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Welcome To Colorado State Facts Nickname:
“The Centennial State”
State motto: Nil Sine Numine “Nothing Without Providence” Area: Population: Capital: Highest point:
104,247 square miles (8th largest state) approx. 5,187,582 Denver, pop. approx. 2,920,000 Mt. Elbert, 14,433 feet
State flower: State bird: State Animal:
Columbine Lark Bunting Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep
The mere mention of the word “Colorado” brings to mind pictures of endless, snow-capped peaks, world-class resorts, unparalleled skiing and mirror alpine lakes... It’s no wonder, Colorado has 52 of the nation’s 67 highest peaks, 55 “fourteeners” (peaks at least 14,000 ft. high) and over five times the mountainous area of Switzerland. Without a doubt, Colorado’s Rockies and the activities centered around them, are the premiere attractions in the state. But there’s so much more. The wind-carved sandstone sculptures, canyons and mesas in the western part of the state, as well as the eastern plains, are every bit as much a part of Colorado as those imposing peaks. The history of individual towns, told with colorful stories of pioneers, prospectors and the American Indians that preceded them, are a very important part of what Colorado has to offer. Just as it would take a lifetime to experience all that the Centennial State has to offer, it would take a volume of considerable length to even begin to describe all there is to see and do. In this directory, we have endeavored to whet your appetite with the “highlights,” but, wherever possible, give you a real taste of Colorado.
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Contents Akron 70 Allenspark 30 Aspen 5 Aurora 30 Baca County 76 Basalt 5 Beaver Creek 6 Bellvue 30 Boggsville Historic Site 76 Boulder 31 Brighton 31 Brown’s Park Nat. Wildlife Refuge 6 Buena Vista 53 Burlington 70 Cañon City 53 Carbondale 6 Castle Rock 32 Cedaredge 15 Cheyenne Wells 76 Colorado Springs 57 Cortez 15 Craig 6 Crested Butte 16 Crestone 59 Cripple Creek 59 Custer County 59 Denver 34 Dillon 34 Dinosaur National Monument 6 Dolores 16 Drake 34 Durango 16 Empire 35 Englewood 35 Estes Park 35
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Aspen Mountain (photo courtesy Jeremy Swanson)
Aspen and Snowmass
Located 200 miles from Denver, 1-70 west on Hwy. 82 east; or I-70 west on Hwy. 91 south, Hwy. 24 south through Leadville, then Hwy. 82 west over Independence Pass (Independence Pass is open during the summer and fall months only, so please check that it is open before taking that route). While Aspen and Snowmass are well known as winter destinations, the summer is really not to be missed. These small towns boast diverse cultural events that include music, art, theatre, lecture and dance performances. Prior to catching the show; locals and visitors alike enjoy outdoor pursuits ranging from scenic hikes, river rafting, horse-back riding, fly fishing, climbing and cycling. Your youngest family members can enjoy a variety of day camps, play for hours in the dancing waters of the Hyman Avenue fountain, or head back to the Wild West with Snowmass’ Wednesday night rodeos. After a day of activity, indulge your senses with food and fashion. With more than 100 restaurants and drinking establishments and some 200 clothing boutiques, original art galleries and gift shops, Aspen/ Snowmass is the perfect place to enjoy it all.
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Located on State Hwy. 82, 16 miles N.E. of Aspen. A charming, small, historic town nestled in the middle of the Roaring Fork Valley, Basalt named for the nearby peak of Basalt Mountain was founded in 1882 by the Midland Railroad. Basalt is in southwestern Eagle County and is near two Gold Medal fishing rivers, the Roaring Fork River and the Frying Pan River. Located between Glenwood Springs and Aspen, world-class skiing and cultural events are only minutes away. The Ruedi Reservoir offers one of the most beautiful places for windsurfing, sailing and skiing.
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Located 30 miles northwest of Maybell & U.S. 40 on Hwy. 318. Managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, this over 13,000 acre refuge serves as a nesting or resting place for migratory waterfowl along the Green River. Affordable Luxury in The Heart of Beaver Creek Brown’s Park has a long history. Many groups of people stopped here including the Dominguez and Escalante expedition in 1776 and P.O. Box 348 the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1805. Fort Davy Crockett was built Beaver Creek, CO 81620 in 1837 to offer protection to settlers and trappers against Blackfoot Indians. It also served as a trading post until the 1840s. (970) 845-7600 Used in the 1890s by Butch Cassidy and other outlaws to rest (800) 845-7060 and hide stolen cattle, the refuge today offers two semi-developed campgrounds as well as year-round hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing www.centennialbc.com and float fishing. Evidence of the early settlers and Native Americans can be found in the area. Three historical sites, the Two Bar Ranch headquarters, Fort Davy Crockett and Lodore Hall (which serves as a community center) and numerous abandoned cabins and homesteads tell the rich history of the area.
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Located 170 miles from Denver, 12 miles from Glenwood Springs, 30 miles from Aspen. Touted as one of the “Top 12 Towns” in the “50 Next Great Places to Live and Play” by National Geographic Adventure magazine (September, 2008), Carbondale is the perfect place to experience the great outdoors! The picturesque town of Carbondale has spring, summer, and fall world-class hiking, biking, kayaking, golf, and fly-fishing. In winter, you can find excellent cross-country skiing at the Spring Gulch and a beautiful snowmobile and snowshoe route at Marion Gulch Trail. The Carbondale area offers a variety of lodging options including rustic lodges and cabins, rugged yet comfortable campgrounds, a historical landmark inn, quaint bed & breakfasts, and more traditional hotels with modern-day amenities. As Carbondale continues to draw recognition as an award-winning dining hotspot, local chefs have expanded their cooking repertoire and are producing menus that rival the best culinary has to offer, making this town an irresistible destination. For more information, contact the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce at (970) 963-1890, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.carbondale.com
Located at the crossroads of U.S. Hwy. 40 and Colorado Hwy. 13. Situated in the Moffat County – Yampa River Valley, Craig is an area of great diversity – mountains, river valleys, spectacular canyons and many recreational opportunities. Craig is the midway point for Denver and Salt Lake City travelers. Moffat County is over three million acres with nearly 1.7 million acres of public lands open to all types of outdoor recreational pursuits. Activities include camping, fishing, backpacking, hiking, hunting, river running (both flatwater and white water), power boating, waterskiing, sightseeing, mountain biking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and many others. Moffat County’s friendly and helpful people are always glad to share western hospitality as you explore Northwest Colorado, the “Grande Olde West”. The city and county provide developed parks and recreation areas at Loudy Simpson Park and Elkhead Reservoir. Facilities include a wave pool, tennis courts, hiking and bike trails, as well as picnic areas, swimming beaches, camping, boat ramps for power boating and water-skiing.
Dinosaur National Monument Allosaurus skull Located on U.S. 40 between Jenson and Elk Springs. (photo by National Park Service) Dinosaur National Monument is the legacy of rivers, past and present. The largest quarry of the Jurassic Period dinosaur bones ever discovered is on this site. The Headquarters Visitor Center is located two miles east of Dinosaur, Colorado and was built over the quarry so visitors could watch paleontologists uncovering fossilized dinosaur bones and skeletons. Over 2,000 dinosaur bones are exposed in the sandstone wall. Many complete skeletons have also been recovered and are exhibited in museums throughout the nation. Dinosaur National Monument is also popular for white-water rafting on the Green and Yampa Rivers. For more information, phone (970) 374-3000 or visit their website at www.nps.gov
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Hanging Lake Waterfalls near Glenwood Springs (photo courtesy W.G.Dayton)
Welcome to Fruita, Colorado! Named after the fruit trees William Pabor envisioned when he founded the town in 1884, Fruita now thrives in its historic role as an agricultural and business center. Winner of the Governor’s Smart Growth and Development Award for four consecutive years, the city’s charming “hometown” character and extraordinary quality of life are sure to captivate you. Located in Mesa County, off Interstate 70 at exit 19, Fruita is energized by the Colorado River and its breathtaking surroundings, highlighted by the Colorado National Monument. From its diverse economic base and world-class sports and leisure activities to its bountiful fields of agricultural crops, Fruita’s offerings are abundant. For more information about Fruita, please call the Fruita Chamber of Commerce at (970) 858-3894 or visit our website at: www. fruitachamber.org
Located 157 miles (2-1/2 hours) west of Denver on I-70; 90 miles (1-1/2 hours) east of Grand Junction. Visit Glenwood Springs and Soak it All in! Located on I-70 between Vail and Aspen on the western slope of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, Glenwood Springs is family friendly, affordable and blessed with a remarkable mix of geological wonders. Legendary Hot Springs
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Website: www.rradventures.com Glenwood Hot Springs Pool has the distinction of being the world’s largest mineral hot springs pool and has been welcoming visitors to swim and soak for over 125 years. Experience a natural steam bath underground at the Yampah Vapor Caves. The hot springs have even left their mark high atop Iron Mountain where Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is located. Guides escort visitors into a subterranean world where cave formations are pristinely preserved. Exceptional Skiing Just minutes from downtown Glenwood Springs, Sunlight Mountain Resort is an affordable family destination. Also nearby are the ski destinations of Aspen, Snowmass and Vail. Bundle these world-class resorts with affordable lodging in Glenwood Springs and you’ll have a little extra cash in your pocket. Memorable Adventures Surrounded by mountains and two rivers, finding an adventure is a breeze. Hiking to Hanging Lake or biking in Glenwood Canyon are two possibilities; hundreds of miles of trails provide endless options. The Colorado and Roaring Fork Rivers offer unparalleled recreation choices including white-water rafting and fishing. Glenwood Whitewater Activity Area is one of the best in the world, attracting kayakers and stand-up paddleboard enthusiasts. Whether you seek thrills or spas, Glenwood Springs is the ticket to FUN! Soak, Soar, Cave and Coast. VisitGlenwood.com to plan your adventure!
Located off I-70, 4 hours west of Denver, 1-1/2 hours west of Glenwood Springs (exits 42, 37, 31, 28, 26). Grand Junction is located in the Grand Valley, formed by the confluence of the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers. It is a natural base camp for exploring the unique attractions of N.W. Colorado and offers some unique experiences of its own. If you’ve already explored the natural beauty of nearby Grand Mesa and the Colorado National Monument, check out the Little Bookcliffs / Wild Horse Range north of town. Four-wheel drive roads and trails access the natural habitat of wild mustangs. The nearby Colorado River State Parks offer water sports, fishing, camping and picnicking: Corn Lake (on the river at 32 road, day use only); Highline State Park (Loma), Island Acres State Park (Palisade) Colorado River State Park (Fruita) and Vega State Park (Collbran). The tree-lined Downtown Shopping Park, a model for walking malls in several U.S. cities (including Denver), is the home of Colorado’s largest and most diverse outdoor display of sculptured art. For kids of all ages, try Rimrock Adventures. Rimrock offers rafting trips, wildlife museum, old west cook-outs, horseback rides and a weekly rodeo. Be sure to taste some of the fruits of the lush, irrigated Grand Valley at one of 19 wineries and vineyards through-out nearby Palisade. All feature tasting rooms and all tours are free. For more information please contact Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau: phone at (800) 962-2547 or visit our web site at: www.visitgrandjunction.com
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EXPERIENCE. EXPLORE. MEEKER! Meeker is nestled in the majestic White River Valley on the outskirts of the White River National Forest and Flat Tops Wilderness, known for its exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities. Visiting Northwest Colorado is an opportunity to experience small town western hospitality. Whether it’s the local old fashioned soda fountain, one of our specialty coffee shops, various authentic cuisine restaurants, or a souvenir shop that you pass through, you will be graciously welcomed. Downtown Meeker is rich with historical sites, stories, and buildings. Meeker features an assortment of arts and cultural locations and events throughout the year. Explore the Flattops Trial, which is one of Colorado’s Historic and Scenic By-Ways that runs through the unparalleled vistas of the White River National Forest, and starts its journey on the edge of Meeker. This is an area rich with outdoor opportunities, such as camping, hiking, fishing, nature photographing, leaf peeping, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, mountain biking, OHV trail riding, historical site interpretation, ice fishing, snowmobile adventures, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and so much more. Let Meeker be your base camp for some of the most astounding explorations that nature has to offer. No matter what your passion is, you will want to explore Meeker, a place rich with history, hospitality, and unforgettable experiences.
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Located on the Eagle River southwest of Vail. Minturn thrived in the 1800s as a mining boom town and as an essential crossroads for the railroad system that was developed later. It was named for Thomas Minturn, a road master of the railroad company. It is one of the valley’s most historic towns. If you enjoy gift shops, unique restaurants and a wine cellar, or if white water kayaking is your idea of fun, Minturn is the place for you.
