How to Make the Most of Your Summer in (and Around) Denver

Time does greater than fly when temperatures ratchet up—it hops aboard a jet and breaks the sound barrier. The solution? Weaving the season into every moment you possibly can steal, whether that’s a fleeting minute, a lunch hour, or an entire weekend.

By Angela Ufheil | 5280 June 2019

If You Have One Day

Although we love Boulder and Fort Collins, they aren’t the only close-by locations value a daytrip. Use the itineraries under to discover each of these undiscovered towns and their environs. Bonus: You only need to drive an hour (or less) to reach them.

Downtown Elizabeth. Photograph credit score: Steve Krull City City & Road Scene Pictures/Alamy Stock Photograph.


6 a.m. Early risers can forged a line into the North Fork of the South Platte River at McGraw Memorial Park.
9 a.m. Cease by the Shaggy Sheep for a baked avocado with eggs, roasted Yukon potatoes, and house-made green chile.
10:30 a.m. Blue spruce line the mile-long, wheelchair-accessible Wilderness on Wheels boardwalk. Should you missed your 6 a.m. wake-up name, you possibly can still attempt your luck at the on-site trout pond.
12 p.m. In case the hotdog-shaped constructing doesn’t clue you in, frankfurters (made by Denver’s CharcūtNuvo) are for lunch at the Coney Island Boardwalk.
2 p.m. Lease an inflatable kayak or stand-up paddleboard at Platte River Outfitters, then drive 11 miles southeast on County Street 68 to glass-smooth Wellington Lake.
7 p.m. Decide up some NYC-style slices at 285 Pizza Pies and take them to close by Staunton State Park to dine at a picnic table surrounded by conifers.

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9 a.m. Order a Spanish egg skillet with chorizo at Gabe’s Café in nearby Dacono.
10 a.m. Call at the very least every week ahead to reserve a time slot for hen watching at Bulrush Wetland Park. Three trails wind by means of 47 acres with lush vegetation that shelters blue herons.
1 p.m. Most toppings on Peel Handcrafted Pizza’s wood-fired pies come from Colorado, including regionally foraged mushrooms.
3:30 p.m. Spot big American white pelicans on one of St. Vrain State Park’s nine trails (we like the 1.Three-mile Pelican Pond Trail).
6 p.m. The Hog Heaven, a pulled pork and jalapeño cheddar sausage sandwich at Georgia Boys BBQ Smokehouse, lives up to its identify.
7:30 p.m. The husband and spouse behind Mountain Cowboy Brewing Firm use hops from their Longmont farm in most of their beers, like the orange-accented Rocky Mountain Dawn Saison.


9 a.m. Work from native artists fill Isabel’s Coffee, as does the engaging odor of cinnamon rolls baking in the oven.
10 a.m. Climbers can hit their adrenaline quota on Castlewood Canyon State Park’s Dawson Formation; for everyone else, remnants of a burst dam await a mile down the Lake Gulch Trail.
1 p.m. Ebook high tea 48 hours prior to your arrival at the Carriage Shoppes Tea Room (save time to peruse the adjoining antique store)
Three p.m. As you stroll via Elizabeth’s downtown, take notice of the placards denoting the pastel buildings’ historic significance. Top off on sweets at Mountain Man Nut & Fruit Company; for all things alpaca, step into the Antelope Alpacas Fiber Arts Middle
5:30 p.m. Hen wings with pineapple sauce delight at Catalina’s Diner.
7 p.m. The newest tenant of the 1890s-era Carson Constructing, Elizabeth Brewing Company is the town’s first brewery. Opt for the fruit-tinged Hop Blocker IPA.

If You Have a (Lunch) Hour

Ditch the desk-hunch in favor of enjoying to-go eats and a spot of sunshine in a scenic green area.

Photograph credit: Ed Endicott/Alamy Stock Photograph.

