Whether it’s your first time camping or you are a seasoned outdoor enthusiast, it’s important to always remember proper camping etiquette when heading into the outdoors. It’s not only about respecting the space you’re camping in, but also about respecting the other people enjoying the outdoors around you. Most importantly you want to make sure that you leave the area exactly as you found it, following the principles of Leave No Trace.
Step One - Finding the Spot:
Step Two - Gear Up:
Step Three - Leave No Trace:
By: Kelsey Voskamp
8 Denver Day Trips
Summertime brings a variety of fabulous options of things to do in the Denver area. We’ve compiled a list of ‘must see’ day trips for your summer adventure needs ranging from the infamous to the hidden gems. Whether you’re a Colorado native looking for day trips to cross off the list or you’re new to the area or you’re entertaining out of towners- there is something for everyone.
Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave
Distance from Denver: 25 miles
This is a favorite of many Colorado natives that likely have nostalgic memories of traveling up Lookout Mountain to learn about the famous Buffalo Bill at the museum and grave site. The museum is full of rich history about Buffalo Bill that is entertaining for kids and adults. The curvy drive up Lookout Mountain offers plenty of breathtaking views of Denver with dozens of photo op moments along the way. Find directions and hours here.
Central City & Black Hawk
Distance from Denver: 40 miles
Black Hawk & Central City are known for their gambling fun with over 30 casinos in the area. This is a great day trip for adults looking to try their luck in this historic mountain area. Casinos aren’t the only noteworthy thing in these towns- both towns have beautifully preserved buildings and Victorian architecture that adds to their charm. Plan your visit here.
Distance from Denver: 30 miles
This brewery is another childhood nostalgic favorite of many Colorado natives. Coors Brewery in Golden is the largest single site brewery in the world and is a must see for any local. Take a free 30-minute tour of the malting, brewing, and packaging process at the brewery ending with a variety of beer samples in their Hospitality lounge. After the tour, check out all the neat and historic shops and restaurants in Golden. For tour information visit their website.
Georgetown Loop Railroad
Distance from Denver: 45 miles
Georgetown Railroad is a narrow-gauge railroad that was first built in 1884 and was restored by the Colorado Historical Society in the mid 90s. This train ride is an awesome experience with breathtaking views and at one point crosses a 90 foot high bridge so you can really feel like you’re on top of the world. The town of Georgetown is rich in history with restored buildings from the 1870s and offers mining tours, restaurants, shops, and plenty to do for everyone. Find out more about the railroad here.
Historic Redstone Inn
Distance from Denver: 186 miles
This hidden gem is a bit far from Denver in terms of day trip material but it’s historic lodging makes it a perfect one-night getaway if you’re too tired to cruise back to Denver. The Redstone Inn is a historic turn of the century resort hidden away in a little mountain town with an abundance of outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, fly fishing, hot springs, and a historic castle to tour! Find directions and more information about this historic inn here.
Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
Distance from Denver: 25 miles
Red Rocks is well known for its naturally formed concert venue and has a rich history of musical legends gracing the stage from the Beatles to Sting. Concerts for popular artists sell out quickly so don’t miss out on your tickets before they’re gone! Not interested in seeing a concert? Red Rocks offers plenty of biking and hiking trails so visitors can take in the abundance of wildlife and the beauty of this historic landmark. Get directions here.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Distance from Denver: 70 miles
Rocky Mountain National Park is a paradise for the lovers of the outdoors which is practically a rule if you live in Colorado! With over 315 miles of hiking trails, wildflower fields, wildlife, and natural beauty it makes for the perfect summer day trip. Rocky Mountain National Park is also home to Trail Ridge Road which is every native’s favorite place to take their out of town guests. Trail Ridge Road peaks at 12,000 feet and is a must see for all Coloradoans and guests alike. Find information on hours, passes, and more here.
Wild Animal Sanctuary
Distance from Denver: 40 miles
The Wild Animal Sanctuary is a wonderful 9,793-acre natural habitat facility that is home to a diverse population of wild animals. These animals are often rescued from horrific captivity situations and at the Wild Animal Sanctuary they can roam free with others of their own kind. Their Mile Into The Wild walkway bridge that stretches 1.5 miles over these habitats ensures safe viewing for guests and stress free interactions for the animals. Find their visitor information here.
