Mountain Town Magazine - Issue 38 2023

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The Monsoons moved in and kids have headed back to school.  Summer still continues but this year is a bit of an enigma. We have snow, rain warmth, and the beginning of ski season all in a three-month span. We may see snow but we usually see snow every single month, so to me that is not an indicator that summer is over. There are still festivals, music, art, and wonderful things to eat coming from farms and orchards to enjoy all the way into late fall. I always keep my XtraTufs on hand along with light gloves to keep me warm.

In this issue, we bring to you the best of late summer and fall in Colorado’s mountains. We open Issue 38 with our story on Carbondale written by local resident Troy Hawks. This town is a crossroads to many other mountain town communities but is a vibrant residential community with an amazing mountain spirit. The town of Carbondale is filled with art spaces, great restaurants, and plenty of outdoor adventure. Learn more about all the reasons you should make a visit to this town on page 10.

Mountain Town Magazine is all about Colorado mountain towns and the businesses, people, and places that make them unique. Our departments have lots of information and great suggestions on Colorado mountain-made products, local

entrepreneurs, fun stuff for families, art, Homes and Design, and more. We love our new, GO! Get Outside, a department filled with outdoor gear reviews. Hungry? Get to some of our amazing restaurants. There are a lot of new establishments that have opened in the past few years. We now have some great Food Halls to consider when you are visiting the mountains. We also have a special new guide, the Dine Local Guide. Scan the QR code in the Eat Department and learn more about the Food Scene in each community.

And before you go, check out the calendar of events and read the excellent closing story about Cuchara Mountain Park in Cuchara, Colorado. They are working hard to get their chairlift running this season. Maybe you can help them out. Lastly, I want to thank every advertiser who has ever worked with us and every single one of you reading this. Our magazine is heading into its 11th year of publishing and we love our Colorado Mountain Towns more and more with every passing year.

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It’s stood unchanged for 30 million years but every day it lives, every day it breathes.

It casts its majesty like a grand pyramid draped in Cinderella white, high above the red dirt foothills, farms, rivers, and fields for all in the central Roaring Fork Valley to awe and adore.

Every minute paints a new panorama with the swaying light, wind, clouds, rain, sun, and snow. From all angles, and in all activities, sensuous Mt. Sopris commands that you appreciate its splendor, and breathe in its essence. Every day the mountain evokes a spirit among the people that care to notice.

There is such a thing as the Spirit of Sopris and it lives - she lives, he lives – in Carbondale, Colorado.


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In its full expression, Mt. Sopris is 12,965-feet tall. Most people meet it for the first time while heading south on Hwy. 82 out of Glenwood Springs. It rises more than 6,000 feet in less than three miles, making it one of the state’s largest peaks. From that perspective, it looks more like a mountain all by itself, but rather it’s the northwestern end of the Elk Mountains range.

A spirit is defined as a pervasive or essential attitude, quality, or principle. Here, the Spirit of Sopris is an unwritten, not often verbalized vibe that permeates the people, no matter the people.

When you spend time in Carbondale you’re as likely to meet and befriend a conservative teenage rancher wearing a stars and stripes cowboy hat and pink camo rubber boots as you are a pronoun-proud 60-year-old juggler wearing a full beard, shaved chest, and a prom dress.

Here white-knuckle zero-fat athletes share sweaty high-fives and hugs with Carhart-clad construction workers outside of Bonfire Coffee while virtuous vegans at the Village Smithy serve tomato juice and breakfast bacon to white-haired ski bums, retired pastors, and wobbly cattlemen all sharing the same Mountain Fair hangover.

That qualifies as diversity in a small Colorado mountain town. And in Carbondale, the locals will tell you it’s the spirit of Sopris that binds them all together.

You could put all of these folks in a place other than the base of Mt. Sopris, and I’m not sure such a common and palpable spirit would exist. Certainly not like it exists here.

For instance, just steps from the Rio Grande Trail, a 40-mile paved bike path from Glenwood Springs to Aspen, you’ll find True Nature Healing Arts. It’s a 500-square foot spiritual sanctuary at the end of Third Street complete with a one-acre Peace Garden.

Here you can sign up for yoga, movement, or meditation classes, enjoy luxury spa treatments and snack in the organic café.

“Every facet of True Nature has been created with great attention to detail and the intention of supporting each guest’s journey toward inspiration, connection, and self-discovery,” says Eaden Shantay, who founded True Nature with his wife Deva in 2007. “We chose Carbondale because of its

The Spirit of Sopris is here, everywhere.

inherent beauty, proximity to nature and diverse community of ranchers, artisans, healers and business leaders.”

Carbondale is one of 29 designated Creative Districts in Colorado. On 4th Street, you’ll find The Launch Pad, a community space that features two performing arts studios open for public use, a fine art gallery, and a gift shop. The gallery is stuffed with great works by local artists, from wooden spoons and forks to earthy jewelry and painting-like candles. It’s my go-to place when it’s time to buy presents for my wife.

The Launch Pad is also home to the Betty Jane Schuss Memorial Gardens featuring edible and medicinal landscaping, small amphitheater, gathering spaces, community vegetable gardens and a sculpture garden.

But Carbondale wasn’t always a place of such free imagination. Some of the early settlers here came from Carbondale, Pennsylvania, so they carbon-copied the name. The open lands nearby were farmed and ranched to supply food for miners in Aspen where silver mining was booming.

Last summer Carbondale launched its first Farm Fest, which celebrates its farm and ranch heritage with public ranch tours, nightly farmer’s markets, and a community harvest lunch at the historic Spring Creeks Ranch. Sink your teeth into Farm Fest, have a spud at Potato Days, and you’ll taste the Spirit of Sopris.

Carbondale is part of the West Elk Loop Scenic and Historic Byway. Roll down the windows and enjoy a slow roll to Aspen, Redstone, or Missouri Heights. Or do a there-and-back drive over McClure Pass to Crested Butte.

Hike Mushroom Rock, mountain bike Prince Creek, play River Valley Ranch, float the Roaring Fork River, fish the Crystal River.

Come feel the vibe for yourself at locally-owned shops like Aloha Cycles and Cripple Creek BC., Dos Gringos, Plosky’s Deli, White House Pizza, Carbondale Beer Works, The Black Nugget, The Distillery Inn, Sopris Liquor & Wine.

The Spirit of Sopris is here, everywhere.

Natural beauty and adventure abound in Colorado, so much so that it’s sometimes difficult to distinguish just what makes one mountain town unique from another. For me, it’s the attitude, quality, and principle of the people, the Spirit of Sopris, that makes Carbondale a truly special place.

Learn more about visiting Carbondale and the Take It Easy, Carbondale campaign at

Colorado photographer Heather Curtis presenting her unique images on metal and canvas

Everlasting Dance

This exquisite new compilation from Tierro Band with Bridget Law is sexy, playful, and complex with a dreamy quality to all of their songs; perfect for a road trip or company at home. This Gypsy Grass group brings sensual, deep, instrumentation with some wicked percussion. Many of these songs make us want to kick up our heels and dance tight against our partner or alone spinning throughout a room. Instrumentals and lyrics thoughtfully evoke emotions of joy through every single piece on the CD.

Bring some mountain town music into your listening space.

The Climbing Zine

If you’re a climber or know of one then you may have heard of this publication based out of Durango, Colorado. Owner and publisher Luke Mehall has just released his 23rd Volume of The Climbing Zine, a magazine for climbing enthusiasts filled with unique and tantalizing climbing stories gathered from around the world. This is the perfect gift for those home cragger’s and adventurers in your life. Check out their website to subscribe, listen to podcasts, buy books, clothing and stickers too.

Midsommar Hats

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Step into the Midsommar Hat studio on Main Street in the Old South Main nook where Meredith and Nicole sustainably source materials for their Handcrafted and sewn chapeaus. Pick your colors, hat charms, feathers, bands and they will bring your hat style to life. Design a custom hat with these talented millenery’s or purchase online. Stop in or call 720-381-3006 to make an appointment. 306 Main Street Breckenridge


Mountain Women, adventurous girls, answering nature’s call just got a lot easier. Gnara, previously known as SheFly Apparel, has crafted super comfortable pants and shorts featuring a patented zipper design that will change your life the next time you answer nature’s call outside. What makes their pants unique is a second zipper that extends from beneath the first zipper (that allows you to take your pants on and off) to the back of the waistband. This design allows you to unzip only as far as you need to maximize privacy on the trail, in the woods, or anywhere else nature may call. This rising company in Gunnison, Colorado is transforming women’s outdoor apparel into comfortable, fashionable pieces of gear you will treasure on your outings.

Oveja Negra

In 2019, The Wright award’s top-honors went to Salida, Colorado-based, Oveja Negra, manufacturer of best-in-class bike packing gear. Oveja Negra designs, manufactures, and sells top-shelf bikepacking bags out of our fun and bustling factory in Salida, CO. They are a small manufacturer employing 16 people and 20 machines to provide the best bags and customer service to their riders worldwide. Founder, Lane Willson, started this Mountain Made business in 2012 and has been manufacturing bikepacking gear first in Leadville and now in the Upper Arkansas Valley of Colorado. You will find everything you need for Bike Packing; Frame Bags, HandleBar Bags, Top Tube Bags, Fork Bags and more on their website.

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Friends of the Yampa

Friends of the Yampa is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation based in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Friends of the Yampa’s mission is to protect and enhance the environmental and recreational integrity of the Yampa River and its tributaries, through stewardship, advocacy, education and partnerships. This advocacy group is passionate about the unregulated, wild, and free Yampa River. This river’s headwaters starts at a spring fed creek in the Flat Tops Wilderness, Southwest of Steamboat Springs, CO and then flows into the Bear River and on its way past a diverse landscape where ranchers, boaters, fishermen, and mountain dwellers alike have a connection to the 250 mile stretch of river. The Yampa River serves as the lifeblood for Northwest Colorado in many ways. The river, due to its limited reservoir storage, still retains a natural hydro-graph that sees very high peaks and low base flows. This dynamic flow regime still floods its banks on big snow years, connecting the river to the cottonwood, red-osier dogwood and box elder tree communities that are endangered in other, more developed river systems. Due to the mostly unrestricted flows in the Yampa River, there are also endangered fish that are now forever gone from other Western rivers. Ranchers, Farmers, Outdoor recreation enthusiasts, animals, birds all treasure this river and the Friends of the Yampa are here to help protect it. To learn more and help support this cause head to their website: | ISSUE 38 2023 15


The Vilar Performing Arts Center (VPAC) in Beaver Creek, Colo. is celebrating 25 years of entertaining and welcoming arts enthusiasts and community members with notable upgrades and exciting programming this season.

With the opening of the VPAC in February 1998, Beaver Creek became the first mountain resort community in the world with its own performing arts facility presenting diverse cultural events. VPAC remains a one-of-a-kind experience due to its unique resort location, intimate size, and ability to attract major talent.

VPAC has hosted some of the biggest names in the entertainment world you’d expect to see at New York’s Carnegie Hall, including Yo-Yo Ma, Robin Williams, Ringo Star, Peter Frampton, BB King and many more.

Twenty-five years later, the VPAC continues to raise the bar on exceptional theater experiences with significant annual upgrades, and by consistently booking both big-name artists and shows and up-and-coming songwriters and performers.

“It’s no surprise the VPAC has been as successful as it has,” said Executive Director Owen Hutchinson. “We’re constantly investing in the theater to maintain the state-of-the-art facility. We are always considering how we can elevate experiences, enhance performances, and accomplish our mission.”


The VPAC’s location is what sets it apart. Considered one of the most unusual, sophisticated structures in Colorado, it is located three stories underground, situated beneath Beaver Creek’s Black Family Ice Rink. Built into the side of the mountain, under a pre-existing village, it’s no wonder that when architect Gordon Pierce first shared his idea for the VPAC’s location, people scoffed, thinking it was impossible. Instead, when constructed, the theater quickly became the literal heart and soul of Beaver Creek Village.

“It’s truly amazing what was accomplished in the creation of this spectacular venue, and we keep the venue’s

history in mind as we plan for a future that we hope is just as wonderful and inspiring as its past,” Hutchinson said.

The venue’s ideal location, just steps from the ski slopes, makes attending a show easy and stress-free from start to finish. Guests receive a warm personal welcome from Hutchinson himself, while the familiar faces of longtime volunteers guide them to their seats. The 530-seat theater provides an intimate listening experience without ever feeling crowded — no matter where you are in the theater, you’re never more than 80 feet from the star on stage.

Look Ahead: Upgrades + Underground Sound

Each guest enjoys their own custom immersive sound experience thanks to a state-of-the-art half-million-dollar upgrade completed in late 2022. The upgrade equates to a true sensory experience from each seat, which was also built to absorb sound like a human body, so even if the seat is unoccupied, it responds as if a guest is seated.

In addition, the stunning Rippeto Family Chandelier, created by artist Dale Chihuly, was installed in late 2022 helping to complete the theater founders’ original vision for the venue.

This fall, new acoustic banners will be installed to deepen the dynamic sound of each show and add to the theater’s clean, contemporary look.

Experience the audio and visual upgrades at one of over 23 diverse shows this summer, including upcoming appearances by David Sedaris, Pink Martini, Jeff Tweedy, Andrew Bird, Fran Lebowitz, The Tallest Man on Earth, Comedian Craig Ferguson, Boz Scaggs, KT Tunstall, Keb’ Mo’, and more.

This fall, music lovers congregate at the Vilar Performing Arts Center to discover exceptional emerging talent. The series, known as Underground Sound, is a fall musical exploration, revealing profound “under the radar” songwriters and musical groups bound for the world’s greatest stages. Underground Sound enters its 13th season in 2023 but maintains its original intent as a love letter to the Vail Valley’s local community members, providing spectacular off-season entertainment at an affordable price.

While the VPAC’s Classical and Dance series have been announced for the winter 2024 season, there are many more shows to come, including Broadway, family entertainment, comedy, concerts and more.

As the venue enters its next 25 years, it will continue to be one of the top performing arts centers in the American West and a center for arts and culture for all who live in or visit the greater Rocky Mountain region. Visit for more.

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For everyone who lives or travels the I-70 Corridor we felt this is very important information. The Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor partner, Kraemer North America, has begun construction on the I-70 Floyd Hill Project, which will improve mobility and increase safety along an eight-mile stretch of the I-70 Mountain Corridor from west of Evergreen to eastern Idaho Springs. The project received $700 million in state and federal funding and is a part of Gov. Polis administration’s ten-year infrastructure plan.