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Located south of I-70, Exits 42 & 44, between Grand Junction and DeBeque. Palisade, located at the base of the largest flat-top mountain in the world, Grand Mesa, is known as the peach capital of Colorado. You can find a fruit tree of any variety except citrus here. Northwest of town is Mount Garfield, the highest peak of the Bookcliffs. In this quiet corner of the Grand Valley, you can find some of the finest wines in the state. There are twelve wineries located in or near the town. Stop in for a taste and tour of the wineries that are open all year. Visit the Palisade Chamber of Commerce at 319 S. Main for information on river and mountain trails, wild horse viewing, bicycling tours through the orchards and the Winefest in September. The Annual Peach Festival is held the third weekend in August in Palisade’s Riverbend Park. For more information, please call the Palisade Chamber of Commerce at (970) 464-7458 or visit the Peach Festival website at www.palisadepeachfest.com or visit the chamber website at www.palisadecoc.com
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The Town of Parachute is located on the I-70 corridor about 45 miles east of Grand Junction. Across the river from Parachute lies the unincorporated community of Battlement Mesa providing recreational opportunities and housing for resident workers and retirees. Parachute got its name from the visual appearance created from the curved rock summit of mountains belonging to the Piceance Basin and the number of streams cascading down from the summit in a pattern like strings from a parachute. Parachute entertained a visit from one of the original members of the wild bunch gang made famous by the story of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Harvey Logan, AKA Kid Curry and two of his companions robbed a Denver and Rio Grande train on June 7, 1904. The robbers take was estimated at $10.00 as it is believed they mistook this train from another carrying a larger payroll. There were running gun battles between the three and their pursuers with Kid Curry eventually being shot. As the posse closed in, Kid Curry urged his companions to run for it as he was done for. He then shot himself in the head to avoid being captured alive.
Located 20 miles south of Dinosaur National Monument on U.S. Highway 64. Rangely is slightly off the beaten path at the center of one of the last areas of the West to be explored by European settlers, just 20 miles southeast of Dinosaur National Monument on the Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric National Scenic Byway. Boat, fish or swim on the White River and Kenney Reservoir, tee up at the nine-hole golf course or soak in the pool at the Recreation Center. Contact the Rangely Area Chamber of Commerce at (970) 675-5290 or visit www.rangelychamber.com
Located three hours northwest of Denver via I-70, Hwy. 9 north to Hwy. 40 west. Three hours northeast of Grand Junction via I-70, Hwy. 131 north to Hwy. 40 west. Sitting in the lush Yampa Valley on the Western Slope of the Continental Divide is Steamboat Springs, one of the nation’s largest and most popular resorts. Vacationers can choose from a wide variety of events and activities that offer a little something for everyone, from outdoor adventures for all ability levels to art and cultural events. There are more than 150 hot springs in the area, with seven located in parks around town, including the town’s namesake spring, and all are open to the public year-round. Many warm weather activities center around the Yampa River, which bisects the town of Steamboat Springs. There are several white water companies for raft or kayak trips. Fishermen can fly-fish the river’s calmer stretches and eddies, or try their luck in the nearby Routt National Forest on hundreds of lakes and ponds and miles of streams, all holding rainbow, brown and native cutthroat trout. In addition, four nearby State Parks (Steamboat Lake, Pearl Lake, Yampa River and Stagecoach Reservoir) and two Wilderness Areas (Mt. Zirkel and Flat Tops) offer endless opportunities for hiking, camping, fishing, or just exploring on foot or horseback. While out and around, don’t miss the Rabbit Ears Pass, the Sleeping Giant rock formations, or the especially photogenic 283-foot Fish Creek Falls. Appropriately nicknamed “Ski Town USA,” Steamboat also boasts one of the largest ski mountains in the world, 2,939 skiable acres, and 142 trails served by 20 state-of-the-art lifts. The town is home to 63 Winter Olympians and counting.
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Steamboat Springs in March (photo courtesy Ben Ramirez)
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Located 98 miles west of Denver on I-70. World-class skiing in endless back bowls is the first thing that comes to mind when most people think of Vail, and that’s certainly true, but this town of lift operators and bartenders mingling with professionals and celebrities have many stories to tell. There are endless ways to entertain yourself in this ski town that boasts an ideal mix of outdoor and urban adventures. Many other sports are enjoyed here: golfing, cycling, white-water rafting and kayaking are just a few. Well-maintained courses and long, paved trails throughout town and up Vail Pass have made it easy to enjoy these pursuits. Festivals fill up the summer schedule, but even without something to celebrate there’s always something going on at Vail’s 100-plus bars and restaurants. Please phone (970) 476-1000 or visit www.visitvailvalley.com for more information.
Points of Interest CANYON PINTADO NATIONAL HISTORIC DISTRICT is featured at eight marked sites along Highway 139 between Rangely and Grand Junction. Why did the native Fremont and Ute people inscribe petroglyphs and paint pictographs on these sheer sandstone walls? No one knows for sure, but studying these mysterious messages from civilizations long past may trigger your imagination and give you a feel for history that you can’t fully experience in any museum. Aspen Compromise & Smuggler Mines – see Aspen’s hidden history on these fascinating tours, where you will walk or ride in the past, guided by experienced local miners. MAROON BELLS, Aspen, is one of the country’s most photographed mountains. Maroon Lake, in front of the mountain, offers hiking trails, Forest Service tours, picnicking and fishing. Phone (970) 925-5756. Silver Queen Gondola – Ride the gondola to the top of Aspen Mountain for Spectacular views, delicious food, epic skiing. And in the summer, enjoy free music, kids’ activities and miles of trails to hike and bike. Clark Pearl Lake State Park. Near Steamboat Springs, this park offers boating, fishing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling fun. 41 sites. Phone (970) 879-3922. Collbran Vega State Park. Boating and fishing opportunities. This park is a favorite spot for cross-country skiers and snowmobilers. 109 sites. Phone (970) 487-3407. Craig BROWN’S PARK NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE near Craig, covers over 13,000 acres and serves as a refuge for migratory water fowl. Phone (970) 365-3613. CEDAR MOUNTAIN is seven miles northwest of Craig. This nature trail is easily accessible for picnics. It is an excellent nesting habitat for golden eagles. Pronghorn antelope are also seen frequently in the area. GATES OF LODORE, is on the Green River near Craig. This spectacular canyon has world class river rafting (by permit only), and also is home to a one-mile nature trail and campground. The area features dramatic canyon walls, sagebrush and pinyon/juniper woodlands. SANDWASH BASIN, is 31 miles west of Craig to Maybell, then northwest on Hwy. 318 for 17 miles. The 16,000 acres of public land between Vermillion Bluffs and Sevenmile Ridge are the largest in the state. Eagle Sylvan Lake State Park. This park features a beautiful backdrop for boating, fishing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. 51 sites. Phone (970) 328-2021. Elk Springs MINERAL MINES, is 23 miles from Elk Springs. A rockhound’s paradise, here you can find agate, jasper, chert, opal and other related minerals in their natural outcroppings. Check road conditions before heading out. Fruita COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT, located off I-70, Fruita exit, Hwy. 340 to Rim Rock Drive, west entrance, is 20 minutes west of Grand Junction. Visitors can drive, bike, hike and camp in 20,000 acres of wind-carved sandstone arches, rock spires, monolithes and red rock canyons (some rising to 6,200 ft.), all naturally sculpted over millions of years. Phone (970) 858-3617, or visit our website: www.nps.gov DINOSAUR EXPEDITION, an educational and research center, 550 Jurassic Court, in Fruita. Dinosaurs come back to life at this science and learning center. See interactive displays, video presentations, a working dinosaur lab and earthquake simulator. Phone toll free (888) 488-DINO or (970) 242-0971. DINOSAUR HILL, 1-1/2 miles south of Fruita on Hwy. 340. This mile long trail has 10 points of interest and takes about an hour to walk. While here, you will see the quarry where many discoveries have been made. Sunrise to Sunset. RABBIT VALLEY - TRAIL THROUGH TIME, exit on I-70, 15 miles west of Fruita. Here a well marked trail takes you to various fossils and living wonders
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on the Trail Through Time. Interesting geology, dinosaur bones and fossils can be seen along this trail. Sunrise to Sunset. Free. Phone (970) 858-3894. Glenwood Springs Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park Glenwood Hot Springs Pool Glenwood Vaudeville Revue Glenwood Whitewater Activity Area Rio Grande Recreation Trail Grand Junction RIGGS HILL, is on Hwy. 40 west of Grand Junction to South Broadway. It is here that a brachiosaurus, one of the world’s largest dinosaurs was found in 1900. There are eight points of interest along the trail. Sunrise to Sunset. Free. Phone (970) 242-0971. Loma Highline State Park. Two lakes mean swimming, boating and fishing galore, 25 sites. Phone (970) 858-7208. Maybell IRISH CANYON, is northwest of Maybell. This remote and highly scenic canyon is host to 12 of the 22 geologic formations found in the eastern end of the Uinta Mountains. Approximately 14,000 acres are designated as an area of critical environmental concern due to the oustanding scenery and rare geology. Vehicle use is limited to designated roads and trails. Phone BLM (303) 824-4441. Meeker FLAT TOPS TRAIL, scenic and historic byway connects the towns of Meeker and Yampa. One of Colorado’s 17 scenic and historic byways, this 75 mile scenic drive takes you through the Routt and White River National Forests. It is home to the largest elk herd in Colorado. The headwaters of the White River (Trappers Lake) is located a short distance away. Oak Creek Stagecoach State Park. Surrounding a reservoir in Yampa Valley, swimming, boating and fishing are prime activities here, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. 83 sites. Phone (970) 736-2436. Palisade James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park. Swimming, boating, fishing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling opportunities. 32 sites. Fruita section has swimming, boating, fishing, full hook-ups. 63 campsites. Phone (970) 434-3388. Rifle Rifle Falls State Park. This park features a triple waterfall and limestone caves as well as noteworthy fishing. 18 sites. Phone (970) 625-1607. Rifle Gap State Park. Swimming, boating, fishing, cross-country and snowmobiling opportunities. 46 sites. Phone (970) 625-1607. Rifle-Silt Harvey Gap State Park. Swimming and boating opportunities, but fishing is most popular here, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. Day–use only. Phone (970) 625-1607. Snowmass Elk Camp Gondola and Chairlift - Summer Snowmass Village Steamboat Springs Steamboat Lake State Park. Swimming, boating, lake, stream/river fishing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling for the adventurous. 183 sites. Phone (970) 879-3922. THE YAMPA RIVER TRAIL, Steamboat Springs, is a 4-mile system that follows the river from the west side of town through the downtown providing scenic opportunities for walking, jogging, bicycling, skating and horseback riding. Spectacular Fish Creek Falls, which plunges 283 feet through a geologic fault, is just minutes away. Picnic facilities are available. Phone (970) 879-0880.
