 as INVESCO Field at Mile High, replacing the antiquated Mile High Stadium. It was renamed Sports Authority Field in August 2011.
With a seating capacity of 76,125, Sports Authority Field at Mile High was designed with an emphasis on state-of-the-art technology, while at the same time preserving the traditional aspects of the old Mile High Stadium that gave the Broncos a decided homefield advantage over the years.
Home of Major League Baseball's Colorado Rockies, Coors Field opened in 1995 after Denver was awarded an expansion team. It was the National League's first new ballpark built exclusively for baseball since Dodger Stadium was built in Los Angeles in 1962.
Construction started in 1992 and was completed in 1995. The original plans called for a seating capacity of 43,800, but during their first season, in which they played at the old Mile High Stadium, the Colorado Rockies attracted 4,500,000 fans, the most in baseball history. Therefore, more seats were added to the upper deck in right field, and the seating capacity is now 50,381. Also during construction, a seven-foot-long (two-meter-long), 1,000-pound (450-kilogram) Triceratops skull was unearthed. Because of this find, the mascot for the Colorado Rockies is Dinger the Dinosaur.
All of the seats in the ballpark are dark green, except those in the twentieth row of the upper deck, which are purple. These seats are exactly one mile (1.6 kilometers) above sea level. The area behind the center field wall is landscaped with rocks, a waterfall, and spruce trees to recreate a high-altitude scene from the Rocky Mountains.
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.
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.
Mountain Biking Fruita, Colorado
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!!!!!!!
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.
The Royal Gorge of the Arkansas River
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.Related to:
Colorado - the state of bikers
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 :-)Related to:
Dude Ranches Dude
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.Related to:
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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.Related to:
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Ride the Rockies
Every June over a thousand cyclists hit the road to do the 400 plus miles Ride The Rockies. The race, sponsored by the Denver Post, changes courses each year. This year's course goes from Grand Junction to Breckenridge. Riders will have to cross several peaks, most over 11,000 feet.
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