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Boasting abundant year-round sunshine and quick access to the natural playgrounds of the Rocky Mountains, Denver is an ideal base camp for adventurous travelers. You can easily hit the slopes or trails and be back in the Mile-High City in time for dinner. Here are some popular ways to explore Colorado’s Front Range.
The foothills of the Rockies are a hiker’s paradise, with miles of well-maintained trails winding through evergreen forests, canyons, wildflower meadows, and rock formations. Join a hiking tour to take the guesswork out of choosing a route. You can select from group outings or customized options like a challenging full-day jaunt or a more leisurely sunset hike.
From dinosaur fossils and buffalo herds to Wild West lore, there’s plenty of history as well as modern mountain charm to be found in the Front Range. A sightseeing tour makes it easy to soak up the best of Colorado’s scenery and culture without renting a car. Popular stops include Rocky Mountain National Park, Bear Creek Canyon, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Buffalo Bill’s Grave, and the resort town of Estes Park.
Cast a line for wild trout and other freshwater species that thrive in Colorado’s clean rivers. No need to pack all your gear, as private or small-group fishing tours provide all the equipment, plus the expertise of river guides who know all the most scenic and successful spots for fresh catch.
The Rocky Mountains truly shine in the wintertime, when ski resorts open and snow seekers flock to the slopes for fresh powder and some of the most spectacular alpine views in North America. Downhill skiers and snowboarders have plenty of options within a few hours of Denver, while snowshoeing or cross-country tours offer a more mellow way to play in the snow.
One of Colorado's most popular outdoor activities, mountain biking is an exciting and athletic way to explore foothills scenery and epic routes like the Colorado Trail during warmer months. Guided tours set you up with high-quality rental bikes and offer customized options for skill levels, from novices to advanced riders.