Bear Pause Guidebook

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Bear Pause Guidebook

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Marcel is the owner and he is great. The snowshoe and fondue events are a blast. Check out the website for more information! www.aspenpeakcellars.com
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Aspen Peak Cellars
60750 US Hwy 285
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Marcel is the owner and he is great. The snowshoe and fondue events are a blast. Check out the website for more information! www.aspenpeakcellars.com
Wonderful local restaurant, its a local favorite!
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Rustic Station Restaurant
1 County Road 68
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Wonderful local restaurant, its a local favorite!
Great food, small local town restaurant.
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The Shaggy Sheep
50455 US-285
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Great food, small local town restaurant.
Lovely resturant in Pine.
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Zoka's Restaurant & Bar
16940 Pine Valley Road
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Lovely resturant in Pine.
Nice place for italian food.
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J J Madwell's
26412 Main Street
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Nice place for italian food.
Sightseeing
Wonderful outdoor walking area with tons of great views. Best of all its free!
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Garden of the Gods Visitor Center
1805 N 30th St
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Wonderful outdoor walking area with tons of great views. Best of all its free!
Nice beach area and some fishing.
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Wellington Lake
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Nice beach area and some fishing.
Great for pictures, hiking and wildlife!
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Kenosha Pass
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Great for pictures, hiking and wildlife!
Great scenic drive, hiking or wildlife views. Relax by the river or climb your first 14er!
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Guanella Pass
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Great scenic drive, hiking or wildlife views. Relax by the river or climb your first 14er!
The top of Mount Evans is a little over an hour and a half drive from Shawnee, and only about 45 minutes to the start of this scenic byway west of Evergreen, so it’s well worth the trip. It boasts the highest paved road in North America, which ascends almost 4,000 feet to the peak’s 14,264-foot summit. If climbing is your preferred method of scaling this beast, you’ll have plenty of Class 2 and 3 routes to choose from, which range up to 17 miles in length.
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Mount Evans
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The top of Mount Evans is a little over an hour and a half drive from Shawnee, and only about 45 minutes to the start of this scenic byway west of Evergreen, so it’s well worth the trip. It boasts the highest paved road in North America, which ascends almost 4,000 feet to the peak’s 14,264-foot summit. If climbing is your preferred method of scaling this beast, you’ll have plenty of Class 2 and 3 routes to choose from, which range up to 17 miles in length.
Day Trip
Want to try sledding on the sand?
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Sand Dunes Swimming Pool & RV Park
1991 County Road 63
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Want to try sledding on the sand?
Come experience a spectacular train ride through the Colorado Rockies in comfort and style. The Royal Gorge train combines breathtaking scenery and exceptional service with delicious food, sourced locally and prepared fresh right on board the train for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The train offers up to four departures daily!
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Royal Gorge Bridge & Park
4218 Co Rd 3A
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Come experience a spectacular train ride through the Colorado Rockies in comfort and style. The Royal Gorge train combines breathtaking scenery and exceptional service with delicious food, sourced locally and prepared fresh right on board the train for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The train offers up to four departures daily!
History books might show Colorado’s own Cave of the Winds as being discovered in 1881, but the caves are actually millions of years old! As early legends of over a thousand years ago tell, the Jicarilla Apaches told of a cave near Manitou Springs where the Great Spirit of the Wind resided. When two brothers named George and John Pickett went exploring for new caves in the Williams Canyon area, they discovered what we now know as Cave of the Winds. As they approached the mouth of the limestone entrance, legend has it that their candles flickered mysteriously in the wind blowing from a nearby crevice. This signaled them to explore further, and when they crawled through the limestone archway, they discovered a large chamber unlike anything ever seen before. This discovery promised the Pickett brothers an amazing and dramatic new underground world to explore, unlike anything ever experienced
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Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
100 Cave of the Winds Road
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History books might show Colorado’s own Cave of the Winds as being discovered in 1881, but the caves are actually millions of years old! As early legends of over a thousand years ago tell, the Jicarilla Apaches told of a cave near Manitou Springs where the Great Spirit of the Wind resided. When two brothers named George and John Pickett went exploring for new caves in the Williams Canyon area, they discovered what we now know as Cave of the Winds. As they approached the mouth of the limestone entrance, legend has it that their candles flickered mysteriously in the wind blowing from a nearby crevice. This signaled them to explore further, and when they crawled through the limestone archway, they discovered a large chamber unlike anything ever seen before. This discovery promised the Pickett brothers an amazing and dramatic new underground world to explore, unlike anything ever experienced
The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a zoological park located southwest of downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Cheyenne Mountain in the United States. At an elevation of 6,714 feet above sea level, it is the highest zoo in America. The zoo covers 140 acres, 40 of which are in use.
