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There’s nothing better than breathing fresh air and getting in touch with nature. State parks, botanical gardens, trails, lakes, and farms are exactly the place to do it – and this area is full of them.

Take a look at all the options within driving distance – you’ll be surprised at how close your next adventure is. We provide the driving directions, but the sunscreen’s on you!
Bluff Lake Nature Center
Bluff Lake Nature Center

(720) 708-4147

4760 Oakland St Ste 200
Denver, CO 80209   Directions Website

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If you're looking for some peace and quiet in the city, Bluff Lake Nature Center is the place to find it. The nature center and outdoor area is comprised of 123 acres that encompass a seasonal lake, wetlands, short-grass prairie, a riparian zone and wetland woodland. A true oasis within the city of Denver, Bluff Lake is home to waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds, deer, foxes, beavers and other local wildlife.

Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Crested Butte Mountain Resort
12 Snowmass Rd
Crested Butte, CO 81225   Directions Website
Local number

(970) 754-0005


Toll Free

(877) 547-5143

Experience some of the country's best mountain biking, skiing, hiking, fishing, rafting, and kayaking at the Crested Butte Mountain Resort. The resort welcomes beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers to enjoy uncrowded slopes. If skiing isn't your thing don't worry, the town of Crested Butte offers shopping, art galleries, restaurants, nightlife and attractions you won't find in any other ski town.

Denver Adventures
Denver Adventures

(303) 984-6151

26267 Conifer Rd Unit 105
Conifer, CO 80433   Directions Website

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If mountain biking, trail running, snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, rock climbing, rafting, and hiking are some of your favorite outdoor activities, then Denver Adventures is the place for you. Whether you want to take a calming hike or get your blood flowing with some fast-paced skiing, Denver Adventures is ready to take you on the ride of your life.

Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Botanic Gardens

(720) 865-3500

1007 York St
Denver, CO 80206   Directions Website

Stroll among orchids, irises, begonias, ferns, violets, lilies, lotuses, lilacs, roses, cacti and more at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The 23-acre park is home to various garden attractions, and living and preserved collections showcasing over 250 plan families. After walking through the gardens, catch a lecture or eat at the on-site restaurant, Offshoots.

Dinosaur Ridge
Dinosaur Ridge

(303) 697-3466

16831 W Alameda Pkwy
Morrison, CO 80465   Directions Website

Travel more than one hundred million years back in time at Dinosaur Ridge. The outdoor exhibits showcase the archeological findings of prehistoric Colorado, with real dinosaur bones encased in sandstone and over 300 dinosaur footprints resting in the top layers of sand and mudstone. Be sure to explore the Dinosaur Ridge Exhibit Hall for an even closer look at the beasts of the past.

Royal Gorge Bridge & Park
Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

(719) 275-7507

4218 Co Rd Ste 3A
Cañon City, CO 81212   Directions Website

You won't find a view of Colorado quite like the one you'll get at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. The highest suspension bridge in the nation crosses the 1,250-foot gorge that has been called Colorado's Natural Wonder. Visitors at Royal Gorge don't only enjoy the view, the attraction is popular for whitewater rafting, and rides on the sightseeing Royal Gorge Railroad.

Wild Animal Sanctuary
Wild Animal Sanctuary
2999 County Rd 53
Keenesburg, CO 80643   Directions Website
Local number

(303) 536-0118


Toll Free

(888) 304-1963

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Those aren't the only animals you'll see at the Wild Animal Sanctuary. The refuge houses animals like leopards, cougars, wolves, bobcats, and foxes, most of them having been saved from dangerous or abusive situations. The animals roam their species-specific habitats, situated on 320 acres of open grassland. As the largest and oldest nonprofit sanctuary in the nation, the Wild Animal Sanctuary is surely a sight to see for all outdoors and animal lovers.

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