5 Beautiful Hikes in Colorado

5 Beautiful Hikes in ColoradoLooking for a daytrip, an easy hike, or an outdoors workout? Colorado has it all to offer, and some of the most beautiful views there are to experience can be found at the end of a great Colorado hike! Here are a few of the best hikes for Colorado visitors to try:

  1. Red Rocks- Just a 30 minute drive from downtown Denver, Red Rocks is a majestic amphitheater bordered by gigantic beautiful amber-colored rocks. Multiple trails (medium difficulty) surround the venue winding through a fortress of boulders that provide photo opportunities left and right. Pack a lunch and find a shady spot to enjoy an afternoon picnic between the rocks. Most loop trails take under an hour to complete.
  2. Boulder Falls- Visiting Colorado without a daytrip to Boulder would simply be ludicrous. The city sits below its’ notorious “flatirons” which are a sight to see themselves. The hike to Boulder Falls is short and sweet, in fact just 100 yards in length. The 70 foot waterfall found at the end of this trail is magnificent. While you’re in Boulder, try one of many medium difficulty hikes at Chitaqua National Park. The drive to Boulder is roughly 45 minutes, so visit Pearl Street for some afternoon shopping as well. Many street performers take stage on Pearl Street on the weekends.
  3. Lookout Mountain- If you’re looking for a simple hike to experience an array of Colorado wildlife, Lookout Mountain is your spot. Hikers often catch a glimpse of deer and other animals on the simple loop trails around Lookout Mountain. Take your kids to the Nature Center where they can learn about animal fur, tracks and tree bark. The drive to Lookout Mountain is roughly 30 minutes.
  4. Chicago Lakes Hike Near Mt. Evans- This trail is surely a day-long challenge to conquer. After a 6-mile hike, you will experience breathtaking views and you can stop at a few lakes along the way! We recommend rising early for this hike as it will take you 5-7 hours to complete!
  5. Manitou Incline- Fair warning, the “Incline” is a difficult workout, but a rewarding one! The hike gains over 2,000 feet in elevation over a span of about one mile. Remember to bring plenty of water! At the top, hikers can see over all of Colorado Springs- a deserved reward. This destination is just over an hour south of Denver so spending the day in the springs is a good idea!

Things to Do in Denver: Summer Concerts at Red Rocks

Summer nights spent with a slight breeze, good friends, and music in the air is only complete at one place: Red Rocks.  Colorado’s legendary open-air venue, which has hosted historic acts from the Beatles to Fleetwood Mac, brings performances that will have you dancing all night long.

Photo Credit: redrocksonline.com

Photo Credit: redrocksonline.com

Thursday, May 30: Electronic trio The Postal Service will stop by Red Rocks along the way of their mostly sold out tour, which continues on to New York and Europe. Their debut album Give Up hits the ten-year mark this year.

Friday, June 21The Ultimate Thriller Michael Jackson Tribute isn’t just an admiration tour for the late icon.  This production brings together Jackson’s closest collaborators including his choreographer, principal dancer and recording engineer to re-create the legend’s most unforgettable concert moments.

Tuesday, July 16 and Wednesday, July 17:  Throat granuloma nearly stole John Mayer’s voice, but the musical style shifter announced his Born and Raised World Tour after a three year hiatus.  “The greatest gift I have in my life is the opportunity to play again, which is also the opportunity to dream again,” he told Billboard in March.

Friday, July 19 – Sunday, July 21:  This year at the Global Dance Festival, each night will highlight a different genre for the nearly 10,000-a-day crowd.  Friday will showcase experimental, psychedelic sounds, Saturday will cater to all those who love to dance and Sunday is the base-heavy conclusion.

Saturday, August 24:  This year marks the 25th anniversary of Reggae on the Rocks, which launched in 1988.  Legendary roots reggae artist Burning Spear makes his anticipated return, performing hardly any other shows this summer.

5 Must-See Places in Denver

Denver is home to the Rocky Mountains, over 300 days of sunshine a year, and a culture that mixes rich history with a young, vibrant and active population. In other words if you ask us, it’s the perfect place to be. So whether you’re traveling to Denver for business or leisure, or you are simply looking for a way to get out and about this weekend, these are a few of the places you must check out in order to get that true “Mile High” experience.

Public ArtThe city of Denver has some incredible and highly unique pieces of art displayed around town. We suggest that you explore the city by foot or bike to see what you can discover.

16th Street Mall. Running directly through the center of downtown Denver, this pedestrian mall offers a variety of historic buildings, shops, retail stores, outdoor patios, restaurants, and scenic views with it’s trees, art and fountains.

The Molly Brown House Museum. Home to “the unsinkable Molly Brown,” a survivor of the Titanic disaster, this gorgeous stone 3-story home is located right on Capitol Hill. The Molly Brown house is one of Denver’s best reflections of history and architecture.

The Capitol BuildingBuilt as a replication of our nation’s Capitol, the Capitol Building in Denver displays a gorgeous gold dome with the city’s skyline directly behind it. You can also find a brass plaque at the entry way stair that indicates you are exactly 5,280 feet or one mile above sea level.

Washington Park (Wash Park). Wash Park is the largest parks and recreation area in the Denver Metro area with a countless number of picnic spots, a 2.6 mile running trail, and two lakes—and that’s just scratching the surface. This area has become a staple to Denver’s young and unique culture.

A Must-See Bonus!

Red Rocks Park & AmphitheatreIf you are visiting Denver or live here and haven’t been here before, we urge you to check out Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre for a concert, show or event. Just a short drive from Denver, you don’t know what you’re missing out on until you’ve experienced it!