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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd
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The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a zoological park located southwest of downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Cheyenne Mountain in the United States. At an elevation of 6,714 feet above sea level, it is the highest zoo in America. The zoo covers 140 acres, 40 of which are in use.
Pikes Peak is the highest summit of the southern Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, in North America. The ultra-prominent 14,115-foot fourteener is located in Pike National Forest, 12 miles west of downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado. The mountain is named in honor of American explorer Zebulon Pike. The summit is higher than any point in the United States east of its longitude.
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Pikes Peak - America's Mountain
5069 Pikes Peak Hwy
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Pikes Peak is the highest summit of the southern Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, in North America. The ultra-prominent 14,115-foot fourteener is located in Pike National Forest, 12 miles west of downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado. The mountain is named in honor of American explorer Zebulon Pike. The summit is higher than any point in the United States east of its longitude.
We are a family and guide owned and operated Colorado white water rafting company. Here at Browns Canyon Rafting we are dedicated to making our guests welcome and comfortable while providing them with amazing memories for years to come. We offer white water rafting, inflatable kayaking and other activities for first time rafters all the way up to the adrenaline thrill seeker and all levels in-between. Half day, full day and overnight trips. We service all of Colorado including: Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder, Fort Collins, Keystone, Frisco, Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek, Aspen and Glenwood Springs. Our flagship whitewater rafting outpost on the Arkansas River is located about 2 hours west of De
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Browns Canyon Rafting
30375 U.S. 24
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We are a family and guide owned and operated Colorado white water rafting company. Here at Browns Canyon Rafting we are dedicated to making our guests welcome and comfortable while providing them with amazing memories for years to come. We offer white water rafting, inflatable kayaking and other activities for first time rafters all the way up to the adrenaline thrill seeker and all levels in-between. Half day, full day and overnight trips. We service all of Colorado including: Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder, Fort Collins, Keystone, Frisco, Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek, Aspen and Glenwood Springs. Our flagship whitewater rafting outpost on the Arkansas River is located about 2 hours west of De
An unforgettable Colorado white water rafting excursion is waiting for you! American Adventure Expeditions offers guided rafting trips filled with jaw-dropping fun. On our adventure-packed day tours, we paddle down rushing white water rivers that wind through glacier-carved canyons. Take in Alpine scenery as you meander between granite cliffs and drop into thrilling rapids on the most famous white water rafting areas in Colorado — and the world! Our most popular Colorado white water rafting day trips include the rugged Browns Canyon and the challenging Numbers section. We are based in Buena Vista, Colorado on the banks of the Arkansas River.
American Adventure Expeditions - Whitewater Rafting
12844 US-24
An unforgettable Colorado white water rafting excursion is waiting for you! American Adventure Expeditions offers guided rafting trips filled with jaw-dropping fun. On our adventure-packed day tours, we paddle down rushing white water rivers that wind through glacier-carved canyons. Take in Alpine scenery as you meander between granite cliffs and drop into thrilling rapids on the most famous white water rafting areas in Colorado — and the world! Our most popular Colorado white water rafting day trips include the rugged Browns Canyon and the challenging Numbers section. We are based in Buena Vista, Colorado on the banks of the Arkansas River.
Half day, full day or overnights, all ages and abilities!
Performance Tours Rafting
115 Gregg Drive
Half day, full day or overnights, all ages and abilities!
Whitewater Rafting, Backpacking, Adventure Park and Fly Fishing trips!
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Noah's Ark Whitewater Rafting
23910 US Highway 285
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Whitewater Rafting, Backpacking, Adventure Park and Fly Fishing trips!