For those who work in…the DTC
Go to…Le French

Because…Rougui Dia, former government chef at Petrossian (a Michelin-starred eatery in France), joined forces together with her sister, Aminata, on this all-day bakery/cafe, which opened this past April in Belleview Station.
Order…the Poulet Yassa, a grilled hen sandwich with lemon caramelized onions on a baguette
And take it to…the gazebo at Operating Fox Park, a four.25-acre space outlined by flowers and shrubs. Stroll off lunch on the path—which connects to 47 miles of Greenwood Village trails, for those who’re feeling formidable.


For those who work in…LoDo
Go to…Honor Society

As a result of…the summer time menu at this 16th Road Mall eatery incorporates local produce like arugula, tomatoes, and sweet corn. Recent veggies even star in funky, made-in-house drinks, comparable to the carrot-ginger lemonade.
Order…a seasonal roasted vegetable sandwich with arugula pepita pesto
And take it to…Confluence Park. Stroll across the Denver Millennium Bridge and discover a seat on the steps leading to the South Platte River.

When you work in…Cherry Creek
Go to…Curtis Park Delicatessen

As a result of…Ciabatta from City Bakery cradles recent sliced meats and cheeses at two Denver places; the second, on Clayton Road and East Sixth Avenue, debuted to the delight of Cherry Creek cubicle dwellers last yr.
Order…the French sandwich with rosemary ham and house-made aïoli and mustard
And take it to…a patch of grass in Congress Park (convey a picnic blanket). As tennis gamers volley and canine prance about the garden, spend a couple of minutes on the swings for a dose of childhood glee.

Lobsterado Roll. Photograph courtesy of Jim Mimna.

In the event you work in…LoHi
Go to…Maine Shack


As a result of…Colorado could also be landlocked, however your lunch doesn’t have to be. Maine Shack, slated to open early this summer time, makes meals with New England elements comparable to fried whole-bellied clams as salty as the sea.
Order…the Lobsterado roll
And take it to…Hirshorn Park, together with your canine in tow. After house owners stored the just lately unlocked baseball subject there poop-free during a trial run final yr, the city eliminated two fences to permit leashed pups entry.

In the event you work in…the Central Business District
Go to…Skyline Beer Garden

Because…at the nook of the 16th Road Mall and Arapahoe Road, Skyline features its own food vendor selling tacos, salads, and extra—plus 12 faucets with rotating suds—from June by means of early October
Order…the carne asada road tacos with roasted chile mole
And take it to…one of the tent-covered communal tables inside the beer garden, which measures slightly below 40,000 square ft. Afterward, catch a quick recreation of nine-hole mini golf or pingpong.

At the Previous Ballgame

Peanut shells crunching underfoot, the low buzz of 40,000 individuals verging on a home-run-induced freakout, the splash of purplish pink slowly fading to darkness behind the scoreboard in left subject: Once I was five years previous, those have been just some of the reasons I fell in love with Coors Area.

Illustration by Bomboland.

Rising up, I spent many summer time evenings there with my dad. Each outing took a slightly totally different type. Some video games we’d obsessively maintain rating; others, he’d rowdily share beers with pals whereas I gorged myself on too many plastic helmets’ value of ice cream. Typically, we just sat quietly, soaking in the familiar slap of ball hitting mitt echoing via the park.


Now, in my late 20s, Rockies video games have the similar multipurpose place in my life. I spend some nights fanatically watching every play. Other occasions, I loosen up after an extended day at work or use the lulls between pitches to meet up with buddies I haven’t seen in some time. (The truth that tickets are commonly out there for lower than $20 helps absolve the guilt I’d otherwise really feel for my lapse in focus.) Almost 25 years after my first trip to Coors Area, the stadium stays my most popular backdrop for the rhythm of summer time life in Denver—admittedly elevated by the Coors Lights I can now take pleasure in along with the peanuts, house runs, and Rox purple twilight.
—Shane Monaghan

Canine Days Of Summer

Come June, most evenings my husband, our Lab/border collie mix, Rigby, and I are parked on our Berkeley front porch by 5:30, watching the canine promenade along West 46th Avenue. The schnauzer is often the first act—slightly gray-and-white-haired factor hooked up to a leash held by just a little gray-and-white-haired lady expertly navigating the sidewalk’s panels and cracks. Typically our neighbors, a young household of five—when you rely Oscar the Bernese mountain canine, as we do—stop to chat in the yard.

