A Sweet Deal: Famous Ice Cream Shops around Denver

Little Man Ice Cream

Location: 2620 16th St

Hours: Winter hours: daily 11AM – 10PM

Sounds sweet: Operating inside of its emblematic 28-foot tall cream can, Little Man has become Denver famous since opening in 2008. For every scoop of handmade ice cream purchased, Little Man delivers a scoop of rice to developing countries worldwide. We recommend the Bhakti Chai or Fluffernutter.


Sweet Action

Location: 52 Broadway

Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 1 – 10PM; Friday – Saturday: 1 – 11PM

Sounds sweet: Voted the Best Ice Cream Shop in Colorado by USA Today and said to be Denver’s best ice cream by 5280 Magazine, the hype is deserved at this shop that uses only local ingredients. Known for its eclectic flavor combinations, some crowd favorites include Stranahan’s Whiskey Brickle and Honey Chile Pepper.



Location: 4360 E Evans Ave

Hours: Sunday – Tuesday: 12 – 10PM; closed Wednesday; Thursday: 12 – 10PM; Friday – Saturday: 12 – 11PM

Sounds sweet: Made with soy milk and only natural flavors, a Taiwanese shaved snow from Snowlab is the perfect option for lactose-intolerant and vegan visitors. This isn’t the type of shaved ice you’d expect from the state fair—this creamy, ribbon-like dessert comes in flavors like Black Sesame and Thai Tea.


Bonnie Brae Ice Cream

Location: 799 S University Blvd

Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 11AM – 9PM; Friday – Saturday: 11AM – 9:30PM

Sounds sweet: Voted the 2016 Best Ice Cream Shop by Colorado Parent magazine, this neighborhood gem has been serving up some of the best ice cream and shakes in Denver since 1986. The shop near Wash Park has a retro feel and often a line down the block—but it’s worth the wait! We love the Mocha Almond and Oatmeal.


Sweet Cow

Locations: Denver Highlands (3475 W 32nd Ave); Denver Platt Park (1882 S Pearl St); North Boulder (2628 Broadway); South Boulder (669 S Broadway); Stanley Market (2501 N Dallas St); Louisville (637 Front St)

Hours: Denver Highlands: Sunday – Thursday: 10AM – 10PM; Friday – Saturday: 10AM – 11PM

Other locations: Sunday – Thursday: 10AM –9PM; Friday – Saturday: 10 AM – 10 PM

Sounds sweet: With six locations around Denver, you’re sure to be within a short drive or walk to this local chain dedicated to scooping ice cream in an environmentally responsible way. All of their flavors are hand churned on site—it doesn’t get fresher than that. Try the Mooscow Mule and Myranda’s Peanut Butter Honey.

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Creative Classes in Denver

Why not take a little time off from sightseeing and find a creative outlet? There are tons of classes and workshops around Denver, offering everything from throwing pots to learning to paint with a glass of wine in your hand. Our picks for the best creative classes are below.


Art Classes

Pinot’s Palette

This franchise combines two things we love—art and alcohol. Every class is led by an experienced artist who teaches the class step-by-step how to create their own painted masterpieces. There is an impressive selection of wine and beer, including many local brews, and some Sunday classes offer bottomless mimosas for $10. The studio can also be rented out for private events.

Location: 3420 W 32nd Ave

Hours: The studio is open only for classes and private events—check out the event calendar on their website for details.

Cost: Open studio costs $12, most classes cost around $30, and prices vary for private events.

Learn more and reserve a spot at: or 720-663-1278


Share Denver

A community art space in the heart of Denver, this creative hub offers classes like jewelry making, veggie fermentation, and sugar skull creation. It doesn’t get much more relaxed than this spot, which feels more like a cozy living room than a work space, and draws crafters of all skill levels and abilities. Take a look at their monthly calendar for classes and events.

Location: 2829 Fairfax St

Hours: The studio is open only for classes and private events. Call or stop by for details.

