Summer's end and a ripping hangover led me to a surprising, non-boozy patio this weekend. Back in May, my friends and I raved about our plans to go camping at least once a month this summer. Well, it's nearly September and we've got one camping trip under our belt, so Labor Day weekend we're heading ... More >>
There's no shortage of gorgeous spots in Colorado. But where are the top places to see Colorado's state animal, state bird or even state insect -- and what's the finest Denver mountain park? The scribes who helped assemble Best of Denver's 2014 edition have the answers to those questions and more. C ... More >>
WildEarth Guardians probably wouldn't advise you to take a family day trip to the South Platte River anytime soon. The grassroots environmental group is accusing a sugar-processing mill of illegally dumping harmful pollutants into the river.
Party! Party! On Thursday, September 12, many of the town's movers and shakers will gather on the 19th Street Bridge in Riverfront Park for the Greenway Foundation's annual Gala on the Bridge. But that's just the start of the fun. From 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, September 13, the inaugural After Party ... More >>
Edge Restaurant & Bar, 1111 14th Street, is extending its happy hour this evening for a pre-sale get-together for the After Party on the Bridge -- a fundraiser for the Greenway Foundation that will take place Friday, September 13 on the 19th Street Bridge in Riverfront Park. The restaurant will offe ... More >>
Yesterday was a record-setting scorcher, and the forecasts we've seen predict temps in the nineties (with a few high eighties thrown in) for the next week or so. How to avoid melting? Last year, during a similar heat wave, we turned to our Best of Denver archive, which features more than twenty yea ... More >>
The wheels are always turning in Denver, which just won the REI Cycling Town Showdown as the country's bike-friendliest city. Denver not only has great places to ride your bike, it also has great places to ride your bike to. Here are ten of our favorites for this summer. See also: - Videos: Best b ... More >>
The country is swamped by devastation from Hurricane Sandy and the storm of the 2012 election, but it's still beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And who's the Santa hauling the 2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree -- -- "America's gift to the nation" -- to Washington, D.C.? Former Senator Ben Night ... More >>
A river of possibility runs through this city, and we have Joe Shoemaker to thank for that. Decades ago, he looked at the polluted mess that was then the South Platte River and he saw the potential to create an incredible amenity for Denver. From that vision came the Greenway Foundation, the organiz ... More >>
Coohills, 1400 Wewatta Street, has launched a new summer concert series: Beats on the Creek will take place every Tuesday on the restaurant's patio -- and the adjacent bridge over Cherry Creek -- from 5 to 8:15 p.m. "We're thrilled to be offering lower downtown a concert series in an urban setting, ... More >>
In case you haven't noticed, it's been hellishly hot around here lately -- which naturally got us thinking about the best places to cool off in the Denver area and beyond. Fortunately, our Best of Denver archive features more than twenty years' worth of great ideas about pretty much everything under ... More >>
When the Colorado Department of Transportation put the historic Dotsero Bridge "up for adoption" in late April, the agency caught the attention of at least one person in Denver who just happens to be in the market for a cool bridge to span the South Platte River -- the subject of "Water World," this ... More >>
A Rollerblader will glide down the South Platte River Trail right by Will Rice and do a double-take, turn around, stop and approach the 39-year-old angler with curiosity. "Wow, you are fishing here?" he'll ask, wondering if Rice is a crazy person for wading into the river that snakes through downto ... More >>
In this week's Westword cover story, "Water World," our editorial team covered significant events that have occurred along the South Platte River. We took a long cruise along the trail from Mississippi Avenue all the way up to 104th Avenue, passing by notable landmarks Confluence Park, Sports Author ... More >>
Lincoln Park asparagus can be grown from seeds or crowns, but the latter method respects the prestige of Lincoln Park. Home to the Santa Fe Arts District, Denver Health Hospital, West High School, Xcel Energy Zuni Generation Station and the 105-year-old Buckhorn Exchange, Lincoln Park is the ... More >>
Rober y Pango share a temporary love in College View. It is an established fact that love makes people act like fools. If the goo-goo eyes and baby talk weren't enough, fools in love often feel the need to broadcast their idiocy to others. The tools they use and the location of the valentine ... More >>
Neighborhood Icon #9 of 76: Wellshire. This icon pictured above was inspired by the signage of a defunct restaurant housed in the clubhouse of a bankrupt country club from which the neighborhood got its name. It's a fitting homage to the regenerative character of Wellshire. This is a neighbor ... More >>
Colin BaneOpening day at the Ruby Hill Rail Yard Terrain ParkDon't feel like sitting in ski traffic to ride the rails? The Ruby Hill Rail Yard Terrain Park at South Platte River Drive & Florida Avenue opened on Saturday with rails, slider boxes, jumps and open slopes for sledding and learning ... More >>
Dave Watson Photography, courtesy Winter ParkSnowmaking under way at Ruby Hill's Rail Yard terrain park in DenverRuby Hill Rail Yard sponsors Winter Park Resort, Denver Parks and Recreation and Christy Sports took advantage of the new snow and cold temperatures this weekend to fire up the sno ... More >>
Scott McInnis collected $300,000 for his "Musings on Water," but this one is free. Denver may be a landlocked city, but a river still runs through it -- and the transformation of the South Platte River from a stinky stream to a true urban amenity is one of this city's real success stories.
Burn calories and enjoy Denver's scenery at Pedal the Platte.
Talk about a gun nut! This write-in candidate should be written off.
RiNo celebrates its first birthday, and Susan Cooper shows work that is both -- and neither -- painting and sculpture.
Gastronomic delights are lurking in your back yard.
Inflatable kayaking satisfies the urge to submerge
Venice on the Creek lets you punt the Platte.
Draining the last drop at Coors Field
From a royal mess to a people's playground, Denver's parks grounded the Webb years.
Streetcar Named Desire
John Losasso's Italian roots go deep into Denver's history.
Central Platte Valley
Flexible Flyers Rafting
South Platte River trail
Out on the plains, water is Colorado's most liquid asset.
Even in the best of times, farmers and developers fight for Colorado's water. And this summer's drought is far from the best of times.
Northside Park, Globeville
A massive power line interferes with the city's Commons Park plans.
Developers of Punt the Creek keep hoping their boat rides will catch on.
Does the city have to keep hiring the same big-bucks, well-connected lawyer as a consultant?