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One of the favorite festivities involved with the July 4th holiday is a spectacular fireworks display. And we’re talking real fireworks, not bottle rockets and hand-held sparklers. Fortunately, you’ll find several displays to choose from around town every year. If you’re looking to get the family out to see an explosive light show in the sky, here are several recommendations from your friends here at BackCountry.

Rockies Fireworks Game

July 3-4, 6:10 pm, Coors Field

This year’s fireworks games are Tuesday, July 3 and Wednesday, July 4. The Rockies are going up against the Giants, so let’s all go root for the home team, and then stay for the fireworks after! Tickets range from $25-$190 each, but if they sell out, there are plenty of restaurant and bar patios around the stadium where you can catch the fireworks display.

Independence Eve Celebration

July 3, 8 pm, Civic Center Park

This annual celebration features a free concert, an innovative light show on the Denver City and County building, and a stunning fireworks finale. Lawn seating is available, so bring a picnic, your blankets, and low-rise concert chairs. Your best bet is to take the light rail into downtown to avoid traffic and parking fiascos.

Elitch Gardens Fireworks

July 4, Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park

Spend the day at Elitch Gardens’ 53 rides and attractions, followed by a massive fireworks extravaganza that will light up the downtown skyline! Located in downtown Denver, Elitch Gardens offers roller coasters, cool water slides (perfect for a hot July day), dive-in movies, free concerts, and plenty of pint-sized adventures for smaller kids.

4th of July Festival & Fireworks in Englewood

July 4, 3-10 pm, Cornerstone and Belleview Parks

If you don’t want to make the trek to downtown, enjoy fireworks displays closer to home. The cities of Englewood, Littleton, and Sheridan, along with South Suburban Parks & Recreation District and Arapahoe County are holding their 2018 4th of July Festival and Fireworks celebrations again this year. This event will take place at Cornerstone and Belleview Parks. Kids’ activities, food trucks, and live music will be part of the festivities.

Parker Stars & Stripes Celebration

July 4, 6-10 pm, Salisbury Park

Pack up your blankets and lawn chairs and then set up for an evening jammed with family fun! Kids and parents alike will love the bounce houses, slides, games, and more. Older kids can check out the big slide or try their skills on the climbing wall. Six Million Dollar Band will be jamming out ‘80s hits until 9:15 p.m. and then Parker’s biggest fireworks display goes on at 9:30 pm.

We hope you and your family and friends find a spectacular light show to watch together this July 4th. And if you need a place to hold a barbeque or social gathering, don’t forget we have the Sundial House available for your July 4th party needs. Happy Independence Day!


Ranch Living in BackCountry.

Want a big home, but don’t want to climb stairs all the time? Well, the Daybreak model at BackCountry may be exactly what you’re looking for. As part of the Painted Sky Collection by Shea Homes, Daybreak offers main floor living with an optional finished basement.

Outside, you can choose between two gorgeous exteriors: High Plains Territorial or BackCountry Ranch. Inside you’ll have the options of 2-4 bedrooms as well as several fireplace models to decide between.

When you first walk in to your Daybreak home, you’ll find a guest bedroom to your left and then a library and powder room to your right. The library is perfect as a work-from-home office and features built-in shelves for all of your collections. Both the bedroom and the library face a cozy courtyard.

Perfect for entertaining, Daybreak features an open-concept living space with a kitchen that opens to the dining area and great room with fireplace. The spacious kitchen has ample cabinets and countertops as well as double pantries and a generous island with an eating bar.

Behind the kitchen is the master suite, tucked quietly at the back of the home for privacy. The master bath features a spa-like bathroom with a large, walk-in shower, dual vanities, and a room-sized master closet.

On the other side of the kitchen is a combined laundry room and owner’s entry, featuring cabinets and an optional bench where you can drop off coats, shoes, bags, etc. when you come in from the 2-bay garage.

Downstairs, the basement can be finished with two additional bedrooms and a full bath. You can also add a large media room with a bar and fireplace, perfect for an in-house movie theater or a game room.

Come see what it would be like to live in this beautiful ranch-style home in the award-winning BackCountry community. Contact us today to set up an appointment.


How to find (or make) the perfect Father’s Day gift

Dad is probably the hardest person to shop for, isn’t he? I mean, you could buy a tie, but that’s so … expected. And what if he has a casual-dress-policy job where he doesn’t have to dress up? That tie will just gather dust in his closet. But don’t worry — your friends at  BackCountry are here to help you find a few truly unique and special gifts for Dad this year.

