This Scenic US City Might Be Best Experienced Outdoors

Denver, Colorado


Get major-city sophistication in a location that is one of the world’s natural wonders. Obviously a hub for those seeking the Rocky Mountain ski slopes, Denver is also home to four major sports teams, major museums and a wide variety of neighborhoods that make the city a destination in its own right. To get a sense for Denver, though, the great outdoors is the place to be. Below, we’ve selected 5 of our favorite ways to get outside and see what the Mile High City is all about.

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Denver Mountain Parks with Optional Denver City Tour

Explore the dramatic beauty of the Rocky Mountains on this scenic day tour from Denver. Look out for Colorado’s native wildlife at Bear Creek Canyon, where you may encounter elk, buffalo, and deer. Wander through ancient sandstone formations at Red Rocks Park, home to a famous natural amphitheater. Discover Colorado’s Wild West history and panoramic views at the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave atop Lookout Mountain. Extend your tour with an optional upgrade to visit Denver’s urban attractions.

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Discover Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver or Boulder

Climb from the streets of the “Mile High City” to Rocky Mountain National Park, on a day trip that showcases the rugged beauty of Colorado’s mountains. Weave through small, historic towns and drive over alpine passes, as you scan the horizon for mountain wildlife like elk, black bears, or moose. Take a breath of fresh mountain air while hiking out on the trails, and feel like you’re standing on top of the world up here on America’s backbone.

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Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing

Get a foothold on one of Colorado’s most popular outdoor sports with an introductory rock climbing experience in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. An expert guide shows you the ropes, from selecting the right gear to safety practices and basic climbing and descending techniques. After clipping into a harness, put your new skills into practice and gain confidence on real outdoor rock terrain.

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Denver and Foothills Mountain Small-Group Tour

Explore beyond Denver and head for the foothills of the Rocky Mountains on this small-group tour with transportation included. Mountain panoramas, pine forests, Wild West history, and scenic canyon roads are within easy reach of the Mile High City, so you can get out of town even if you just have a half-day to spare. Stops include the famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre and the town of Golden, home of Coors brewing.

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Rocky Mountains Private Hiking Tour at Sunset from Denver

This private 3-hour hiking tour of the Rocky Mountains at sunset is an experience you won’t soon forget. Follow your guide on a 1.5-hour, easy-to-moderate hike down a trail along the famous mountain range. Enjoy stunning views of the sunset, and keep an eye out for wildlife, such as deer and elk. Because this is a private tour, your guide can adjust your hiking experience to fit well with your personal needs and wants.

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