Parked right on the edge of the Rockies, Denver is known for all the opportunities it provides to explore the great outdoors. But before you head out to rock climb, fish, hike, or otherwise find adventures, make sure you’re prepared for the conditions. Luckily, there are plenty of places to find the gear you need to explore safely.
Whether you’re looking for fishing gear, running shoes, boating equipment, climbing gear, or bikes, Denver has a store with everything you could possibly want.
Everything You Could Possibly Want
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Founded by brothers Gary and Markin 1980, Sports Plus is a neighborhood sports store that accepts consignment items and has an impressive inventory of new and used items. The store also has a full-service repair department that can repair any sports equipment.
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Wilderness Exchange Unlimited (Wildy X) is a local business specializing in buying and selling outdoor equipment for rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering, backcountry skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, backpacking, and camping. They pride themselves on making adventures accessible by offering the best deals in the industry.
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Patagonia began making tools for climbers in 1973, and now makes clothes and gear for climbing and other sports like skiing, snowboarding, surfing, fly fishing, paddling, and trail running. They donate at least 1% of their sales to grassroots environmental groups and work to reduce their business’ harm to nature by using recycled polyester in many of their clothes and organic cotton.
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Boulder Running Company is a sister store of Jackrabbit. They offer clothing and gear for runners, and also offer training programs, fit analysis services, and help in connecting with the local running communities. Every store is tailored to the local community.
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Founded by two college friends in 1974, the company has become a favorite for climbers, skiers, mountaineers, and adventurers worldwide. The company works with professional adventurers to push the limits of product innovation and technology with a constant commitment to designing the highest quality performance products.
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Named for the most unforgiving side of a mountain, the company was founded in 1966 by two hiking enthusiasts who began designing and manufacturing their own brand of technical mountaineering apparel and equipment. The Denver store sells The North Face’s large inventory of performance apparel, equipment, and footwear.
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Founded in 1989 by Canadian climbers, Arc’teryx is named after the first reptile to develop feathers for flight. Like the reptile, the company’s design team like to challenge design assumptions and constantly evolve and build products using advanced materials, meticulous detail, and unique construction processes that work in all conditions.
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Bass Pro Shops was founded in 1972 by an avid young angler named Johnny Morris. Today, there are more than 100 retail and marine centers across North America, each customized to its location. The Denver store has dining, classes, an archery range, ATVs, a boat service, and gaming.
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- Address: 14500 W Colfax Ave W Colfax Ave, Lakewood, CO 80401
- Phone: (303) 317-5880
DICK’S Sporting Goods was founded in 1948, by 18-year-old Dick Stack who opened his bait-and-tackle shop with $300 from his grandmother. By 1958, he expanded his product line to include more general sports goods. His sons have since built the enterprise to over 675 stores across the country. They sell sports equipment, apparel, footwear, and accessories.
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- Address: 1430 S Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80222
- Phone: (303) 756-2212
- Address: 2, 7306 E 36th Ave, Denver, CO 80222
- Phone: (720) 941-2957
- Address: 10051 E Iliff Ave, Aurora, CO 80014
- Phone: (720) 747-4411
- Address: 7111 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood, CO 80226
- Phone: (303) 231-0861
Big 5 Sporting Goods is a top national retailer of name brand sporting goods and accessories. They sell everything from athletic shoes and apparel to accessories, as well as outdoor and athletic equipment for team sports, fitness, camping, hunting, fishing, tennis, golf, winter and summer recreation and roller sports.
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Tommy’s Colorado was born from Tommy’s Slalom Shop which was founded in 1982. Located at the edge of the Rockies, they sell everything you might need on the lake from new and used boat sales to an array of water sports equipment and accessories. They also have a full-service department for repairs.
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Founded in 1991, this local business is obsessed with fishing. The staff is always on hand to help customers become better fisherman by sharing tactics, advice, and steering you toward the appropriate gear.
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Trouts Fly Fishing is Denver’s premier fly fishing outfitter and retailer with two floors of retail goods, as well as a fly fishing education center and outfitting office. They are committed to offering the most comprehensive fly fishing related goods, services and information possible.
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The Denver Fly Shop is a full-service fly shop that specializes in guided trips to Colorado’s finest waters and a class schedule with a broad array of classes ranging from an introduction to fly fishing to Bamboo Rod Making. They also have the largest ladies apparel and gear selection in Denver.
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In 1954, Jim Poor, an innovator in small flies, started a small tackle shop that served as a general tackle store for conventional anglers and fly fisherman. The store has grown since then, moved, and changed hands, but Anglers All has been a fly fishing shop for decades and has provided anglers with the best information and equipment for 60 years and counting.
Professional Sports Gear
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- Address: 1720 Federal Blvd, Denver, CO 80204
- Phone: (303) 455-6303
- Address: 405 16th St, Denver, CO 80204
- Phone: (303) 825-3256
Colorado’s largest independent sports retailer, Sportsfan was founded in 1985 and is dedicated to providing sports fans with a wide selection of sports apparel and accessories for the whole family. Their merchandise officially licensed by the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and NCAA.
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The Olsen brothers had trouble finding authentic sports apparel unless they attended games, so they started their own business in 1985. It was so successful it became one of the fastest growing franchises in the country. Today there are 130+ stores and counting. This the place to go if you’re looking for licensed professional sports gear.
What’s your favorite thing to do Denver? Whatever it is, the gear in these stores will ensure you enjoy your outdoor adventure in style and comfort. Happy trails!