Remember that Father’s Day is Sunday, June 17 this year (mark your calendar!) so plan ahead. Whether you’re taking your dad somewhere fun or just staying in for a family barbeque, we’ve got you covered on the gift end of things.

JEF Collapsible Chipping Net

Does your dad live to walk the greens? This collapsible golf net is perfect for any dads who love to practice chip shots all day long. This portable net provides a 3-dimensional bullseye for his short, airborne shots. Set it up in the backyard, hand him a club, and let him perfect his tournament skills.

USA Beer Cap Trap

We live in the Napa Valley of craft beer, so if Pops partakes in all things microbrewed, this laser-cut, wooden wall map of the U.S. will make a fun display of his beer tastes. This map has holes made to display the caps of memorable brews from all across the country. You can even choose a particular state shape instead of the entire country if you want.

Apple Air Pods

Wireless headphones may be one of the greatest inventions of the past 10 years and these babies are the best! Not only are they perfect for the gym, they also pair with any Bluetooth devices so Dad can quietly watch TV late at night (or early in the morning) when everyone else is asleep.

Popsicle Stick Frames

If you have young kids who want to get involved in making something for Father’s Day, here’s an easy craft to get the attention spans focused and the creative juices flowing. Who knew popsicle sticks could come together and create such a pretty frame! Just make sure you pick out what photos you want to use first so you get the size just right.

Mustard Peppercorn Rubbed Rib Eye Steak

This year, make Dad a meal he’ll never forget. Who can resist a rib eye steak rubbed with a blend of dark grain mustard and cracked black peppercorns, and then grilled to perfection? Is your mouth watering yet? Add a side of Bacon Potato Salad and Triple Chocolate Jack Daniel’s Cupcakes and you have the perfect Father’s Day feast he’ll probably ask for again next year.

We hope you found something perfect for your dad this year. If you take photos of your celebration, please share! We’d love to see them. And as always, our Sundial House is available for family gatherings. See you at the pool soon!


Take a chance on the askance.

In so many aspects of our lives, we seek perfection: In our homes (that’s why we live at Backcountry!), our professions, and even our personal relationships.

But there are times where we need to sit back and appreciate the less than perfect. For instance, resist the urge to fix that picture frame hanging crooked on the wall. Or to straighten your tie or pluck your eyebrows to be even on both sides. Because sometimes the things that are slightly askew can actually make life a bit richer. Take, for instance, our own wobbly planet. Because our earth sits on a tilt instead of spinning like a perfect top, we have longer and warmer days in the summertime. Not to mention our longest day of light on June 21 – the summer solstice. It’s that 23.5-degree angle that gives us a time of year to enjoy the amazing outdoors and get a little color on our skin.

Speaking of warm summer days, we have plenty of activities and events to get you outside and appreciating this beautifully-off-centered Colorado weather.

DENVER BBQ FEST

Friday-Sunday, June 15-June 17, Sports Authority Field

Looking for suggestions for celebrating Father’s Day this year? Take dear old Dad down to the Broncos’ stadium and stuff him full of delicious barbeque. The two of you can bond deeply while burying your faces in tasty brisket, enjoying cold beers, and swaying to live music. Learn more.

UNION STATION SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

Various dates, Union Station

Once a month from May through August, Union Station will double the size of its Terminal Bar patio to host free concerts and New Belgium Brewery beers. The lineup this year includes Blake Brown and the American Dust Choir (June 22), Paizley Park (a Prince tribute, July 13), and So What Bros. (Aug. 24). Believe us when we tell you the people-watching is top-notch.

HIGHLANDS RANCH SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

Various dates, 6:30-8 pm, Highland Heritage Regional Park

Pack a picnic, enjoy Kona shaved ice, and enjoy good music at your local park, starting June 7. Admission is free, but parking is limited, so we encourage biking, walking, and carpooling to this event. You can find the band lineup here.

CAMP BACKCOUNTRY

Various dates, Backcountry Wilderness Area

This summer, expand your children’s horizons and test their limits in the Backcountry Wilderness Area. Sign up for nature camp, art camp, horse camp, or leadership expeditions. All  counselors and staff have a passion for nature, animals, outdoor recreation, and science, as well as a desire to educate today’s youth. Learn more.


Homes that fit your lifestyle. Naturally.