Area Chambers of Commerce & Visitor’s Centers Aspen Chamber Resort Assoc. • (970) 925-1940 or Toll Free: (800) 670-0792 • www.aspenchamber.org Basalt Area Chamber • (970) 927-4031 • www.basaltchamber.com Carbondale Chamber • (970) 963-1890 • .www.carbondale.com Colorado Welcome Center At Dinosaur • (970) 374-2205 Colorado Welcome Center At Fruita • (970) 858-9335 Craig Chamber & Moffat County Visitor Center • Toll Free: (800) 864-4405 • (970) 824-5689 • www.craig-chamber.com DeBeque Town Hall • (970) 283-5475 Eagle Valley Chamber • (970) 328-5220 Eagle Valley Visitor’s Center • (970) 328-6464 Eagle Chamber of Commerce • (970) 306-2262 • http://eaglechamber.co Fruita Chamber • (970) 858-3894 • www.fruitachamber.org Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Assoc. • .(970) 945-6589 • www.visitglenwood.com Grand Junction Area Chamber • (970) 242-3214 or Toll Free: (800) 352-5286 • www.gjchamber.org Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau.• (970) 244-1480 • Toll Free: (800) 962-2547 • www.visitgrandjunction.com Hayden Chamber • (970) 846-0616 • http://yampavalley.info Town of Hayden • (970) 276-3741• www.townofhayden.org Meeker Chamber • (970) 878-5510 • .www.meekerchamber.com New Castle Chamber • (970) 984-2897 • .www.newcastlechamber.org Oak Creek Town Hall • (970) 736-2422 Palisade Chamber • (970) 464-7458 • .www.palisadecoc.com • www.palisadepeachfest.com Plateau Valley Chamber (Collbran).• (970) 487-3833 • www.plateauvalley.com Rangely Area Chamber of Commerce • (970) 675-5290 • www.rangelychamber.com Rifle Area Chamber • (970) 625-2085 or Toll Free.: (800) 842-2085 • www.riflechamber.com Silt Area Chamber • (970) 876-9922 • www.siltchamber.org Snowmass Tourism • (866) 352-1763 • .www.snowmassvillage.com Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Assn. • (970) 879-0880 • www.steamboatchamber.com Town of Avon • (970) 748-4000 • www.avon.org Town of Silt • (970) 876-2353 Vail Valley Chamber & Tourism Bureau • (970) 476-1000 • www.visitvailvalley.com • www.vailvalleypartnership.com Scenic byway fall road, Meeker (photo courtesy Ron Willey)
Calendar of Events
For a Full List of Events and Event Details, Contact Area Chambers of Commerce/Visitor’s Bureaus OCTOBER Aspen – Aspen Filmfest Avon – Fall Fun Night BASALT – Taste of Basalt carbondale – Dandelion Day Oktoberfest Potato Day Glenwood Springs Annual Historic Ghost Walk – Linwood Cemetery Annual Culinary Arts, Wine & Brewfest GRAND JUNCTION Oktoberfest MEEKER First & Second Big Game Rifle Hunting Seasons Pumpkins, Eats, & Treats; Haunted House MESA – Annual Cider Squeeze Silt – Coat Drive VAIL – Annual Ski Swap NOVEMBER ASPEN Aspen/Snowmass Opening Day carbondale Redstone Grand Illumination GRAND JUNCTION – Rim Rock Marathon MEEKER – Annual Craft Fair Sportsman’s Club Annual Turkey Shoot & Raffle Third & Fourth Big Game Rifle Seasons DECEMBER ASPEN – 12 Days of Aspen Aspen Film Academy Screenings Avon – Icing On The Lake Glenwood Springs Day of Infamy Snowshoe Race New Year’s Eve Celebration – Hot Springs Pool Winter Carnival GRAND JUNCTION Winter Festival & Parade of Lights MEEKER – Breakfast with Santa Cow Elk Late Hunting Season Parade of Lights Pioneers Health Care Foundation Tree Lighting SNOWMASS – Boarderfest JANUARY ASPEN – ESPN Winter X Games Gay Ski Week Wintersköl carbondale – Redstone Sled Dog Races GLENWOOD SPRINGS Backcountry Festival – Sunlight Mountain MEEKER – Family Ice Fishing Derby RANGELY – Kiwanis Buffalo Roast FEBRUARY ASPEN – Aspen Laff Festival carbondale – Taste of Spring CRAIG Greek Festival Yampa Valley Hookem Up Chariot Races Glenwood Springs – Annual Ski Spree GRAND JUNCTION Lions Club Parade & Carnival MEEKER I Ride with James Poker/Fun Snowmobile Ride Winter Entertainment Series March ASPEN Aspen/Snowmass Bud Light Spring Jam Elk Mountain Grand Traverse Glenwood Springs Defiance Challenge – Sunlight Mountain Spring Thing – Sunlight Mountain
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MEEKER Buy-Fly White Fish Fly Fishing Tournament APRIL Aspen – Film Shortsfest carbondale – Taste Of Spring FRUITA – Fat Tire Festival GRAND JUNCTION Spring Barrel Tasting S.W. Arbor Fest MEEKER – After Birth Ball Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Dinner Silt – Titan Trot MAY Aspen – Aspen Cycling Criterium Ride for the Pass carbondale – Dandelion Day Cajun Clay Night Cinco de Mayo Celebration Taste of Spring COLLBRAN – Stockman’s Ball CRAIG – Grande Olde West Days Huck Finn Days FRUITA – Fat Tire Festival Grand Valley Rose Show Mike the Headless Chicken Days Glenwood Springs Summer Kick-Off Party – Glenwood Caverns GRAND JUNCTION – Cinco de Mayo Spring Barrel Tasting New Castle – Brewfest Silt – Silt on Sale VAIL – Jeep White Water Festival JUNE Aspen Aspen Music Festival & School Summer Season Aspen Summer Words FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen JAS Aspen Snowmass June Festival Theatre Aspen’s Summer Repertory AVON – Avon Festival of Nations Doggy Dash Nottingham Lake Kid’s Fishing Derby BEAVER CREEK AEI World Forum CARBONDALE Wild West Rodeo Series Begins Valley Cruisers Car Show CRAIG – Father’s Day Canoe Race FRUITA – Rimrock Rodeo GLENWOOD SPRINGS Annual MG Car Club Rallye Annual Strawberry Days Rocky Mountain Surf Festival – Whitewater Activity Area GRAND JUNCTION Dinosaur Digs with Dinosaur Journey (May-August) Meeker – Buford School Fish Fry Meeker Golf Tournaments Plein Air Art Competition Summer Entertainment Series RANGELY– Fishing Derby Silt – Colorado Junior Bicycle Stage Race SNOWMASS Hot Air Balloon Festival Snowmass Chili Pepper & Brew Fest Snowmass Rodeo Taste of Snowmass Brunch STEAMBOAT SPRINGS Annual Yampa River Festival Pro-Rodeo Series Rocky Mtn. Mustang Roundup Steamboat Marathon / Half Marathon 10k Run / Fitness Walk
VAIL – Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival Teva Mountain Games JULY ASPEN – Aspen Arts Festival Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Summer Season Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure AVON – Angels In Action Ironkids Triathlon Plum TV’s Dunk-N-Dash In Avon Thunderbird Arts Festival Triple Bypass Bicycle Tour Salute To The USA Xterra Triathlon Series CARBONDALE Annual Carbondale Mountain Fair Marble Symposium COLLBRAN Plateau Valley Heritage Days CRAIG Grand Olde West Days Parade FRUITA Dinosaur Days & Art-A-Round Festival Rimrock Rodeo Glenwood Springs 4th of July Downtown Fanfare Grand River Classic Car and Motorcycle Day GRAND JUNCTION Colorado Lavender Festival Dinosaur Digs with Dinosaur Journey (May-August) Mesa Country Fair Meeker Annual Range Call Celebration Rio Blanco County Fair Summer Entertainment Series New Castle – Burning Mountain Days SNOWMASS – Annual Snowmass Bikefest Rocky Mountain Brewers Festival Snowmass Rodeo STEAMBOAT SPRINGS Annual Cowboy Roundup Days & Fourth Of July Celebration Pro Rodeo Series Rainbow Weekend Includes Art-In-The-Park & Hot Air Balloon Rodeo VAIL Annual Altitude Club Co-Ed Softball Tourney Annual Eagle County Fair & Rodeo Annual Vail Hillclimb VAIL VILLAGE – Vail American Days AUGUST ASPEN JAS Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival Motherlode Volleyball Classic MountainSummit: MountainFilm in Aspen USA Pro Challenge Avon American Crown Circus Antique Show BecTri Spring Triathlon Plum TV’s Dunk-N-Dash In Avon BASALT Annual Basalt River Days Festival Half-Maraton & 5k River Days Parade BEAVER CREEK – Oktoberfest Ultra 100 Mountain Bike Race carbondale Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival Las Americas COLLBRAN Lion’s Club Junior Rodeo CRAIG – Moffat County Fair FRUITA Rimrock Rodeo
Calendar of Events (cont.) For a Full List of Events and Event Details, Contact Area Chambers of Commerce/Visitor’s Bureaus
Glenwood Springs Glenwood’s Downtown Market Pie Contest GRAND JUNCTION Dinosaur Digs with Dinosaur Journey (May-August) Tour of the Valley Bicycle Ride HAYDEN – Routt County Fair & Rodeo MEEKER Big Game Archery Hunting Season Starts Meeker Golf Tournament OHV Rendezvous Rio Blanco County Fair Summer Entertainment Series PALISADE – Peach Festival RANGELY – Mule Days Silt – Hey Day SNOWMASS – Blast the Mass Children’s Festival Snowmass Rodeo STEAMBOAT SPRINGS Pro Rodeo Series Steamboat Bike Festival VAIL – Berry Picker Trail Run International Dance Festival
SEPTEMBER ASPEN – Golden Leaf Half Marathon Ruggerfest AVON – Fall Foot Race High Country Triathlon BEAVER CREEK Oktoberfest CARBONDALE – Redstone Art Show Potato Days Parade & Celebration COLLBRAN Color Sunday (U.S. Forest Service) FRUITA – Fruita Fall Festival Glenwood Springs Annual Glenwood Springs Trail Half Marathon & 10k Fall Art Festival Glenwood’s Downtown Market Soup Contest Glenwood’s Downtown Market Oktoberfest Tri-Glenwood Triathlon GRAND JUNCTION Colorado Mountain Winefestival (3rd weekend) Downtown Car Show Pork & Hops BBQ Challenge
GYPSUM Historic Cemetery Tour MEEKER Classic Sheepdog Trials Big Game Muzzleloader Hunting Season Mountain Valley Bank Fall Festival MESA – Color Sunday (U.S. Forest Service) MOLINA – Color Sunday (U.S. Forest Service) New Castle – Oktober Fest PALISADE – Colorado Mountain Winefest Tour of the Vineyards-Bicycle Tour RANGELY Rock Crawlers Annual Trail Ride/Competition Silt – Tamarisk Removal Day SNOWMASS Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival Snowmass Balloon Festival STEAMBOAT SPRINGS Annual Fall Foliage Festival & Steamboat Mountain Brewfest VAIL – EverGold Trail 10k Festival Italiano Oktoberfest Vail
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Cedaredge is on the south side of the Grand Mesa where one can enjoy all-seasons of recreational opportunities such as camping, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, ATV trails, downhill skiing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and snow-shoeing, dog sled racing or just taking a drive along Hwy. 65. Cedaredge is the southern gateway to the Grand Mesa, and is located at the northern end of the beautiful Surface Creek Valley. Cedaredge is home to “AppleFest” which is held the first weekend in October every year. AppleFest brings hundreds of people from all over the state to enjoy the many artists, musicians and vendors in our park. The valley is also home to the towns of Austin, Cory, Eckert and Orchard City. It is known for its dozens of orchards and prized fruits. Cedaredge has a historic “Pioneer Town” operated and maintained by the local historical society. It offers a chance to take a trip back in time to the American West at the turn of the century. It features many original restored structures including a general store, working print and blacksmith shops, a one room schoolhouse, a saloon and mining museums to name a few. “Pioneer Town” is open seven days a week (check locally for times), Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
The Cortez Cultural Center
The Cortez Cultural Center is located in an historic building, built in 1909 to house the E.R. Lamb Mercantile. An unusual painted pressed-metal facade brightens the front of the building. The Center, founded in 1987, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide educational, cultural, and artistic programs for its members and the public. It has become a home for artists, cowboy poets, archaeologists and musicians. Since its inception, the Center has provided programs to thousands of residents and visitors to the Four Corners area and has demonstrated its goal of diversity in programming. It currently has over 450 members and has visitors numbering in the 35,000’s annually. For more information, please phone Cortez Cultural Center: (970) 565-1151 or visit web site: www.cortezculturalcenter.org or www.utemountainmesaverdebird ingfestival.com
Located 10 miles west of Mesa Verde National Park on Hwy. 160. Cortez is a convenient hub for exploring the archaeological and natural wonders of Southwest Colorado and the Four Corners. In addition to being the gateway to Mesa Verde National Park, the entire Cortez/Mancos/ Dolores area has been called the Archaeological Center of America. The Ancestral Puebloan (Ana-sazi) sites located in the area include; Mesa Verde, Lowry Pueblo, Ute Mountain Tribal Park and Hovenweep National Monument. The area is also home to Canyons of the Ancients. At the Cortez Cultural Center Indian Dances or the outdoor drama, Black Shawl, are offered six nights a week during the summer. Admission is free. Be sure to visit the Colorado Welcome Center in Cortez. The area is also home to Colorado’s second largest lake, McPhee and offers fishing, hiking, rafting, biking, horseback and stagecoach rides, as well as a great base for exploring the entire Four Corners Area.
(photo courtesy Cortez Cultural Center)
On Hwy. 160 (Main Street) Across from City Market on Hwy. 160/550
505 E. Main Street • Cortez, CO
Located approx. 30 miles north of Gunnison via Hwy. 135. An 1880’s Victorian mining town and Registered National Historic District, Crested Butte is the official “Wildflower Capital of Colorado.” Known for epic mountain biking and hiking trails, visitors will also enjoy picturesque scenery, the rugged peaks of the Rocky Mountains and an abundance of locally owned and operated shops and restaurants. In nearby Almont and Gunnison, exceptional lake and fly- fishing is available in trophy trout waters and local rivers are made for kayaking and white-water rafting. Lodging is varied and includes cabins, inns, lodges and quaint B&B’s.
Curecanti National Recreation Area
Located 9 miles west of Gunnison on U.S. 50. Over 20 miles of the Scenic West Elk Loop (U.S. 50 and Hwy. 92) meander through the Curecanti National Recreation Area, a land of canyons and mesas surrounding a hydro-electric power and irrigation project on the Gunnison River. The three dams within the recreation area have converted this section of the river into Blue Mesa, Morrow Point and Crystal Lakes. Blue Mesa, the largest body of water in the state (20 miles long, 92 miles of shoreline), is the most accessible of the three lakes for boating and other recreation. It has three huge basins — Sapinero, Cebolla and Iola — that are popular with sailboaters and powerboaters alike. Because of their location in the Black Canyon, Morrow Point and Crystal Lakes are limited to hand-carried water craft. Most visitors come to the park for the outstanding fishing. The lakes hold brown, rainbow, brook and huge lake trout, as well as kokanee (landlocked sockeye) salmon. Other popular activities include windsurfing in the many secluded bays, camping, horseback riding, hiking and hunting in season. There are also self-guided tours, interpretive trails and a Morrow Point Lake boat tour. A Visitor Center, restaurant and marina can be found at Elk Creek. There are several picnic and camping areas along U.S. 50 and Hwy. 92. For more information, visit our website at www.nps.gov/curel or phone (970) 641-2337.
