Maybe it’s the mountain air or the many days of sunshine. Or, maybe it’s just the pace of life in Colorado. For whatever reason, Colorado residents are crafty. There are some things made in Colorado that you can’t get anywhere else. If you are moving to Colorado soon, you’ll want to check out these local goods.
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1. English Retreads: what can you do with old inner tubes? Turn them into bags, of course! English Retreads are handbags made from recycled goods, and you’ll only find these bags in Colorado at specific stores and truck stops.
2. Moe’s Bagels: bagels in Colorado? That’s right! The Rocky Mountain state is serving up some hot bagels that people around these parts love. How do they compare to Montreal bagels or NYC bagels? Well, you’ll just have to try them out! Moe’s has locations in both Denver and Boulder.
3. Bottlehood: there’s a recycling theme happening here, can you tell? Bottlehood is another amazing company that recycles glass bottles into all kinds of home goods.
4. Wild Women Truffles: organic, delightful, and delicious! What more could you want in the perfect truffle? If you happen to be in Littleton, Colorado, you’ll want to pick some of these up.
5. Rudi’s Bakery: Rudi’s bakes up organic baked goods of all kinds. Rudi’s started out small, but now this bakery spans lots of space, and you can find loaves of Rudi’s bread throughout the state.
6. Justin’s Nut Butter: the nut butters that come from Justin’s in Boulder abound, but what I really love about this company is that they sell squeeze packs of organic, natural, nut butters. So, you can take a few squeeze packs on your next run or trail hike, and you’ll get a completely natural protein boost.
7. Chocolove: more chocolate? Can you really have too much chocolate? Colorado doesn’t think so! Chocolove offers chocolate lovers premium chocolate bars direct from the Chocolove factory in Boulder (with locations strewn throughout Colorado).
8. Celestial Seasonings: I’m betting that you’ve had a sip of tea or two brewed from a Celestial Seasoning’s bag, right? Well, this tea company was founded (and is located) in Boulder, Colorado. If you visit the factory, make sure to enter the peppermint room – that’s a smell you’ll never forget!
9. Local Brews: I’m not going to list a specific brew here because there are so many microbrews in Colorado. You’ll just have to find your own slice of local brew heaven when you arrive!
10. OZ Snowboards: with all of the snow in Colorado, is it any surprise that there’s an amazing snowboard crafter in this state? Check out OZ Snowboards for a really great board that will last you many seasons.
Getting Ready to Move
With all of the great things that are made in this state, it’s hard to imagine why anyone wouldn’t want to live here. But, you’ll have to prepare for a move first. The good news is that we can help with your move – in fact, we’ve already helped! Just take a look at the many different blog posts on this site to find out what you need to know about moving to Colorado.
If you’re looking for a moving company to help you pack, move, and unpack your stuff, we can help you there too. Exodus Moving and Storage is a full-service moving company that offers you plenty of great services from moving to storage and everything in-between. We also provide free estimates, so go ahead and give us a call today to find out what you need to know.
When it comes to this great state, we’re a step ahead of the rest. Plus, we’ll help you store anything that you can’t move into your new home. The sooner you start planning your move, the faster you can step outside in your new mountain town and enjoy everything that Colorado has to offer. We love it here, and we know that you will love it here too!
What’s the best thing about Colorado in your opinion? What do you love on this list? Let us know!
Are you moving to Fort Collins, Denver, Boulder, or any other part of Colorado? If a move to this great state is in your future, you’ll love all of the nature trails that we have to offer. But, before you head out on a hike, run, walk, or bike ride, there are a few nature rules that you should know about.
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1. Avoid littering. Every year, tons of trash is found on trails, in parks, and across the state in outdoor areas. The courtesy here is to throw your trash into a recycling bin (you’ll find that these are located throughout most trails and parks), or put your garbage into your backpack until you can find a recycling bin. Whatever you do, don’t throw your trash on the ground.
