You don’t have to dish out a bunch of cash for a plane ticket to experience an epic adventure. In fact, people flock from all over the world to Colorado to see some of the amazing sights that sit right in our own backyard! So grab your friends, load up a cooler with your favorite road trip snacks, and head out to one of our top four Denver-area adventures:
1) Stunning Sights at the Garden of the Gods
Mother Nature really outdid herself on this one. When you get to Garden of the Gods, you won’t be able to miss the dramatic, 300-foot sandstone rock formations that tower over Colorado Springs. There are a number of ways to experience this postcard-worthy landscape. Hikers will love the 15 miles of trails to explore or choose from front range climbing, tours on Jeeps and Segways, and a scenic bike ride. Your possibilities for an active day backdropped by raw beauty are endless here.
2) Mount Evans Scenic Byway – The Highest Paved Road in North America
Get ready to – as the locals say – “bag” this fourteener. As one of the 54 peaks in Colorado that reach 14,000 feet or above, the Mount Evans Scenic Byway is just 60 miles west of Denver and is the highest paved road in North America. This is truly a road trip like no other. Snake your way through nearly 9,000 feet of elevation gain to the summit of Mount Evans for grandiose panoramic views of Colorado. Stretch your legs at the top with a short hike on the quarter-mile trail to the tippy-top at 14,264 feet.
3) Experience a Rare Sighting at Buffalo Overlook
For all the wildlife lovers out there, this one is for you. Just off of I-70, Genesee Park is home to a rare sighting – two to three dozen wild American bison. Beginning as a conservation effort, these amazing beasts have populated the area since 1914 and engage in what is regarded as ancient bison behavior. You can make a weekend out of it by staying at Chief Hosa Campground for a unique camping experience located near the herd viewing areas.
4) Visit Vail for an Escapade of Epic Proportions
The word has gotten out. This magic wonderland 100 miles away from Denver isn’t only a goldmine of fun in the winter – it’s loaded with fun summer activities as well. Get your heart pumping and see a bird’s eye view of the surrounding mountains at the Adventure Course and zip lines. Or maybe you’ll opt for something a little more low-key, like a serene day at the golf course or a walk through the Betty Ford Alpine Garden. For those who love exploring the great outdoors, there are plenty of opportunities for hiking, rafting, mountain biking, and fishing, too. Close out your day with a delicious meal from Bistro Fourteen or any of the other top-notch restaurants scattered throughout the city.