Denver, and the entire state of Colorado, is known for its outdoor lifestyle. There are tons of outdoor activities you can experience in and around Denver. The weather is amazing and getting better. So, it is time to get out there and enjoy!

Here are a few cool attractions, resources, and places to put on the list for this summer:


Elitch Gardens – Elitch is in the heart of Denver and has been around for 125 years. The park is open from May 2 until Nov. 1. How can you pass up the chance to ride on the Mega Wedgie?


Keeping with the amusement park theme, check out Water World in Federal Heights with attractions like Zoomerange, Cimarron River, Double Dare, Eagle River, and Pirate’s Plunge.


Not feeling the burn for wedgies and plunges? No sweat, how about taking in the great outdoors in a more natural way? Colorado offers a virtually unlimited number of activities. You can’t get them all in during one summer, but you sure can try! One of the best resources is


Denver Botanic Gardens offers incredible combinations of art and nature. Check out their website for what is on tap for the next few months. Did you know that there is also a summer concert series, and there are plant shows and special events? This is not just a walk through some flowers, folks.



Colorado is home to four natural parks.

Mesa Verde, Rocky Mountain, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, and Great Sand Dunes National Parks all have incredible features you will want to see and experience for yourself. Here is a quick guide to the National Parks for your reference.


This love of all things outdoors is brought into some of the newer communities around Denver. The Bluff Lake neighborhood, next door to the Bluff Lake Nature Center, is a 123-acre refuge on Stapleton’s eastern edge. A quote from the Bluff Lake Nature Center website fills you in on who they are nicely:

Bluff Lake Nature Center is a nonprofit agency that owns and manages a unique urban wildlife refuge and outdoor classroom in Denver. The refuge is home to an abundance of animals and native plants, which thrive in a variety of habitats. Bluff Lake is Denver’s largest open space managed as native habitat, and Denver’s only nonprofit nature center. We rely solely on community support.

Colorado plays host to many events and festivals.

One of the most popular is the National Western Stock Show, which is held in mid-January each year. There are also the DRocky Mountain Arsenal Natural Wildlife Refugeenver St Patrick’s Day Parade, Santa Fe Trail Festival, and Cherry Creek Arts Festival, just to name a few.


Another must-see is The Rocky Mountain Arsenal Natural Wildlife Refuge (or RMA for short). This site is a must-see, and also rich in history. Read more about the story behind the Arsenal in the article, A Decade-Long Battle Results in Beauty Amid Controversy.


We hope you are inspired to get up and get out and see more of the beauty Colorado has to offer. Considering buying a home in Colorado? Great! We can help you find a real estate agent and recommend Colorado mortgage lenders.

Come visit and enjoy the attractions.


This article is brought to you by Lending Maven Mortgage. Want to see more going on in Stapleton? Check out our Bluff Lake and Beeler Park blogs.

Tricia HoustonTricia Houston, Owner

Lending Maven Mortgage

Colorado native and Stapleton resident


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