2. Be careful. Nature is powerful. Trying to push your limits by scaling a massive rock formation when you’ve never climbed before is not a good thing. Know what your personal limits are, and make sure to stay within those limits in order to remain safe.
3. Have respect for nature. The animals and plants that live in the forest and on the trails were there before you were, so make sure to respect those things by not pulling plants, and not taunting animals.
4. Stay on the path. Not only should you stay on the path for your own safety, but keeping to an already made trail means keeping trails intact. Sometimes, hikers forge different paths to avoid mud and other obstacles, but this creates a muddled path. Stick to the trail, and you’ll enjoy getting past those difficult parts.
5. Mind the rules. At the start of each trail, you will see a set of rules. For example, some trails allow dogs and some do not. Some trails allow bicycles, and some do not. There are reasons why these rules have been created, so do your best to abide by them.
6. Find the right trails before you leave. If you want to bring your bicycle or dog, look online to find a trail that you can explore that allows for both or either one. This way, you can avoid getting a fine for brining your bicycle or dog on a trail that doesn’t allow either option.
7. Enjoy! There’s really no freedom quite like the freedom of getting outside in the sunshine and enjoying nature. Relish in the fresh air, the amazing trails, and the natural landscape that this state has to offer, and spend every moment enjoying nature and leaving the connected world behind.
Getting Ready for Your Move
There are a lot of things to think about when it comes to moving to a new state. Start by going through the stuff that you have (don’t forget the hiking gear!), and then moving to the stuff that you want to get rid of. Once you’ve sorted through all of your things, you can start packing some boxes and making arrangements with a moving company. If you need some helping moving, you can call us too. We offer full-service moving services ranging from packing to storage (we have storage facilities to offer too).
The advantage of hiring a moving company to help you move to a new place is that you can start enjoying things like hiking trails right away, since you won’t have to finalize all of those moving details on you own. We want to help you move, but we also want to provide you with enough moving tips and advice, so that you can move comfortable and securely without a lot of hassle. That’s why we’ve loaded up our blog with all kinds of help that you may find useful. You can also feel free to give us a call if you have any questions. When it comes to moving, Exodus has your back – and will save your back from all that heavy lifting! When you do arrive in Colorado, make sure to respect nature’s rules, and you’ll enjoy everything that this amazing state has to offer. And, remember, the more you take care of the nature trails that you find, the better those trails will be for years to come.
Like any other state, Colorado has its quirks. When you’ve lived in this great state long enough, you’ll begin to recognize some of these things right away. You’ll also quickly know when someone isn’t from Colorado, or has never been – it’s kind of like asking a New Englander for some ‘Manhattan clam chowder’ and getting a vacant look. If you’ve moving to Denver or Fort Collins, you’ll see right away what we’re talking about. Before you know it, you’ll understand all of the following things (and laugh along with this list!).
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1. Winter. You haven’t really understood winter until you’ve moved to Colorado, and we mean that in the best way possible! With winter also comes the need to hit the slopes every sunny morning before work (if this doesn’t make sense to you yet, you’ll soon understand!).
2. Locally brewed beer. A lot of states have local breweries, but Colorado takes this to a whole new level. If you find yourself staring at a beer menu for a really long time, you won’t be the only one!
3. You get ultimate Frisbee and Frisbee golf. No, they’re not the same thing (as you will explain to countless visitors).
4. South Park. You’ve watched South Park, and you’ve been to South Park too.
5. Mountain towns. Taking a day trip to a mountain town will let you explore nature, see what really rural life is all about, and ponder the way life used to be (and still is).
6. Nature. You may think that you understand nature, but you never really commune with nature until you visit the Rocky Mountain Range, or take a long hike on a winding nature trail. Colorado does nature like no other place on earth.
7. Cowboys. Yes, they do exist. Chances are that you know one, or you will know one when you move to any town on Colorado.
8. White water rafting in Fort Collins. If you’re a thrill-seeker, there’s no place better to be than in Fort Collins riding the rapids. Make sure to book a tour if it’s your first time.
