Denver Area Water Restrictions

Living in Colorado with a Drought: Denver Area Water Restrictions

Aerated Lawn prepared for water restrictions

The Denver area water restrictions will remain be enforced this year due to a significant shortage of moisture this season.  Reservoirs that rely on snow melt to provide water to the Denver metro area were down last year and will be down substantially this year causing drought conditions.

So, when there is a drought that typically means Denver area water restrictions will take place.  Many folks are wondering if they will have restrictions and what and how much that means?  Denver Water has declared a Stage 2 drought and restrictions are in place beginning April 1, 2013 through September 30, 2013.  If your water is provided by Denver Water then these restrictions apply to you.

Remember, water providers serve cities and neighborhoods that are not always within the city limits.  So, make sure of who provides your water and check to see if any restrictions are in place.  Aurora water is also on restrictions.  Aurora water has declared a Stage 1 drought, and if your water is provided by Aurora water then these restrictions apply to you.  If you happen to live in Highlands Ranch or an area with water provided by Centennial Water, there are no restrictions placed on you at this time.  However, there are suggested water use, and of course, they have already implemented water budgeting per household so make sure to stay within you budget.  The overuse can get expensive.

We all need to do our part in conserving water, especially in drought conditions.  Here are some tips to help with your lawn and, if you live within the Centennial Water district, more information on the water budget program.  I hope this can help answer questions about the Denver area water restrictions.

Spring Outdoor Home Maintenance Tips

Green GrassLiving in Denver – Home Maintenance

We are almost there! Spring.  The weather outside already is beginning to feel like it, and I can see new growth starting in the flower beds.  This is a great time of year to begin to shake off the winter and get active outside at our homes.  Maybe you like to garden and enjoy the outdoors or maybe you want someone else to take care of things.  Either way, I’ve put together a short list of Spring outdoor home maintenance tips that can get you started towards a beautiful home and yard this season!


Look around your house.  Does it need to be painted?  Maybe just touched up?  If you have kids that like sports like I do, maybe just the garage door needs some attention.  All those balls and pucks hitting it all the time. Yikes. In any case, exterior paint can make a world of difference in the appearance of your home and the joy you get every time you come home.  Spring is a perfect time to get this project done and enjoy the results for the rest of the season!


These spring outdoor home maintenance tips wouldn’t be complete without mentioning an aeration. We live in Colorado and the soil just needs it! Aeration early in the spring can make a huge positive difference in the health and appearance of your lawn.  Not to mention, we may be on water restrictions this year so all the more reason to get this done.  If you’re like me, you are already getting those ads hung on the door. Call and make the appointment.


Putting down fresh mulch can always make an immediate and dramatic difference in the look and feel of your landscape. If you have old mulch that looks weathered and just dirty, then it is time to freshen that up.  Mulch comes in a variety of colors and textures and will definitely enhance the look of your yard this spring.  Don’t forget to prep the ground before adding the mulch.  Make sure to put a good weed barrier down before so you don’t have the ugly mulch with weeds in a few weeks!


Your spring outdoor home maintenance tips need to include trimming for sure.  By trimming, I mean beginning to prepare the bushes, ornamentals, trees and such by pruning them back so they have a better chance to grow and blossom fully this season.  Also, as you prepare your lawn, make a point to trim the edge along the sidewalk and driveways for a clean, tidy look.


What an important part of any spring outdoor home maintenance tips list. Don’t forget or neglect to do this.  Your lawn will thank you for it soon, and you’ll be happy as well when it turns up lush, green and weed free.  Especially if you did an aeration then fertilizing will really help the lawn.  Again, if there are water restrictions, you’ll be happy that you took care of this in the spring.  Make sure to fertilize your trees and bushes some as well.  It makes a big difference.


If you live in a covenant controlled community like I do in Highlands Ranch, it would be a very smart idea to seek approval of your plans for painting and other larger projects before you start.  The last thing you want is a surprise after you’ve invested time and money to find out the Home Owners Association doesn’t agree with your taste and makes you change it. Ouch!