“The I-70 Floyd Hill Project is many years in the making,” said CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew. “From initial scoping to completion of the National Environmental Policy Act process in February 2023, we are now ready for construction. Moving the project forward was a collective effort from many partners including elected officials, local, state and federal agencies, environmental and recreation groups, first responders and numerous community organizations. We couldn’t be where we are today without their input, support and ultimately their endorsement of the project.”

The I-70 Floyd Hill Project will:

• Add a third westbound I-70 travel lane in this two-lane bottleneck. This new lane will be a full-time, tolled Express Lane from just west of Homestead Rd. (Exit 247) through the Veterans Memorial Tunnels to Colorado Blvd./ Idaho Springs (Exit 241)

• Rebuild bridges due to use, wear and tear, and heavy usage

• Construct a missing two-mile section of the frontage road between US 6 and the Hidden Valley/Central City Parkway interchanges, which will improve emergency response

• Build an extended on-ramp from US 6 onto eastbound I-70 for slow-moving vehicles to have more room to merge

• Improve traffic flow and access at interchanges and intersections

• Improve sight distance and safety by straightening roadway curves

• Improve the Clear Creek Greenway trail

• Implement environmental mitigation to enhance wildlife connectivity, air and water quality, stream conditions and recreation

• Install two permanent air quality monitors

“The I-70 Mountain Corridor, particularly at Floyd Hill, is the gateway to Colorado’s mountains and a critical economic and tourism route,” said CDOT I-70 Floyd Hill Project Director Kurt Kionka. “Increasing traffic volumes, tight curves and steep grades — which are often exacerbated by weather — require a project that will improve travel time reliability and safety. By eliminating the bottleneck at Floyd Hill, the project will significantly ease congestion and decrease the number and severity of crashes.”

With construction anticipated to stretch through 2028, CDOT and Kraemer North America are committed to minimizing impacts to residents and motorists. The project will be built in three phases.

Construction will begin on I-70 in the East Section of the project, a four-mile stretch that spans from County Road 65 to the bottom of Floyd Hill. Over the summer of 2023, crews will focus on building the work zone, excavation, wall construction, drainage work, and rock scaling and blasting to create room for roadway improvements. For rock scaling and blasting, motorists should expect daytime 20-minute traffic holds both directions of I-70 starting in late-July or early August. Crews will perform rock blasting and scaling for 20 minutes and then reopen the roadway, but motorists can anticipate up to 45 minutes of delays. Blasting is anticipated to occur two times per week through early 2024. Motorists can stay in the know on when blasting activities are planned by signing up for text alerts by texting floydhill to 21000.

During construction, the existing travel lanes will be maintained in each direction of I-70 during peak travel hours. However, overnight lane closures on I-70 will occur semi-regularly. Lane closure hours will vary based on season, day of week, number of lanes being closed and the travel direction. There will also be reduced lane and shoulder widths, and drivers should expect reduced speed limits and increased truck traffic going in and out of the work zones. Motorists can also anticipate minor impacts to the westbound I-70 off-ramp to Homestead Road and periodic daytime flagging on US 40. Work will conclude in late 2028.

For information to help you navigate during this time download the new FREE COtrip Planner App or head to:

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’s wildflowers are the crowning jewels of our mountains. They drape the meadows and forest floors creating a stunning and dramatic landscape. It’s no secret that summer in the mountains is short, but that makes the wildflowers even more spectacular.

Whether hiking, walking or driving by, you’re bound to see wildflowers wherever you go. If you’re like me, you just have to know what each one is named. Here’s a few wildflowers you are likely to run into.

Elephant Head (1)

Like the name suggests, this plant has tiny magenta flowers that look like an elephant head and trunk. This plant is most often found alongside rivers and in wet, marshy areas, in the second half of summer.

Paintbrush (2)

Also known as Castilleja, Paintbrush is a generic name for a family of wildflowers that can range from white to red and everything in-between. There are over 100 species of paintbrush in Colorado. They are semi-parasitic, meaning that they can take resources from other plants, and are most likely to be found around other plants.

Monument Plant (Green Gentian) (8)

This plant demands notice, as it towers above all other foliage. It likes open meadows and will grow up to 7 feet in height! It is monocarpic, meaning that it only flowers in the last season of its life.

Western Columbine (9)

This wildflower is the cousin to the more well-known Colorado Blue Columbine. It can be found in shady forests, often underneath other shrubs and bushes. Look for fiery flashes of red and yellow in the underbrush.

Fairy Slipper Orchid (10)

The Fairy Slipper Orchid is known to be a bit elusive, so count yourself lucky if you find it! Look for small groups of this wildflower, in shady forests, under evergreen trees, among leaf debris.

Best Practices for Wildflower Hunting

When wildflower hunting, it is important to respect the area by following a few basic rules.


Silvery Lupine (3)

This wildflower is a common sight. You’ll find large groups of Lupine along roadsides, or open meadows from the foothills to the subalpine regions. It is most recognizable by its small pea shaped flower, and white and blue patterning.

Larkspur (4)

This star shaped flower can be short or tall, and found in open meadows from the foothills to the mountain regions. It has five distinct petals in a star shape, with a whitish center. The back of the flower has a tubular shape.

Old-Man-of-the-Mountain (5)

What it lacks in height, this wildflower makes up for in vibrance. Look for it above treeline, in open sunny areas.

Heartleaf Arnica (6)

Look for this vibrant ray flower in the shady forests. You can distinguish it from other flowers of the same color by the two heart-shaped leaves on opposite sides of the stem.

Mariposa Lily (7)

This wildflower blooms in mid to late season, in open and dry areas. If you are lucky, you may find it in pink or even light purple!

1. Stay on the Trail. We all want the perfect photo, but get it from the trail. Don’t cut the switchbacks, or hike outside the trail.

2. Don’t pick the wildflowers. Many of these wildflowers are rare and endangered. Some common wildflowers even have poisonous sap. For your sake, and to respect the wildflowers, look but don’t touch or pick them.

3. Steer clear of wildlife. You’re on their turf. If you see wildlife, give them lots of room and keep pets close to you. Moose in particular are known to turn from docile to aggressive in a flash, when met with your canine companions.

4. Leave No Trace. Pack out whatever you pack in, including compostable items.

More Colorado Wildflowers

From forest to wetland to prairie, Colorado has hundreds of species of wildflowers. Do you have a wildflower that you’d like to ID? Check my website, or follow @coloradoswildflowers on Instagram. Colorado Wildflower is an online database of local Colorado wildflowers and a passion project from my web design firm Tandem Design Lab. | ISSUE 38 2023 19


This past spring outdoor industry students from three Western Slope universities reviewed and offered solutions to several outdoor recreation businesses in Colorado’s seeking innovative solutions to vexing challenges.

Eight teams of students from Colorado Mesa University’s Outdoor Industry Studies Program, Colorado Mountain College’s Outdoor Education Program at Leadville and Western Colorado University’s Outdoor Industry MBA Program were coupled with eight outdoor businesses as part of the fourth annual Wright Collegiate Challenge. The 12-week program pairs students with businesses to get fresh perspectives on issues while delivering real-world experience to the outdoor industry’s up and coming workforce.

“This is one of the coolest things that happens in Colorado,” said Conor Hall, the executive director of the Colorado Outdoor Recreation office, which has partnered with the Wright Collegiate Challenge as part of its mission to help educate an outdoor industry workforce.

Presenting Business, Ideas and Suggestions

Angler’s Covey

The owners of Angler’s Covey fly fishing shop and guiding operation in Colorado Springs were hoping students could create a system to better communicate where Angler’s Covey guides would be fishing on any given day with a goal of reducing crowding on popular stretches of rivers and streams.

The team of students from Colorado Mesa University proposed an app that would allow guides to select dates and use a map with different features showing water temperatures, spawning alerts and regular fishing reports that include flows, water turbidity and even suggest fly patterns anglers could use.

Beacon Guide Books

Andy and Gail Sovick, the owners of Beacon Guidebooks in Gunnison, were looking for a better way to showcase their guidebooks at more than 90 stores, including 21 REI locations.

The students from Western Colorado University created a multi-tiered display case that fits Beacon’s guidebooks made with laser-cut, environmentally sourced birch plywood. The design, which ships flat, fits within guidelines provided by REI and the outdoor retailer is reviewing the design for possible inclusion in stores by next winter. They also created a template so the owners could track boosts in sales using the new display systems.

A panel of judges for the Wright Collegiate Challenge awarded the students from Western Colorado the “best in class” award for their design.

Camp V

The owner of Camp V — a boutique glamping and artist compound in Naturita — joined with the West End Trails Alliance to better understand how the community can expedite plans for 75 miles of singletrack to help grow the region’s outdoor recreation economy. The students from Colorado Mesa University pedaled from Grand Junction to Naturita and hiked miles of proposed new trails. The students recommended a partnership with the Colorado Wildlands Project and its nascent effort to establish a new national monument around the Dolores River to help kick start delayed federal approval of trails around Naturita and Nucla.

Galena Mountain Projects

Justin Talbot, the owner of Leadville’s Galena Mountain Projects, wanted a marketing plan to help the guidebook and apparel maker expand into neighboring Chaffee and Summit counties as well as better connect with locals in his hometown. The students from Colorado Mountain College’s Leadville campus created a two-year plan that included enlisting brand ambassadors, a social media strategy and raffles at local events.

Grip Bouldering

Nathan Creswell with the 24-hour Grip Bouldering climbing gym in Grand Junction asked Colorado Mesa Univer-

sity students to develop ways to better engage local climbers with the region’s Western Colorado Climber’s Coalition.

The students worked with the Bureau of Land Management, the climbers coalition and landowners in the Unaweep Canyon to create a sign at Nine Mile Hill. The sign has a QR code travelers can use to access information about recreational activities in the canyon, including details on hundreds of bouldering routes and bolted sport climbs and how to connect with the climber’s coalition. The sign will be installed in a pull out along Colorado 141 on BLM land used as a parking lot for climbers accessing routes near Nine Mill Hill.

The students designing the sign won the “Most Engaged Team” award from the judges.

Ramps and Alleys

Stacy Falk, the owner of Ramps and Alleys skateshop and clubhouse in Salida, asked the Wright students for help developing a network to unite the state’s 20-plus skateshop owners, with a collaborative effort to help build skateparks, support business owners and get more kids skating.

The students from Colorado Mesa University set up a channel on the social media platform Discord. The CollaborSkate channel has 10 skating organizations and 21 members working together.

San Luis Valley Great Outdoors

San Luis Valley Great Outdoors, a nonprofit that works to create recreational opportunities in the 8,000 square-mile high desert valley, asked students for help marketing the group’s new Tin Can Camp, a collection of tiny homes on Colorado State Land Board land the group leases in Penitente Canyon. The off-grid cabin rentals were developed to generate revenue for the organization, which previously used Wright students to help plan how recreational trails could parallel local railroads in the valley.

The students from Western Colorado University wrote postings for the cabins for listing on the Hip Camp rental

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And it is.

The resort has grown up alongside its surrounding area. About nine miles north of city limits, the hot springs themselves can claim to be at least 141 years old, but possibly as old as 1,000 years. With the first documented use of geothermal mineral waters in Durango dating back to around 1000-1200 A.D. They have probably been around longer than any of us really know, but it wasn’t until 1874 when these particular ones were discovered by a man named Frank Trimble. Trimble planted his flag, eventually built a hotel on the property, and gave the area his namesake; Trimble Hot Springs.

It remained Trimble Hot Springs up until 2019 when it was purchased and renamed Durango Hot Springs. With the renaming came a few other changes, the most obvious being more pools. Now, the property has 40 different water features, including 32 hot springs, two cold plunge pools, and a 25-meter swimming pool, which is an exponential change, but what isn’t different is the water’s natural minerals.

Hot springs are made up of natural minerals from groundwater that seeps deep into the earth where it is heated and then rises back to the top as a spring. During its journey, the water mixes with minerals that make up a liquid solution that includes, unique to Durango, 32 distinct minerals that, according to the resort, doesn’t include that weird eggy sulfur odor associated with other hot springs. The minerals are said to be really good for our bodies and minds, but in order for water to be considered beneficial for healing it is said that it must have total dissolved solids (TDS) of over 4,500. Lucky for spring goers, Durango Hot Springs’ TDS has over 14,000.

This isn’t all by accident though. While the process is natural, Durango Hot Springs has given nature a little boost through the use of technology. Labeled as AquaGen, this enhancement adds one trillion nanobubbles – tiny balls of gas found within liquid that are less than 1000 nm (nanometer) in diameter – to each liter of water. This

dissolved oxygen is good for our blood and cell repair in our bodies, and it’s also good, as the hot springs states, for naturally disinfecting potential impurities in the water.

In addition, the Hot Springs also uses processes called quantum fusion, which is a magnetic process that allows minerals to stay in the water for longer. At the same time, the process also uses a flow-through water system, which pushes water into the spring’s system every two hours, keeping everything fresh.

So it’s a bit of push and pull, and all very interesting, but the only thing our tired minds and bodies need to know is that this experience is a Nanobubble-distance away, and you don’t even need to have a full day of recreation to enjoy.

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between the San Juan Mountains and the town of Durango is Durango Hot Springs Resort and Spa. The resort’s location is key because no matter what direction you’re coming from, there is a chance you are looking for outdoor-related recovery, and about the time you see the hot springs sign from the road, you think, wouldn’t that be nice? Jannaye Derge
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Get ready to party for the Good! Join me on Saturday, September 30 for my Parker the Snow Dog’s Camp Scholarship Fundraiser benefiting Easterseals Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Village (RMV). Help me send campers living with disabilities to RMV next summer!

Entry is FREE so come enjoy live music, Beer from Guanella Pass Brewery, cocktails from Mythology Distillery, BBQ from GQue BBQ, pizza from Sexy Pizza, live music, doggy party favors from KONG and a silent auction. There will be a kids zone with arts & crafts, firetrucks, and a fishing clinic and pole giveaway from Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

Last year we raised over $25,000 for camper scholarships. Let’s beat that this year!

All proceeds help Parker send campers living with disabilities to Easterseals Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Village Camp! Dog & kid friendly event.

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While sitting on a barstool one evening, writer John Fayhee was looking for his next adventure. Unable to commit to months-long journeys along a backcountry trail, he decided to commit to a full year of hiking every day with his young dog.

“As my 60 th birthday approached, I decided to do something of relative note,” says Fayhee, who now lives in Silver City, New Mexico. “I had real-life responsibilities that did not allow me to, say, attempt to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. I had to concoct a challenging scheme that I could integrate into my day-to-day life that would not incline my wife toward seeking the services of a divorce lawyer.”