The term “Rules of the Road” has always been more of a proverbial term as opposed to a literal one, but as winter gives way to spring snow here in Colorado - as is tradition - we can’t help but hope that at some point SOMEONE might start being more literal with the rules. Especially considering the dusting of thunder snow that we received last night which turned the morning commute into the now almost-ceremonial clusterf$#@ that it is…..somebody needs to put some strict rules into play here. Apologies in advance for the language or if we offend you, but that tends to be the only thing which captures the attention of certain people, and since this is OUR filibuster here, it’s also our cross to bear.
Myth: "It's cold and snows a lot in Colorado so we must be the "Best" at driving in the white stuff!?"
Fact: LEARN HOW TO DRIVE IN SNOW
We sometimes get all four seasons in one day here... no seriously, we do. So if you’re going to be commuting to work, be out running errands, even going for a Sunday drive then doesn’t it behoove you to be prepared? IT SNOWS HERE KIDS. Don’t be so shocked and afraid by it once you get behind the wheel, there’s no point. No, chain laws going into effect doesn’t mean you need to strap them on the tires of your Jeep Liberty. And NO, your four-wheel drive, or all-wheel drive, or ground clearance doesn’t give you a free pass to speed up while the responsible people are taking it slow. Just because your drivetrain is connected to more than one axle doesn’t mean that it has anything to do with your brakes, because it doesn’t. This segues into the main point here: SLOW DOWN. Accidents are exactly that: accidents, however many of them can be avoided, especially in this context. Roughly ⅕ of accidents reported every year by the Colorado State Patrol are due to someone driving too fast for the road conditions. So chill out. Snow is partially frozen water, once it makes contact with the ground, it has the tendency to turn into ice. Ice is slippery. It makes it tough for tires to gain traction. So be smart out there Colorado, drive safe, and be sure to leave yourself enough time to get where you need to go when it snows, like everyone else. Don’t be that person.
Myth: "The mountains are so pretty and I love just looking at everything. Since other people are doing it we must be the "BEST" at driving in the left lane."
Fact: THE LEFT LANE ON THE HIGHWAY IS FOR PASSING
It’s a law. Don’t believe me? Check out this article from a credible source then. This isn’t the “fast lane” on the alpine slide where you have an option here. The law is in place to help the flow of traffic, and considering that we have already outgrown the majority of our infrastructure here, it’s really best practice to follow the letter of the law in this regard. If you’re passing, then you’re good. If not, then please get the hell over and stop flipping me off when I pass you on the right.
Myth: "The other cars around me don't need to know what I'm doing cause I'm the "Best"."
Fact: ALL VEHICLES COME EQUIPPED WITH BLINKERS: USE YOURS
Too many drivers are casual about this. You wouldn’t expect other people to be able to read your mind in any other context, so why would you expect them to do so whilst behind the wheel? Drawing from the same report issued by the Colorado State Patrol, lane violations/improper lane changes account for anywhere from 10-15% of all major accidents each year in Colorado dating back all the way to 2011. If you’re going to change lanes, USE THAT BLINKER FAM. PLEASE.
Myth: "I have got to know what happened with this accident, and I'll definitely find out all of the juicy details if I slow down for a closer look cause I am the "Best" detective."
Fact: RUBBERNECKING IS DANGEROUS AND PISSES EVERYONE OFF BEHIND YOU
rub·ber·neck- to turn one's head to stare at something in a foolish manner.
It’s so odd. People get so preoccupied upon spotting another driver’s peril that they automatically slow down to take a look. Not out of a want or need to be of any assistance, rather just to be flat out nosy. It’s one thing for an accident to back up traffic on the same side of the street on which it occurred, this is all too normal. But the absolute worst is traffic getting backed up on the OTHER SIDE OF THE STREET. There’s no blockage, and no other reason other than people all of a sudden don’t have any place specific to be, and have to slow down in order to give the scene a good old “OH MY GAWWWW LOOGIT ALL THAT GLASS". Move on already and act like you’ve been behind the wheel before please, because while you’re busy messing around up there my lunchtime breakfast burrito is getting cold sitting in my passenger seat. And nothing ruins someone’s day quite like some ice cold lunch. Maybe getting in a car accident from distracted driving, but I digress.
Myth: "Red Lights are for chillin...lookin at my smart phone...touchin up my makeup..."
Fact: GREEN MEANS GO!
