West of Denver are the adjacent towns of Lakewood and Golden. There are typical chain-motels along Colfax Ave. Golden is also home of Coors Brewery and Lookout Mt. where Buffalo Bill is buried. You'll want to visit Nederland and view the elk at Estes Park by driving west out of Boulder along a scenic canyon road featuring a beautiful waterfalls. Can't recall the name of that road.
We've stayed at Best Western in Colorado Springs. You'll want to visit Pikes Peak for sure.
You can shoot in the White River Nat'l Forest near Rifle. We hiked to a "hanging lake" from easy access along the highway.