Summer Kennal Tours available. Winter Dog Sled Tours Snow Mobile Tours
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Good Times Adventure Tours
6061 Tiger Road
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Summer Kennal Tours available. Winter Dog Sled Tours Snow Mobile Tours
Many Denver residents fly to Las Vegas to get their gambling fix when there’s great, legal options under an hour’s drive to the west. Situated in Gilpin County, Central City and Blackhawk region might not be very large, but it’s home to some of the state’s most interesting history stories.
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Central City
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Many Denver residents fly to Las Vegas to get their gambling fix when there’s great, legal options under an hour’s drive to the west. Situated in Gilpin County, Central City and Blackhawk region might not be very large, but it’s home to some of the state’s most interesting history stories.
We are always proud to share our history, heritage and quality products with you. However, with Coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading around the country, and consistent with guidance from public health officials to limit large gatherings, we have temporarily closed the Coors Brewery Tour with no reopen date at this time. We will reassess and will only reopen when we can be assured it is safe for our employees and the general public. In the meantime, experience Coors in Golden with a stop at any of the retail or dining places listed below or check the Coors Locator page. Checkout historical Coors objects at the Golden History Museum right next to Clear Creek.
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Coors Brewery Tour
13th Street
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We are always proud to share our history, heritage and quality products with you. However, with Coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading around the country, and consistent with guidance from public health officials to limit large gatherings, we have temporarily closed the Coors Brewery Tour with no reopen date at this time. We will reassess and will only reopen when we can be assured it is safe for our employees and the general public. In the meantime, experience Coors in Golden with a stop at any of the retail or dining places listed below or check the Coors Locator page. Checkout historical Coors objects at the Golden History Museum right next to Clear Creek.
Ski and Snowboard
Another smaller ski resort.
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Loveland Ski Area
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Another smaller ski resort.
Another ski location!
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Echo Mountain
19285 CO-103
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Another ski location!
Located in Dillion. Arapahoe Basin ə-RAP-ə-hoh; often shortened to A-Basin, or simply The Basin is an alpine ski area in the Rocky Mountains of the United States, in the Arapaho National Forest of Colorado
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Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
28194 U.S. 6
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Located in Dillion. Arapahoe Basin ə-RAP-ə-hoh; often shortened to A-Basin, or simply The Basin is an alpine ski area in the Rocky Mountains of the United States, in the Arapaho National Forest of Colorado
Another local favorite ski resort
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Keystone Resort
1202 Jones Gulch Road
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Another local favorite ski resort
Very common and busy ski resort.
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Breckenridge Ski Resort
1599 Ski Hill Road
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Very common and busy ski resort.
Wonderful ski location that isn't as busy as the major resorts.
Arapahoe Ski Lodge
78594 U.S. 40
Wonderful ski location that isn't as busy as the major resorts.
Hot Springs
Located in Nathrop, Colorado between the towns of Buena Vista and Salida, Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort is ideal for family vacations, romantic getaways, mountain weddings, or corporate events. Enjoy a one-day hot springs experience or relax with an overnight stay at this unique family-friendly, historic hot springs resort.
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Mt Princeton Hot Springs Resort
15870 County Road 162
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Located in Nathrop, Colorado between the towns of Buena Vista and Salida, Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort is ideal for family vacations, romantic getaways, mountain weddings, or corporate events. Enjoy a one-day hot springs experience or relax with an overnight stay at this unique family-friendly, historic hot springs resort.
We are nestled in a high mountain natural ecosystem area of the majestic Collegiate Peaksm Range, 2 1/2 hours from Denver. Bordered by Cottonwood Creek and surrounded by the San Isabel National Forest, we are located 5-1/2 miles west of the picturesque town of Buena Vista, Colorado. Cottonwood Hot Springs is close to Monarch Ski Resort and Ski Cooper. See our map for directions. DSCF7460 Average Pool Temperatures Head: 104* Elbow:106* Belly: 85* Watsu: 90* Cold Plunge: 80* Our mission is to provide a peaceful and relaxing space for our guests to stay and balance body, mind, and spirit, and to provide them with a wide range of spa services. We would like to welcome you for a therapeutic soak in our mountain natural hot springs and a treatment or massage. Our therapists here offer many unique modalities including wraps, scrubs energy work, facial massage and hydration.
