Here at Colorado Parks and Wildlife, we encourage everyone to Live Life Outside, so why should your dating life be any different? Valentine’s Day is here… and we all know what that means.
Let’s unpack this season of solitary-shunning and reinvigorate the idea of what romance can really be. There’s nothing more mundane than calling up the same steakhouse year after year, booking the same reservation for the same time, and having the same conversation, over and over. A dinner on Valentine’s day is the heart-shaped necklace of all dates: get your partner what they really want: an outdoor adventure.
Make nature the backdrop to your romantic rendezvous with one of these ideas:
1. Have a Picnic – You won’t have to fight for a spot at this time of year. Just be sure to bring some hot chocolate! May we suggest the intimate shelters at Cherry Creek State Park?
6. Target Practice – Educational and a blast. Check out the Cameo Shooting and Education Complex– They’re open 7 days a week from 8am-4pm!
10. Glamping – We recommend this any time of year, especially at Lake Pueblo State Park– they’re open year-round!
11. Photography trip – All of our parks make for a wonderful setting, but why not head to Pearl Lake State Park this weekend for some novel content?
12. Tailgate water coloring – Paint what you see as the sun goes down! There’s an overlook parking lot at Chatfield State Park known for its romantic vibes.
13. Love-birding – Like birding, but with your partner. Barr Lake State Park boasts a beautiful wildlife refuge, and is home to Bald Eagles!
Want to go it alone?
1. Fat Tire biking – Who really talks to other people on a bike ride anyway? Reserve a Fat-Tire bike for free at Stagecoach State Park
2. Park Hopping – Turn up your favorite songs and traverse the windy roads! (Trust us, it’ll feel like you’re in a movie)
3. Love-Birding – You can love birds and not be in a relationship. Check out Roxborough State Park for a magical experience.
4. Glamping – More room for you! Try out Trinidad Lake State Park.
5. Photography trips – Tripods and selfie-sticks were invented for a reason, folks. Eldorado Canyon State Park gets a lot of attention, and it’s no wonder!
Did you try out any of these dates? Tag us in your photos from date night on social media @Coparkswildlife and show us how you Live Life Outside!
Written by Devan Walsh. Devan is a Digital Communications Specialist with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.