Cost: Prices vary depending on the class.

Learn more and reserve a spot at: 720-608-0623


Ceramics in the City

A paint-your-own pottery studio that also features painting classes, glass fusing, and canvas painting, Ceramics in the City has it all. Come home with your own hand-painted mug, vase, or platter! Be sure to check out the daily specials to save some money on your creation, and look into renting the studio space for private events and parties.

Location: 5214 E Colfax

Hours: Monday – Friday: 11AM – 8PM; Saturday: 10AM – 8PM; Sunday: 11AM – 5PM

Cost: There is no studio fee—you just pay for your piece of pottery and all paint, tools, and other supplies are included. The prices range from $10-$65, and most pieces cost under $20.

Learn more and reserve a spot at: or 303-200-0461


Cooking Classes

Kitchen Table Cooking School

With classes like “Tacos and Tequila” and “A Winter Evening in Florence,” a class at Kitchen Table is bound to be a good time whether you’re alone or with a group. Master the basics of artisan bread making in their workshop class, or rent out the space for a bridal shower or birthday party. There are 3-course couple classes every Friday evening!

Location: 6380 S Fiddler’s Green Circle

Hours: The studio is open only for classes and private events—check out the event calendar on their website for details.

Cost: Prices vary depending on the class.

Learn more and reserve a spot at: or 303-220-9769


Cook Street School of Culinary Arts

Both a professional culinary arts academy and a recreational workspace for home cooks, Cook Street’s classes are taught by professional chefs and are sure to give you some impressive skills to take back home and show off to your friends. They have plenty of traditional classes, as well as date-night and high-altitude baking classes. This great spot is available for private dining and as an event space, as well.

Location: 1937 Market St

Hours: Daily, 9AM – 10PM

Cost: Prices vary depending on the class.

Learn more and reserve a spot at: or 303-308-9300


Stir Cooking School

This laid-back cooking space in the bustling Highlands neighborhood offers cooking and mixology classes for both novice and experienced chefs. There is a full bar inside if you would like to accompany your class with a cocktail or glass of wine. Every Saturday night is date night at Stir, with couple classes like Iron Chef and All About Aphrodisiacs.

Location: 3215 Zuni St

Hours: The studio is open only for classes and private events—check out the event calendar on their website for details.

Cost: Prices vary depending on the class.

Learn more and reserve a spot at: or 720-287-4823

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Kid-Approved: The Best Activities for Children in Denver

There’s plenty to do with the little ones in Denver. From the tranquil Botanic Gardens to the heart-racing Elitch Gardens, your kids won’t be bored. Take a look at our list below for some of the top activities in Denver that are fun for the whole family.


The Butterfly Pavilion

With over 5,000 animals including a resident tarantula named Rosie, the Butterfly Pavilion is a great place to relax among the butterflies and flowers while the kids check out the creepy-crawlies. There’s way more to see at this tropical paradise than the magnificent 1,600 butterflies from around the world—be sure to visit the underwater area where the kids can hold a starfish and the invertebrate exhibit with activities about centipedes, beetles, and worms.

Location: 6252 W 104th Ave, Westminster

Hours: Daily 9AM – 5PM

Cost: Adults: $11, Kids 2-12: $7, Kids under 2: free

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Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park

This huge amusement and water park in the heart of downtown first opened in 1890 and has been delighting Denver residents and visitors ever since. There are plenty of rides and attractions for the whole family—be sure to check out the Goofy Gazebo and Elitch Express train. If you’re feeling bold, take a plunge on the Tower of Doom—the 200-foot drop at 60 mph is not for the faint of heart!