Cottonwood Hot Springs
We are nestled in a high mountain natural ecosystem area of the majestic Collegiate Peaksm Range, 2 1/2 hours from Denver. Bordered by Cottonwood Creek and surrounded by the San Isabel National Forest, we are located 5-1/2 miles west of the picturesque town of Buena Vista, Colorado. Cottonwood Hot Springs is close to Monarch Ski Resort and Ski Cooper. See our map for directions. DSCF7460 Average Pool Temperatures Head: 104* Elbow:106* Belly: 85* Watsu: 90* Cold Plunge: 80* Our mission is to provide a peaceful and relaxing space for our guests to stay and balance body, mind, and spirit, and to provide them with a wide range of spa services. We would like to welcome you for a therapeutic soak in our mountain natural hot springs and a treatment or massage. Our therapists here offer many unique modalities including wraps, scrubs energy work, facial massage and hydration.
This would be a full day trip. A source of relaxation, exhilaration, breathtaking vistas, unlimited exploration, and natural healing waters. Welcome to one mother nature of an experience. Pair with the Yampa Spa for a nice relaxing massage or treatment!
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Glenwood Hot Springs
401 North River Street
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This would be a full day trip. A source of relaxation, exhilaration, breathtaking vistas, unlimited exploration, and natural healing waters. Welcome to one mother nature of an experience. Pair with the Yampa Spa for a nice relaxing massage or treatment!
Along The Colorado River, Yampah Spa’s Hot Springs Mineral Water Has Comforted Residents And Visitors For 128 Years For The Continuing Safety Of Our Clients And Employees, Yampah Will Continue To Require Reservations For All Services Including The Vapor Caves, No Walk-Ins, Masks Must Be Worn In All Common Areas Of Our Facilities Except The Vapor Caves.
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Yampah Spa & Salon
709 6th Street
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Along The Colorado River, Yampah Spa’s Hot Springs Mineral Water Has Comforted Residents And Visitors For 128 Years For The Continuing Safety Of Our Clients And Employees, Yampah Will Continue To Require Reservations For All Services Including The Vapor Caves, No Walk-Ins, Masks Must Be Worn In All Common Areas Of Our Facilities Except The Vapor Caves.
This would be a day trip. This is my personal favorite hot spring. Great to pair with Yampa Spa! Glenwood Springs at its best! Natural Mineral Pools, Fresh Water Family Pool and Jetted Spa, Bathhouse with luxury shower products and Cafe. PLEASE NOTE; Bring a towel or rent one for $5. Lockers are available for $2.
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Iron Mountain Hot Springs
281 Centennial St
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This would be a day trip. This is my personal favorite hot spring. Great to pair with Yampa Spa! Glenwood Springs at its best! Natural Mineral Pools, Fresh Water Family Pool and Jetted Spa, Bathhouse with luxury shower products and Cafe. PLEASE NOTE; Bring a towel or rent one for $5. Lockers are available for $2.
Denver Activities
Downtown Aquarium was purchased by Landry's Restaurants, Inc. in 2003, when it was Colorado's Ocean Journey Aquarium. On July 14, 2005, Landry's reopened the redesigned complex as Downtown Aquarium. The entertainment and dining complex features a public aquarium boasting more than a million gallons of underwater exhibits that highlight fascinating ecosystems around the world. Downtown Aquarium houses over 500 species of animals, the interactive Stingray Reef touch tank, Aquarium Restaurant, Dive Lounge, the Nautilus Ballroom and amusements for the entire family. With a full-service restaurant, an upscale bar, a fully equipped ballroom, aquatic & geographic exhibits and shopping, Downtown Aquarium has it all!
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Downtown Aquarium
700 Water Street
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Downtown Aquarium was purchased by Landry's Restaurants, Inc. in 2003, when it was Colorado's Ocean Journey Aquarium. On July 14, 2005, Landry's reopened the redesigned complex as Downtown Aquarium. The entertainment and dining complex features a public aquarium boasting more than a million gallons of underwater exhibits that highlight fascinating ecosystems around the world. Downtown Aquarium houses over 500 species of animals, the interactive Stingray Reef touch tank, Aquarium Restaurant, Dive Lounge, the Nautilus Ballroom and amusements for the entire family. With a full-service restaurant, an upscale bar, a fully equipped ballroom, aquatic & geographic exhibits and shopping, Downtown Aquarium has it all!
