What we're about

Our motto: Get out of your bubbles, see what adventures Colorado has to offer, and share in those experiences with new friends!

Let's Explore Colorado curates a mix of different meet-in-real-life activities to include (but not limited to): snowshoeing, festivals, horseback riding, ski/snowboard day trips, weekend camping trips, paddleboarding, brewery/winery tours, hiking trips, and even some rodeo shows. We've been one of the more active groups in the state of Colorado since 2014 and are continuing to grow and expand our reach of events each year.

There are no mandatory dues and most of the scheduled events will be 100% free. Contributions and "chip-ins" from group members are used to curb the costs of maintaining the Meetup group and to help with rental down payments and group deposits for some larger and more complex events and adventures. These optional donations provide additional perks, as well.

As in previous years, you can expect that we'll continue group volunteering events and adventure work trips.

Don't be afraid of a little driving. Some destinations will take a bit to get there, but it will all be worth it. Remember.. we are here to explore and experience all of Colorado, not just Denver!

Upcoming events (5+)

Night at the Museums - Denver Arts Week

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Let's go enjoy a night out at regional museums. ----- Denver's best museums are open late and admission is FREE between 5 and 10 p.m on Saturday, November 2nd. I am setting this up as a "sandbox" event where everyone can attend in any order or sequence (or as many museums as) they want. Personally, I can only attend 4-5 locations max before I tap out. Some folks will opt to take advantage of the free shuttles (info to be posted here shortly); I may be taking a Lyft rideshare which I am open to sharing so as to better manage arrival/departures from each location. ----- GENERAL PLAN: Pre-game @ Stoney's Bar and Grill, 1111 Lincoln St, Denver, CO 80203 (4PM) "Free Night of Museums" begins (5PM) Map of participating museums - https://xplrco.com/MuseumNightMap Shuttle buses will stop at (or nearby) select museums, beginning at 5 p.m. Click the below link for shuttle routes - https://www.denver.org/denver-arts-week/free-night-at-the-museums/ ----- BLACK AMERICAN WEST MUSEUM Watch African-American history come alive through re-enactments, videos, pictures and artifacts throughout this museum that depicts what life was like in Five Points, Colorado and the West. CENTER FOR COLORADO WOMEN'S HISTORY AT BYERS-EVANS HOUSE MUSEUM Experience this historic landmark where expert tour guides will share the stories of the home and its residents in the 1900s. THE CELL Explore the interactive Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab to learn more about what you can do to help enhance community safety. CLYFFORD STILL MUSEUM See Still: Elemental, inspired by the perennial elements, and visit The Making Space to create your own Still-inspired artwork. DENVER ART MUSEUM Check out exhibitions for free, including The Light Show and Treasures of British Art. Stop by the Print Studio for some hands-on creativity! DENVER FIREFIGHTERS MUSEUM Discover one of the "hottest," family-friendly places in town, and learn about the history of firefighting. DENVER MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE See local artists activate spaces with light, sound, movement, color, story and passion - uniting the arts with nature and science in the museum's wildlife halls during DioramART. FORNEY MUSEUM OF TRANSPORTATION Stroll through this one-of-a-kind collection and explore the grace, space and pace of Jaguar with a selection of cars from the 1930s to the 1980s. HISTORY COLORADO CENTER Experience historic exhibits including Beer Here! Brewing the New West featuring meal deals and a flight of curated Colorado beers. KIRKLAND MUSEUM OF FINE & DECORATIVE ART Explore Colorado's art history displayed with international decorative art in a unique setting, featuring Colorado Abstract +10: A History & A Survey. (Children 13 and older welcome.) MOLLY BROWN HOUSE MUSEUM Tour the home of Denver's unsinkable Margaret "Molly" Brown, who was a world-renowned activist, performer and traveler. You may even see Mrs. Brown herself! MUSEO DE LAS AMERICAS Learn about the diverse arts and culture of the Americas from ancient to contemporary, through innovative exhibitions and programs. ----- MORE MUSEUMS OPEN FOR FREE DURING NIGHT AT THE MUSEUMS* DINOSAUR RIDGE Discover the nation's #1 dinosaur track site on a guided flashlight tour, and head inside the exhibit hall for dinosaur and fossil crafts for all ages. FOUR MILE HISTORIC PARK Party like it's 1859 at a mini-hoedown! Enjoy tales told around a campfire and learn some popular American barn dances. MUSEUM OF OUTDOOR ARTS - MOA Register for your free tickets to the acclaimed Natura Obscura, an immersive art experience. Discover a journey you never though you'd have. WINGS OVER THE ROCKIES AIR & SPACE MUSEUM Immerse yourself in aviation history! Walk alongside majestic former warbirds, explore open cockpits and take a guided tour. *Free transportation shuttles are not available to all museums, and hours of operation may differ.*

