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Mon Jan 16, 2023, 07:51 PM

Going to Denver soon

For a work training. I'll have half of one day on my own (with daylight) and want to see as much nature/cool stuff as possible. I'd kind of like to see the Red Rocks amphitheater (cuz I like U2 ) but any advice from anyone who lives near there/been there? I've never been there. It will be in February.

I won't have a car, but was thinking about renting one that day (the day I get in) to hit the road running.

I will have late afternoons/evenings to explore the city as well.

Any suggestions?

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Reply Going to Denver soon (Original post)
Delarage Jan 16 OP
hlthe2b Jan 16 #1
gab13by13 Jan 16 #2
CanonRay Jan 16 #4
Thomas Hurt Jan 16 #6
Postal Grunt Jan 17 #12
Phoenix61 Jan 16 #3
CanonRay Jan 16 #5
Thomas Hurt Jan 16 #7
turbinetree Jan 16 #8
Delarage Jan 16 #10
Delarage Jan 16 #9
mountain grammy Jan 16 #11

Response to Delarage (Original post)

Mon Jan 16, 2023, 08:04 PM

1. Well, I love Red Rocks, but it is far west of Denver in Morrison.

In good weather? No problem, but with half a day you better be watching weather because those foothills will get snow even in light storms and climbing up is SLICK in snow. Plus sundown is currently just before 5PM.

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Response to Delarage (Original post)

Mon Jan 16, 2023, 08:09 PM

2. I worked in Denver,

drove a rental car to the top of Mt. Evans. I could be wrong about this but it may be the highest road in the US. Ran into a herd of wild mountain goats on the trip back down. It is a scary ride.

This was 15 years ago so.

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Response to gab13by13 (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 16, 2023, 08:31 PM

4. I don't recommend doing this in February

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Response to gab13by13 (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 16, 2023, 08:39 PM

6. That road is closed in the winter months, otherwise it is a beautiful drive.

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Response to gab13by13 (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 17, 2023, 01:49 AM

12. RE: Mt Evans

My wife and I went up to the top of Mt Evans this past August and it is, as you say, a scary ride whether going up or back down. The road was in terrible condition and demands prudent, slow driving even for SUVs. Bringing one of those small oxygen canisters that are sold throughout Colorado isn't a bad idea. It was an amazing view from the summit but we won't be going back, once was enough.

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Response to Delarage (Original post)

Mon Jan 16, 2023, 08:25 PM

3. What the first guy said. Red rock is cool and there is a neat

small museum but with only a half day and dead
Winter I would do something else.

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Response to Delarage (Original post)

Mon Jan 16, 2023, 08:35 PM

5. Lunch at the Brown Palace

followed by the art museum and/or tour the mint. No car needed.

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Response to Delarage (Original post)

Mon Jan 16, 2023, 08:47 PM

7. If you are into musuems, there is a small museum in Denver that would make for an afternoon visit.

Black American West Museum

https://www.bawmhc.org/

Love Books?, the Tattered Cover Bookstore is or at least was amazing. Haven't been there in years and years. Not sure if they are at the same location.

Also the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

https://www.dmns.org/

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Response to Delarage (Original post)

Mon Jan 16, 2023, 10:06 PM

8. I use to live in Littleton and Parker and if want

go south towards Colorado Springs you can visit the Garden of the Gods and if you want to head up towards Morrison to see some ghost towns
Mount Vernon, CO Ghost Town in Morrison,

or you can go to Golden Colorado, thirty minutes outside Denver

and if you are interested in a fine dining establishment , which I have not been to in years this one in my opinion is / was remarkable....in

Sedalia, CO called Gabriel's
5450 Manhart Ave, Sedalia, CO 80135, CO 80135

https://www.gabrielsdenver.com/

And if you want to see where the "The Shining" was filmed in the Hotel its called the "Stanley Steamer" in Estes Park, where Elk like to roam through the streets...seriously.......and you just might see some Mountain Goats along the ridges of the road going to Estes Park....

but be advised about the weather.....everything comes off the front range and if you get a chance look up at the sky....the blue in the sky in my opinion is just something else..... yes I like the west.....

Enjoy and have fun

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Response to turbinetree (Reply #8)

Mon Jan 16, 2023, 10:39 PM

10. I've always wanted

To check out some ghost towns. And I LOVE The Shining. I wish I could have made the travel arrangements myself... I would have built in a couple extra days. But I will make the most of the time I have!

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Response to Delarage (Original post)

Mon Jan 16, 2023, 10:35 PM

9. Thanks!

It is a bummer that my time is so limited and it'll be February. But I will try to get out and about after my training days, even if I can't get too far out of the city.

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Response to Delarage (Reply #9)

Mon Jan 16, 2023, 10:56 PM

11. Have fun. It's a great city.

Hope the weather's good while you're here.

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