The Denver Botanic Gardens is a public botanical garden located in the Cheesman Park neighborhood of Denver, Colorado. The 23-acre park contains a conservatory, a variety of theme gardens and a sunken amphitheater, which hosts various concerts in the summer.
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Denver Botanic Gardens: Helen Fowler Library
1007 York Street
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The Denver Botanic Gardens is a public botanical garden located in the Cheesman Park neighborhood of Denver, Colorado. The 23-acre park contains a conservatory, a variety of theme gardens and a sunken amphitheater, which hosts various concerts in the summer.
I personally enjoy the zoo in Colorado Springs more. The Denver Zoo is an 80-acre zoological garden located in City Park of Denver, Colorado, United States. Founded in 1896, it is owned by the City and County of Denver and funded in part by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. It is the most popular paid attraction in the Denver metropolitan area.
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Denver Zoo
2300 Steele Street
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I personally enjoy the zoo in Colorado Springs more. The Denver Zoo is an 80-acre zoological garden located in City Park of Denver, Colorado, United States. Founded in 1896, it is owned by the City and County of Denver and funded in part by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. It is the most popular paid attraction in the Denver metropolitan area.
The Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum is located on the former Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Colorado, United States. The museum preserves the history of Lowry AFB's operations from 1938 to 1994 in its collections, archives, and research library.
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Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
7711 East Academy Boulevard
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The Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum is located on the former Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Colorado, United States. The museum preserves the history of Lowry AFB's operations from 1938 to 1994 in its collections, archives, and research library.
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is a municipal natural history and science museum in Denver, Colorado. It is a resource for informal science education in the Rocky Mountain region.
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Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Boulevard
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The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is a municipal natural history and science museum in Denver, Colorado. It is a resource for informal science education in the Rocky Mountain region.
Free Activities
With its sweeping views of Denver and a reputation of being one of the best concert venues in the world, the Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a true wonder of Mother Nature. Formed by two sandstone monoliths –Ship Rock and Creation Rock – the amphitheater has welcomed some to the world’s biggest rock stars to its stage. The best part is that when there isn’t a concert on, it’s completely free to explore. Get up on the stage that’s been graced by the likes of U2, The Blues Brothers, The Beatles and Bruce Springsteen and embrace your inner rockstar, or simply admire the phenomenon that is the completely naturally formed, acoustically perfect amphitheatre. You’ll often find people around the amphitheatre participating in yoga classes or hiking, or jogging up an down.
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Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
18300 W Alameda Pkwy
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With its sweeping views of Denver and a reputation of being one of the best concert venues in the world, the Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a true wonder of Mother Nature. Formed by two sandstone monoliths –Ship Rock and Creation Rock – the amphitheater has welcomed some to the world’s biggest rock stars to its stage. The best part is that when there isn’t a concert on, it’s completely free to explore. Get up on the stage that’s been graced by the likes of U2, The Blues Brothers, The Beatles and Bruce Springsteen and embrace your inner rockstar, or simply admire the phenomenon that is the completely naturally formed, acoustically perfect amphitheatre. You’ll often find people around the amphitheatre participating in yoga classes or hiking, or jogging up an down.
While you’re checking out Red Rocks, it would be remiss to not visit the nearby Colorado Music Hall of Fame. Nestled in the Red Rocks Amphitheater Visitor Centre, the CMHOF educates visitors on the incredible musicians that have helped shape Denver’s music scene. Exhibitions include memorabilia, rock’n’roll history, photos, videos and interactive displays. Entry is free (although donations are welcome) and the museum is open every day (except Thanksgiving and Christmas) between 9am and 4pm on regular days, and 9am and 7pm when there is a show on.
