Category: Boulder Outdoors

Looking for a way to keep your guests and family entertained during the Thanksgiving and Christmas break in the Boulder area? Take them outside for a festive event or a genuine adventure in Colorado’s great outdoors! This is why you live here and why they are visiting!!

Folks who are new to Colorado, or even those who have been here for years, often miss out on some of the area’s greatest activities purely for lack of knowing they exist. So we are hoping to provide everyone with a great to-do list for each of our favorite holidays and special occasions.

So to that end, we are highlighting all of the fun Thanksgiving and Christmas happenings:

1. Go see Colorado’s BEST lights!

The Zoo Lights – The Zoo Lights are back for its 28th year and brighter than ever with more than 2 million LED lights spread over 70 acres, and a dash of Santa’s magic. Make beautiful holiday memories with a visit to Zoo Lights from November 30 through January 6

Denver Botanical Gardens – The Gardens’ signature event for over three decades, this annual holiday lights extravaganza transforms our York Street location into a twinkling winter wonderland. With fresh and exciting new features, along with some fan favorites, this year’s display will be brighter and more expansive than ever before. Join us for this family-friendly event that has become a holiday tradition for thousands of Front Range families.

 Downtown Denver – Sparkling lights  illuminate the historic Union Station in the heart of LoDo. More than 100,000 lights festoon the trees of the 1.25 mile-long 16th Street Mall.

 Downtown Boulder – Boulder’s Switch on the Holidays – The plaza in front of the Boulder County Courthouse (between 13th and 14th Streets) features lighted trees, an “electric fountain” and a canopy of lights.Above the city, a lighted star shines from Flagstaff Mountain, a local tradition since 1947. See the lights from November 18 through the end of January. Also, the tree trunks at Civic Center Park (west of Broadway between Canyon and Arapahoe) are wrapped in holiday lights.

2. Ski Colorado!! Eldora, Vail, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Winter Park, Steamboat — to list just a few of our favorites. For information on ski passes — the best way to enjoy Colordao’s mountain life — check out the Ikon Pass or the Epic Pass.

3. St Nick on the Bricks – Boulder – Friday November 23, and Saturdays November 24 – December 22, 2018 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Downtown Boulder Visitor Information Center, 1303 Pearl Street
Kids of all ages can visit with Santa for FREE at the Downtown Boulder Visitor Information Center. Whether you are asking for a fire engine for Tommy, a new doll for Molly, or a diamond ring for mommy, bring your list and a camera to capture priceless holiday memories.Tired of waiting in line? Take a FREE ride on the 100% Electric Tebo Train aka Snowflake Express. Children ages 10 and under (along with accompanying adults) will chug along Pearl Street in this one-of-a-kind experience.The Snowflake Express boards in front of the Capital One Cafe at the corner of 13th and Pearl where hot chocolate samples will be provided. Last train leaves the station at 2:00 pm.
4. Go to the Lights of December Parade in Boulder — Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. Crowds will enjoy marching bands, lit fire engines, holiday carolers and much more. The grand finale includes an appearance by the jolly old man himself – Santa Claus! The Parade starts at 15th & Walnut and heads West to Broadway, then North on Broadway to Spruce, and then East on Spruce ending at 15th. There will be reviewing stands at 14th & Walnut and Broadway & Pearl. 

5. Ride the historic Georgetown Loop Train! Located only 45 minutes outside Denver, and nestled high in the Rocky Mountains, you can enjoy the lighted forest November 17th-January 5th

6. Take a Hike: Colorado offers miles and miles of hiking trails to some of the most beautiful spots in the State.  Eldorado Canyon, Golden Gate State Park, Castlewood Canyon, Roxborough State Park, and Colorado’s newest, Staunton State Park with its fantastic Elk Falls.

7. Go DogsleddingBreckenridge – Open November 17th – April 30th. Each dog sled trip begins with our friendly, knowledgeable guides explaining how to run the sled and how to work with the beautiful Siberian Huskies on your team. This tour is a unique, interactive and absolutely thrilling way to experience dog sledding and the Rocky Mountains!

8. Parades that are happening in and around Boulder:

Boulder:  The Lights of December Parade. December 1st, 6pm. 15th and Walnut.

Niwot: Holiday Parade: December 1st, 11am-1pm. 2nd avenue from Murray St to Niwot Rd — when the parade finishes, Santa will be in the Grange until 1:00PM to take the children’s Christmas gift wish list.

Longmont: Holiday Parade of Lights – December 8th, 5:00pm


Turkey Trots!

What better way to kick of your Thanksgiving celebrations than by running a local Turkey Trot!?