BackCountry was named Community of the Year by the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver, and it’s no small wonder. Not only is our amazing community surrounded by miles and miles of natural beauty, we also feature several truly exceptional homes from Colorado’s best builders.

You’ll find a few of these innovative residences featured in The Milestone Collection by Berkeley Homes. Local to Colorado, Berkeley Homes is devoted to creating remarkable homes in many of our state’s best communities. For more than 30 years, Berkeley’s passion for their craft and the customers they serve has garnered them a devoted clientele and numerous local and national awards.

In the Milestone Collection, you’ll find an intimate enclave of 36 Colorado-contemporary homes rising on BackCountry’s last available sites. These two-story home plans range from 2,555 to 2,960 finished square feet and celebrate our surroundings with large outdoor living spaces, abundant windows to capture the views, and open plans designed for flawless entertaining. Many of these homes offer garden level or walk-out basements for even more well-lighted living space.

Residence 1

This floorplan starts at $594,900 and features 2,555 square feet of living space and a large two-car garage. Depending on your needs, you can customize 3-5 bedrooms, 3-4 bathrooms, and finish out the basement.

Residence 2

This particular layout has up to six bedrooms to customize and up to five baths at a base price of $634,900. With a slightly larger space at 2,846 square feet, this home is perfect for a growing family.

Residence 3

The largest of the floorplans, this model provides 2,960 square feet of living area and starts at $644,900. The 3-6 bedrooms, 4-5 bathrooms, and finished basement options give you plenty of space to live, work, and play.

Priced from the $600s, all three homes in this collection are specially designed to enhance the one-of-a-kind lifestyle you’ve come to know at BackCountry. Contact us today to learn more about The Milestone Collection and how we can get you in one of these beautiful homes as soon as possible.


Go Big for Your Summer Shindig!

Summer is (almost) here! The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming and you have this huge space right behind your house that is dying to be put to use. Well, take advantage of Colorado’s awesome weather and your green grass lawn and throw a fabulous summer shindig!

Whether you’re inviting neighbors, friends, frenemies, or family, don’t just default to a traditional BBQ. It’s your party, make it as special and creative as you are. Need some ideas? Your friends at BackCountry are here to help you out.

Backyard Summer Games

Bring that international competitive spirit to your own backyard, medals optional. Swing for a hole-in-one on this DIY Mini Golf Course, or grab a few bottles of spray paint and practice some interesting yoga-like positions on a Lawn Twister board. (It’s always a good idea to stretch first!) If you have a bunch of angsty teens coming over, keep them off their cell phones with this real life DIY Angry Birds game. And if it’s going to be a hot one outside, cool off with a round of Water Balloon Baseball.

Backyard Beach Party

Why go to the beach when you can bring the beach to your own backyard? It’s easier than you think. First of all, you can cover up your fence with a few of these super-cheap shower curtains to optimize your view. You can also pick up some beach balls or make your own from foam and felt. Cool things off with this homemade snow cone recipe or these vegan blueberry coconut popsicles. Yum! And while you don’t want to necessarily build sand castles out of the dirt in your yard, you can create edible sand art instead!

Vintage Garden Party

If you’ve toiled in the soil and have a fabulous garden to show for it, this is the perfect setting for a vintage garden party! Set the mood with some soft glowing lighting and decorate your table with mason jars, mismatched plates, and a few vintage-inspired pieces. Bring a little extra ambiance with these DIY candle stakes and add a birdcage to the mix. Put these all together and it’ll transform your garden into a vintage wonderland.

Bohemian Backyard Dinner Party

If you have a love of intimate gatherings, consider bringing a small group together for a unique outdoor dinner party. Create a low dining table with a long piece of wood balanced on wooden crates. Drape it with a lovely handmade tablecloth. Guests can sit on the ground, on top of fabric and/or faux fur pillows. Cover your table with fresh flowers mixed with dry ones and stack vintage plates at each table setting. Start off the festivities with a cheese charcuterie, followed by a family-style feast. And create a signature drink for the evening, something along the lines of a blood-orange margarita or a lavender gin and tonic.

Are you ready to throw a backyard shindig? If you do, please take photos and show off your creative party style! Don’t forget to tag @BackCountryCO. And if your backyard isn’t in party mode, you can always host an event at the Sundial House. Enjoy your summer!