Maybe it’s the weed. Maybe it’s the majority of people’s natural inclination to be horribly inattentive no matter the context, but either way the most maddening thing that you’ll encounter outside of an actual collision with another car is getting stuck behind someone at an intersection who isn’t paying attention to the signal change. To harken back to the previous list item, it never ceases to amaze me the sheer number of people who seem to lose all concept of time while driving. Odds are, at least if you’re 99% of the rest of the people on the road, you’re driving somewhere for a purpose, and that purpose is most likely time-constrained. This type of sh$@ does NOT fly anywhere back East, nor does it in California or anywhere else on the West Coast. This is not a trend that we needed to set, but we did, and we also have the power to discontinue it. So PAY ATTENTION and get going.
Myth: "It's OK to reply to a text while driving as long as I think it's urgent because I'm the "Best" driver and the "Best" text messenger so why not combine the two!? "
Fact: TEXTING WHILE DRIVING KILLS!!!!! AND..... ANNOYS EVERYONE WHO FOLLOWS THE LAW.
The last two besticles were inevitably going to segue into this. It’s downright laughable the number of people who still engage in this horribly irresponsible activity despite a bill that was signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper last summer. A four point ticket and a $500 fine are the bare minimum of consequences should an incident arise from partaking in this type of distracted driving. And it’s not just texting: Facebooking, Snapchatting, Instagram stories, Itunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, etc are all akin to the same thing: a HUGE distraction. You don’t even need another link to the State Patrol website to know that this is the biggest cause of accidents in Colorado EVERY YEAR, and it’s not even close. You’re even inundated with this information while driving down the highway right now. Whatever it is, it can wait until you’re stopped. PUT. THE. PHONE. AWAY.
So there you have it, Colorado. Our take on what annoys us the most on the roads these days. In reality, we've got over four million licensed drivers here as of 2016, and that number is sure to increase exponentially in the coming years as the state continues to experience explosive growth. We're all in this together, so either figure it out before you hit the road, or constantly remind yourself. Either way, drive safe....and smart.
Ahhh Boulder. The People's Republic. This was an obvious choice to be one of the first cities covered in this series as so many of us at Colorado Culture have ties to it. Personally, if the cost of living wasn't so outrageous I'd probably still live up there. Say what you will about the town's populace as a whole, but it remains one of the most unique cities in Colorado.
CU Buffs football game, Folsom Field, 2400 Colorado Ave, Boulder, CO 80302
First and foremost, Boulder is a college town. And while the Buffs regressed a bit this past season, the gameday experience at Folsom is one which everyone should get a chance to enjoy at least once. Ralphie's run before kickoff (pictured above) is a tradition dating back all the way to the 1950s, and Ralphie is consistently voted as the #1 mascot in all of college sports. She's also one of only a handful of live mascots in the entire country as well. Plus there's always the potential that she'll get away from her handlers, which is something I've witnessed in person and it's just as hilarious as it sounds.
This, much like the next activity on the list, is something that's usually reserved for summers in Boulder-although with as much sunshine as we get here, hiking year-round isn't ever out of the question. Chautauqua boasts 8 different trails of varying difficulty, but almost all offer picturesque views of the Boulder Valley along the way. Plus you can get up close and personal with those flatirons that have long been a symbol for the city itself.
Tubing Boulder Creek
This is strictly a summer activity, and it's one of the favorite pastimes for anyone spending time in Boulder during the hot months. Any gas station in has inner tubes for purchase, and from there you can pick what kind of tubing you'd like to do. Take a lazy river-type float in the part of the creek closer to town, or head up to the waters that flow above Eben G. Fine park and you'll encounter what locals fondly refer to as Boulder's "drunk water park." Rope swings, big rapids, beers and laughs await.
The Sink 1165 13th St, Boulder CO 80302
This bar and restaurant located at the heart of The Hill has been slinging drinks, pizzas, and burgers since 1923. It's a favorite haunt for students and locals alike, whether it's a game day or not. As a former Sink Rat and Hill resident myself, I stop there every time I'm in town, provided that it's practical to do so.
Half Fast Subs 1215 13th Street, Boulder CO 80302
Located less than a block away from The Sink, Half Fast is another Hill staple. With over 100 different sandwich options to choose from, plus a full bar, you're guaranteed to find something to make you smile here. In terms of drinks, either the Strong Island Iced Tea or the Slurricane would be the best choice, as they're both excellent for the type of porch-drinking that you see pictured above.