So there you have it.  A very short list of spring outdoor home maintenance tips that may help inspire you to get busy and spruce up your home for you to enjoy.  Look around while you are out there in the yard, I’m sure you can spot other tasks to take care of that will add to the beauty of your home.  Of course, if you are considering selling your home there are certain tips you may want to follow to help make the house attractive to buyers.  If you or someone you know may need professional help with the sale, please get in touch.  I would love to talk and see if we would be a good fit to work together.


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Highlands Ranch Holiday Activities

Highlands Ranch HolidaysWow! It’s that time of year again already.  The holiday season has begun in Highlands Ranch and we just finished Thanksgiving.  So now we head into December and look forward to tons of Christmas cheer.  Thanks to the wonderful people in Highlands Ranch that take care to plan and provide us with so many fun holiday activities.

To begin, if you haven’t been out to BackCountry in Highlands Ranch, it is beautiful.  Trails, vistas, elk and some buffalo.  But come the holiday season, it can been quite a treat.  One of the many Highlands Ranch holiday activities is to go for a horse drawn hay ride or if we actually get some snow soon, a sleigh ride!  Fun for everyone.  Get some hot chocolate, stop for a campfire and just enjoy a good old fashioned holiday treat.

If you have “little ones”, then don’t miss the holiday teddy bear tea or breakfast with Santa.  Both of these Highlands Ranch holiday activities are family favorites and usually sell out so get tickets early and make this a very memorable year.  Most of the events for the holiday season kick off with the Hometown Holiday Celebration in Highlands Ranch Town Center.  This is where you want to be for the official tree lighting, entertainment and of course, Santa!

There are so many reasons to want to live in Highlands Ranch.  The many holiday activities are just a part of the year round community building events that make living here a special place to be.  If you do live here like I do, or maybe looking to live in Highlands Ranch I would like to help.  Just get in touch and we can have a friendly chat and see how I might help.

Speaking of houses in Highlands Ranch, don’t forget to enter your home for the house decorating contest if you think you can win.  Hurry, the entry deadline is December 5th.  Below is a video I took a couple years ago of an awesome display in Weatherstone.  Enjoy!

Day 63 The Ice Ranch

Day 63 The Ice Ranch – Littleton, CO

Today on Day 63 of 365 Things to Do in South Denver Suburbs we go to the Ice Ranch in Littleton, CO.  It’s almost fall in Colorado and that means football, skiing soon and for many, hockey! Today we go to The Ice Ranch in Littleton, CO.  This great ice facility is only a few years old now and fills a need in the south metro Denver area for more ice.

NHL rink at the Ice Ranch, Littleton, CO

The Ice Ranch began with both a full size NHL rink and a “pond” rink that was used for some hockey but primarily for the Olympic game of curling. With a large demand for hockey, the Ice Ranch has now converted to two full size rinks although curling is still a big part of the Ice Ranch.

The Ice Ranch is more than just a hockey rink.  It is also a great spot to meet friends or other get togethers in Santoro’s restaurant.  They have great food, good specials and lots of tv’s to catch all the sports action!  It’s also a great place to hang out while waiting for a hockey game or maybe after one if you play.

The bar at Santoro's at the Ice Ranch

The Ice Ranch has a great online scheduling system as well.  So if you want to register for some drop in hockey or a public skate session, just log on and register right there and it’s all taken care of when you get there.  I really like this feature when my son wants to drop in during busy times of the year.  This way I know that we have reserved a spot before we get there and it has already filled up.

So if you’re a hockey fan or just want to have a place to go and have some fun, head over to the Ice Ranch in Littleton.  There is plenty of fun youth hockey to watch, high school hockey is exciting and of course, there is the adult hockey leagues filled with all of the “smarter” players.  You don’t even have to go far if you break a stick or find that you forgot something.  They have a hockey shop right there in the lobby.  I’ve had to make a purchase or two there myself.

