For Colorado residents, nature is their playground. Lawson Adventure Park takes this sentiment literally. Amid towering trees and lush greenery, visitors to these grounds take part in a range of exhilarating challenges and unique games, leaving with a sense of accomplishment and a stronger bond with their fellow adventurers.
The park's piece de resistance might be its challenge course, which takes participants climbing, balancing, and zipping through the forest air. The eight-element course lets adventurers take any route they please, but all pose a challenge, whether it's hopping across suspended "lily pads," crossing a rickety sky bridge, or climbing a cargo net to a tower 36 feet in the air. For a more grounded experience, visitors can clamber inside Zorbs: transparent inflated orbs designed for bumping, crashing, and rolling down the park's exciting woodlands course. There's also a nine-hole frisbee-golf course, which enlivens typical games of putt-putt with frisbees instead of balls, baskets instead of holes, and a forested course instead of Moby Dick's maddening mouth. And if visitors want to enjoy the fun of rock climbing without the complicated training and equipment, there's Via Ferrata, a protected climbing route studded with secure steel hand-holds.
Equally perfect for children and adults, the adventure park helps visitors enjoy nature with an exciting dose of adrenaline. Sports teams, offices, and other groups can develop camaraderie and strengthen teamwork skills, while families can get the kids into the great outdoors with the promise of something even more fun than Facebook.
In a sense, the story of the three Golden History Museums sites goes back to 1938, when Golden citizens began collecting and exhibiting artifacts from the region's history. But in another sense, it goes back much further: the 18-inch stone walls of the Astor House were lain in the mid-19th century, and the Clear Creek History Park represents an immaculate recreation of pioneer-era Colorado. No matter how far back visitors are peering into the past, the museums flesh out the story of Golden from the time of horse-drawn wagons to today.
Size: it's a museum in three parts with more than 15,000 artifacts in
the Golden History Center, the fully restored Astor House museum, and a reconstructed ranch at the Clear Creek History Park
Eye Catcher: the miniature town inside the Golden History Center
Permanent Mainstay: the photography collection (which can be browsed online) contains more than 2,500 historical images
Don't Miss: head down to the restored ranch to see events and demonstrations, a thriving beehive, heirloom-breed chickens, and one of the best skies in the country
In 1912, a group of 25 mountain enthusiasts founded Colorado Mountain Club (CMC). The group included several prominent naturalists, such as Enos Mills, who helped found Rocky Mountain National Park; Roger Toll, who was superintendent of Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain, and Mount Rainier National Parks; and Carl Blaurock, who climbed all of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks. The club's first members volunteered at schools and advocated for environmental issues, aiming to raise awareness about the Colorado mountains through art, science, literature, and recreation, and seeking to preserve the alpine region.
Today, CMC continues to challenge its members and the community with a variety of events ranging from adventure travel and service projects to concerts and educational lectures. School groups participate in mountain-climbing field trips, and members network at annual dinners and outdoor excursions. The club's adventure trips explore the greatest natural sites of the world, taking participants up the slopes of Kilimanjaro, down the rapids of the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, and through the historical cities of Russia.
Paddles slice through churning waters, keeping rafts on their course down Clear Creek as it cuts through the Denver Mountain Parks . At the base of the red crags of Gore Canyon, the white-capped water of the Colorado River foretells rafters’ trips through daunting class IV and V rapids. Elsewhere, guests make like protoplasmic coat hangers as they zipline over the scenery of Idaho Springs.
But rafting trips and zipline tours are just the beginning. Arkansas Valley Adventures leads all kinds of expeditions through Colorado’s mountains and valleys, tossing in ATVs, hot air balloons, helicopters, horses, and fishing rods with the paddles and ziplines. While flying down the Eagle River explorers will have plenty of chances to get in touch with their rugged side and ask ancient rock faces whether the paleo diet is an apt reflection of the habits of early humans.
Like a small-town railroad depot in the 1880s, the Colorado Railroad Museum’s main building features wide eaves and a bright-yellow exterior. The building reflects the Museum’s overall goal: to hark back to Colorado’s railroad era, a time when the state relied on its groundbreaking, narrow-gauge mountain railroads for supplies and information. Since 1959, the Museum has showcased the machinery of that time with an array of locomotives, passenger cars, freight cars, and cabooses. Alternatively, they present visitors with a glimpse of Table Mountain on the Museum’s train rides, enabling them to ride the rails in a bygone style without just taking the subway in an Abe Lincoln costume. To supplement its trains, the Museum hosts thousands of related rare photographs and artifacts, such as a replica of a 10,000-gallon water tank, humorously dubbed No Agua, that was once used to refill steam locomotives on the Chili Line to Santa Fe.
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