Colorado Music Hall of Fame
17900 Trading Post Rd
While you’re checking out Red Rocks, it would be remiss to not visit the nearby Colorado Music Hall of Fame. Nestled in the Red Rocks Amphitheater Visitor Centre, the CMHOF educates visitors on the incredible musicians that have helped shape Denver’s music scene. Exhibitions include memorabilia, rock’n’roll history, photos, videos and interactive displays. Entry is free (although donations are welcome) and the museum is open every day (except Thanksgiving and Christmas) between 9am and 4pm on regular days, and 9am and 7pm when there is a show on.
Free candy? Yes please! A Denver institute since 1920, Hammond’s Candy Factory offers free tours where visitors can go behind the scenes to see exactly how lollipops, candy canes (affiliate link) and other classic Hammond’s Candies are pulled and stretched into the treats we’ve come to love.
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Hammond's Candies
5735 Washington St
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Free candy? Yes please! A Denver institute since 1920, Hammond’s Candy Factory offers free tours where visitors can go behind the scenes to see exactly how lollipops, candy canes (affiliate link) and other classic Hammond’s Candies are pulled and stretched into the treats we’ve come to love.
Warm summer evenings, the sounds of jazz wafting through the air; if you’re looking for the perfect Sunday night activity that is budget-friendly, then check out the City Park Summer Jazz series – the concert is free! Running from late June through to early August, the concerts kick off at 6pm each Sunday night.
City Park Jazz
1600 City Park Esplanade
Warm summer evenings, the sounds of jazz wafting through the air; if you’re looking for the perfect Sunday night activity that is budget-friendly, then check out the City Park Summer Jazz series – the concert is free! Running from late June through to early August, the concerts kick off at 6pm each Sunday night.
While Denver might be famous for its craft beer scene, a trip to the world’s largest brewing site, Coors Brewery, is unmissable – especially when a behind the scenes tour costs you zilch! Learn about the brewing process and the history of the company,which has been making beer since 1873 when Adolph Coors discovered the pure spring water in the mountains. The best part? The tour ends with free beer samples for those of legal drink age. Bonus! Stay for as long as you want, there’s a gift shop to check out too. Only one free tour is permitted per person per day.
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Coors Brewery Tour
13th Street
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While Denver might be famous for its craft beer scene, a trip to the world’s largest brewing site, Coors Brewery, is unmissable – especially when a behind the scenes tour costs you zilch! Learn about the brewing process and the history of the company,which has been making beer since 1873 when Adolph Coors discovered the pure spring water in the mountains. The best part? The tour ends with free beer samples for those of legal drink age. Bonus! Stay for as long as you want, there’s a gift shop to check out too. Only one free tour is permitted per person per day.
While there’s usually an admission fee to visit Denver’s impressive Botanic Gardens, there are actually a number of days where entry is free, thanks to a joint effort with the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. Both York Street and Chatfield Farm have free entry days throughout the year, so check out the Botanic Garden website to see which dates you can enjoy the gardens for free.
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Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms
8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road
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While there’s usually an admission fee to visit Denver’s impressive Botanic Gardens, there are actually a number of days where entry is free, thanks to a joint effort with the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. Both York Street and Chatfield Farm have free entry days throughout the year, so check out the Botanic Garden website to see which dates you can enjoy the gardens for free.
While Denver is home to some impressive national parks and nearby mountains for hiking, one of the best walks to enjoy is right in town. The 42-mile track starts in downtown Denver and winds its way through urban areas, the middle of town, by prairie grasslands and finishes up at Franktown, meandering alongside Cherry Creek. You can jog, cycle, run, or simply stroll any section of the path and enjoy the changing sights and terrain along the way. In the middle it passes Cherry Creek Reservoir. Cherry Creek joins with the South Platte River at Denver’s Confluence Park in LoDo. It’s a popular summer park to beat the heat with kayaking or tubing.
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Cherry Creek Trail
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While Denver is home to some impressive national parks and nearby mountains for hiking, one of the best walks to enjoy is right in town. The 42-mile track starts in downtown Denver and winds its way through urban areas, the middle of town, by prairie grasslands and finishes up at Franktown, meandering alongside Cherry Creek. You can jog, cycle, run, or simply stroll any section of the path and enjoy the changing sights and terrain along the way. In the middle it passes Cherry Creek Reservoir. Cherry Creek joins with the South Platte River at Denver’s Confluence Park in LoDo. It’s a popular summer park to beat the heat with kayaking or tubing.
