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5TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

A COLLECTOR’S GUIDE TO THE COLORADO EXPERIENCE

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Visit WesternColoradoJourneys.com for the latest updates from the artists, wineries, & businesses featured in this collector’s guide. You can even join the bidding in our online art auctions and be one of the first to learn about upcoming festivals and events unique to Colorado. Orders for the 2015-2016 collector’s guidebook are $10.95 each plus shipping and will be available spring 2015. You may order next year’s guide by simply returning the form below, or you may order via our website at WesternColoradoJourneys.com.

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JASON RHEIN

Kat + Jason Rhein

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The Colorado “Experience” A VARIED OPINION OF WHAT EXACTLY THAT MIGHT BE… There are a lot of new visitors to Colorado in the last year or so. Tourism is up, and Colorado is experiencing a surge in it’s economy. What can this be attributed to? I am not completely sure, however I can take some educated guesses. It could be because the economy is picking up elsewhere, so people are inclined to travel. Agritourism is certainly taking hold. Or folks are coming to experience the new legal “Rocky Mountain High” that has people talking across the country. Colorado also has a diverse and talented concentration of artists. Or it could be that Colorado is making a name for itself in the wine industry. It might be as simple as Colorado is one of the most scenic and welcoming states in the union. Whatever the reason , I am glad. I love seeing new people running our trails, visiting our small businesses, and having a brew at a local microbrewery or a glass of fine wine at one of our wineries.

Tourism is up, and Colorado is experiencing a surge in it’s economy. We have so much to offer, it is impossible to cover it all in one edition of Colorado Journeys. Or one visit to our amazing state. That means you need to visit again and again to discover the bounty that is Colorado. I would like to welcome you! Enjoy our diversity, our scenic wonders, and our amazing people! Experience Colorado!

+ Kat Rhein

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2015 - 2016 PUBLISHER Wild Kat Media, Inc. Kat Rhein, Publisher

SALES TEAM Marnie Benson Elizabeth D Martin

SPECIAL THANKS Jason Rhein

PUBLISHING SPECIALTY TEAM Casey Winterbower / nimbll, Design Felicia Sabartinelli / Photo Editor, Writer Kay Crane / Writer, Photography Larry Bennett / Photography Rob Kurtzman / Photography Jim Cox / Photography Maria Battista / Cover Art

COVER PHOTO Judith Kimbrell

WEBSITE DESIGN RSM

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How To Use this Guide Colorado Journeys is organized as a guidebook by regions, each section anchored by a map. Along with the page numbers you’ll see what map (which area of remarkable Colorado) the page is about. You’ll find descriptions of the regions and their attractions and stories about wine and art. As pages explode with images of the dramatic landscape or representations of the works of Colorado’s visual artists. It’s easy to see that this is a dynamic state, full of color and talent and energy. And yet you’ll notice many poems. Art is not limited to the visual. As you journey through Colorado, where will you establish your base of operations? Are your plans floating in dream-time or do you have a firm date for travel? Do you want to engage in active sports or stroll about, peeking into galleries,and stopping often for wine and a snack? Is your family coming along? These pages can aid in your decisions and facilitate the fine-tuning. If you love the arts, fine wines, and the great outdoors, this guide will stay on top of the stack, a valuable resource. We’ve tried to make it user-friendly. We hope you find it so.

Southeast

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Southwest

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Northwest

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Front Range

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Colorado State Map

NORTHWEST FRONT RANGE

SOUTHEAST SOUTHWEST

COLORADO’S CREATIVE DISTRICTS Colorado Creative Industries has certified 12 Creative Districts. These Districts have met the standards set by Creative Industries to be Colorado-Certified.

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Corazon de Trinidad historictrinidad.com/artocade.html

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Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe artdistrictonsantafe.com

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Denver’s RiNo Art District rivernorthart.com

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Downtown Colorado Springs downtowncs.com

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Greeley Creative District greeleycreativedistrict.org

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North Fork Valley Creative District northforkvalley.net

| Ridgway Creative District | ridgwaycreativedistrict.com Salida Creative District | salidacreates.com Telluride Arts District | telluridearts.org/#destination Longmont Creative District | downtownlongmont.com/arts-and-entertainment Pueblo Creative Corridor puebloarts.org

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Your Colorado Journey Take a journey through Colorado, a state of unusual natural beauty, filled with scenic wonder. The diverse regions of the state offer the gamut of topography and stimulating environments, from the front range metropolitan area to quirky & artistic mountain towns.

SOUTHEAST

As the great plains unfold in the southeast corner of the state, agriculture, the Arkansas River and the history of the Santa Fe Trail influence creative expression as artists exchange energy with their communities in unique ways.

SOUTHWEST

LARRY BENNETT

Just put these two words together, ‘south and ‘west’ to conjure up all manner of vision with rich hues, warm tones and flashes of brilliant color, intrinsic to the high mountains and the high mountain deserts of southwestern Colorado.

NORTHWEST LARRY BENNETT

Breathtaking panorama, deep green meadows, all the wonders of nature influence those who dwell and look to the Northwest corridor for inspiration.

FRONT RANGE FELICIA SABARTINELLI

Stand on any promontory along the east side of ‘the Rockies’ to take in the spectacular scenery and one begins to sense the unlimited possibilities & expansive grandeur that is the front range!

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FEATURED CITY : SALIDA

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SALIDA ART WALK

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ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH

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CRAFT BEER – A COLORADO LEGACY

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COLORADO WINE REGIONS

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FROM OUR FARM TO YOUR TABLE

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Contributors LARRY BENNETT

I have truly been blessed to have had the opportunity to record history while traveling and photographing six of the seven continents. I have authored numerous articles on the basics of photography as well as howto tips for photography. My backyard includes the southwestern United States. On any given day you can find me out photographing the vast deserts of southern Utah or one of the many picturesque mountain lakes in Colorado. My belief is that photography is the recording of history. Photography is my love and my passion. Please, enjoy my world, through my lens.

MARNIE BENSON

A native Coloradan, Marnie has worked as a designer in Denver, Aspen, and Paonia. She is thrilled to be contributing to Colorado Journeys in the role of sales, general cheerleading and public relations and is looking forward to growth in the areas of photography, and of course (connecting people with great) wines and craft brews!!

KAY CRANE

Kay Crane is an artist and photographer. Originally from Washington, DC, she has called the Grand Valley home for 14 years and can’t imagine living anywhere else. Kay is the Director of the Blue Pig Gallery in Palisade and her work can be seen there. To learn more about Kay and the Blue Pig Gallery, visit kaycraneart.com and thebluepiggallery.com.

