Econo Lodge Thornton - Denver North
12101 Grant Street
Thornton, CO 80241
Phone: (303) 280-9818
Fax: (303) 280-6361
Thorncreek Golf Course has received honors as one of the best championship courses in Colorado. The par 72 course has a nice layout with plenty of rolling fairways and greens to challenge even the most experienced player. Spanning 7268 yards (6646 meters), the course also has a host of water hazards, bunkers and traps. A popular place with local players, there are several beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains, creating a stunning backdrop for the course. Kids play free.
The Legacy Ridge Golf Course was once voted as one of the "Top Ten New Public Golf Courses" in the United States by Golf Magazine. Designed by Arthur Hills, this par 72, championship golf course spans 7,251 yards and offers narrow fairways, an ever-present wind, pond-bordered greens, numerous blind shots and spectacular mountain views. It is a nice departure from the usual golf challenge.
Water World offers rides that range from steep slippery slides to raft rides down the "Lazy River." The wave pool is ideal for wading, and Wally World, with geysers and shallow water slides, is a perfect water introduction for young ones. Although an array of food is available here, personal picnics are allowed in the park. Pets, glass, and alcohol are not allowed anywhere within the park premises. The water park is only open seasonally, so check their website for more information.
Hyland Hills Golf Course is one of the best championship courses in Colorado. Its popularity prompted management to create two new courses from the original one making for one giant golf center. The Gold Course is now a grouping of the original nine holes, while the Blue Course is a new par 72 championship course created by adding nine new holes to the original nine. Two par three nine-hole challenges have been added as well. Tee times can be reserved up to seven days in advance.
The Butterfly Pavilion is the pioneering sanctuary for invertebrates in America. The not-for-profit organization boasts five exhibit spaces, each promising a unique experience. Wings Of the Tropics flutters to the movement of an outstanding assortment of exotic butterflies from globe-spanning rainforests. Water's Edge is a marine haven with tropical starfish and sea cucumbers occupying the oceanic pool. Follow the outdoor trail for a glimpse of mammals in their natural habitat. The conservatory organizes various evolving and interactive programs that are both enchanting and educational for visitors.
Once the haunt of former US Open Champion Orville Moody, the 5,865-yard, par-70 course ranks as one of the best courses in the metropolitan area. The exceptionally manicured greens require a delicate short-game to make the ball stick, and a good eye to read the lightning-quick putts. A host of water and sand hazards add to the difficulty. In 1998, a new clubhouse opened to celebrate the course's 25th anniversary.
Most people view Boulder as a mountain playground, or as a cozy tourist destination. But Boulder's true heritage lies in mining. Driving through the area you cannot help but notice mining's manifestations on the surrounding landscape. The Lafayette Miners Museum celebrates the mining tradition in a restored coal mining cabin. Dating back to the 1890s, the six room cabin, run by the Louisville Historical Society, features period clothing and furniture, along with various mining tools of the day.
Bella Vista Park, formerly known as the Louisville Community Park, may not be large but it's still big enough for everyone to have fun. Located off of Bella Vista Drive and a small frontage road, it may be tricky to find for visitors but is well worth it for families. The playground at Bella Vista Park is safe, well-maintained, and has plenty of options for young and older kids alike. The small fish pond, large open field space, and close proximity to part of the Coal Creek trail make it a nice sight-seeing and picnic spot. Bella Vista Park is also pet friendly, and the various fields and covered seating areas can be reserved for games and events. If you need a break from all downtown Louisville has to offer, this is the perfect place! -Sabrina Zirakzadeh
Ore mining was the primary industry in Louisville's early days and the Coal Creek Mine was the largest in the area, to the point where today many buildings, streets, and other locations are named after it in some way. The Coal Creek hiking trail, which winds through downtown Louisville's vast open space, follows the path of the mine from Louisville to Lafayette. The hike is far from strenuous but still long enough for some good exercise, and offers views of the remains of the Louisville wetlands, the mountains, local wildlife, and lots of beautiful open space. Bring lots of water to avoid dehydration and altitude sickness. -Sabrina Zirakzadeh
Established in 1929, Willis Case Golf Course is a rolling course lined with majestic, mature pine trees. Spanning 6,364 yards, the par 72 course has a traditional layout located in central Denver. It also has a remarkable reputation as a course with superior maintenance. Smooth greens, fairways that play long, and beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains, especially from the first tee, make this course extremely popular.
National Western Complex spread over 600,000 sq.ft. is Colorado's prime location for stock shows, horse shows and rodeo. The venue can also be rented for any other kind of event. Rodeo is an exciting all-American entertainment sport and The National Western Complex is a great place to catch the action. The website lists the events for the months; there is a little something for everyone.
The Events Center at the National Western Complex is a multipurpose stadium which is rented out for various shows and sporting events. One of the most popular events that is hosted at the center regularly is the Rodeo. If you happen to have some time in the city, a visit to the Rodeo comes highly recommended. The stadium has 4777 seats in addition to 1000 floor seats. It has all the other facilities like rest rooms, canteen, lighting and sound systems.