Looking for the perfect getaway destination? Denver, Colorado, is a wonderful mix of eclectic cultural charm and adventurous outdoor activity. Whether you come to tour some the city’s many historical sites, or to experience Colorado’s picturesque natural environment, there are many unique treasures enjoy. Read on for our list of locations to explore and activities to do in Denver and its surrounding areas – as recommended by Colorado natives!
1. Soak in the Colorado Landscape
Ready to be immersed in Colorado’s breathtaking scenery? Enter the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs and be swept off your feet by the majestic rock formations and stunning views of the Pikes Peak region. From biking, hiking, and rock climbing activities, to guided park tours and unique museum exhibits, the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center offers adventure to all ages – and admission is free!
In October, weather is even more unpredictable than usual. By the end of the month, average temperatures will have dropped 12 degrees. And while temperatures typically soar into the 80s and 90s for a day or two, snow shovels will make their first appearance.
If you’re new to Colorado, you’ll want to check out the winterizing tips below.
Your beautiful new home and yard require just a little bit of attention this month. Then you can relax, knowing that everything is shipshape for the chilly season that lies ahead.
1. Tidy up your perennials. Colorado’s extreme temperature fluctuations and dry winds can brutalize many of our commonly planted perennials. And, as any long-suffering vegetable gardener will tell you, our first hard frost can land in September—which means that the foliage of most perennials starts to wither this month. If you prefer to remove dead foliage right away, gently apply mulch to protect the plant from the winter elements. (Always remove diseased foliage to avoid the spread of leaf-spot diseases and fungal problems.) Alternatively, you can wait to remove dead foliage in the spring.
2. Keep your plants hydrated. Our winter snows can be heavy and frequent…or irregular and insufficient. Make sure your landscape has the moisture it needs with a layer of mulch that’s several inches thick. Mulch should be coarse and loose, such as shredded leaves, to permit air movement to the roots. Become a mulch expert here. Also, water at least monthly under dry winter conditions. Apply water mid-day, and only when it’s 40 degrees or warmer. [read more…]