Hot springs, haunted parks and other drops in the 2014 bucket list

When I'm traveling, adventure seems so much easier to fall into. I spent a good portion of 2013 on the road touring with my band, Lust-Cats of the Gutters, and without the pull of day jobs and responsibility, I'm much more likely to say, yes, let's jump that fence. But while wandering through New Orleans cemeteries and getting creeped out at the magical Mütter Museum in Philadelphia, I was left with a cheesy Dorothy Gale-style appreciation of home and the wonderful and weird opportunities I often overlook in Denver. In the new year, I want to recommit to the killer fun and adventures that Colorado has to offer.

See also: Legal weed, Casa Bonita and other drops in the 2014 bucket list

1. Purify myself in the waters of the Eldorado Swimming Pool
Lake Minnetonka has nothing on the Eldorado Swimming Pool. The historic pool at the base of Eldorado Canyon State Park is filled with pure artesian spring water and surrounded by a gorgeous canyon. I'm going down the water slide and cannonballing into the chilly, crystal clear waters this summer.

2. Smear on eyeliner and dance till last call at goth night
Saturday nights at Milk Bar are the only place I truly feel at home dancing. There's no judgment among the lace collars and pancake makeup of whatever style body-flailing I want to commit to while listening to Joy Division and Cocteau Twins all night.

3. Make out with someone atop Lookout Mountain
I think the cool kids at my high school used to do this. Now, at age 24, I'm finally going to get the dreamy mountaintop makeout session owed to me by my teenage years. And maybe afterward, my date and I can crash the prom I missed.

4. Hold a seance in Cheesman Park
If there's anywhere in Denver to ghost-hunt, it's the old Mt. Prospect Cemetery, known today as Cheesman Park. Its history includes a very Poltergeist, they-left-the-bodies-but-moved-the-headstones tale: Undertaker E.P. McGovern was hired in 1893 to remove the corpses from the cemetery, but saved money by hacking up bodies, putting them in child-sized caskets and never finishing the job. Maybe 2014 is the year to commune with the disgruntled spirits. I'm lighting candles and breaking out the Ouija board.

Location Info


Eldorado Springs Resort & Pool

1783 Dogwood St., Louisville, CO

Category: General


1037 Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: Music

Lookout Station

67 S. Lookout Mountain Road, Golden, CO

Category: General

Sam's Bar & Lounge

6801 Leetsdale Drive, Denver, CO

Category: Music

Denver Zine Library

2400 Curtis St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Havana Health Spa

2020 S. Havana St., Aurora, CO

Category: General

Lakeside Amusement Park

4601 Sheridan Blvd., Denver, CO

Category: General


4485 Logan St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

The Cruise Room

1600 17th St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

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Lame list... and you do realize that Eldorado is a cold spring not a hot spring, right?

Marisa Pooley
Marisa Pooley

Kurt Dzaman Let's go to the Havana Health spa

Tim Calahan
Tim Calahan

I visit the haunted park nearly every day.

Kate Meyer
Kate Meyer

i LOVE that you used pics from 200 Cigarettes, my all time favorite xmas time flick

Priya Butani Nye
Priya Butani Nye

If the Eldorado pool is like it was a few years ago, I would avoid it like the plague, literally. It was truly one of the grossest places I have ever been, including public toilets in Paris, and the walkways in such bad disrepair you could trip and fall unwittingly into the fetid water. But do have a Grey Goose Dirty Martini for me at The Cruise Room....fab place!

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