How to Get Outside This Fourth of July

The 4th of July is a good excuse to break out the grill and fireworks, but it’s an even better excuse to get outside and try a new adventure. As outdoor enthusiasts, we have a few ideas. Below are a few of our favorite activities along with specific suggestions by region.    Bike Ride and Ice Cream  There’s something about the wind through your helmet on a summer ride, especially when the temps start to rise. Wildflowers and blue skies abound as the two wheels fly by. Whether it’s a long road grinder or single track adrenaline kick, a cool serving of ice cream is the best post ride fuel. So hop on your bike and support your local ice cream shop. Rent bikes HERE. Pacific: Northstar Bike Park and Little Truckee Ice Creamery (Truckee, CA) West: Slickrock Trail and Moab Garage Co. (Moab, UT) Midwest: Spirit Mountain...

Best Mountain Biking Trails Near Denver

One of the best things about Denver is its easy access to a variety of outdoor activities. The city is perfectly located near great mountain biking trails. You don’t have to drive hours and hours to find a great place to explore on the bike. The trails listed below are close enough to the city for an afternoon rip or an extended lunch break.    William F. Hayden Park--Green Mountain Trail  Only 20 minutes west of Denver, this trail has some great variety. It is around 6.5 miles with one challenging ascent along with some mellow sections. The park has 6 other trails that are shorter in distance for those looking for a quick ride.    North Table Mountain Park--West Loop  This 15.4 mile trail is perfect for beginners looking to practice their skills. North Table Mountain Park is located 30 minutes from downtown...

Gearo Guide: Kid-Friendly Paddle Boarding Spots in Colorado

Want to introduce your kids to the sport of paddleboarding in Colorado? Here are our suggestions for kid-friendly paddle boarding destinations.    South Platte River (Littleton)  Right across the highway from Chatfield State Park, this section of the South Platte River is super calm and shallow which makes it great for kids. The sandy bottom and many entry points make it super convenient as well. Its gentle flow is perfect for paddle boarding or even just floating on a tube. Littleton is a super cute town to grab some ice cream in afterwards as well!   Barr Lake State Park Located just over 30 minutes away from downtown Denver, this beautiful front range lake is perfect for paddle boarding. Motorized boats are limited to trolling so the waters are calm for all paddling enthusiasts. The park also has many discovery...

Gearo Guide: Paddleboarding Tips

How hard could it be? Standing on a big board with one paddle out in the water seems simple enough, but in reality, it is a lot harder than it looks. If you are looking to try your hand at paddleboarding or want to sharpen your skills, we have a comprehensive guide to get you up and paddling.    Tip #1: Size Your Paddle Correctly The length of the paddle is a vital part of a successful SUP session. Each paddle is adjustable in order to fit various heights of people. There is a simple procedure to determine the correct paddle length for your height on your own. All you need to do is make the ‘hang loose’ or ‘shaka’ sign with one hand. Place the thumb of said hand upon your head so that your pinky is sticking straight up from your head. Adjust your paddle to the height that your pinky reaches above your head and there you go!...

Gearo Guide: Best Kayak Destinations in Colorado

Looking for a weekend kayaking getaway from the Denver heat? There are so many great ways to make your next kayaking adventure into a mini-vacation. Here are our favorite destinations well worth the extra drive for kayaking in Colorado!   Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area: Salida, CO  This recreation is known nationally as one of the most popular locations for whitewater kayaking. The Arkansas River itself is the most commercially rafted river in the U.S. It is located around two and a half hours away from Denver in Salida. Salida is a spunky town with lots of character. There is a river feature along the portion of the river that goes straight through downtown which allows whitewater kayakers and surfers to practice their moves. Along with whitewater kayaking, adventurers can also find world class mountain biking, hiking, and...

Are the Colorado Outdoors Open?

We are living in weird times to say the least.    As Coloradans begin to slowly emerge from quarantine, we face a difficult task in deciphering rules from county to county and simply figuring out what is open. Even when trying to explore the outdoors there are restrictions. Here at Gearo, our mission is to get as many people outside as possible. Thus, hikers, campers, bikers, and paddlers need not look any further! Below is our comprehensive guide as to what is open, outdoor recreation wise, in Colorado.    General Advice  Depending on where the recreation area is located, different rules apply to each county’s COVID response. When planning your adventure, we recommend checking this map provided by the governor’s office which shows which counties have opened their public recreation areas. According to websites of...

Gearo Guide: Top Kayak Escapes Near Denver

There is nothing quite like a day out on the water. From a relaxing paddle to maneuvering through whitewater rapids, Colorado is the perfect place to stay afloat.  Here are our favorite kayaking spots near Denver and the corresponding local retailers to help you get started!    Calm Water: For a Relaxing Paddle   Dillon Reservoir: Dillon, CO Located around 1 hour and 20 minutes from Denver, this reservoir boasts beautiful views as it is completely surrounded by mountains. There are a multitude of activities available along its shores, and is a perfect location for a scenic kayak cruise.    Bear Creek Reservoir: Lakewood, CO Less than 30 minutes away from Denver, Bear Creek Reservoir is an amazing metro getaway. The park itself offers camping, trails, and beach access. Nestled along the foothills, this...

Gearo Guide: Best Paddle Boarding Spots Near Denver

Denver is a surprisingly great place for stand up paddleboarding. Whether you are an avid paddler or wanting to try for the first time, Denver is a great place for both. Here are our favorites spots to break out the paddleboard near Denver.    Chatfield State Park Located a little over 30 minutes away from downtown, Chatfield is a local go-to for watersports. The main reservoir is open to motorized boats and can get a bit busy on the weekends. Paddleboarding along the shore of the main reservoir is possible for the more advanced paddler, but the adjacent reservoir just south is great for beginners and children.    Union Reservoir Nature Area This reservoir is a great location for paddlers from both the Denver and Boulder area. It is about an hour north of downtown Denver. No motorized boats are allowed on the...

COVID-19 Resources for Outdoor Retailers

The outbreak of COVID-19 has left people and businesses alike overwhelmed and concerned about the future. While it is important to focus on social distancing and flattening the curve, it is also crucial to think long-term. The government and various companies are acting quickly to launch programs to help people and business owners access the resources they need to keep moving forward.   That leaves us wondering what programs are available, and what am I eligible to apply for? It can be confusing to find, sort through, and understand what is being offered. Gearo broke down various programs that are most relevant to small businesses with highlights of key features. Here’s a list of different options for outdoor retailers to check out:   Business Loans, Grants and Programs Disaster Assistance (SBA) The SBA’s...

Gearo Launches COVID-19 Relief Program

Gearo; a curated outdoor gear marketplace and software platform announced today that their software platform will be free for outdoor retailers for the next six months. Gearo’s software; Gearo Automator empowers outdoor retailers to manage their rentals online with booking capabilities. It also has the functionality to manage e-commerce businesses as well as services. Gearo Automator was built with the Gearo network of retailers to enhance their customers’ booking experience. With the current COVID-19 circumstances taking its toll on the outdoor industry, Gearo has rolled out a relief program to support retailers during this time with curbside pickup and delivery automation. “Our goal since day one has been to increase our retailer’s revenue. Now more than ever that goal is our focus and we all need to put efforts forward to...