The Buff 2600 Canyon Boulevard, Boulder CO 80302
This is the place to go if you've spent a little too much time/money/brain cells at the Sink or Half Fast. If it's hair of the dog you're looking for, they've got Bloody Marys and Mimosas for 99 cents, plus saddlebag pancakes (with either bacon or sausage cooked right in) or some eggs benedict (swap American bacon in for Canadian bacon) will definitely cure what ails ya.
Being a Boulderite like I am, I've always expressed disdain for Fort Collins, and much of Northern Colorado as a whole simply for that fact. After living up there for a year however, I realized how misguided I was. Despite the presence of the Colorado State campus, Fort Collins is a great town with a unique local culture, and has much to offer in the ways of food, drink, and entertainment.
Horsetooth Reservoir/Lory State Park
Nestled in the space between the portion of the Rockies west of Fort Collins and the hogbacks which separate it from town, boating on Horsetooth is a rite of passage for Fort Collins residents. Adjacent to the lake is Lory State Park, an open space which offers a dozen different hiking/biking/equestrian trails of varying difficulties. Take the 2 mile hike up to Arthur's Rock to get a panoramic view of Horsetooth, Fort Collins, and much of the Front Range.
Old Town Square
Exactly as advertised, this is the heart of historic Old Town Fort Collins. Always bustling with activity, there are almost too many shops, bars, and restaurants to count. Also, during the summer months they have concerts/movies on the square on almost any night of the week.
Trailhead Tavern 148 W Mountain Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Before I set foot in this place for the first time, I was told that we were headed to a "redneck bar." While I wouldn't necessarily agree with that sentiment (the presence of a Big Buck Hunter machine is the most redneck thing about this place), Trailhead is the quintessential dive bar, and dive bars are the best. Mainly because at a good dive bar you can get totally bombed for $20 or less, and this is certainly true in the Trailhead's case.
Big City Burrito 510 S College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524
This is the original location for this Mission-style burrito spot. What sets it apart from places like Chipotle and Qdoba is not only the different tortilla flavor-options, it's the addition of seasoned, fried potatoes in their burritos. The contrast in taste and texture provided by the potatoes when added to a carnitas burrito with a jalapeno cheddar tortilla is a revelation, indeed.
The Colorado Room 642 S College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Wings, smoked bison, poutine, Rocky Mountain Oysters, all are on the menu at this eclectic bar right down the street from the CSU campus. It also functions as a performance space, so if you're looking to take in some local music or standup comedy, this is the place to do so.
Pickle Barrel 122 W Laurel St, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Not only is this the best deli in town, if you're a sports fan it's also worth a visit. During hockey games you can get Labatt Blues for $1. You're welcome.
Unlike some of our other travel posts you won't really be able to find anywhere to eat OR drink in Gilman because, well, it's abandoned. Founded as a mining town in 1886 during the Colorado Silver Boom and located in Eagle County, CO, Gilman quickly became a center of the state's silver and zinc mining industry. Over time, private corporations bought properties located in and around the town...until the Eagle Mine (the main source of both of the commodities) flooded and was closed in the early 1980s.
Now considered a ghost town, Gilman sits perched on the edge of a 600-foot tall cliff overlooking the Eagle River on the upper reaches of Battle Mountain. Couple the dramatic effects of abandonment with the natural scenery that surrounds the site and you have one of the coolest places in Colorado. The only downside to exploring Gilman is that it's on private property and trespassing is not allowed. With that said, the area has been heavily vandalized and tagged with graffiti over the years as many people choose to ignore the rules. If you do choose to explore please respect the environment and be careful as many of the old buildings are still intact, but not maintained and could collapse.
Since the mine's closing, there have been many talks of re-development over the years from a ski area to a private resort for the rich. For now it sits growing into the side of the mountain, preserved in Colorado's culture and history forever, waiting for another adventurer to add it to their story.
T-Ride. When you're still in Colorado yet you're closer to the Grand Canyon then you are to Denver. Situated in a box canyon in the middle of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range, it's a place of unparalleled natural beauty, interesting culture (they host blues, bluegrass, AND beer festivals here), and an overall experience that makes it more than worth the six hours it takes to get there by car.