9. Strange horse statues. At first, the red-eyed horse statue at the Denver International Airport may seem a bit off-putting. But, you’ll get used to the red-eyed greeter.
10. Burritos. You can’t live in Colorado and not get burritos. Burritos are everywhere here, and you’ll quickly have your favorite burrito spot all lined up and ready to go.
Ready to Move to Colorado?
If you’re on the liberal side, move to Boulder. If you run conservative, Colorado Springs is the place to go. If you just want to enjoy the good life, check out Fort Collins or Denver. It really doesn’t matter where you go in Colorado, you’ll love everything that this state has to offer – especially the many amazing scenic points, laid-back way of life, and nature at every turn. The hardest part about moving to Colorado will be packing up all of your stuff and getting here, but that’s not too difficult to accomplish when you have a full-service moving team on your side.
Exodus Moving and Storage can help you pack, move, and get where you need to go. We do both short-haul and long haul moving of all kinds – if it’s part of our moving service, we’re at your service. We also move office spaces, so we can help you set up a new shop once you arrive in Colorado too. If you can’t bring everything with you, we also offer short-term and long-term rental spaces in both Denver and Fort Collins. Really, we’ve got all of your moving and storage needs covered from A to Z. We also know that costs are important, so call us today for a completely free estimate. Just tell us what you need to move, where you’re located, where you’re going, and when you want to get there, and we’ll take care of the rest.
Soon, very soon, you’ll know a cowboy, have a favorite burrito, and understand exactly what it means to love winter. Yes, Colorado has its quirks, but we wouldn’t have it any other way! What are some of the things that you love about this state? Why are you moving here? It’s to play ultimate Frisbee, isn’t it? Let us know, and make sure to call us today to book your move.
Denver is surrounded by natural beauty. But, that doesn’t mean that business people working in Denver can easily unwind. That’s why various Denver spas have made it their mission to offer guests a complete disconnected space free from any signs of WiFi or electronic life. If this sounds appealing to you, it’s time for a break! Take a look at these Denver spots begging you to disconnect from the world around you (just for a few days!).
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1. Shambala Mountain Center: there’s no sign of wifi or any other technology at this retreat. You will be treated to a plethora of stress-reducing classes, though. Sign up for yoga, meditation, or another class to clear your mind, but leave your phone and television behind. Rates start at around $79 per night.
2. Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort: if you are going to visit this hot springs resort in order to relax and unwind, leave your connected world behind. The main lodge does offer wifi, but that’s the only spot where you’ll find bits of your connected life. Otherwise, the resort if yours to explore sans technology – doesn’t that sound nice?
3. Lower Lake Ranch: if you don’t want to travel too far, you can check out the Lower Lake Ranch that’s located approximately 40 miles outside of Denver. This ranch is all about the outdoors, and it has very little to do with the Internet world. Sorry, folks, you can’t Instagram these pictures!
4. Elmwood Camp: this one is for the kids! If your kids are spending way too much time playing video games and networking on social sites, this camp is where it’s at. At first, they might protest, but the activities at Elmwood Camp will keep your kids occupied on a daily basis. This is a day camp, too, so your kids can connect at night.
5. Rafting on the Colorado River: we dare you to whip out an iPhone while you are rafting on this river! Forget about wifi, the Internet, and smartphones as you careen through the river bends on any Colorado River rafting trip. You can find lots of deal and details for various rafting trips by searching the Internet (the last chance you’ll get before you go!).
6. Just put your phone in a drawer. Okay, this isn’t a resort or retreat, but, really, Colorado is filled with so many hiking trails, natural wonders, and amazing outdoor beauty that it’s simple to just leave your phone behind. Ditch your phone, tablet, and laptop for an afternoon by leaving it at home while you head outdoors to enjoy Colorado’s natural beauty.
Moving to Colorado? Let us help out!
