Denver is a bustling city of over 579,000 people supporting a metropolitan area of nearly 3 million. Though the city embraces its cowboy and mining past, it also looks forward to the future with a vibrant arts scene, dozens of great outdoor festivals and a variety of neighborhoods offering their own entertaining experiences. In addition, it provides access to the beautiful Rocky Mountains , only 15 miles west of town.
Late spring/early summer and early autumn are excellent times to visit Denver if you are an outdoor sports enthusiast. The weather is generally pleasant, and there is an abundance of outdoor festivals at these times. Of course, for skiing enthusiasts, winter is the best time to visit Denver. There are many ski resorts about 1 to 1/2-2 hours west of Denver along I-70, though the weekend traffic to these resorts can be very slow, especially in inclement weather.