“I downed a few pints, scribbled some shockingly legible notes about embarking upon a quest to hike every day for a year on a cocktail napkin, walked out to my ancient 4Runner and bounced the idea off my dog, Casey, who had been contentedly snoozing on the back seat,” Fayhee says. “Casey responded positively to the notion. So that was that. The next day, we bushwhacked to the top of a local peak and ended up hiking for a total of 367 straight days”, says Fayhee.

“Drink in this glorious stream of consciousness that is Fayhee’s writing at its best. Part hiking story, part love letter to life, ‘A Long Tangent’ will make you laugh out loud (a lot) and ruminate on why we’re all here. It’s a sensitive and informed dissection by one of mountain living’s classic chroniclers, who’s not too proud to admit that he is ‘winding down.’”

— Breckenridge resident Devon O’Neil, correspondent, Outside magazine

Find Fayhee’s book online and in your local bookshops. His earliest readings will be held at the Next Page in Frisco, Colorado, Friday, Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. His reading at Leadville Outdoors is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m. Additional readings are scheduled through September for Aspen, Carbondale, Steamboat Springs, Crested Butte, Fruita, Durango, Moab, Lake George, Paonia and Telluride through September.

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Colorado Railroad Museum - Golden Colorado

All Aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine, everyone’s favorite #1 blue engine is coming to town and bringing a colorful new spin to Day Out With ThomasTM events. For the first time ever Thomas & Friends will be celebrating the magic and beauty of color with Day Out With Thomas: The Color Tour.

The Color Tour will be stopping at the Colorado Railroad Museum on the weekends of September 9-10,16-17, and 23-24, 2023!

Day Out with ThomasTM is a fun-filled, family event that takes place at heritage railways across the country. Every ticket includes an interactive train ride with a life-sized Thomas the Tank Engine as well as access to a full day of activities for all to enjoy. Families will be able to enjoy live entertainment, photo ops with Sir Topham Hatt, lawn games and stop by the pop-up gift shop for exclusive Thomas swag.

This year, Day Out With ThomasTM is celebrating color. Guests can expect plenty of colorful, family-friendly activities. Even Thomas will be getting in on the fun! Fans will be able to snap photos with Thomas, who will be adorned with colorful paint splats. With plenty of fun for everyone, guests are encouraged to invite family and friends to create new memories that are certain to last a lifetime. This celebration of color is not to be missed.


In 2010, a construction crew unearthed a single tusk of a mammoth while digging at Ziegler Reservoir in Snowmass Village. The Denver Museum of Nature and Science took over the site and went on to unearth more than 5,000 bones and fossils of large mammals and small vertebrate species including mammoths, mastodons, and giant ground sloths.

Summer 2023 sees the debut of a series of Ice Age Discovery installations, each a blend of art, science, and nature, bringing the viewer into the story through a series of different mediums around the Village, on trails, and on the web.

A variety of installations ais to balance art and science in a fun and engaging way, drawing back the curtain on the past. The narrative, designed by the Aspen Science Center, is meant to be appealing for all ages and interest levels, with fun facts on the installations around the Village and deeper education and storytelling on the website.

• The artistic expressions of the Ice Age Discovery are found on three unique murals on the Snowmass Mall and in Snowmass Base Village.

• Hikers and bikers on the Rim Trail are taken back in time via a set of three “viewfinders”, found at the iconic Spiral Point, overlooking Ziegler Reservoir.

• Fans of Amiee White Beazley’s “Snowmastodon! Snow Day Adventure” can find the story laid out as a storybook walk on the Sleigh Ride Trail.

• The Discovery Trail, which offers stunning views of Ziegler Reservoir, is home to newly updated trail signs full of facts and pictures depicting the find.

• A display in Town Park Station brings visitors into the story of the Ice Age Discovery, and is home to the Snowmass Guest Services team, who distribute Ice Age Passports, prizes, and information about the find.

• The Ice Age Passport, a printed brochure found at guest services locations around Snowmass, brings guests on a walk through the Snowmass Mall and Base Village to visit each of the new Ice Age installations. Those who complete the Passport can redeem for a one-of-a-kind stuffed mammoth prize at Snowmass Guest Services, while supplies last.

• People moving around Snowmass on the Village Shuttles or the Sky Cab Gondola (affectionately known as the Skittles), can find engaging informational panels about different aspects of the discovery and include QR codes to bring viewers to the website to dive deeper into the story.



Last night I had a dream. In the dream I was trying to walk forward against a violent, steady wind that was holding me back. I was frustrated to the point of tears as I tried to get to where I was going, only to be met with hard resistance. I could feel my muscles struggling with increased fatigue. Out of nowhere a bald eagle appeared overhead, wings spread, gliding across the sky. Circling twice to get lower, our gaze connected. I felt a shift happen within. Instead of fighting, the eagle was using the strong movement to float along with ease, an almost effortless propulsion.

Upon waking, I marveled at how easy it was to connect the dream to my life. A large part of my past includes resistance to negative emotions, avoidance of difficult situations, and distractions to ensure both of those remained true. While I sought and found benefit in counseling for anxieties I tied to shallow and current events, true vulnerability didn’t start to emerge until almost 6 years after I began. My therapist was very patient in guiding me as I did the actions of self-work through reading, meditation, exercise, improving my nutritional intake, etc. I learned amazing tools including boundaries, misplaced responsibilities for other people’s emotions, and expectations versus agreements. Eventually, I was faced with an unavoidable loss that tested my coping skills beyond the practices I had started.

Several months prior to my own anguish, a dear friend had lost her father to cancer. She shared a decision she had made during her period of anticipatory grief, knowing this could likely be the biggest loss of her life. While acknowledging the helplessness, fear, the visceral pain, she realized she had choices. Resist, distract, avoid, and let it destroy her peace, or lean into and face it all with courage and see what growth it could provide, and what lessons she could learn.

We live in a society that tends to collectively try to avoid discomfort. Diving into “negative” emotions such as fear, sadness, embarrassment, anxiety, anger, grief, jealousy, depression, shame, guilt, and so on feels relatively new. Vulnerability is emerging as a strength versus a weakness. Her bravery spurred my own decision to do the best I could to model after her.

Working with my therapist, fellow nurse coaches, family, and friends, I started my journey with grief through vulnerability. I likened this work to a

tree, reaching my roots far into the dark soil knowing the growth below would directly feed the flourishing of the branches above. While painful, exploring the hard emotions finally gave them purpose.

It has been established that ignoring, burying, and denying emotions does not make them go away. They can cause deep subconscious beliefs we can’t put into words, and manifests as more anxiety and anger. It is never too late to dig deep, even into feelings we aren’t sure of their origin. Letting the emotions surface and accepting them with compassion for ourselves helps us write our stories in new light and remain fluid versus stagnant.

Accepting negative emotions without resistance does not define identity. Thoughts and emotions are not who we are, but what we experience. All can move through us and are not permanent when we acknowledge and release. Self-care practices help create space for our emotions to be held gently and with compassion. General health maintenance keeps our physical bodies in a state to move through emotions as well. While life is not one-size-fits-all, there are some general practices to help keep this alignment.

Start with compassion for YOU. We are all only humans in a temporary life. Treat yourself and talk to yourself as you would to someone you care deeply about. Give yourself patience and grace, you deserve it.

Accept what comes up without judgment. By making space for an emotion or thought to arise, you can examine it for what it is. Leave judgment out.

Maintain boundaries. Whether it’s a work/life balance, unequal relationships, protecting sleep or restorative time, boundaries are essential. While it sounds like building walls, boundaries

create much more freedom, not fences. The value of your peace is immeasurable.

Spend time with yourself in the present. Mindfulness practices. Meditation has been shown to ease negative emotions, gain new perspectives, and help people become aligned with feeling their worth and purpose. Many free apps are available to use for guidance.

Connect with nature. Not everyone is able to do extreme outdoor sports, and simply taking a walk or sitting outside near a tree can be healing and grounding.

Scream it out. Emotions can feel huge. Grief is especially overpowering. Some cultures participate in wailing ceremonies, to move the overwhelming pain out through voice. Going to a remote area or even the car to scream the big ones out can be satisfying and liberating.

Find support and practice vulnerability. Opening to exploring emotions with a therapist, trained coach, and loved ones increases our connectivity to others while healing internally.

Setting down resistance and opening acceptance to painful emotions can sound intimidating and even frightening. Vulnerability as a strength versus a weakness can feel brand new. However, lush and thriving branches keep growing with roots deep in the soil. Like the eagle, instead of pushing against the wind and facing exhaustion and discouragement, we can explore the heights we reach by letting the wind carry us into the sky.

“A seed neither fears light nor darkness, but uses both to grow.” Matshana Dhilwayo
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Find your next adventure in Silverthorne. Surrounded by miles of hiking and biking trails and located next to the famed fishing waters of the Blue River, Silverthorne offers a multitude of outdoor experiences perfect for your mountain getaway.


There’s a local distillery in Durango, Colorado, tucked in the far back corner of an indiscrete parking lot right in the middle of downtown. It’s small, non braggadocious, but should be because that is where the Stillhouse Junkies were born.

The Stillhouse Junkies is Durango’s beloved hometown bluegrass-toned band, playing original roots, blues, funk, swing, and bluegrass music, and made up of three members: Alissa Wolf on the fiddle, Cody Tinnin on bass, and Fred Kosak on guitar and mandolin. The trio clicked into place after serendipitously moving to Durango around the same time (Wolf and Tinnin originally from the area and moving back), and meeting each other by playing at weekly social jams around town and at the Durango Craft Spirits Distillery. After they saw they had something special, they solidified themselves as a band, calling themselves the Stillhouse Junkies, in honor of the distillery in which they formed.

“It happened super organically and it was one of those things that evolved without any of us setting out to start a project,” Kosak said of their formation.

For a while, the trio played for fun and for the free drinks (although, ironically, only one of them actually drinks) about 85 or 90 times over the first couple years, and in the spring of 2018 they unanimously got more serious and transitioned from playing just for drinks to playing real shows. They stopped playing covers, and started to play Kosak’s originals. The band started booking tours regionally and nationally,

and once they entered their first contest – the Telluride Band Contest in the summer of 2018 – and placed third, they knew they had something good.

“That was a pivotal moment for us…and what it did for us was show us that we still had a lot of work to do, but also showed us that we have potential,” Wolf said.

After that contest, the band started playing and rehearsing every day. They planned, by themselves, their first full national tour in 2019 “just to see if we wanted to do it,” Tinnin said.

None of them had ever experienced life on the musical road, but they took a leap of faith by booking 25 shows and expecting to play for one person, maybe a few, but ended up playing for many more. Folks who heard their music were responding well to their original songs and the band was able to come out of that tour with a little pocket cash, and a lot of inspiration.

“That was part of the affirmation that we needed to keep doing what we were doing and keep the momentum up. It made us realize that we could scale it up to something bigger and we could keep rolling with it,” Wolf said.

And roll they did.

After that first tour, they were able to find a booking agent, which opened up more doors for the band. They circled their way around the country a couple times in 2019 and had a big

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tour scheduled for 2020 including their first international round in Europe, and a week before they were supposed to head overseas in March of 2020, Covid19 hit.

“Everything got canceled; Europe got canceled, all the festivals got canceled, every single show got canceled,” Wolf said.

But after they were, understandably, done singing the blues about the closed doors, Kosak got an idea:

The band put out a rally call to Durango and surrounding areas to do outdoor private shows in people’s driveways and backyards.

People could sign up for 30 min acoustic sets and the band would play at a safe distance for sometimes one person, sometimes two. They continued on through the summer, every weekend until it got too cold to stand outside any more; in total, playing about 250 sets for about five months.

The fact that the Junkies were able to keep live music a priority during an otherwise glum time might be the reason the band grew exponentially over such a short period, or it could just have to do with their natural on-stage chemistry. Either way, things only got better from there.

In the fall of 2021 the Stillhouse Junkies took home the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Momentum Awards Band of the Year.

“We all knew it was important, but I don’t know if it really, fully, sunk in what that moment could do for us,” Wolf said.

What it did for them was ultimately get them a management team, a record label, and a booking agency, what Tinnin called the “traditional band family.”

They now have their fourth album on the horizon with their most current one, “Small Towns” out now, which hit stands fall 2022 and was produced by their current label, Dark Shadow Recording (owned by a member of the Sam Bush Band).

The band eventually made it to Europe and are officially on tour now around the states, and if you’re lucky enough, you’ll be able to hear them play maybe in someone’s backyard, maybe on a large stage, but chances are, you can catch them at a local distillery.

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It’s Sunday evening and The Pine Beatles are packed into the small living room of their bass player’s downtown cabin. They face each other in a tight circle, guitars romping through a rhythm, banjo twanging, stand-up bass thumping, harmonica squealing and fiddle infusing poignant refrain amid a range of voices meeting every few verses in collective harmony. Careful in their close quarters to avoid jabbing each other in the neck with their instruments, band members bob their heads and tap their toes.

Mindful Origins

Circle back 18 years and most of this crew would have been sitting in this same space in utter silence, practicing transcendental meditation.

The founding members of The Pine Beatles – local physician Dr. Craig Perrinjaquet (aka Doc PJ) on stand-up bass, clinical psychologist Dr. Mark Gidney on banjo, former Breckenridge ski patroller Matt Krane and Breck native/real estate broker Ben Brewer on guitars – initially came together this way, meeting for weekly meditation sessions in Doc PJ’s living room. They began bringing instruments and adding a musical element to the meetups. The

jam sessions, like The Pine Beatles’ ever-growing song list and the uncanny synchronicity among the musicians, transpired organically.

“It’s really a flow state where you just connect with people,” Doc PJ says. “You’re coordinated to the point that all of these organic changes happen collectively. The volume goes up, the speed changes. It’s individual, but more than just yourself. It’s some subliminal connection that brings on a special energy. It always strikes me every time we play, like, how did that happen?”

The ensemble played its first gig in 2007 and after harmonica player and vocalist Moose (Daniel Bednarski)

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joined the band a year later, The Pine Beatles began etching a special place in Summit County’s music scene. They have been perennial performers at Breckenridge’s Oktoberfest, have played many times on the big stage at the base of the ski area at Breck and Keystone and at music festivals around the county. You’re bound to catch them at one time or another this summer on Breck’s air stage and in pop-up performances around town.