Illustration by Bomboland.

Between the parade of huskies and Dobies, my husband and I share nuggets about work or developments with household and buddies. It’s an intentional ritual, one born of wedding-day recommendation from a good friend: “Be diligent about going through the details of each other’s day, every evening. Because in a spouse, you are receiving a witness to your life. The joy, the pain, all of the good, all of the bad, all of the delicate nuances that make life worth living.”

Typically those delicate nuances are belly laughs from watching doodles drag their people down the road. But principally they’re quieter—the caress of my husband’s thumb on my hand, the mild creak of our chairs swaying in sync, and the sun filtering via silver maple and cottonwood leaves, casting ever-longer mushy shadows on our cheeks.
—Kasey Cordell

If You Have a (Glad) Hour

It’s not summer time until you sneak out of work early to imbibe alfresco. That will help you determine where to quaff, we rounded up our favourite new patios.


Beer Me!

Joyride Brewing Company

Joyride Brewing Co.’s Summer Ale. Photograph by Sarah Boyum.

A current rooftop addition to this Edgewater brewery made room for 16 extra taps and 100 individuals, all assured epic views of the Denver skyline and Sloan’s Lake. 2501 Sheridan Blvd., Edgewater

Order: The Summer Ale, brewed with orange, lemon peel, coriander, and grains of paradise

Pink Rocks Beer Backyard

Purple Rocks Beer Backyard’s Golden Haze. Photograph by Sarah Boyum.

You don’t want Purple Rocks tickets to take pleasure in Colorado-made beers, wines, and bites on this watering hole’s dog-friendly patio, which opened in April 2018 and seats up to 100. 116 Stone St., Morrison


Order: The Golden Haze, a juicy, citrusy IPA made by New Terrain Brewing in Golden

Rosé, All Day

The Backyard

Chilled rosé magnum from the Garden. Photograph by Sarah Boyum.

Lush ferns and mandevilla vines with blush-pink flowers adorn this aptly named Dying & Co–run locale, nestled in the second-floor courtyard of RiNo’s Ramble Lodge and open for its second summer time. 1280 25th St.

Order: A relaxing rosé magnum, of course

Liberati Osteria & Oenobeers


Oenobeers Rosé Plus. Photograph by Sarah Boyum.

Rome native Alex Liberati’s “oenobeers” incorporate grapes into their grain mash. Sample the sudsy concoctions close to the ornate fountain on Liberati’s 200-seat Curtis Park patio, which opened in April. 2403 Champa St.

Order: The Oenobeers Rosé Plus, a tasty cross between a Belgian brune and a spumante wine

This Week Calls for a Cocktail

Kisbee on the Roof

Kisbee on the Roof’s Lieutenant. Photograph by Sarah Boyum.

Just once you thought Colorado sunsets couldn’t be improved upon, the Jacquard Lodge & Rooftop in Cherry Creek debuted its ninth-floor, open-air bar in Might. 222 Milwaukee St.

Order: The Lieutenant—a home blend of rum, Lifesaver syrup, and lime juice (sealed in a custom-designed can) with soda


The Hidden Idol

The Hidden Idol’s Zombi Brujo. Photograph by Sarah Boyum.

Hawaiian music scores this Tiki-themed, 2.5-year-old sipping spot that may move from East Colfax Avenue to its new house with 50 patio seats in Jefferson Park this month. 2240 Clay St.

Order: The Zombi Brujo, a rum-and-mezcal concoction with lime, pineapple juice, and an absinthe spritz

If You Have a Entire Weekend

A rising quantity of motels and lodges round Colorado incorporate actions together with supplying you with a spot to sleep. Meaning planning your next zero-time-wasted weekend getaway is so simple as deciding where to keep.

The Poor Farm. Photograph courtesy of Brady Becker.

