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...

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...

Access: Opening Up the Lands We Love

Access: Opening Up the Lands We Love
In late June, the outdoor industry converged in Denver for the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. Gearo was there all three days to take a glance at all the new products, companies, and the latest happenings across the field. On the third and final day, the Gearo Team was present for a panel discussion called "Access: Opening Up the Lands We Love" at the Venture Out Ranger Station.    The panel was made up of Nathan Fey, the Director of the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry office; Erin Gaines, the Advocacy Manager of Keen Footwear; Eric Seigfried, the founder of onX Maps; and Katie Wallace, the Director of Social and Environmental Impact at New Belgium Brewing. We wanted to share the tips they gave us on how we can preserve the outdoors for future generations:   Help New People Access the Outdoors   Not everyone has...

Gearo Guide: 5 Spots for Lake Kayaking Near Denver

Surprisingly, there are many great reservoirs located just outside of Denver for those looking for a kayaking adventure. Below are our favorite urban locations in the Mile High City.   Barr Lake State Park Located just over 30 minutes away from downtown Denver, this beautiful front range lake is perfect for kayaking. Motorized boats are limited to trolling so the waters are calm for all paddling enthusiasts. Those looking to fish from kayaks or on the designated fishing pier will encounter catfish, smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, walleye, and more.   Standley Lake Regional Park  This reservoir has 1,063 acres of surface area to explore. The park itself is 30 minutes northwest of Denver in Westminster. Kayakers are allowed in specified areas of the lake and are the only vehicles allowed on the water. This makes the...