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New Park is Ready for you in Highlands Ranch

I love all the parks, trails and wonderful outdoor amenities provided in Highlands Ranch. It is one of the reasons I really enjoy living here and so do thousands of others.  The Highlands Ranch Metro District takes such care and pride in providing outstanding amenities, and the newest addition is well underway and should be a true gem!

Fishing Pond at Fly 'N B Park Highlands Ranch, CO

The Fly’N B Park in the very west side of the ranch is almost ready. The plans for development of the area have been underway for quite some time, and the physical development is close to complete, for the most part. IN fact, when I first heard about the development at Fly ‘N Bee Ranch, I wrote about it.  The Fly’N B Park is a
|hidden getaway tucked in along the Highline Canal Trail and just adjacent to the Windcrest Development along C470 and Santa Fe.

Shelter and fishing dock at Fly 'N B Park, Highlands Ranch, CO

There are crushed gravel trails that loop around the park which are easy to walk along and plenty of trees and shade for the hot summer days.  Bring a picnic lunch and your fishing poles!  The park has many tables to sit and relax as well as a covered picnic shelter and fishing dock, complete with outdoor grills.  Never fear, there is a permanent port a potty as well!

Highlands Ranch has done another awesome job of developing a hidden treasure for folks to get out and enjoy. At this time, there is still part of the park to complete and I don’t know if the pond is stocked, but once it is all finished it will be great.  You can still visit and enjoy the park at this time as well as the incredible views from the trails on the west side of the park.

Views from Fly 'N B Park, Highlands Ranch, CO

If you live in Highlands Ranch or you may be considering living here, this community has a lot to offer and I would love to help you discover it.  Give me a call or email and let me know how I can help.

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Golden Indian Gulch Fire Has Spread: Evacuations Underway in Golden Gate Canyon

Last night from my home in Highlands Ranch I could see a red glow as I looked upon the foothills, it was the Indian Gulch Fire near Golden.  I wasn’t able to get a picture, my camera with the zoom lens had a dead battery.

Today the winds have been brutal most of the day and the fire has now grown, causing evacuations in Golden Gate Canyon to about 100 homes from what I am hearing on the news and twitter streams.

Indian Gulch Fire Golden CO

I just shot this photo from my back deck around 4pm, now that the battery is charged, I am not super close, about 20 or 25 miles –  but close enough to see this with a decent zoom.  The smoke can be seen from all over the Denver metro area.  I suspect unless the winds die down pronto that tonight I will see the red glow once again.  It sounds like there are 2 additional fired this afternoon as well, one near Evergreen and the other near Conifer.

I wish safety for all and that the winds die down so all of these fires can be contained.

Checking Out Denver Big Air At Civic Center Park

Checking Out Denver Big Air At Civic Center Park

Today we had some free time during the day so we took a quick drive from Highlands Ranch towards downtown and checked out the final preparations for Denver Big Air in Civic Center Park.

big air denver

One word.

civic center park


denver big air

A giant 102 foot ski jump in the middle of downtown Denver nestled between the Denver City and County building and the Colorado State Capital.  Of course normally you would be driving up to the mountains for this type of event.

denver big air bottom

The one downer was that there are gates everywhere and We really could not get as close as I would have liked.  I REALLY wanted to stand on the City and County building steps and take a photo form the bottom.  But no can do.  My wife and I even begged some security guards in the City and County building if we could get in and take photos from in there, no can do, again.  C’est la vie.  So for the time being these pic will have to do.

denver big air ramp

Here is some video that I took of a big crate of snow being lifted up to the ski ramp and jump. Definitely not something you see every day.

Personally we are not going to attend the actual events this week, my son is still in a cast and his foot would freeze outside at night.  But I was glad to have the chance to see this amazing structure come to life.

top ski jump ramp

People sometimes ask me when they are deciding between 2 cities – why move to Denver.  I often tell them, we do get attractions and events that other places do not.  Denver Big Air is one of those events – this is the first time the annual Big Air competition has been in the U.S.  Gotta love Denver!

denver ramp

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Day 105: Lone Tree Winter Fun Bus To Mountains Kicks Off This Weekend

Lone Tree Winter Fun Bus Kicks Off This Weekend

Today on Day 105 of 365 Things To Do in the Denver Suburbs, we are planning ahead for some fun!

