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...

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!...

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: 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...

Paddleboard Rentals in Denver: What SUP?

Where do I start? If you're a SUP newbie it’s not always clear which board best suits your needs and skill level. There are three main things to consider when choosing the perfect paddleboard rentals in Denver, or anywhere for that matter. Determine the hull type Choose an inflatable or solid board Refine with your height and weight Planing vs Displacement Hull There are two types of SUP hulls: The planing hull and the displacement hull. A planing hull closely resembles a large surfboard in that it is shaped thinner from top to bottom, and wider from side to side. The tip of the board will also have a slight rise to keep you on top of the water and create less drag. Their wider dimensions also offer more stability for beginners. We would recommend a planing hull for activities like leisure paddling and SUP yoga. It also makes...

Five Outdoor Summer Activities You Don’t Want To Miss!

Summer; the snow melts away, rivers flow, lakes fill and nature shows the bright side of its beauty. With all of that beauty comes summer activities. Here are five outdoor summer activities to enjoy the weather, views and get the most out of summer. 1) Hiking Hiking is the most barebones summer activity. It is the perfect way to see landscapes from new perspectives, all while getting great exercise. One of the best parts is there are hikes for enthusiasts of all skill levels. There are flat and easy hikes for families with kids or steep ascents up a 14,000-foot summit on the 14ers in Colorado. There are plenty of ways to find the best hikes for you; All Trails is a great resource that you can use to find the perfect hike for your next day off!  2) Camping What could be better than ending your hike with a starry night sky?...