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A few pointers.
1) Drink A Lot!!! you are at a much higher altitude  than your body is used to and there is usually 0% humidity, this means you can easily dehydrate! and visitors often do!
2) Use sunscreen! being that you are that much closer to the sun, you get sunburnt that much faster, and 0% humidity means that it feels cooler than it actually is out.
3) when going to/up the mountains bring sweatshirts and other warm clothes, even on a scorcher of a summer day it can be freezing and windy on top of a mountain.




Denver
There are three jewish areas which are part of denver they form a rough triangle roughly 20 minute drive from one another so they kind of feel like three seperate cities.
West side: is the yeshivish neighborhood, home to the Yeshiva, the Bais Yaakov, the Kollel, 60-80 families, the oldest shul in denver (over 120 years old and only one currently on the west side) the Bronco's stadium, and quite a few homeless people.Not much else noteworthy for the vacationer. There are no jewish stores there and the bulk of stores that do exist there are pawn shops and used car lots, Oh yeah and retail marijuana shops! Sloans lake is a beautiful lake half a block from most of the jewish neighborhood, roughly 3 miles around you can get some nice views of the mountains over the lake, but it isn't inside the eruv and certainly not worthy of a special trip.

SouthEast/Greenwood village: Is a relatively new part of Denver, something like 10-20 years old the community is largely a kiruv community in all stages of growth centered around the only shul Aish. There is also a decent group of Bnai Torah who live there as well. The SouthEast is an upscale waspy suburbia and the stores and citizens are generally more upscale as well.
They have a pretty good frozen Yogurt shop called Yogurt Yuphoria which is certified by the scroll k (the local and very reputable hechsher) but is mostly cholov stam. They do have some sorbet and sometimes pareve frozen yogurts that are labeled "dairy equipment" and are surprisingly good, you can also get some parve razzles and the like. They close at 930PM. Also the King Soopers nearby(a grocery chain which is part of the whole ralph's/kroger thing) has a small kosher meat section, kosher product section and almost entirely kosher fresh bakery (note most things are cholov stam!).They are open either to 12PM or are 24hrs.

East Side: is currently the largest and fastest growing part of Denver, here is where you will find almost all of the jewish/kosher amenities. The East side is a diverse crowd but the bulk of it is modern orthodox.
 
The Shuls:
EDOS (East Denver Orthodox Synogogue)is made up of an older crowd, very few young people, and is modern orthodox.
DAT (Denver Acadaemy of Torah) is a shul inside a school. Here is where the vast majority of the 20 and 30 somethings daven, it is a modern orthodox shul and is strongly zionist.
BMH-BJ (bais medrash hagodol-beth joseph) is technically an orthodox shul as it is part of the OU, but they don't have a mechitza and most of it's mispallelim drive to shul on shabbos. They do have a smaller minyan in a side room known as sharai simcha or "the mechitza minyan" which does have mechitza and it's mispallelim are local.
Bais Yisroel/Beit Uriel/TRI are three shuls housed in one building, Beit Uriel is the local Sephardic Shul, TRI is an old minyan for russian jews and Bais Yisroel is the yeshivish shul on the East side, they recently renovated and is gorgeous and spacious,with almost a intown feel.

The Restaurants:
ESKD (East Side Kosher Deli) http://www.eastsidekosherdeli.com/ is the only fleishig restaurant in town. It is located in the back of the only kosher store in town. In the store they have very nice meat and dairy departments. (although if you are just looking for a steak to grill you might to better off going to trader joes and getting one of their luscious teva's black angus kosher rib steaks). They also carry a full line of heimish products and wines, they are both a bit overpriced, but not crazy for this far out of town. They also have a full delicatessen/bakery in the store, their coldcuts are usually excellent. They close at 9PM.