Expansive Repertoire

Their repertoire spans from a handful of originals to a broad gamut of genres, covering around 150 tunes. At any given performance, you might hear a speedy rendition of “Big River,” by Johnny Cash, a twangy “Blackbird” by The Beatles, “Dream Like Mine,” by Bruce Cockburn or “Sing to the Mountain,” by Elephant Revival, the latter performed with a sprinkle of coyote pack howling.

“We’ll always bring a new song into the mix,” Krane says. “Being ready to explore is part of what makes it fun.”

All songs are delivered with one-ofa-kind Pine Beatles’ flavor, which many would describe as bluegrass-y. However, band members are reluctant to plug their sound into a pigeonhole.

“I’m trained in more of a traditional bluegrass sound, so this has been an adjustment for me,” Gidney says. “I guess you could call it ‘Breckgrass.’”

The common thread of all the tunes is that they are uplifting.

Happy Together

Reminiscing about a snowy spring gig during which The Pine Beatles played through an extra long set, wiping snow off of their instruments and blowing onto their cold red hands, PJ says,

“We like each other enough that it’s always fun, even when we freeze our fingertips off in a full-on blizzard.”

The joy that circulates among the bandmembers every time they’re in that so-called flow state is palpable and contagious to their audiences, whether the audience is a friend or two sitting in on a Sunday evening living room jam session, 50 or so locals at a summer gig on the library deck or hundreds who stop by their stage at Oktoberfest or at a weekend bluegrass festival.

“There are some magical moments when things come together,” Krane says. “You always want to perform for your audience, but also for your fellow bandmates in a way that moves you.”

A skilled violinist/fiddler who graduated college in 2021 with a degree in Musical Performance and Audio Engineering, 25-year-old Kira Benson is at least four decades younger than everyone else in the band. They joined The Pine Beatles last summer.

“Every old man band needs one token, blue-haired, Gen Z lesbian,” they joke. “Graduating during Covid, into a world that wasn’t that friendly toward live music, for me, this has been a wonderfully healing experience.”

The positive energy generated among bandmembers is what brings The Pine Beatles together every week. After more than 16 years, the band’s tightness as musicians and as friends only continues to grow.

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John Fisher and Steve Jones are mainstays in the Steamboat guitar and banjo-pickin’ scene, playing together as the Yampa Valley boys for decades, entertaining everyone from rodeo crowds to apres revelers at the resort. Aging gracefully and now playing solo acts as time allows, Swillin’ caught up with them for their take on harmonizing and hunkering down in Steamboat.

78 and Still Strumming

Steve Jones (AKA Yampa Valley Steve)

Age: 78

Where’d you grow up and start playing music?

Springfield, Missouri. I was in choir from grade school through high school and didn’t begin playing an instrument until taking up guitar in college.

When and how did you end up in Steamboat? I first came to Steamboat to ski over the holidays of the 1987-‘88 season. My wife and I looked at many other areas of Colorado, but once we saw Steamboat, we knew it was where we wanted to be. We came back through town in June of that year, participating in Ride the Rockies, and put a contract on our three acres while on that trip. We built our house in 1991 with the idea that we’d

move here in about 10 years. That changed to four years as we moved from St. Louis to Steamboat and arrived for good on July 1, 1995.

How many bands have you played in here?

Besides being a solo act, I’ve only played in one—the Yampa Valley Boys. I did play with The Prickly Pair out of Dubois, Wyoming, for three summers in the early 2000s.

When did you first get together as Yampa Valley Boys?

John and I formed it in the fall of 2000. We had a run of 17 years, with our last concert coming in late summer 2017.

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From Sleigh Rides to Raging Campfires

Age: 77

Where’d you grow up and start playing music?

I grew up in Minnesota, went to high school in South St. Paul and college at Bemidji State College and the University of Minnesota, getting a degree in Geology. I started playing guitar and banjo in junior high. The first song I played in public was on stage in high school, playing and singing

Sixteen Tons (a la Tennessee Ernie Ford) on a Stella guitar. I was involved in the acoustic folk music scene in the late ‘50s and ‘60s. At Bemidji, I performed with a traveling folk music troupe in a four-piece acoustic folk band called the Bunch, playing at colleges throughout northern Minnesota. In graduate school at South Dakota School of Mines, I picked up the mandolin and autoharp, and played at parties and campouts. After a stint in the Navy, I landed in Riverton, Wyoming, as an exploration geologist in the uranium industry. That’s where I picked up the fiddle, and played back-up guitar for fiddle contests including the Wyoming State Fiddle Championships and the District 2 Fiddlers near Cody.

When and how did you end up in Steamboat?

I got here in 1986, as a partner in Ability Claim Service. I got to know Bill May, a local rancher and cowboy poet. He, and his son, J May, got me interested in cowboy poetry and true western music. Somewhere in there, I picked up a talent in auctioneering, mostly for charity and fundraisers.

How many bands have you played in here?

Shortly after arriving I started playing for sleigh ride dinners as a single hat (solo performer), and with Jed Clampit, at Red Barn Ranch, a sleigh ride tour up Seed House Road. In the early ‘90s I started playing with J May, for sleigh rides

out of Vista Verde Ranch, Elk River Guest Ranch and Home Ranch. I also played solo for Patsy Wilhelm’s Sunset Ranch sleigh rides. J and I also became regular performers for Gary and Hattie Yeager’s Bar Lazy L Ranch sleigh rider dinners.

What’s your take on getting together as the Yampa Valley Boys?

I ran into Steve at a 9News Health Fair in the high school gym in 1998. I was looking for someone to cover for me at the Bar Lazy L on nights that I was out of town. Back then, people who could perform cowboy and western music were mighty scarce here. Steve was singing cowboy songs to attract folks to one of the booths at the fair. It took me a week, but I finally found out how to contact him. He worked out great and on nights when they had a big sleigh ride, they’d ask us both to entertain. Thus, the Yampa Valley Boys was born. We got serious about playing together in 2000, playing everything from county and state fairs to barbeques, parties, guest ranches, music festivals and more at venues from Montana to Arizona. We also made several trips to Madison, Wisconsin, and played an Outdoor Expo in Augusta, Georgia. Some years we played over 300 shows.



It was several years ago at the Breckenridge Distillery up on a stage tucked into the distillery’s barrel room. It was the perfect location to enjoy their vibrant and energetic blending of Violin, Guitar, Mandolin, Bass and their harmony of sweet songs and synergisitc vocals. I knew there was something special.

Blue River Grass was founded in Summit County, Colorado. Its members are Maureen Bozsan (Violinist/Multi-instrumentalist), Benjie West (Mandolin/ Guitarist/Vocals), Brett Lomoro (Bassist). The group was formed after many bluegrass picks in a backyard located near the Blue River in Silverthorne, Colorado. Each musician came from different musical backgrounds and projects, creating a sound that’s perpetual and ever changing.

Maureen Bozsan (Violin) is a work of art, her and Brett have played together for years before BRG was formed. Maureen’s educational background is in Violin and her talent extends further to piano as well as other instruments. She is a force of nature on and off stage - while she plays with BRG she also teaches music full time in Denver. Her energetic, melodic style is unmatched and would be impossible to replicate - Once you have seen her once, she will have you entranced in musical bliss. Maureen is one of the most driven musicians in the Colorado music scene

and her willingness to continue to push musical boundaries is an art form that can simply not be put into words.

Benjie West (Mandolin/Guitarist/ Vocals) is the brilliant mastermind behind this musical project. He has been wowing crowds for over 2 decades with his pure magic on stage. With a background in progressive psychedelic rock, he is able to carry song into a musical abyss and bring it back with elegance and passion. Benjie’s ability to share his heart and soul through his mandolin/guitar playing and singing is captivating to those watching and incredibly inspiring to those he plays music with.

Brett Lomoro (Bassist/Vocals) is human metronome, sound tech guru, and gear enthusiast. There is no song that he could play that he didn’t have an answer for. His wittiness on a microphone is something to behold, and his ability to keep a crowd engaged is on another level. If you haven’t seen the tricks he has up his sleeve then you are in for a real treat. Brett’s played bass since he could hold one in his hands, and you can tell - “Everybody knows he’s the man on the lows”.

The synchronization of the violin, mandolin, guitar, and bass delivers an innovative show full of energy, creating a sound and feeling that encapsulates music goers from any and every genre.

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Opera Houses in Colorado mountain towns? Yes!

They have been here a lot longer then you have AND they are pretty cool! For travelers who love live entertainment and mountain towns, now is a great time to plan a summer tour of the Circuit in Aspen, Central City, Leadville, Ouray, and Telluride.

The Colorado Historic Opera House Circuit has announced its summer shows, with opera and much more—

world-class music of all kinds, theater, comedy, films, cowboy poetry, and community events.

For travelers who love live entertainment and mountain towns, now is a great time to plan a summer tour of the Circuit in Aspen, Central City, Leadville, Ouray, and Telluride.

The Colorado Historic Opera Houses Circuit connects five opera houses in the Colorado mountains. There, visitors

can see a world-class performance in an elegant historic setting that still carries the mystique of Colorado’s early mining boom days and explore some of Colorado’s most picturesque mountain towns. Events reach into late September and start again in December. A full calendar can be accessed at: calendar


The grand opening of the Art Spot Silverthorne Makerspace was celebrated on Saturday, May 20, 2023. The Art Spot Silverthorne Makerspace opened in phases with classes beginning in midMarch and the makerspace opening to the public earlier this summer.

Located at 401 Blue River Parkway in the heart of Silverthorne’s growing downtown, the new creative hub is designed to foster the arts in Silverthorne by offering creative spaces where artists of all ages and abilities can thrive and community members can experience the arts through programs, classes and events.

The makerspace at the Art Spot features supplies, tools and equipment for artists of all abilities to use and create with. The makerspace includes a ceramic studio with eight pottery wheels and a kiln, and supplies and space for woodworking, painting, drawing, jewelry making, printmaking and other creative offerings. Art Spot classes are offered by independent instructors.

The Art Spot is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information on pricing and passes, visit

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Achieving a Personal Connection in Commercial Spaces

Restaurateur Bettina Neset cares nothing for the limelight. She is happy to be the hidden half in a husband-andwife team, who have built up Rex’s Family of Restaurants in Steamboat Springs over the last two decades. However, if there is one thing that reflects her true colors, it is the interior design within each of their seven restaurants.

Despite being a self-confessed magazine junkie with a passion for Pinterest, Bettina chose to partner with Lindsey Jamison and her team at Rumor Design + ReDesign, a Steamboat-based interiors firm for a series of remodels. Their latest collaboration is a testament to the duo’s playful appetite for color and texture.

I like being able to be the eyes and ears, and nothing makes me smile more than seeing our customers enjoying the spaces we worked so hard to create.
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“In the restaurant business you want to be bold, and Lindsey is bolder than I,” Bettina shares, laughing. It’s clear the pair align. At the outset of the design plan for expanding Salt & Lime, the group’s Mexican-inspired eatery, Bettina presented a brightly hued, multi-loop chandelier made of recycled soda pop bottles and basket covers as inspiration. The fixture serves as a talking point in the glass-walled private dining room, where a strip of Spanish tile packs a fun punch on the inside darkened walls.

Playful wallpaper wraps the site’s elongated walls, where booths mingle with oversized scalloped chairs and quirky covered seating nooks. Mixed media artwork by Denver-based Dolan Geiman provides a talking point, no more so than Rita, the recently named Burro sculpture who takes center stage at the bar.

Despite Steamboat’s rural locale, Salt & Lime, like its sister venue, The Laundry Kitchen & Cocktails emanates an urban vibe, which was met with trepidation initially by longtime locals. “Steamboat is changing, and we have definitely seen an influx of people moving here who want what we offer with the cocktail bar experience, small plates and great food in fun settings.”

Lindsey echoes the sentiment which provided the impetus for her and business partner Valerie Stafford to open a larger homeware boutique, cafe and design studio downtown in 2021. “COVID had us all holding our breath, but people wanted to renovate, and our business just keeps growing,” Lindsey says. The business won a Designer of the Year Award from HGTV in 2021 and were finalists in two categories for 2022. | ISSUE 38 2023 41

Steamboat maintains its ranching heritage and so far, the cosmopolitan injection over recent years has only added to the town’s allure. “We’ve definitely kept some of our restaurants more traditional such as Mazzola’s Italian, which has a large family following,” Bettina says. At The Laundry, Lindsey and Bettina opted to celebrate the rich history of the historic building, which once served as a laundromat. Fun imagery and the rust brick walls hint at the location’s past, which was paramount to Lindsey, a Midwestern transplant with a penchant for historic buildings.

Lindsey relishes the diversity of working on residential and commercial projects. “Commercial definitely allows more playfulness with color, funky lighting and taking risks,” she says. Both women believe customer service is the driving force behind their successful relationship, and their individual businesses. “If something isn’t right, I can call Lindsey and she will fix it, you can’t get that online,” Bettina says.

Customers want to experience a personal connection. “Many of our diners don’t know who I am when I walk into any of our restaurants,” Bettina continues. She is the behind-the-scenes visionary who found her style match in Rumor. “I like being able to be the eyes and ears, and nothing makes me smile more than seeing our customers enjoying the spaces we worked so hard to create.”

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In the ever-evolving world of construction and home improvement, there are companies that stand out not just for their products but for the stories they carry within their frames. Mountain View Pella is one such company that has sparked excitement among homeowners seeking quality and heritage.

Rooted in the heart of Colorado, Mountain View Pella has a deep history that dates back to the rugged landscapes of the western slope. As a name synonymous with trust and innovation, the company has embraced its roots while striving to soar to new heights.

The journey begins with a tale of entrepreneurship and dedication. Arrow Glass Co., founded by the visionary George White in the early 1960s, paved the way for what Mountain View Pella represents today. George White, a man with an unwavering commitment to excellence and community, established Arrow Glass with a simple yet powerful mission: to provide exceptional glass products and services that elevate the homes and businesses of Grand Junction, Colorado.

Mountain View PellaA Journey of Entrepreneurship

George’s meticulous attention to detail and his hands-on approach became the cornerstone of Arrow Glass’s legacy. With each project undertaken, the company gained a reputation for going above and beyond to deliver quality. As Arrow Glass expanded its reach to encompass residential, commercial, automotive, and architectural projects, it became clear that a commitment to customer satisfaction was the driving force behind its growth.

The family, led by Randy White and son-in-law Chris Pettofrezzo, continues George White’s legacy with the partnership of Pella Corporation. Just as George White pioneered innovation and integrity, Pella has upheld those very principles in its decades of experience. This consolidation brings together not just two names but two legacies, creating a synergy that’s poised to redefine excellence in the industry.