There’s no better way to get right in to the swing of things when you move than to leave all of that moving trouble to professional movers. Plus, you can head outside the minute you move in if you let us handle all of your boxes for you. From packing to storage, we can help with it all. The important thing to remember when moving to Colorado is to try and enjoy the pace of life here as quickly as you can. We’re betting that you’ll get right into the swing of things, love the slower paced life that makes Colorado so great, and enjoy every minute of learning to disconnect from the world as you take to the trails or streets of this amazing state.
A Colorado State of Mind
It’s going to be tough at first, but you’ll get used to the way of life around here! Actually, it’s going to be a snap to leave all of that craziness behind! If you find that you’re still too connected when you’re living in Colorado, give one of the resorts listed above a try. You’ll soon see why many people are flocking to spas and hot springs in order to escape all of that connected-ness. Once in a while, it’s good to sit back, kick your feet up, leave the Internet behind, and learn to take life as it comes – the Colorado way.
And, remember, if you need help with moving service details or storage, make sure to call us at Exodus Moving and Storage – we’ll give you a free estimate, and we’re happy to answer any questions that you may have. What’s your favorite way to unwind?
In some states, it’s just not feasible to have a lush lawn. Desert climates make it tough to create a nice green space. Plus, the water used to make lawns grow is often wasted, and that cuts back on natural water resources. Even if there aren’t water restrictions in your town, landscaping without grass is a great way to help the environment. Here are some helpful tips on how to create a lovely lawn without grass.
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1. Add some drought-tolerant grasses to your front yard space. The great thing about planting grasses and shrubs that are unusual is that you can also create a really interesting landscape. If you live in a water-restricted area, plants that are not in need of constant watering will flourish when water is scarce.
2. Go with rocks. Large rocks that cover up part of a lawn are nice on your toes in the summertime (they trap the heat), and they have excellent curb appeal (in case you’re thinking about selling your home).
3. Aloe and agave are beautiful and low-maintenance. These colorful plants are nice to look at, don’t take too much water, and can really contrast with your home if you place blue or colored pots outside of your house.
4. Synthetic floors look great. If you use a material like Trex to add flooring to your outdoor space, you won’t have to worry about maintenance. Plus, materials like these were meant to withstand lots of different types of weather.
5. Work with a landscape designer. You don’t have to fork over a ton of cash in order to make a lawn really stand out. All you have to do is speak with a professional landscaper, figure out what works for you, and create a lawn that’s attractive and inviting – all without the use of any grass that requires constant watering.
Some Facts on Lawn Water Use
1. Less than 1% of water in the U.S. is actually consumed. The rest of that water is used for lawns, toilets, washing machines, and for other uses.
2. Nearly 50% of water used by households is used outdoors. If you cut back on watering your lawn, you will also cut back on your water bill.
3. Watering your lawn (if you must) during the first weeks of spring will help to hydrate your lawn much better than watering it later in the year.
4. A large number of people use automated sprinkler systems to spray lawns throughout the day, regardless of the weather. If it’s raining outside, you don’t need to water your lawn!
The idea here is to be conscious of what you are doing when it comes to your lawn space. If you really want to have that lush green lawn, try to reduce your water consumption. That said, there are plenty of breathtaking ways to landscape your entire property without the use of grass. Most of the water in North America goes towards making lawns look good, and that’s just a waste of water. Do your part this Earth Day week, and try to cut back on the amount of water that you use.
The Colorado Water Scene
There aren’t caps on water usage in various parts of Colorado, but some neighborhoods to put a restriction on water use for good reason. Since Colorado lands are lush, you can really add almost any kind of plant to your property (and some amazing trees too!) without resorting to water logged lawns. Find a landscaper in your area to work with, check out other homes for inspiration, and see what you can create.
