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Denver area kid-friendly 'adventure' next weekend??? ideas?

Postby Dark Helmet » Fri Mar 15, 2013 10:42 am

I'm taking my son (along with another Father/Son pair) to the US World Cup Qualifier next friday and we need something to do on saturday while we're bumming around town.

My original thought was to hit the climbing wall at REI, but it's supposed to be out of commission with their big sale.

soooooooo, anyone have any ideas?

the boys are 8, and tough/strong enough to do anything reasonable. we'd certainly be up for a quick 3-4hour hike/climb that we didn't need much/any technical equipment for (have good cold/wet gear)


we're staying down in the tech center, but we've got access to a 4WD if needed.


any thoughts/ideas?

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Postby aleugers » Fri Mar 15, 2013 10:57 am

You could go to Red Rocks and check out the amphitheater. There's also a few miles of hiking trails on the north side along with Dakota Ridge or climbing Mt Morrison.

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Postby its_not_a_tuba » Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:09 am

aleugers wrote:Mt Morrison.


This. Mt Morrison is a blast.
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Postby rijaca » Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:22 am

Dark Helmet wrote:I'm taking my son (along with another Father/Son pair) to the US World Cup Qualifier next friday and we need something to do on saturday while we're bumming around town.



Me too (he's 22 though).

The Mt Morrison suggestion is a good one, although I would do the south ridge from the RR entrance #4 TH.
Chief/Squaw Mountain would also work, but there would prob'ly be snow encountered (snow shoes generally not needed due to packed trail).
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Postby denvermikey » Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:26 am

Devil's Head is pretty cool. Fun hike with a fire tower at the end. Great views. Kids usually love it.

http://funcoloradohikes.com/devils_head.html
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Postby SeracZack » Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:33 am

denvermikey wrote:Devil's Head is pretty cool. Fun hike with a fire tower at the end. Great views. Kids usually love it.

http://funcoloradohikes.com/devils_head.html


Check the road conditions first. I thought they may not plow all the way to the trailhead in the winter. Although two things are at work here: 1) No snow and 2) I could be mistaken.

It is a fun short hike though with good views at the end.
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Postby denvermikey » Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:41 am

"Check the road conditions first."

True. Latest update (Wednesday 13th) stated road still has snow but should melt quite a bit with this continued sun and warmth. Can check updates on the Rampart Range Facebook page.
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Postby Dark Helmet » Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:46 am

awesome input, thanks guys...

will check out morrison and Devil's Head....

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Postby peter303 » Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:47 am

The Denver Science Museum has a special exhibit on mastadons this month with several impressive specimens. And you can go see the dinosaurs too.

The Table Mesa hill on the south side of Boulder has some nice views. And you can hike into the mountians behind for many miles. There is aweather museum on that hill too.

Lions and tigers and bears and wolves. A place called the Wildlife Santuary about an hour to northest has up to a hundred of each animal. They play outdoors in about 20 large fields. There is a mile long elevated walkway that passes over these fields.

Its a bit of a long ride day, but you can go all the way to Rocky Mountain National Park at Estes Park (@2 hours). Sprng time hikes include the waterfalls on the east. And circumnavigate Bear Lake on west side. Trail ridge Road is closed 1/3 the way up at this time of year. Some nice views, but not much walking there.

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Postby Dark Helmet » Fri Mar 15, 2013 12:25 pm

peter303 wrote:The Denver Science Museum has a special exhibit on mastadons this month with several impressive specimens. And you can go see the dinosaurs too.

The Table Mesa hill on the south side of Boulder has some nice views. And you can hike into the mountians behind for many miles. There is aweather museum on that hill too.

Lions and tigers and bears and wolves. A place called the Wildlife Santuary about an hour to northest has up to a hundred of each animal. They play outdoors in about 20 large fields. There is a mile long elevated walkway that passes over these fields.

Its a bit of a long ride day, but you can go all the way to Rocky Mountain National Park at Estes Park (@2 hours). Sprng time hikes include the waterfalls on the east. And circumnavigate Bear Lake on west side. Trail ridge Road is closed 1/3 the way up at this time of year. Some nice views, but not much walking there.


Museum looks like it might work on Sunday... will look at the Sanctuary too... we RMNP every year, so not going there.

again, thanks for all the great ideas.

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Postby sheller » Fri Mar 15, 2013 12:31 pm

Many hiking options near Boulder- Royal Arch, First Flat Iron, Mt Sanitas. You just have to watch out for icy trails. Alderfer Sisters near Evergreen is fun with plenty of bouldering options along the trail.

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Postby its_not_a_tuba » Fri Mar 15, 2013 1:51 pm

If you decide to do Morrison take a pit stop at Dinosaur Ridge which has a bunch of fossilized dino tracks in the rock. What kid doesn't love dinosaurs?!!
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