Denver is a weed-lover’s paradise. Not only is there a dispensary on every corner, but there’s a concert every night, a delicious restaurant on every block, and an outdoor activity to enjoy at every turn. After spending the past decade in Denver, we put together a list of my favorite things to do while high in The Mile High City. Whether you’re a Denver local or just visiting for a quick weedcation, here are 10 awesome activities to make the most of your next smoke session.
Visit the butterfly garden
It sounds silly, but have you ever hung out with thousands of butterflies while high? No? Well, don’t knock it ’til you try it! A veritable zoo of invertebrates, the Butterfly Pavilion is located 15 minutes north of Denver in Westminster. It’s a favorite haunt for local kids (and also the stoned adult or two). Vaping some sativa and learning about invertebrates? Sounds like a perfect afternoon to me.
Go for a hike (or bike) on Dinosaur Ridge
Dinosaur Ridge is about a 20-minute drive west of Denver. You can go for the short scenic hike and check out the dinosaur fossils or, if you’re feeling a bit more extreme, you can go for a mountain bike ride in the surrounding area, linking Dakota Ridge and Red Rocks loop from the Zorro trail. Be wary: this bike ride is not for beginner or intermediate riders: it’s technical and difficult. It you’re more of a mellow cruiser, pedal down the paved/gravel Cherry Creek Trail in Denver or try your hand at mountain biking on the beginner-friendly Green Mountain Trails.
Hit the food trucks
Denver’s food scene is already excellent—and it’s getting better every year. My favorite way to sample the best Denver has to offer is Civic Center Eats, an event on Tuesdays-Thursdays, May-October, where food trucks flock to one of Denver’s most pristine urban parks for a farmer’s market-style confluence of culinary mastery. Walk through rows of food trucks—ranging from classic barbecue to latin-asian fusion—and have a memorable and tasty lunch outside in the sun.
Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art
Denver has some truly amazing museums, ranging from the interactive Museum of Natural Science to the high-brow Clyfford Still Museum. My favorite? The Museum of Contemporary Art, which has exhibitions showcasing everything from Basquiat to little-known graffiti writers. After a smoke break, the architecture alone will blow your mind. Plus, it has an awesome location, with excellent restaurants and gorgeous parks nearby.
Walk the 16th street mall
The 16th Street Mall has some of the best people watching in the world, as the entirety of Denver’s vast cast of characters, from wealthy shoppers and bedraggled yet talented street performers, prowl the promenade. If you’re looking to catch a movie, grab a bite, or hit the town, it’s all at your fingertips at the 16th Street Mall.
Skyline Park: Free Putt Putt & Ping Pong
Free ice-skating, putt-putt, and ping-pong? Sounds good to me! Depending on the season, Skyline Park always has an activity or two that’s sure to please locals and visitors alike. It can get a bit sketchy after dark, however.
Explore the Parks
Denver has green space that many a metropolitan visitor will salivate over. My three favorite parks? Wash Park, a skinny strip of green with a two lakes, a three-mile paved running/biking loop, and endless volleyball tournaments in the warmer months; City Park, an enormous park replete with paths, playgrounds, soccer fields, and more; and Civic Center Park, a more urban park at the foot of the State Capitol.
Rent a pedalhopper
Renting a pedalhopper in Denver is a sure way to have a great time, especially if you’ve got a big crew. Why take an Uber when you can simultaneously get a bit of exercise and enjoy a multi-person “party bike”?
Explore the Free Art Galleries
From about 6th to 11th on Santa Fe is one of our favorite sections of Denver—namely because there are a ton of tiny art galleries (not to mention excellent places to grab a bite or a beer). Be sure to check out the First Friday Art Walk, where every month Denver’s artists and art lovers stroll the sidewalks, visit the plethora of art galleries, and nosh at the food trucks that set up for the occasion.
Plop down on a rooftop patio
Anywhere you go in Denver, from South Broadway to RiNo, rooftop patios are within reach. There’s nothing like hanging with friends, having a beer, and grabbing a bite three-stories high, all while watching the sun set over the Front Range of the Rockies to the west.
3 Tips for Smoking in Denver
Cram as many of these awesome activities into your Denver vacation, and we guarantee you’re going to have the time of your life. And when you’re in Denver, here are a few tips to keep in mind when you’re smoking on the move:
—Vaporize: vapes are stealthy, healthy, and effective. This is my go-to stash case for vaporizers, which makes your smoke sessions even more discreet.
—Use a one-hitter: If you love to smoke flower but you want to keep a low-profile, consider using a one hitter, pipe, or chillum.
—Carry a 420 kit. Not everyone appreciates the smell of cannabis. Keeping your smoking accessories concealed in a discreet, smell proof stash box is the safest way to avoid any hassling.