Comfort Suites Golden West on Evergreen Parkway
29300 US Highway 40
Evergreen, CO 80439
Phone: (303) 526-2000
Fax: (303) 526-0330
Here, students do not graduate with caps and gowns, but instead with waders and vests. As the only Orvis fly fishing school in the country it offers a two-and-a-half day course that touches upon everything from mastering the roll cast, to tying a blood knot, to reading water. The course also includes a three-day license, lunch and equipment. Pre-registration is required. For those with less time the school also offers specific day classes on fly tying, fly casting and introductory clinics.
Although Genesee Park is only 20 miles west of Denver, its outdoor beauty and hiking trails create the false sense you have traveled deep into the mountains. There are three good hiking trails for children and adults to look for wildlife such as buffalo, elk and deer. There are also wide-open spaces for playing Frisbee or a game of catch. Picnic tables are available, so be sure to pack a lunch.
Just to walk this mountain course and admire its beauty as it snakes around Evergreen Lake and through deep stands of pine is reason enough to play it. It features a classic par three hole that requires a completely blind tee shot over a towering mound of rock. And then when finished, you alert the group behind you that it is free to shoot by clanging a large bell. Your short game needs to excel here for the sloping greens are fast and hard.
Located right next to the Evergreen Lake in an idyllic setting, the Evergreen Lake House is an charismatic venue. The scenic surroundings and unparalleled views of adjoining mountain ranges on one side and golf course on the other are priceless. Blessed with natural bounty, Evergreen Lake House is a perfect romantic venue for an elaborate wedding ceremony or a lavish reception. Spread across a vast area of 5000 square feet (464.5 square meters), space is certainly not a constraint here. The classy and well-decorated event room complete with a fireplace can accommodate 200 guests and the deck can hold upto 80. However, don't stereotype Lake House merely as a venue, since its a popular sports destination too. During winter, tourists head here to enjoy winter sports like ice hockey and skating; come summer and concert series, fishing, boating and other fun activities beckon you. For more details and venue hire, check website.
This mountain park that features Evergreen Lake is a scenic location that is home to a variety of birds. Its peaceful surroundings complete with picnic facilities make it an ideal spot for a fun outing with your family. Apart from that, it also has a golf course, walking trails and the Evergreen Nature Center.
If you are heading up to Golden, with the kids to visit the Buffalo Bill Museum, be sure to pack a lunch and stop by the Lookout Mountain Nature Center. Located just down the road from the museum, the nature center is 110 acres of open space. Meandering trails wander through Ponderosa pine forests filled with wildlife, and into colorful meadows perfect for picnics. A stunning new facility features a wildlife observation deck and interactive exhibits, and is available for group functions. The Boettcher Mansion is also on-site. Admission is free. Open daily 8am onwards.
Mountain bikers flock to this park, 30 minutes west of Denver, for smooth, hard pack single track. The climbs will not bust the lungs, the descents are thrilling and fast, and the trails are basically void of technicalities such as rocks and steeps. That is, until you approach the Sisters Trail: a craggy climb up tight switchbacks that might be easier walking rather than riding. But the views from the top are well worth the effort! Soak in the sights and sounds of nature!
This park is a throwback to the days when theme parks were more than corporate carnivals seeking to build the biggest roller coaster. It is set in the guise of an old Victorian town and provides old-fashioned fun for the whole family. Rides abound, including the merry-go-round and alpine slide. Numerous shops carry everything from candy to souvenirs. The acclaimed Music Hall offers a variety of entertainment ranging from vaudeville to mystery plays. There is even a wedding chapel. General admission is free, but the rides and the Music Hall have separate fees. Outdoor rides are only open during the summer.
A rockhounder's paradise, this museum exhibits mineral collections from all over the world. Examples of exhibits include "Clear Creek Cave Gemstones," "Colorado Mining History," and "Earth History." This is definitely one of those museums that upon exiting will cause you to ponder "I did not know rocks could be so diverse and complicated." A fine attraction for children, the museum also loans Trunks and Fossil Kits, including rocks, minerals, fossils, gemstones and charts.
A trip to Denver is incomplete without a visit to the fascinating Red Rocks Park. Spanning over 640 acres (259 hectares), Red Rocks Park features red sandstone formations set in the foothills only 15 miles (24.14 kilometers) west of Denver. A pair of 300-hundred-foot (91.44 meters) sandstone pillars, Creation Rock and Ship Rock, bookend the park's amphitheater and give the place its surreal setting. An impressive view of the Denver skyline adds to the park's visual drama.
This trail, in Evergreen's Elk Meadow Park, is camera-snapping proof that moderate hikes can be fun and interesting. Located just 20 minutes west of Denver, this five-mile hike offers a surprising diversity of both flora and wildlife. In between tall stands of aspens are vast meadows that explode each summer with a variety of colorful wildflowers. The elk are numerous and easy to spot, especially during the fall rutting season. Take I-70 west into the foothills and get off at exit 242, which blends into route 74 south. Follow this for six miles and then make a right on Stagecoach Boulevard. Follow it for about a mile to the trail head parking lot on the right.
Supposedly known to be one of the best trails in Denver, Bear Creek Trail runs from Pence Park to Lair o' the Bear Park, outside of Idledale. Along the way, it cuts through two other Denver mountain parks, Corwina and O'Fallon. Unlike other tails, Bear Creek is not just a path strewn with rubble.