ROB KURTZMAN

Since 1964 Rob Kurtzman has been captivated by the art and science of photography and has studied, practiced and pursued his passion with great enthusiasm. He enjoys living in the Grand Valley and the extraordinary local opportunities for expressive imagery.

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ELIZABETH MARTIN

Elizabeth became a scholar of the internal creative process when her inner artist emerged out of a life of analysis and systems. In a “think tank for creatives,” Elizabeth’s team is developing a business model to preserve the creative dynamic responsible for individual expression and originality. Elizabeth D. Martin, President of A Perspective LLC, aperspectiveonline.com.

JASON RHEIN

Jason has spent most of his free time this last year refurbishing his new home - a vintage 1947 church in Palisade! In addition he writes, photographs, proofreads, and is an artist himself, dabbling in painting and some sculpture. An accomplished chef, and gardener, he also has interests in bee keeping and on occasion brews his own beer!

FELICIA SABARTINELLI

Felicia Sabartinelli is a self proclaimed Renaissance woman who currently resides in Western Colorado. With numerous artistic credits to her name, Felicia not only works as an actress but also as an artist and published writer & poet. She has been featured in feature films, national campaigns and publications. Her favorite mediums to work in are photography, mixed media, and acrylic painting. In her spare time, Felicia enjoys being a cultural enthusiast, advocating for the arts, and writing her poetry series, ‘Bedside Photos.’ Follow the series on Instagram, @Sabartinelli. Learn more about Felicia at feliciasabartinelli.com

CASEY WINTERBOWER

Owner and design professional of nimbll. Casey Winterbower is an accomplished designer with a unique blend of creative and technical expertise in both the print and web arenas. She strives to produce results that are equally aesthetic and compelling. Discover more at nimbll.com

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Our Cover Artist: Maria Battista Maria greets me at the door of her Colorado Springs home/studio with her dog Max. I’m struck at how distinctive her home is. Not only beautiful, but artistically so. Not like an interior designer would decorate, but with reflections of the artist organically radiating from personal touches. Maria leads me up a spiral staircase to her loft studio. She is relaxed, professional, and obviously used to discussing her art and her life. I ask about her artistic process. “I’m kind of a slow starter,” she says, “in anything I do in life. I’ve come to accept that, and that there’s nothing wrong with this. We don’t know we can be excellent until we give ourselves permission to do our own process, according to our own nature.” “My contribution as an artist has to do with exploring the vulnerability of the human and the honesty of that. People who know nothing about art can immediately respond to the figure. They can recognize emotion, even if they have had no experience with art.” I am enjoying the whole environment: the beauty of Maria’s home, the spiral staircase, the figures; tools, a life-sized skeleton, drawings, sketches, hardware… and being with a person who lives art.

We don’t know we can be excellent until we give ourselves permission to do our own process, according to our own nature. Maria’s training is evident – from early years at the University of Valencia in Spain and the prestigious Rutgers University in New Jersey, to her recent classical sculpting with Valentin Okorokov. “Any artistic endeavor is a mysterious process,” Maria continues. “And I don’t think we understand it, any of us who do it. I don’t think we’re meant to. It’s an orientation, a ‘daimon.’ I’ve never liked the word talent very much, because it is a nebulous concept. I don’t sculpt because I have magical talent. I do it because I want to do it. It’s work. If I have talent, it’s more about being attuned to a certain creative call. I’ve had instruction, I study, and my technique and spirit have matured.” “I’m more persistent than most people,” Maria says. “So even though I start more slowly, I just stick with things that are important to me. And you can’t help but improve if you do that.”. See Maria’s art at www.MariaBattista.com. + Story // Elizabeth Diane Martin + Photo // Abby Kreuser

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Colorado Festivals ON-GOING

Bands on the Rocks

Wild Wild West Festival

June - August Boulder boulderdowntown.com

May 15 - 17 Pueblo pueblochamber.org 

Front Range

Southeast

Crested Butte Music Festival

Tesoro Cultural Center’s - 15th Annual Indian Market & Powwow

June - October Various Locations in Crested Butte gunnisoncrestedbutte.com/events

May 16 - 17 Morrison tesoroculturalcenter.org

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Front Range

Downtown Grand Junction Farmers Market

Barrel Into Spring

Thursdays, June - September Downtown Grand Junction downtowngj.org

May 16 - 17 Grand Junction grandvalleywine.com

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Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial Celebration

Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival May 23 - 25 Beaver Creek beavercreek.com

Various Dates & Locations goo.gl/QQXFcp

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Salida Art Walk June Dates TBA Salida salidaartwalk.org

Canon City Balloon Classic May 23 - 25 Canon City royalgorgetravel.com

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Urban Market - Denver June - October Saturdays + Thursdays urbanmarketdenver.com

Indian Arts & Culture Festival May 23 - 25 Cortez cortezculturalcenter.org

Front Range

Southwest

JUNE

MAY

North Fork Uncorked

Downtown Art & Music Festival

June TBA North Fork Valley (Hotchkiss, Paonia) westelksava.com

May 8 Downtown Grand Junction downtowngj.org

Southwest

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Folk n’ Bluegrass Festival

Mike the Headless Chicken Festival

June 5 - 7 Pagosa Springs folkwest.com

May 15 - 16 Fruita miketheheadlesschicken.org

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2015 Manitou Springs Colorado Wine Festival

Snowmass Mammoth Fest June 12 - 14 Snowmass snowmassmammothfest.com

June 6 Manitou Springs manitousprings.org

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Southeast

Taste of Fort Collins June 12 - 14 Fort Collins tasteoffortcollins.com

SummerFest on the Rio June 5 - 7 Alamosa summerfestontherio.org

Front Range

Southwest

Telluride Bluegrass Festival June 18 - 21 Telluride  telluride.com

Wild West Fest June 1 - 6 Telluride  telluride.com 

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Kick-off to Summer - Kingdom Days

Telluride Balloon Festival June 5 - 7 Telluride  telluride.com

June 19 - 21 Breckenridge gobreck.com

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Denver Chalk Fest

Country Jam

June 6 - 7 Downtown Denver larimerarts.org

June 18 - 20 Mack countryjam.com

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Northwest

7th Annual Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Music Festival

118th Annual Strawberry Days June 19 - 20 Glenwood Springs visitglenwood.com

June 12 Palisade palisademusic.com

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Southwest

Bands in the Backyard June 19 - 20 Pueblo bandsinthebackyard.com

Golden Music Festival

June 12 - 14 Golden goldenhistory.org/learn-do/golden-musicfestival

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Rocky Mountain Irish Gathering

Front Range

June 18 - 21 Estes Park visitestespark.com

Greeley Blues Jam June 12 Greeley greeleybluesjam.com

Front Range

Telluride Wine Festival

Front Range

June 25 - 18 Telluride telluridewinefestival.com Southwest

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11th Annual Pikes Peak Art & Music Festival

