Explore Colorado: Clear Creek Canyon

Just West of Denver rests a small town with a vivid and rich history that dates all the way back to the early 1800s. The town of Clear Creek, most famous for the part it played in the early years of the Colorado Gold Rush, holds some of Colorado’s greatest adventures just waiting to be uncovered.

Photo Courtesy of Front Range Climbing Company
Photo Courtesy of Front Range Climbing Company

If you act quickly you may be able to enjoy some of Clear Creek’s famous ice climbing. Experience an unforgettable half-day of ice climbing in one of Colorado’s most scenic locations. The Front Range Climbing Company offers guided ice climbing lessons for any skill level of climber and ensures a day of adventure and awe. 

Photo Courtesy of The Front Range Climbing Company
Photo Courtesy of The Front Range Climbing Company

If you weren’t fast enough to catch the last of our snowy season, don’t distress. The Front Range Climbing Company, offers alongside their ice climbing lessons, rock climbing lessons, so that you can enjoy Clear Creek Canyon year-round. Again, classes are offered for any skill level of climber and are a wonderful way to get outside and enjoy Colorado’s landscape.Screen shot 2013-04-30 at 10.44.26 PM

For those of you that are looking for an activity that can be enjoyed by a large group and offers something different than the daily norm, try instead whitewater rafting. Clear Creek Canyon has white water rapids and narrow, steep bends that allow for a thrilling and exhilarating rafting experience. Don’t let that scare you off, though, Clear Creek has rafting for first-time and experienced rafters alike.

There’s a lot to do in this Colorado hotspot, and we’d love to hear about your experiences in Clear Creek. Feel free to send us pictures and stories about your time in Clear Creek and have them posted here, on this very blog! Also, sign up for our newsletter there in the top right hand corner, and stay up-to-date with all our latest Colorado experiences.

Exploring Colorado: Cheyenne Cañon

Yes, dear friends it is true. This year Colorado is facing a second wave of winter. While snow in April isn’t unheard of, the foot and a half that has recently befallen us is a bit unexpected. So, while the ski resorts rush to reopen their recently closed doors, we must scramble to find our winter layers that we buried deep within our closets in anticipation of spring. If you are struggling to shift your mindset as easily as your wardrobe though, and you are at a loss of how to enjoy this second winter of ours, Wishlist, as always, can help.

Cheyenne Cañon- Photo Courtesy of Cheyennecañon.org
Cheyenne Cañon- Photo Courtesy of Cheyennecañon.org

If you don’t find a tantalizing winter activity in some of our previous posts on Exploring Colorado, take a gander at Colorado’s own Cheyenne Cañon. This little gem is (mistakenly) hidden in the shadows of Colorado Springs, where it is left to dwell in its pristine state. Cheyenne Cañon was previously a well-known campground for Native Americans, specifically the Ute tribes. It has since become a well-preserved Eden in the middle of Colorado, where it spoils its visitors with breathtaking views and a rare tranquility.

Now, considering we really have no say over tomorrow’s weather (try as we may), Wishlist has prepared two Cheyenne Cañon activities for you, so you will be prepared for snow or sun. The first activity, and the one most likely to catch your attention as you trod through that foot of snow outside your doorstep is an Ice Climbing class. Front Range Climbing Company will guide you through a half-day ice climbing class in which you will learn some basic ice climbing techniques all while taking in some awe-inspiring views. This class is appropriate for all levels of climbers and is sure to be an experience you’ll remember.

If it just so happens that overnight the heavy snow outside melts away and you find yourself instead staring at the glistening sun and the bright blue sky, do not despair. As promised Wishlist will leave you prepared. For a sunny alternative look again to the Front Range Climbing Company, which offers in addition to their ice climbing classes, rock climbing classes in the North Cheyenne Cañon. Lessons are available for all skill levels and ages.

Cheyenne Cañon- Courtesy of Cheyennecanon.org
Cheyenne Cañon- Courtesy of Cheyennecanon.org

Ice climbing and rock-climbing are simply two of many activities that can be discovered in Cheyenne Cañon. This distinct location offers a rare collection of biking, hiking and running trails that you would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. Rather than waiting for the snow to melt, seize the day and go adventuring at one of Colorado’s best-kept secrets. Check out our Adventure Wishlist today!