Old Time Fourth – Gold Hill, Red Rocks and Bear Creek Colorado

Next stop – Denver area to see friends, family and a concert. Traveling in Denver can be rough as there are very few places to stay. Dave books out parks months in advance just to be able to visit family.

Our travel schedule included a Pink Martini concert at Red Rocks in Morrison on July 6th (a reservation we made while still in Thailand). Knowing what a hard time it can be for holidays, we decided to book for the entire holiday weekend. Bear Creek Lake Park is just outside of Morrison and very close to where we used to live in Denver. While not an ideal campground (few trees and close proximity to the freeway), the location for concerts at Red Rocks Amphitheater and seeing friends is ideal.

The campground is without trees and tucked in the corner of the park.  Not very glamorous but it does have full power at each site.  Which is nice during the hot summer.  The spaces are large and can easily accommodate large RV’s. Fellow nomad Jessie came out and joined us for dinner one evening. We last saw her in Fort Collins a year ago. 

We met our friends John and Becky (Adventure Next) there for a few days and had a great time catching up.  We last saw them in San Diego.  Between the laughter and great food we made plans for when we will be meeting up with them next (Oregon in the fall).

For the actual holiday we met up with friends; Jody, Mark and Kim and headed up to Gold Hill outside of Boulder.  A super cute town of 250 people that is not much more than a hotel, store, school on the main street.  Located above Left Hand Canyon at an elevation of 8,300 feet, Gold Hill was the sight of the first major gold strike in 1839.  We attended a party at an amazing house – full of antiques and great food!  The town hosts an annual 4th of July parade and a band.  It is your typical small town parade where everyone from the fire department to the local bocce ball winners deck out their vehicles and drive a lap through town. The rain set back the start time, but everyone persevered and the parade processional was on. Super cute. 

We also had a chance to catch up with local friends (Mark and Kim) and go to an amazing concert.  It was my first time at Red Rocks and I loved it.  The venue is beautiful, the sound perfect, and we saw a great band (Pink Martini from Portland Oregon). We tailgated in the parking lot enjoying the beautiful views and enjoyed wonderful seats for the concert. 

Bear Creek has some good hiking trails that we hit and several areas to paddle around as well as access to bike trails within the park and some great trails outside.  We love the location and look forward to our next visit.

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