What truly sets Mountain View Pella apart is its determination to connect to its origins while embracing innovation. The company’s ties to Arrow Glass Co. run deep, with family connections that are woven into the fabric of its history.

This connection to the past drives their commitment to deliver products and services that honor tradition while embracing modern technology and design.

As Mountain View Pella ventures forward, the company stands firm in its resolve to honor its legacy and take it to new heights along the Western Slope and throughout Southern Colorado. The journey, much like the panoramic views of the Colorado landscape, is marked by both beauty and challenges.

In conclusion, the story of Mountain View Pella is a narrative that bridges the past and the present, honoring the legacy of Arrow Glass Co. while forging a path toward a brighter future. Just as George White’s unwavering commitment propelled Arrow Glass to success, Mountain View Pella is poised to shape the industry with a fusion of heritage, innovation, and a dedication to customer satisfaction. So, as you seek to adorn your home with windows and doors that tell a story, look no further than Pella – where tradition meets tomorrow.

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2023 Wine Festivals

We are a great state for Wine and our mountain town communities love to celebrate our vintners. Grab a friend and celebrate at one or all of these many events.

August 17 – 20, 2023

Telluride Reserve, Telluride

A three-day food and wine event, Telluride Reserve is an unrivaled exploration of taste and culture featuring chefs, purveyors, winemakers, sommeliers and mixologists. Guests can purchase reserve access for any of the seminars, lunches and dinners.

August 18 – 21, 2023

Mushroom & Wine Festival, Durango Purgatory Resort’s Mushroom & Wine Festival is a wildly popular celebration of the wild mushrooms that can be found on the mountain. The celebration features a 5-course dinner with wine pairings. Each course features mushrooms sourced locally by our chef. Our wine steward selects exceptional wines to complement each course.

August 24 - 26, 2023

Breckenridge Wine Classic, Breckenridge

Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the Breckenridge Wine Classic is a three-day festival anchored by the two-day Grand Tasting in addition to unique seminars such as a guided hike and wine pairing lunch with master winemakers, wine dinners planned by world-class sommeliers, and more than 100 wineries, breweries, distilleries, and epicurean purveyors at this ultimate sensory experience.

September 11 – 17, 2023

Colorado Wine Week, Multiple Locations

Complete your Colorado Winefest experience with Colorado Wine Week! Colorado Wine Week offers a myriad of wine-focused events statewide, many of which are free to attend. Expect to see Food & Wine Pairings, Wine Tours, Feast in the Fields, Live Music, Markets, and more!

September 15, 2023

Colorfest: Passport to Wine & Food Festival, Pagosa Springs

21+ event. Food & Wine Tasting & Live Music. 6-9pm

September 16, 2023

Snowmass Wine Festival, Aspen/ Snowmass

Experience an incredible afternoon of wine, food, sights, and sounds, hosted by the Rotary Club of Snowmass Village. Returning for its 21st year, the festival features 30+ tables of wine from around the world , as well as food from local restaurants, music, and a silent auction to benefit the Rotary Club

September 16, 2023

Uncorked Wine & Music Festival, Lake City

Experience a fantastic lineup of seven musical acts, unique artisan and food vendors, various wines, and a beer booth sponsored by San Luis Valley Brewing, right in the heart of historic downtown Lake City, Colorado.


September 16, 2023

Tour de Vineyards, Palisade

Chock-full of wineries, vineyards, orchards and mesas, our 28th annual tour has a little something for everyone. Celebrate the beginnings of fall with a scenic tour of Colorado Wine Country. Choose between a leisurely 23-mile route along the Palisade Fruit & Wine Byway or the more challenging 58-mile course that adds on a loop up and over Reeder Mesa. Our 28th annual tour has a little something for everyone. After a good ride, enjoy a hearty meal right at the finish line in downtown Palisade and then head over to the Colorado Mountain Winefest (you will need a separate ticket), at Riverbend Park.

September 22, 2023

Rocky Mountain Wine Fest, Winter Park Resort

Pair your fall leaf-peeping with unlimited samples of expertly selected wines at the Rocky Mountain Wine Fest this fall! Enjoy the crisp mountain air with a variety of reds, whites, and rosés from all over the world at this 2-day festival. Tickets on sale now! rocky-mountain-wine-fest-0

September 23, 2023

Wine Experience at Hotel de Paris Museum, Georgetown Hotel de Paris Museum wine events are immersive food and drink experiences rooted in the history of the site. Small format bottles from France and California are served with charcuterie and cheese. Live music sets the mood for an intimate evening. wine-experience-at-hotel-de-parismusem/

September 28 – October 1, 2023

Steamboat Food and Wine Festival, Steamboat Springs

Rooted in collaboration, Steamboat Food & Wine Festival pairs admired chefs not only with renowned winemakers, but with each other. Guests are fully engaged in the energy that emerges from their culinary fusion. events/steamboat-food-and-wine-festival

October 7, 2023

San Juan Barrel Fest with Live Music, Ridgway

A Festivus of wine, beer and cider tasting! San Juan Barrel Vintners and Barrel brewers from the Western Colorado Region gather to share a cask or barrel of something special. Each maker will either create a special brew or winesome with inventive ingredients, others in a more traditional style for the event.

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Q & A with Anna Cartner from Claudine Wines

Mountain Town: So, are you a winery?

Anna Cartner: No. We source our wine from premium winemakers and label them under the Claudine brand. There are various reasons that winemakers might need to move wine. When that happens, they call us. We negotiate a price for the wine, typically sign an NDA, and then keep those partnerships discreet. The winemakers we deal with are some of the best in the world and they certainly don’t want to place their wine on the bulk market, as that might degrade their reputation, so Claudine Wines becomes a great solution for them.

MT: What’s the catch? How can you offer your wines at a lower price than the original winery?

AC: The economic model between Claudine and the original winery are simply different. Claudine has no physical space, owns no expensive wine machinery, and operates only with very small lots to avoid storage fees. We also are able to buy the wine for pennies on the dollar, since wineries often are looking to move this wine ASAP to make

room for new wine that must be stored. Ultimately, we found a way to create value in an inefficient industry and pass this value on to our customers.

MT: Without telling us your sources, tell us more about where your wine might come from?

AC: Think private wine clubs. Wines meant for Michelin Star restaurants, but COVID hit. Wines meant for retail at the winery, but new wine came in and they simply needed to make room in the cellar. Wines not available at your local wine shop…no middle man, no extra margins built in. Just luxury wine at an exceptional price!

MT: How much are you able to get of each wine?

AC: It depends. We buy anywhere from ten cases to a couple of hundred cases of wine at a time. Our most recent release was a 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon. We could only source 12 cases of that aged Napa Valley cab, so it didn’t stick around long! We sourced 214 cases of our fan-favorite, the Deux (a blend of Cab Franc and Merlot).

MT: Do you have a club?

AC: You bet! Our club members get additional discounts over retail and first access to the new releases. The 12 cases of that 2014 cab just mentioned…our club members got their hands on it first! I love that our club members can also use their club discount at any time of the year, and the club shipment is completely customizable! I may recommend white wines in a summer club release, but if you are not a white wine drinker, you can easily trade them out for reds!

MT: How can we trust your quality?

AC: We get dozens of samples sent to us each year, and we personally taste each one. This is not just a numbers game for us, only about 1 out of every 25 samples that get sent to us make it into a Claudine bottle. Otherwise, we’d have new wines all the time. We are just folks that love quality wine, and we truly enjoy the hunt for the right wine at an extraordinary price! Cheers to fine wine you can afford to open!


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Summit Sommeliers Amy Flannery

Swirl, Sniff, Sip


one sommelier is elevating a mountain town’s wine scene.

Growing up, Amy Flannery was the pickiest eater around. So when she left suburban Chicago for Johnson & Wales University’s Providence campus to study food and beverage management, she embarked on a whole new culinary journey that forever opened her mind — and palate.

The 36-year-old certified sommelier and Flame Restaurants Group (parent company of Briar Rose, Giampietro’s, Sancho and Empire Burger) beverage director changed the Breckenridge hospitality scene when she created the resort town’s first sommelier job at upscale steakhouse Briar Rose.

“Growing the wine program at Briar Rose elevated our restaurant, but also helped pave the way for other chef- and wine-driven restaurants to join our community, and I am proud to have been at the forefront of this growth in the restaurant community in Breckenridge,” Amy says.

After setting her sights on a career in food and beverage management, Amy experienced a world of culinary labs and kitchen internships. Stints in catering, corporate fine dining and food service lead her to Denver where she earned a

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bachelor’s in Food Service Management from Johnson & Wales while serving at Sullivan’s Steakhouse.

“I learned from my time in school and in restaurants that hospitality was in me,” Amy says. “It came from my mother’s nurturing side. She was always hosting big family parties. My mom cooked for everyone all the time and it was coursing through my veins.”

While she loved cooking, Amy quickly realized that wasn’t the career path for her. She’d carved a comfortable niche at the front of the house, when her Washington Park neighbor — an elderly man who would kindly clip New York Times food and wine articles to inspire her — spurred the young server to look into mountain resort restaurants. So, in the fall of 2008, Amy spent some time driving around Colorado’s high country and found herself circling back to Breckenridge and its welcoming community vibe.

Coming Home to the Mountains

Drawn to the family-owned restaurant group, 22-year-old Amy landed a job in the bright pink building that housed the newly purchased Briar Rose. She created

Amy’s expert tips for ordering like a pro the next time you’re out to dinner.

• Match weight for weight. You don’t want a trout with a tannic Napa cabernet. You don’t want the food to overpower the wine either. Match the wine to the food and vice versa. Order a nice crisp sauvignon blanc with your white fish and a bold big-bodied red with your rib-eye.

• Acidity in wine is your best friend in food pairing. More acidity makes your mouth water, balances out sweetness, gets your palate ready to enjoy your meal. It’s the lemon squeeze over a dish — it brightens it up, enhances the flavors.

• Talk to the sommelier. If they aren’t on staff that night, engaging with your server is a great starting point.

• If you’re going to splurge on your meal, splurge on the wine. If the restaurant has an extensive wine list and nice wine service and glassware, take advantage and treat yourself.

a server training program and a wine training program, cultivating a new wine director position for herself and growing the restaurant’s wine buying reach.

Amy still remembers her light-bulb moment and the bottle that changed everything. “We were training before service one day and tried a 2004 Franciscan Magnificat, a cabernet Bordeaux-style blend from the Napa Valley. I’ll never forget that bottle.”

Amy obtained her Level 1 Sommelier Certification from the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs and her Level 2 status at the Little Nell in Aspen. In 2016, she fashioned her current positions — sommelier at the Briar Rose and beverage director for Flame Restaurants Group.

“What some people don’t realize is sommelier certification doesn’t actually require classes or school,” she explains. “You learn on your own and build your own wine tasting community. Level 1 is a two-day class with tastings and a test. Level 2 includes a blind tasting, comprehensive written test, and a service portion where you serve a master sommelier under a particular scenario.”

There are four sommelier levels — introductory, certified, advanced and master — and only a couple hundred masters in the state. Amy says she’ll likely pursue her advanced and master status someday.

Gaining Global Appreciation

Always seeking to grow her oenophile knowledge, Amy loves traveling to small production wineries around the world. A notable trip in 2018 took her to Argentina to stay at renowned vintner Dr. Laura Catena’s summer home where she absorbed the local food, wine and culture. “They broke down a side of beef for us and served us course after course paired with their wines,” Amy says. “They brought out traditional dancers. It was an experience.”

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In 2019, Amy traveled around Italy with a wine importer and distribution company buyer visiting small family vineyards. A trip to France’s Burgundy countryside is on the docket for later this year.

At home, she’ll relax with a glass of red most nights, gravitating towards Old World medium-bodied nebbiolo (she recommends Langhe Nebbiolo for a nice, bright everyday sipper). When she’s craving something a little bigger, she’ll uncork a full-expression Barbaresco with big tannins and big acidity and tar and rose petal notes that pair with an osso bucco or a rich, earthy mushroom risotto.

At Briar Rose, Amy likes to maintain a 200-label wine list, pulling from California, Italy and France while introducing new seasonal offerings, a handful of surprising esoteric bottles and weekly specials. There’s always a featured off-the-menu bottle and she keeps servers engaged with frequent trainings and a sales-based incentive program that helps introduce them to new wines.

Imbibing with the Seasons

There’s palpable passion that lights up inside Amy when she animatedly describes California’s cabernets paired with Breckenridge’s cooler summer evenings and crisp, minerally, high-acid Northern Italian white wines with lemon and pear notes on warm July afternoons. She smiles with excitement when she explains wine characteristics and finds indescribable joy in converting staunch pinot drinkers to lighter nebbiolos and granache-syrah blends. Autumn in the mountains means a slightly heavier Brunello di Montalcino — one of Amy’s all time faves — and a darker, heartier Sangiovese with bigger tannins.

“My favorite thing to do is to teach people about wine and get them excited,” she says. “I learn what their preferences are and introduce them to new wines to fall in love with that they never would’ve chosen on their own.”

Locals can expand their horizons with special Briar Rose wine dinners offered a few times a year and the annual Breckenridge Wine Classic held in August.

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For people who say ‘I don’t like wine,’ I say you haven’t tried the right wine yet. Let me help you get there.

Mountain Town Food Halls

We love the Food Hall concept and how they have been moving into our mountain town communities. These are perfect eating emporiums to fuel back up after a fun day out, anytime of the year.

Bluebird Market


Bluebird Market at Fourth Street Crossing is located in the heart of Silverthorne on Blue River Parkway just off Interstate 70, exit 205. This gigantic barn of a building holds some unique history and a delicious array of culinary creations. Under its eave’s the infamous ODI building still stands and some exciting things are coming soon for it.. Many raucous nights and boot-stomping music took place there in previous days. It is fantastic to see it preserved, and we look forward to the new tenants taking it over for more nightlife and dancing.

Eleven Restaurants offer their craft cookery:

• Nomad Coffee House

• Don’t Call Me Charlie’s Ice Cream Baja Chimayo

• Mighty Bar

• Colorado Marketplace & Bakery Hook & Harvest

• Tilford’s Wood Fired Pizza

• The Mighty Burger

• Crepes A La Cart

• Lucky Bird

• Lazo Empanadas

There is no overlap on the menu items offered, and the array of food choices is fantastic when you head in with a carload of people, young and old. There is ample seating and a gameroom to entertain your friends and family, as well as pop-up shops, coworking space and a 6,000 ft space for special events, weddings and conferences


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The Commons Food Hall

Steamboat Springs

This brand new gathering spot in downtown Steamboat Springs offers six different food vendors and a two story dining space to eat, meet work and relax all four seasons of the year.

