Day Trips from Denver Colorado

The Mile High City, as Denver is called has easy access to some of the most beautiful scenery and most interesting places in North America. If you would like to discover the true America, then Denver is a great place in which to base yourself as you explore the Rockies on some really easy day trips.

Just 71 miles (114 km) northwest of Denver is Rocky Mountain National Park which is perfect for hiking or sightseeing by car, if that is more to your liking. The park features 400 square miles (1,036 sq km) of scenic beauty, including Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous highway in the world, which crosses the Continental Divide at over two miles above sea level. Here at least 60 mountains exceed 12,000 feet, topping off at 14,259 feet on the football field-sized summit of Longs Peak. Names such as Cirrus, Chiefs Head, Isolation, Mummy, and Storm evoke the grandeur of this high landscape.

Chances are you will be able to view plenty of wildlife with an elk herd numbering more than 3,000, about 800 bighorn sheep, numerous mule deer and a small population of moose calling the park home, it’s no surprise that wildlife watching is rated the number-one activity by a vast majority of Rocky’s three million annual visitors.

Head the other way and 60 miles (97 km) south of Denver you reach Pike’s Peak Country which features more than 40 attractions centred around 14,000-foot (4,267 m) high Pike’s Peak. With cave exploring, horse riding, hiking, waterfalls, three railways, including the Cog Railway, which takes you to Pike’s Peak where it’s possible to glimpse four states. Then there’s the Garden of the Gods, which has gigantic 500-foot (152 m) high red sandstone rock monuments at the base of Pikes Peak.

Visiting all of these wonderful landscapes would no doubt bring on a thirst, in which case, it would be time to get someone else to drive while you sit back and enter the Denver Beer Triangle.

You’re not going to disappear in the Denver Beer Triangle, but it is easy to get lost in the fine, handcrafted beers, ales, stouts and porters found along the way. Located at the base of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, the area between Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins is often called the “Napa Valley of Beer.” Here you’ll find Coors Brewery, the largest single brewery in the world, as well as some six-dozen other award-winning brewpubs and microbreweries.

Aaah! Denver! You do it so well.

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