I spent some time in the loop recently. The Lariat Loop that is.
If you live in the Denver, Colorado metro area, chances are you know what and where the Lariat Loop is. It’s an easy 40 mile drive through some canyons and front range mountains. And if you really took your time and saw all the points of interest along the way, you could make a whole day trip out of it…maybe even two day trip.
From where I live it’s easiest to start out in the little town of Morrison and head up Bear Creek Canyon. Morrison has one of my favorite breakfast places, The Blue Cow. They make crispy bacon, and my wife loves their “Morrison Scramble”. But I digress…
While you’re in Morrison, you’re literally at the front door of Red Rocks…one of the best places on earth to see a concert. You could check it out at the start of the loop in Morrison…or at the end…it’s your choice. Either way, it’s worth the stop.
Head on up Bear Creek Canyon and you’ll pass through Idlewild (a wide spot in the road…and look for the sayings on the sign outside the church on the right) then on to Kittredge. In Kittredge you might try another small eatery “From The Vine“. If you do, I recommend the blueberry pie…and I like it cold…but that’s me. Then…it’s just a hop and a skip to Evergreen. There’s a bunch of places to eat and recreate. Don’t miss out on the lake. It’s a postcard setting whether it’s summer or winter.
After you pass through Evergreen you wind around to I-70, and you’ll drive on it for just a short couple of minutes to the Genesee exit. Go over the bridge, follow the frontage road until you see a sign for the Buffalo Bill museum. Turn left and follow the winding road and signs. It’s a fun spot to see the whole Denver metro area. Oh yeah…they have some tasty fudge. Hmm…sounds like I stay in the Lariat Loop for the food. Naa…I love the drive through the mountains.
Wind on down Lookout Mountain and into my favorite spot in the loop…Golden. In fact, I call it the notch of the Lariat Loop. I don’t know who’s in charge of keeping Golden up, but they’re doing a bang up job. Lots to see and do there…not just the Coors tour. 🙂
OK…I’ve left a lot out…but you gotta go get in the loop for yourself. It’s a fun drive. It’s close. And you can tell ’em Tony sent you.
And by the way…the reason I even brought it up is because “The Lariat Loop” is my latest song on my “Bedtime Buckaroos” western themed lullaby songs collection. Check out the Lullaby Songs link and hear it free.
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