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Barr Lake State Park- Nature enthusiasts can enjoy a unique combination of activities from wildlife watching and educational programs to hunting and fishing at Barr Lake State Park.
Boulder Ranger District- Located in the middle of the Arapaho Roosevelt National Forest, the Boulder Ranger district is a popular destination for people on Colorado's Front Range.
Castlewood Canyon State Park- Castlewood Canyon State Park offers visitors hiking, rock climbing and unique sightseeing opportunities in an arid and beautiful setting.
Chatfield State Park- This park's close proximity to Denver and numerous activities make it a special place to visit.
Cherry Creek State Park- This is the closest recreation site to metro Denver. Nearly 1.5 million visitors a year enjoy the many recreation opportunities accessible at Cherry Creek State Park.
Clear Creek Ranger District- The Clear Creek Ranger District lies just west of Denver on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests. It surrounds the towns of Idaho Springs, Central City and Georgetown. Its close proximity to the Denver metro area makes this area and its classic mountain beauty very popular.
Eldorado State Park- Eldorado Canyon State Park lies in central Colorado where the plains meet the mountains. It is located less that 30 miles from Boulder and Denver.
Golden Gate State Park- This beautiful 14,000 acre mountain park is located only 30 miles west of Denver. A spectacular view of the Continental Divide from the famous Panorama Point, makes Golden Gate Canyon State Park ideal for sightseers and photographers.
South Platte Ranger District- The South Platte Ranger District encompasses the region southwest of the Denver Metropolitan Area and attracts many visitors from the city.
Wilderness on Wheels- Wilderness On Wheels Foundation provides access for disabled persons to the natural outdoor environment. The facility includes campsites, cabins, and a 8-foot wide boardwalk that is just over a mile long.

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Mount Evans at Summit Lake
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Description - Denver is the largest metropolitan area in the Rocky Mountain region. Denver International Airport (DIA) serves as a major hub for air travelers. Denver provides a corridor west to the Rocky Mountains via I-70 while I-25 provides access to the entire Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Denver gives the traveler the ability to partake in numerous outdoor activities while staying in a metropolitan environment.

Attractions - Nearby attractions include the scenic drive on Mount Evans, the ski areas of Loveland and Winter Park and the beginning (or end) of the Colorado Trail. Denver also has a number of city and state parks within its boundaries. The Denver Greenway Trail extends 20 miles north through the city from Chatfield State Park.

In addition to the recreation facilities mentioned above Denver contains many cultural attractions. Visitors can learn about life in the American West through a visit to the Black American West Museum and Heritage Center, Denver Museum of Natural History, Denver Botanic Gardens, Colorado State Capitol or the Molly Brown House. These are only a few of the many high-quality cultural and historical institutions in the metro area. A visit to one or a few makes any visit to the area complete.

Recreation - Bicycling (mountain and road), climbing (rock, alpine and ice), kayaking, hiking, fishing and sightseeing opportunities are available in or around Denver. Along with these activities, the visitor should take in the atmosphere of this rejuvenating city. LoDo or Lower Downtown Denver has become a hot spot for sporting events and shopping. Its a good area to gather the feel of the largest city in the Rocky Mountains.

Climate - Denver generally has a mild climate. But remember that like any mountainous environment, the weather can change unexpectedly. Known as the "Mile-High City," Denver's elevation contributes to the long winters experienced in the area. Because the city is landlocked in the center of the country the humidity is low. This makes the cold weather bearable. The Rocky Mountains see many sunny days throughout the year. On the average the sun shines over 250 days out of the year. This makes the enduring the winter precipitation easy and, to many residents, enjoyable.

Location - Denver is located on the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains at the junction of I-25 and I-70. The South Platte River flows through the center of the city. Sand Creek, Cherry Creek and Clear Creek contribute to the waters of the South Platte and form distinct areas of the city.

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Colorado Community Areas - Colorado's diverse communities include metropolitan areas, posh ski resorts and rustic mountain towns.
Northwest Region - This diverse area encompasses mountains and high desert. The terrain supports a huge variety of recreation opportunities and some of Colorado's world famous resorts.

Colorado Tourism Website - Official website of the Colorado Tourism Office.
Denver.com - A large website on the Denver metro area.
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DenverGov - This is the city of Denver site that provides depths of information for visitors and locals alike.
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