The Adventure Lover’s Travel Guide for Denver

Denver is a city that often flies under the radar. It’s not a massive city like New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles. It’s more of a medium-sized town with cool neighborhoods and great restaurants. But Denver is also home to some excellent adventure opportunities. 

According to the Colorado Sun, Denver welcomed 31.7 million visitors in 2021. And if you live here, what better way to show off your city than by introducing tourists to the things they can do while visiting? 

Whether you’re an experienced traveler or just starting on this journey through life, here are our top picks for adventures in Denver:

Tour Red Rocks Amphitheater

Red Rocks Amphitheater is a famous outdoor concert venue in Morrison, Colorado. It is a natural amphitheater formed of red sandstone and has a capacity of 9,450 people. 

The venue is the home to many famous artists who have performed on this legendary stage, including The Beatles, U2, Dave Matthews Band, and more. According to Billboard, the amphitheater was the highest-grossing and most-attended venue globally in 2021.

You can tour Red Rocks for free, but we highly recommend going for an evening show or concert if you have the money to spare. If you want to check out later in the day, check out one of their daily tours, which offer great views and information about some fun history behind this landmark.

Take a Hike in the Rocky Mountains

Hiking is a great way to see the Rocky Mountains, especially if you’re new and want a sense of Colorado’s natural beauty. Hundreds of trails throughout the state range from strolls through meadows to strenuous climbs up rocky peaks. The best part? You can camp overnight along many of these paths and spend several days hiking through the wilderness.

If you’re looking for an easy urban escape from downtown Denver, try heading up Pikes Peak Highway. You’ll pass by many charming mountain towns up to 14,115 feet above sea level. But once at the top, there’s nothing but mountains as far as the eye can see in every direction. 

Dogsledding for the Adventurous

Dogsledding is a great way to get out into the Colorado wilderness and experience the mountains. It’s also an excellent way to exercise, spend time with your family, and feel like an adventurer. If you live in Denver or are planning on visiting soon, you need dogsledding to amp up your trip.

Dogsledding can be done year-round at many different locations throughout Colorado. The only downside is that there are fewer opportunities during winter months because of snow conditions on trails. However, if you want to go dogsledding while visiting Denver this winter, then there are still plenty of places nearby where they do it.

Go on a Scenic Drive Along Mount Evans Scenic Byway

Mount Evans Scenic Byway is the place to go if you’re looking for a scenic drive that’ll get your blood pumping. At 14,264 feet above sea level, it’s the highest paved road in America and offers panoramic views of one of Colorado’s most famous national parks: Rocky Mountain National Park.

The drive takes about nine hours, depending on how long you stop along the way. It is unsuitable for RVs or large vehicles (including SUVs) due to low clearance areas and narrow roads. The drive also needs to be more suitable for low-clearance cars like sedans; there are some steep switchbacks along this route.

Go White Water Rafting on Clear Creek

One of the best ways to explore the outdoors in Denver is by going white water rafting on Clear Creek. This Colorado river is a great place to go rafting with friends or family, and it’s also an excellent option for anyone who wants to get some adrenaline pumping without having to drive far from Denver.

Many companies offer guided tours along Clear Creek, so you have plenty of options when trying to find a good tour group that fits your needs and budget. If you want to avoid booking your tour, look for a van rental from Denver Airport. It will make it easy for everyone in your group to get down there together. 

Since Denver Airport is now the 6th busiest airport in the world, according to OAG, facilities like van rentals are readily available from the airport itself. Moreover, you should be able to book a package deal, where you can book a van rental for the entire trip with a sightseeing package included, which makes it convenient for everyone. 

Zip lining Through the Trees

Zip lining is a great way to see the sights from high above. There are many different courses to choose from, and all you need for this adventure is a pair of good walking shoes and an adventurous heart. You’ll be zipping through the trees in no time.

Even if you’ve never zip lined before, most companies will offer training that you can do in as little as 15 minutes. And don’t worry about not being able to do it on your own. Most tours have guides who lead participants through the course and make sure everyone stays safe.

If you’re looking for something more daring than just walking through trees on a wire, some companies offer rappel courses, where experts lower you down cliffs or even rappel into caves. But don’t worry if heights aren’t your thing. There are plenty of other ways to explore nature while staying firmly planted on solid ground.

Conclusion

We’re sure you can think of more adventure-worthy activities in Denver. The city is a great place to start your next vacation, and we hope this guide has given you some ideas for what you want to do while there. 

Whether it’s white water rafting through the Rocky Mountains on Clear Creek or zip lining through the trees over the Lakewood Country Club golf course, there are plenty of options available in Denver. And remember, if none of these sound appealing, there are still plenty more adventures out there waiting just around the corner.

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