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10 Amazing Snacks Made in Colorado to Take on Your Next Hike

One of my favorite activities to take part in here in Colorado is hiking. I can’t get enough of it. A typical hike that my friends and I will take part in usually lasts around 4-5 hours depending on the size of the group, length of the hike, distance from Denver, and the altitude.

There are a number of things to consider when planning your next hike but one that many people don’t spend enough time on is creating the perfect combination of snacks for your next hike. I thought it would be fun to share 10 amazing snacks made in Colorado to take on your next hike when you’re pressed for time or low on groceries!

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10 Amazing Snacks

  • Made in Nature Snacks-Headquartered in Boulder and manufactured in California, Made Nature has some amazing tasty and healthy snacks that hikers can carry with them into the backcountry.

 

  • Lara Bars-I absolutely love these and my current favorite is the Cherry Pie. Which is weird because I tend to prefer apples.

 

 

  • Binnie’s Coconut Butter-This is so good you want to slap somebody. I had the pleasure of meeting the founder and she is super focused on creating an amazing and delicious product creating obsessed fans everywhere.

 

 

  • Lithic Nutrition-this is made with cricket protein. Really. It’s a great source of protein that is a lot more earth friendly and produces a heck of a lot less methane because…crickets are easier to raise than cattle.

 

  • Noosa Yogurt-This yogurt is a Colorado obsession. Especially during the fall when the Pumpkin flavor is released. Right now they are releasing way too many flavors (can’t keep up with them all) but my current favorites are: Mexican chocolate, vanilla, and lemon. Of course lemon.

 

  • Power Puck-Share Good Foods makes these delicious treats.

 

 

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How to Get To The Mountains From Denver

It is not as easy as you would think to get the mountains from Denver. It’s kind of annoying because there are  a lot of people who don’t have access to transportation who would enjoy an epic day in the mountains. Fortunately, it has gotten so much better than before and I thought I would share some of the options you can explore…to get up to the mountains to-ahem-explore!

How to Get to the Mountains 

Is a surprisingly annoyingly process if you don’t know the ins and outs of mountain travel…without a car. If you are a tourist, a student, a person living a car-free lifestyle, or newly arrived to Colorado-you can enjoy the mountains without a car. You just need to have some information and a plan.  In this post I share a number of options that will get you to the mountains easily and affordably and without a ton of hassle.

Carpool

Ok, no list would be complete without this option. If you are living in Colorado you typically will have at least one friend who is up for going to the mountains a couple of times a month. Typical carpool rules apply: pay for gas, buy your person some lunch, and of course be on time.

Denver Parks and Recreation Events

I am embarrassed to admit that I just discovered that the Recreation center offers trips to the mountains. They are day trips where you can go hiking (Summer/Fall) or snowshoeing (Winter). The Denver Recreation Center also has a shockingly affordable kids’ ski program which includes: transportation, lift tickets, and equipment. Kids are currently taken to Winter Park for lessons and the cost? Thirty Freaking bucks!!! That’s it. I was SHOCKED at how affordable it was.  Click HERE for information on all of these programs.

Meetup.com

There are TONS of Meetup groups in Colorado centered around doing outdoor activities in the mountains. It is very, very unusual to find a group that does not have a carpool option. The only tricky part is that a lot of these trips will meet at the Wooly Mammoth Park n Ride which is basically impossible to get to without a car depending on the time that the Meetup is happening. If you decide to participate in a Meetup that’s going to the mountains ask the leader if it’s possible to be picked up at a alternative location.

Greyhound

I’ve taken the Greyhound to the mountains before and to Las Vegas so I can say that both trips were…memorable. Fortunately, if you take the Greyhound it will take less than 2 hours to get Frisco Bus station and then take the free bus to:

  • Breckenridge-Also has a free shuttle as well. Here is the link. If you are heading towards the Bivvi Hostel take the brown line. Breckenridge happens to be one of my favorite mountain towns as well.
  • Copper Mountain-Ski Resort 
  •  A Basin (Arapahoe Basin)-Ski Resort 

The free Summit Stage Shuttle runs pretty frequently and is comfortable to ride. If you’re bringing ski equipment the buses are equipped for that as well.  I will admit that out of the bus options the Greyhound isn’t my favorite but what it does have in its favor is the fact that it runs throughout the day. Basically, you’re able to arrive at a decent time and navigate your way to which ever ski resort you’re hoping to get to.

Bustang

Ok, I’m in love with Bustang. Maybe it’s the name? The purple and black color or the cool Mustang decal? Whatever the case, I am so happy to have this additional bus service added to the Front Range. The great thing about Bustang is that it serves the following communities:

  • Eagle
  • Frisco
  • Vail
  • Colorado Springs
  • Fort Collins

The only negatives that I can think of with Bustang is that I find the schedule to be a bit…weird. It runs on a commuting hours schedule. So, you will get service early in the morning and later in the afternoon…but nothing in between. If you take the Bustang it’s the type of service that you should take when you want to spend some time in the place that you’re going.

Amtrak-California Zephyr

The Zephyr is the specific train that has a route running West from Denver’s Union Station to San Francisco. You can also take it going East to Chicago. I’ve taken the train going to Chicago and it’s truly a fantastic experience if you have time and a blanket. This train stops at Glenwood Springs which is a gorgeous mountain town with an olympic sized  hot spring pool. Everyone should take the Zephyr (or similar train) across the country at least once!

Fresh Tracks Transportation

This is a great service to use from Denver International Airport. I have also used this service when a group of my friends flew in from Europe. We met at the airport and then took the shuttle to Breckenridge. The driver was professional, drove safely, and funny. I never felt nervous or concerned about the quality of the driving. If you are in Denver and don’t have a car this is an option for you. When you make the reservation you can just mark that you don’t have a flight.

The great thing with this service is the direct drop offs at which hotel or hostel you will be staying at. If you’re not confident about getting yourself around or have a lot of luggage with you this more than makes up for the cost.

The only negative with this service is the following : you have to go to the airport and this type of shuttle is more expensive than the bus. One great thing is that’s happened is Fast Tracks-the train that will go directly from downtown Denver to DIA. It costs $9 and will take about 45 minutes to get to the airport.  Click HERE for reservation information.

The N Bus to Nederland (from Boulder)

I grew up in Boulder and sometimes you just want to get away and not go all the way to Frisco or Vail. If you go to Nederland it has fairly frequent service from Boulder and the cost is around $5. The N Bus also ends at Eldora Ski Resort which has really nice steep runs but can be a little bit windy.

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