Six Colorado car-camping weekends you can book now for this summer

There’s no shame in car camping. If you don’t mind some company, it’s a great way to get introduced to Colorado’s wonderful sights.

There’s no shame in car camping. If you don’t mind some company, it’s a great way to get introduced to Colorado’s wonderful sights. Unfortunately, a lot of the most convenient camping spots fill up very early.

Rather than grumble about transplants and tourists, why don’t you get ahead of the curve and book a trip right now? Here are six accessible and unique summer trips, each with its own special feature, that you can book long before the season approaches. You’ll also find information about backcountry camping in Rocky Mountain National Park, which opens soon for reservations.

Anyway, I made two reservations while I wrote this thing, so I feel like it’s pretty useful! Let’s go — and do feel free to email me with additional trips and tips.


Test Kitchen is here to elevate Denver hip-hop and give young artists their shot

It’s easy to catch a relatively unknown line-up of rock bands for a modest cover. That hasn’t been the case for hip-hop in Denver, until now.

Lo-Pez performs. Test Kitchen at Black Box, Feb. 8, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) black box; capitol hill; music; hip hop; rap; club; nightlife; test kitchen; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
Lo-Pez performs. Test Kitchen at Black Box, Feb. 8, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

It’s a Wednesday night in February and the Black Box, a less-than-three-month-old venue, is all but packed with people here to see brand new, untested artists perform.

The showcase they’re here to see, Test Kitchen, is also brand-new. It’s the second official night of the free, bi-monthly, Roux Black-produced event that falls somewhere between open mic and “American Idol.” But unlike an episode of “Idol” or typical Denver open mic, Test Kitchen features hip-hop artists.