Location: 2000 Elitch Cir

Hours: Summer months: Sunday – Thursday: 10:30AM – 9PM; Friday – Saturday: 10:30AM – 10PM; see website for detailed info on hours

Cost: Adults (online tickets): $36, Adults (tickets at the gate): $50, Kids 3+: $32, Kids under 3: free

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Denver Zoo

Committed to animal conservation and environmental protection, Denver Zoo has received a plethora of awards and recognitions including the highest international award for its environmental, health, and safety systems, one of only 4 total recipients. The exhibits rotate on a regular basis and the zoo often features special events, such as Feathered Friend February and International Polar Bear Day. Don’t miss the African Penguin Feeding and the Sea Lion Show!

Location: 2300 Steele St

Hours: Winter hours: daily 10AM – 4PM

Cost: Adults: $13, Kids 3-11: $9, Kids under 3: free

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The Children’s Museum

Your kids will love this magical museum that’s all about them! Their many exhibits are divided into four focuses: explore, imagine, investigate, and create. Some examples of exhibits you’ll find at the Children’s Museum: “Teaching Kitchen,” “Fire Station No.1,” and “Ready, Vet, Go!” A great place for kids to try something new, the museum also offers daily story times and clay workshops.

Location: 2121 Children’s Museum Dr

Hours: Monday – Tuesday: 9AM – 4PM; Wednesday: 9AM – 7:30PM; Thursday – Friday: 9AM – 4PM; Saturday – Sunday: 10AM – 5PM

Cost: Kids over 2 and adults: $13, Kids age 1: $11, Kids under 1: free

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Denver Botanic Gardens

A day wandering through the 24 acres of flowers, wildlife, trees, and succulents of the Botanic Gardens is a day well spent. The hands-on Mordecai Children’s Garden is only open during the summer, but your kids will keep busy year-round at the Science Pyramid, art shows, and permanent gardens. Don’t miss the Orchid Showcase, a special event that ends February 20, and the Summer Concert Series for a unique music venue in bloom.

Location: 1007 York St

Hours: Winter hours: daily 9AM – 5PM; Summer hours: 9AM – 8PM

Cost: Adults: $12.50, Kids 3-15 & Students (with ID): $9, Kids under 3: free

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Rockies Game at Coors Field

Beginning in April and going through the end of September, Rockies games are a wonderful experience for the whole family to get a true taste of the Mile High City (hotdogs optional). Tickets are affordable at the world-famous Coors Field, nestled into the historic Ballpark neighborhood downtown. Soak up a view of the Rocky Mountains (and a few beers) while you and the kids watch the Rockies bring home the win!

Location: 2001 Blake St

Hours: Check out the website for game times

Cost: Varies depending on seats, but most tickets range from $4 (for the “Rockpile”) and $70

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Denver Aquarium

Your kids will be transfixed for hours watching the sharks, eels, poison dart frogs, and many more animals in this underwater world. Denver Aquarium offers a 4D movie experience and an entire area dedicated to mermaids—watch these mythical beauties swim with sharks and stay for the meet and greet after the show. There’s also a full restaurant to refuel between all the water fun.

Location: 700 Water St

Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 10AM – 9PM; Friday – Saturday: 10AM – 9:30PM

Cost: Adults: $19.50, Kids 3-11: $13.50, Kids under 3: free

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Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

You simply can’t leave Denver without visiting Red Rocks Amphitheatre, a unique natural wonder where the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains meet. Whether you’re here for a concert or just to climb the steps and take in the breathtaking views, a trip to Red Rocks is unforgettable. Try to spot a sunrise or sunset—the sun framed by the rocks is nothing short of magical. If you can’t experience the acoustics while you’re here, take in the natural beauty on a hike or bike ride with the kids.