Back to the restaurant (literally). They have a lunch menu which is significantly cheaper for many of the same things. Certain nights of the week they sell sushi which i haven't tried but hear is all right. The ambiance is not to great but the food is very good for the price (18-35 a main). I would suggest  the sesame chicken, steak fajita's, cowboy burger, and onion ring brick, they are all delicious. They have some wierd things that you may like or hate for instance a burger with pastrami jammed between two greasy Latkes etc. Read the menu carefully. Also their shwarma is not up to par.Wine by the glass is surprisingly cheap for upscale restaurant standards, but ask when it was opened. They don't get a lot of wine orders.

Brooklyn Pizza http://brooklynpizzadenver.com/ They have some really good pizza and some really out-of-the box toppings like fake pepperoni (which supposedly tastes legit), smoked lox and capers, mac and cheese, and chocolate and riccotto cheese, if you are into that type of thing.All the above are made to order so give yourself some extra time. Their fries are good and the calzones are beyond enormous (enough for two). At peak times there will be a wait and a dearth of seats.They close at 9 PM and are open late on Motzoi Shabbos.
Next door is a King Soopers with a pretty big kosher item section (3 small isles) a small fresh meat and dairy section and a fresh bakery that is kosher but mostly cholov stam. Across the side street is a liquor shop called the grapevine which has a pretty large selection of kosher wine at a fair price, they are open very late.

Rosenberg Kosher (formerly The Bagel Store) http://www.rosenbergskosher.com/ Note, open to the public on Fridays and holidays. makes solid bagels and challah, they also make amazing doughnuts but only sell them on fridays, and for some odd reason they get stale very very quickly, so enjoy them right away.

High Point Creamery: https://www.highpointcreamery.com/ Ice cream shop across the street from EDOS. Small batch ice cream shop with unique flavors.

Hotels:

Colorado
has enough amazing sites for one to visit one a day for several years and not run out. I have spoken to avid hikers and natralists who live in Denver for 20-30 years and gathered that they havn't hit all the popular spots yet and are constantly finding new places. Below you will find a long but limited list of popular trips, anyone will have different favorites, enjoy!


Day Trips from Denver

Children friendly short trips from Denver:

Tiny Town- a little boring, but nice stop for little kids. They charge $5 for adults and $3 for kids above 2. This is about 25 minutes from Denver, it is a miniature kid sized city! All this houses and stores are built with great detail and there are about 10 of them the kids can climb into and peer out the windows and such. It also has a child sized railroad that drives around the town for an additional 2$ a pop. When it gets boring there is a nice playground and picnic area.The whole town is set in a scenic locale in the foothills and has small creek meandering through it. I'd say it would be a nice 1-2 hour trip (not including traveling for 1-6 year olds)
St. Mary's Glacier(town of Alice): is about 50 minutes from Denver. It is a easy/moderate short hike (hour round trip) with a rewarding view on top. A great day trip idea for those who don't want to work too hard to see the views. The top has a really pretty clear lake fed from a glacier melt with a mountain view surrounding it. Really nice!!
Red Rocks: closest really scenic mountainy spot to denver. Beautiful red rock formation and kid friendly hiking trails, 25 minutes from Denver and nice for adults and slightly older kids as well (figure 3 years old and up)
Lariat Loop: scenic/historic 40 mile drive with stops all around golden and lakewood colorado. (most stops are western/cowboy themed)
Falcon Ridge short hike/amazing view
Buffalo Bill's Grave and museum - see @Yehuda's TR below
Coors factory tour-see @Yehuda's TR below
Roxbourough national park: A short half hour drive from Denver, this park has huge striking dramatic red stones (couple hundred feet high) the park is set in the middle of wild country and warns that bears and rattle snakes are very often seen, while the scenery is some of the best this close to Denver, the trails are a somewhat distant from the rocks (50-500 feet) and i wouldn't feel comfortable going off trail with all the rattlesnake warnings. This kinda puts a damper on the feel.
Lookout mountain-see @Yehuda's TR below