Lone Tree has a wonderful way to get to the mountains called the Winter Fun Bus and it kicks off for the season this weekend. Run through South Suburban Parks and Rec, SSPRD residents can hitch a ride without having to worry about driving to the mountain for just $28. The Winter Fun Bus is open to non residents as well but for a tad more, $33. Kids 12 & Under must be accompanied by an adult, but teens 13 & up can go without.

kiddo skiing in colorado mountains

There are 3 dates this winter that the Winter Fun Bus will make a journey up to the hills – they are:

January 29 – Breckenridge depart 6:30 am, returns 7:00 pm
February 19 – Keystone depart 10:30 am, departs Keystone at 7:30 pm to include night skiing
March 12 – Vail depart 6:30 am, returns 7:00 pm

This weekend is perfect for the first trip, have you seen the weather reports?  The mountains are getting pounded with snow once again. 

The Winter Fun Bus departs & returns to the Lone Tree Recreation Center for every trip.  While most ride goers will ski or snowboard, there are plenty of other activities at each mountain resort as well such as snow tubing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, dog sledding and of course shopping and restaurants.

From updates I have seen today on twitter, it sounds like there is still room available for this weekends trip, but I wouldn’t wait much longer to book.  You can book your seat at the SPPRD rec centers, or online.

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Denver Fun Celebrations For New Years Eve 2010 / 2011!

Happy New Year Denver 12/31/2010!

Happy New Year Denver

photo courtesy of *Sally M* on Flickr Creative Commons

Looking to get out and about for New Years? Whether you wish to head into downtown Denver or stay in the south Denver suburbs, there is something for everyone. Even options to head to the mountains.  There are activities throughout the day on New Years Eve that are extremely family friendly and then plenty to do all night long as well.

Please please please remember to make plans in advance to get home & stay safe and do not drink and drive. There are plenty of other options for you so make sure you make plans ahead so you know how you are getting home.  If you are heading downtown, considering staying, there are still many Mile High Holiday hotel deals throughout Denver.

Children’s Museum of DenverNoon Years Eve – From 9am – 4pm kids of all ages will be celebrating New Year’s Eve with a special celebration every hour from 10 – 3 including ball drop and jumping on bubble wrap. Art projects and theater performances will occur throughout the day.

Denver Zoo – Zoo Year’s Eve Kids Only Bunk – The kids (ages 6 – 12) will tour the Zoo lights & spend the night at the zoo without mom & dad!

16th Street Mall Fireworks – Celebrate with 2 fireworks displays on the 16th St mall – the first at 9pm and the 2nd at midnight as we ring in the New Year!  There will also be entertainers throughout the mall.   The fireworks are sponsored by Visit Denver  and the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District.

There are also tons of restaurants have New Year’s Bash’s and special dinners – some you will need reservations for, some you don’t.  Here’s just a few:

  • La Sandia at Park Meadows
  • Opus in Littleton
  • Lansdowne Arms in Highlands Ranch
  • Bar Louie in Centennial at The Streets of Southglenn
  • Mellow Mushroom at Streets of Southglenn
  • Cantina Laredo at Streets of Southglenn
  • Lime – Downtown and Greenwood Village

And if staying here in town doesn’t sound like what you had in mind, there is still time to plan something in the high country.  Almost all of the resorts and ski towns have plenty of events and festivities going on for New Years Eve, you are sure to find something right up your alley.  Here are a few:

Happy New Year!!!

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Living in Denver – Chopping Down Your Own Christmas Tree

Here is a blast from the past that I originally wrote back in 2007 – but I have updated it a bit.  The new version here contains all current links for permits, as many of the old links from the original no longer work.

Colorado christmas tree

Cutting down a Colorado Christmas Tree?  You’ll Need More Than A Good Saw!

One of the common things I hear from clients once they have relocated to Coloradois they just can’t wait to cut down their first Colorado Christmas tree. While this sure tends to be a popular event, you need to be prepared in advance or you are going to be out of luck.

