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Glom
2009-Oct-07, 08:20 PM
A friend of mine and I are thinking about visiting Denver next year. The mile high city is an opportunity to do get our altitude diver speciality. Of course, we can also do other touristy things too.

Anyone visited Denver or even done diving round there?

Swift
2009-Oct-07, 08:27 PM
I think we have several members in or around Denver.

I have visited Denver and other parts of Colorado several times, though I don't know anything about diving around there. There are definitely cool, tourist stuff to do, and you should really get out of Denver too and go up into the Rocky Mountains. One place I would recommend is Rocky Mountain National Park.

Larry Jacks
2009-Oct-07, 08:41 PM
I drive down to Denver from time to time (they're at a much lower altitude than my house). If you like sports, they have all of the major ones covered. There are quite a few things to do depending your interests.

I second the recommendation to go visit Rocky Mountain National Park. It's only an hour or two north of Denver and very beautiful. If you like sking, there are several resorts within an hour of two from Denver. One of them has already opened this week and another is about to open, the earliest in 40 years. I blame global warming.

kleindoofy
2009-Oct-07, 09:14 PM
What's Denver like?
Country Roads is a nice song, but I've never met him.

ToSeek
2009-Oct-07, 09:21 PM
I've been to Denver a few times. It's a beautiful area. Keep in mind that it's not in the Rockies, it's next to the Rockies. (My friend there says she has absolutely no sense of direction because for most of her life she only had to look for the mountains to know which way was west.)

If you do go, then spending some time in the mountains is definitely high on the priority list.

Arnold Layne
2009-Oct-07, 11:32 PM
If you do go, then spending some time in the mountains is definitely high on the priority list.

My vote would be for getting high also.

jfribrg
2009-Oct-08, 02:06 AM
My favorite baseball team is going to be playing there in a couple of days. The TV folks usually show a few shots of the city. I'll watch and tell you what it looks like. Forecast is for a high of 36.

I was never in Denver, but I was about 100 miles north of there once. Very nice area. Anywhere near there is a very nice area.

mugaliens
2009-Oct-08, 08:29 AM
Living as I do here in Colorado Springs, I'd have to say I'm partial to the Springs!

Denver was founded in 1858, whereas Colorado Springs was founded in 1871.

We're considerably less dense than Denver, about 1,900 people/square mile, vs their 3,900 people/square mile.


We have SCUBA diving here, too!

Top two are:

The Underwater Connection (http://www.theunderwaterconnection.com/)

Divers Reef (http://www.diversreef.com/)

MAPNUT
2009-Oct-08, 03:48 PM
Since nobody is telling you anything about Denver itself, I'll say what I can based on just one visit. Denver has a compact downtown area of about a square mile, with the Capitol, stadium, arena, Opera House and Convention Center on the various corners of this square mile. Down the middle, 16th Street runs from the train station to the Capitol and is a pedestrian mall along which the stores and bars and yuppies are concentrated. There's a free shuttle bus along it which is very convenient. Restaurants are concentrated around Market Street. It was lively and bustling when I was there. Hopefully I got something wrong so somebody more knowledgeable will pitch in.

To prove it's the Mile High City, one of the front steps of the Capitol is marked Elevation 5280 feet.

ABR.
2009-Oct-08, 04:27 PM
I can report on the suburbs, having lived in two of them and spent time in most of the rest. There's a lot of sprawl and it's hilly in places, but as someone above mentioned, none of the metro area is actually in the mountains (not discounting you Evergreen and Conifer, just considering you to be above the rest). The traffic is pretty bad considering the tremendous growth in just a few years. I-25 has been extensively improved since I lived there and I didn't feel like I was in a Mad Max movie the last time I drove it. There are prairie dog colonies all over the metro area with the possible exception of the huge colony in the Denver Federal Center which mysteriously disappeared one night a year or so ago. Driving around at night, expect to see deer and foxes in the city limits. Mountain lions and bears have been spotted even in Golden (I never got to see them, though). Watch out for the elk herds on I-70 around Evergreen at night. The house used in the film Sleepers is located up in Genessee. There are a lot of interesting hole in the wall Mexican restaurants. Green chiles direct from New Mexico -- yum!

Touristy things to do. Okay, here are a couple things my wife and I liked. I should point out that given the opportunity, I drove into the mountains and explored whenever possible and my wife likes shopping -- there's a mall about every mile or so. Butterfly Pavilion (http://www.butterflies.org/) in Westminster. Buffalo Bill's (http://www.buffalobill.org/) grave and museum above Golden. For that matter, the Coors factory in Golden (do not, DO NOT drink the water from Clear Creek!). There's the zoo and the Natural History Museum (http://www.dmns.org/main/en/), conveniently located next to one another. Sports have already been mentioned, but Rockies baseball, Broncos football and Avalanche hockey, Nuggets basketball. Plus, there is the Denver Mint.

You can catch a show or hike around Red Rocks State Park (http://www.redrocksonline.com/) or visit the nearby town of Morrison for which the Morrison Formation is named. There are geological trails in the area and at least one spot where you can view dinosaur prints alongside the road. The Morrison Inn Restaurant has interesting menu items like "The Burrito that Ate Juarez". Garden of the Gods (http://www.gardenofgods.com/home/index.cfm?flash=1) in Colorado Springs is fun, too. There are plenty of other good hiking, fishing spots virtually everywhere along the Front Range.

Loveland and Fort Collins are to the North as well as the unique place that is Boulder, which, as I understand it, is the cornerstone of Bad Astronomy. Aside from that, there is the Mork and Mindy house and the Celestial Seasonings (http://www.celestialseasonings.com/visit-us/index.html) factory -- watch out for the peppermint room.

Moving from Arkansas, my wife and I had a lot of trouble adjusting to the elevation and the lower humidity. Keep water bottles handy. The last day of our first summer there we had 22 inches of snow one night. It was totally gone within a day, though. Lightning out of clear blue skies in addition to actual thunderstorms makes weather always interesting.

Enjoy.

Trebuchet
2009-Oct-08, 08:17 PM
Living as I do here in Colorado Springs, I'd have to say I'm partial to the Springs!

Denver was founded in 1858, whereas Colorado Springs was founded in 1871.

We're considerably less dense than Denver, about 1,900 people/square mile, vs their 3,900 people/square mile.


We have SCUBA diving here, too!

Top two are:

The Underwater Connection (http://www.theunderwaterconnection.com/)

Divers Reef (http://www.diversreef.com/)

You also have the BA there, of course!