LOGE Breckenridge

LOGE (pronounced “lodge”) Breckenridge opens on June 22, and—like its 4 counterparts in Washington, Oregon, and California—will act as a central hub in your outside adventures. Determine between a bed in the hostel or a personal room with a Yeti cooler that doubles as a espresso desk. Once you’re settled, lease a mountain bike at the on-site gear store and explore Blair Witch Trail. Downtown Breck is close by, but if you need to stay close to your mattress, make dinner out of a panino from LOGE Breckenridge’s Wayside Cafe and chill out round the camp’s hearth pits, craft brew in hand. Hostel lodging starts at $55 per individual, per night time; personal rooms begin at $160 per night time; 165 Tiger Street, Breckenridge


The Poor Farm

Good for a romantic escape, this adults-only historic property in the Arkansas River Valley was transformed into an Airbnb by Shae Whitney and Brady Becker of Dram Apothecary in 2017. Wander the 1895 brick building and its surrounding five acres, the place Whitney grows lavender and different herbs for Dram’s mixers and bitters. If water ranges are low enough, lease a tube from River Runners in close by Salida and put in on the Arkansas River from the stretch of sandy seashore on Poor Farm’s property—it’s an approximately hour and a half float back into city (you’ll want to be sure to have a approach to get back). Hopping in upstream near River Runners means you possibly can finish your river jaunt at the farm—and walk straight into the communal kitchen for freshly made mint tea. From $132 per night time; tackle offered upon reserving

River Run RV Resort

Dying to relive summer time camp? This Granby resort, slated to open subsequent month, is your barely more upscale reply. First, you need to choose your most popular mode of relaxation: An RV park and cottages with king-size beds and kitchen areas will probably be obtainable this summer time. (Beginning in September, visitors can be in a position to pitch tents in the lakeside campground or glamp in a coated wagon or yurt.) Once you’re settled, explore River Run’s 325 acres of principally included facilities, akin to an arcade, a mini bowling alley, and a lake stocked with paddleboards and kayaks (a pool and fitness middle will open in August). RV hookups begin at $86 per night time; cottages start at $259 per night time; 1051 Summit Trail, Granby

If You Have a Half-Day

Time to bust out of your routine: Our curated listing of native goings-on will give adults and youngsters alike that faculty’s-out-and-anything-is-possible feeling. Now, just select an occasion that piques your curiosity, mark your calendar, and (perhaps) line up a babysitter.

Photograph courtesy of the Brick Bar.


Arts in the Open | June 1–August four
Let antsy youngsters stretch their legs at an Arts in the Open show, throughout which audiences hike down Chautauqua Park’s Enchanted Mesa Trail to reach each new scene of Jack and the Beanstalk (June) and Cinderella and Her Barely Godmother (July and August). Weekends

The Wit’s Shakesbeer | June 9–August four
Denver watering holes like the Black Buzzard (an Oskar Blues Brewery–run LoDo venue) host these raucous exhibits. Drink along with the performers between strains of As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew, and A Midsummer Night time’s Dream. Dates and places range


Unicorn Pageant | June 22–23
For the third yr in a row, Littleton’s Robert F. Clement Park can be reworked into a magical realm complete with a unicorn petting zoo, meet-and-greets with princesses and mermaids, a Mad Hatter tea get together, and all the sweets.

Photograph courtesy of Matthew Davis.


Digital Dopamine | July 6
Digital beats pulse from two levels at the second iteration of one of Denver’s most dance-oriented festivals. Whenever you need a breather, slip away from the laser lights to buy handmade items at the artisan market.

Lunar Landing 50th Anniversary Celebration | July 20
Salute the moon touchdown’s semicentennial and introduce your youngsters to classical music as the
Colorado Symphony performs choices from films resembling E.T.: The Additional-Terrestrial while
Apollo 11 footage plays on the huge display.

The Bubble Run | July 27–28
Operating or strolling a 5K (strollers are welcome!) is far more fun when the course overflows with soapy suds. Two foam canons, food distributors, and a DJ await just after the Bubble Run’s end line.