The Common Bar is located in the heart of the space offering unique and classic cocktails, beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages to accompany your meal. Five restaurants are there to take your order. Clyde’s Pies offers Pizza Napoletana (Neapolitan) specialty pies, Poke the Bear has a lineup of asian style bowls, rolls and other tasty treats. Grab some Sizzlin Authentic Jamaican Cuisine, a vendor offering some delicious Caribbean Jamaican Jerk and seafood dishes. Yampa Yield brings Yampa Valley farm fresh ingredients straight to your plate with salads, organic cold press juices, and other daily specials. Don’t forget a coffee and some dessert. Fresh Churros, Donuts, Waffles, Coffee, Hot Chocolate and more can be enjoyed all day at Mimi & Pin! Find a friend and enjoy or settle into a quiet nook and nosh while getting some work done.

Golden Mills


A vibrant food hall that opened in 2021 at 1012 Ford Street in Golden, Colorado revitalized an old historic flour mill and feed store building along Clear Creek.This food hall has quickly become an après adventure hotspot. Check out “Old Reliable,” a 40 tap self-pour pour wall highlighting brews, wines, ciders, cocktails and sake where guests can pour their own libations from a choice of locally sourced craft beverages using contactless payment cards.

Relax on the rooftop deck with sweeping views of North & South Table Mountains or watch the river along the downstairs south end windows. Try a taste at their five dining options: Rolling Smoke BBQ, Happy Cones, a New Zealand ice cream with a plethora of flavors, Tacos al Chile, Republic of Chicken, and Sushi Tora. This is the perfect gathering spot and many events are held here year round.

Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

Since 1981, Mi Casa Restaurant & Cantina has been serving locals and visitors in Breckenridge with one of the most family friendly Restaurants in town for popular Mexican cuisine and Happy Hour gatherings. The authentic menu and colorful tropical atmosphere create a festive dining experience.

The tradition continues today with some recent tweaks including contemporary, spirit forward margaritas, and a menu featuring some Tex-Mex flair. House made Ancho Chile Chorizo, Signature Salsas, Street Tacos, and Cremas are just some of the highlights.

All of Mi Casa’s menus are great for sharing and remain one of the best values in town. From sizzling Fajitas to tasty Vegetarian or Vegan entrees and kid friendly options, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

As one of the largest restaurants in Breckenridge, Mi Casa seats 300 people and is a fantastic location for families and groups to gather and celebrate. A visit to Breckenridge is best topped off with a taste of Mexico. Mi Casa is the local favorite.

We invite you to enjoy Lunch, Dinner or Happy Hour with us. We look forward to serving you and your family in the tastes and traditions of Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, a local favorite for 42 years.

600 S. Park Ave. Breckenridge


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Coming from a family of 10, including one younger sister and six brothers, Tieghan Gerard, 29, says she has always been “a tom boy at heart.” Still, she found her calling in the kitchen at a young age.

“When I was younger, I only had brothers. I was able to hang with them just fine, riding a dirt bike, snowboarding, playing baseball,” says the 29-year-old Half-Baked Harvest author. “I could keep up with them, but not anymore.”

When she was 14, Gerard’s large family relocated from Cleveland, Ohio, to Silverthorne, Colo. Once there, her brothers built a private terrain park in the backyard and one of them (younger brother, Red Gerard), went on to become an Olympic gold medalist. Tieghan began dabbling with dinner long before that.

“When I was young, my dad would do dinner. He worked 9 to 5 and would go to the gym afterward to play handball. He wouldn’t get home until 7 or so and we would be eating dinner closer to 9, 9:30. It was a lot of chicken and rice, tacos … very repetitive. In middle school, I got kind of bored. Honestly, it was out of boredom that I started cooking. I did one meal and my brother loved it. I think I really fed off his energy,” Tieghan says.

Gerard’s grandmother also served as an inspiration behind her cooking, as well as the entire aesthetic behind the wildly popular and highly acclaimed “Half-Baked Harvest,” which began as a blog in 2012 and now includes three cookbooks (“Half-Baked Harvest,” “Super Simple” and “HBH Every Day”). In 2023, it will also include products and possibly a TV show.

“My grandma was very much into fashion and the girlie things in life. She really loved to make things look pretty.

I got that from her,” Gerard says. “She didn’t love to cook, but she was a great cook. Her food was delicious, but so simple. Presentation was big. She made it look really good, which was huge, because you eat with your eyes. I always say you’ve got to make the food look good or nobody is going to care.”

At age 18, Gerard moved to Los Angeles “for a hot minute” to pursue an interest in fashion. She quickly became homesick and returned to Silverthorne. Once home, it was her mom, Jen, who suggested starting a food blog.

“She was interested in food blogs. I could see how much it pleased her and how easily she was able to put stuff together,” Jen says. “I was like, why don’t we start a food blog? She literally cooks every day. We eat what she makes every day.”

Living in a beautiful, converted barn on the family’s property, Tieghan credits her mother, who still edits every word and oversees every post and publication, with the continued and growing success of “Half-Baked Harvest.”

“She set up the food blog. To this day, she’s why I’m still here,” Tieghan says of her mother, while laughing about how cooking duties are 100 percent still left to her. “At this point, she can barely boil noodles. But if this woman needs to do something, she’ll get it done.”

In that regard, Tieghan Gerard takes after her mother.

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Hotel Colorado

You can’t miss the statuesque Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs. Its stunning turrets framing the entryway and patio gardens tower over Glenwood Hot Springs which is directly across the street from their front doors. Fondly referred to as the “Grand Dame” by the original owner Walter Devereux - a silver baron, the hotel’s moniker is still affectionately recalled by the current owners and staff who have been busy restoring this 1893 building to its original splendor and the latest 8 Million dollar room renovations are spectacular!

The history of this landmark hotel is lengthy with visits from the very famous to U.S. Navy troops in need of healing during World War II. I imagine visits from notable folks will continue as the newly revamped accommodations are luxurious and grand like the building itself. History has been brought back to life and the uniqueness of the building has been restored, including dozens of fireplaces, unknown to the current owners and staff, were revealed after hiding behind walls from repairs many years past.

Bedding, furniture and carpeting all capture a time from the past with comfortable, fresh, modern touches. Strolling the wide hallways, which once accommodated women in

hoop skirts, is something you won’t find anywhere else in our Colorado mountain towns.

The hotel’s dining opportunities will also take you back to a time of opulence while offering exceptional culinary preparations. Visitors can dine and sip in a beautifully landscaped courtyard beside a koi pond, fountain and live music throughout the summer and fall months. The Hotel Colorado Restaurant and Bar open year round has also been undergoing renovations and we are excited to experience it soon.

Fall leaf-peeping trips are just around the corner, and the Hotel Colorado is a great hub for enjoying the Western Slope’s scenic byways and drives. Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays are celebrated in a grand fashion as well. The Hotel Colorado is a four season resort, the perfect place to retreat after a day of skiing, hiking, biking or just relaxing in the Glenwood Springs Hot Springs.

So much luxury, incredible amenities and impressive history and a lovely stroll to the Hot Springs makes this one heck of a mountain town Getaway!

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Dine Local Listings


Mawa’s Kitchen

305 Aspen Airport Business Center #F

Aspen, CO

(970) 710-7096


Breckenridge Distillery

1925 Airport Road Breckenridge, CO (970) 925-9788

Briar Rose

199 Lincoln Avenue

Breckenridge, CO (970) 925-9788

Hearthstone Restaurant

130 South Ridge Street

Breckenridge, CO (970) 453-1148

Mi Casa Restaurant

600 South Park Avenue

Breckenridge, CO (970) 453-2071

Quandry Grille

Main Street Station

505 South Main Street

Breckenridge, CO (970) 547-5969

Sancho’s Tacos & Tequila

La Cima Mall

500 South Main Street

Breckenridge, CO (970)453-9343

Sauce on the Maggie Village at Breckenridge

655 South Park Avenue

Breckenridge, CO

(970) 547-5959

Spencer’s Peak 9 at Beaver Run Resort

Breckenridge, CO (970) 453-6000


Montanya Distillers

212 Elk Avenue

Crested Butte (970) 799-3206

Dogwood Cocktail Cabin

309 3rd Street Crested Butte (970) 453-9802


Animas Chocolate Company 920 Main Avenue Durango, CO (970) 317-5761

Eno Cocktail Lounge & Wine Bar

723 East Second Avenue Durango, CO (970) 385-0105

Ore House 147 East College Drive Durango, CO (970) 247-5707


Kemosabe at Silverheels 601 Main Street Frisco, CO (970)668-0345

Frisco Prime 20 Main Street Frisco, CO

(970) 668-5900

The Uptown on Main 304 Main Street Frisco, CO

(970) 668-4728

Vinny’s Frisco

310 Main Street Frisco, CO (970) 668-0340


The Alpine 1106 Rose Street Georgetown, CO (303) 569-0200

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Aurum 811 Yampa Street

Steamboat Springs,CO (970) 879-9500

Besame 818 Lincoln Avenue

Steamboat Springs,CO (970) 761-5681

Mambo 521 Lincoln Ave

Steamboat Springs,CO (970) 879-9500


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High Country Events Calendar

Looking for a spectacular Scenic Drive & Byway ride this fall? Then head to Creed for a Fall Leaf Peeping tour and enjoy some amazing mining history. Grab a picnic and set your course to the Bachelor Loop Tour. This beautiful driving tour will bring you by many points of interest and allow you to drop in to the Last Chance Mine, a very unique Mine offering tours of their incredible silver and rock collecting mine. You will feel like you have stepped back in time. &

New Single Track

A new Mountain Biking adventure has presented itself to those who love to earn their turns, summer mountain biking at Arapahoe Basin. A-Basin’s terrain offers incredible views and even better rides. The crew at the Basin has been working hard crafting a beautiful mountain biking experience for everyone to explore. The Ski area offers something for every bike riding level. However if you’re up for it, the new Beavers Loop is a brag worthy crank and flow for those who love a challenge. You have to “Earn Your Turns”, they do not offer lift-service for bikes.

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Dog Sledding in the Summer?

Yes, It’s called Dog Carting and it is a Blast! Nestled in the heart of the White River National Forest but just 15 min from downtown Breckenride, Good Times Dog Sledding offers one of the most unique summer activities in Summit County. Good Times Dog Sledding is home to over 150 beautiful Siberian huskies. The kennel offers tours of their facility during the summer months, a behind the scenes look at a working dog sled kennel. The hour long kennel tour gives visitors a chance to pet and play with their friendly and loveable dogs. Their experienced guides will cover topics such as dog care, training, breeding, nutrition, and what the dogs do in the winter. After the kennel tour, join their teams on an exciting training run on one of their dog carts, where you get to see the dogs in action! As well as getting to see the dogs do what they love most, while enjoying the gorgeous view of Mount Guyot and the surrounding area. The dog teams even take a quick pit stop in a spring fed creek on the way back to the kennel to cool off. This is a must do experience for any and all dog lovers visiting Breckenridge this summer.

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Trek & Tour

History Colorado hosts a fall Tours and Treks program, featuring two overnight treks in September. The first trek, Spices and Spiders in Southern Colorado, runs from September 21-24. head south for one you might not have considered: tarantulas and chiles. Around La Junta, these marvelous arachnids make their annual migration, and despite some creepy-crawly typecasting, we hope you’ll come ready to admire and learn! From there, we’re off to Pueblo to celebrate the spices and history of this amazing city. In addition to exploring its famous Chile and Frijoles Festival, we’ll have a behind-the-scenes look at the El Pueblo Museum, and more!

The second trek, Mesa Verde National Park: Colorado’s World Heritage Site takes place from September 29 - October 2. There aren’t many places as compelling and ancient as Mesa Verde. What brought it to its impressive architectural and cultural zenith? What brought it to such a nadir that it would be abandoned? Our expert park guide, Joe Sindelar, will be there to tell us, show us and more.

Tin Can Camp

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Cascade Carbon Fiber Poles

This versatile, lightweight set of poles can be used year round for hiking, backpacking and skiing adventures. They were even handy after a knee replacement to get around.Cascade will even replace a section in case you break a section like we did after slamming it in our car door. Oops.

Near Zero


We recently discovered this growing company and their ultra-light backpacking systems. Owner, Scott Jensen, has crafted a Pack system that is balanced and lightweight. These packs can be bought on their own or arrive as a “bundle”, and can be accessorized to fit your needs whether you are a beginner or advanced backpacking enthusiast. We chose the Dean 50L 20 Item Bundle which contains within the Backpack (50L) a 2-Person Tent and footprint, Sleeping Bag, Inflatable Sleeping Pad and Pillow, Headlamp, Rain Poncho, Hydration Bladder, Water, Purifier, First Aid Kit, Titanium Trowel, Stove, Teapot/Kettle, Fuel (100g), Mug (10oz), Titanium Spork, Fire-starting Kit, Hygiene Kit and Compass. The combined weight is 12.5 lbs. You can literally receive this in the mail, add your clothes, food + essentials and go. Every item in the pack has a specific compartment for it to go into, helping to keep you organized on the trail. You can buy Bundles and then accessorize as needed too. This backpacking system is brilliant.

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We have owned this incredible Spring Bar Classic Jack Tent for several years now and have brought it on a variety of outdoor adventures. It has sheltered us during multi day river trips, hunting camp, excursions to Moab and beyond. It is a snap to set up, can house an army, and has withstood some intense storms. It’s kind of fun to Glamp it up a bit too. The company has been crafting tents since 1944 and has perfected their craft.

Spring Bar Tents Tune Truck Campers


No need to stop getting out into the backcountry, this year-round truck topper will take your travels into more remote locales anytime of the year. Colorado-based Tune Outdoor has crafted comfort into their popup canopy truck camper. The owners sought out space age material engineers to help them craft a product that is strong, lightweight (360 lbs.) and spacious with a minimalist layout for you to optimize your next overland adventure. The M1 features a large overcab sleeping loft with stand-up living space below. The bed and the living space can be enjoyed simultaneously. It will even fit an approximate king size mattress in a NorthSouth orientation with a platform extension. The topper also utilizes adjustable T-Tracks inside, outside and on top to attach the gear and equipment you need for your next adventure. The low power interior halo lighting is easy on the Goal Zero Yeti electrical system and comes with aluminum or glass awning windows for easy access and packing. Each topper is made to order through their easy-to-use website and installed at their Denver Headquarters. | ISSUE 38 2023 63


August 15, 2023

Fruita Rim Rock Rodeo, Fruita

Every Tuesday night from June 6 - August 22nd

Finale is on September 16th

11 years of age and under - Tickets are Free 12 years and older - Tickets are $1

August 16, 2023

Snowmass Rodeo, Aspen/Snowmass

The Snowmass Rodeo celebrates 49 years of operations this summer!

