Red Rocks Park and Ampitheater

Snow-capped peaks are often the first thing to come to mind when one thinks of Denver. But after the snow disappears and the temperatures start to rise, this iconic Rocky Mountain town is an outdoor-lover’s dream, with perfect temperatures, incredible flora and fauna, and stunning vistas at every turn. Recently, we asked The Scout Guide Denver editor Leigh Gordon to recommend her favorite things to do outside when the weather turns warmer, and she delivered. Whether you’re interested in gardens, music, touring, or thrills, with this list, your next visit to The Mile High City is bound to be full of fresh air and plenty of fun. Here are her recommendations.

6 Must-Do Outdoor Activities in and Around Denver

Denver Botanic Gardens (1007 York Street, Denver). The Denver Botanic Gardens is a 24-acre oasis in the middle of the city with a variety of gardens, including the largest collection of plants from cold temperate climates around the world. They also have art exhibits and educational programs available, including hands-on workshops, certificate courses, and public lectures, to name a few. If you visit during the winter holidays, their Blossom of Lights is amazing and a tradition my family and I look forward to every year. 

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater (8300 West Alameda Parkway, Morrison). Red Rocks is known for its summer concert series, but during the day, it’s a gorgeous place to hike, bike, practice yoga, and watch films. It’s also said that there’s no better place to see the stars and I agree! I can’t wait to get back to seeing concerts at Red Rocks this year, it’s such a special venue and the views are truly amazing.

Aspire Tours (6275 W 38th Avenue, Wheatridge). One of the main reasons people choose to live in Denver is the access to the outdoors. Having a local company like Aspire Tours available to explore the best of what Denver and the Front Range have to offer makes it fun and easy to always find something new to explore. This boutique tour company books trips to Mt. Evans, Rocky Mountain Park, and more.

eTuk Ride Denver (pickup locations vary). When you want to explore the metropolitan areas, this company delivers “The Ultimate Urban Tour.” eTuk Ride Denver offers a variety of standard tours, or you can create a custom experience. What I love most about eTuk is that it’s not only a fun way to explore Denver, but it’s also environmentally friendly. Their vehicles are 100% electric and made right here in Denver.

Kayaking on the Confluence River (2301 7th St, Denver). Being able to learn to kayak in the heart of Downtown Denver makes learning a new outdoor activity so convenient. Confluence Kayaks is the ultimate paddling shop, offering kayaking adventures downtown on the whitewater chutes at Confluence Park. They also provide lessons and rentals. 

Delicious Denver Food Tours (pickup locations vary). We have an incredible  foodie scene in Denver.  Delicious Denver Food Tours believes that food brings people together and that there is no better way to form a connection than over a great meal.  They provide amazing food experiences while supporting local Denver restaurants.

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*Please note that due to COVID-19 some of these businesses might be closed or have specific guidelines in place. We recommend calling ahead and/or visiting their websites for the latest information on their status, offerings, etc.