Located on State Hwy. 145. Dolores is situated at the end of McPhee Lake and next to the Dolores River, a fisherman’s paradise. The Dolores River was featured in 1989 by Trout Magazine as one of the nation’s top 100 trout streams. Dolores has breathtaking mountain biking terrain, and affordable accommodations right on the river. McPhee is the second largest lake in Colorado. Dolores is home of the Famous Galloping Goose Historical Museum. Strategically located for day trips to Mesa Verde, Durango, The Canyon Lands and Arches National Monument, The Four Corners, Ute Mtn. Casino, Farmington and Navajo Lake, Cortez, Telluride, and many other senic locations. Scenic McPhee is located in a river canyon, with much of the best fishing accessible only by boat. McPhee is managed as a two story lake, supporting both cold and warm water fish. It is the second largest lake in Colorado. McPhee Reservoir has two concrete boat ramps with parking for trailers and easy boat access. Experience the past by visiting the museum. For more information, please visit our website at www.dolores chamber.com
Holiday Inn & Suites Durango Central
21636 Highway 160 West • Durango, CO 81301 (970) 385-6400 • www.holidayinn.com/durangoco We are proud to be one of the largest hotels in Durango
• 100% Non-Smoking Hotel • Full Service Restaurant • Bar & Room Service • Located Minutes From Many Popular Area Attractions
To Purgatory, Silverton & Ouray KOA Campground
2 Miles East of City Center of Hwy. 160/550
20 Stewart Drive • Durango, CO
35060 U.S. Hwy. 550 N. Durango, CO 81301
Durango Rock Climbing (photo courtesy ElNitty Gritty, www.flickr.com)
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Located at the junction of Hwy. 160 and Hwy. 550, 35 miles east of Mesa Verde National Park. Nestled in the beautiful San Juan Mountains at the junction of Hwy. 160, Hwy. 550 and the Animas River, Durango is an ideal base camp for year-round recreation. The city receives much of its distinctive charm from its 19th century hotels, Victorian architecture, saloons and hitching posts and a well-preserved downtown, creating a unique place where history and modern life blend seamlessly. For a look into the first settlers of the area, visit Mesa Verde National Park, with its ancient Anasazi cliff dwellings, only 35 miles to the west on Hwy. 160. The Southern Ute Cultural Center, offers firsthand experience with Ute culture and tradition, only 23 miles west in Ignacio. Step back in time on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge railroad as it winds through the majestic San Juan Mountains in an authentic coal/steam-powered train. Your vacation options continue with summer activities including great swimming, fishing and boating on nearby Vallecito and Lemon Lakes, rafting on the Animas River, ziplining at Soaring®, Full Blast and The Plunge. Durango Mountain Resort, a winter wonderland for skiers, turns into a summer playground with its Alpine slide, zipline and trails. Pair that with Durango’s renowned hiking and mountain biking
San Juan Skyway, U.S. 550 near Durango (photo courtesy Ken Lund) trails, and you’ll find Durango to be one of the world’s best outdoor recreation playgrounds. Attractions in town include two registered National Historic Districts, the new Durango Discovery Museum, a wide variety of art galleries and museums, delicious restaurants, and shopping at dozens of unique boutique stores. Contact the Durango Area Tourism Office (970) 247-3500 or toll free (800) 525-8855 or visit their website at: www.durango.org for more information.
(970) 275-1980 aCatch & Release promoted on all trips aCustom tours upon request; our specialty aFamily Float trips and winter ice fishing excursions also available upon request aInstructional courses are available, and are included in every trip
P.O. Box 7122 Gunnison, CO 81230 (970) 275-1980 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Mountain Biking At Hartman Rocks, Gunnison (photo courtesy TRAILSOURCE.COM)
Located at the junction of U.S. 50 and Hwy. 135, 126 miles east of Grand Junction, 150 miles west of Pueblo. Rich western heritage makes Gunnison the perfect place to experience the “real Colorado!” Originally designed to be the State Capital, Gunnison’s wide streets and western store fronts provide visitors with a relaxing atmosphere and a historic downtown with shops and restaurants a plenty! Gunnison is also home to Curecanti National Recreation Area on the Blue Mesa, Colorado’s largest body of water with over 92 miles of shoreline. There, guests can do anything that can be done on or in the water! Rent a variety of boats and stop by the Visitors Center to learn about the area and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, just 55 miles west. For more information visit www.gunnisonchamber.com or phone (970) 641-1501.
41883 Hwy. 50 East • Gunnison, CO 81230
Complete Renovation in July 2013
Hubbard Creek Outfitters Western Colorado Outdoors
Big Game Hunting • Summer Lodging Fishing • Scenic Photography Tours • Pack Trips Horse Rides • Lic. #1115 P.O. Box 25 • Hotchkiss, CO 81419
(970) 872-3818 www.hubbardcreek.com
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Located at the junction of Hwy. 133 and Hwy. 92. Located along the West Elk Loop (scenic and historic byway), Hotchkiss is a “hub” for exploring the many natural wonders of the area: including Grand Mesa, The Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Needle Rock, as well as Crawford and Paonia State Parks and thousands of acres of public lands. Hotchkiss is an old time ranching community that reveres its history and western roots while simultaneously becoming well known for its vineyards, orchards, wineries, organic farms and burgeoning art scene. Hotchkiss boasts a new historical museum, arts center complex and numerous shops, restaurants and lodging establishments. Hotchkiss is home to early May’s Hotchkiss Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trials and early August’s Delta County Fair. For information on Hotchkiss visit the Hotchkiss Chamber website: www.HotchkissChamber.com or call: (970) 872-3226.
Lake City lies on two scenic byways, the Silver Thread Scenic Byway (paved) and the Alpine Loop Back Country Byway (graded and portions 4-wheel drive only), both of which traverse some of the wildest territory in Colorado. Both Byways offer superb views of Lake City’s namesake, Lake San Cristobal, Southwest Colorado’s largest natural lake. The lake was formed by an internationally famous geologic feature called the Slumgullion Earthflow, which dammed up the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River 700 years ago. Lake City itself contains the state’s largest National Historic District and features over 75 Victorian homes and other structures primarily from the 1870s and 1880s when Lake City was a booming silver camp. The mining days may be re-lived through taking one of guided tours offered by our local museum including the Historic District Walking Tour, Cemetery Tour and Ghost Tour. Jeepers will enjoy a trip to the ghost town of Carson, Animas Forks, Ute Ulay mining area, or
Capital City on the Alpine Loop Back Country Byway. Outdoor recreation and Lake City go hand-in-hand. In the summer, many people make the jeep trip high above the tree line to Cinnamon and Engineer Passes, or hike the trail to 14,309 ft. Uncompahgre Peak, one of five “Fourteeners” in the area. Fishermen especially enjoy fly-fishing for four species of trout on 220 miles of surrounding streams, including The Lake Fork of the Gunnison River. In the winter, snowmobiling on over 125 miles of groomed trails maintained by the Lake City Continental Divide Snowmobile Club is extremely popular, and the Hinsdale Haute Route offers “yurt to yurt” back country skiing. Throughout the year, Lake City hosts numerous special events geared toward family fun, including the Fourth of July, the Arts and Crafts Festival, Stick Horse Show, and the Lake City Wine & Music Festival. Numerous lodges, resorts and bed and breakfasts offer fine accommodations for visitors to the county where the elk out number the people. You can get more information by calling the Visitor Center at (800) 569-1874.
Lake City (photo courtesy Benjamin Birdwell)
1417 E. Main Street • Montrose, CO 81401
Located 65 miles S.E. of Grand Jct.; 260 miles S.W. of Denver. (970) 249-4507 Montrose, set on the Western Slope of the Rocky Mountains, is the www.daysinnmontrose.com perfect base camp for year-round outdoor adventure. The town made Outdoor Life magazine’s list of “Top 200 Towns for Outdoorsmen” in 2010 because it’s surrounded by 882,760 acres of public lands where visitors can hunt, fish, camp, hike, bike and go four-wheeling. Montrose is the gateway to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, where granite canyon walls plunge 2,722 feet to the river below. Free Deluxe Daybreak® Breakfast • Free High-Speed Internet In All Rooms Take the scenic drive along the rim or ride in a pontoon-boat that glides Cable TV With HBO, CNN & ESPN In All Rooms • Business Center • Complimentary through the Morrow Point Reservoir for neck-stretching views of the granite USA Today • Free Parking - Truck And RV Parking Available • Free Shuttle To canyon sides. The North Vista Trail is listed as one of the “Top 10 Canyon & From the Airport • Guest Laundry • Seasonal Heated Outdoor Pool & Hot Tub Handicap Rooms & Non-Smoking Rooms Available Hikes in the U.S. Parks” in National Geographic magazine. Go boating in Blue Mesa Reservoir, the state’s largest body of water, or fish for trout in the Gunnison River’s gold-medal waters. Rock crawlers, ATVs and four-wheel vehicles scramble over the high-domed upland called the Uncompaghre Plateau. Choose one of four designated scenic or historic byways to drive over 12,000-foot-high passes or see the view from atop the world’s largest flattopped mountain. Plan to visit the Ute Indian Museum, housing one of the most complete collections of the Ute people, or relive the pioneer days at the Museum of the Mountain West. Montrose offers all the comforts and conveniences you expect and all the shopping, restaurants, lodging and adventures you desire.
Ouray (photo courtesy Ouray Chamber Resort Assocation) Located on Hwy. 550 (along the San Juan Skyway) between Ridgway and Silverton; approx. 300 miles from Denver. Ouray is a sanctuary of unforgettable beauty. Established in the 1800’s, this town breathes Victorian charm. Relax in the natural sulfur-free hot springs, explore historic 4-wheel drive roads and challenge yourself in the Ouray Ice Park. Explore unique shops and galleries, enjoy delicious locally owned restaurants and rest comfortably with our friendly lodgers. Get into the heart of the San Juan Mountains’ breathtaking scenery by car, 4x4, foot, bike or horse. Better yet, gain a unique perspective among the cliffs and canyons by rock climbing, canyoneering, or ice climbing. Immerse yourself in local history by visiting the Ouray County Historical Museum, ghost towns, lovingly restored Victorian buildings, or one of the many events and festivals that celebrate the cultural heritage of the area. Located in Southwest Colorado, Ouray is found along two of the most scenic drives in the country, the Million Dollar Highway and San Juan Skyway, and is a perfect basecamp for exploring the rest of the region. Plan your trip today at www.ouraycolorado.com
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Imagine hiking into a remote stretch of river, on a fishing excursion. It’s a sunny, warm day and you are in a peaceful, quiet setting. Suddenly you are engulfed by a huge swarm of Caddis flies, small brown or olive-colored insects emerging from the surface of the water, mating and returning to the surface to lay eggs, a blanket hatch. The fish are a part of the frenzy, aggressively coming to the top of the river and snatching the insects. You are not just witnessing one of nature’s majestic scenes; you are also being treated to some incredible fishing conditions. “The life cycle of aquatic insects is very short, a couple of days to a couple of weeks. During these moments of emerging and returning, the insects are everywhere, literally covering the water,” says fishing/rafting guide and RIGS owner Tim Patterson “That’s when it all comes together.” Patterson has led fly fishing, boating, and eco-tours throughout Central America, Mexico and the southwestern U.S., but settled in the Ouray area because of the quality of the angling and the beautiful waters. “The drainages of the San Juan Mountains near Ouray are home to the headwaters of the Animas, San Miguel, Dolores and Uncompahgre Rivers, plus a ton of smaller tributaries feeding into these drainages with outstanding high alpine access to mountain lakes and creeks,” says Patterson. “The rivers here are more pristine, it’s not crowded, and there are a lot of opportunities in the backcountry for remote wilderness access. It’s not just about the fishing; it’s often
more about the incredible places it takes you.” Sublime moments on the water don’t just happen—they are the result of a lot of variables. Patterson says it’s all about harmonizing with your environment, targeting times during the summer when the light is low on the water, the seasonal nature of the various hatches, knowing the pre and post spawning behavior of trout. Conditions are based on a lot of factors like air and water temperatures, river flows and even what kind of snowpack there was over the winter. That’s a major benefit of having a guide, says Patterson, to help you find these optimal environments and create great experiences so you can pick up skills and get out on your own. “Ultimately, it’s supposed to be fun,” he says. “Fishing is an amazing way to get in tune with nature. If you’re too focused on the endgame of catching the fish, you’re really missing the point. Fishing is also about the overall experience.” Patterson and other outfitters are anxious to share their experiences with visitors in all kinds of ways, from SUP (stand up paddling on boards), to river tubing, rafting and other kinds of boating – and, of course, fishing.