This long-standing Western tradition is a Snowmass summer staple, complete with music, cowboys and cowgirls, horses, livestock, and family fun.

Spend Wednesday night all summer at The Snowmass Rodeo takes place rain or shine.

The main event begins at 7pm but when the doors open at 5pm, so does the fun. Head in early for the petting zoo, mechanical bull rides, shopping and dinner. If your kiddo is up to the challenge of Mutton Bustin’, be sure to sign up at 5:30pm!

Summer Lecture Series: Reintroduction of Animals to Colorado, Frisco

Presented by Marissa Herzog, USFS, and Alex Strasser, CPW

Join Marissa Herzog from the Dillon Ranger District- US Forest Service and Alex Strasser, District Wildlife Manager of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, as they discuss wildlife introduction for two non-native species – the mountain goat and the moose. They will talk about the history of reintroduction and its economic and environmental effects on the Colorado landscape.

The Historic Park Gazebo

August 16 – 21, 2023

Telluride Mushroom Festival, Telluride

Since 1981, the Telluride Mushroom Festival has been celebrating all things mycological, from the newest advancements in mushroom science to our famous wild foods dinner demo. Held annually in Telluride, Colorado, TMF is a can’t miss event with a colorful history in one of the most beautiful locations on earth.

August 17 – 20, 2023

Telluride Reserve, Telluride

A three-day food and wine event in Telluride, Telluride Reserve is an unrivaled exploration of taste and culture featuring chefs, purveyors, winemakers, sommeliers and mixologists. Guests can purchase reserve access for any of the seminars, lunches and dinners, as well as the Grand Tasting, Adieu BBQ and Sunset Industry Welcome. Guests can also purchase individual tickets to any event.

August 17 – 24, 2023

Estes Valley Plein Air 2023, Estes Park

Every August, well-known artists from all over the country converge on Estes Park for this event. These juried and invited artists have a limited amount of time to paint “en plein air,” a French term meaning “in open air.” They paint on location in Rocky Mountain National Park and within 50 miles of the Estes Valley.The 2023 event will take place August 17-24, with the show opening August 25 and running through September 24. This juried show is open to any artist using oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel or gouache

August 18, 2023

Historic Pub Crawl, Crested Butte

Join us as we explore pubs and historic buildings in the town of Crested Butte for stories of the past while you enjoy libations. Our pub crawls feature 3 different establishments, which include stories from a historian, and an alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage at each location. Our pub crawls sell out fast, so get your tickets today! This crawl will feature The Slogar, The Mallardi, and one other location that will be announced.

August 18 – 19, 2023

55th Annual Palisade Peach Festival, Palisade Experience Palisade Peaches at their finest during Peach Festival weekend, August 18th-19th, 2023. The 55th Annual Peach Festival is a time for the town of Palisade to celebrate our farmers, families, and businesses that make these world famous peaches SO amazing.

Steamboat Pro Rodeo, Steamboat Springs

The Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo is a beloved summertime tradition that was incorporated over 100 years ago and features a variety of rodeo events, such as bull riding, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, and tie-down roping. It is a family-friendly experience with live music, BBQ, and games and activities for children. So put on your cowboy hat and enjoy this Western affair while enjoying the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains August 18 – 20, 2023

Art On The Rockies Presents Vail Fine Arts Festival, Vail

Vail Fine Arts Festival comes to Lionshead Village, featuring art from Art on the Rockies. Take in unique art from over 60 artists while strolling through Lioshead bavarian inspired village.

August 18 – 21, 2023

Mushroom & Wine Festival, Durango

Purgatory Resort’s Mushroom & Wine Festival is a wildly popular celebration of the bountiful wild mushrooms that can be found right here on the mountain. The celebration features a 5-course dinner with wine pairings. Each course features mushrooms sourced locally by our chef right here in the San Juan Mountains. Our wine steward selects exceptional wines to complement each course. August 19, 2023

Cidermass, Aspen/Snowmass

Cidermass returns to the Snowmass Mall, August 19th from 1:00pm-4:00pm.

Enjoy live music and libations from over 30 different distilleries and cideries from all over the country. Vail Valley Brew’Au, Avon Harry A. Nottingham Park

Join us for the fourth annual Vail Valley Brew’Au Fest in Harry A. Nottingham Park! Enjoy unlimited samples of amazing brews, seltzers, and ciders in your souvenir sampling glass. Live music, water lanterns, food trucks, kids activities, lawn games & many more activities! Drinking tickets will include unlimited samples from 40+ of the best brews in the high country, across Colorado and beyond. The casual, relaxed atmosphere of the brew fest allows you to unwind and enjoy the experience. We will have a professional sandcastle builder’s competition, water lanterns (at dusk), 3 bands, food trucks, breweries, cideries and fun for the kids! Drinking tickets will include unlimited samples of amazing beers and craft ciders – in your GLASS sampling cup. This year the event takes place in August, and you can be prepared for plenty of great beer and live music. The casual, relaxed atmosphere of the brew fest allows you to unwind and enjoy the experience.

Smashfest Golf Tournament Presented By 10 Barrel Brewing Co., Copper Mountain 10 Barrel wants to be your caddy for a day of drinking beer outside and playing golf. ArtWalk Crested Butte

Leisurely stroll through the galleries of Crested Butte, experience the diverse artistic expressions of local artists and be inspired by these special ArtWalk evenings.

Timberline Cruiser Regatta, Frisco

The Frisco Bay Marina is hosting the 14th annual Timberline Cruiser Regatta. This fun race is open to anyone with a sailboat who wants to compete for the most fun. Costumes and creativity will be rewarded.

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Mountain Town Music Festival, Keystone Resort

Keystone’s Punctuation On The Summer Festival Season

Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown complimented by Salida Circus equals plenty of family entertainment!

A celebration of all things Colorado. Warm summer days, free live music from Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown and the harvest season for our colorful state. Come spend the weekend in Colorado’s high country and celebrate the waning of summer and squeeze in that one last mountain adventure before the aspens start to turn their golden hues.

Float-A-Palooza 2023, Lake City

Join us as we will celebrate summer and our community with Float-A-Palooza on Saturday, August 19th from 12pm - 4pm at Ohuta Beach. Bring your water mats to float, relax and enjoy beautiful Lake Pepin. In the park we will have inflatable fun, a kids sand dig, music, and Dr. Bob’s puppets. Huettl’s will have some delicious food available for purchase.

Mt. Sneffels Half-Marathon, 10K & Kids Fun Run, Ridgway

Mt. Sneffels Half Marathon, 10K, Kids Fun Run Date: AUGUST 19, 2023 Time: 7 am - 12 pm Location: Ouray and Ridgway Colorado

The “Full” Marathon has been discontinued www./

Country at the Park, Winter Park

We are bringing back Country at the Park to the Rendezvous Event Center! Join us for a memorable evening with talented country musicians.

August 19 – 20. 2023

Leadville Trail 100 Run, Leadville

The legendary “Race Across The Sky” 100-mile run is where it all started back in 1983. This is it. The race where legends are created and limits are tested. One hundred miles of extreme Colorado Rockies terrain — from elevations of 9,200 to 12,600 feet. You will give the mountain respect, and earn respect from all.

33rd Annual Golden Fine Arts Festival, Golden

Save the Date! The 2023 Golden Fine Arts Festival is set for August 19 - 20 2023

A Golden icon for three decades, Golden Fine Arts Festival is a juried art show located in the heart of historic downtown Golden, Colorado. August 20, 2023

Sunday Art Stroll, Silverthorne

Enjoy a stroll along the Blue River trail one Sunday a month in June, July, and August from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Experience pop-up artists and musicians while taking in the sounds and sights of the Blue River and the rest of town during these artful, walking events

August 20 – 27, 2023

Traveling Shamans Camp, Hotchkiss

Traveling Shamans Camp is held each year on the last full weekend of August at the fairgrounds in Hotchkiss, Colorado. This free gathering of shamans, visionary artists, & wisdom teachers features song, dance, & drum groups as well as an open mic stage.

August 22, 2023

Fruita Rim Rock Rodeo, Fruita

Every Tuesday night from June 6 - August 22nd

Finale is on September 16th

11 years of age and under - Tickers are Free

12 years and older - Tickets are $1

August 23, 2023

Summer Lecture Series: William Grandstaff: Colorado Miner and Black Frontiersman, Frisco

Presented by Mary Langworthy from the Moab Museum

William Grandstaff defied expectations and stereotypes of what a frontiersman looked like as he worked as a cowboy, miner, and saloon owner in the late 1800s. Join Mary Langworthy, Public Programs Manager of the Moab Museum, to explore the pathways of Grandstaff’s life in Moab, Utah, and Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The Historic Park Gazebo

August 24, 2023

Gravity Girls Bike Clinic, Steamboat Springs

Gravity Girls evening clinic is back for the 2023 summer here at Steamboat! This clinic will help you build confidence in your abilities while fostering a positive community of riders. Gravity Girls will focus on small group lessons for women 10 years of age and older. You will enjoy direct one on one feedback with your coaches while still enjoying a community of like-minded rider. The clinic will take place on three Thursday’s in August (10, 17 & 24). The cost for the clinic is $55 per session or $99 with rentals included. Please check in at the Steamboat Bike shop.

August 24 - 26, 2023

Breckenridge Wine Classic, Breckenridge

Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the Breckenridge Wine Classic is a three-day festival anchored by the two-day Grand Tasting in addition to unique seminars such as a guided hike and wine pairing lunch with master winemakers, wine dinners planned by world-class sommeliers, and more than 100 wineries, breweries, distilleries, and epicurean purveyors at this ultimate food, wine, and sensory experience.

Event Highlights

Grand Tastings

Lifestyle & Classroom Seminars

Wine Dinners & Pairings

Durango Blues Train, Durango

All aboard! We’re back! The Durango Blues Train is thrilled to announce that it will once again take the rails for a moving musical journey on August 24, 25, 26, 2023. Join us for an exciting musical adventure aboard the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad’s steam-powered train through the spectacular and breathtaking canyons of the San Juan National Forest. The Blues Train features six live blues performances inside the train coaches with a festive musical environment. Each artist performs in their own vintage coach, while passengers are free to dance their way from coach to coach. Four coaches have seats while two are open with no seats for dancing. Enjoy an evening on the rails with some of Colorado’s best craft beer, cider and wine along with spectacular scenery.

August 25 – 26, 2023

XTERRA USA Championships, Avon

The 22nd annual XTERRA USA Championship off-road triathlon will be held in conjunction with a family-friendly and community focused weekend of events in Avon, Colorado on August 25-27, 2023

San Juan Brewfest, Durango

The San Juan Brewfest is held at Buckley Park in Historic Downtown Durango. The Brewfest is the best beer tasting festival in the Four Corners and benefits United Way of Southwest Colorado. Please remember: no dogs allowed, and only those over 21 are permitted to enter the festival.

Art Studio Tour, Pagosa Springs

Art Studio Tour presented by The Pagosa Springs Art Council. August 25-26. Multiple artists will be opening their studios to the public.

Steamboat Pro Rodeo, Steamboat Springs August 25 – 27, 2023

Handmade in Colorado Expo, Estes Park

The 16th annual Handmade in Colorado Expo is a juried event showcasing some of Colorado’s best fine art and contemporary craft. The event will feature a vast array of independent designers producing original handcrafted goods from a wide array of media including metals, paper, glass, fibers, food, fabricated objects, clay, paint, wax, gems, and more. XTERRA USA Championship Triathlon & Trail Running, Beaver Creek

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August 19, 2023

Breckenridge Hogfest: Bacon and Bourbon, Breckenridge Bacon is the most loved food in the universe and the route to all things swine and divine. Add in the quintessential American liquor, bourbon; mind blown. These indulgences come together for Breckenridge Hogfest: Bacon & Bourbon. Meat connoisseurs will be able to taste their way through a spectrum of pork samples, premium whiskeys, single malt scotches and barrel-aged spirits while enjoying live music and mixology below Peak Nine.

Event Highlights

Friday: VIP Bourbon Pairing Dinner

Saturday: Grand Tasting

Sunday: Brunch

August 26, 2023

Snowmass Déjà Vu, Aspen/Snowmass

Snowmass Déjà Vu is a homage to the classic Snowmass Craft Beer and Chili Pepper & Brew festivals from years past. Come enjo a retro-inspired party, complete with free-flowing beers, engaging activations, and plenty more surprises in store. Expect a slopeside, summer day full of tastings from favorite Colorado breweries from the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond.

Thirsty 13 Half Marathon, Durango

The Thirsty 13 Half Marathon is a fun race from Hesperus Church to Ska Brewing. When you finish the half marathon, there will be 50 breweries waiting to congratulate you at the San Juan Brewfest. The course is beautiful and has a lot of downhill.

Venus de Miles, Estes Park

Venus de Miles is Colorado’s original and largest all-women’s road ride and finish festival. Women from around Colorado and across the country ride together for sisterhood and community, ending at an iconic finish festival with food, drinks, live music, wellness activities, and more.

Free TGIFairplay Free Concert Series, Fairplay

5pm – 9pm, Front Street or 5th Street. Food, beer, wine and a free peaches and ice cream social will be available.

Wine Experience at Hotel de Paris Museum, Georgetown

Hotel de Paris Museum wine events are immersive food and drink experiences rooted in the history of the site. Small format bottles of wine from France and California are served with individually boxed charcuterie and cheese. Live music sets the mood for a sophisticated and intimate evening. 21 years + only. $55/person

Scarp’s Ridge Trail Run, Gunnison

This is an out and back run and shorter options are available. Carry food, water and energy drinks. Meet: At the old Irwin Lodge above Lake Irwin. Vehicles are allowed to turn around at the lodge or drop people off, but all parking is 0.6 mile before the lodge. Please consider carpooling, as parking is limited. www./

Painting on the Patio | Canvas Workshop, Keystone Resort

The perfect event for a summer day. Grab a canvas (or two) and get to painting! Painting on the Patio at Warren Station in Keystone supplies all the needed materials to create a masterpiece.