The Hockey shop at the Ice Ranch

The Ice Ranch can be tricky to find if you aren’t familiar with the area. It is located just north of County Line Road and just a bit west of Broadway.  Here is a link to a map for directions.

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2 Colorado Ski Passes for Kids – 5th and 6th Grade Deals You Do Not Want To Miss

5th and 6th Grade Ski Passes in Colorado for the 2010 – 2011 Season – Available Now!

If you have lived in Colorado for some time or have older kids – this will not be new to you. But if you are relocating to Denver or just have, this is info you will not want to miss as it can potentially save you a bundle.  My wife just reminded me that this will be on our to do list today – as we have a 6th grader.  This photo here was my now 6th graders first time on skis several years ago.

kiddo skiing in colorado

If you  have a 5th or 6th grader in the state of Colorado and plan to ski or snowboard this coming winter (yes, I know technically it is still summer here in Denver with this heat!) it is time to get their ski passes.  Once  upon a time, there was just one pass for 5th & 6th graders, but a few years back it changed – so even if you have older children – this may be new to you.

Colorado Ski Country USA – 5th (Free) & 6th (Paid) Grade Passports

The first program is the one that many that have older kids will be familiar with.  It is the traditional 5th Grade Ski Pass that many are familiar with and is available here. This one is not quite ready to order yet, but will be soon.  In a nutshell – if you have a 5th grader – you can sign up for a free pass that entitles them to ski 3 free days at each of the 21 participating ski resorts.  What a deal!!!   The participating resorts are:

Arapahoe Basin, Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Purgatory, Echo Mountain, Eldora, Howelsen Hill, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn, Ski Cooper, Snowmass, Sol Vista, Steamboat, Sunlight, Telluride, Winter Park and Wolf Creek.

In the past, the pass has also arrived with coupons for other family members, but I do not know if that will happen or not this year.

Through the same program, 6th Graders can buy a pass for $99 that gives them 4 days at each resort. Yes, its not free – but still an amazing deal.  Same place for info – and registration should be available soon.

Vail Resorts 5th & 6th Grade Pass – The School Of Shred – FREE!

This is the newer program, although its not brand new – The School of Shred gives both 5th and 6th graders 4 free days on the slopes this year.  Yes – this is free for both 5th and 6th graders.

This is the pass that is available now and I would go and get it asap – as rumor has it, it could sell out this year and be lifted soon – although the site does claim that it will be sold until November 7th.  In addition to the ski pass, the School of Shred Pass also include this year 1 free lesson and rental.  Very Nice!  The resorts that are included in the School of Shred 5th and 6th grade ski pass are Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin.

The School of Shred pass is available now at REI and Colorado Ski & Golf and other locations. You can also get the pass at the participating mountains I believe if you happen to be up there as well.

When going to get your 5th or 6th grade Ski Pass – Make sure you bring with you 2 things – 1) – Your child.  They will be taking their photo for the pass.  And 2) Some type of proof of their grade such as last year’s report card, birth certificate or student/school id.

So even though we may break the record high of 97 degrees today – Happy Ski Season! Perhaps I will see you in line with my daughter at REI today.

As for the rest of us?  There are tons of deals for passes going on at all of the Labor Day ski sales.  I will post more on pass options later.

kid on skis at copper mountain

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Day 46 The Colorado European Festival in Highlands Ranch

Day 46 | Colorado European Festival in Highlands Ranch

As I finally sit at the keyboard to post tonight, I am going to shift gears.  I was going to post on a local favorite restaurant. But being I have waited until this late hour of the day, I won’t.  I’ll save that for another time.

Instead I will tell you about a great event that is occurring tomorrow, Saturday August 28th.  The Colorado European Festival will be held in Highlands Ranch’s Civic Green Park Saturday from 10 am – 10 pm with a full day of nothing but fun.

There will be all sorts of events celebrating European American communities and heritage such as entertainment, sports, arts, vendors, food, music and more.  A full schedule of events is here.  It will definitely be a family friends Highlands Ranch event.