Boulder- 45 minutes north of Denver has quite a few family friendly trip options
Celestial Seasons tea factory tour: interesting and fun, with free tea sampling. Entering the "Mint room" is a highlight you won't soon forget, watching the fully automated factory whirl is remarkable and exciting. Avoid going on a Sunday because the factory floor is not on and you lose that experience. You can also purchase all their discontinued teas in their tea store.
Eben G. Fine Park: is a nice place to eat a lunch dip your feet in the river or just relax a bit, there is also another gorgeous park across the street but i can't remember the name.
Pearl Street: get a taste of the eccentric lifestyle of boulder, explore the stores and watch street performers. You are guaranteed to be amazed and amused by the eclectic locale!
Breweries: Colorado is home to dozens of microbreweries, of which quite a few are located in Boulder. Consider a short tour to see the less commercial side of beer brewing.One example is Avery brewery.
Eldorado Canyon: Is not in boulder but right near it. It is a beautiful site with a supposedly "stroller friendly" hiking trail. I took my double citymini up there and about halfway up had to hide it in a bush and continue with both kids on my shoulders, that being said it is a fairly easy stunning short trail which you could take a jogging stroller on if you were so inclined. There are often people crock climbing hundreds of feet in the air which makes for a fascinating watch.

Longer day trips from Denver

Mt. Evans: about an hour west of Denver.Then you begin the long drive up to the top a 14er (one of America's highest paved roads) the trip up is exhilerating and the switchbacks are steep with huge drops on either side, you pass two incredibly beautiful lakes en route and usually some mountain goats and big horn sheep. As you get higher it gets colder and it is not unusual for there to be a hailstorm or even snow in the middle of a 100 degree day in Denver, so bring a sweatshirt. The view from the top is astounding (unless you are unlucky enough to arrive on a foggy day on top).

Estes Park: is the city at the base of Rocky Mountain National park and is set by a large lake with great views and a plethora of local activities and interesting shops. It is an hour and half north of Denver
Rocky Mountain National Park: It is large enough to spend a few weeks exploring(more than 400 square miles!!), one can easily spend two days there, although there are no upscale hotels nearby. There are two main scenic drives, The view from Trail Ridge Road is arguably the the most beautiful astounding sight in Colorado and is not to be missed! Old Fall River Road is a harrowing winding one way dirt road that will constantly have you on the edge of your seat and affords you rawer less commercialized views of the park. You can take Old Fall River Road to the peak at the Alpine visitor center and take Trail Ridge Road back down the mountain. If you're looking for a hike geared for Intermediate/Advanced hikers, Flattop mountain is a great trail ~3 hours hike up, ~1.5 to get back down.
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway https://estes-park.com/peak-peak-scenic-byway

Colorado Springs area: - 1-1.25 hrs south of Denver
Garden of the G-ds: https://www.gardenofgods.com/ Is a mind bogglingly beautiful park with the same redstone rocks found in red rocks and roxborough, the important difference is that you are allowed to and encouraged to climb on the rock in the Garden of the gods, this makes the view personal and significantly more fun, you can spend hours exploring and not get bored! (tip: don't spend much time in the first official parking area, it is all paved but not accessible or nearly as much fun as some of the other spots in this park, park in one of the pull offs later in the park or especially at the balancing rock at the end and explore! You won't be disappointed!
US Air Force Academy: https://www.academyadmissions.com/visit-the-academy/self-guided-tours/visitor-center-information/
Cave of the Winds: https://caveofthewinds.com/
Pikes Peak: https://www.pikes-peak.com/ Amazing views at 14,115 FT. You can also bike down from the peak with various tour companies.
Royal Gorge Bride & Park: https://royalgorgebridge.com/
Royal Gorge Railroad: https://royalgorgeroute.com/
Manitou Springs: https://manitousprings.org/
Manitou Incline: http://www.manitouincline.com/
White water rafting on the Arkansas river (royal gorge or buena vista)
brainard lake
Kruner rock hike

Vail Area:

Vail:

Activities:
1. biking down from vail pass
2. Zip Lining
3. GONDOLA

Shul:
Chabad of Vail http://www.jewishvail.com/

Food:
Kosher Vail - Run by the Chabad of Vail NOTE:CLOSED FOR SUMMER 2018

Glenwood Springs:
1. Hanging Lake https://www.visitglenwood.com/things-to-do/hanging-lake/
2. Glenwood/Glenwood Caverns https://www.glenwoodcaverns.com/

To be continued...
If you have any questions or need any help please feel free to PM steeeveknowsbest and i'll get back to you ASAP

TRs
@Yehuda Summer 2014 (trip divided up by day into several posts, so keep reading!)