June 26 - July 6 Various Locations jazzaspensnowmass.org

July 3 - 5 Colorado Springs pikespeakartfest.com

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Leadville BBQ & Brew Festival June 26 - 27 Leadville  visitleadvilleco.com

Park to Park Arts & Crafts Festival

July 3 - 5 Pagosa Springs visitpagosasprings.com

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Loudwire Music Festival

Southwest

June 26 - 28 Mack loudwiremusicfestival.com

Colorado Lavender Festival [see our ad on page 79] July 10 - 11 Palisade coloradolavender.org

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Sand in the City

June 27 - 28 Arvada visitarvada.org/events/sand-in-the-city

Southwest

Telluride Ride Festival

Front Range

July 11 - 12 Telluride telluride.com

3rd Annual Stills in the Hills June 27 Central City stillsinthehills.com

Southwest

19th Annual Biergarten Festival

Front Range

July 11 - 13 Morrison biergartenfest.com

Telluride Plein Air Festival June 29 - July 5 Telluride  telluridepleinair.com

Front Range

19th Annual Colorado Brewers Rendezvous

Southwest

July 11- 13 Salida colorfulcolorado.com

JULY

112th Annual Cowboy’s Roundup Days

Southeast

July 1 - 4 Steamboat Springs steamboat-chamber.com

Crested Butte Wildflower Festival

July 13 - 19 Crested Butte crestedbuttewildflowerfestival.com

Northwest

Paonia Cherry Days

July 4 Paonia northforkvisitorguide.com

Southwest

Art + Architecture

July 15 - 19 Telluride tellurideartandarchitecture.com

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Cherry Creek Arts Festival July 3 - 5 Denver cherryarts.org

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Front Range

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Castle Rock Wine Festival

La Veta Art & Garden Tour

July 18 Castle Rock castlerockculture.com/castle-rock-winefest

July 31 - August 1 La Veta spanishpeaksarts.org Southeast

Front Range

Keystone Wine & Jazz Festival

Crested Butte Arts Festival

July 18 - 19 Keystone keystonefestivals.com

July 31 - August 1 Crested Butte crestedbutteartsfestival.com 

Front Range

Southwest

Pearl Street Arts Fest

Telluride Jazz Festival

July 18 - 19 Boulder boulderdowntown.com

July 31 - August 2 Telluride telluride.com

Front Range

Southwest

Crested Butte Wine & Food Festival

AUGUST

Beaver Creek Arts Festival

July 23 - 26 Crested Butte crestedbuttearts.org 

August 1 - 2 Beaver Creek beavercreek.com 

Southwest

Northwest

Aspen Arts Festival

Bluegrass & Beer Festival

July 25 - 26 Aspen aspenchamber.org

August 1 - 2 Keystone keystonefestivals.com

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Front Range

Breckenridge Wine Festival

Ridgway Rendezvous

July 25 Breckenridge breckenridgewinefestival.com

[see our ad on page 87] August 8 - 9 Ridgway weehawkinarts.org 

Southwest

Greeley Arts Picnic

Southwest

July 25 Greeley greeleygov.com

Palisade Peach Festival August 13 - 16 Palisade  palisadepeachfest.com 

Front Range

Vail International Dance Festival

Southwest

July 27 - August 10 Vail vvf.org

Steamboat Springs All Arts Festival

August 11 - 16 Steamboat Springs steamboat-chamber.com

Northwest

Many Hands Fiber Arts Festival July 31 - August 2 Telluride  telluride.com

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Oktoberfest

August 15 - 16 Golden goldenfineartsfestival.org 

September 5 Keystone keystonefestivals.com

Front Range

Front Range

USA Pro Challenge

Front Range Open Studios Tour

August 17 - 23 Various Locations colorado.com/articlesusa-pro-challengecolorado

[see our ad on page 106] Sept 12 - 13 Monument, Palmer Lake, Black Forest frontrangeopenstudios.com Front Range

Keystone Mountain Town Music Festival

Fall Fest - Downtown Boulder September 18 - 20 Boulder boulderdowntown.com

August 21 - 22 Keystone keystonefestivals.com

Front Range

Front Range

Colorado Porks n’ Hops BBQ Challenge

Southwest Wine, Food & Art Festival

September 11 - 12 Grand Junction kekbfm.com/pork-n-hops

August 21 - 22 Mesa Verde mesaverdecountry.com/calendar

Southwest

Southwest

Colorado Mountain Wine Festival

Front Range Wine Festival

September 17 - 20 Palisade palisadetourism.com

August 22 Main Park, Windsor frontrangewinefestival.com/List_of_ Vendors.html

Southwest

Front Range

Mountain Harvest Festival September 24 - 27 Paonia  mountainharvestfestival.org

Evergreen Fine Arts Festival August 22 - 23 Evergreen  evergreenfineartsfestival.com

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Front Range

Fruita Fall Festival September 25 - 27 Fruita  fruitafallfestival.com

Colorado State Fair

August 28 - September 7 Pueblo coloradostatefair.com

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Southeast

OCTOBER

SEPTEMBER

Applefest

October 3 - 4 Cedaredge mountainharvestfestival.org

Telluride Film Festival September 4 - 7 Telluride  telluridefilmfestival.org

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2016

Frontier Historical Museum Ghost Walk

Palisade International Honeybee Festival

October 16 - 17, 23 - 24, 30 - 31 Glenwood Springs glenwoodhistory.com/events.htm

April 2016 palisadehoneybeefest.org

Northwest

Southwest

Telluride Horror Show Festival

Fruita Fat Tire Festival

October 16 - 18 Telluride telluridehorrorshow.com

April 2016 fruitafattirefestival.com Southwest

Southwest

Spring Barrel Tasting

Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival: Still on the Hill

April 2016 Palisade

October 23 - 25 Breckenridge colorado.com

Southwest

grandvalleywine.com/events.htm

Front Range

NOVEMBER

Light Up the Holidays November - December Boulder boulderdowntown.com Front Range

Denver Arts Weeks November 7 - 15 Various Locations denver.org Front Range

Starz Denver Film Festival November 12 - 23 denverfilm.org  Front Range

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Salida Nestled in a scenic wonderland, where deer graze in the front yard, and a river runs through it, is Salida Colorado. Aptly named the “Gem of the Rockies”, Salida is right on the Arkansas river. Within easy reach are over a dozen fourteen thousand foot peaks awaiting your discovery, along with ghost and mining towns, river rafting, zipline adventures, and a world class hot spring - the Mt Princeton Resort and Spa. But don’t stop there, the historic downtown offers you a Certified Colorado Creative District which houses many galleries showcasing everything from fine art to the whimsical. The variety of art and artists are endless including painters, sculptors, outdoor art, pottery...and the list goes on and on. The Salida Steamplant, right on the river, is a beautiful venue for arts events and performing arts, so be sure to stop by and find out what is going on in town. The old steamplant was converted to an arts center, and is a relic of a bygone era, repurposed to serve the arts community. Well worth the drive, this town is a historic “gem” you won’t want to miss.

