Denver is known for many remarkable things, which can make it difficult to narrow down a list of the best. However, if you break down the city by seasons, it’s easier to get a taste of everything the Mile High City has to offer.
When we’re not in the gym, we like checking out the happenings of our favorite city. Here’s your ultimate guide to Denver, Colorado to take you through summer, fall, winter, and spring.
It isn’t a Denver summer without experiencing all the outdoor activities available in and around the city, including hiking, biking, kayaking, and fly fishing to name a few. Favorite spots for hiking in Denver include Rocky National Park and Cherry Creek Trail. Follow a different path every time you go to keep things interesting.
Outdoor concerts are also a favorite activity during the summer season. People from far and wide flock to Denver from May to September to catch a show at the famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Did you know the venue also hosts Yoga on the Rocks on Saturdays? Plus, there are local open mic nights and concerts in the park to experience all summer as well. A Taste of Colorado is one not to miss. It happens over Labor Day weekend, and despite the food focus, there are also 120 bands that play over the free, three-day event.
And, of course, a trip to LoDo to catch a baseball game at Coors Field is a must. While you’re in the neighborhood, take a self-guided walking tour around to the many Denver breweries, which have put the city in competition for being the craft beer capital. Wynkoop Brewing and Jagged Mountain Brewery are two close by to get you started.
Fall is a time for festivals. Whether it’s to celebrate Oktoberfest, Halloween, or any other number of holidays and events, there is a festival nearly every weekend. Most of them include local artists and vendors displaying and selling their goods. Additionally, Denver Arts Week usually happens at the beginning of November and offers free admission to several of the city’s museums and art gallery events.
It’s also perfect running weather for a 5K or longer distances if you’re so inclined. There is a lineup of races created for any fitness level, and many are family-friendly. A few, fun ones are the Spooky Sprint, the bRUNch Run, and the annual Turkey Trot.
In the second half of the season, head to Guanella Pass (mid-September through October) to witness some of the most beautiful fall foliage in the country. Look out for wildlife and make sure you take your camera when you make the drive. Later, learn about the history of Colorado mining in nearby Georgetown. Both are about an hour away, perfect for a day trip or a weekend getaway.
Heavy snowfall is nothing new for Denverites, so it’s not likely a light dusting will stop the activity. In fact, it only encourages people to head to the slopes for skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and more. You can also stay in the city and take a spin on the ice when Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park opens up for business in November.
Winter is also a prime time to get to know Denver’s various neighborhoods. As communities prepare for and celebrate the holidays, there are specialized markets, theatre performances, and holiday festivities happening from Thanksgiving through the new year.
Spring is a time to start ramping up time spent outdoors. Take a day trip to nearby Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. While there, plan a Jeep tour, go for a hike, or schedule a day of rock climbing. Afterward, spend time wandering around the mountain town and enjoy the local shops, galleries, and restaurants.
As for food, many healthy restaurants in Denver are stepping up their game when it comes to menu variety. Pick a new one you’ve wanted to try. Then, see if you can replicate the recipe at home.
Every season has multiple reasons to get out and explore Denver. It makes it easy to stay active when there are so many things to do and see. The bonus of being “on the move” means you’ll still burn calories and keep yourself in good health. Track your activities, and see how much you’re working out even when it doesn’t feel like it.
What would you add to your own Denver guide?