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Stand Up Paddleboard Our 2 hour Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) lessons are the perfect introduction to Stand Up Paddle Boarding that give you the opportunity to see how fun and easy this sport can be. Though the sport originated in the Hawaiian Islands, it is quickly becoming the paddle sport of choice on rivers and lakes throughout Colorado. Our SUP Class is designed to expose you to a great water sport and teach you the basic techniques to get out on the water with ease. Your instructor will teach you about the different SUP boards, parts of the board and how this affects performance and stability. They will go over safety considerations and proper standing and paddling techniques. You will be up and paddling around the Ridgway State Park Reservoir during this class before you know it. River Tubing Enjoy the river the way the locals do, by renting one of our high quality river tubes! River tubing Colorado is the most economical way to enjoy the river. Daily river tube rentals w/ hourly shuttle service, are available on the Upper Uncompahgre River (Town of Ridgway) to Weaver Memorial Park (approximately 2 miles) throughout the summer – it’s a fantastic way to spend a hot summer afternoon! Our high-quality NRS river tubes are not the truck tires of years past, but professional-quality flotation craft with two air chambers, handles and mesh bottoms. All river tube rentals include life jackets for additional safety and hourly river shuttle between put-in and take-out.
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Located at the junction of Highway 160 and Highway 84, approx. 60 miles east of Durango. Nestled in Southwest Colorado at the base of the Continental Divide, Pagosa Springs is one of the state’s last undiscovered gems. Known for its amazing hot springs, abundant sunshine and small town feel, visitors to Pagosa Springs enjoy more than 3 million acres of surrounding national forest and wilderness areas. In the summer, the list of outdoor activities is lengthy. Hike, bike or go on a horseback ride along serene mountain trails to local waterfalls and breathtaking vistas. Raft, kayak or float down the San Juan River, fish in a nearby stream or secluded lake, boat or water ski at nearby Navajo Lake. Pagosa’s 27-hole golf course or 18-hole disc golf course will challenge the best golfers, of all kinds, in stunning mountain settings. In the winter, Wolf Creek Ski Area, just a short drive outside of town, boasts the most snow in Colorado, averaging 450 inches of snowfall annually. With over 1,600 skiable acres, low prices and short lift lines, Wolf Creek provides affordable family fun. Snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and sleigh rides are also popular area activities. Only a short distance from Chimney Rock National Monument, Mesa Verde or the Great Sand Dunes, and at the crossroads of several spectacular scenic drives, Pagosa Springs is a great base camp for exploring southwest Colorado. For more information contact the Pagosa Springs Visitor Center at (970) 264-2360 or (800) 252-2204 or visit www.visitpagosasprings.com
Located 60 miles S.W. of Carbondale on State Highway 133. Just a mile off the highway, Paonia is what America was, a town of 1,500 with friendly people. It was founded in the early 1800s by a fruit farmer; since then it has come to include coal miners, organic fruit and vegetable growers, early retirees who call themselves “volunteer-aholics’, and a growing number of artists, musicians and craftspeople. Paonia’s setting beneath 11,400-foot-high Mount Lamborn is nothing short of spectacular. Behind the mountain there’s the West Elk Wilderness, which offers great hiking and horseback riding. The valley in front of the mountain is dotted by a variety of orchards, cattle ranches, horse pastures and a growing number of vineyards and wineries. They offer wine tastings and an array of products made from apples, cherries, peaches, nectarines and grapes. Non-profits have a congenial home in town, including a public radio station in a beautifully restored brick building, a community center straddling two historic buildings and the Western magazine High Country News. A widely circulated shopper helps you buy or sell everything from “kittens, big enough to eat” to backhoes. The town also boasts a handful of restaurants, a movie theater, and the nearby town park that hosts the annual July 4th Cherry Days celebration. Cherry Days is a 60+ year tradition that features a parade on Independence Day, carnival with rides for children, diverse music, and lots of reunions. There’s also a fall Harvest Festival that includes a chili cook-off in the park, a “bountiful breakfast” of locally produced food – including venison, and live music at four different downtown venues. Winters are mild in this banana belt of Western Colorado, and in almost every season there’s mountain biking on a trail close to town and road biking on the mostly deserted back roads that lead to Hotchkiss and Crawford. Come visit and experience Paonia, named it’s said, for the Latin word for the peony flower and pronounced PayOwNia. Here you’ll find the small-town West, still vibrant and still definitely quirky.
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Located 10 miles northwest of Ouray off U.S. Hwy. 550 on State Highway 62. Ridgway, Colorado is nestled in the picturesque Uncompaghre Valley and surrounded by the majestic snow capped peaks of the Cimarrons and San Juans, some of the most photographed mountains in the world. The town is located at the northern entrance of the San Juan Scenic and Historic Byway, one of America’s most spectacular highways. With nearly 300 glorious days of sunshine, it is the perfect town to enjoy and explore a broad spectrum of outdoor activities and year-round cultural events. A quiet western town with charismatic energy – Ridgway is a way of life. The town was founded in 1890 as the headquarters of the world famous Rio Grande Southern narrow gauge railroad serving the area’s rich silver and gold mines, ranches and farms. Today the railroad is gone, but its memories remain at the acclaimed Ridgway Railroad Museum. The ranches still dot the valley, preserving open space so special to the area. There is also an amazing wildlife presence throughout the region. Most famous are the bald eagles which nest in the cottonwoods along the Uncompaghre River. Ridgway, as a prospective Creative Arts District, is also known for it’s vigorous arts community. The town boasts a new concert stage in Hartwell Park which is home to the summer outdoor Concert Series. In addition, the newly restored Sherbino Theater offers music, movies and much more. Several studios, galleries, and sculptures are here to discover. Dozens of one of a kind, family-owned shops and several award-winning restaurants plus a local brewery and a distillery make this an exciting place to settle in and spend some time. For more info please visit http://ridgwaycolorado.com
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Located off Hwy. 145, approximately 2-1/2 hours S.E. of Grand Junction; 2 hours north of Durango. Discover a historic mining town where Victorian architecture is cradled by a beautiful box canyon. Easily accessible via air or car, Telluride blends Wild West legacy with cosmopolitan character.
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Enjoy free gondola rides, state-of-the-art spas, outdoor adventures, spectacular restaurants and accommodations in this unforgettable setting. Telluride is a National Historic Landmark District, famous for its scenery, world-class skiing and summer festivals. The summer event schedule includes Mountainfilm in Telluride, Balloon Rally, Bluegrass Festival, Heritage Fest, Yoga Festival, Jazz Celebration, Telluride Film Festival, Wine Festival, Chamber Music, Mushroom Festival, Blues & Brews, Photo Festival and many other celebrations. There’s plenty else to do in Telluride. Be sure to visit Bridal Veil Falls, Colorado’s longest free-falling waters (365 feet), and check out the site of Butch Cassidy’s first robbery on Main Street. Winter brings skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobile touring. Warm weather offers golf, rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, rafting, fly-fishing, horseback riding, camping and Jeep tours. Year-round options include shopping, historic walking tours or spa time. To learn more about Telluride, please go to VisitTelluride.com or contact the Telluride Tourism Board and Central Reservations by (888) 605-2578.
Area Chambers of Commerce & Visitor’s Centers Bayfield Area Chamber • (970) 884-7372 • www.bayfieldchamber.org Cedaredge Area Chamber • (970) 856-6961 • .www.cedaredgechamber.com Colorado Welcome Center At Cortez • (970) 565-4048 Cortez Area Chamber • (970) 565-3414 • www.cortezchamber.com Cortez Cultural Center • (970) 565-1151 • .www.cortezculturalcenter.org Crawford Area Chamber • (970) 921-4000 • .crawfordcountry.org Crested Butte / Gunnison Visitor Center • (970) 349-6438 • Toll Free (800) 851-5929 • www.GunnisonCrestedButte.com Crested Butte / Mt. Crested Butte Chamber • (970) 349-6438 • www.cbchamber.com Delta Area Chamber • (970) 874-8616 • www.deltacolorado.org Delta County Tourism • (877) 825-7514 • .www.westerncolorado.org Dolores Chamber • (970) 882-4018 • www.doloreschamber.com Dove Creek Chamber • (970) 677-2245 Durango Chamber • (970) 247-0312 • www.durangobusiness.org Durango Area Tourism Office • (970) 247-3500 • Toll Free: (800) 525-8855 • www.durango.org Gunnison County Chamber • (970) 641-1501 • Toll Free: (800) 274-7580 • www.gunnisonchamber.com Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Association • Toll Free: (800) 814-7988 • www.gunnisoncrestedbutte.com Gunnison Visitor Center • (970) 349-6438 • Toll Free: (800) 851-5929 Hotchkiss Community Chamber • (970) 872-3226 • www.hotchkisschamber.com Lake City / Hinsdale County Chamber • (970) 944-2527 • Toll Free: (800) 569-1874 • www.lakecity.com Mancos Valley Chamber • (970) 533-7434 •.www.mancosvalley.com Mesa Verde Country Visitor Info. Bureau • (800) 253-1616 • www.mesaverdecountry.com Montrose Chamber of Commerce.• (970) 249-5000 • Toll Free (800) 923-5515 • www.montrosechamber.com Montrose Visitor Center - (970) 497-8558 • Toll Free (855) 497-8558 • www.visitmontrose.com Mt. Crested Butte Visitor Center.• (970) 349-6438 • Toll Free: (800) 851-5929 Norwood Chamber • (800) 282-5988 • www.norwoodcolorado.com Nucla/Naturita Area Chamber • (970) 865-2350 • .www.nucla-naturita.com Ouray Chamber Resort Assoc. • (970) 325-4746 • .www.ouraycolorado.com Pagosa Springs Area Chamber • (970) 264-2360 • Toll Free (800) 252-2204 • www.pagosachamber.com Pagosa Springs Visitor Center • (970) 264-2360 • Toll Free: (800) 252-2204 • www.visitpagosasprings.com Paonia Chamber • (970) 527-3886 • www.paoniachamber.com Ridgway Area Chamber • (970) 626-5181• Toll Free: (800) 220-4959 • www.ridgwaycolorado.com Silverton Chamber • (970) 387-5654 • Toll Free: .(800) 752-4494 • www.silvertoncolorado.com Telluride Tourism Board • (970) 728-3041• Toll Free .(888) 605-2578 • www.visittelluride.com Town of Orchard City • (970) 835-3337 • www.orchardcityco.org Vallecito Lake Chamber • (970) 247-1573 • .www.vallecitolakechamber.com
(photo courtesy Sherman Heimburger, Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce)
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CEDAREDGE Antique Tractor & Classic Auto & Motorcycle Show Apple Aspen And Arts AppleFest Haunted Pioneer Town CORTEZ – Annual Juried Art Show Oktoberfest Pumpkin Festival Dolores – Octoberfest DURANGO – Cowboy Gathering Durango Heritage Celebration Durango Heritage Train Fall Blaze Bicycle Tour GUNNISON Gunnison Rotary Halloween Children’s Party MONTROSE Black Canyon Sprint Triathlon Bosom Buddies Walk/Run Fall Fun Fest Harvest Days Oktoberfest PAX Gala San Juan Mountain Runners North Rim 20K & 8K Races OURAY Beaumont Hotel Halloween Ball Oktoberfest & Annual Jeep Raffle Drawing Rocky Horror Picture Show Pagosa Springs Epic Mountain Challenge Ridgway RACC Parking Lot Sale & Chili Cook off SILVERTON Bordello Ball & A Theatre Group’s Crawl To The Ball TELLURIDE – Fall Tilt & Fall Fest NOVEMBER DURANGO – Cascade Canyon Polar Express Lake City – Turkey Trot MONTROSE – Chili Bowl For Art Partners Habitat for Humanity Roller Derby at Cerise Park Pagosa Springs Thanksgiving Turkey Trot Ridgway – Non Profit Holiday Bazaar DECEMBER CRESTED BUTTE Full Moon Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Tour To The Yurt CRESTED BUTTE MTN. RESORT Moonlight Snowshoe Tour DURANGO – Polar Express OURAY Annual Wine, Chocolate & Cheese Festival Full Moon Ski & Soak Festivus Street Party Yule Fest Victorian Christmas Holidays Wrighteous Jazz Concert SILVERTON – Yule Log Festival JANUARY CEDAREDGE – “SnowBall” Community Dance Cortez – ParrotHead Party Extreme Native Championship Rodeo CRESTED BUTTE Annual Country In The Rockies Delta Grand Mesa Nordic Council Skyway Skuffle Cross-Country Skiing
