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traveling to Denver area for a show at Red Rocks - need advice!

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by AceRothstein80, Jun 3, 2015.

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  1. AceRothstein80

    AceRothstein80 Low-Roller

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    So, Im hoping this is the year I finally make it to Red Rocks...to see My Morning Jacket in August.

    I want to spend a few days in Denver ish area. I am just starting to make plans. I am pretty sure I will drive my own vehicle out, or at very least rent a car. The amphitheater is in Morrison, looks about 30 miles or so SW of Denver.

    The activities I want to do outside of the show, would be hiking, white water rafting, and checking out some of the local breweries.

    Would staying in downtown Denver, maybe near Coors field be the best plan of action? I don't mind driving to the concert, because I won't be drinking to get wasted(I like to remember the show) , and would be able to drive to any nearby parks or places to white water raft. But I would still be in downtown for night time, to walk to a brewpub and drink, and not worry about driving.

    Or is there any other towns, that are not terribly far from Morrison, that would offer me a better option.

    ANY advice, on where to stay, where to hike, any breweries to hit, white water companies, places to eat....anything would be greatly appreciated
     
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    White water rafting options may be a little limited in August, especially this year. Check out some of the Clear Creek companies for easy access out of Denver. The Arkansas River near Buena Vista and Salida is also good for rafting although a little further.

    Hiking will be no brainer at that time, good time to get out in the hills, take your pick on what you are into. Plenty of 14'ers to hike if that's what you are into. Bierstadt off of Guanella Pass might be a good easy starter 14er for you. Herman Gulch is a fun and popular higher altitude hike too in Clear Creek County.

    If you are downtown by Coors Field, you gotta check out Wynkoop (Hickenlooper's brewery) and Breckenridge Brewery (try the Lucky U IPA). There are so many breweries out here, just throw a rock and try the one you hit.

    And Blackhawk / Central City are like right there too.
     
  3. ExVegasLocal

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    There is no better place to see a concert than Red Rocks. You will have a great time under the stars.

    The advice you have asked for is kind of nebulous, but I'll do the best I can.

    Transportation: Yes, you need a car. If you don't drive your own, you'll need to rent one.

    Hiking: It's a pretty big state. You could spend years hiking here. You'll have to do your own research on that one because every person's idea of the perfect hike is different. There is some good nearby hiking in Clear Creek Canyon off of highway 6. Easy to get to from Denver, Idaho Springs or Blackhawk.

    White Water Rafting: This is best done during the initial months of snow melt. There may not be much white water left by August. It will depend upon how quickly the snow melts this year and it was still snowing up there up until this week. The closest place that I know of to go rafting would be in Idaho Springs on Clear Creek. There may not be much white water left by August. Google it.

    Breweries: I don't drink beer, so I can't help you there. But there are more microbreweries here than you can shake a stick at. If you will be downtown, you might want to start with the Wynkoop Brewing Company. Google it.

    Hotel: Is staying downtown best? It depends. Best for what? It will take you 30-45 minutes to drive from downtown to Red Rock. Since this is VMB, have you considered the casino hotels in Blackhawk? Ameristar is arguably the best of them. It is certainly the most luxurious. Otherwise, any of the 4-star hotels downtown will treat you fine. I'd use Tripadvisor and Oyster to look up reviews and photos of specific hotels before booking.

    Eating: Again, it depends on what you are looking for. Upscale? Homestyle? Steak? Seafood? Burgers? Vegan? I'm all about Stueben's when I'm wanting good, casual food downtown, but it might not suit you. For farm-to-table, you might try Root Down in the Highlands. Make reservations. There are a ton of upscale eateries in Larimer Square. You can't go wrong with any of them for a date night. Marco's Coal-fired on 21st for pizza. The View House for pub food and beer near Coors field. The list is endless.

    The more specific you can be, the better the answers we can try to provide.
     
  4. KellyLovesVegas

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    A few years ago we did a whitewater rafting trip on the Colorado River in late July-early August. We used Lakota Guides and wouldn't hesitate to use them again. The guides were personable and made sure all rafters understood and followed the safety rules.

    http://http://lakotaguides.com/colorado-rafting

    As mentioned in an earlier response, whitewater is dependent upon snowmelt and some years you may not have much whitewater by July. What Class of rapids do you wish to raft?
     
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    Ok, thanks for the replies so far everyone. Keep them coming

    Upon doing further googling, I found some bed and breakfast places in Golden Colorado, which seemed to be a good go between point, from Red Rocks to Denver. And room prices not bad. I will also check out Blackhawk for the casinos

    Hiking: Ok, I am in pretty good shape, so I don't know what a "14r" is. Im from Chicago lol, all of our area is flat outside of starved rock. I do not mind a challenge, but I do have a fear of heights...so as long as Im not near an edge of a cliff, Im ok with whatever

    White Water Rafting: I guess I did not realize August was a bad time for that. On some of the golden co websites, it said Kayaking was nearby, maybe that is something I could check out instead.

    Food/Beer: I am interested in Diners Drive in and Dives/man vs Food places. I am a dive bar kind of guy. I have had Breckenridges beers, so I will definitely look up there place out there. I also love Left Hand Brewery beers, such as Milk Stout, so Iwould not mind visiting them also.
     
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    If you are staying in Goiden, you should check out Golden City Brewery. Think small.

    Left Hand isn't too far away if you feel adventurous, just head north up to Lyons/Longmont along the foothills maybe an hour-ish plus.

    Rafting could still be fun, it will just be more mellow. So as long as you aren't looking for raging rapids, you might still have fun if they are still running.

    14'ers are 14,000-foot peaks. They are good challegnes. Beirstadt doesn't have much exposure and could be good if you are up for it. However, the altitude isn't for everyone.
     
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    Anyone know how the taxi, or better yet, Uber scene is around the Golden Area? I wonder what those costs would be to go to Red Rocks and into downtown Denver
     
  8. ExVegasLocal

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    Taxis and Uber are best for short trips downtown. Think 3 miles or less. Taxis and Uber from Golden to Red Rock or Denver are going to cost you a lot...especially if Uber has surge pricing when you need them. Also, you'll have no way to back get to Golden from the concert at Red Rock on Uber. They would be fighting throngs of departing traffic to get to you, and there won't likley be an Uber vehicle anywhere near the Morrison/Red Rock area. As I said before, you'll need a car.
     
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    +1 on the bus idea. Stay anywhere downtown and use the 16th Street Mall shuttle to take you to Union Station, where you can catch the bus.

    Be prepared for a very steep, breathless walk up the hill to the amphitheater. And when you get inside the amphitheater gates, that is where the real hike starts. You'll enter at the bottom of the amphitheaters and you'll have to climb dozens and dozens of stairs to get to your seat. If you are not an athlete, the trick is to take your time getting to your seats.

    I highly recommend a portable stadium chair because the seating is usually general admission and you will be sitting on stone/concrete. A stadium chair will mark your spot when you have to leave your seat and give you something to rest your back against. Also, be prepared to pay 7 or 8 bucks for a beer at the concert.
     
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    Union Station is a great place to get your drink and eat on before the show. Its been refurbed as a social dining/drinking space. Just a block from Wynkoop Brewpub.
     
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