I am planning on stopping by The Colorado European Festival, probably in the afternoon.  As the summer is winding down, I am trying to get the family to as many fun outdoor events as possible.

Have a great weekend!

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Day 41 Camping in Colorado

Day 41 | Camping in Colorado

On Day 41, even as we near the end of August, I suggest that you plan a camping trip right here in Colorful Colorado. Sure the nights are starting to get cooler, but that is nothing that a warm sleeping bag, a good tent & being prepared won’t solve.  In fact, late summer and early fall camping in Colorado is actually my favorite time, the crowds tend to begin to thin out (except for Labor Day weekend) and generally speaking, its usually absolutely beautiful.  I have even been to one of my favorites, Turquoise Lake, in mid September, which is one of the higher altitude, thus cooler, campsites and it was truly wonderful.

The following is a list of potential spots for you to check out as camping options in Colorado that I originally posted here on the blog in 2008.  Some  are not too far from Denver, others you will drive a bit more.


Calling All Colorado Campers

Often times when I am working with folks that are relocating to Denver, they are very excited about camping for the first time in Colorado. With good reason too, there are so many great places to camp that are so fun and so beautiful there really is something for everyone.  And whether you are an experience camper that is ready to hike in, a recreational camper that does the full tent-thing or pop-up or perhaps even a novice looking for a rustic cabin to cabin-camp – there are so many options.

deer in rocky mountain national park

First things first – camping in Colorado is extremely popular – so if you are looking at a camp ground that takes reservations, you need to get on that because the sites do fill up fast, especially for prime weekends.  Secondly, if you are going on your very fist camping trip and do not want the expense of buying everything all at once, it is possible to rent some basics, such as a tent and and other big item basics.  Check out REI for some rental prices.  Most likely you will buy everything eventually because you are going to love it, but renting some of the equipment can be a nice way to pace your purchases.

Here are a few campgrounds in Colorado to consider.  Some are closer than others.  If you plan on trying a Colorado campground that does not take reservations, be there early as it is first come – first served.

Golden Gate State Park – a variety of options & not too far away – so it can be a great closer options for first time campers or families withhiking small children.  It is also a very popular location for mountain biking.

Turquoise Lake – This is my all time favorite Colorado Camping option – but the elevation is high and it does get cold so be prepared.  Read more about Turquoise Lake here:  Camping in Colorado

Morefield Village – near Mesa Verde – if you are planning a visit to Mesa Verde – and everyone should at some point- this is a great camping option.

Chatfield State Park – down most Denverites may not consider this as a legitimate camping option – as it is basically in the Denver metro area – however – this is a great option for those camping with small children that want to try something very close to home, perhaps on the first time out.  It is also a very popular option at the end of the summer the weekend of the Rocky Mountain Balloon Festival.  If you are interested in that weekend, book now, if there is even anything left.

Hahns Peak – Near Steamboat Reservoir outside of Steamboat Springs

Buffalo Creek – Now a well known area due to the very unfortunate Buffalo Creek Fire – this fantastic area is starting to mend and shouldn’t be overlooked.

Marroon Lakes – This is a very popular camping area near Aspen and is famous for the Marroon Bells Wilderness area

Rainbow Lakes – located outside of Boulder in Nederland – this seems to be popular fishing campground.

Heaton Bay in Dillon – This very popular spot is perfect for those that want to camp in Summit County and be right on Dillon Reservoir.

Green Ridge – on Shadow Mountain Reservoir – not far from Grand Lake

ThunderRidge – located outside of Woodland Park – not too far from Colorado Springs. Grand Lake, CO

Still Water – Also near Grand Lake – which is another one fo my family’s favorite place s in Colorado.

Morraine Park – Located in Rocky Mountain National Park on the Estes Park side.

Have a favorite Colorado Campground?  Feel free to share it in the comments.

Colorado Camping Resources: reserveusa.comUS Forest Service – Rocky Mountain RegionColorado State Parks

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