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Best Birding Spots Near Denver

Birding can be a valuable introduction to nature and ecology for children. Birds are not as elusive as other wildlife and can be viewed safely. Combined with your favorite hiking spots, it can be a welcomed addition to a day out on the trails. Bring a bird identification guide and encourage kids to…

Colorado Canned Beers for Your Next Summer Camping Trip

Sure, you can bring a bottle of wine or whiskey with you on your next camping trip, but there’s something that just feels right about drinking a cold craft beer after spending the day under the summer sun. And while there’s certainly no shortage of beers from local Denver brewers that would hit the…

Best Kid-Friendly Hikes Near Denver

Hundreds of exciting adventures for the whole family can be found near the Denver metro area. If you’re planning a hike with young ones, Colorado Mountain Club’s “The Best Front Range Hikes for Children” guidebook details 46 hikes that vary in difficulty that you can find in the Denver, Boulder…

Denver's Best Urban Hikes

Denver is a city with boundless outdoor fun and has an ideal location next to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. While The Mile High City is conveniently close to major peaks for hiking, there’s actually no need to head into the mountains when Denver’s regional trail system encompasses hundreds…

How to Explore the Colorado Trail in Waterton Canyon Near Denver

Many people think that Denver’s prettiest, closest and most accessible bit of mountain scenery is Waterton Canyon. This is the start of the famous Colorado Trail, one of the great long-distance hikes (or mountain bike rides) of the Rocky Mountains. Trail Facts The Colorado Trail runs for 486 miles…

Where to Rent Outdoor Gear in Denver

Whether you have a couple of hours, a few days or a blissful week to spend in Denver, there are outdoor adventures galore. And you can rent all sorts of gear, from kayaks to motorized scooters, without having to pack a huge suitcase or buy expensive stuff. Here's a rundown to get you up and…

12 Tips for Driving Up Mount Blue Sky Scenic Byway

The drive up the paved road to the summit of Mount Blue Sky is as high as you can go by automobile in North America. From Denver, Mount Blue Sky is closer, higher and cheaper than going to Pikes Peak. The 60-mile trip (one way) from downtown Denver to the 14,260-foot summit passes through five…

How to Spend a Day in Rocky Mountain National Park

The Rocky Mountains make up the third-longest mountain range in the world, running from northern British Columbia to New Mexico. At its center is Rocky Mountain National Park, some 400 square miles of preserved natural beauty with 147 lakes, 360 miles of trails and more than 100 peaks that are…

Only in Denver: Black-Footed Ferrets

On the northeastern edge of Denver, a masked bandit is plotting a midnight raid. It’s no ninja, but a black-footed ferret — until recently one of the most endangered species in the West — in search of its next meal. Prairie dogs, beware. This struggle is playing out within sight of downtown and the…