Bear Creek Trail
This 3 mile out-and-back trail starts less than a mile outside of town, running along it's namesake creek until ending at the waterfall which feeds it. It's a fairly easy hike in terms of elevation gain, the only thing which makes it a tad difficult is the sheer altitude at which the trail lies. The coolest part about it is contained in the picture above, however. About 3/4 of the way up the trail you emerge into a large clearing, and encounter what's possibly the largest grouping of rock cairns that you'll run into hiking anywhere in Colorado. Sitting up there next to the creek bed, surrounded by jagged peaks and the quiet bubbling of the water, you feel small and insignificant, yet oddly connected to those who have passed there before you. It's a bucket list hike.
Telluride Brewing Company 156 Society Dr, Telluride, CO 81435
Beer brewed by Deadheads for any and all, getting beer here means that you're literally sitting at a bar in the middle of the brewery itself, with employees going about their business, and drinking the beer they made as well. Solid suds, plus the opportunity to get up close and personal with the brewing process make this an essential stop in T-Ride as well.
Esperanza's Tequila Restaurant 226 W Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435
They've got 46 different brands of tequila to choose from. At almost 9000 feet above sea level, that's a party and a half. Also, they score extra points for the staff being increadibly patient and courtious: the waiter wasn't even offended when someone asked him if he was "the real Esperanza."
High Pie Pizzaria and Tap Room 100 W Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435
Consistently voted as Telluride's best pizza joint, they made their mark with unique pies like the Railjam: which features house-made onion jam, prosciutto, local spicy Italian sausage, yellow bell peppers, Asian pears, goat cheese & parmesan. The guy behind the bar, Mac, is a real gem too.
For 2018 we’re going to be doing a new feature every Friday for This Is Colorado. As we consider ourselves to be connoisseurs of culture around here, we figured that we’d start putting that to use. What you’ll find in this segment every Friday will be a bit of a travel guide; a blueprint for where to take someone from out of state if you find yourself in one of these towns. Eat, drink, touristy sightseeing activities, the basics. Where you go once you’re actually there is up to you, we’re just here to nudge you in the right direction. Some of these recommendations come from us personally, and others come from residents of that city.
Located 44 miles southwest of Colorado Springs, the seat of Teller County was historically known for one thing: mining. Post 1990 however, it's now known for something else: gambling. However, that's not all there is to see and do in Cripple Creek, as you're about to find out.
Phantom Canyon Road
We've always been more about scenic hikes rather than scenic drives, but this particular drive is one that is not to be missed. You'd be well-served to take a vehicle that has good ground clearance and 4-wheel drive though, as this road is unpaved and ultimately not for the faint of heart. Should you decide to pull the trigger however, you'll be afforded breathtaking views of brilliant red rocks, crystal clear waters, and stunning cliff drops. Buckle up.
Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad
This is a 4-mile loop on an old steam-engine train that takes you from Cripple Creek to Victor and back again, as the name suggests. The open-air cars afford views of numerous historic mining camps, and in a town geared towards adult activities, this is one which will make you feel like a kid again.
Ralf's Break Room 411 E Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813
This restaurant carries the distinction of being one of the few eateries in town that isn't located in a casino. Standard bar-food fare is augmented by some top notch pizza and an expensive beer list however, so if you're going to eat during your time down here, support the local family-owned businesses such as this.
Bronco Billy's Casino 233 E Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813
Had to include one casino on this list at least because after all, if you're taking a trip to Cripple Creek it's pretty much inevitable that you'll end up at one anyway. Voted Best Place to Gang Up On a Blackjack Dealer With Your Friends for the last five years running (that's not a real award, but if it was we'd gamble at that place every time), it's a full service casino that ends up earning our frequent business. Go forth and conquer those tables, kids.
A friend of mine who attended Fort Lewis College once described Durango to me as Southwestern Colorado's version of Boulder, just on a smaller scale. After a few visits there, I was hard-pressed to argue this sentiment. Everything about the town, from the local attitude, to the activities (eating, drinking, hiking, and riding) drew direct parallels to the People's Republic. The best way that he summed it up though was "ride Purgatory in the morning, go to class in the afternoon, party it up at night. Rinse and repeat." While those are no doubt focal points for many of the undergrad students there, we wanted to expand on those activities a bit. So let's go.
Mesa Verde National Park
This one is a no-brainer. Not only is it the largest archaeological preserve in the United States, the cliff-dwelling structures date all the way back to 7500 B.C. Although access to many of the structures are open to the ticket-purchasing public year round, the park also offers hiking trails, a campground, as well as food, lodging, and a gas station, albeit during the summer months only. Who needs an actual time machine when you've got the equivalent of one right in our very own state?
