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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. A new dairy place called Gathering Grounds opened up recently selling breakfast items, pastries, sandwiches and paninis. They also have a lot of games that you can chill out with (no longer kosher). 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 are:
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) 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 is a pretty new place (about 2 years old) and things are still changing frequently. 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 8PM 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.

The Bagel Store 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.

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).
Rocky Mountain National Park: is an hour and half north. 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. The view from trail ridge road is arguably the the most beautiful astounding sight in colorado and is not to be missed! Fall river road is currently closed for repairs from flooding that occurred last september, but when it reopens it 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. 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.
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.
Colorado Springs area
Garden of the G-ds: 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!
Cave of the winds:
pikes peak
royal gorge
manitee springs:
White water rafting on the Arkansas river (royal gorge or buena vista)
Hanging Lake
Glenwood/ glenwood caverns
biking down from vail pass
brainard lake
peak to peak scenic byway
Kruner rock hike




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

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Re: Colorado Master Thread
« Reply #330 on: February 19, 2014, 02:56:26 PM »
A friend of mine almost bought the store, but in the end it didn't work out. It is no secret that ESKD isn't a very profitable store and the owners would happily sell it and be done with it. I think this fact highlights that the owners are not raking it in at the expense of the customer, rather they are simply trying to stay profitable which at times involves doing things a typical store in lakewood would never do.

I want to make it clear that regardless of my point earlier, i believe that the owners are good ehrliche yidden who are trying their best to provide a service to the community.
I would think they would do well with the grocery store as it is the only place in town, but Restaurants are not something people in-town eat at every day, so you usually need a high volume of business customers to keep profitable.
I for one am glad they exist for my upcoming business trip.

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Re: Colorado Master Thread
« Reply #331 on: February 19, 2014, 03:01:05 PM »
I would think they would do well with the grocery store as it is the only place in town, but Restaurants are not something people in-town eat at every day, so you usually need a high volume of business customers to keep profitable.
I for one am glad they exist for my upcoming business trip.
you can get kosher meat and chicken in king sooper so it probably cuts into his business. And i know a lot of people who despise shopping there.

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Re: Colorado Master Thread
« Reply #332 on: February 19, 2014, 03:20:27 PM »
you can get kosher meat and chicken in king sooper so it probably cuts into his business. And i know a lot of people who despise shopping there.
I understand, but I used to live in a small city and one really needs to support the local eateries and groceries or one day you wake up and there are none.
Might save a few $$ at supermarket but at what price ?

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Re: Colorado Master Thread
« Reply #333 on: February 19, 2014, 03:43:33 PM »
I understand, but I used to live in a small city and one really needs to support the local eateries and groceries or one day you wake up and there are none.
Might save a few $$ at supermarket but at what price ?
+1, same thing happened to MSP.  Shop at Costco if you want but realize the true cost.
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Re: Colorado Master Thread
« Reply #334 on: February 19, 2014, 04:41:44 PM »
you can get kosher meat and chicken in king sooper so it probably cuts into his business. And i know a lot of people who despise shopping there.
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you can get plain chicken or two types of meat at King's but more expensive per pound and according to some the meat is problematic halachically as King's repackages it without a maskiach. Kings doesn't affect the butcher business at all, although the pas yisroel bakeries in King soopers has taken ALOT of bakery business from ESKD

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Re: Colorado Master Thread
« Reply #335 on: February 19, 2014, 04:44:28 PM »
I would think they would do well with the grocery store as it is the only place in town, but Restaurants are not something people in-town eat at every day, so you usually need a high volume of business customers to keep profitable.
I for one am glad they exist for my upcoming business trip.

I wouldn't be nervous about it closing down, ESKD despite it's difficulties is the only kosher store in town that has stood the test of time, there have tens of stores that opened and closed over the years.

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Re: Colorado Master Thread
« Reply #336 on: March 17, 2014, 12:46:57 PM »
Group of 4 looking to ski near Denver Saturday and Sunday. Any deals on lift tickets and hotel? Looking at Breckenridge, Copper, etc.

