I just got back from traveling on a Colorado road trip and had an amazing time. We started off by driving to Denver and staying in a suburb called Lakewood. From there everything was spontaneous. I indulged in the large amount of breweries while I was out there, visited a ton of random cool places, and was out in nature practically the whole time. I would definitely recommend for anyone to go check out Denver and the surrounding cities. It is an environment that is alive and prospering.
What I loved about a Colorado Road Trip
1) Hiking in the Mountains
One of the biggest reasons why I wanted to take a Colorado road trip is hiking in the mountains. I did plenty of that. On my six day trip I hiked for a couple of hours each day. The landscapes are beautiful and hiking is great exercise. The specific places that we got to explore were Red Rocks Park, Boulder Mountain Park, Mountains in Lyons, and Eldorado Canyon State Park.
I went camping in two very different places. The first one was called Mary’s Lake which was close to Lyons, Colorado. And the second place was Columbine Campground right outside Central City, Colorado. I preferred the Columbine Campground over Mary’s Lake in Estes Park, because it actually felt like camping. Mary’s Lake was a bunch of people in a condensed area, with barely any trees. So technically we were camping, but it wasn’t exactly the type of camping I was looking for. But on the last night we went up to Columbine Campground, and it was way up in the mountains. What I liked about Columbine Campground was that there were hardly any other people there. Of the 50 lots there, probably only about 10 that were taken. I love traveling in the mountains and it is EXTREMELY quiet where we went.
4) Went to a few dispensaries
How am I going to go to Colorado without checking out one of the biggest reasons for there booming economy? It was an interesting experience going into a store and being able to buy what is illegal in Kansas City, where I live. And for such a low price.
I got to check out Boulder. I have always heard about Boulder being a big party town full of hippies. Well that is correct. The architecture in the city is presented well and everything looks brand new. Very clean place to go. And Pearl Street is amazing!
You’ll see many street performers as well. I was able to see a balancing act on a 2 millimeter diameter line in the street, that I will probably never see again.
Check out this video.
And then you could also come across yards like this……
Or the beautiful mountains……
6) Central City
What a cool little town. I drove through it and got to see the ancient casinos that are nestled in the community.
7) Red Rocks
A cool little town a little outside boulder has a main street with shops and restaurants. We stopped there for a bit and grabbed some coffee at “Lyon’s Soda Fountain & Coffee Cafe”. And we were able to hike some of the trails around the area.
9) Down Town Denver
Ate at the Mellow Mushroom. Some of the best pizza I have ever had. Great live music going on and plenty of entertainment. And I was only down there on a Sunday night. I didn’t get to experience what Friday and Saturday night would have had to offer.
10) Nightime Frisbee in the Mountains
11) Broke my routine
One of the best parts about traveling to Denver was breaking my routine. I ate randomly. Showered randomly. Slept randomly, and on very different grounds. And drove to random places. None of this trip was planned out besides going to Denver. But these are the types of adventures everyone needs in their lives. I normally like to just go with the flow instead of having rigid plans of doing certain things, at certain times. If I was to do that, I don’t think I would be able to enjoy the moment as much.
12) Hang as a group
I went on this trip with my friend Scott, Sean, and Sean’s girlfriend Hadley. And we stayed at Sean’s Cousin’s place in Lakewood. It’s good to get out of your “individual” routine and throw yourself into situations where compromising inevitably has to happen.
Tips for Traveling to Colorado
I would recommend to rent a car if you don’t want to take your own car up into the mountains. When I went we rented a car from Enterprise in which we all paid about 80$. That was including the damage waiver. Not to bad. For gas, we paid about 50 a piece which made it about 130$ for the whole trip! We stayed at my friends cousin’s house, which was free. And the only other thing we paid for besides entertainment, was the campsites. Mary’s Lake was 50$ for the night. And Columbine was only 17$! I know I am coming from Kansas City, so it is going to be cheaper compared to driving from most places. So check out flights as well. Spirit Airlines will fly pretty cheap to Denver. I have never flied Spirit, so I can’t give you a review!
With all entertainment added in, for a six day trip, I spent about 400$. But I splurged on restaurants and breweries. With that being said, if you are looking for a cheap trip, Colorado is not bad. The entertainment is in being in nature anyway. Just make sure you do a lot of camping and hiking, and it will be really cheap. And, definitely get a night time Frisbee, so you have something to do at night at the campground.
What I Will Do Next Time I Visit Colorado
Obviously, there are tons of other things that I would have loved to checkout if I had time. One thing that we were talking about experiencing, is white water rafting. And I would have loved to hang around in the different cities a little longer, so I could catch onto the vibe a little more.
But like I said…..I can confirm that Colorado is alive and prospering. One of the best trips I have had in a long time.