Photograph credit: Jered and Ashley Gruber/Courtesy of Colorado Basic.


Colfax ArtFest | August 2–Three
For its fifth birthday, this artistic social gathering (formerly West Colfax MuralFest) obtained a second day and a new identify. Its 20-plus Lakewood destinations embrace galleries and alleyways as well as pop-up artwork in more sudden places, corresponding to the parking zone in entrance of Casa Bonita.


The Brick Bar | August 8–11
Play with blocks and sip craft beer at the traveling bar delivering a dose of childhood to grown-ups round the world. Tickets starting at $15 purchase you 90 minutes in the Exdo Middle’s boozy version of Legoland.

Colorado Basic | August 22–25
After two years of internet hosting contests for each sexes, the Basic nixed the males’s race, turning into the sole women-only cycling race on the Union Cycliste Internationale calendar in the Western Hemisphere. Line Denver’s streets on Sunday to give your little ones a glimpse of some critical woman energy.

If You Have Only a Couple of Minutes

Every day drudgeries don’t finish when June arrives. If anything, they accelerate (your garden requires watering, clothes from final weekend’s tenting journey need washing). But with these Colorado gadgets at hand, you possibly can inject a dose of summer time into even the most mundane moments.

1. Pay attention: Head for the Hills’ Say Your Mind

Courtesy of Head for the Hills.

The newest EP from this Fort Collins triad packs bluegrassy, sitting-around-the-campfire vibes so powerful you’ll virtually overlook you’re sitting in I-70 visitors.

2. Sip: Wild Basin Boozy Sparkling Water

Photograph courtesy of Oskar Blues Brewery.

Oskar Blues Brewery’s carbonated concoctions are made with H20 from the St. Vrain River, and the refreshing flavors (melon basil, lemon agave hibiscus) make pulling weeds way more fun.


Three. Wear: The Daymoon by Encounter Hat Co.

Photograph courtesy of Encounter Hat Co.

Maintain the sun off your face in music pageant type—even if your only vacation spot is House Depot. Encounter’s felt hats are custom-made in Denver.

4. Sniff: Lollia’s This Second Perfume

Photograph courtesy of Lollia by Margot Elena.

A quick spritz of Centennial-based perfumery Lollia’s new fragrance (which options delicate notes of sun blossom and water lily) means you’ll be able to breathe in the scents of a wildflower hike from the weekday jail that is your five-by-five cubicle.

5. Eat: A Colorado-Grown Peach

Photograph credit: Getty Pictures.

While looking for the week’s dinner components at a farmers’ market (attempt the new-on-June 15 RiNo Recent Market, Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.), treat your self to one of these beauties. Make positive the fruit is mushy however not mushy, signaling ripeness (they’ll be obtainable as summer time winds down).

No Ache, No Achieve

At mile 14, the hail started. Deep in the Indian Peaks Wilderness, halfway by means of a 26-mile run, my group sought shelter beneath a tree, making an attempt to dodge ice pellets with little success and shivering in our windbreakers. When you’ve a standing date with Colorado’s excessive nation, opposed weather is usually half of the deal. So are incredulous seems from co-workers. You spent your weekend operating? They don’t perceive.
Illustration by Bomboland.
Fortunately, I’ve a gaggle of buddies who do. Every Saturday morning, we don packs full of meals and water at the trailhead and stride deep into the wilderness, dropping cell reception and gaining elevation. As we cover pristine singletrack, we forge camaraderie over hours of sweating above treeline. Every break, my digital camera captures the splendor, every photograph recalling a conquered incline.

A sprained ankle sidelined me final summer time. I sat at house, antsy, eager for the High Lonesome Loop’s 15.7 miles close to Eldora Mountain Resort or the 16.Three miles (a method) of the Boulder Skyline Traverse. As temperatures rise and I return to my ordinary antics, I’ll not take as a right that journey is just a quick automotive journey away…and that I could be back at my desk, sore but rejuvenated, come Monday morning.
—Sarah Boyum