Five of the Best Hidden Denver Destinations (That Only the Locals Know About)

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Denver is known for the abundance of great bars and restaurants, outdoor attractions, emerging city culture and one-of-a-kind vibe. But what about the hidden gems that only the locals know about? Here are five of the best hidden Denver destinations that you should check out ASAP!

True Colorado-Style Mexican Food and Green Chili

Step off the tourist track and enjoy some of the best Colorado Style Mexican Food Denver has to offer! To find authentic Colorado-Style Mexican Food in Denver, head over to Federal Blvd! Here, you will find well-established neighborhood Mexican Restaurants that serve up a tasty meal without the hype. One of our favorites is Taqueria Mipueblo located on Federal near 26th. We especially love the delicious green chili smothered on top of their crispy chili rellenos and scrumptious burritos.

Infused Drinks Paired With The Right Atmosphere

If you want to celebrate in a bar that represents the chill, yet progressive Colorado way of life, head uptown to The Thin Man. Everything about this place feels like your favorite bar. You’ll fall in love with the delicious infused vodkas, friendly crowd, highly original decor and eccentric staff. Once we spotted Aziz Ansari at The Thin Man after his sold-out comedy show and no one even approached or bothered him.

Hidden Theater Featuring Local Playwrights

While you’re in the Highlands, make sure to check out Theater 29. It used-to be a karate studio, but is now a low-key and somewhat mysterious creative venue. Theater 29 features a network of self-producing playwrights who develop and produce the plays that they want to see on stage.

The Red Rocks Cemetery

The Red Rocks Cemetery is located near the base of the Red Rocks concert venue. This straight-out-of-a storybook gravesite dates all the way back to the 1800s. It’s actually quite difficult to be able to earn a spot in the Red Rocks Cemetery as you have to be a local resident to be buried here. Thus, the cemetery is specific to the special folks who call Red Rocks home. Perhaps, this is why the Cemetery has a very intense energy. Seriously, some of the strangest-in-a-good-way people live in Red Rocks! The local kids are known to visit the cemetery, evoke the old time spirits and marvel at the hundred year old gravestones.

Haunted Hiking Trails

Speaking of Red Rocks Amphitheatre, did you know that once upon a time people hiked into concerts via trails leading up to the back of the venue? In fact, it was considered a rite of passage to be able to “hike into Red Rocks Concerts.” Although you can no longer hike into the actual venue, there are still amazing trails to explore with the right gear. Hikers have told stories about encountering Native American and other old-timer spirits. In fact, many report hearing noises, seeing bursts of light and feeling strange gusts of winds on the trails.