If you need help moving to Fort Collins or any other part of Colorado, make sure to give us a call. Exodus Moving and Storage is a full-service moving company that works to make moves of all kinds (large or small) simpler. We also offer storage solutions of all sizes, in case you have to store some items that you can’t move into your new home. Give us a call today, and we’ll get back to you with a free estimate. Or, take a look around our site to see what we can do for you. When it comes to lawns, try to cut back on your water usage, and check out some other amazing landscape ideas instead!
Summertime is here! Well, almost! That means that some of you will be looking for a great summer rental. There’s nothing like ditching all the stress of the long winter, kicking up your feet, and enjoying those lazy days of summer by staying in a cozy rental home. How can you find the best summer rental? Take a look at these helpful tips.
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1. If you’re heading to a really popular summer spot, waiting until the very last minute could benefit you price-wise. Resort towns are filled with homeowners looking to rent out a summerhouse, but there are often more rentals than people looking to rent. That means that the supply outweighs the demand, and homeowners will be desperately searching for renters at the last minute.
2. Figure out what you need. Do you have a large family? Do you need more than three bedrooms? Do you require more than four bathrooms? Are you bringing your pets with you? All of these things should be considered when it comes to renting out that summer home. Look for a place that allows pets, has plenty of beds, and comes with the things you don’t want to bring (like blankets and other supplies).
3. Pay attention to rental policies including transaction information. How will you pay? How will transactions be handled? Is the property you’re looking at managed in any way? Many of these things will ultimately determine which properties you rent, and which ones you’ll want to stay far away from. Whatever you do, though, don’t skip reading over the fine print.
4. Additional fees. Some rental properties require an additional fee or two for various things. For example, a rental property contract may stipulate that you have to pay extra for any additional guests. If you plan to let your kids bring a friend or two, do be sure and find out if you will have to fork over any additional cash.
5. Location. If the house you’re renting near a grocery store? How far is it from the airport or ferry? Can you park your car easily near the home, or do you have to pay for parking somewhere in town? Keep these things in mind while you search for a rental home.
6. What is included? It can be a big shock when you arrive at a rental home only to discover that nothing is included! You may have to bring everything with you, and very few rental properties include any kind of food. Plan to go grocery shopping when you arrive, or arrange for your hosts to pick up some items for you if you plan to arrive late at night.
7. Toys. If you are renting near a body of water, do you have access to any water toys like boats, canoes, kayaks, or other items? What about lake or ocean access? Is the house directly connected to a beach or do you have to walk across the street or take a car to reach the water?
8. Emergency facilities. Is the house equipped with a basic emergency aide kit? How far is the nearest hospital? While it’s great to really escape into the wilderness, you don’t want to be so far away that help can’t be found when you need it. If there’s no first aid box in the home, make sure to bring enough supplies for everyone you are traveling with.
What to Bring
You don’t have to pack up your entire home to move to a summerhouse. However, you may need to bring quite a few items with you if you are traveling with a large family. If you aren’t renting but are moving into a home that you own for the summer, the same moving rules apply. Be sure to bring everything that you need for a long and fun summer. If you do have to bring lots of boxes or are moving quite a long distance, Exodus Moving and Storage can help. We are a full-service moving company, and that means that we can help you pack, move, and unpack. Your summertime fun will be a lot simpler if you hire movers to help you get to your destination!
Check out summerhouse rentals in Colorado, and give us a call with any moving questions or needs. The summertime is right around the corner, and you’ll love every minute of a carefully chosen summer home rental.
The end of the year is fast approaching. That means that you’ll have to pack a year’s worth of stuff into the back of a car, or, worse, into a few suitcases that will be transported via airplane. How the heck can you put all of those memories into so few boxes? Have no fear! Exodus Moving and Storage is here! We’ve seen more than a few dorm room moves, so we’ve come up with a handy list that you can follow to make sure that everything gets where it needs to go.
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1. Start by making a list. There’s a really good chance that you don’t need half of the things that are cluttering up your dorm room. Your list should include things that you absolutely must bring home, and those things that you can leave behind (like those pots and pans that are beyond cleaning or repair!).