@Yehuda's Trips to Denver
Something Fishy's TR of Rocky mountain national park:
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=997.msg858474#msg858474

CGR

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Re: Colorado Master Thread
« Reply #1035 on: May 23, 2018, 01:53:49 PM »
In the summer, do enough people go to Vail for shabbos to make a minyan?
LOL

How about 10 Minyanim.

was packed this past summer, we had multiple daily minyanim

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Re: Colorado Master Thread
« Reply #1036 on: May 25, 2018, 01:37:05 PM »
Is there a way to get discounted tickets for the Royal Gorge Railroad?

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Re: Colorado Master Thread
« Reply #1037 on: June 06, 2018, 09:25:40 PM »
Hi! Just wanted to pick people's brain. We are planning a family trip of three couples (two our own married kids and us) as well as our own kids. We are looking for better and cheaper value places to stay in Colorado. We are looking for something in or near Aspen and Telluride (or Ouray or Montrose area). An example of good value would be Snow Mountain Ranch or the two bedroom condos in Avon or Simba Run Condos in Vail.  Any other suggestions as we would like to stay closer to Telluride or in Glenwood Springs.
Please advise.

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Re: Colorado Master Thread
« Reply #1038 on: June 07, 2018, 01:08:23 PM »
Hi! Just wanted to pick people's brain. We are planning a family trip of three couples (two our own married kids and us) as well as our own kids. We are looking for better and cheaper value places to stay in Colorado. We are looking for something in or near Aspen and Telluride (or Ouray or Montrose area). An example of good value would be Snow Mountain Ranch or the two bedroom condos in Avon or Simba Run Condos in Vail.  Any other suggestions as we would like to stay closer to Telluride or in Glenwood Springs.
Please advise.

We rented an absolutely gorgeous house in Frisco with VRBO.  It was definitely within easy driving distance to Glenwood Springs.

We were 10 people, plenty of room and eating space (we had brought our own and picked up in Denver).  There are many options on VRBO and decent pricing
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Re: Colorado Master Thread
« Reply #1039 on: July 05, 2018, 12:48:45 PM »
KOsher food?

LOL

How about 10 Minyanim.

was packed this past summer, we had multiple daily minyanim

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Re: Colorado Master Thread
« Reply #1040 on: July 06, 2018, 10:09:59 AM »
KOsher food?

you will need to bring your own food from Denver as chabad of vail's food service is closed for construction.

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Re: Colorado Master Thread
« Reply #1041 on: July 06, 2018, 10:12:33 AM »
I am planning two days in RMNP. What are the must see/do?

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Re: Colorado Master Thread
« Reply #1042 on: July 06, 2018, 10:55:04 AM »
i was planning on staying in the city area from sun-tues. but im seeing all these other good options.
seems like my choices expanding to Vail, boulder and RMNP.
there really a point in staying in vail or mountain areas if there's no skiing? or stay in the city with the one kosher restaurant and then do day trips to the rockies and similar?

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Re: Colorado Master Thread
« Reply #1043 on: July 06, 2018, 11:29:00 AM »
I have the same question - will be in colorado from sunday  night to thursday night
plan to go to vail - wednesday/thursday

not sure how to spend Monday/Tuesday-
is there anything to do in Denver on Monday or should we take two day trips
one day colorado springs
one day Rocky Mountain National Park
and then go to Vail wednesday morning until thursday evening - and where should we stop on the way to Vail?
     or is vail enough for a one day trip - leaving early in the morning and coming back late the same night???


and if we do spend monday in denver what is the better option for tuesday - rocky mountain national park or colorado springs?

