Five things Colorado transplants should know about springtime in the Rockies

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Scott Lentz
2) Rockies game traffic is real, so be prepared
If you moved here from a big city, Denver's traffic is probably a piece of cake. But lately, this place has begun to feel like L.A., and not in a cool way: I-25 is fucked no matter the time of day or what direction you're going; Cherry Creek is pretty much one giant collection of traffic cones; and Colorado Boulevard, well, forget it. LoDo, too, can be hell on earth if you ever try to drive down Market or Larimer street on weekend nights or on any major holiday. And during Rockies games, it's a shit show.

And it's not just the cars -- it's the people. Our small-town vibe already lends itself to tourists and new residents alike walking aimlessly as though they don't have anywhere to go in a hurry, and this is only amplified during Rockies games. Downtown becomes a sea of reckless purple, black and silver-wearing wanderers, a nightmare for anyone trying to do anything that doesn't involve day-drinking on a Monday.

So game day is a good time to check out the bike trails. We have lots of them (the Cherry Creek bike path is awesome and basically runs the length of Denver proper), and they are a great way to get around instead of driving through town -- and tourists. But please, say "On your left" when passing another human on a bicycle, and remember to respect your fellow cyclists.

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Courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens.
1) We have other great outdoor venues besides Red Rocks
Outdoor concert season isn't really a season in Colorado -- whether you're in the city or the mountains, you can usually find people playing music outside at all times of the year. But the spring is when venues usually announce their big lineups. And while Red Rocks is great, you should know, dear transplant, that we have many other cool spots where you can see shows outside. For an excellent outdoor venue right in the middle of Capitol Hill, Denver Botanic Gardens is the place to be....and it just revealed its summer shows today, which include St. Vincent AND Mavis Staples!.

The Gardens is also a great spot to see Coloradans in their natural habitat, as dads in shorts and Chacos recline on the grassy slope while moms get their white wine on and groove to Wynonna Judd. Seriously, the people-watching at any Botanic Gardens show is a must for anyone looking for that true Colorado experience.

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107 comments
Selin Ponce
Selin Ponce

Nikki Zuccarello is the girl in the first picture sporting all the FP not your friend Annabelle? looks hella familiar. #imacreep :P

Steve Holmberg
Steve Holmberg

....We still don't like you after the snow melts.

Deejay Gyro
Deejay Gyro

Last time I checked this was a free country and were all Americans. if you want to get technical most of us are "tranplants" SMH

Dustin Bova
Dustin Bova

Especially when they sell their little shanty's in California for half a million and then buy up all the prime real estate in Colorado..... it gets really fuckin old!!!!

Dustin Bova
Dustin Bova

.....oh but it is! All you have to do is look at all the out of state license plates i.e (California and Texas) as you drive west on I-70 to the mountains! I am a born and raised Coloradan who has seen this state just get overrun with transplants.........and I'm only 33! I challenge you andres : ask some of your coworkers if they're from here or if they moved here, and I bet over half of them moved here! Nothing we can do about it, it's just so unfortunate that people can't just come to visit and then go back home!

Bradford Ashington
Bradford Ashington

" we don't need to be reminded constantly of how over populated our state has become" ....except that it isn't.

John Schilling
John Schilling

No wonder CO can suck so much, this story points out what a seriously crappy place it is to live!!!

Dustin Bova
Dustin Bova

you guys should just stick to what your good at....concert updates!! im sure i can speak for most natives when i say- we don't need to be reminded constantly of how over populated our state has become!! And how shitty it is to fight traffic every time you head to the mountains!!

Nanci Goldberg
Nanci Goldberg

Fun article. Been here 20yrs. But u don't need to swear to get ur point across. Thx for sharing.

Lincoln Fox
Lincoln Fox

Colorado transplants easy to spot. Big belly's and tiny legs, haha.

Ryan Spencer
Ryan Spencer

Oh thank Cthulhu, I thought your were talking about that shitty pop punk band! Yeah fuck Travis Barker!

patesser
patesser

Clothing is better than toxic sun screen. Skin cancer doesn't exist in 3rd world countries that don't use sun screen!

Margaret Foster
Margaret Foster

layered clothing, a change of shoes, an umbrella, a sense of humor and a bit of gracious patience.

Amelia Ebert
Amelia Ebert

If you live in the mountains, it's gonna snow in April, it's gonna snow in May and it might snow in June too. Don't act so fucking surprised, this is the mountains.

Bill Workman
Bill Workman

School in ND because DENVER SUCKS BALLS and won't take you. Hey Megan your momma needs bail.

John Schilling
John Schilling

Dear California, CO is not for you. You would be unhappy living here and would really like Iowa far more. But if you take your vacation here it would be a win/win scenario: I won't see you on Big Island, Hawai'i. Love, CO

Doris West
Doris West

Does this mean you are moving to co? Forever? When do u go? Luv, Gma dors

Andy Leonard
Andy Leonard

Pssh live in New Mexico now...after 30 years in CO NM is really the Land of Enchantment. Colorado but with ancient culture....

Elizabeth Kurtak
Elizabeth Kurtak

Let the weather dictate your plans whenever possible. Be spontaneous.

Melody A Duncan
Melody A Duncan

You can expect any kind of weather, on any day of the year, no matter what! I've been hot, cold, freezing and hot again in the space of an hour. This becomes even more true in the mountains..but please, only leave footprints!

Renee Beauregard
Renee Beauregard

If you go hiking, make sure someone knows where you went and have survival gear with you. There ARE mountain lions on the trails-be prepared! Save water.

Becca Sullivan
Becca Sullivan

I'd let them know that we have enough transplants here and to go back to where they came from.

Jonathon Brown
Jonathon Brown

A snow flake falling from the sky in may is not a reason for panic the roads are not ice just breathe

Leah Nez
Leah Nez

Bring a jacket with you everywhere... it may start snowing

Zach Balise
Zach Balise

If you tell the joke "if you don't like the weather, wait five minutes!" a native will kick you down some stairs.

brianzaha
brianzaha

A. I'm not sure if this is true (and I'm too lazy to look it up right now) and B. if it were true, the causal connection between sunscreen and cancer is dubious and has many possible confounders (like the fact that many third world countries have citizens with darker skin and lower rates of cancer).

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

Gosh Annie, aren't you the elitist little snob.  I came here 45  years ago from Nebraska.  Can I stay?


And Eddie, when you call someone names (even pretentious little prigs like Annie), please attempt to use proper grammar.  You're (contraction of you are) a joke would be proper.  

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

Wow Becs, if I looked like you, I'd be bitter too.  By the way, why did you feel the need to add the preposition "from" at the end of your  sentence.  It simply outs you as ignorant.  

redsoxfan
redsoxfan

@fishingblues apparently they do not teach children how to read in Nebraska. If they did you would see that she never put Nebraska on her list.

eddievonrothhorn
eddievonrothhorn

If you're asking a question awaiting an answer, you need a question mark.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@redsoxfan @fishingblues  Well beenie, I extrapolated from her rant and presumed if she didn't like Kansans she wouldn't like Nebraskans.  


You're not too bright, are you?  (Hint:  that is not a rhetorical question.)  

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