Beyond the Water’s Edge: Other Things to Do in and around Denver

Colorado is an iconic place to visit—from the white-capped peaks of the Rocky Mountains to the tiny-but-bustling communities, everyone has considered taking a trip to Colorado. We primarily like to talk about the water-based activities available in the Denver metro area and along the Front Range, but we’re not so naïve as to think that people come to Colorado for the water. So while you’ll find more water recreation opportunities than you might think at first, we know there are other reasons to visit. We wanted to take a little time and highlight some of our other favorite pastimes.

Let’s start with the canyons—Colorado has a bunch. Black Canyon in Gunnison National Park is one of my favorites. Large and overwhelming, Black Canyon exposes visitors to some of the steepest cliffs, oldest rocks, and craggiest spires in North America. You can hike along the rim, camp on the river, and explore the endless alpine possibilities. Eldorado Canyon State Park offers a similar experience, and it’s right in Boulder’s backyard. Hike the towering sandstone cliffs, picnic along the creek, or climb the canyon’s sheer walls.

There’s no better way to start or end a day of canyon exploring than with—you guessed it—a cup of coffee. Colorado’s coffee shops are community-oriented and sure to serve of the perfect, steaming cup of joe. While you’re there, check out Everyday Joe’s in Fort Collins. This volunteer-run joint was designed to serve the needs of the Fort Collins community; they host concerts, children’s story time, and other unique events. Another personal favorite? Roostercat Coffee House—a Denver staple.

Speaking of Denver, let’s talk about Colorado’s cities. This state is lousy with them. Everyone knows about Denver and Boulder, but they’re worth mentioning because of their sheer beauty. Less-known are Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Durango, Breckenridge, and Aurora—all worth a visit if you’re in the area.

Finally, we’ve arrived at what Colorado is famous for: country. Colorado might have some amazing cities, but people live in those cities to experience the country. Residents joke that everyone has the same three outdoor interests: hiking, climbing, and skiing. Well, from the best hikes in the state to expert snowshoeing tips to discounted Colorado lift tickets, it’s funny because….it’s true.

Denver and Colorado really does have it all. This state has the je ne sais quoi I love to visit and talk about. Along with the state’s water-based activities, don’t underestimate us.


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