Location: 18300 W Alameda Parkway, Morrison

Hours: Amphitheatre: Non-event days: daily from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset; Event days: typically one hour before sunrise – 2PM; see website for show dates/times

Park: daily from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset on non-event days

Cost: Admission to the park and amphitheatre is free; check out the website for show details

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Neighborhood Profile of the Month: Edgewater

For a small-town feel in the big city, look no further than Edgewater. A short drive from downtown and blocks from Sloan’s Lake, Edgewater is a lovely place to spend a sunny afternoon. This diverse neighborhood offers a stretch of shops and restaurants, referred to as “Main Street,” a picturesque place for a stroll after spending the day at the lake. Local favorites include Providence Tavern (5280 W 25th Ave), Happy Leaf Kombucha (5700 W 25th Ave), and Coda Coffee Company (5224 W 25th Ave). During the summer months, Denverites looking to escape the city can be seen paddle boarding, lounging on the beach area, or bird watching on the edge of the lake. No swimming is permitted in Sloan’s Lake, but boating and some water sports are allowed with a permit. There are also basketball and tennis courts inside the park. Don’t miss the annual Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, a two-day celebration of Asian Pacific culture, from July 29-30. With not only a race between 50 colorful boats to be the first to cross the lake, but also live performances, Taste of Asia food vendors, and an Asian Marketplace featuring authentic gifts and crafts, it’s clear why this festival draws over 125,000 people.

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Denver Culture Calendar—March

There’s so much going on in the Mile High City, it can be difficult to narrow down your options. So we’ve done it for you! Whatever you’re seeking for your next outing—music, comedy, theater, museum exhibits—Denver has it. Scroll through the gallery below to get a taste of March in Denver.



Mar. 2: The Red Hot Chili Peppers – 7:30PM @ Pepsi Center

Mar. 7: Experience Hendrix Tribute Tour – 7:30PM @ Paramount Theatre

Mar. 8: Hippie Sabotage – 9PM @ Ogden Theatre

Mar. 9: Donovan Frankenreiter – 7PM @ Bluebird Theater

Mar. 11: Kings of Leon – 8PM @ 1st Bank Center

Mar. 14: Bon Jovi – 7:30 PM @ Pepsi Center

Mar. 17: Panic! At the Disco – 7PM @ Pepsi Center

Mar. 17-18: Excision – 6PM @ 1st Bank Center

Mar. 21: Passenger – 8 PM @ Ogden Theatre


Comedy Shows

Mar. 2-4: Chris Rock – Bellco Theatre

Mar. 9-11: Fortune Feimster – Comedy Works (Downtown)

Mar. 13-14: David Spade – Comedy Works (South)

March. 16-18: Michael Che – Comedy Works (Downtown)

Mar. 23-25: Michelle Wolf – Comedy Works (Downtown)

Mar. 24-25: Kevin Nealon – Comedy Works (South)



Feb. 23-Mar. 12: Pygmalion – Aurora Fox Theatre

Oct. 15-Mar. 12: An Act of God – Garner Galleria Theatre & Bar

Feb. 3-May 12: Two Degrees – Denver Center for the Performing Arts @ DPAC

Mar. 2-3: Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles – Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Mar. 2-4: As One – Performing Arts Complex @ Pinnacle Charter School

Mar. 8-19: An American in Paris – Buell Theatre @ DPAC

Mar. 11-Apr. 15: Constellations – Curious Theatre

Mar. 21-26: Kinky Boots – Buell Theatre @ DPAC

Mar. 31-May 7: Disgraced – Denver Center for the Performing Arts @ DPAC


Museum Exhibits

Nov. 13-Apr. 2: Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume – Denver Art Museum

Feb. 11-May 7: Wall Writers: Graffiti in its Innocence – Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

Sept. 11-May 28: Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design – Denver Art Museum

Nov. 13-June 2: Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity – Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Apr. 26-June 4: Abstract Expressionism – Denver Art Museum

Sept. 25-Oct. 1: From the Fire – Denver Art Museum

Jan. 5-Dec. 30: Dream Big 3D: Engineering Our World – Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Mar. 4-May 7: Artistry and Craftsmanship: Ruskin Pottery, Enamels, and Buttons – Denver Art Museum


7 Best Denver Coffee Shops

Thump Coffee

Location: 1201 E 13th Ave

Neighborhood: Capitol Hill

Hours: Monday – Friday: 6AM – 8 PM; Saturday – Sunday: 7AM – 8PM

Check it out: The perfect place to get some work done and meet someone new at the large community tables, this coffee shop draws a hip crowd but stays approachable with its friendly baristas. 