Our Amenities Get You Moving

BackCountry is more than just a place to live — it’s a lifestyle. Every day is a choice between luxurious spa-like amenities and the back-to-nature thrill of exploring the great outdoors. And now that warm weather is here, you have all kinds of ways to get out of the house and take in the sunny Colorado weather.

The Sundial House

Our Sundial House is your own private lodge, offering panoramic views of Denver and the Rocky Mountains. Here, get in summer shape with fitness classes and spa treatment rooms. This luxurious retreat also features a pub where you can meet up with your neighbors, an outdoor amphitheater featuring live music, and a spectacular resort-style pool that opens on Memorial Day this year.

Parks and Trails

Colorado is all about the outdoor lifestyle, so we have plenty of trails, parks, and open spaces threaded throughout our community. Any time you want to just “get outside,” you can open your door and bike, hike, or run your way to a fun-filled day.

Backcountry Wilderness Area

One of the biggest perks to living at BackCountry is accessibility to the Backcountry Wilderness Area, right in your own backyard. This wilderness area features 8,200 acres of serene conservation space, including 26 miles of trails.

The Backcountry Wilderness Area serves not only as wildlife preservation, but also offers educational activities for children and adults. Every year, they hold hayrides, horseback rides, outdoor camps, and family-focused events. You’ll discover so many ways for you and your family to reconnect with the natural world there.

Once you become a BackCountry resident, you’ll have every opportunity to get outdoors, stretch your legs, and enjoy these many wonderful amenities. From lazy days by the pool to adventurous mornings out on the Backcountry trails, you’ll find plenty of amenities and activities to appeal to any taste. We hope to see you out and about soon! 


Denver has the Cure for the Summertime Blues

People may think of Denver as a winter vacation stop-over on the way to Colorado’s ski resorts. However, any local can tell you that summer is our best-kept secret. Sure, our summers are hot, but while most of the country is wallowing in sweat-inducing humidity, we have more of a “dry heat” on our radar every year. As long as we have shade, sunscreen, and cold Colorado craft beer, we’re good. Every summer, you’ll find us heading outdoors to the mountains, festivals, or rooftop patios in droves, soaking up the sunshine and beautiful views.

If you’re new to Denver, or if you have friends/family coming to visit, here are a few handy suggestions to get the most out of our summer-friendly city.

Red Rocks Amphitheater

If you’re a live music fan, you already know about this stunning concert venue. Red Rocks is the quintessential concert experience and you’ll find shows almost every night throughout the summer months. We love the museum underneath the stage – it’s definitely worth checking out! On weekend mornings, participate in several exercise boot camps scattered around the amphitheater, challenging participants to run up the 69 bench seats — can you do it? 

Historic LoDo Walking Tour

No better way to enjoy warm, sunny weather than with a walking tour around downtown, right? Lower Downtown, or LoDo for short, is Denver’s oldest business district and has a bit of a sordid past. (On that note this is an adults-only tour.) From crooked mayors to gangsters to brothels and opium dens, you’ll learn the crazy history of our city, as well as noted architecture, significant historic buildings, and haunted hotels.

Avanti Food and Beverage

Lauded as Denver’s hottest spot, this family-friendly “food hall” offers one of the best patio views of the downtown Denver skyline. The beautifully-designed space centers around its view, and visitors can indulge in any of the seven food vendors operating onsite or the two full-service bars. Make sure you get there early to snag a space on the upstairs patio.

Free Days

Denver has many top-notch cultural institutions, and on certain days of the year, they’re free to the public! This is perfect for large families or groups. Or it’s just perfect for those of us with a limited budget. Explore the Denver Zoo, which is home to the 10-acre Toyota Elephant Passage, or the world-renowned Denver Museum of Nature and Science, which features the Ultimate Dinosaur Exhibit.

South Pearl Street Farmers Market

Stroll along Old South Pearl Street and peruse booths filled with fresh produce, ready-to-eat treats, artisan cheeses, oven-baked goods, and freshly roasted green chilies. The quaint South Pearl neighborhood hosts this splendid outdoor market every Sunday, 9 am-1pm, from May until November.

City Park

Take the family out for a day at the park! City Park, which is just east of downtown, features two lakes, several monuments, two playgrounds, tennis courts, and picnic sites, in addition to the zoo and Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Then, on Sunday nights, grab your friends and head out for an evening at the park. City Park Jazz produces free concerts featuring jazz, blues, and salsa musicians.

