Lyle Phetteplace fell in love with the outdoors and his home state of Colorado at an early age. Today, he runs Renaissance Adventure Guides so he can pursue his passion and allow others to experience adventure, too. The excursions he curates include hiking, kayaking, climbing, backpacking, and even sea kayaking, a skill beginners hone on the lakes of Colorado before moving on to distant ocean destinations, such as Costa Rica. Lyle and his team also design guided travel tours of the country, which presents excellent terrain for hiking, backpacking, and other activities.
The staff at Renaissance Adventure Guides believe outdoor adventures can bring people closer to their fellow participants and to the environment, so they treat each experience differently. They customize adventures to suit the abilities and goals of their customers, while also keeping groups at a manageable size so everyone receives personal attention and a unique, secret high-five. Because safety is always at the forefront of any expedition, they also offer avalanche training with instructors qualified by the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education. Additionally, they pass along their love of exploring to children through kids camps filled with days paddling the river.
Owner, author, and paranormal history buff Stephanie Waters helms Colorado Ghost Tours, leading visitors and locals through the haunted town of Manitou Springs. The area—which is known as a spiritual sanctuary for Native Americans and the former site of a tuberculosis sanitarium—is believed to be both cursed by angered Native Americans and haunted by tuberculosis victims. Waters tells these tales, among others, on a variety of tours and events, which include walking tours, carriage rides, hearse tours, ghost hunts, cemetery crawls, and the annual Spirits of Colorado Convention.
Why walk when you can ride? That's the question asked by Colorado Segway Tours, whose fleet of brand-new Segways send riders gliding on tours of Denver and Boulder. The roughly-seven-mile tours take them past historic landmarks, such as Denver's capitol building and its golden dome, as well as Boulder's Gregory Canyon and other natural sights. Each tour begins with an instructional lesson, equipping riders with the skills needed to handle their Segways like professionals.
13th Floor is the only company and brand in the country to produce haunted houses on a national scale, with houses in Denver, San Antonio and Phoenix with more to come in the future. Designed by world-renowned haunted house designers and featuring makeup and effects from Hollywood special effects artists. The 13th Floor Denver building takes fright to a whole new level with different interactive events like Christmas Blackout, Valentine X, and now Apocalypse, Live-Action Zombie Experience.
Breckenridge Bikebus's eponymous vehicle is, according to owner Curt Cavnar, the "Porsche" of its unique kind of transportation. Consisting of two rows of bar stools equipped with bike pedals, the custom-built craft combines the fun of a party bus with the easygoing workout of a tandem bicycle. Some partiers can sit back and enjoy the ride as 10 others sit at the bar and provide pedal power, with a staff driver manning the wheel to steer clear of oncoming paper boys. A canopy keeps passengers shaded while they sip beverages and listen to tunes on an iPod-ready Alpine sound system. Should the sun go down during trips, the bikebus's lighting system kicks on, making it easy to continue through black holes unencumbered.
Tour guide Marvin Neer knows the Mile High City like John Elway knows a 2-minute offense. His Segway tours zip around Denver's historic spots, such as the Colorado State Capitol and scenic destinations, including the Platte River and Estes Park. Each rider gets a helmet and safety course before embarking on the tour, which could last anywhere from one to three hours, and there are always plenty of stops for photos.