Wash Perk

Location: 853 E Ohio Ave

Neighborhood: Washington Park

Hours: Monday – Friday: 6AM – 7PM; Saturday – Sunday: 7AM – 7PM

Check it out: Sink into an old armchair with a book and a lavender marshmallow mate latte and disappear from the world for a few hours. Located a couple blocks from Wash Park, this neighborhood spot feels less like a coffee shop and more like your grandma’s cozy living room. 

Pablo’s Coffee

Location: 630 E 6th Ave and 1300 Pennsylvania St, Unit 102

Neighborhood: Capitol Hill


6th Ave location: Monday – Saturday: 6AM – 9PM; Sunday: 7AM – 9PM

Pennsylvania St location: daily 6AM – 7PM

Check it out: With no Wi-Fi (and no, you won’t convince them to change), Pablo’s is a great place to catch up with a friend over a cup of coffee or get some reading done. A nice ambiance with plants lining the windows and arguably the best chai in Denver.

The Bardo Coffee House

Location: 238 S Broadway

Neighborhood: South Broadway

Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 6AM – 1AM; Friday – Saturday: 6AM – 3AM

Check it out: Part coffee house, part gallery, Bardo decorates its walls with the work of local artists. A nice place to post up for the day and get some work done or to grab a quick latte to energize before hitting nearby bars like Skylark Lounge and Historians Ale House.


Denver Bicycle Café

Location: 1308 E 17th Ave

Neighborhood: Uptown

Hours: Coffeehouse: daily 6AM – 8PM; Beer Hall: daily 3PM – midnight; Bike Shop: daily 10AM – 7PM

Check it out: Coffee is just where it starts at this multi-function spot near City Park. Offering bike sales and service, a full menu of beers on tap, and coffee sourced from local roasters, there’s something for everyone at DBC. Don’t miss trivia at 8PM on Saturdays and Open Mic Comedy every Sunday at 8:30PM. 

The House of Commons

Location: 2401 15th St

Neighborhood: Highlands

Hours: Daily 10AM – 6PM

Check it out: Denver’s most popular English café offers an authentic tea room, a full menu with traditional English fare, and afternoon tea served daily. Enjoy a taste of London in the middle of Denver’s bustling Highlands neighborhood.

Stella’s Gourmet Coffee and Such

Location: 1476 S Pearl St

Neighborhood: Platt Park

Hours: Monday – Thursday: 6:30AM – 11PM; Friday: 6:30AM – 12AM; Saturday: 7AM – 12AM; Sunday: 7AM – 11PM

Check it out: A favorite haunt of the late-night crowd, Stella’s has an impressive range of tea, coffee, and snacks, as well as an assortment of board games and books. The outdoor patio with a fireplace area is especially nice when the weather gets chilly.

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4 Tours You Don’t Want to Miss in Denver

Denver Microbrew Tour

Beer is the quickest way to a Denverite’s heart, haven’t you heard? Experience why Colorado has been named the “Napa Valley of Beer” on one of two guided walks—amble through the historic LoDo and Ballpark districts on the first tour, or choose the second and explore RiNo’s lively art district. Each tour includes free beer samples at each of 4 stops, beer trivia, the stories behind the neighborhoods, and the definitive answer to the real question here—what exactly is a microbrewery?

When: LoDo Route—Friday – Sunday: 3:15 – 5:30PM; Saturday: 12 – 2:15PM

RiNo Route—Sunday: 12:15 – 2:30PM

Where: The LoDo tour picks up from Rock Bottom Brewery (1001 16th St) for the Friday and early Saturday tour, Wynkoop Brewing Company (1634 18th St) for the Saturday afternoon tour, and Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery (1139 20th St) for the Sunday tour.