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DURANGO Annual Winter Celebration Snowdown Winterfest Mancos – Nordic Council Ski Races San Juan Stage Racing OURAY – Annual Ice Festival Silverton – Ski for Treasure TELLURIDE – CoolSculpt Contest FEBRUARY CEDAREDGE Sled Dog Sprints (ISDRA Sanctioned Sled Dog Races) CRESTED BUTTE Alley Loop Cross-Country Race Rocky Mountain Trophy Series & Noram Speeds Events Mancos - La Plata Paw MTN. CRESTED BUTTE Annual U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Championships DELTA Gunnison River Pleasure Park’s Flyfishing & Sport Show Grand Mesa Nordic SkiFest DURANGO – Chocolate Fantasia Snowdown Balloon Rally Snowdown Follies GRAND MESA – Pardi Gras LAKE CITY Hot Air Balloon Festival & Snowmobile Rally Ice Climbing Festival Ice Fishing Derby Matt Milski Ski Race Mancos – La Plata Paw Mancos Mardi Gras MONTROSE – Chocolate Lovers Affaire NORWOOD – Lone Cone Dog Sled Races SILVERTON – Snowscape Winter Festival TELLURIDE – Chocolate Lovers’ Fling MARCH CEDAREDGE – Eckert Crane Irish Stew CRESTED BUTTE Annual Elk Mountains Grand Traverse Annual U.S. Extreme Boarderfest CRESTED BUTTE MTN. RESORT Al Johnson Memorial Uphill/Downhill Telemark Ski Race Annual U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Telemark Championships Prater Cup/Houston Memorial Cup DURANGO – Hozhoni Days Powwow Eckert – Eckert Crane Days GRAND MESA Nordic Council Ski Races GUNNISON – Shamrock Shindig Mancos – Spring Into Mancos MT. CRESTED BUTTE Annual SAAAB U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Championships SILVERTON Silverton Snowmobile Club – Fun Days For Disabled XMR Snowmobile Racing APRIL CEDAREDGE – Spring Fling CORTEZ Pueblo to Pueblo Run CRESTED BUTTE MTN. RESORT Flauschink (Flushing Out Winter) Zany Town Festival
DELTA Delta Escalante Canyon Poker Ride MT. CRESTED BUTTE Al Johnson Memorial Uphill-Downhill Telemark Ski Race OURAY Annual Ouray County Mud Fest PAGOSA SPRINGS Dirk & Colt Ross Memorial Basketball Tournament TELLURIDE – KOTO Street Dance MAY CEDAREDGE – Cedaredge Heritage Days CORTEZ – Annual Car Show Native American Indian Dances & Cultural Programs Ute Mountain Mesa Verde Birding Festival DELTA Antique Engine Show & Tractor-Pull Show DURANGO Annual Narrow Gauge Days Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Fiesta Days Iron Horse Bicycle Classic Taste Of Durango GUNNISON – Blue Mesa Fishing Tournament Gunnison Angling/Trout Unlimited Rendezvous Monarch Pass Search & Rescue Fishing Tournament Kiwanis/Monarch Blue Mesa Fishing Tournament HOTCHKISS – Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trials Wine and Buffalo Feast IGNACIO – Annual Bear Dance Powwow Chief Ouray Day MESA VERDE Indian Arts And Culture Festival OURAY Chief Ouray Gun Show Compassion 5k, Fellin Park, Ouray County Race Series Ice Cream Social & Petting Zoo PAGOSA SPRINGS Pagosa Rotary Club’s Annual Kentucky Derby Gala The Car Show at Pagosa RIDGWAY – Love Your Valley Festival RIGS Free Fly Fishing Clinics SILVERTON Iron Horse Bicycle Classic TOWAOC Ute Mountain Bear Dance & Powwow JUNE CEDAREDGE – Getaway on the Byway Mountain Valley Winefest CORTEZ – Annual Rodeo Parade Annual Ute Mtn. Roundup PRCA Rodeo Native American Indian Dances & Cultural Programs CRAWFORD – Pioneer Days CRESTED BUTTE / Mt. Crested Butte Crested Butte Fat Tire Bike Week DELTA – Black Canyon Arts Fetival Deltarado Days DOLORES – River Festival DURANGO Animas River Days Whitewater Festival GUNNISON Gunsmoke-n-Gunnison, Fred R. Field Western Heritage Center Taylor Park Marina Fishing Derby @ Taylor Park Reservoir MANCOS – Grand Summer Night
Calendar of Events (cont.) For a Full List of Events and Event Details, Contact Area Chambers of Commerce/Visitor’s Bureaus
Mancos Renaissance Faire MONTROSE Annual Montrose Golf Tournament For Hospice Welcome Home Montrose NORWOOD – Wild West Fest OURAY Mountain Air Music Series Taste Of Ouray Western Region Rural Philanthropy Days Pagosa Springs Folk ‘N Bluegrass Festival Life at Chimney Rock — A Festival of Crafts & Culture Pagosa Springs Relay for Life Ride the Rockies XTERRA Turkey Track Trail Run PAONIA Mountain Man Rendezvous Ridgway Annual Amateur Sculpture Competition Annual Ridgway River Festival Chamber Music Concert RAT Festival Ridgway Heritage Days & Ranch Rodeo ROCC Wildflower Walk Trail Town 10 Miler Running Race SILVERTON – Rockin’ Brews Fest Taste of Silverton and Block Party Street Dance TELLURIDE Annual Bluegrass Festival Annual Balloon Rally Heritage Festival Wild West Fest Wine Festival UTE MTN. CASINO – Horse Power Powwow JULY CEDAREDGE Annual Serenity Run Deltarado Days Little Britches Parade Little Britches Rodeo CORTEZ – Celebrate Cortez Montezuma County Fair Native American Indian Dances & Cultural Programs Relay for Life CRESTED BUTTE / Mt. Crested Butte Land Trust Caddis Cup Fly-Fishing Tournament Land Trust Wine & Food Festival Wildflower Festival DELTA – Deltarado Days Festival DURANGO – Fiesta Days Gem and Mineral Show Rodeos GUNNISON Annual Cattlemen’s Days IGNACIO St. Ignatius Fiesta MANCOS Mancos Days MONTROSE 4 days of the Fourth Black Canyon Butt-kicker Bicycle Ride Habitat for Humanity, Bike & Build Main in Motion Montrose County Fair & Rodeo Wall that Heals (Moving Vietnam Wall) NORWOOD San Miguel Basin Fair & Rodeo NUCLA – Nucla Water Days OURAY – FJ Summit, Ouray Griffin House, Singer-Songwriter
Summer Music Series Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration PAGOSA SPRINGS Chimney Rock Native American Cultural Gathering Cruise-A-Thong Pagosa Duathlon, “Do the Du” Red Ryder Rodeo Renaissance and Pirate Festival PAONIA – Cherry Days Festival Top of the Rockies Rally Ridgway Ridgway & Its Railroad Talk O.C. Rodeo Asociation Horse Races SILVERTON – Four Corners Praise Festival Hardrock 100 Race International Rhubarb Festival Kendall Mountain Run TELLURIDE – Americana Music Weekend Hardrock 100 Race Plein-Air Rotary 4x4 Rally Tech Fest Yoga Festival AUGUST CEDAREDGE – Annual Serenity Run Delta County Fair CORTEZ – Native American Indian Dances & Cultural Programs Over the Hill Gang Run to the Ruins Car Show Pecos Conference Pinto Bean Classic Wine Festival CRESTED BUTTE – Paragon People’s Fair Reel Fest Wild Mushroom Festival DELTA – Cedaredge Serenity Run DOLORES – Escalante Days DURANGO – Annual D&SNGRR RailFest La Plata County Fair Mushroom and Wine Festival GRAND MESA Boots N Saddles Cowboy Gathering GUNNISON – Annual Gunnison Car Show E & P Emporium Rainbow Quilt Festival HOTCHKISS Delta County Fair & CPRA Rodeo Mancos – Renaissance Faire OLATHE – Sweet Corn Festival OURAY – Annual Artists’ Alpine Holiday Canyoneering Festival County Fair & Rodeo Grillin’ & Chillin’ Brew & Music Fest High Graders Holiday Mining Competition & Heritage Weekend Mt Sneffels Marathon & Half Marathon Run/Walk Paonia West Elks Premier Vintage Wine Festival PAGOSA SPRINGS Archuleta County Fair Four Corners Folk Festival Immaculate Heart of Mary Street Festival Mountain Chile Cha Cha Trail Race and Green Chile Cook-off Shamrock Festival RIDGWAY Mt. Sneffels Marathon— 1/2Marathon Ouray County Fair Ridgway Rendez-Vous Art Festival San Juan Chamber Music Fest Weehawken Street Party SILVERTON Annual Durango & Silverton Narrow
Gauge Railfest Great Western Rocky Mountain Brass Band Festival Hardrockers Holidays Mountain Man Softball Tournament Silverton Alpine Marathon & 50K TELLURIDE – Mushroom Festival SEPTEMBER CEDAREDGE – Golden Gala CORTEZ – Harvest & Beer Festival SugarPine Ranch Rally SW Traders Rendezvous & Navajo Rug Auction CRAWFORD – Render The Rock Art Festival CRESTED BUTTE / Mt. Crested Butte Fall Festival of Beers & Chili Cook-Off September Splendor in the Rockies, Valley Wide Events Vinotok Fall Harvest Festival DELTA Council Tree Powwow & Cultural Festival Labor Day Trap Shoot Meet The Spirits Tour Paonia Ute Trails Car Show Dolores – Harvest Fest DURANGO Annual Four Corners Rally in the Rockies Cowboy Gathering Cowboy Poet Train Durango Autumn Arts Festival Durango Coffeefest Fall Blaze Bicycle Tour Fall Colors - San Juan Scenic Byway Showcase of the Arts Whole Expo Oktoberfest GUNNISON – River Raft Race Western Heritage Festival IGNACIO Annual Southern Ute Tribal Fair & Powwow MANCOS Mancos Valley – Mesa Verde Balloon Festival Sugar Pine Ranch Motorcycle Rally MESA – Barn Tour MONTROSE Indian Nations Powwow NORWOOD – Pioneer Days NUCLA – Uravan Annual Picnic PAGOSA SPRINGS - Bands, Brews, Etc. ColorFest Devil Mountain Ultra Marathon Parelli Performance Summit Passport to Pagosa Wine and Food Festival Reach for the Peaks Hot Air Balloon Rally PAONIA – Mountain Harvest Festival Ute Trails Car Show OURAY – Annual Jeep Jamboree Four Corners Bike Rally Imogene Pass Run Ouray County Fair & Rodeo Ouray County Railroad Days Ouray Mountain Trail Run RIDGWAY LogHill Lungbuster Bike Challenge Mt. Sneffels Fiber Festival Ouray County 4-H & Rodeo RACC Golf Scramble RIGS Free Fly Fishing Clinics Ridgway Railroad Days SILVERTON – Llama Festival TELLURIDE Blues & Brews Festival Imogene Pass Run
Arboles Navajo State Park. Boating and fishing on huge Navajo Reservoir are the activities at this Colorado-New Mexico border park. 71 sites. Phone: (970) 883-2208. Cortez FOUR CORNERS MONUMENT, 38 miles from Cortez, is the only place in the country where four states meet. The juncture of Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico is marked by a concrete monument bearing each state’s seal. The Ute, Hopi and Navajo sell their wares near the site. Phone (928) 871-6647. Crawford Crawford State Park. Swimming, boating, fishing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. 55 sites. Phone: (970) 921-5721. Paonia State Park. The park’s reservoir offers swimming, boating and fishing opportunities. Cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. 16 sites. Phone: (970) 921-5721. Crested Butte / Gunnison Crested Butte Center for the Arts Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum Crested Butte Mountain Theatre Gunnison Valley Observatory Gunnison Arts Center Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Pioneer Museum Delta Sweitzer Lake State Park. A popular spot for swimming, boating and fishing. Day-use only. Phone: (970) 874-4258. Durango Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Train Southern Ute Cultural Center Mesa Verde National Park
Mancos State Park. Located 10 miles from Mesa Verde National Park, this park offers visitors boating, fishing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling
I nterest opportunities. 33 sites and yurts to rent. Phone: winter (970) 883-2208 or summer (970) 533-7065. Montrose BLACK CANYON NATIONAL PARK, located just a few minutes from town where plunging walls descend 2,722 feet. Take the scenic drive along the rim, or hike the North Vista Trail. Pontoon-boat tours on Morrow Point Reservoir treat visitors to neck-stretching views of the granite canyon sides. Phone (855) 497-8558. MONTROSE COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM MUSEUM OF THE MOUNTAIN WEST UTE INDIAN MUSEUM Ouray BOX CANYON, Ouray, is 20 feet wide and 285 feet high. Its perpendicular granite walls are roofed by stone. Canyon Creek rushes through the narrow gorge which is spanned by a high bridge. A trail leads from the parking area to a point from which the falls can be seen. Phone (970) 325-4464. Pagosa Springs Chimney Rock National Monument Fred Harman Art Museum Parelli Natural Horsemanship Headquarters & Museum San Juan Historical Museum Ridgway Ridgway State Park. Ridgway is a recreation area with a reservoir for swimming, boating and trout fishing. Cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. 187 sites. Phone: (970) 626-5822. Telluride BRIDAL VEIL is the longest (365 feet) free-falling waterfall in Colorado. Perched above the falls is a renovated private home that was built in 1907 and houses the second-oldest operating AC generator in the United States. The power generated there now provides approximately 25 percent of Telluride’s electricity. BUTCH CASSIDY’S first heist was performed on Main Street. Robert Leroy Parker, with the help of two friends, “withdrew” $24,580 from San Miguel Valley Bank. A plaque commemorates the site.
