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Places to see Loveland/Denver CO
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Contributors to this thread:
Insheart 09-Jul-24
Tilzbow 09-Jul-24
Zbone 09-Jul-24
Insheart 09-Jul-24
Zbone 09-Jul-24
ryanrc 09-Jul-24
Glunt@work 09-Jul-24
Jaquomo 09-Jul-24
Old Reb 09-Jul-24
Insheart 09-Jul-24
Insheart 09-Jul-24
Stix 09-Jul-24
Bow Bullet 09-Jul-24
Crazeymaez 09-Jul-24
JohnMC 09-Jul-24
JB 09-Jul-24
cnelk 10-Jul-24
wytex 10-Jul-24
jordanathome 10-Jul-24
Jaquomo 10-Jul-24
grasshopper 10-Jul-24
jordanathome 10-Jul-24
Glunt@work 10-Jul-24
Jaquomo 10-Jul-24
Insheart 10-Jul-24
From: Insheart
09-Jul-24
My wife and I, on a whim, came out to Loveland - Denver area, for a couple days get-a-way.

Need recommendations for places to see --- please? Also probably going in the area of Fraser.

One thing she really would like to do is gemstone mining - NOT out into the boonies (she has covid lung - so can't be overly strenuous.

Actually about anywhere with a couple hours?

Then headed north to Montana - might do Yellowstone.

Thanks, Bob

From: Tilzbow
09-Jul-24
Red Rocks Amphitheater. Even if you’re not taking in a concert there’s some nice walking trails in the park and a dinosaur drive nearby that’s pretty cool.

If you like music it’s one of the best outdoor venues in the country plus it’s got a nice visitors center with some great pictures of bands that have played there.

From: Zbone
09-Jul-24
I agree with Red Rocks, and drive up to the top of Mt Evans (or whatever they call it now), but you'll never forget it...

Also "Garden of the Gods" near Colorado Springs is pretty cool too...

From: Insheart
09-Jul-24
Thanks so far, will keep checking and taking notes.

From: Zbone
09-Jul-24
I just looked it up, Mt Evans is now named Mt Blue Sky...

Also if you are going to Fraser, a drive through Rocky Mountain National Park is a must do...

If you like to drop a little coin, Blackhawk and Central City Casinos it can be done...

From: ryanrc
09-Jul-24
go from loveland east on 34 and go right into estes park and into rocky mountain np.

From: Glunt@work
09-Jul-24
If you go to Estes, watch for sheep in the canyon. Usually on the north side.

From: Jaquomo
09-Jul-24
If you go up on Mt. Evans (only sick, twisted liberals call it "Blue Sky") you can ride right up to mountain goats, get out and pee, and they'll come up and lick it!

Definitely RMNP and Trail Ridge Road.

From: Old Reb
09-Jul-24
^^^ You visit there often? Sorry, couldn't resist asking. Lol.

From: Insheart
09-Jul-24
Is the "Buffalo Bill museum and grave site" worth going through?

From: Insheart
09-Jul-24
So far: Rocky Mt National Park, Mt Evans, Fraser, Estes, Red Rocks Amphitheater

From: Stix
09-Jul-24
Hot Springs in Hot Sulfur Springs, which is just past Fraser. Soak in some outdoor hot springs. Also Indian hot springs just west of denver in Idaho Springs.

I mention these because with covid lung your wife may enjoy relaxing instead of hiking.

From: Bow Bullet
09-Jul-24
Be aware that if you plan to go to RMNP, you will need a timed entry permit if you enter after 5 am for the Bear Lake Corridor or after 9 am for the rest of the Park (Trail Ridge Rd). You will also need a timed entry permit for Mt Evans/Blue Sky after 8 am. You can go on recreation.gov to see if any are available.

From: Crazeymaez
09-Jul-24
Check out the homeless encampments.Very impressive.

From: JohnMC
09-Jul-24

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You could see if Paul will let you chase him up a mountain. ;)

Mt Evans is cool but it will take you around two hours to get there. Red rocks is cool but a ways from Loveland and also have to content with Denver.

We chatted but first thing I'd do is RMNP. Going up Old Fall River Rd.

This was Mt Evans a couple of weeks ago.

From: JB
09-Jul-24
Trail Ridge Road in RMNP! The bull elk were up high by the visitor center cooling off last year over the 4th.

From: cnelk
10-Jul-24
Stop by my place. I'll make some margaritas

From: wytex
10-Jul-24
When you head up towards Montana take a break in Laramie, maybe grab a beer or tow downtown. Jubilee Days is going on though. Busy time with street dances concerts and rodeos.

From: jordanathome
10-Jul-24
Drive up to Ward then over to Nederland and back down to Boulder.....great drive....great views.

Visit Wings over the Rockies......on the old Stapleton Airport campus. Really cool museum with an SR 71Blackbird and a bunch of old nuclear bombs as well as a ton of neat aircraft.

2nd Laramie....GREAT town with a fairly vibrant downtown. Cruise over to Centenniel and drive up the Snowy Range Byway....if you go right before dark you are sure to see some animals....moose, bear, elk, deer......pretty cool area and no timed entry bs unlike RMNP

2nd the drive up Mt. Evans to see the views and the billies. Should be a bunch of babies right now and they are like Geese in the park.....they own the place so give them room.

Estes Park downtown is always a fun stroll.....beer garden....candy shops.......ice cream......tons of folks......

Idaho Springs is just up 70 and a hoot for an afternoon to cruise their downtown and grab a mountain pie at Beau Jo's

Drive out to the Rocky Mountain Aresenal out by DIA and you can see bison and huge arse mulie deer and turks and more as you drive through. Visitor's center has some interesting history info.

Downtown Loveland and Downtown Ft. Collins are great places to shop and eat

Visit the original Jax Outdoor Store in Ft. Collins.......several buildings to walk through and kicks Bass Pro/Cabelas' arse in my humble opinion. 1200 N. College Ave. Fort Collins, CO 80524

From: Jaquomo
10-Jul-24
Many of us are boycotting Jax because they took a very public anti-police, pro BLM position during the riots. Their CEO basically told everyone on their Facebook page to go shop somewhere else if you don't like it. So we do. Plus, their prices are a bit out of line.

Otherwise, Old Town Fort Collins is a very cool place to visit and shop.

From: grasshopper
10-Jul-24
You mention going by Fraser. If you are going by Fraser, go north to Grand Lake. Super cool town. Have lunch, breakfast or dinner by the lake at Charlie's, end of main st. Then take trail ridge (hwy 34) north out of town to get to estes through the park. I was there a few weeks ago, main street was all tore up, might be a zoo to find parking, but you can sure get a t-shirt downtown estes. The cowboy coaster in Estes off Devils gulch road is a favorite of ours.

Let us know when you are coming, sounds like a great chance for a bowsite get together at Loveland Hooters. It can be scenic there too.

From: jordanathome
10-Jul-24
I believe the owner refuses to sell black rifles as well.....so pile on. I worked for JAX part time several years ago. Yes they can be pricey but they are an iconic self built american small business. Boys and their cotts.......LOL

From: Glunt@work
10-Jul-24
As a kid going to Jax was a huge deal. The new generation of leadership lost me. Still stop in if I cant find what I need anywhere else but thats rare with all the options we have now.

From: Jaquomo
10-Jul-24
Jax is less than two miles from my house in town, and I'll drive 23 miles to Scheels or Sportsmans before I'll patronize them. And I generally save enough to pay for the gas.

From: Insheart
10-Jul-24
Thanks everyone, lots of ideas. Did make the drive from Denver through to estes.

Had vehicle issues so lost most of today, planned on heading north tomorrow.

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