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.  View the Route Find a Rental!   North Table Mountain Park  This 15.4 mile trail system is perfect for beginners looking to practice their skills. North Table Mountain Park is located 30 minutes...

Kid-Friendly Paddle Boarding Spots in Colorado

Want to introduce your kids to the sport of paddle boarding in Colorado? Here are our suggestions for kid-friendly paddle boarding spots in Colorado!    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...

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 picks for the best kayak destinations in Colorado that are well worth the extra drive!   Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area: Salida, CO  This recreation area boasts being 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. Located around two and a half hours away from Denver in the spunky and unique town of Salida. 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. You may be wondering, are the Colorado outdoors open?   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 one may run into restrictions. Here at Gearo, we strive 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 the location of the adventure, 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...

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 picks for the top kayak escapes near Denver and the corresponding local retailers to help you get started!    Calm Water: Top Kayak Escapes Near Denver 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....

Best Paddle Boarding Spots Near Denver

Denver is a surprisingly great place for stand up paddleboarding. Even though it has a considerably dry climate, there are many bodies of water all over the state to explore by SUP. Whether you are an avid paddler or wanting to try for the first time, Denver is a great place for both. Here are our picks for the best paddle boarding spots 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...

Adventuring Alone: 5 Tips and Advice

Adventuring alone can be one of the most liberating and eye-opening experiences, no matter what age you are. Solo travel can offer the opportunity for self-reflection and growth. On the other hand, adventuring alone can be one of the most daunting and intimidating experiences to embark on. Here are some tips and advice to help you better stay safe and plan ahead for your next solo adventure. 1. Do Your Research  We can't stress this enough, make sure you do your research on the trip you plan on doing alone. It's better to come prepared than to show up with no plan at all. One of your top concerns for adventuring alone should be safety. While you should always be cautious, don’t let exploring new places stop you from embarking alone. Make sure you do the proper research on the destination you plan on traveling to, the activities you’ll...

Five Mountain Bike Trails to Add to Your Bucket List

Bike the most scenic mountain bike trails in Colorado, here are the top five trails with all of the views If you have yet to add these mountain bike trails to your bucket list you should, because they feature some of the steepest descents with the most beautiful views. Some of which include wildflowers, waterfalls and the continental divide.    Trail 401- Crested Butte, CO 1. Trail 401- Crested Butte, CO INTERMEDIATE/DIFFICULT Trail 401 brings you to the western slope of Colorado, where you will find fields of wildflowers and 14.1 miles of single-track. The loop starts with a five mile climb up Gothic Road, passing the scenic Emerald Lake. At the top of Schofield Pass, you’ll veer right onto the start of Trail 401, climbing about 1.3 miles through dense trees. This trail will remind your lungs that you’re about 11,000 feet above sea...

Gearo at Denver Startup Week 2019

gearo CEO justine barone speaks at denver startup week panel
This past week Gearo--the largest online marketplace for outdoor gear rentals--was thrilled to be involved in the fourth annual Denver Startup Week. Going on from September through the 20th, DSW was a celebration of everything entrepreneurial in the Denver community, and beyond. Promoting amazing companies, innovations, and ideas, Denver Startup Week included presentations, panels, workshops, celebratory events, and more! Gearo CEO Justine Barone sits among other DSW panelists during Denver Startup Week 2019. 1. DSW Just Sent It | Outdoor Industry Startup Panel: Monday, September 16 JUST SEND IT: HOW SKIING OFF A CLIFF IS LIKE BRINGING A PRODUCT TO MARKET IN THE OUTDOOR INDUSTRY Sending It (v.) - Committing fully to the task at it. Going all in. During this discussion, Justine joined other panelists, and talked with the audience...

5 Awesome Spots to Rent Outdoor Gear in Denver

Get outside and rent gear in Denver from one of our local recommendations. Autumn is right around the corner, but we're still adventuring out here in Colorado! With so much to do all year round, it can be tempting to continually purchase new gear. Fortunately, there are many local shops to rent gear from for any outdoor activity, and we've got you covered. Here are five awesome spots to rent gear in Denver: [caption id="attachment_18926" align="aligncenter" width="1012"] Autumn is coming! Time for pumpkin spice lattes and more outdoor adventures.[/caption] Mojo Wheels  Denver is located at the base of the Rocky Mountains, making it a primary mountain biking destination. As a result, the bike scene has its fair share of support from incredible shops including Mojo Wheels. Established in 1991, Mojo Wheels is a local-owned bike shop and...