Your workout is a little different a mile above sea level.
If you're looking for a Rocky Mountain "boot camp" to jump-start your summer conditioning, here are several public places you can work out while enjoying the scenery, the camaraderie and the fun of being outdoors in Denver's fresh, dry, mile-high climate!
Civic Center MOVES
WHEN: Mon.–Fri., late April–mid-October
WHERE: Civic Center Park
Civic Center MOVES is a free fitness series for all experience levels year-round. Best of all, from late April through mid-October the classes happen right in the heart of Downtown's beautiful Civic Center Park. Produced by the Civic Center Conservancy, the classes include:
- Monday Evenings (6–7 p.m.): Power Vinyasa Yoga with The River
- Tuesday Lunchtimes (12:15–1 p.m.): Workout Roulette with Compass Fitness
- Wednesday Mornings (5:30–6:15 a.m. and 6:15–7 a.m.): Fitness Tribe with The November Project
- Wednesday Lunchtimes (12:15–1 p.m.): Hip Hop + Groove with Breaking Barriers
- Thursday Lunchtimes (12–1 p.m): Yoga Cross with The River and Fitness in the City
- Friday Lunchtimes (12:15–1 p.m.): Workout Roulette with Compass Fitness
MILE HIGH ZEN: YOGA
Yoga at Denver Botanic Gardens
WHEN: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings; Wednesday evenings
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens
COST: $10 members, $12 non-members
At Denver Botanic Gardens, awaken your energy and unlock your inner potential through breathing, movement, stretching, meditation and mantra with yoga at the Gardens. Just bring your yoga mat and a bottle of water, and breathe in the fresh, floral air.
- Tuesday and Thursday Mornings (8–9 a.m., May–Sept.; 7:30–8:30 a.m., Oct.–April): Sunrise Vinyasa Yoga
- Wednesday Mornings (8–9 a.m.): Hatha Yoga
- Wednesday Evenings (6–7 p.m.): Evening Vinyasa Yoga
Yoga on the Rocks
WHEN: July 20, 27; and Aug. 3, 10 and 17, 2019
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
COST: $16 single session, $62 four-pack, $118 season pass
Join up to 2,000 other yoga enthusiasts for a sunrise session at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, one of the most spectacular venues in the world. The Yoga on the Rocks sessions are led by instructors from The River and Kindness Yoga. Bring your yoga mat and a bottle of water, and make sure to purchase your tickets online — there are no drop-in sales at the entrance.
Yoga Rocks the Park
WHEN: Select Sundays throughout summer; 8–11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Sunken Gardens Park
COST: Free (Donations Accepted)
Yoga Rocks the Park started in Denver eleven years ago and has since expanded to other cities. The event features an outdoor, all-levels, 75-minute yoga class taught by the area's most inspiring local and national yoga teachers, accompanied by live music. A fun kids program for your little yogis is also available. Free, 45-minute wellness workshops happen in the Wellness Vendor Village each week, where there's also food, drink, vendors and live music. Donations benefit Food Bank of the Rockies
RUN IT OFF
Run clubs let Denverites socialize during their workout. Meet some locals, try some beers and burn some calories while exploring some of Denver's hippest neighborhoods.
Homegrown Run Club
WHEN: Every Monday at 6 p.m., May–Oct.
WHERE: Homegrown Tap & Dough
Head to Homegrown Tap & Dough in Washington Park for a 5K run. Pizza and beer to follow!
Denver Beer Company Run Club
WHEN: Every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., year-round
WHERE: Denver Beer Co.
Show up at the brewery, do a little stretching, learn the route and then set off on a 5K walk/jog/run through the beautiful Riverfront, LoHi and Highlands neighborhoods. The Denver Beer Company Run Club is followed by a free pasta dinner on Denver Beer Co.'s sunny patio — and a few craft beers, of course.
Highland Tap & Burger Run Club
WHEN: Every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., year-round
WHERE: Highland Tap & Burger
Meet up with fellow fitness enthusiasts for the Highland Tap & Burger Run Club, and run a four-mile loop around the historic neighborhoods of Lower Downtown and the Highlands. All runners get free pasta and salad, as well as 20 percent off select beers. Highland Tap & Burger features dozens of Colorado craft beers on tap and in bottles.
Run the Bird in Wash Park
WHEN: Every Wednesday at 6 p.m., April–Oct.
WHERE: Blackbird Public House
Join your neighbors at Blackbird Public House for an evening 5K run around Washington Park. All runners receive a post-run meal and $3 select Colorado craft beers.
WHEN: May 16–17, 2020
WHERE: City Park
Denver’s springtime race is the ultimate running tour of the city — with mountain views. The Colfax Marathon starts and finishes in City Park and travels through Broncos Stadium at Mile High (where the Broncos play) and along seven miles of rivers, lakes and bridges, while a half marathon takes a route through the zoo. Ten-mile and 5K options are also available.
With 85 miles of paved bike trails and a gigantic bike-sharing program, Denver is one of America's top cycling-centric cities.
Denver Cruiser Ride
WHEN: Wednesdays, May–September
WHERE: Various locations
The Denver Cruiser Ride is a weekly pub crawl that meets on Wednesday nights to cycle safely through the streets of Denver. A mid-week Mile High City tradition for over a decade, each of the 20 summer rides boasts a different theme — often involving zany costumes. With close to 60,000 people turning out over the season, the Denver Cruiser Ride has become the largest weekly bike party on the planet! Past themes have included Denver 1894, Mad Max, Bike Prom and Birds & Bees. Check the website Wednesday afternoon for that night's starting point. Bike rental locations are available around the city, or hop on a Denver B-cycle at one of 80+ stations and join the energetic crowd!
WHERE: 80+ stations throughout Denver
COST: $9 for a 24-hour pass with unlimited 30-minute trips
Explore The Mile High City using Denver B-cycle, Denver's pioneering bike-share program. It's easy, cheap, fun — and a great way to get some exercise on Denver's 85 miles of paved bike paths. More than 700 shiny, red Trek bikes are available at 80+ self-serve stations, all conveniently located near major attractions and neighborhoods. Spectacular rides from Downtown include the Cherry Creek Bike Trail (one of the top five urban bike trails in America, according to USA Today), or the 43-mile-long South Platte River Trail.