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Salida Art Walk The best reason to visit Salida this June is the 23rd annual Salida Art Walk. Salida is gearing up for an influx of travelers to this year’s event. Many will combine it with trips elsewhere in the Arkansas River Valley, as it is also a mecca for recreation enthusiasts nationwide. However, if you want to know Colorado, its most creative and artistic mountain town is an ideal place to start. Salida’s unique history includes being both the largest historic district in the state, with over 4 square blocks of original buildings, and designated in 2012 as Colorado’s first municipal Creative District.

Combined with an even bigger and better art walk, there is plenty to see and do for the whole family. This year’s art walk will take place June 26-28, celebrating the arts and showcasing Salida as a premier arts destination. The art walk features not only the best local and regional artists exhibiting their dynamic works, but the historic Mini-Masterpiece Auction, street performers from the infamous Salida Circus, the introduction of a kinetic bike contest, parade and race, outstanding local musicians on 3 stages, local culinary arts and microbreweries, and so much more! To find out more information on this unique cultural event visit the Salida Art Walk website at SalidaArtWalk.org. The website offers a variety of information about the event including travel information and links, a full calendar of events, registration information for the Salida Kinetic Bike Challenge, and more to help you plan your incredible mountain getaway. + Story // Christian Lyons

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Nuturing by Nature 840 Oak Street, Salida Colorado 81201 thcworks.com 719.539.8661 OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK

Featuring a Local Artist Every Month

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Rocky Mountain High SINCE JANUARY 1, 2014, IT HAS BEEN ESTIMATED THAT COLORADO’S RECREATIONAL DISPENSARIES HAVE BROUGHT IN OVER $300 MILLION. THAT EQUALS OUT TO OVER $60 MILLION IN TAX REVENUE FOR THE YEAR. Revenue that will directly impact Colorado communities and local governments, and funds that will go into a general state fund. How that money will be allocated is still in question but one thing remains the same, Rocky Mountain High is here to stay. Although the verdict is still out whether or not recreational marijuana has more pro’s than cons and everyone has their own opinion, here is what we do know... You must be 21 and older to buy, possess or use retail marijuana. It is not legal to consume marijuana in public. Sorry we’re not the Vegas of pot, yet.  322 recreational dispensaries were open in Colorado in 2014 and over 17 tons of retail marijuana was sold.  Over 4.8 million edibles were sold as candy, candy bars, cookies, etc. Over 2.6 million of those sales were from Denver, CO.

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 Mandatory testing of pot edibles began in July of 2014 and many batches have failed due to their high potency. Over 16,000 jobs were created in 2014 due to the recreational marijuana boom.  jurisdictions allow retail (recreational) sales which include these counties that are 67 selling it, Boulder, Clear Creek, Costilla, Denver, Eagle, Grand, Huerfano, Larimer, Park, Pitkin, Pueblo, Saguache, San Miguel and Summit County.  Adults 21 and older are allowed to possess and purchase up to 1 ounce of marijuana at a time. Non-residents are only allowed to purchase 1/4 ounce at a time. Penalties for possession of more than an 1 ounce include fines, jail time, and even a prison sentence.  Universities and employers are allowed to place their own action for any related marijuana infractions. It is up to you to adhere to those specific policies and procedures.  DUI for driving under the influence of marijuana?! Yep! Just five nanograms or more of THC found in blood will result in an arrest and a DUI.

Over 16,000 jobs were created in 2014 due to the recreational marijuana boom. Before purchasing or using recreational marijuana always check the county or city website for up-to-date information on legal use in your area. You can also visit coloradopotguide.com for locations and information. + Story // Felicia Sabartinelli

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SOUTHEAST

The Southeast corridor of Colorado has so much to show off. The great plains unfold to reveal the historic Santa Fe Trail, the Great Sand Dunes National Park, the amazing art of Pueblo, and the scenic mountains that you traverse to visit each of these. Trinidad and the arts district there will welcome you with open arms also.

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SAPPHO

Bronze

12” x 17” x 23”

FINE ART SCULPTOR AND GOLDSMITH Post Office Box 51332 Colorado Springs, CO 719-471-8544 mariabattista.com GHOST IN THE HOUSE

GLISTENING OCEAN

Sterling and Fine Silver, 24k Keumboo, Mexican Fire Opal 22mm x 32mm

Sterling Silver, Sapphires, Hemimorphite Drusy 26mm x 58mm

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JENNIFER WADDELL 719-322-6910

jenniferwaddellpaintings ARLAYNE MCKEE 719-649-8265

arlayne@arlaynemckee.com TAMMY MEESKE

ttammeeske@msn.com 719-356-0699

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“The Cellar” - Serving Superb Wines & Delectable Concoctions

Michael’s Fine Art Gallery - Represents Over 35 Artists & Offers the Most Diverse Collection of Artwork LOCATED ON MAIN STREET IN HISTORIC DOWNTOWN CAÑON CITY JUST ONE BLOCK NORTH OF HWY. 50 605 MAIN STREET, CAÑON CITY, CO 81212 (719) 276-2233 www.michaelsonmain.us 40


HIS ISLAND BY KAREN ALBRIGHT LIN It was Sunday after pancakes, I found him, leaning over the sink, fingers dancing across his scalp like bugs. Opening past embarrassment, he worried, “I’m losing my hair. You see?” pointing to his pale island that broke the ocean of black. “It’s thinning.” His palms rubbed at his head as if massage would be a cure. I laid my calm hand, as he felt unworthy, upon one of his. “I love your skin,” I told him, “so why should I be bothered if you show me more of it?” He knelt, placed his sad head between my breasts. I kissed his island.