2. Start donating. Do you have boxes upon boxes of macaroni and cheese? Got more Pop-Tarts than you know what to do with? Do you really want to pack up all of that food and bring it home with you? Probably not. But, you can certainly donate any packaged goods to a local food shelter or home – they’ll love to get those goods!
3. Start finding boxes. Hit up local grocery stores, liquor stores, and any other place that uses boxes regularly. Ask if you can have boxes for free, and start gathering things like tape, labels, pens, and other items. If you have the time and energy, it’s never a bad idea to start packing up early.
4. Store some things. Are you coming back to the same area next year? If so, maybe you should store that couch and chair instead of bothering to bring it home with you. A storage facility can keep those things you don’t’ need to bring home in a safe and secure storage spot for the summer months, and you can pick them up when you need them next year – problem solved!
5. Ship some things or call mom and dad to pick up some stuff. If your parents live near by (or friends or siblings), give them a call and ask them to help you move some stuff. If you can send a few boxes home prior to the end of the semester, that will be a huge help (and less stuff that you will actually have to bring with you).
6. Toss random things out. Once you’ve packed everything up, stored some items, and sent some items home ahead of time, you’ll see that a few things remain in your room. Ask yourself if you really need those things, or if you can just throw some of that stuff out. If it’s stained, ripped, ruined, or really just a mess, toss it. You can make new memories next year.
Moving to a Summer Spot
If you’re lucky enough to be spending the summer with some friends in a rented house, the same packing tips listed above apply. You don’t really need to bring tons of boxes with you, so get rid of the slack. You can also ask your buddies to help you move all of that stuff to your new place, or hire a moving company to do it for you. You’d be surprised at just how reasonable moving companies can be when it comes to pricing. Plus, hiring movers means that you won’t have to worry about getting things to your new place without breaking anything.
If you are moving to the Fort Collins or Denver area, make sure to give us a call. Our expert moving team will help you pack (wouldn’t that be nice?), move, and get settled in your new place or back to your old home. Either way, once the semester ends (or is about to end), you’ll have to find a quick way to pack everything up and move it all wherever you intend to go for the summer months. If you need some help moving out of your dorm, make sure to give us a call today. We also offer massive storage solutions for anything that you want to leave behind (we’ll take good care of those things during the summertime!). Spring has sprung and summer is almost here, so start packing up your dorm room today using the tips listed above.
CoWorking spaces are really popular now for good reason. Renting out office space on your own can be costly. That’s why coworking spaces have been set up in major cities (and in some rural areas) across the globe. A coworking space includes a few office set ups, rental fees based on necessity, and everything you’d want an office to be. Denver, Colorado has some great coworking spaces that you may want to check out if you’re about to move to Denver. Take a look!
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1. Uncubed: this coworking space is a bit different from all the rest. Uncubed was developed for freelancers, contractors, and entrepreneurs – those that don’t have a set office space, or are just tired of the café scene will like what Uncubed has to offer. This open office environment offers coworkers different space rates starting at just $150 per month (membership basis). If you work from home and want to move to an office setting, Uncubed located in the LoDo District is the place to go.
2. The Hive: the Hive offers freelancers and contractors a café-type atmosphere at one level, and a number of rooms available for rent throughout the building. You’ll find conference rooms, classrooms, and various other spaces are ready for you to rent. The Hive asks all members to pay a fee of $250 per month, and this gives members access to the entire building and all spaces. That’s not a bad deal at all!
3. Smartspace: Smartspace offers workers a great deal. You can rent out a desk for as low as $17 (half day), or pay more for more usage. When you need a private room, those are available too (private spaces are offered to all members at various times). This coworking space is really affordable and flexible.
4. Green Spaces: this is one of the most popular coworking spaces in all of Denver. If your startup has anything to do with being green, you’ll want to tap into this space. Green Spaces also offers new entrepreneurs a chance to speak with mentors, get feedback on projects, and attend monthly or weekly workshops – a really great place to get ideas and information. Prices start at $100 per month.
