There is so much to do in Denver it is easy to forget the beautiful Rocky Mountains are less than an hour away and there are many other attractions not far from the city. Have a day to spare during your visit to Denver for the GFOA conference? Take a look at some of the exciting things you can do outside of Denver.
The Denver Butterfly Pavilion is home to over 5,000 animals! Embark on an adventure to the realm of Rosie, our famous tarantula. Step to Water’s Edge to be immersed in an underwater world full of sea creatures. Explore our tropical rainforest where 1,600 butterflies rule the sky! End your journey in our gardens and nature trail where you’re sure to see critters of all kinds.
Located just 15 minutes north of Denver. Step inside Butterfly Pavilion where Butterflies are just the Beginning! Butterfly Pavilion Information
While you’re up at the Pavilion you may want to visit some bunnies at the Colorado House Rabbit Society/Shelter.
The Colorado House Rabbit Society/Shelter is licensed by the National House Rabbit Society. They are a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization made up entirely of volunteers. There are no paid positions. Every penny of all donations goes to helping the rabbits. They rescue and rehabilitate homeless, abandoned house rabbits. Affectionate, litter-trained, spayed or neutered rabbits are then available for adoption. They also provide education about rabbits.
The CHRS are a No-Kill rescue, meaning that they limit the number of rabbits we take to that for which we can provide good care. They do NOT “warehouse” rabbits and subscribe to Nathan Winograd’s No-Kill Blueprint for shelters.
Red Rocks is a geologically formed, open-air amphitheater that is not duplicated anywhere in the world. With Mother Nature as the architect, the design of the Amphitheatre consists of two, three hundred-foot monoliths (Ship Rock and Creation Rock) that provide acoustic perfection for any performance. The dramatic sandstone monoliths serve as a history book of animal and plant life in sandstone rocks, they view the ancient tales of prehistoric times.
If you think of Red Rocks Park as just a beautiful place to see a concert, think again! Around you are 738 total acres of deer, dinosaurs, pines and prairie, geological wonders and spectacular vistas. At 6,450 feet above sea level, Red Rocks Park is a unique transitional zone where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains. The diverse environment allows visitors to see plants, birds and animals of both regions. Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a geological phenomenon – the only naturally-occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheater in the world. From Sting and The Beatles, to opera stars and U2, every artist aspires to play on this magical, spiritual and emotional stage.
Red Rocks offers a variety of recreation options from guided tours, hiking, biking, shopping, dining and a summer concert series. Whatever your pleasure, enjoy discovering Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre! Red Rocks Information
The Foothills and the Mountains
There are so many fantastically beautiful places around the foothills and the mountains it can be difficult to decide where to go. After days at the GFOA conference you may just want to get a bit outside the city and see some of the beauty Colorado has to offer.
Denver and Foothills Mountain Small-Group Tour
Take a guided tour through the most picturesque locations in the Denver area. After pickup at your hotel, you will begin at the Historic Larimer Square, you will head into the foothills to the famous Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater. After that, we will take a scenic drive to the Evergreen Lakehouse through the historic byway of lariat loop. Then you will head to Buffalo Herd Overlook, Lookout mountain, Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave, Lariat Loop and Historic downtown Golden.
Rocky Mountain National Park Day Trip from Denver
Immerse yourself in the magnificent scenery of the Rocky Mountains on this full-day tour from Denver. Drive across the Continental Divide and Trail Ridge Road, peaking at an astonishing 12,000 feet (3,658 meters) above sea level. Browse local shops in the family-friendly ski town of Winter Park, and enjoy lunch on the shores of Grand Lake. Soak up unspoiled alpine views in Rocky Mountain National Park, and keep an eye out for wildlife including elk, bighorn sheep, moose and black bears.
Mt Evans Drive from Denver: Scenic Mountains and Mining Towns
Head for the hills on a full-day adventure that takes you from Denver to the stunning peaks and Old West boom towns of the Rocky Mountains. Drive up Mt Evans, one of Colorado’s highest ’14-ers,’ and witness the dramatic ranges of the Continental Divide. Along the way, keep an eye out for bison and bighorn sheep, and pass through historic mining towns that preserve the state’s rich silver mining legacy.
Whatever you decide to do before or after GFOA don’t forget to take drinking water with you!