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Cedaredge Perched on the southern slope of the Grand Mesa you will find the intimate and attractive community of Cedaredge, Colorado. Home to 2,300 residents, Cedaredge is home to the wildly popular event AppleFest which happens every September. This premiere event brings in artisans and vendors from all of over the US. Cedaredge is also known for its close proximity to the beautiful Grand Mesa. Grand Mesa, the largest flat top mesa in the world (500 sq miles) is home to over 250 lakes. This location makes for the perfect summer getaway as families partake in camping, trophy hunting, Gold Medal fishing and hiking! In the winter, you can find residents and visitors on the Grand Mesa snowmobiling, Nordic skiing, sledding and much more! For the ski & snowboard enthusiasts check out Powderhorn Resort. This resort is only 30 miles from Cedaredge and is the premier skiing location in the valley. This small agricultural community produces some of the best produce and wine in the region, including Snow Capped Cider from Williams Cellars featuring crisp ciders and fine wines - whose tasting room is right inside the gallery at The Apple Shed. Visitors can stop by many of the vineyards and orchards in this area and pick their own apples and peaches. While in Cedaredge visitors are encouraged to stop by the Apple Shed, a previously renovated apple packing shed that has been turned into an impressive mall with many shops, galleries and tasting rooms. Just across the street from the Apple Shed, you can find the Historic Pioneer Town where families can take a trip back in time to the Wild, Wild West! And in the fall take a drive on the Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway, to see the beautiful changing of the colors! Learn more at cedaredgecolorado.com

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The Day Is Like a Little Kid BY LYNDA LA ROCCA

PHOTO: FELICIA SABARTINELLI

The day is like a little kid in corduroys, kitten clamped on her lap, grey, beneath her pudgy fingers; a day for dark blue Keds and a soft blue shirt, long-sleeved against the chill, bangs crooked as the breeze, red as scattered leaves, unsettled as an orphan just taken from the litter.

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Craft Beer - A Colorado Legacy UNLESS YOU’VE JUST CRAWLED OUT FROM UNDER A ROCK SOMEWHERE, YOU’VE HEARD OF CRAFT BEER. RELATIVE TO THE HISTORY OF BEER, IT’S SOMETHING OF A NEW PHENOMENON, THOUGH MICRO BREWERIES, NOW KNOWN MORE WIDELY AS CRAFT BREWERIES, BEGAN TO BE A PRESENCE IN THE WORLD OF BEER LOVERS ABOUT 30 YEARS AGO. Brewing in America, however, goes as far back as a Native American corn beer even before Europeans came to our shores, bringing their own version of beer with them. The New World Brewery opened in New Amsterdam (Manhattan) in 1612 and breweries proliferated quickly in this rapidly growing new country, as each ethnic group brought their own tastes and preferences with them. By 1873 the country had 4131 operating

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breweries. That figure dropped dramatically when German immigrants arrived in the mid 19th century, and brought with them the desire for and knowledge of malt lagers. Consolidation of small, independently owned breweries were drastically reduced by the end of the century and were reduced even further by Prohibition in 1920. Even after Prohibition’s repeal, the number of breweries remained very low. One estimate is only about 80 breweries, run by 51 independent companies, existed in 1983. British beer writer, Michael Jackson, observed that most were of the same style – pale lager beers, notably lacking in hop character, highly carbonated and not very flavorful. Differences between them were of minor consequence. Enter Charlie Papazian of Boulder, Colorado, considered by many to be the father of the home brewing movement. Charlie began brewing beer as a student of Nuclear Engineering at the University of Virginia. When he returned to his home in Boulder, he

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continued his journey of discovery and became quite proficient at his craft, mentoring several other early industry pioneers. At about that time, a home brewing culture began to emerge. Many beer drinkers had become bored with the lack of character they found in available brews. Imported beers offered variety but were not widely available. In 1978 President Carter signed into law a bill legalizing home manufacture of beer, thus beginning a new chapter of American brewing history.

Colorado has always taken the lead in craft brewing and is still considered a mecca for beer lovers to experience a wide variety of brews. Today, there are over 170 craft breweries in Colorado, making it one of the nation’s highest breweries per capita. Although the 1980s were a difficult time for microbreweries, it did mark a time for craft brewing pioneers to gain a foothold in the market. In the ‘90s, momentum really began to build with a further acceleration in the early 2000s, as beer drinkers connected with the ever increasingly available independent and local breweries. Colorado has always taken the lead in craft brewing and is still considered a mecca for beer lovers to experience a wide variety of brews. Today, there are over 170 craft breweries in Colorado, making it one of the nation’s highest breweries per capita. It is estimated that the majority of Americans lives within 10 miles of a craft brewery. As devotees of craft beer like to say, there’s never been a better time to be a beer drinker... at least until tomorrow. Let’s raise a glass to the craft brewers of Colorado! + Story // Kay Crane

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Climb This Way – Colorado Fourteeners

COLORADO HAS BEEN NAMED ONE OF THE HAPPIEST AND HEALTHIEST STATES IN THE US BY NUMEROUS MEDIA OUTLETS. WITH MANY OPTIONS TO CHOOSE FROM, IT’S NO WONDER WHY NATURE ENTHUSIASTS FLOCK TO OUR STATE TO PARTAKE IN MANY OF OUR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES. ONE ACTIVITY IN PARTICULAR HAS QUICKLY BECOME A BUCKET LIST ITEM FOR MANY; CLIMB A FOURTEENER! Colorado is home to over 58 fourteeners (14ers). Fourteeners are peaks that reach or exceed 14,000 feet above sea level and produce some of the most amazing & breathtaking views that you will ever see. Colorado’s tallest fourteener, Mount Elbert (14,433 ft) sits sixteen miles northeast of Leadville and is considered a Class 1 hike (perfect for beginners). The second tallest peak, Pikes Peak (14,115) inspired the poem “America the Beautiful” by Katharine Lee Bates. Although many fourteeners are open to the public, anyone interested in hiking a peak should do research on the terrain, skill level needed, and how weather could effect the climb. Hikers should also be hydrated and aware of the effects associated with the change in altitude. Drinking plenty of water (1-3 quarts for the trip) and not overexerting yourself can lessen the chance of headaches, fatigue and weakness, which are just a few of the symptoms associated with altitude sickness. Packing easy-to-eat meals like granola, jerky or fruit can also help.

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What do I wear?! Depending on the location and time of the year, it’s always safe to wear layers on the trail that could be added or taken off. Rain jackets or a bulky jacket are almost always a must as the weather could change drastically with little or no warning. Hiking boots or comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and hats are also recommended by many hiking enthusiasts.

