While quality competition and the presence of hundreds of college coaches has helped make Triple Crown’s 4th of July event an eye-popping success, there’s no doubt getting to hang out in Colorado is a huge part of the appeal.
Typically, the sun will shine brightly during the day, and the evenings will cool off nicely – it won’t be hard to jump in the van and go explore the many amusements of Denver and the rest of the Front Range. We suggest you ask other teams what they’ve done when looking for a breather from the softball field, but we’ve got a quick list here that can shed some light.
WHITE WATER RAFTING – After a remarkable winter in terms of snowpack and moisture, the rivers of Colorado are percolating with a purpose in 2019. Inside of a two-hour drive from Denver, you can find multiple companies who will outfit you for a wet and wild trip through the rapids. Feel the thrill of careening trip downwater, and take home a photo of your team facing the spray.
ELITCH GARDENS AMUSEMENT PARK – (from the website) Located in the heart of Denver and celebrating 129 years of fun, Elitch Gardens is Colorado’s only world-class combination theme and water park. From thrilling roller coasters to pint-sized adventures, a splashin' water park and tons of special events, there's thrills for all.
GARDEN OF THE GODS/MANITOU SPRINGS – For teams staying and playing around south Denver and Colorado Springs, this is the perfect daytrip. There’s no charge to soak in the beauty of these treasures, jagged red-rock sandstone features reaching to the sky. The old mining town of Manitou Springs is about five miles west, a great place to shop and grab a bite while checking out the funky architecture of the town.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK – Just outside nearby Estes Park and packed to the gills on the weekend, this is a spellbinding setting for your weekday away from the fields. The always impressive Trail Ridge Road is still closed because of heavy winter snow, but any time spent touring the park or grabbing a hike will be long remembered.
DINOSAUR RIDGE/RED ROCKS – Both locations near Morrison; Dinosaur Ridge features famous Jurassic dinosaur bones, such as Stegosaurus and Apatosaurus, discovered in 1877, and Cretaceous dinosaur footprints. A guidebook is available for use; guided tours can be arranged. Red Rocks is the famous outdoor amphitheatre; dig into Red Rocks’ human and geological history at the Visitor Center, which has educational displays, a short documentary and a Performer's Hall of Fame.