What most people don’t realize when they are new to the area, that to cut down a tree in the national forest, you need a permit from the forest service. And these do sell out, so it’s not something you can just decide the day before. Here is one of the popular areas for Denver residents – Buffalo Creek.  If you are planning on this spot, purchase your pass quickly as it does tend to be one of the first permit areas to sell out & some dates already are.    There are others nearby such as the Rampart Range area south of the Denver area toward Colorado Springs or you can venture further into the foothills and mountains and make a whole day of it.  All of the areas through the Forest Service can be found here for Colorado and all of the Denver Front Range areas are summarized here.
Getting a permit to cut a tree in the national forest is not difficult, you just need to know how to go about it.  Fortunately the Forest Service web site is extremely helpful and has several links to guide you to the information that you need. (very inexpensively I might add) once you have picked a date & location.  There is all sorts of information to help keep you safe (hours you can go, remember to fill your tank, bring chains for your tires in case it snows) to tips on how to keep your tree alive in your home longer.  Almost all of the locations do require four wheel drive vehicles and almost all the links on the Forest service sites give you an update on current weather conditions – there already has been a good deal of snow in many of the mountain areas and this is something to consider when heading out for the day to make sure you are prepared, warm, dry & safe.
Its important to know how to care for your tree once its indoors, and if you are new to Denver this will be a little different than in other locations. Due to the very low humidity and our altitude, cut trees require a lot of water – more than you may be used to.  And of course if a tree dries out it is a tremendous fire hazard which is just plain ol’ scary.  It is not uncommon to see trees being pulled out of homes before Christmas in the Denver area – because they just got too dry.  If this happens to you, don’t risk it – take it down.  But if you follow some of the guidelines on the forest service page (even if you didn’t cut it down with them) it can help you preserve your live tree longer.
Oh, and don’t bring a chain saw – they are not allowed.  A good hand saw will do the trick. 

Day 70 Vieiwing Fall Foliage In The Colorado High Country As The Aspens Are Changing

Day 70 | Colorado High County Fall Foliage

Today on Day 70 of 365 Things To Do in South Denver Suburbs, I urge you to make plans to get out and make sure you head up to the high country to see the changing aspen leaves and all of the beautiful fall foliage, before it is too late.

vail aspen changing

Perhaps you did some leaf viewing over this past weekend, in that case, you have time to do it again.  While the aspen leaves have started to turn and peak in the northern mountains of Colorado, it will be later this week that we see it in the central Colorado mountains and in about 1 1/2 weeks to 2 weeks in the southern mountains into the beginning of October.  In the lower elevations and around town, while some leaves have started to turn it will generally not be until the beginning of October that we see the deep goldens and reds that bring Denver to life with color.

The following post is something I wrote back in 2007, many of these are still my favorites. In addition to what I wrote here then, I have also enjoyed seeing the fall colors at Echo Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, Steamboat & Rabbit Ears Pass and Grand Lake.

golden Colorado aspen

No matter where you wind up, you pretty much can’t go wrong – just get out and enjoy this very special and beautiful time of the year in Colorado as we say good-bye to summer with the beautiful leaf colors of our aspens.  Please note that as I write this, Guanella Pass is still not open all the way through and if you want to park at the Mt Bierstadt trail lot, you must travel up Guanella Pass from the south, off 285.  You can not get through from Georgetown/I70.

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Living In Denver – Get Ready For the Fall Foliage

The Fall is my favorite time in Colorado and making it up to the mountains to enjoy the fall foliage and the changing of the Colorado aspens is just something no one should ever miss, especially if you have only recently moved to Colorado.  And if you are planning to move, now that it is something you will truly enjoy in the future.

Here are a few of my favorite day trips from Denver to enjoy the changing of the leaves.  You can see in the picture that the aspen leaves are just starting to turn here in the Denver Area, the next 2 weeks in the High Country should start to be grand and you will see lots of color generally through the first week or so of October in Denver.

Guanella Pass– Hands Down this is my favorite.  Probably because I have such wonderful memories of the day my family spent driving this pass when my children were so young.  There is a potion of the road that is unpaved (about 12 to 15 miles or so) but it is a very mild gravel road and most cars will be fine as long as the weather holds.  There are numerous lakes along the pass and we stop often to get out, walk around and just relax and enjoy.  There are also stunning views of Mount Evans in the distance.  To reach Guanella Pass from Denver, you must enter from the south at 285 – you can not take the pass all the way through from I70 / Georgetown due to repairs from last year’s rock slides.

Guenella Pass aspens

Kenosha Pass– Take 285 west out of Denver (Hampden) and drive towards Fairplay.  Another breathtaking pass which will allow you plenty of time to get out of the car and take beautiful photos of the aspens fluttering their golden leaves.

Golden Gate Canyon Sate Park – Located off of Highway 93 Between Golden and Boulder, Golden Gate Canyon State Park has a a great variety of activities and also has large aspen groves.  There is also over 30 miles of hiking and biking trails in the park.  Pack a picnic, if you plan to hike a bit, you are going to want to find that perfect spot to relax and enjoy such beautiful scenery.

Georgetown Colorado is one of the popular spots as well, and many are so glad that the Georgetown Loop Railroad is running again (after a short hiatus a few years ago) as this allows everyone a chance to get out of the car and sit and enjoy the Loop train ride from Georgetown to Silver Plume and back.  Young children will especially enjoy the experience on this coal engine train.  Georgetown is located off of I70, about 35 miles west of Denver.

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