Although many fourteeners are open to the public, anyone interested in hiking a peak should do research on the terrain, skill level needed, and how weather could effect the climb. For beginners we recommend visiting Quandary Peak, Colorado’s 13th-highest peak located just six miles from Breckenridge. Quandary has a well-marked trail that makes for a nice steady climb, perfect for beginners. Mt. Bierstadt near Fairplay only requires a 3-mile ascent to the top and is the closest 14er to Denver. Bierstadt is also very popular among novices for its ease and accessibility. Once you make your decent, please be considerate and kind to the environment you are visiting. The Leave No Trace (LNT) program is dedicated to “building awareness, appreciation, and most of all respect” to public recreation areas. Please leave what you

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find where you find it; flowers, berries, animals, etc. Do not leave trash on the trails, especially food, waste and toilet paper. You’ll also want to make sure you pack out all materials that you bring on the hike. Lastly, stay on the trail as we want to avoid creating multiple trails and disrupting the beautiful eco-system. Below you will find a list of the Colorado 14ers, listed by elevation & location. Happy Hiking! Learn more at 14ers.com + Story // Felicia Sabartinelli

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COLORADO’S FOURTEENERS Mount Elbert Mount Massive Mount Harvard Blanca Peak La Plata Peak Uncompahgre Peak Crestone Peak Mount Lincoln Grays Peak Mount Antero Torreys Peak Castle Peak Quandary Peak Mount Evans Longs Peak Mount Wilson Mount Shavano Mount Belford Crestone Needle Mount Princeton Mount Yale Mount Bross Kit Carson Peak El Diente Peak South Maroon Peak Tabeguache Peak Mount Oxford Mount Sneffels

14,433 feet 14,421 feet 14,420 feet 14,345 feet 14,336 feet 14,309 feet 14,294 feet 14,286 feet 14,270 feet 14,269 feet 14,267 feet 14,265 feet 14,265 feet 14,264 feet 14,255 feet 14,246 feet 14,229 feet 14,197 feet 14,197 feet 14,197 feet 14,196 feet 14,172 feet 14,165 feet 14,159 feet 14,156 feet 14,155 feet 14,153 feet 14,150 feet

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Sawatch Range Sawatch Range Sawatch Range  Sangre de Cristo Range Sawatch Range San Juan Range Sangre de Cristo Range Mosquito Range Front Range Sawatch Range Front Range Elk Range Tenmile Range Front Range Front Range San Juan Range Sawatch Range Sawatch Range Sangre de Cristo Range Sawatch Range Sawatch Range  Mosquito Range Sangre de Cristo Range San Juan Range Elk Range Sawatch Range Sawatch Range San Juan Range


Mount Democrat Capitol Peak Pikes Peak Snowmass Mountain Mount Eolus Windom Peak Challenger Point Mount Columbia Missouri Mountain Humboldt Peak Mount Bierstadt Sunlight Peak Handies Peak Culebra Peak Ellingwood Point Mount Lindsey Little Bear Peak Mount Sherman Redcloud Peak Pyramid Peak Wilson Peak Wetterhorn Peak North Maroon Peak San Luis Peak Mount of the Holy Cross Huron Peak Sunshine Peak

14,148 feet 14,130 feet 14,115 feet 14,092 feet 14,083 feet 14,082 feet 14,081 feet 14,073 feet 14,067 feet 14,064 feet 14,060 feet 14,059 feet 14,048 feet 14,047 feet 14,042 feet 14,042 feet 14,037 feet 14,036 feet 14,034 feet 14,018 feet 14,017 feet 14,015 feet 14,014 feet 14,014 feet 14,005 feet 14,003 feet 14,001 feet

Mosquito Range Elk Range Front Range Elk Range San Juan Range San Juan Range Sangre de Cristo Range Sawatch Range Sawatch Range Sangre de Cristo Range Front Range San Juan Range San Juan Range Culebra Range Sangre de Cristo Range Sangre de Cristo Range Sangre de Cristo Range Mosquito Range San Juan Range Elk Range San Juan Range San Juan Range Elk Range San Juan Range Sawatch Range Sawatch Range San Juan Range

Honorable Mention These peaks are above 14,000 feet high but do not meet the official USGS or Colorado Mountain Club criteria for being separate Fourteeners. North Massive Peak Mt. Cameron Conundrum Peak

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The magnificent Western Slope region is filled with vineyards, ski areas, agriculture and culture. An artists paradise, and all the reasons to call it home - right in your backyard. This region offers agritourism, wildflowers in abundance, stunning scenery, and welcoming towns and cities. Art is in abundance, practically alongside the road. And yet there is row after row of green vineyards, orchards, and lakes... don’t forget the lakes! LARRY BENNETT

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Art on the Corner COLORADO IS HOME TO ONE OF THE FIRST TEMPORARY OUTDOOR ART EXHIBITS IN THE COUNTY. ART ON THE CORNER, FOUNDED IN 1984 IN DOWNTOWN GRAND JUNCTION, CO HAS BECOME A PUBLIC ART ICON IN THE US. Since Art on the Corner’s inception, the program has been mirrored and replicated all over the US. Many programs have even opted to use similar names for their very own program. Very humbling for a program that was started when a group of artists decided to paint the town with art in the early 80’s.

…this year’s exhibit, the 2015 temporary [AOTC] exhibit, will welcome 21 new pieces from various artist and locations. Today Art of the Corner houses over 100 permanent pieces that are valued at over one million dollars. And this year’s exhibit, the 2015 temporary exhibit, will welcome 21 new pieces from various artist and locations (Utah to Kansas) and will even highlight a piece

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from an eleven year old artist. And although the program is home to many popular pieces, one piece takes the cake! If you ask most people in the Grand Valley, many will say that the ‘buffalo’ on the corner of 4th & Main has become the mascot for Downtown Grand Junction. Created by Lou Willie, ‘Chrome on the Range II is made of chrome car bumpers/parts and is actually listed as a bison, not a buffalo. You can find its sister piece in Aspen, CO. The piece itself has been viewed and adored by people through the world, who continue to make the journey from the interstate into Downtown Grand Junction. If you find yourself in Downtown Grand Junction, stop to partake in the delicious food, great shopping, and walk the streets to discover Art on the Corner.

+ Story // Felicia Sabartinelli + Photos // Kat Rhein

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALLEN LEFEVER

Jody Ahrens Davis

Judi Axthelm

Chris Garner

Janet Kelleher Moreng

Andrea Haitz

Jim Lance

Claudia Nielson

Mark Allen Reese Diane Saulnier Sara Trappett

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Claudia Crowell

Gerry Jensen

Allen Lefever Sara Oakley

Daphna Russell

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Peg Oswald Sage Ryen

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TWO RIVERS WINERY & CHATEAU 2087 Broadway Grand Junction, CO 81507 970.255.1471 866.312.WINE (9463) tworiverswinery.com Two Rivers Winery and the Chateau, built in 1999, offers wines of the noble varieties. Visit the tasting room on the Redlands.