The RiNo tour picks up from Ratio Beerworks (2920 Larimer St).

Cost: General Admission: $35, GA + Pint Glass: $40

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Mile High Wine Tours

Perfect for a bachelorette party, birthday party, or just a fun day out, Mile High Wine Tours is the leading tour company for those who want learn more about winemaking (and wine drinking). A private driver will take you to a handful of local wineries and wine bars, where your tour guide will teach you about the winemaking process. Enjoy wine tastings at each stop and a delicious wine/food pairing at one of the wineries. Each tour package is 3-5 hours and also includes lunch or dinner.

When: Daytime tours begin at 11AM, Thursday – Sunday; evening tours begin at 6PM, Thursday – Saturday; private tours offer flexible start times.

Where: Pickup is within a 10-mile radius of Wild Women Winery (1660 Champa St).

Cost: See website for winery tour packages.

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Rocky Mountain Hot Air, LLC

For everyone who likes to go with the flow, sail over the Mile High City and get a birds-eye view with a tour from Rocky Mountain Hot Air. Check out the Denver skyline as you hover far above the tree tops, and enjoy a deep sense of calm as you drift over reservoirs and rivers. Although the tours typically take off from Chatfield State Park, special requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

When: Contact Rocky Mountain Hot Air for tour times. Each tour is approximately one hour long, but the entire experience is at least 3-4 hours (including safety briefings and setup).

Where: Most tours take off from Chatfield State Park (11500 N Roxborough Park Rd, Littleton).

Cost: $225 per person, including a certificate of ascension and balloon pin

Learn more at To book a tour, call 303-936-0292 or email


Hammond’s Candies

A family-owned Denver staple since 1920, Hammond’s is the perfect place to satisfy your sweet tooth. Get a peek into the steps that go into making your favorite taffies, candy canes, and marshmallow caramels. The tour ends at the famous candy store, where you can pick out a few pieces to take home. And don’t worry about finding a candy you’ll like—at a factory that produces 4,000 pounds of candy every day, you’ll surely find something you’re sweet on.

When: Monday – Friday: 9AM – 3PM; Saturday: 10AM – 3PM; closed Sundays

Where: Hammond’s Candies (5735 N Washington St)

Cost: Free! And no need to book a tour in advance (except for large groups)

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**Bonus: Celestial Seasonings (Boulder)

Fancy some free samples and an exclusive look at where one of the most popular tea companies in the country makes its tea? Stop by the Celestial Seasonings factory in Boulder for a 45-minute tour, which includes an introductory video and a 30-minute walk through the factory. Learn about each step of the tea making process, from drying to packaging, and sample all the tea you want at the sampling bar before and after the tour!

When: Monday – Saturday: 10AM – 4PM; Sunday: 11AM – 3PM

Where: Celestial Seasonings (4600 Sleepytime Dr, Boulder)

Cost: Free! And no need to book a tour in advance (except for large groups)

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Denver Museum Calendar—February

Museum Exhibits

Oct. 14-Feb. 5: Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs – Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Oct. 2-Feb. 12: Glory of Venice: Masterworks of the Renaissance – Denver Art Museum

Mar. 4-May 7: Artistry and Craftsmanship: Ruskin Pottery, Enamels, and Buttons – Denver Art Museum

Sept. 11-May 28: Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design – Denver Art Museum

Apr. 26-Jun. 4: Abstract Expressionism – Denver Art Museum

Sept. 25-Oct. 1: From the Fire – Denver Art Museum

Jan. 5-Dec. 30: Dream Big 3D: Engineering Our World – Denver Museum of Nature & Science


Colorado: A Climber’s Paradise

Whether you’re an experienced climber or have never been off the ground but want to give it a shot, Colorado is a climber’s dream. With a handful of solid indoor gyms and tons of outdoor climbing spots, there’s good reason for the thousands of climbers who flock to Colorado every year. Check out the list below for the best climbing spots in the state. Climb on!