5. Law Bank Denver: if you’re a lawyer and you don’t want to pay for office space, Law Bank is the place to go. This coworking space was set up just for lawyers to use on those days when an office is required. Private offices, meeting rooms, and plenty of space to work are all part of the deal at Law Bank – need to meet with clients? This is the place to go.
6. The Desk: rent out a desk, speak with like-minded entrepreneurs, and work with the energy that surrounds you at The Desk. Memberships at this coworking space start at $50 per month – now that’s a great deal.
Leaving Your Old Life Behind
Why are coworking spaces so popular in Denver? Not only are these spaces affordable and great for generating new ideas, coworking spaces are popular in Denver because of Denver’s outdoor life. Who wants to be stuck in an office all day when you can simply rent out a desk or conference room when you need to? The rest of the time, work from home when necessary, and get outside and play when you don’t have to be at a desk. Doesn’t that sound amazing?
When you prepare to move to Denver, think about leaving your formal office behind. While Denver does have plenty of room for new businesses, you may find that a coworking space suits your needs just fine. If you currently have a home office, you can sell your desk and other items or simply store those items with Exodus Moving and Storage – we offer plenty of storage space at great rates right in Denver.
We’d love to help you move to Denver. Give us a call today to see how we can make your move simpler with our moving service, and think about renting out a coworking space for all of your office needs. Denver is home to tons of entrepreneurs just like you working together, bouncing ideas off of each other, and getting things moving. Be a part of that community by checking out Denver coworking spaces today, and call us for moving details and estimates.
Denver is bursting with amazing running trails. If you are in the process of moving to Denver, we challenge you not to go outside at least a few times per week and enjoy the amazing scenery! Denver is great for all kinds of outdoor sports, but one of the best things to do in and around this city is run. So, grab your trail shoes, music, and water bottle – Denver was made for running!
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Best Denver Trails (In No Particular Order)
1. Mesa Trail: this trail is in Boulder, but it’s worth the trip. The trail spans 6.5 miles along the base of the Flatirons mountain range. You can’t bring your bicycle or horse on this trail ride, but you can certainly bring your running shoes.
2. Green Mountain: head to Lakewood to check out the Green Mountain running trail. Nestled near the foothills of Morrison, the Green Mountain trail is one of the most popular spots near Denver. You’ll experience rugged terrain that spans approximately 6.5 miles.
3. Cherry Creek Path: this is more of a path than a trail, but it’s located right in the heart of Denver. The Cherry Creek Path winds along Cherry Creek, and it’s where you want to be if you don’t feel like traveling outside of the city on a beautiful spring day. This is a flat trail that stops and starts where you want it to – bring your dog along for some companionship.
4. Highline Canal Trail: start at Chatsfield State Park, and make the 9-mile loop around the park for a really intense run. If you want to expand your run, this trail actually goes on for 66-miles around the metro area – bring lots of water! This is a big run, but you can duck out at every half-mile marker along the trail if you aren’t up for a major run!
5. Sand Creek Regional Greenway: ready for 13-miles that circle the city? This trail is part of the large 50-mile trail that surrounds the city. Thirteen miles is a decent distance for any runner, and the terrain is nice and soft too.
6. Bear Creek Greenbelt: this run is really all about scenery. You’ll pass grasslands and cottonwood groves that seem to stretch on for miles. Make sure to pay attention to the wildlife that could step out in front of you at any moment – hills and valleys are what you’ll find here. The Bear Creek Greenbelt stretches on for a few miles, so it’s a great run to check out if you are a novice runner (and who doesn’t love an amazing view?).
7. Waterton Canyon: this trail is for the serious runner in you. Massive slopes and plenty of dips will get your muscles pumping for up to twelve grueling miles – but worth every step thanks to the beauty of the canyon!