With regard to hotels - it was suggested that we stay at the Staybridge Suites in Cherry Creek, which is near the East Side Jewish Area. Has anyone ever stayed there - is it a decent hotel?
i welcome any hotel suggestions - both in Denver and in Vail


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Re: Colorado Master Thread
« Reply #1044 on: July 06, 2018, 12:15:32 PM »
Sorry, haven't been to RMNP. Vail in the summer... could be done in a 1 day trip, just spend time walking around the town and going up the gondola to top of the mountain. I mean sure you can find rafting, horseback riding, hikes, etc. to do too if you wanted to stay up there. Colorado Springs has a lot to do - Pike's Peak, Garden of the Gods, Seven Falls, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

I know people who have stayed at Staybridge. I think it's the closest hotel to Jewish things in East Side. Use hotelhustle.com and awardmapper.com to see hotel options in the mountains.

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Re: Colorado Master Thread
« Reply #1045 on: July 09, 2018, 09:49:19 AM »
I would recommend staying in Boulder and doing things around there. Each city in Colorado has their own mountain view and things to do around there.

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Re: Colorado Master Thread
« Reply #1046 on: July 10, 2018, 01:48:42 AM »
Hey can really use the help of a CO expert. I narrowed it down to 2 itineraries. we're getting in midnight on thursday night and leading 530pm on tuesday.
any input is appreciated.

But first, BIG QUESTION we cant find good info on: we are traveling with a 8 month old. whats the story with taking a little baby like that up to 14k ft at places like pikes peak, mt evans and some of the other big outlooks we are finding? is that safe? what do pediatricians IN DENVER say about that? this would have a big impact on any plans we have. would make or break

A) shabbos in yeshiva area.
Sun we go for brunch at brooklyn pizza, then to coors factory. then drive out to Vail Sheraton Villa Vista. Along the way Mt evans , greys peak or some other nice outlook (please post any suggestions).
Mon chill at hotel and walk around in tourist trap area, maybe find massages on groupon (again, suggestions plz, if any)
Tues laze around, drive back to denver for east side deli lupper, maybe find a micro brewery to check out or other neat downtown thing to see (post suggestions please)

B) Shabbos in yeshiva area
check into hotel sat night, of the the SPG properties in east denver (suggestions welcome)
sunday do brunch at BK pizza, head south to pikes peak/ other stuff in that area (please post suggestions)
Monday coors and pearl st mall, find a nice sunset somewhere near rocky mountain state park (you'd think with that name it would be THE place to check out, im not seeing rave reviews or anyone saying its a must).
Tues find groupon massages, eat a lupper

if there's anything you wanna add to nix, please post!
thanks in advance

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Re: Colorado Master Thread
« Reply #1047 on: July 10, 2018, 09:44:17 PM »
A) I think you'd have too much time in Vail without a plan. Find something "real" to schedule.
B) I don't know about Dr info on 14ers with a baby, but you can do other things in Colorado Springs - 7 Falls, Garden of the Gods, Manitou Springs, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

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Re: Colorado Master Thread
« Reply #1048 on: July 11, 2018, 12:46:39 AM »
Iím definitely not a doctor but in my experience with visitors, more important than the age is the time to acclimate and how you feel. Since you are giving yourself Friday and Saturday to acclimate it might be ok to go.  See how you feel when you get out of car in Mt. Evans, if you are out of breath and lightheaded then maybe donít stay long. I know Pregnant women arenít recommended to do Pikeís Peak Railroad.

Also make sure to check hours of Coors because I donít know why I have it in my head that maybe it might be closed on Sunday.

Also make sure you plan way ahead to confirm Shabbat hospitality as we get totally inundated here with vacationers after Tisha BíAv and I think most shuls have decided that it isnít within their capabilities anymore to arrange any sleeping hosting for vacationers, as it was truly over-taxing the communityís ability to provide other chesed for people in the kehilla.

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Re: Colorado Master Thread
« Reply #1049 on: July 11, 2018, 09:20:26 AM »
Btw Pike's Peak Cog Rail has been shut down without a re-open date announced.