Coloradoans love the outdoors. We hike, fish, bike, run, canoe and climb – often many times in the same week. We demand power sports stores that can deliver the goods we need, whether it’s a tent for our next camping trip or skis for the upcoming season. Here – tried and tested – is our list of the best sporting goods stores in Denver.
Bass Pro Shops – Denver
7970 Northfield Boulevard
Denver, Colo. 80238
This is not your grandfather’s sporting goods store. This huge behemoth of a box store is a destination in its own right. There’s an entire wing just for fly-fishing gear, another for camping, and the list goes on and on. You could wander in here for hours, all the while finding top name brands that you’re sure to need – or at least want. Bass Pro Shops offers hunters and anglers equipment they’ll drool over, as well as free workshops on fly fishing, predator calling and how to use a fish finder, just to name a few. Bass Pro Shops is part museum and art gallery and the pieces make for interesting sidelines, as does the giant fish tank. Watch the fish feeding at 3 p.m. on Saturday, and keep an eye out for the 82-pound catfish! After shopping, head next door for dinner at the Islamorada Fish Company restaurant. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
1416 Platte Street
Denver, Colo. 80202
Not many stores have an indoor climbing wall, but REI in Denver does. This sporting gear store is revered by many a Coloradoan as the expert on all things outdoors. It boasts a huge selection of gear, from backpacking to skiing to climbing gear. The staff consists of skilled, adventure-loving maniacs, and they provide a wealth of knowledge on all things outdoors. The REI flagship store is located in the heart of Denver at Confluence Park. You can test your bike on the city’s major cycling paths right outside the front door or take your kayak to the kayak park in the river just steps away. Wear your hiking shoes here, as there are four levels of winding racks and tags to navigate. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
370 South Colorado Boulevard
Glendale, Colo. 80246
Sports Authority offers gear for every sport and sport type. They are perhaps best known for their ski gear and year-end ski sales, but also carry brands like Adidas, Under Armour, Callaway and Columbia. Items change seasonally and are well laid out; if you’re looking to get in and out fast, this is the store for you. Sports Authority has a large selection of youth sportswear and equipment. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.