RIDGWAY, COLORADO RAILROAD MUSEUM
Founded in 1890 as the headquarters of the Rio Grande Southern railroad, Ridgway became a transportation center for mining, ranching and agriculture on the northern edge of the rugged San Juan Mountains. Today the Ridgway Railroad Museum preserves the heritage of the area’s world-famous narrow gauge railroads. Exhibits tell the stories of the men who built and operated these amazing railways through Southwestern Colorado’s steep terrain and challenging winter weather. The Rio Grande Southern is most famous for its automobile-based railbuses that kept the railway in business through the Great Depression and the War years. Built in Ridgway and known as the ‘Galloping Geese”, these contraptions carried mail, passengers and light freight at lower cost than steam trains, allowing the railroad to reserve their steam equipment for heavier loads. The Galloping Geese have become world famous, and the Museum’s displays tell their story in great detail. Located at the intersection of Highways 550 and 62, the Museum’s railyard features rail cars and switchgear from the area’s history, including a fully operational, completely accurate re-creation of RGS Motor 1, the first of the line’s famous railbuses. For contact information, and hours, event dates, and descriptions of exhibits, visit the Museum’s website: www.ridgwayrailroadmuseum.org
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Saddle Rock #5 Behind (photo courtesy Visit Aurora)
Located just minutes away from Denver Int. Airport, off I-70 and downtown Denver. Sweeping fairways, blue waters and spectacular mountain vistas greet visitors to Aurora, Colorado’s third largest city. The strategically located city serves as the gateway to the Rockies, flanked by the E-470 toll way loop to the east, I-70 to the north while I-225 flows north-south through town. Given this simple mobility, a vast array of recreational, cultural and dining amenities are within easy reach. Aurora’s many accommodations, conveniently situated throughout the city, offer a place to stay for every taste and budget. Recreational enthusiasts can take a dive or sink a line at the 820-acre Aurora Reservoir. Supreme greens await golf aficionados at Aurora’s 10 championship golf courses. Catch the thrill of fast-pitch softball and championship soccer at the 212-acre Aurora Sports Park or watch the BMX, in-line and skateboard wheels roll at the Aurora Wheel Park. Celebrate the seasons and the community at one of Aurora’s free festivals. July’s Kidspree @ YumFest gives kids a chance to explore, create and play at the Aurora Municipal Center. Held in October, Punkin Chunkin Colorado means pumpkins flying up to half a mile and Dry Dock Brewing Co.’s release of their fall seasonal, Pumpkin Ale.
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When hunger calls, head to one of Aurora’s 400-plus ethnic eateries where savory tastes from around the world are sure to satisfy. Or satiate another kind of yearning at the area’s malls, shops and antique shops. For more information on where to stay, what to do or where to meet in Aurora, call Visit Aurora at (303) 326-8699 or at visitaurora.com
Meeker Park Lodge 11733 Colorado Highway #7 • Allenspark, CO 80510
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Our Resort Offers You Studio, One & Two Bedroom Log Cabins, Full Service RV Sites And Tent Sites. Our Cabins Are Modern With Heat, Bathrooms, Fully Equipped Kitchens and VCR Televisions, Satellite Dish. On Site Country Store Carries Gas, Propane, Fishing Tackle, Fishing Licenses.
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(970) 881-2139 • (888) 822-0588
Located 35 miles northwest of downtown Denver and 45 minutes from Denver International Airport. Boulder is nestled at the foot of the majestic Rocky Mountains, a captivating mountain community enriched with natural beauty and diverse cultural delights. Boulder has a dynamic economy, an award winning University, and a vibrant love of the outdoors. Populated by approximately 95,000 residents, Boulder is the eighth largest city in the State with an elevation of 5,430 feet above sea level. Boulder is commonly referred to as the little town nestled between the mountains and reality, a saying originating from the quality of life enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. Residents enjoy four distinct seasons, 300 days of sunshine per year and the daily splendor of infinite Colorado blue skies. Heading into the city, the University of Colorado (CU) dominates the landscape with its red sandstone buildings and impressive architecture. Just beyond the campus, you’ll find Pearl Street, the heart of the city in historic downtown Boulder. Overflowing with bookstores, art galleries, coffeehouses and street performers, the Pearl Street Mall is a pedestrian-only outdoor walking mall known for its local flair and quirky, fun atmosphere. You would be careless not to grab a mountain bike or pair of in-line skates and venture down the Boulder Creek Path. This cherished recreational outlet spans 16 miles alongside Boulder Creek, the main artery flowing through town. On any given day, you can spot kayakers paddling, tubers floating and fly-fishermen rejuvenating in the Creek’s splendor. Don’t forget to stop along the path to experience the visual wonder and craftsmanship of the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse! It’s the only authentic, hand-made Persian teahouse in the Western Hemisphere and a gift from Boulder’s sister city in Tajikistan. For those wanting to discover Boulder’s natural wonder, head up to Historic Chautauqua Park, one of the many gateways to over 200 miles of serene hiking and biking trails and 30,000 acres of unspoiled open space. One can meander through Chautauqua’s meadow or hike to the top of the Flatiron Mountains, whose rock faces abound with rock climbers testing their skill. Boulder is a town that comes to life each day and night much like other metropolitan areas, but with a unique, small town feel found only in Boulder. Come and rejuvenate yourself. Let our community embrace you with our arts and culture, smiling faces and healthy lifestyle. For more info., contact the Boulder Convention & Visitors Bureau at (303) 442-2911 or visit their website at www.bouldercolo radousa.com
Located N. of Denver, on U.S. 85. Just 20 minutes from downtown Denver and an hour’s drive from the Rocky Mountains and Ski Country USA, the rural community of Brighton provides unlimited recreational and cultural opportunities. It is the perfect mix of people, climate and location. You can walk, bike or in-line skate on trails around the community. A $6 million recreation center provides basketball, volleyball, racquetball and wallyball courts, an aerobics room, cardiovascular equipment, machine weights and swimming pools. Visitors can canoe, sail or fish the 2,000 acre lake or hike the numerous, well-kept nature trails. Nearby, Barr Lake State Park is a refuge for over 300 species of birds and a variety of other wildlife. The arid climate and more than 300 days of sunshine annually allow for nearly year-round golf. Brighton offers a “Fine Arts at Four” series and celebrations of Hispanic holidays provide festivals of food and dance. The Japanese American Association also shares its culture with a variety of dinners and activities. You name it and we’ve got it!
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Trailheads for many popular hikes are located at Chautauqua park, Boulder, Colorado (photo wikipedia.org)
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Castle Rock Panorama (photo courtesy Kristal Kraft)
Located 30 minutes north of Colorado Springs & 25 minutes south of Denver on I-25. Picturesque Castle Rock, the Douglas County seat, is ideally located on the front range of the magnificent Rocky Mountains with an elevation of 6,202 feet above sea level. Castle Rock is experiencing a steady growth in national retail chains, restaurants and hotels to better serve our tourists and community. Retail districts with unique, one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants in quaint, historic downtown. The outlets, one of the top five destination sites in the Denver area, has over 300 shops, restaurants and banquet rooms. Surrounded by eight spectacular golf courses, panoramic views
1020 Park Street Castle Rock, CO 80104
of the Rocky Mountains, breath-taking scenery and rolling acres of buttes, mesas, canyons, nature trails and biking paths, Castle Rock is a wonderful place to visit. You will be sure to find plenty of reasons to return.
Denver N.E. / Henderson
Denver / I-25 & 58th
9051 I-76 Henderson, CO 80640
5888 N. Broadway Denver, CO 80216
(photo courtesy Clear Creek Rafting Co.)
Clear Creek Rafting Co. Come experience the mountains! Just 30 miles west of Denver, Clear Creek is a steep, narrow, technical river that is both challenging and fun. With more convenience and less congestion than most rivers, you’ll find it is the perfect place to raft! Clear Creek offers whitewater for all abilities – beginner, intermediate and advanced. Or join us on the Arkansas River with a trip through the Royal Gorge, Bighorn Sheep Canyon or Brown’s Canyon. Free showers and wetsuit use! Group discounts! For more information please phone (303) 567-1000 or toll free (800) 353-9901.
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Raft Masters Raft the World’s Best White Water with Raft Masters – Your Colorado White Water Rafting Experts No matter where the river takes them, in the end the world’s top white-water rafters always come back to Colorado. Why? Because a Colorado white-water rafting trip is an experience like no other. And with Raft Masters’ commitment to providing you with the best trip possible, it’s one trip you’ll relive again and again. White-water rafting in Colorado is some of the most exciting and varied anywhere. From high atop the Continental Divide, rivers flow out of Colorado in all directions, providing an abundant watershed,
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fantastic natural landscape and unique opportunities for Colorado white-water rafting. This diverse terrain and the multiple climate regions create an amazing array of rafting opportunities, from whiteknuckle white-water rafting action to calming and serene float trips. Surrounded by 13,000 to 14,000-foot peaks, the Arkansas River flows southward and eastward from the Collegiate Peaks. Not only is the Arkansas River the most popular Colorado white-water rafting destination, it’s also the most popular rafting river in the world, with over 400,000 visitors in 2010. Clear Creek, which flows east from the Continental Divide, is nestled in an historic mining valley, providing a totally different white-water rafting adventure. Colorado white-water rafting in these areas provides visitors with a wilderness experience that stays with you forever. Regardless of which trip you choose, though, with Raft Masters your Colorado white-water rafting experience is one you’ll never forget. Raft Masters conducts Colorado white-water rafting trips from March through October. Water levels fluctuate throughout this period, so depending on what type of experience you’re looking for, you should schedule accordingly. Do you want the biggest waves and wettest rides? Then late May through June is your best rafting times, when water levels are at their peak. Temperatures at this time are temperate, but can be unpredictable, which is part of what makes Colorado white-water rafting so much fun. But don’t worry; Raft Masters provides all the necessary rafting gear at no extra cost. July and August are usually warm and dry, and the white water has leveled off quite a bit. Colorado white-water rafting trips during this time are particularly interesting due to the technical challenge of rafting lower flows, which increases the difficulty of navigating the rapids. However, with their excellent guides and state-of-the-art equipment, Raft Masters has an unparalleled dedication to your safety, comfort and enjoyment. July is also the busiest month of the Colorado white-water rafting season. Weekdays are generally less busy than weekends, but Raft Masters never charges an additional fee for weekend white-water rafting trips. That’s just one more reason Raft Masters should be the only name you think of when you think of Colorado white-water rafting. Colorado white-water rafting is recognized as some of the world’s best rafting. Guests from around the globe come to this great state to experience the unmatched thrill of Colorado white-water rafting. Ironically, the majority of people who experience Colorado white-water rafting aren’t from Colorado. Perhaps this is because, as often happens when you live someplace so beautiful, you tend to take it for granted. As Colorado residents, however, the staff at Raft Masters has an unbelievable opportunity to see some of the most unique places on Earth by floating or rafting the amazing Colorado white water that is practically right outside their back door. Rafting in Colorado with Raft Masters is an opportunity to experience the best that Colorado white-water rafting has to offer; one you should take advantage of again and again and again. Whether you’re a first-time visitor to Colorado, or a lifelong resident, it’s time to get out – to the heart of it all – and experience firsthand the excitement and one-of-a-kind thrills of Colorado white-water rafting. For more information, please phone Raft Masters at (800) 568-7238, or visit their website at www.Raft Masters.com (see ad this page and Inside Front Cover)
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Located at the jct. of I-25, I-70 and I-76, 65 miles S. of Ft. Collins. Denver was founded as a rough-and-tumble pioneer town dur12055 Melody Drive ing a mid-19th century gold rush, but there’s nothing old-fashioned Westminster, CO 80234 about the Mile High City today. Blending chic urban sophistication (303) 451-7200 with unbeatable outdoor recreation opportunities, Denver is located Free SuperStart® Breakfast Buffet • Free HSI, WFI, exactly one mile above sea level, just a short drive east of the Rocky www.super8.com 80-Channel Cable TV Featuring HBO • Fitness Area w/ Hot Mountains. The arid conditions bring more than 300 days of sunshine 1-800-800-8000 Tub & Dry Sauna • Coin Operated Guest Laundry Available a year, more annual hours of sun than Miami and San Diego. Mention ad for up to 15% off rack rate Denver’s downtown – ranked one of the most walkable downtowns in the country by the Brookings Institution – is the perfect place to begin your Mile High adventure. Stand exactly 5,280 feet above sea level (one mile high) on the west steps of the Colorado State Capitol Building. Explore the world class Denver Art Mu7201 E. 36th Ave. • Denver, CO 80207 seum, featuring the architecturally stunning Hamilton Building. See a Broadway musical or classical concert at the Denver Center for (303) 393-7666 the Performing Arts. Newly Renovated Two Story Hotel • Free Continental Breakfast Browse a while at the Denver Pavilion’s upscale name-brand & Wireless Internet • Pet Friendly • Shopping & Dining stores or Larimer Square’s chic boutiques. Cheer on the Colorado www.super8.com Are Within Walking Distance. Rockies at Coors Field, one of Major League Baseball’s great 1-800-800-8000 www.super8denver.com ballparks; enjoy dinner and a handcrafted microbrew on a rooftop patio in Historic LoDo (Lower Downtown). Downtown is easy to navigate, thanks to free shuttles that run up and down the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall. Just a five-minute drive from downtown, City Park boasts several lakes, spectacular mountain views, and a hiking/jogging trail that is exactly one mile high. The park is also home to the Denver Zoo, one of the most popular zoos in the U.S., and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, an attraction filled with dinosaur bones, dioramas, a digital planetarium, a 3-D IMAX theater and touring exhibitions. Denver serves as the gateway to the Rocky Mountain Front Range, allowing for day trips to such iconic attractions as Rocky Mountain National Park, Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre and Mount Evans (the highest paved road in North America) as well as restored historic mining towns, ski slopes and hiking and biking trails. For more info. on Denver, please visit www.visitdenver.com or phone toll free (800) 2-DENVER or (303) 892-1112.
