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Denver on the cheap

Bison feed at the Buffalo Herd Overlook west

Bison feed at the Buffalo Herd Overlook west of Denver. They're kept behind fences about 20 miles west of town on Interstate 70, where an overlook near Exit 254 offers great opportunities to photograph the creatures with the Rocky Mountains on the horizon. (Dec. 7, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

Free things to see and do in the Mile High City.

Brian Knapp, 22, puts on the moves at
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Brian Knapp, 22, puts on the moves at Denver's Skateboard Park. One of the premiere parks of its kind in the country, it has 60,000 square feet of skateable concrete terrain. Use of the park is free, but you have to bring your own gear or rent it from nearby shops. (Dec. 7, 2012)

Rachel Gardner jogs with her dog, Allie, at
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Rachel Gardner jogs with her dog, Allie, at Denver's 177-acre Sloan's Lake, where visitors can get a panoramic view of the mountains and a good hike. (Dec. 7, 2012)

Bryce Hoogland of Boise, Idaho, browses at downtown
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Bryce Hoogland of Boise, Idaho, browses at downtown Denver's Tattered Cover Book Store, a celebrated independent bookstore that dwarfs most superstores. Tattered Cover has a suburban Denver location as well. (Dec. 7, 2012)

A beer is drawn from one of 16
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A beer is drawn from one of 16 taps at Denver's Great Divide Brewery, which offers free tours and is just a short walk from downtown's 16th Street Mall. (Dec. 7, 2012)

A group check out the operation at Denver's
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A group check out the operation at Denver's Great Divide Brewery, which offers free tours and is just a short walk from downtown's 16th Street Mall. (Dec. 7, 2012)

Justin Niederhauser, 19, from Boise, Idaho, plays a
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Justin Niederhauser, 19, from Boise, Idaho, plays a piano on the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver. Catch a ride through the mall on the free bus shuttle and get a glimpse of Denver's past and current scene. (Dec. 7, 2012)

Bison feed at the Buffalo Herd Overlook west
Photo Credit: AP

Bison feed at the Buffalo Herd Overlook west of Denver. They're kept behind fences about 20 miles west of town on Interstate 70, where an overlook near Exit 254 offers great opportunities to photograph the creatures with the Rocky Mountains on the horizon. (Dec. 7, 2012)

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