Look west from Denver, and you’ll see the Rocky Mountains. They’re high above the plains, with endless hiking, biking, and skiing opportunities. When you live in Denver or Aurora, the peaks are less than an hour away.

Places To Visit in the Rocky Mountains

Many visitors head straight to Rocky Mountain National Park near Estes Park, Colorado. For a spontaneous adventure, check out the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests. Try hundreds of day hikes, including the famous Maxwell Falls Lower Trail. Finally, get on the water at the Brainard Lake Recreation Area or the Cache la Poudre River.

When you’re short on time, check out the foothills of the Rockies. White Ranch Park and Golden Gate Canyon State Park lie within an hour of Aurora.

Things To Do in the Rockies

Hiking is one of the most popular activities in the Rockies. Thousands of trails wind through the peaks, offering routes for all skill levels. Read up on safety tips before you go, and prepare for the elevation, weather, and wildlife. Other activities include camping, fishing, and boating.

As soon as the snow falls, break out your skis for a day on the slopes. Echo Mountain, Arapahoe Basin, and Keystone Ski Resort lie within two hours of Aurora. Try cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, or snowshoeing if skiing isn’t your thing.

Getting to the Rockies From Denver and Aurora

When you’re heading to the Rockies west of Denver, head west on I-70. To get to the national park, head northwest to Boulder on CO-36. Keep going until you reach Estes Park.

If the mountains call your name, Legacy at Fitz makes the perfect home base. Our apartments offer plenty of amenities near Aurora, all within a short drive of the Rockies.

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