Friday, May 15

Ski with an Angel at Arapahoe Basin

Colorado’s legendary Arapahoe Basin is famous for spring skiing, typically staying open through mid-June or into July.  Bring your skis or rent at the hill.  If you’re looking for company, connect with Denver ACA member Doug Mandic for a local’s tour of the terrain and a homebrewer’s perspective of the local beers on tap at the 6thAlley Bar.

See a Concert at Iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater

Catch an evening concert at Denver’s iconic amphitheater, or visit earlier in the day to exercise, to hike around the area, and to explore the visitor center.

Visit Estes Park, Overnight at the Stanley Hotel

Spend a day or two exploring Rocky Mountain National Park.  The picturesque town of Estes Park is a perfect home base for your visit.  Make sure to visit or stay at the famous Stanley Hotel (which inspired Stephen King to write The Shining).

Fly Fishing the Upper Colorado River

Trout fishing in mid-May is right on the bubble between perfect early spring clear rivers and the fast-flowing, murky water of late spring.  A safe bet for May is the dam-controlled flows of the Upper Colorado River, and you’ll be right in time to take advantage of the salmonfly hatch.  (We’ll be a little early but trout will still strike at them.)  Numerous companies offer guided trips, whether you’re wading or floating.

Bicycle Tours Around the Front Range

Rent bikes of any type – electric, mountain, road, town cruiser – and explore Boulder and the local bike trail systemElectric bike tours in Boulder are a great way to explore the area.  More adventurous?  Take on a guided mountain bike tour.

Experience the Area on Horseback

The Colorado Front Range area offers numerous opportunities to tour local trail systems by horseback.  Example tours include the Red Rocks area, Estes Park / Rocky Mountain National Park, or the majestic Garden of the Gods.

Are you local and want to host an event like Doug?  Reach out to the ACA Team and share your ideas.