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Montrose Montrose, an All-America City, is the perfect place to host your Colorado vacation. This beautiful Western Colorado community is nestled within easy reach of a remarkably vast selection of vacation experiences, thus the slogan, “Stay here. Play everywhere.” With the plummeting depths of the Black Canyon National Park just to the east, the towering and majestic San Juan Mountains to the south, the expansive Uncompahgre Plateau to the west, and lake-bejeweled Grand Mesa to the north, Montrose is literally surrounded by an endless variety of prospects for exploration and adventure. Montrose is the gateway to the Black Canyon, an amazing place to start exploring. In summer this inspiring national park offers plentiful options for hiking, biking, rafting, kayaking, and expert-level rock climbing. In wintertime, the canyon takes on a whole new look that can be viewed in its quiet magnificence by adventurers on snowshoes and cross country skis. Design your Montrose visit to include as much variety as you can manage by staying at any one of a variety of hotels, RV parks, or campgrounds. Begin the day with a scenic drive or an exhilarating wilderness trek, throw in some cultural sites or a round of golf, and finish the day at one of our local brew pubs. Families can mix in a little something for everyone – shopping, fishing, biking, photography, camping, swimming, motor sports – the list goes on. Stray beyond the ordinary and unearth an adventure that is uniquely your own. MONTROSE TOURISM

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Aspens: Grift and Alchemy BY FRANK H COONS Work your alchemy, my merry aspens, families as you are, scheming gold in the last gasps of fall, directing the very sun to unsteady leaves as if winking summer back in folds of yellow lights. As if what comes next is not cold and white, silent as a frozen breath and you become color’s absence, or is it light’s abundance that’s illuminates your skeletons, your precious coins buried deep in drifts? I remain enchanted, nonetheless and understand your grift. I am taken in each time, awaiting your lime green leaves to signal spring.

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Great Horned Owls BY EVELYN ANGLIM Athena’s advisors stopped by last night. I heard their hollow voices, those five familiar oboe notes that echoed in duet. Against dawn’s milky sky they perched on the January branches of my sleeping olive tree. Those keepers of the darktime realms whose full moon eyes see with ease what my eyes never will. Two legendary mystics who slipped between the worlds to sing Moon Mother’s healing chants and whisper Luna’s name. An earthy, airy scent arose as morning called them home the subtle perfume, I suppose, of some soul borne on silent wings upon my waking hour.

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Miles and miles of scenic beauty along with ranches and farmlands. You can dig dinosaur bones‌ or just dig the scenery. Visit the Northwest corridor for adventure, to relax, and to experience Colorado’s vast wonderland. Slow down - the slow road beacons you here.

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Colorado Wine Regions

FORGET FRANCE AND CALIFORNIA, COLORADO’S GROWING AND BOOMING WINE REGIONS ARE GAINING INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION AND PRAISE. Colorado’s vineyards are grown on unique soil, free from humidity and sitting at some of the highest altitudes in North America. These unique attributes help Colorado create a unique taste in wine with an excellent presentation. THE WEST ELKS AVA The West Elks AVA Region spans across the North Fork region of Delta County. From Bowie Mines, to Paonia & Hotchkiss, into Redlands Mesa & the ‘dobies’, you will find a variety of delightful wines from this region as ten wineries make up this AVA region. Many of the vineyards are open during the late Spring and Summer seasons for tastings and tours, I recommend attending the West Elks Wine Trail Event in August. This unique event pairs the best wine of the region with the best cuisine. For more information, please visit westelksava.com. THE GRAND VALLEY AVA The Grand Valley AVA is the most popular of the Colorado AVA regions, spanning throughout Palisade, Grand Junction, DeBeque Canyon, Orchard Mesa and along the Colorado National Monument, outside of Fruita, CO. This area, which began growing in the late 1800’s, is said to resemble the Pyrenees Mountains in Spain, which is why it can grow some of the best grapes in Colorado. The Grand Valley AVA covers almost 80,000 acres and over 20 wineries including, St. Kathryn’s Winery, Talon Wine, The Meadery, Two Rivers Winery & Chateau, Graystone Winery, Garfield Winery, Grand River Vineyards, Red Fox Cellars and Mesa Park Vineyards. For more information please visit visitgrandjunction.com/wine-country.

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The areas below are not designated AVAs but are producers of grapes and other fruits that are used for Colorado wine. MONTROSE, OLATHE AND SURFACE CREEK, OR SOUTH GRAND MESA Like the terrain in the West Elks AVA, Montrose and Olathe not only have the perfect climate for growing grapes and other fruits used for wine, but it also has the right mix of soil. These areas have some of the best winters in the state for producing fantastic Lemberger, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnays. On the south side of the Grand Mesa, in Cedaredge and Eckert (Delta County), the soil has never eroded and has created a stellar environment to grow Riesling and Pinot Noirs; two of the favorites. Make sure to check out Williams Cellars in Cedaredge! Learn more at winecolorado.org. THE FRONT RANGE East of the Continental Divide, spanning between Canon City and Estes Park, you can find over a third of Colorado’s wineries in this area. With colder temperatures and more extreme weather patterns, these vineyards have the challenge of growing in limited space and areas. Traditional European varieties struggle in this area, but many farmers are experimenting with hybrids (French, Minnesota and Norton) and are producing some stellar selections. This is definitely the area to watch in the future. Learn more, frontrangewineryassociation.org.

Although you can find Colorado wines in just about every inch of this state, the Tax and Trade Bureau only recognizes two designated American Viticultural Areas (AVA) in Colorado. For many Coloradoan’s, we know we have plenty more to offer than that. McELMO CANYON AND MONTEZUMA COUNTY Just east of Cortez and only 10 miles from Mesa Verde National Park, these two areas have the disadvantage of a difficult climate but are overcoming in strides. Many of the wineries in this area have been gaining national recognition especially for lovers of Napa Valley, as the fruit of this valley makes incredible Merlot and Riesling. FREMONT COUNTY Fremont County is protected from the majority of icy weather that hits the rest of the state by being close enough to Pikes Peak. Pikes Peak, a natural shield, makes this area an excellent growing environment. Some of the vineyards are planted at 6900 feet! Although still evolving, this area is very promising for Colorado wine. + Story // Felicia Sabartinelli

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Greeley Creative District

Longmont Creative District

40 West Arts

Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe

Denver’s RiNo Art District

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If you begin your visit on the Front Range you may never venture elsewhere. Arts and culture abound in Denver’s fabulous downtown. There is never a shortage of things to do here. You name it, we’ve got it. Music, museums, history, sports, food, wine,microbreweries, entertainment, and the list goes on and on. But don’t let yourself be distracted too much. Look up for a moment and take in the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains which enclose Denver like a cocoon.

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Wild at Heart BY STENGYA TAK City lights beaming in my eyes Wiping the night away I won’t sleep tonight Alone and searching Will I meet him tonight? Will it all be a waste? Or will I be wasted? Swirling my dreams in the bottom of a glass... PHOTO: ROB KURTZMAN

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In Times of Drought BY MELINDA RICE It’s a smart tree that severs a limb to stay alive, chokes off the flow of food and focuses on the heart. Born to the desert the juniper severs branches, strips the waffled needles, sheds the hairy bark to remain strong. Skeletal remnants gleam like medallions on the breastplates of the elders, testaments of their willingness to live.

