Get outta town: Coney Island’s wieners in the woods

by Angelica Leicht

Listen. Everybody loves wieners in the woods, which means everybody should LOVE the Coney Island Hot Dog Stand in Bailey, Colorado.

This oddity, built in 1966 in Denver as part of a New York-themed boardwalk, is what it sounds like: It’s a giant hot dog-shaped hot dog stand right in the middle of the wooded mountains.

The developers originally built this hot dog stand as part of their big dreams for a boardwalk in the woods, A chain of Coney Island-themed businesses were meant to accompany the stand, but alas, those plans never came to fruition. So in 1970, they moved the stand to Aspen Park and began schlepping hot dogs from inside a hot dog.

The folks in Aspen Park blew that hot dog stand in 1999, using the real estate for a boring bank instead. But the giant dog is still around, and these days, the hot dog stand resides in Bailey, right outside of Denver on Highway 285. You have to keep your eyes peeled for that giant hot dog peeking its head out of the woods, though, cause it’s easy to fly by and then live your life full of regrets.

This ’60s hot dog diner has become a happy place for everybody, with chili cheese dogs, beer mustard, and some super badass cheese fries to satiate even the pickiest of appetites. They even have beer brats for you fancy-pants patrons.

Who wouldn’t want to eat hot dogs inside of a hot dog in the woods? Nobody, that’s who.

Angelica Leicht


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