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The Best Outdoor Activities in Denver

With breathtaking natural beauty and perfect weather, it’s hard to imagine a better place to be than Colorado in the summertime.

So if you’re headed to the first-ever Le-Vel leadership retreat July 26-28, you’ll absolutely want to build in extra time to enjoy some of the best outdoor activities in Denver.

Whether you’re looking to work up a sweat or simply take an easy stroll among some of the most stunning scenery the country has to offer, there are tons of fun things to do outside in Denver! Here are some suggestions: 

Biking: Denver is paradise for cyclists, with more than 85 miles of paved trails connecting to hundreds more miles of dirt trails. Greenway Trail, Clear Creek Bike Path, High Line Canal Trail, Bear Creek Bike Trail, and Cherry Creek Bike Path are local favorites. Just stop at one of the dozens of bike-sharing Denver B-cycle stations around the city, swipe your credit card and explore! 

Outdoors in Denver

Go hiking: Enjoy hundreds of miles of hiking trails more than two miles above sea level at Rocky Mountain National Park, about a 90-minute drive from Denver. Take in the scenic beauty, including enormous peaks and rugged canyons, tranquil lakes, thundering waterfalls, and flowering meadows.

Ride horseback: Go horseback riding through the historical trails of the Rocky Mountains. A & A Stables offers guided and unguided trips through old cemeteries, gold mines and more for riders of all ages, lasting one to two hours. 

Red Rocks Park in Colorado is one of the best outdoor activities in Denver

Try whitewater rafting: Just 20 minutes from Denver, Geo Tours offers rafting excursions — from leisurely floating trips to thrilling whitewater rafting — on the Colorado River, Arkansas River, and Clear Creek.

Boulder the Flatirons: One of the best things to do outdoors near Denver is check out the Flatirons! The Flatirons are the striking sandstone formations in the foothills of neighboring Boulder. Climb the multi-pitch routes, hike the trails, or enjoy a picnic with a scenic view.

Catch a baseball game: If spectator sports are more your thing, the Colorado Rockies take on the Los Angeles Dodgers July 29-31 at Coors Field in downtown Denver. Batter up!

Coors Field, one of the best outdoor activities in Denver

Visit Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre: Enjoy a concert, take a hike, or practice yoga at the stunning — and legendary — Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, just a 15-minute drive from Denver. The only naturally occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheatre in the world, Red Rocks has hosted some of the most famous musicians, from the Beatles to U2.  

Walk with dinosaurs: Dinosaur Ridge is a natural landmark along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, famous for being the site of the world’s first Stegosaurus discovery. Take a guided or unguided tour to see Jurassic dinosaur bones and Cretaceous footprints. 

Explore Evergreen: Take your pick of outdoor activities in Evergreen, less than 30 miles from Denver. The picturesque town offers golfing, hiking, shopping, and paddleboarding and kayaking on its Alpine lake. 

What to pack for Denver

Packing for the best outdoor activities in Denver

The average high for Denver in July is in the 80s and the average low is in the high 50s, so you shouldn’t need anything heavier than a light jacket. But if you’re planning to take in some of the best outdoor activities in Colorado, you’ll need the right footwear! 

Comfortable walking shoes are a must, of course. If you’re hiking, bring boots, and if you’re planning to get on the water, you’ll need rubber-soled shoes such as sneakers or river sandals. 

Other things to pack for outdoor activities in Denver:

  • A hat and sunglasses
  • Workout clothes
  • Swimwear
  • Jeans (or other long pants) if you’re horseback riding
  • Healthy snacks to sustain you during long hikes

And you’ll definitely want to bring something special for the black-tie dinner during the retreat! 

Finally, it’s important to maintain healthy habits while you’re traveling to keep you looking and feeling your best. Be sure to pack your THRIVE Skin and THRIVE Experience and keep up with your self-care regimens.

Don’t forget the sunscreen!

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