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Best Drives From Denver to Enjoy Fall Colors

With the abundance of aspen trees, Colorado provides a number of opportunities to see beautiful fall colors. However, Colorado weather is notoriously unpredictable, especially in between seasons, which makes it difficult to determine the optimal time to see colors. The higher the altitude, the earlier the colors change. While in other parts of the country, the most beautiful color changes happen in October, most of Colorado’s high country, especially the aspen trees, tend to change color in September. There are a number of places in the Denver metro area and foothills that people can go to experience autumn foliage, many of which make a nice drive from Denver or are located nearby at local parks and paths. Trail Ridge Road A drive unto itself regardless of the season, Trail Ridge Road is one of the best drives in Colorado regardless of when you drive it. The highway connects Estes Park to Grand Lake, and 11 of the 48 miles are above tree line. But before and after the crest of the drive, motorists will be …

Colorado Camping for Families

Camping in Colorado is one of the greatest pleasures about living in this state. Not only does it provide the opportunity to get out and enjoy nature, but it forces everyone to disconnect and take a break for the weekly monotony of to-do lists and chores. While there are a multitude of options for camping, when camping with kids, it’s wise to consider accessibility to bathrooms, proximity to towns and stores, as well as the amenities of the campground. The following are a list of “favorite” camping spots, though it is by no means an exclusive or exhaustive list. Turquoise lake Located outside of Leadville, roughly 2 hours from Denver, Turquoise Lake is a favorite among Coloradans. With 8 campgrounds and over 300 campsites, there are ample opportunities to find a spot to pitch your tent. The lake itself provides a beautiful backdrop, as well as opportunities for boating and fishing. There are a number of trails nearby for hikers, with both easy and difficult paths. Be sure to prepare for high altitude weather and …

Hiking Near Denver: Advanced

For parents with kids who are used to hiking and have a fair bit of experience, there are a number of great opportunities for hiking near Denver in the front range mountains to delight and challenge them. As kids move from adolescence into their teen years, they are better able to sustain their energy for a longer hike and manage the elevation changes that come alongside that challenge. The hikes listed below are not the best for those with young children or who are not skilled or experienced hikers themselves, and parents should ensure all members of the family are acclimated to Denver’s altitude and up to the challenge. Mt. Bierstadt: Denver’s Most Popular Fourteener For many Coloradans, summiting a fourteener is a right of passage to becoming a true Colorado resident. While Bierstadt isn’t necessarily the easiest fourteener to ascend, it is located close to Denver, roughly 12 miles outside of Georgetown, which makes it fairly accessible. The hike itself is only 7 miles round trip, but it is a difficult 7 miles with …

Tips for the Best Experience at DIA (Denver International Airport)

Denver International Airport, the largest land-area airport in the US, is the most convenient way to get in and out of Denver without driving through cornfields or mountains. Unfortunately, it’s not always the most convenient airport to get to or navigate through, but we’re here to help you with some tips and tricks for any upcoming travel plans. Getting There The biggest problem with DIA is its location. When Denver’s Stapleton airport closed and eventually became a Denver neighborhood, Denver International Airport was built far, far away from the hustle and bustle of Denver. 25 miles outside Denver, DIA has completely different weather patterns, views and a whole lot of nothing surrounding it. Getting to DIA is easy by car, if you don’t leave during rush hour times, and parking runs between $9-$25/day. For short trips, driving is going to be your best option. A cab or Uber will take the same amount of time, but can be around $40-$60 per trip from downtown. The Super Shuttle is also an option at only around $14 …

Relocating to Denver

Whether you’re fresh off I-70 or just daydreaming about what the Mile High City has to offer, the actual process of relocating to Denver can seem a little overwhelming. Denver has plenty of good things to offer, but moving here can be confusing, especially when coming from other metropolitan areas with different infrastructures and attitudes. Here’s our quick guide to moving to the Mile High City. Where to Live Depending on if you’ve secured a job or not, you need to decide how you feel about city living, the suburbs and commuting. While Denver traffic is nowhere near LA or New York traffic, it can be frustrating. Additionally, the suburbs of Denver have a particularly suburban feel. Anything not within Denver’s limits can feel isolating, especially for younger people. Moving to Littleton or Thornton when you intend to have a social life in the city can definitely provide some challenges. Because the cost of living in the suburbs is similar to renting in the city, if you have goals of living in Denver, try to …

Hiking Near Denver: Intermediate

For families with older children, taking a longer or more strenuous hike is not only an option, but a welcome adventure to the kids. Parents are no longer held to strict schedules for nap times, which means they can drive a bit further to trailheads, and older kids can both walk unassisted and carry their own weight up the trail. While kids can be likewise wowed by beautiful vistas, it is good for parents to select a trail that offers additional characteristics to help maintain their interest and motivation. Dinosaur Ridge Trail Perhaps one of the easiest trails on the list, Dinosaur Ridge Trail is a great option for parents looking to introduce their dinosaur enthused kids to hiking. The trail itself is relatively short as well; it will only take hikers roughly 1-2 hours to complete the 2 mile trail. But there is a lot to look at and explore along the way. Kids can awe at geologic features and also see real dinosaur tracks while they walk, which is sure to get them …

Hiking Near Denver for Beginners

Hiking Near Denver: Beginners

One of the greatest attributes in Denver is the nearby access to the mountains and the abundance of trails available within a short drive. Exploring trails in the Denver metro area is a great way to keep the family active and to get kids interested in the natural world around them. While Colorado may be known for its longer, steeper high altitude hikes, there are a myriad of shorter hikes near Denver that are an appropriate length and difficulty for families of all ages. High Line Canal The High Line Canal is the closest and most accessible Denver area hike. The path starts in Waterton Canyon and zigzags its way across the Denver metro area ending in Aurora. The total distance is just over 48 miles long, but there are multiple points of accessibility, making it possible to do a quick out and back, depending on the needs and abilities of all members. The path itself is a dirt path that is relatively flat and shady, making it possible to use a jogging stroller or …

Doors Open Denver: Seeing the City From the Inside Out

Have you ever passed a building and been curious about what’s inside? Or have you seen an interesting doorway, stairwell or façade and wondered where it came from? Denver’s annual Doors Open Denver event on April 23rd & 24th 2016 might give you the chance to find out. With public access to over 60 buildings across the city, you can take a self-guided free tour of Denver’s buildings or pay for a guided tour that gives you access to even more interesting sites. With the mission of allowing residents to see the city in a new, creative way and keeping people connected with Denver’s architecture, the Denver Architectural Foundation hosts this springtime event every year. Famous buildings like the Governor’s Mansion and Union Station are staples on the tour, but other hidden gems include the Historic Sugar Building on 16th Street, which is home to an intricate antique elevator and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, a historic church turned dance studio. New additions to the tour this year include the Lighthouse Writers Workshop, housed in a …