The most interesting thing about this mall isn’t even the shops; it’s the fact that the pedestrian strip, a pattern of red, grey and white granite, looks like a diamond rattlesnake from above. Captivating design aside, 16th Street Mall is a great place to people-watch, especially after dark when the twinkling fairy lights turn on and make the trees lining the street sparkle Horse-drawn carriages carry people up and down the promenade. Only city buses and cop cars are found driving down 16th Street. You can also check out the D&F tower, an almost-replica of the Campanile of St. Mark’s in Venice for a touch of Italy right here in Denver. There’s also a free shuttle bus, called the MallRide, which travels up and down 16th Street Mall, making it easy to explore.
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16th Street Mall
1001 16th Street
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The most interesting thing about this mall isn’t even the shops; it’s the fact that the pedestrian strip, a pattern of red, grey and white granite, looks like a diamond rattlesnake from above. Captivating design aside, 16th Street Mall is a great place to people-watch, especially after dark when the twinkling fairy lights turn on and make the trees lining the street sparkle Horse-drawn carriages carry people up and down the promenade. Only city buses and cop cars are found driving down 16th Street. You can also check out the D&F tower, an almost-replica of the Campanile of St. Mark’s in Venice for a touch of Italy right here in Denver. There’s also a free shuttle bus, called the MallRide, which travels up and down 16th Street Mall, making it easy to explore.
You don’t have to venture all the way out into the wilderness to see some wildlife in Colorado; just downtown of the city lies the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge, a 15,000-acre wildlife sanctuary where you can spot white-tailed deer, bison, owls, bald eagles, prairie dogs, and hawks not to mention brilliant sunsets. The refuge is open every day from sunrise to sunset, and during the summer months there is an abundance of wildlife to amaze at, from white pelicans in the skies and burrowing owls nesting in empty prairie dog burrows, to frogs, painted turtles and fish in the wetlands, while the grasslands become awash with wildflowers.
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Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
6550 Gateway Road
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You don’t have to venture all the way out into the wilderness to see some wildlife in Colorado; just downtown of the city lies the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge, a 15,000-acre wildlife sanctuary where you can spot white-tailed deer, bison, owls, bald eagles, prairie dogs, and hawks not to mention brilliant sunsets. The refuge is open every day from sunrise to sunset, and during the summer months there is an abundance of wildlife to amaze at, from white pelicans in the skies and burrowing owls nesting in empty prairie dog burrows, to frogs, painted turtles and fish in the wetlands, while the grasslands become awash with wildflowers.
While there are plenty of close hiking trails in and around the metro, this iconic natural landmark is a tourist favorite, therefore it’s worth the long drive. It’s 2.5 hours from Denver, so pack a lunch. Picture a gentle cascading waterfall spilling into crystal-clear turquoise waters, surrounded by the natural beauty atop the cliffs of Glenwood Canyon; welcome to Hanging Lake. The 3.2 mile return hike up to the top of the cliffs is steep and challenging, but rewards those who embark on it with stunning views of the rare travertine lake; mineral deposits from the limestone dissolve to create unusual travertine layers, making Hanging Lake a special lake indeed. Thanks for checking out our list on the best free tourist activities in the Mile High City. Every free activity you do is a paid activity earned, or something like that.
Hanging Lake
110 Wulfsohn Road
While there are plenty of close hiking trails in and around the metro, this iconic natural landmark is a tourist favorite, therefore it’s worth the long drive. It’s 2.5 hours from Denver, so pack a lunch. Picture a gentle cascading waterfall spilling into crystal-clear turquoise waters, surrounded by the natural beauty atop the cliffs of Glenwood Canyon; welcome to Hanging Lake. The 3.2 mile return hike up to the top of the cliffs is steep and challenging, but rewards those who embark on it with stunning views of the rare travertine lake; mineral deposits from the limestone dissolve to create unusual travertine layers, making Hanging Lake a special lake indeed. Thanks for checking out our list on the best free tourist activities in the Mile High City. Every free activity you do is a paid activity earned, or something like that.