Thursday, June 11, 2015

Summer Brings Picnic Perfect Conditions in Colorado

Tired of going to the same overcrowded places to enjoy a picnic? Whether its with your family, friends, or as a romantic getaway, escaping for a couple hours makes a huge difference. We've come up with a few of our favorite places to enjoy the outdoors for a day, hopefully with a bit less people and a lot more nature. 

1.Gross Reservoir

This spot feels remote but its only about 30 minutes from Boulder.  Gross reservoir is a mixture of wildlife and a pristine mountain lake.  Come up in the evening or do a sunrise picnic and you might even see moose or elk lazily near the water's edge.

2. O'Fallon Park

With it's pine trees and stone chimney barbecue couldn't be more picturesque.  Bear Creek is close to the picnic area and hiking trails.  It can get busy on the weekends so save this beautiful spot for weekday getaways.

3. Betasso Preserve 

Quite and under-discovered spots for an intimate picnic.  Your neighbors are generally the squirrels making this picnic destination a peaceful opportunity for lunching in nature.  Betasso preserve also has a shelter that can be reserved for a slight fee.

4. Red Rocks Park

Overlooking Denver, Red Rocks Park has a picnic area that rivals the views of most state parks. A short drive from Denver this destination features geologic wonders, breathtaking views and high energy concerts to make this a premium picnic destination. Hike around the megalithic red stones, visit the Visitor’s Center for information on the area and check out one of the many concerts while you picnic.

5.Cathy Fromme Prairie

If exploring Colorado's other side is on your radar then the Cathy Fromme Prairie near Fort Collins not only pairs great picnic spots with an unadulterated Colorado prairie filled with blooming wildflowers.  Prairie dogs, birds and other grassland inhabitants scurry amongst the prime examples of Colorado wildflowers.   Picnic areas are located near the entrance to the trails so grab a bite and explore this grassland beauty. 

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