Mustang Sanctuary - Volunteer Weekend/Camping Overnight (20 SPOTS)

The Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary

$10.00

This is one of a handful of locations that gets asked about several times after each of our previous visits to see the mustangs out on the prairie. I am excited to introduce another immersive event that goes beyond the normal spectator-styled tour. We're headed back to the Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary for a working volunteer weekend in which we help the staff with daily chores and select projects during the day. During our stay we'll camp overnight on the property, do some stargazing, and perhaps go on a moonlight hike or two. ----- GREAT ESCAPE MUSTANG SANCTUARY MISSION: We are an innovative model of local area herd management on the range working to support the Bureau of Land Management. Off the range, we provide training, adoption and education about Mustangs and Burros, while offering a sanctuary for those in need. We foster a connection with children and adults through community outreach, tours, field trips, retreats, therapeutic programs and clinics in order to increase awareness and education. ----- WHAT TO EXPECT: * Just as we've done at other rescue ranches and animal sanctuaries, we'll be helping the GEMS team with mucking any indoor stalls, cleaning up paddocks, moving hay, and feeding the mustangs. Since this is our very first volunteer visit at this location, I don't think we'll be ready to groom and brush down any of the horses at this stage; this likely requires additional training and orientation; we'll play it by ear though. Chores start sharply at x:xx AM. Please be respectful by showing up on-time. * We will also be helping the farm staff with maintenance and repair projects (a list to be provided soon). * Dress in layers as it may get warmer throughout the morning during our chores. It will likely get chilly overnight so plan ahead and be prepared (think: knit hats, fleece tops, and puffy jackets). * I am coordinating a multi-overnight stay on the property. Only tent camping is allowed; no campers or trailers on this particular trip. We'll have access to onsite restrooms, showers, and possibly the galley kitchen which they have located by their cabins. * I still have some additional details and logistics to work out. For now, this will be an adults-only activity unless otherwise explicitly posted. Also, no dogs are allowed even if they're trained to be around horses. ----- GENERAL PLAN: * * * * * For those who can make it out on the first day (Friday), there is a potluck dinner planned. Please bring something to share. Everyone is on their own for all other meals unless you've made plans with other attendees. ----- WHAT TO BRING: * * * * * ----- LOCATION: Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary & Training Center 42132 Ridge Road Deer Trail CO 80105 ----- CARPOOLING: * If you need a ride or can offer a ride, please post a note in the COMMENT area below. ----- CAMPING INFO: * * * ----- RSVP / CANCELLATION POLICY: * This is one of those events where RSVPs really count. Our group is committing to a certain level of help and support for this weekend. * Life happens and plans do change (sometimes on short notice) but refunds are not available for this trip.

Fireside Sipping & Wine Bar Social

Cana Wine Bar

We're going back to visit one of my top five places in the Denver area. ----- This is a great location for newbies to Denver and Let's Explore Colorado! RSVPs will be opened up soon after I confirm some logistics with the owner. ----- The Cana Wine Bar has all of the comforts of home, especially since it is inside an actual home. Complete with sofas, fireplaces, and various rooms, it is hard not to feel cozy while drinking from Cana's extensive wine list while curled up on a couch by the fireplace. If it's not too chilly outside, we can sit around the outside fire pit and sip on some yummy wine there, as well. This is a rain or shine event. Also, the evening at the wine bar will still be a *go* despite how cold it may get after the sun drops. Cana also provides super warm and comfy blankets to wrap yourselves in if you prefer to get bundled up by the fire. Sunset for Tuesday is 4:46 pm ↑ (247°) PM MT. I look forward to seeing some more new faces and possibly first timers! --- Cana Wine Bar 2554 S Broadway Denver, CO Wine Menu - https://canawinebar.com/ Please plan ahead and/or be safe afterward. Consider taking a Lyft ride home if you plan to indulge.

Full Moon - Winter Hike

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Let's go an evening adventure and hike by the December full moon. ----- The above-listed date is for placeholder purposes only. Details will be provided as we get closer to December 2019. When all the logistics have been figured out, I'll open up the RSVPs for people to sign up. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out. ----- NOTES: Full Moon Dec 12,[masked]:12 UTC New Moon Dec 26,[masked]:13 UTC

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