Cleaved through 30 acres of densely situated corn stalks, the Wild West Corn Maze tests voyagers’ senses of direction as they maneuver through the leafy corridors. The cornrows compose 10 distinct mazes, including one with a cowboys-and-aliens theme and an obstacle course where visitors challenge scarecrows to a barrel-rolling duel as they search for the exit. After moving through the agrarian labyrinth, guests with unlimited-level tickets can check out a number of other autumnal attractions, including tractor rides, a farm-animal petting zoo, and a pumpkin patch. The bucolic setting also boasts a massive jumping pillow—an inflatable mat where tykes can bounce in the open air—a pumpkin launcher and a corn cannon, both of which hearken back to the simpler days when all nautical warfare was waged with produce.
When they're not protecting and serving as officers in the Denver Police Department, the instructors at Training and Advisory Services draw upon their knowledge of the law and their experiences in the field to teach students proper gun skills and safety. During concealed-handgun-permit sessions, the team balances marksmanship, reloading, and malfunction drills with the live fire of roughly 50 rounds at an outdoor range, where students can rent a Glock 9 millimeter, a Glock .40 caliber, or a .38-caliber revolver.
Designed for beginning and advanced shooters alike, lessons can also be adapted to private workshops and lecture-only classes that cover subjects such as firearm safety and equipment selection. Along with concealed-weapon training, the instructors also lead self-defense seminars and other classes that cover more-advanced skills such as shooting on the move and shooting in ambient light.
Slate Entertainment's Down Under Comedy Club (a rare breed in northern Colorado) elevates spirits with standup showcases five days a week. On weekends, touring headlining comics fill the bill, while weeknight open mics put budding gutbusters through comedy boot camp. Monthly cabaret burlesque shows add a little va-va-voom to the usual har-de-har.
Meanwhile, mason jars hold super-sized drinks, which tend to feature neon-colored liqueurs that won't sting if they get up your nose. They're paired with a menu of flatbread pizzas, sandwiches, and bread bowls filled with soup or salad.
Each batch of Syntax Spirits Distillery’s vodka, whisky, and rum is made by hand using stainless-and-copper fractionating stills, Colorado Weld County wheat or American Molasses, and Cache La Poudre River whitewater. The result of these curated elements are incredibly smooth, complex spirits versatile enough to be sipped or mixed.
At the distillery, visitors are filled in on the process that brings these drinks to life and can taste the fruits of the facility’s labor. Along with its signature spirits, the distillery boasts housemade infusions that range from bourbon vanilla to citrus flavors. Guests can sample the different infusions as chilled shots or in a signature cocktail at the cocktail bar in the industrial-style tasting room where neon signs and antique light fixtures illuminate each sip. When guests aren’t mid-pinball game or sampling drinks at the 40-foot-long concrete bar, the staff leads complimentary tours of the distillery’s manufacturing area, where Laverne & Shirley imitations are prohibited.
The Centennial Village opens a window to the past with living-history demonstrations that re-create American life as it was 100 years ago. As visitors stroll through the 7-acre grounds, they can explore more than two dozen historic structures, including grand homes, a courthouse, and a blacksmith’s shop. Time-swept denizens share tales of their daily lives that provide unique insight into turn-of-the-century struggles. A vast farm area and historic gardens fill the town with lush greenery and a working merry-go-round helps distract visitors from the hourly recalibration of the park’s time machine.
For many, maintaining a healthy fitness regimen is an off-putting chore on par with cleaning the garage or assembling that backyard roller coaster for the kids. The folks behind Snap Fitness, who now boast locations all over the world, are of the opinion that this doesn't have to be the case. They believe 24-hour access to premium cardio and strength-training equipment, innovative easyFIT monitors to track personal progress, and perpetual guidance from certified professionals can help transform physical fitness into an accessible activity that yields measurable and tangible results. In addition to providing online workout rubrics and meal plans, they work to keep sweat glands up and running by offering work out rewards programs, making regular check-in calls, and measuring bodies—sans padded muscle suits—every 30 days.
The Plains Conservation Center is an offshoot of the West Arapahoe Conservation District, an organization appointed in 1949 to teach farming and ranching techniques that could help prevent another devastating Dust Bowl. While the PCC's mission has since expanded, the nonprofit organization's main goal remains the same: preserving the health of Colorado's plains. Between its two sites—a main 1,100-acre location in Aurora and more than 10,000 acres spread along West Bijou Creek—the organization maintains several attractions devoted to the history and environmental character of the region. These include more than five miles of hiking trails, a Cheyenne camp from 1837 with four standing tepees, and Wells Crossing, a replica 1887 farm consisting of sod houses, and heirloom gardens. For more modern sites, the Aurora location's visitor center features interactive displays and seasonal events such as Hops for Habitat, an annual fundraiser with beer tastings from local craft brewers.