The Westword 2014 Latest Word Bucket List: #15-6
What are the hundred things everyone should do in Colorado before they die?
We posed this question to our writers and editors, and over the next week, we'll be rolling out their answers across our blogs.
We shared Denver Bucket List picks 25-16 last week. Next up are 15-6.
Count them down here, and check back on January 16 for the full list.
15. Watch a Rockies game from the Purple Row
Visit Coors Field with an out-of-towner and you'll inevitably be asked about the purple row -- the one that's said to be precisely a mile above sea level. But while that's an interesting factoid, there's something else great about these seats: Even though they're hardly at field level, the best of them offer an absolutely spectacular view of Denver and the mountains beyond. 14. Drive over Trail Ridge Road
Open only when the weather's warm enough to melt the snow that normally blankets it, the stretch of U.S. Highway 34 known as Trail Ridge Road reaches a maximum elevation of 12,183 feet, making it the highest continuous paved road in America. Drivers who take it across Rocky Mountain National Park traverse forests and mountain passes as they weave back and forth across the treeline. Continue to keep counting down the Westword 2014 Denver Bucket List.
13. Watch the CU Buffs beat a decent team
A decade or two ago, the prospect of the CU Buffs winding up in the win column after facing a formidable opponent didn't seem all that unlikely. But of late, the team has been beaten so many times and in so many different ways that it's a wonder the coaches haven't taken out a restraining order against the NCAA. Let's hope we all live long enough to see that change. 12. Scale a 14er
Colorado is home to 53 mountains above fourteen thousand feet, and getting to the top of them can involve anything from an easy drive to a technical rock climb. Luckily, the closest fourteener to Denver, Mt. Bierstadt, is also one of the easiest to climb; it's a three-mile hike to the top via the West Slopes route. Continue to keep counting down the Westword 2014 Denver Bucket List.
11. Crab walk up Red Rocks
Obviously, going to a concert at Red Rocks is an amazing experience even when the band blows. But just as memorable is heading to the amphitheater on summer mornings, when fitness junkies turn the facility into the planet's most scenic workout center. Crab-walking from the foot of the stage to the last row should leave the ripped contingent impressed, and you ready to become one of them. 10. Ride all of Denver's bike trails
This one takes some commitment. After all, the city boasts more than 850 miles' worth of paved off-road trails, affording peddlers the opportunity to ride to attractions as disparate as REI and the Cherry Creek shopping district. As a bonus, those who aren't already worn out can link up to even more dirt trails perfect for mountain biking -- and starting the next Colorado bucket list. Continue to keep counting down the Westword 2014 Denver Bucket List.
9. Follow Bat Masterson's urine stream to the bathrooms at the Oxford Hotel
History is everywhere you look in Denver -- and that includes when you're looking down so as not to make awkward eye contact with the guy at the urinal next to you at the Oxford. That's because these marble marvels have been around so long that frontier lawman Bat Masterson is rumored to have relieved himself there. Draw! 8. Take part in the Tomato Battle at Copper Mountain
You may not think standing outside in a meadow and getting hit with fruit (yes, a tomato is officially a fruit) sounds like a good time. But these smiles tell a different story. This outrageously enjoyable event is a reminder that getting messy can be a helluva lot of fun -- and making others look just as disheveled can be even better. Continue to keep counting down the Westword 2014 Denver Bucket List.
7. Watch the sunrise and sunset on the same day from the Continental Divide
The Continental Divide is the spine of America, separating rivers that drain east into the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans from those that flow west into the Pacific. It's also the perfect spot to watch the sunrise and sunset melt into the surrounding peaks. When the weather cooperates, there are any number of lookouts on the Divide, from the top of Mount Elbert, the state's highest peak, to Loveland Pass. 6. Be the first skier of a Colorado ski season
Each year, resorts throughout the state race to be the first to open. And once the winning ski area is established, another competition gets underway -- to be the initial skier to hit the slopes. Achieving this goal takes a number of important characteristics, including the desire to set everything else aside, be it work, school, family commitments and/or common sense, to stake your claim, as well as to challenge yourself on each and every mogul before anyone else gets the chance. We know you can do it.
More from our Lists & Weirdness archive: "Fifty reasons Colorado is the best state in the country, 2013 edition."
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