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Re: Colorado Master Thread
« Reply #337 on: May 28, 2014, 03:06:46 AM »
they only serve dinner and are very expansive any place to buy some groceries?
whats a nice hotel with a good value to stay in the area? looking to pay up to $200 per night
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Simba run in Vail is very decent and les than $200 in the summer

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« Reply #338 on: May 28, 2014, 11:24:14 AM »
@penina
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« Reply #339 on: May 28, 2014, 11:41:41 AM »
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lol was gna point that out...


Ye saw it right after I posted  ;)

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Re: Colorado Master Thread
« Reply #341 on: July 07, 2014, 01:44:41 AM »
Trip report:

After five years I got around to making a Shutterfly photo book for my August 2009 trip to Rocky Mountain National Park, so I thought I'll put up a quick pictorial trip report.

Note that this trip was the first time I took 'real' pictures, so the quality definitely isn't up to par. However I still think that there may be some good info for anyone considering a trip up there.

Click on any picture to see it in full resolution.

Day 1:

Approaching the Denver airport:







Stopping at East Side Kosher Deli to pick up some food:



Heading north:



We rented a cabin called the Bee Hive just outside Rocky Mountain National Park, on the outskirts of Estes Park (the town right by the park). It was secluded, rustic, and tiny - absolutely perfect for a mountain vacation.









The Fall River right in our backyard:



The inside was small but perfect:









Plenty of hummingbirds and deer in our backyard:











Day 2:

Heading into Rocky Mountain National Park:



Selfie mode, circa 2009:





Trail Ridge Road is the highest paved road in North America, climbing to 12,183'. It cuts across the park from east to west, and climbs from the forested foothills up to the alpine tundra, and passing many amazing scenic lookouts along the way.

Beginning of the road:





Rainbow Curve is one of the more spectacular lookouts:



Chipmunks begging for food at Rainbow Curve:



This one scored a potato chip as big as his head:



All this guy got was a tiny seed:



Clark's Nutcracker:







Pretty heart-shaped lake:



Further up the road the landscape changes. The trees start thinning out and give way to the tundra:



The weather starts getting wilder:



We stopped at Gore Range overlook, as the weather was turning bad:



At one point it began snowing (in August!), so we decided to wait out the storm at the Alpine Visitor Center, which sits at 11,796':



There were plenty of snowdrifts around here, causing some areas to be closed:





After a while it started to clear, and we headed back down the mountain. Luckily none of the snow ended up sticking:









Day 3:

Route 7, next to Allenspark, CO:



ATVing in Roosevelt National Forest.



Mount Meeker, the second tallest peak in the park, seen from Route 7:



Sunset from Forest Canyon overlook on Trail Ridge Road:












Day 4:

Back in Rocky Mountain NP, hiking Lily Ridge Trail around Lily Lake:

















Hiking 6 miles to Mills Lake:

Stopping Alberta Falls:



Alberta Falls gorge:











Mills Lake:







Keyboards of the Wide formation behind the lake. The formation is part of Longs Peak, the tallest mountain in the park at 14,259':



Heading back:



Late light over Upper Beaver Meadows and the Continental Divide:



Deer Mountain:




Day 5:

Estes Park Aerial Tramway:





Complete pano (click through for full resolution):



Very <ahem> tasteful chocolates in the gift shop:



Back to the park:



Lawn Lake flood disaster area:





View from the top:



Heading up Old Fall River Road. It starts out pretty nice...:



But pretty soon turns into a terrifying track:







And then it heads above treeline:







Elk:



Hiking up Marmot Point:





View from the top:



360-degree pano from the peak of Marmot Point - click through for the full-res version:



Heading back down via Trail Ridge Road:

View from Medicine Bow Curve overlook:



Elk:



Hidden moose:



Finishing the trip by pouring water into both the Atlantic and Pacific at once:



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Colorado Master Thread
« Reply #342 on: July 07, 2014, 01:55:00 AM »
Your pictures are unreal. I don't know anything about photography and anything I say would probably just sound stupid... so, just wow! :D

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Re: Colorado Master Thread
« Reply #343 on: July 07, 2014, 02:15:04 AM »
Thanks for another nice TR.

You sure you didn't miss any trip from 10 years ago? :)

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Re: Colorado Master Thread
« Reply #344 on: July 07, 2014, 02:25:12 AM »
It's a beautiful world out there.