While we at Lovato Properties are planning to hit up the Boulder race, there are numerous options including Louisville, Erie, Broomfield, Denver, Highlands Ranch, and beyond! Check out this quick list of Colorado races on Thursday November 22nd:






Highlands Ranch:

Happy running and Happy Thanksgiving!






October has always been my favorite month of the year, ever since I was a young girl. When I was in High School and College, October signified the middle of Cross Country Season (which I loved). The trees were turning colors, the mornings were brisk, and the days were warm. I used to love to run through the leaves that had fallen and hear the crunching beneath my feet.

While I have moved on from my youth and from my Cross Country days, my love for October has not wavered. October is still my favorite month of the year. I still love seeing all of the magnificent colors, and I love the start of the change in seasons. The days are still warm, while the mornings and evenings are brisk.

Sharing this love of October with my daughter and seeing it through her eyes has made my heart fill with so much joy. While my husband has been away, we have visited five pumpkin patches in the last week soaking up everything that Boulder in October has to offer.pumpkin

I’m excited to share my experiences with you, and to give you some insight into pumpkin patch family fun.

Here are my three favorite pumpkin patches in the Boulder area.

1. Anderson Farms – 6728 County Road, Erie, CO | 303-828-5210 |

Admission: Adults – Monday-Friday-$10; Saturday & Sunday $13; Children under 3 years-Free

Anderson Farms was the first pumpkin patch I visited. Driving up and parking I couldn’t help but notice how HUGE the property is! While we were at Anderson Farms we enjoyed a hayride (included with admission price) to pick out our pumpkins. The hayride was about 10 minutes long and my daughter loved being in the back of a truck with the wind blowing through her hair! She really loved being able to run through the pumpkin fields to pick out her very own pumpkin. (My advice is to wear boots or close toed shoes stable shoes. I wore flip flops-which was a mistake.)

PonyIncluded with admission price is the barnyard 500 pedal carts, which looked like a ton of fun, barrel train – perfect for my two-year-old, feeding the farm animals, playing on “tire mountain”, and a 30-acre corn maze which is open all day and night, and an awesome playground!

There are a few things that are offered at Anderson Farm at an extra price that my daughter insisted on, such as pony rides ($5). She loved this! Picking a pumpkin (cost is by the size of the beast). Gem Mining, Gourd launching, Private Campfire Sites, Face Painting, and Paint a Pumpkin Junction are all also offered at an extra price.

For the older kids/adults they offer “Terror in the Corn” and Zombie paintball. You can check that out here.

There is a darling general store on site that offers fun trinkets and food. We did have a bite to eat at the little restaurant on site, and our meal included apple juice, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and chips. If you are gluten free or require a special diet, bring your own lunch.


2. Cottonwood Farms – 1535 N 75th Street Boulder, CO 80303 | 720-890-4766 |

Admission: FREE


If you are looking for a mellow time at a pumpkin patch and are not looking to spend a small fortune, this is the place to go. Admission is free which is AWESOME! The first thing that we did after we parked was collect a little red wagon to go on our search for the perfect pumpkin. My daughter jumped in her wagon and we took our time out to the pumpkin patch to check out the fenced in animals which included a donkey, a pony, some chicken, kittens, and bunnies! There is a corn maze for the little ones that seemed like fun. My daughter was a little small for that so we didn’t try it. Hay rides are an extra $3 but we enjoyed the walk out to the pumpkin patch. And she really loved picking out her own pumpkin.


3. Rocky Mountain Pumpkin Ranch | 9057 Ute Hwy, Longmont CO 80503 |

Admission: Free | Activities: $1 per ticket
Weekdays: Self guided tours and Organic Farmers Market; Saturdays and Sundays: Fall Festival

If you want your sprightly toddler to sleep 12-13 hours at night then take them here during the Fall Carnival, which is every Saturday and Sunday through October 31st. My daughter had the time of her life with everything offered at this small and inviting ranch. We did it all!

Jumpy Castle – Check. Pony rides – Check. Petting Zoo – Check. Pick-a-duck for a prize (six times!) – Check. Barrel Train Ride – Check. Paint a Pumpkin – Check. Face Painting – Check. The only things we didn’t do were the things that she was too small to do, like ride the mini roller coaster. Parents beware: everything costs money. Rides typically cost three tickets ($3). Pony rides are five tickets. It all adds up quickly! I think by the end of my day at the Ranch I had spent $40! I was a bit surprised, especially at how quickly it went! But I felt like it was worth every penny. My two-year-old daughter had the time of her life!
Food: We brought a small lunch but we enjoyed some of the food from the food truck that was on site. I especially loved their fresh squeezed lemonade and snow cones. The downside to the ranch is that after 11am it gets REALLY busy. Be prepared!

Enjoy your October and if you know of any other awesome Pumpkin Patches, let me know – we are always on the hunt!