Tacos + Margs In The Mountains, Winter Park Resort

There’s no better duo than tacos and margs! Enjoy this power pairing under sunshine, bright blue skies, and cool mountain air this summer. Taste a variety of flavors in between. Pair it with street tacos, live music, giveaways, and more for the perfect afternoon in the mountains.

Winter Park Classics: Tipperary Classic, Fraser/Winter Park Resort

The Tipperary Classic (formerly King of the Rockies) has been the iconic mountain bike race in Winter Park for over three decades.

August 27, 2023

A-Basin Trail Run Series Race #34, Arapahoe Basin

A-Basin’s summer trail running series is a chill way to challenge yourself on a fun, casual, and super high-altitude course through a stunning landscape. Each route will be slightly different, longer, and more difficult. It’s a great way to explore our mountain! Make sure to join us for lunch in the 6th Alley Bar & Grill.

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Admission: $25

Summit Musicians Relief Fund, Dillon SMRF came into being after two well-loved local musicians fought leukemia, Arnie J. Green and Leon Joseph Littlebird. Their struggles led to numerous fundraising concerts and silent auctions to help cover huge medical expenses and loss of income. Sadly we lost Arnie in 2015. Fortunately, aided by the community’s support, Leon recovered. It was then that a group of concerned locals formed the Summit Musicians Relief Fund to build a ‘proactive’ fund to be available when the need arises in the future.

Dillon Amphitheater

4:00 pm


Captain of the Boat, Steamboat Springs Resort

Join Steamboat for the return of the Captain of the Boat gravity race series. This series focuses on fun and comradery while giving experienced racers can test their skills against the best in the Boat and allowing new racers to enjoy an introduction to the competitive side of mountain biking. August 30, 2023

2023 Frisco as I Remember Project, Frisco

In honor of the Museum’s 40th Anniversary, the 2023 Frisco As I Remember project focuses on expanding the Museum’s historical record from the 1940s to the present through community-focused events, including a letter-writing campaign.

Throughout the coming months, the Museum will host community history talks, share photographs, and connect with current and former residents and visitors to gather their memories and favorite stories of Frisco. Keep an eye out for new events throughout the year! Summer Lecture Series: The Creation of the Frisco Historic Park & Museum, Frisco

Presented by Rose Gorrell from the Frisco Historic Park & Museum

In honor of the Museum’s 40th anniversary, Rose Gorrell will share the origin story of the Historic Park and the women who formed the first Frisco Historical Committee. This lecture is part of the Frisco As I Remember Project dedicated to recording Frisco’s history from 1940 to the present. Join us for more storytelling and sharing over coffee and cookies after the talk.

The Historic Park Gazebo

Vail Grind Mountain Bike Race, Vail

The 2023 VRD Bloch & Chapleau Town Mountain Bike Race Series returns for its 39th year to offer fun and exciting racing to mountain bikers of all ages and experience levels. This summer over 1,200 riders of all ages and ability levels will compete for over $30,000 in prizes and priceless bragging rights. Whether competing in an individual race or signing up for the entire series, racers have the chance to win prizes, free beer and personal glory.

August 31 - September 4

Four Corners Motorcycle Rally, Durango

Save the date and join us for this year’s Four Corners Motorcycle Rally in Durango, Colorado! Enjoy the best riding rally in the United States with a weekend full of bikes, live music, motorcycle giveaways, stunt shows, racing, bike shows, great food and drinks and more!

29th Annual Vail Jazz Party, Vail

The grand finale of both the Vail Jazz Festival and the beautiful Colorado summer season, the Vail Jazz Party features a jampacked lineup with several headliners that join together to play in group performances, multi-artist jam sessions, and inspiring tributes to jazz legends.


September 1, 2023

First Friday, Carbondale Come Celebrate First Friday in Carbondale!

Join us every month in the heart of Carbondale’s Creative District to enjoy a wide range of local arts, galleries, shopping, award-winning restaurants and spirits, and live music and entertainment.


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September 1, 2023

First Friday Artwalk, Steamboat Springs

The First Friday Artwalk occurs on the first Friday of every month during the summer.

Join us for Discover the local artists of the Yampa Valley and beyond at the galleries and participating venues in the downtown creative district of Steamboat Springs.

The Salida Creative District: First Fridays!, Salida

Mark your calendars to visit Salida, Colorado, the state’s first designated Creative District, during FIRST FRIDAYS June through October! Galleries and creative businesses in downtown Salida’s Creative District will stay open late every first Friday of the month June through October.

First Friday Concert with Tab Benoit and The Rumble, Silverthorne

Silverthorne will welcome musician Tab Benoit to Rainbow Park for a free concert on Friday, Sept. 1. Tab Benoit will bring his Blues and Louisiana style to Silverthorne, along with opening act, The Rumble, to the high country. In addition to the free concert, community members will enjoy fun kid’s activities and more.

First Friday Art Walk, Silverton

Great art isn’t found just in museums or metropolitan areas. In the tiny hamlet of Silverton, Colorado you’ll find original art, creative workspaces and glimpses of our community’s unique mountain heritage.

First Friday Artwalk, Steamboat Springs

The First Friday Artwalk occurs on the first Friday of every month during the summer.

Join us for Discover the local artists of the Yampa Valley and beyond at the galleries and participating venues in the downtown creative district of Steamboat Springs.

September 1 – 3, 2023

Grovestock, Sunlight Mountain Resort

Welcome to Grovestock, the Roaring Fork Valley’s very own festival of the arts, music, and movement!

JAS Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience, Aspen/Snowmass

JAS Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience features three days of world-class performances on multiple stages, eclectic food and beverage vendors, a kiddie corner, and more. Oktoberfest,

Beaver Creek

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Four Corners Folk Festival, Pagosa Springs

Join us in Pagosa for the annual Four Corners Folk Festival, a staple in town over Labor Day Weekend for decades.

September 1 – 4, 2023

Summer’s End, Avon

The third annual Summer’s End celebration over Labor Day Weekend showcases all things uniquely Avon with an array of family friendly activities to explore.

Telluride Film Festival, Telluride

The Telluride Film Festival is not just a picture show. It is Tributes to luminaries who’ve propelled the medium forward; it is candid discussions with a film’s creator or the historian who champions it; it is discovering that the person in line behind you made the film you just enjoyed.

September 1 – 16, 2023

Colorado Grand Charity Vintage Auto, Vail

The Colorado Grand® is an annual charity tour for 1960 and earlier sports and race cars of distinction. The event was founded in 1989 by Englewood automotive enthusiast Bob Sutherland. Every September at the peak of the fall color season approximately 85 vintage cars are driven in this relaxed, non-competitive event, covering 1,000 miles through the Rockies in five days.

September 2, 2023

Doubles Disc Golf Tourney, Arapahoe Basin

Think you have what it takes to hit the chains? Join us 9/2 for our annual A-Basin Doubles Disc Golf Tourney! Get ready to hike our 20-hole on-mountain course with stunning East Wall views and compete against Summit County’s best Disc Golfers!

Oktoberfest, Keystone Resort

Labor Day weekend in the mountains means Oktoberfest

Kick up your heels and raise your beer stein! Prost to oompah bands and German fare that will make your mouth water!

September 2 – 4, 2023

Labor Day Weekend, Breckenridge

Enjoy beautiful autumn temperatures and exciting events like the Summit Foundation’s Rubber Duck Race supporting the Summit Foundation and the Great Divide Arts Festival featuring over 100 artists with a wide range of mediums including photography, wood, glass, jewelry and pottery.

Labor Day Weekend, Copper Mountain

Enjoy the holiday weekend in the High Country soaking up the last days of summer. The weekend will include free live music in Eagles Landing on Saturday and Sunday! labor-day-weekend

Estes Park Labor Day Arts and Crafts Show, Estes Park

This juried show is organized by the Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary. Staffed by 50+ volunteers, we pride ourselves on hosting a Show that provides a high level of organization and support to participants. This event is one of our primary annual fundraisers.

September 3, 2023

Paddle Battles, Avon

The third annual Paddle Battles over Labor Day Weekend showcases all things uniquely Avon with an array of family friendly activities on Nottingham Lake. Join us on Sunday to watch or participate in three SUPer fun races in partnership with SUP CO in addition to activities off the water.

September 3, 2023

5th Annual Gold Rush and Silver Splash Duck Races! Georgetown

It’s DUCK SEASON! The Race will soon be on as HGI prepares to launch our 5th Annual Gold Rush & Silver Splash Duck Races, scheduled for September 4. Get your entries NOW, support your favorite local merchant, non-profit and HGI and get ready for a FUN community event. And of course, 1st-2nd-3rd place winners will receive CASH prizes!

Riding in the Rockies Bull Riding, Steamboat Springs

Come watch some of the best bull riders in the world! Riding in the Rockies Bull Riding is a fun, family-friendly event that takes place on Sunday, September 3 at the Romick Arena rodeo grounds in Steamboat Springs, CO.

September 4, 2023

Dillon Marina Mutt Show, Dillon

The awesome staff at the Dillon Marina hosted another amazing Dillon Marina Mutt show on Labor Day. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon with so many friends (2 and 4 legged) attending this event.

September 6, 2022

Dog Daze, Fruita

Calling all doggos and puppers! Check-in will be at the gate, pool side. Please keep your dog on a leash until permitted into the outdoor pool. Any aggressive behavior by dogs will be required to leave the facility. We’d love to see you and your furry friends; it’s going to be PAWSOME!

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Calendar of Events

September 6 – 17, 2023

VIDA MTB Series Women’s Skills Clinic, Aspen/Snowmass VNTRbirds (venture birds) encourage women through outdoor education and adventure. Women-run and based in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, VNTRbirds brings women to the outdoors through mountain biking, backcountry skiing and splitboarding and community meet ups. These experiences bring women together and help create more confidence and self-reliance in the outdoors.

September 7, 2023

Telluride Art Walk

The Telluride Art Walk is a festive celebration of the arts in downtown telluride for art lovers, community and friends. Complimentary Gallery Guides, offering a self-guided tour, are available at participating venues, The guide can be used at any time to help navigate through galleries and venues that are open to the public most days.

September 7 – 10, 2023

Unison Festival, Durango

As the musicians play in Unison and the DJs mix songs in Unison the dancers move in Unison and our collective energetic field comes into Unisonat Unison Festival.

September 8, 2023

2nd Friday Downtown, Eagle

Presented by EagleARTS, ARTSPaCE workshop+gallery with funding from the Town of Eagle, Colorado Creative Industries, the National Endowment for the Arts and our downtown business community, generous sponsors, and donors like you!

Summer Sounds, Silverton

Join us under the stars every second Friday of the month from June through September!

Now in its sixth season, Silverton Summer Sounds 2023 is a free open-air music series produced by Silverton Creative District and presented by the Town of Silverton.

September 8 – 9. 2023

Arts at Altitude & Fall Fest, Frisco

The Summit County Arts Council will curate a local and regional Arts at Altitude art show and sale in conjunction with Frisco’s Fall Fest. The art show will take place at the Frisco Historic Park and on Main Street Frisco in front of the Historic Park

September 8 – 10, 2023

Third Annual Union Peak Festival, Copper Mountain Copper Mountain Resort is looking ahead to summer with another lineup of amazing events including the return of Union Peak Festival. Copper will celebrate the convergence of community, sport and art for the third summer in a row on Sept. 8-10. union-peak-festival-23

Longs Peak Scottish Irish Highland Festival, Estes Park

Longs Peak Scottish Irish Highland Festival is in its 47th consecutive year, always the weekend after Labor Day. A Celtic Heritage educational event. A family event with Highland Athletes, Highland Dancing, Scotch Tasting, Pipe Bands, 4 Celtic Music Stages, Ethnic food.

Silverton Creates! A Celebration of the Arts, Silverton

Silverton Creates! is a weekend-long celebration of the arts. Visitors can sample a range of creative happenings and experience authentic small-town mountain culture in the historic town of Silverton, Colorado (elevation 9318 feet). The weekend will include free open-air concerts, open studio tours, heritage activities, hands-on art workshops, demonstrations, performances, healing arts and more!

Vail Oktoberfest, Vail

Complemented by the European flair and the gorgeous mountain backdrops, Vail Oktoberfest™ returns for two full weekends of Bavarian fun.

September 9, 2023

Ladies Fly Fishing Clinic, Almont Don’t Miss Our First Ladies Fly Fishing Clinic With Willowfly Anglers! Willowfly Anglers is an Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter / Fly-Shop located at Three Rivers Resort, where the East and Taylor Rivers come together to form the Gunnison River.


Cirque Series Trail Run, Arapahoe Basin

The Cirque Series is redefining what mountain running is all about. Starting from the base of world-famous ski resorts, you’ll rally up windswept ridges and glacial cirques to towering peaks. You will then power down a quad-burning descent and break the tape into a festival of live music, food, drink, and a vendor village.

Second Saturday, Breckenridge

Explore the Arts District campus on the second Saturday of each month from 10am to 1pm. Start your adventure at Old Masonic Hall and set off on a creative journey.

Union Peak Summit Up Run, Copper Mountain

Bringing back our Summit Up Run during Union Peak Festival with spectacular views to jump-start your Saturday morning before relaxing and listening to music.

Western Slope Recovery Rally, Grand Junction

6th Annual Recovery Rally celebrating those in recovery and the organizations that support them. Activities, booths, food, kids zone, speakers, fun, friends, games, auctions. No cost. Minturn Market – Fall Harvest Festival, Minturn

This year marks the 26th anniversary of the Minturn market, hosted by the Town of Minturn. The original Eagle County market, and the local’s favorite, is a true family-friendly artisan market showcasing a variety of local products – food trucks, fresh produce, baked goods, art & pottery, clothing & jewelry, pet products and much more! You’ll enjoy live music, a Kids Zone, and much more!

50th Annual Imogene Pass Run, Telluride

What began as a way to train for the Pikes Peak marathon in 1974 is now a full-fledged race. The race ventures from Ouray to Telluride over the 13,114 foot Imogene Pass and is a 17.1 mile point-to-point mountain race. The pass is a 4×4 dirt road that passes through mining ruins, up jagged peaks, and above treeline. The runners finish at the Sheridan Opera House on Oak Street in Telluride.

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Help a Non-profit, Community-Focused Ski Area at Cuchara Mountain Park in Cuchara, Colorado open for the 2023/24 ski season. They are making their final push to bring affordable, family-friendly skiing back to Cuchara. The mountain is so close to getting their first chair lift running this season. Can you help?

Plan a

trip this winter to this mountain town community and stop into her art space, H’s Place Gallery.
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