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From Our Farm to Your Table - Colorado’s Agricultural Movement JUST HOW BIG IS COLORADO’S AGRITOURISM MARKET? HUGE! ACCORDING TO COLORADO.GOV AND THE LAST USDA CENSUS IN 2012, ‘864 COLORADO FARMS OFFERED AGRITOURISM AND RECREATIONAL SERVICES, TOTALING NEARLY 30 MILLION IN FARM INCOME. THAT NUMBER IS EXPECTED TO DOUBLE IN THE COMING YEARS, AS PEOPLE ARE CONTINUING TO ADOPT A MORE HEALTHY AND ORGANIC LIFESTYLE. Agritourism presents the opportunity for tourists to connect and interact with wineries, farms & ranches, and take part in unique agricultural tours and events. This concept gives the public a chance to learn and take part in the crops, foods and activities they already love and enjoy. Farm to Table, just a small part of agritourism, is not only appealing to your stomach but has become a staple of healthy living. Popular and widely sought out, Farm to Table restaurants are popping up all over the state and have become their own industry.

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Although there is no current directory for the state, a simple google search can provide a list of farm to table locations. Colorado offers an abudance of specific agritourism events such as, corn mazes, beer and wine festivals, fruit festivals and recreational events. Paonia Cherry Days in Paonia Colorado, is one of the longest running agritourism festivals in the state. The Palisade Peach Festival in Palisade, CO, is just another example of a community that has created a hugely successful event based on the agricultural landscape of the community.

Popular and widely sought out, Farm to Table restaurants are popping up all over the state and have become their own industry. For farms or operations interested in taking advantage of agritourism resources, please visit colorado.gov. Many grants are available including a grant from the Colorado Tourism Office (CTO) that offers up to $25,000 to help provide assistance and promote state and regional tourism. We encourage you to experience Colorado’s booming agricultural heritage by taking part in our events and recreational activities. A full list of events, argitourism news and happenings, can be found at coloradoagritourismassociation.org.

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INDEX AGRITOURISM

Ridgway Creative District.................... 88

Red Mountain Ranches........................ 47

Rose Hue Gallery................................. 86

Wags World Orchards......................... 47

Russell, Daphna................................... 50 Sangre de Cristo

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Arts and Conference Center................ 36

The Apple Shed.......................IFC, 52-53

Second Floor Studios.......................... 34

Anglim, John....................................... 69

Thiele, Susan....................................... 97

Barbara Torke Art................................ 46

Tracy Miller Gallery.............................. 30

Battista, Maria...................................... 32

William Boddy Gallery......................... 24

Bennett, Larry................................. 72-73 Blue Pig Gallery................................... 80

CHAMBERS / TOURISM

Casual Gal........................................... 79

Black Canyon National Park.........92, IBC

Church of Art....................................... 86

Cedaredge Chamber of Commerce.... 42

Colorado CatPaw Pottery.................... 74

Grand Mesa National

Commonwheel Artists......................... 31

Scenic and Historic Byway................... 43

Crane, Kay........................................... 68

Palisade Tourism Board....................... 82

The Creamery Arts Center................... 87 Cynthia Duff......................................... 70

FESTIVALS / MUSEUMS

Dreamcatchers..................................... 53

Colorado Lavender Festival................. 79

Deuter, Dan......................................... 94

COPPER............................................... 36

Fine Arts Center.................................. 35

The Creamery Arts Center................... 87

Front Range Studios.......................... 106

Museum of the Mountain West........... 97

Gerson, Gayle...................................... 71

Pikes Peak Art & Music Festival........... 35

GODEC............................................... 34

Pioneer Town....................................... 44

Green Horse Gallery............................ 31

Weehawken......................................... 87

Grundemann, Gina ............................. 94 Jeffers, Pat........................................... 94

FOOD / SHOPPING / SERVICES

Kllanxhja, Piera.................................... 75

The Apple Shed.......................IFC, 52-53

Henry, Ron........................................... 71

Koch, Kevin.......................................... 81

Black Hand Forge Blacksmythe........... 24

Kurtzman, Rob................................ 66-67

Book Haven......................................... 24

Living Studio Gallery........................... 31

Cedaredge Coaster............................. 44

Michaels on Main................................ 38

Colorado West Photography............... 46

Munson’s Main Street Gallery.............. 50

Corks................................................... 93

Oakley Gallery..................................... 64

Dmedici Hypoxia................................. 95

Ouimet, Terry....................................... 94

Downtown Grand Junction................. 63 Einstein Bros. Bagels........................... 77

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Grand Valley Books............................. 65

Snowcapped Cider......................... 52-53

KAFM................................................... 76

Stoney Mesa Winery............................ 47

Mama C’s Pizza & Taqueria.................. 50

Talon Winery........................................ 84

Michaels on Main................................ 38

Two Rivers Winery............................... 78

Munson’s Main Street Gallery.............. 50

Williams Cellars.............................. 52-53

Pulp Newsmagazine............................ 37 Rudys Pizzeria...................................... 47

JOURNAL ENTRIES

Short Branch Liquors........................... 46

Art on the Corner........................... 60-62

Starr’s Guitars....................................... 45

Climb This Way –

Tenderfoot........................................... 25

Colorado Fourteeners.................... 54-57 Colorado Wine Regions............. 102-103

MUSIC / ENTERTAINMENT

Craft Beer - A Colorado Legacy..... 48-51

David Starr........................................... 45

From Our Farm to Your Table..... 108-109

Grand Junction Symphony.................. 76

Our Cover Artist............................. 12-13

Lark and Sparrows............................... 92

Rocky Mountain High..................... 26-27 Salida Art Walk.................................... 22

LODGING / TRANSPORTATION

POETS

Absolute Prestige................................ 75

Albright Lin, Karen............................... 39

JRs Carriage Service............................ 85

Anglim, Evelyn..................................... 98

Tri R Motel........................................... 44

Coons, Frank H.................................... 96

Weisbaden Hot Springs....................... 89

La Rocca, Lynda................................... 43

Wine Country Inn............................... BC

Rice, Melinda..................................... 107 Sabartinelli, Felicia............................... 74

WINERIES / BREWERIES / DISTILLERIES

Tak, Stengya...................................... 106

4 B’s Brewery....................................... 50 Garfield Estates................................... 83 Graystone Winery................................ 83 Mesa Parks Vineyards.......................... 82 Red Fox Cellars................................... 85

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A free magazine focused on the talented artists of Colorado, and the award winning wines and wineries. Our mission is to help promote art, w...

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