We mentioned it in the intro, and since This is Colorado, we can't show you around any mountain towns without showing you where to ride. 15,000 acres, 5 terrain parks, runs of every skill range, and 260 average inches of annual snowfall. Strap in.
Animas River Trail
If you want a tour of Durango, consider this to be the main thoroughfare. Although it's not your prototypical hike per se (it's paved and there's virtually no elevation gain), most people prefer to bike it. There's ample opportunities for scenic photos anywhere along through here however, and it's a unique experience unto itself, despite the lack of scramble opportunities.
Derailed Pour House, 725 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301
I like to judge places like this which offer "libations" based on how good they are at making one of my favorite cocktails, as it's usually a pretty fair indicator at how well the rest of the drinks offered by the bar are mixed. In this case, I tested their mettle with a Manhattan. And outside of Finn's Manor in RiNo, this place mixed what is probably the best Manhattan that I've had in Colorado to date. Couple that with a solid menu filled with bar-food staples, plenty of TVs for the sports going crowd, and live music a few nights a week, be sure to hit this place up.
Zia Tacqueria, Multiple Locations
OK, so this is more of a quick-serve style restauarant rather than a full-blown sit down one (and yes, I like to seek out Mexican food whenever I travel-because it's awesome), but much like the litmus test described above when it comes to bars...I always seek out one dish when it's available at a Mexican restauarant in order to judge the rest of the menu. No, not menudo (guero here, sorry I'm not sorry), it's posole. And their spicy chicken posole loaded down with guajillo peppers is the PERFECT pick me up after a day on the mountain. No substitutions for it.
Ska Brewing Company, 225 Girard St Durango, CO 81301
If you've ever read any of the entries in Beer Central, you'll know that we like our barley colas here, and the guys at Ska have been cranking out some of Colorado's best microbrews since 1995. They've since expanded their operation to include guided tours, and a tasting room (pictured above) with weekly beer and barbecue specials. Stop in for a Modus Hoperandi and thank us when you're finished, please.
Located at the confluence of the Roaring Fork and Colorado Rivers at the head of the Roaring Fork Valley, Glenwood has gained lots of notoriety in recent years, and yet is still somehow one of Colorado's best kept secrets. Named the "Most Vibrant Small Town Arts Environment in the United States" by Southern Methodist University and the 5th Best Place to Live in America by Outside magazine in 2015, it was also named the "Most Fun Town in America" by Rand McNally and USA Today in 2011. Let's find out why shall we?
Glenwood Hot Springs, 401 N River St, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
OK, these first few are going to be pretty obvious. But the fact of the matter is, this is the largest hot springs pool in the world. It's open year-round, and the serene mountain surroundings make it Glenwood's biggest attraction by far. Plus, have you ever rode a water slide into what basically amounts to a giant hot tub? If not, you've got to try it.
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, 51000 Two Rivers Plaza Road, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Another sizeable attraction that's open year round, this mountaintop amusement park boasts an alpine coaster, zip lines, cave tours, and a jaw-dropping giant canyon swing (open during the summer months) that launches you 1,300 feet into the air over the canyon. It's not for the faint of heart.
Located approximately 10 miles east of town up the canyon, Hanging Lake offers one of the biggest payoffs of any hike in Colorado. The trail follows Dead Horse Creek, with multiple footbridges spanning creek crossings on the way up. It's only a mile long in terms of distance, but it's steep, so be sure to wear proper footwear. We also ask that ALL RULES LISTED ON THIS WEBSITE ARE STRICTLY ABIDED BY, so as to keep this beautifully unique hike available for all of us to enjoy for years to come.
Sunlight Mountain Resort, 10901 Co Rd 117, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Like powder and hate long lift lines? Free parking and 67 trails await. Shred it.
Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, 601 E 6th St, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
This non-profit is the major reason why Glenwood is rated so high in the aforementioned Small Town Arts Environment Index. center offers classes in visual and performing arts for children and adults alike, after-school programs, yoga classes and more. It also organizes events like the Summer of Music and annual Wine and Brewfest, and it hosts art exhibits. Their site is updated regularly with new events, so if arts are the aim for your visit, check with them first.
Glenwood Canyon Brewpub, 402 7th St, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Located inside the Hotel Denver, this is the one craft brewery that Glenwood offers. California Ale, Raspberry Wheat, sweet potato tots, and beer cheese soup are all can't miss items. You won't find a better watering hole in town.