This list should get you started for your Denver summer extravaganza. And as always, if you take any fun photos at any of these stops, feel free to share them with us!


Yay, it’s May!

May is an awesome month — especially if you’re a kid. It’s the start of summer break, and pools are open everywhere! As an adult, you have Mother’s Day brunches, Derby Day hats, and Cinco De Mayo happy hours to look forward to. And Memorial Day weekend usually means you’re headed to the mountains, a lake, or the ocean for a 3-day vacay.

May is also an awesome month if you’re a BackCountry resident. Here’s a rundown of fun happenings for the next few weeks. Hope to see you around!  

DERBY PARTY

Saturday, May 5, 6pm, Sundial House

Resident: Come celebrate the excitement and tradition of the Kentucky Derby with your neighbors. Ladies, start shopping for your Derby Day outfits now! Everyone should come dressed to the nines — men included. Here are a few helpful fashion tips for the big day. Register here so we know you’re joining in the fun.

COLORADO CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL

May 11-12, Denver Mart

What better way to treat your mom on Mother’s Day weekend than taking her to a chocolate festival? Sample chocolate candy, cakes, cookies, truffles, fudge, brownies, toffees, coffees, and so much more! You’ll also find a Mother’s Day Gift Market with jewelry, clothes, imports, and crafts. Learn more.

THE BIG HELP

Saturday, May 12, 10am-3pm, Backcountry Base Camp

You know the gorgeous Backcountry Wilderness area that backs up to our neighborhood and gives us an easy path to the outdoor beauty of Colorado? Well, every year, the Highlands Ranch Community Association (HRCA) puts together this big volunteer event to help spruce up the place. They even host a big party afterwards. Gather a crew and register here.

DEGAS: A PASSION FOR PERFECTION

Through May 20, Denver Art Museum

Need a dose of culture? Then head downtown to see this showcase featuring prolific French artist Edgar Degas. Well-known masterpieces are on view, including pieces that focus on his strong interest in opera and dance. Get tickets.

BACKCOUNTRY 3RD ANNUAL 5K – RUN WILD FOR ELLEN!

Sunday, May 20

We don’t have all the details yet, but go ahead, start lacing up those running shoes and save the date for this big event! We hope to see you there!


Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Gardens

As May approaches, so does warmer weather and tendrils of green grass. In fact, color is popping up everywhere in Colorado, making those of us blessed with a green thumb itchy for fresh soil and gardening gloves.

No matter if you’re a pro or a novice, gardening is an excellent stress-reliever, giving you an excuse to be outside on a beautiful day. Here are a few gardening ideas and suggestions to help you get the most of your yard this spring and well into the summer.

Woman Planting Container On Rooftop Garden

Declare your yard a mosquito-free zone

Don’t let mosquitoes ruin a beautiful early evening patio event. Not only are they annoying but they can transmit disease in humans and pets. But you don’t have to douse yourself in chemicals – plenty of plants can act as a natural repellant. Pick any of these seven plants to keep those blood-suckers out while sprucing up your front or back porch with wonderful fragrances.

Sprinkle baking soda in your garden

Even though baking soda has hundreds of uses inside your home, it also has a lot of uses in your garden too! This magical powdery substance can revive your rose blooms, sweeten tomatoes, kill weeds, and repel pests. It’s also handy to scrub all of the soil off your hands and arms after working in the garden.

Build a Squash Arc

What if you could tame your squash vines AND add a wonderful piece of architecture to your garden? This Squash Arc is easy to put together and makes it easier to control your squash so it no longer takes over the garden. This arch works for Sugar Pie Pumpkins, Butternut, and Delicata.

Grow Veggies in Containers

Growing plants in pots and containers allows you more flexibility and mobility and less weeding and back pain. You can also move the containers inside in inclement weather. We’ve found this list of 15 Veggies Perfect for Container Gardening to get you started.

Make a Vegetable Garden For Your Kids

Why are you doing all the backbreaking work in a garden? Forego this country’s child labor laws and send your kiddos out to the garden. They won’t mind – it’ll be an excuse for them to play in the dirt. This handy article will give you a step-by-step guide to creating a nourishing vegetable garden with your children.

Hopefully, this list will point you in the right direction for growing goodies around your yard. If you need more inspiration, check out BackCountry’s Let’s Garden Pinterest Board, where you can find articles on growing vertical gardens, ideas for herb gardens, and a handy planner.

Happy gardening and send us photos of your finished accomplishments this summer!