Is it any surprise that a city filled with some many awesome running trails has a lot of running clubs? You’ll find that there are running clubs for every level spread throughout Denver and surrounding areas. If you want to run with a pack or want to get started with trail running, these clubs are worth a look. Plus, it never hurts to make new active friends when you move to Denver!
As far as gear goes, Denver has plenty of that too. Check out local shops to see what’s made in Denver, and be sure to wear something flashy –some trails are filled with lots of wildlife, so standing out is always a good thing! If you can swing it, too, try and bring a camera with you on your run. When it comes to outdoor life in Denver, you never know what you will see! If you haven’t move to Denver yet but are planning to, let us help you out with all of your stuff. Exodus Moving and Storage is a full-service moving company, and we can help you out with all of your moving needs. Love to run? Denver is the place for you – and we are the company that will help you get there!
Did we miss a trail or two? Got a favorite spot? Let us know!
Denver has a lot to offer nature lovers. Hiking trails for miles and miles, rivers, lakes, and plenty of fresh mountain air are just some of the reasons why Denver attracts so many nature enthusiasts. Another reason to love Denver comes in the form of bicycle lanes. Not just any bicycle lanes, though. The lanes in some parts of Denver have been painted bright colors to keep motorists at bay while keeping cyclists safer.
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The Bright Bike Lanes of Denver
One bike lane along Denver 15th street has been painted bright green and red. It’s all part of a movment called the ‘15th Street Bikeway Plan.’ The concept is to remind motorists to move over to the left, so that cyclists can safely ride in the path dedicated to bicycles.
The city of Denver is conscious about bicycle paths and how those paths work with motorist lanes. Sometimes, it’s not easy to see bicycle paths. This is the problem that the city is hoping to fix. Other cities across the world have colored bicycle paths too, but Denver is a frontrunner when it comes to making plenty of (colorful) room for cyclists in the downtown area. It’s just another way that Denver welcomes those with a love for exercise and the outdoors!
Other Outdoor Activities
There’s plenty to do in Denver all year long. Even during the winter months, this city gets so much sun it’s hard to remember that it’s cold outside! Denver is home to lots of great ski and snowboard trails, plenty of bicycle paths that are outside of the city center, and tons of great places to explore. Nature is part of the reason why so many people are moving to Denver, and one of the reasons why Denver is a top destination for many seeking a slice of nature.
Getting Settled in Denver
As soon as you arrive in Denver, you’ll notice that something is different. It’s not so much the blue skies and green grass as it is the general attitude of people that live in Denver. Colorado just moves at a slower pace, and that means more time to enjoy life. If you’ve coming to Denver from a city that’s much faster paced, you’ll really appreciate what this city has to offer.
Bicycle lanes that are brightly colored is just the tip of the iceberg. Denver – all around – makes room for everyone. No matter what your favorite outdoor activity might be, Denver is the one place where you can enjoy it thoroughly. We love Denver, can you tell? We’d also love to help you store your items in Denver.
Denver Storage Options
It happens to everyone! Sometimes you just can’t move all of those things into your new home. But, that doesn’t mean that you have to sell your stuff either. You can store items large or small at our Denver storage facility. Our facility is protected around the clock, safe from any kind of weather or other disasters, and will keep your items secure while you find a place to put them. Give us a call today if you need some suggestions on how to store items, aren’t sure about what size storage locker to rent, or need some estimates. We can also help when it comes to move to Denver.
Help With Your Move
At Exodus Moving and Storage, we store and move! We can help you pack up boxes in your home or in a loved one’s home, move items large and small to your new location, and unpack with care. In addition to helping individuals move to the Denver area, we can also help with any business move of any size. Denver is a great place to start a new business – let us help you set up shop!
Call us today for a moving estimate or to get rates on a storage rental space. Moving can be fun, and we’d love to show you how. We know you’re going to love Denver, too! Make sure to book your moving date with us today. And let us know – what’s the reason you’re moving to Denver? Is it because of Denver’s new bike paths?