Denver Bouldering Club


Central Location – 2485 W 2nd Ave

South Location – 4131 S Natches Ct (Unit E)

Hours: Monday – Friday: 11AM – 10PM; Saturday – Sunday: 9AM – 7PM

Cost: $16 for an adult pass

Why it rocks: You’ll find a super friendly community at this bouldering-only gym, free yoga on Tuesdays and Thursday at 6:30PM with a climbing pass, and tons of overhang walls. Outdoor trips every Saturday are a great way to meet other climbers and try your hand at the rocks outside!

Rock’n & Jam’n


Rock’n & Jam’n 1 – 9499 Washington St

Rock’n Jam’n 2 – 7390 Fraser St

Hours: Monday – Friday: 11AM – 11PM; Saturday – Sunday: 9 AM – 7PM

Cost: $18 for an adult pass during prime hours; $15 before 3:30PM or after 9PM, Monday – Friday

Why it rocks: Take your pick at bouldering, top-roping, and lead climbing for people wanting to climb with or without ropes, classes for adults and kids, and a full yoga schedule. Both gyms also offer cardio and weight equipment.

Earth Treks Climbing Centers

Location: 700 Golden Ridge Rd, Golden

Hours: Monday and Friday: 6AM – 10PM; Tuesday – Thursday: 6AM – 11PM; Saturday – 8AM – 8PM; Sunday: 8AM – 6PM

Cost: $20 for an adult day pass

Why it rocks: Earth Treks has a bunch of drop-in fitness classes, personal training, and a variety of yoga courses included with a climbing day pass. The gym offers both bouldering and rope climbing, with over 300 bouldering routes and over 100 roped routes.



Garden of the Gods

Location: Colorado Springs

Hours: May 1 – October 31: 5AM – 11PM; November 1 – April 30: 5AM – 9PM

Why it rocks: 1,300 acres of red sandstone will be yours to explore in this world-famous National Park/ National Natural Landmark. The tremendous spires offer routes for all skill levels, and a handful of companies lead guided climbing trips year-round. If you go at it solo, make sure you stop by the visitor center and fill out a free registration form before you climb.

Eldorado Canyon

Location: Eldorado Springs

Hours: Open daily, sunrise to sunset

Why it rocks: Known affectionately as “Eldo” by its frequent visitors, Eldorado Canyon is just south of Boulder and an easy 45-minute drive from Denver. With over 500 established climbing routes, you’ll keep busy even after the CU Boulder student crowd arrives. Look up the background of Eldo and you’ll find story after story of famous climbers like Layton Kor and Pat Ament making history on these rock faces. No permit or form is necessary in order to climb.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Location: Estes Park

Hours: Open 24/7

Why it rocks: Climbers have flocked to RMNP for years, and it makes sense why—the park offers tons of spaces for bouldering, top-roping, ice climbing, and more. Stick to the established routes when you go, as placing new bolts or drilling is strictly prohibited. No permit or form is necessary in order to climb.

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Denver Theater & Arts Calendar—February


Jan. 13-Feb. 26: The Book of Will – Denver Center for the Performing Arts @ DPAC

Jan. 27-Feb. 26: The Christians – Denver Center for the Performing Arts @ DPAC

Oct. 15-Mar. 12: An Act of God – Garner Galleria Theatre & Bar

Feb. 3-May 12: Two Degrees – Denver Center for the Performing Arts @ DPAC

Feb. 12: Peter and the Wolf – Boettcher Concert Hall @ DPAC

Feb. 15: Unspoken – Loft Theater, Boulder

Feb. 15-18: Motown the Musical – Buell Theatre @ DPAC

Feb. 23-Mar. 12: Pygmalion – Aurora Fox Theatre