Located 25 miles west of Georgetown off I-70. The town of Dillon has quite a unique history. The town was first settled in the 1880’s at the scenic confluence of the Blue, Snake and Ten Mile Rivers, but the residents of Dillon were forced to move in the 1960s when the rivers were dammed to create the Dillon Reservoir. Locally the body of water is known as Lake Dillon. Today, the Lake provides drinking water to the residents of Denver and recreational boating and fishing opportunities for Summit County’s visitors and residents. Dillon is very comfortable in its new location along the scenic banks of its namesake lake with many amenities in addition to the lake. In the summertime, Dillon is alive with events, outdoor recreation opportunities and scenic views that will take your breath away. Lake Dillon thrives with sailing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and motor boating. Above the lake is the Lake Dillon Amphitheatre, the venue for summer local theater, family programs and the ever popular free Saturday evening “Sunset at the Summit” concert series. Between the Marina and the Amphitheatre is the Marina Park, a public park, which is also home to the Friday Farmer’s Market. The Market runs mid-June through the middle of September. In the wintertime, Dillon’s quaint and cozy atmosphere is a great alternative from the larger resorts for lodging, shopping and dining. Dillon is centrally located along the free bus routes and less than
20 minutes from any of the county’s ski areas. If you are looking for alternative outdoor activities, there are wonderful intermediate snowshoe and cross-country skiing opportunities at the Dillon Nature Preserve, which also offers some of the most spectacular views within Summit County. Another great option is Dillon’s self-guided historic walking tour around downtown Dillon, that focuses on the buildings and homes moved from the town’s original site prior to the completion of the dam. With a large theater complex, the county’s only bowling alley, great shopping and dining, Dillon is one of the top attractions for family activities in the county. Shopping is abundant in Dillon from the Red Mountain Plaza to the Dillon Ridge Marketplace on Highway 6 and La Riva Del Lagos, a renaissance of commercial and new residences located in the heart of Dillon. Dining options range from Japanese to American to Italian, or pick up a picnic lunch at the deli. Dillon is home to two of Summit County’s most popular micro-breweries. A variety of lodging opportunities are available in and around the town. Many of the accommodations provide spectacular views of Lake Dillon and the mountains as well as easy access to the county’s free transportation and just steps away from miles of paved bike path. For more information contact the Town of Dillon at (970) 468-2403, or check out their website at www.townofdillon.com There is also the Dillon Events Hotline, a recorded message that offers information on the most recent upcoming events at (866) 503-3400.
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(970) 586-3759 • (888) 256-2667
Located at the junction of I-70 and U.S. Hwy. 40. Surrounded by stately evergreens and towering mountains, Empire is situated in a sunny, star-shaped valley traversed by Clear Creek. Empire’s ideal location makes it a perfect base for mountain adventures, refreshing tranquility, or a mix of both. This 1859 gold mining camp was called Valley City until 1862, when some homesick New Yorkers incorporated the Town of Empire and named its main thoroughfare Park Avenue. Bands of Ute Indians were the first to enjoy this “Valley of Big Timber.” Within five years of Empire’s discovery, we were making history with Colorado’s first sawmill, gold mines, a brewery and a large Ute Indian Campground. Two of Empire’s original settlers, James and Mary Grace Peck, built a Victorian mansion that they called The Peck House. The Peck’s were known for their hospitality, entertaining luminaries like Ulysses S. Grant, Gen. William T. Sherman and Phineas T. Barnum. Today, The Peck House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the oldest operating hotel in Colorado. The eleven guest rooms feature antiques transported by the Pecks from Chicago. Although the American Indians and miners are gone, Empire has
Located just south of Denver. Englewood is conveniently located just south of Denver and is accessible by several major thoroughfares. Englewood is a fullservice city with an established business community and mature neighborhoods. The city is renowned for its beautiful parks, municipal golf course, recreation center complete with Olympic size pool, indoor track and award-winning recreation programs and its annual Englewood Holiday Parade. You’ll find attractive greenways and bicycle paths, and two civic plazas that hold festivals, outdoor concerts and other events. One of those plazas is located at an innovative, mixed-use development called City Center Englewood. The development incorporates light rail transportation, retail, apartment living, a plaza featuring a fountain and amphitheatre. Englewood has the distinction of playing host to the first major gold find in Colorado in 1858. The Little Dry Creek area of the Platte River became a gold-mining haven. The city’s first resident, Thomas Skerritt, is credited with establishing the first path south of Denver by dragging a log behind his wagon back and forth from Englewood to Denver. The road eventually became Broadway, the main north-south thoroughfare linking the two cities.
The Peck House Historic Hotel & Restaurant
Celebrating Our 150th Anniversary Exit 232 Off I-70 to Empire, CO
Website: www.thepeckhouse.com retained its charm of old. The scenic valley is dotted with old mine sites and the ageless beauty of the Ute Campground area. Pay us a visit and see for yourself. Visit Minton Park and Miner’s Cemetery on Bard Creek Road south of U.S. Hwy. 40. This site is open daily. Only 5 minutes from the Georgetown-Silver Plume Historic District and narrow gauge railroad, Empire is the perfect place to stay. The Miner’s cemetery, quaint main street and artisan shops, the original 1935 Hard Rock Café, and magnificent views create a town with a unique flavor all it’s own. For information, phone (303) 569-2978.
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Estes Park Comfort Inn 1450 Big Thompson Ave. • Estes Park, CO 80517
1040 Big Thompson Avenue • Estes Park, CO 80517 (970) 586-5338 Info@EstesVillageInn.com • www.estesvillageinn.com
Located just 30 miles west of Loveland on Hwy. 34, 25 miles west of Longmont on Hwy. 36. Estes Park, at 7,522 feet, is the birthplace of Rocky Mountain National Park. The town was established in 1917 while the park became a National Park in 1915. Home to about 5,000 permanent residents, visitors from around the world have come to embrace Estes Park as their home away from home. They find the vistas surrounding the town to be spectacular as they gaze at Long’s Peak at 14,259 ft. and the many surrounding snow capped peaks. It is easy to catch their enthusiasm with 300 sunny days and cool mountain nights. Estes Park offers year-round activities both in the town and in the National Park. These include a historical museum, live performances of music and the arts, galleries, children’s activities and both summer and winter adventures which include many festivals and parades. Open all year, the National Park has numerous hiking trails as well as winter activities which include snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. And, don’t forget the fine dining and eclectic shopping experiences during your stay. For more information, please contact Estes Park at www.Visit EstesPark.com
Rocky Mountain Park Inn Estes Park holds a unique place in Colorado history as the eastern entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. Tourists come from around the world to drive the Park’s breathtaking Trail Ridge Road, stopping at scenic points to view gorgeous mountain scenery and alpine lakes. Rocky Mountain Park Inn (RMPI) is an excellent choice for accommodations in Estes – a conference hotel that offers affordable comfort, convenience and cordial services for individuals and groups. At RMPI you’ll enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner and – after a day of activities – it’s fun to relax in the hotel’s heated, indoor pool/hot tub. Plus you’re invited to bring Fido along and stay in our designated pet-friendly rooms. RMPI is across the street from beautiful Lake Estes so boating, hiking and jogging are easily engaged. There are spectacular golf courses near by, unique museums to browse, and delightful local shops to frequent in Estes’ quaint historic downtown. Locals from nearby Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins and Cheyenne have made Estes Park a family-favorite getaway. RMPI is open year-round. Many of our guests prefer the relative calm of the area’s fall and winter seasons, witnessing the Elks’ annual bugle-calling rituals during September & October’s mating season. Bierstadt Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park (photo wikipedia.org)
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South Park City The year was 1859. Gold was discovered in South Park and the rush was on! Hordes of gold-seekers spilled into the Park, and within a few short months the mountains were dotted with mining camps sporting names like Tarryall, Eureka and Buckskin Joe. During the next several decades the promise of riches became reality. The families of those early prospectors arrived and with them the need for improved goods, services and social activities. Entrepreneurs in every field and trade recognized the opportunity, and rough camps were transformed into thriving communities. South Park City is a remarkable restoration of one of those early towns. Conceived as a means of preserving deteriorating buildings as well as pioneer history, it was opened to the public in 1959, just 100 years after the first gold rush to the Rockies. It is an accurate representation of a mining town between 1860 and 1900. Thirty-six period buildings filled with over 60,000 artifacts portray most of the economic and social aspects of boom town life. The restored build-
ings contain room settings and exhibits illustrating the professions, trades and industries that contributed to life in a nineteenth century mining town. A visit to South Park City will enhance your understanding of life in those rip-roaring days when life was risky, fortunes were made or lost overnight, and men and women of vision laid the groundwork for Colorado’s future. You will never forget your encounter with history in South Park City.
Located about 85 miles southwest of Denver on Hwy. 285 & Hwy. 9. The historic mining town of Fairplay elevation 9,500 ft. overlooks the head waters of the South Platte River that flows through South Park. With a view of the Mosquito Mountain Range to the west, which includes four mountains that are above 14,000 feet, and South Park, a high plateau valley to the east, which includes four reservoirs and numerous streams for fishing, some of them are Golden Trout Waters. The national forest is easily accessible for hiking, biking, 4-wheeling, fishing, horseback riding, sightseeing and breathtaking for pictures. Some of the oldest Bristle Cone pine trees are located to the west of town along with old mining sites. South Park City Museum was created to save 32 vintage buildings and to show the historic value of South Park. Within these buildings are over 60,000 artifacts of the late 1800’s. During the fall, the aspen trees are breathtaking with their bounty of gold. Also placer gold can still be found along the South Platte River and other streams in and around Fairplay. Winter offers snowshoeing, crosscountry skiing and snowmobile trails. Skiing is less than 30 miles away. Come join us in the center of the Rockies, where fresh air is unlimited.
South Park City’s transportation exhibits feature a narrow gauge locomotive, rolling stock depot and water tower as well as a variety of nineteenth century road vehicles (courtesy of South Park Historical Foundation)
Motel and RV Park 490 Hwy. 285 • Fairplay, CO 80440 Toll Free (877) 306-3037 or (719) 836-2026
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Located 65 miles north of Denver on I-25. Fort Collins showers visitors with recreational opportunities the whole family will enjoy. Now home to a state of the art 47,000 square foot museum that blends science and history, the Museum of Discovery will not disappoint. Hands on exhibits and techlogicially advanced Didital Dome will keep the whole family entertained. Spend a day in Old Town Fort Collins, shopping and exploring our historic buildings. You’re likely to notice a strong resemblance to Disneyland’s Main Street USA: we’re proud to say that it is modeled after downtown Fort Collins! Edora Park is the place for swimming and ice skating and a skate park; the park boasts facilities for both. Fishermen should stop at the Poudre River Canyon. The upper river area is known as a Gold Medal “trout route.” Camping, hiking and white-water rafting are also available. For more information, contact the Fort Collins Convention and Visitors Bureau at (800) 274-3678 or http://visitftcollins.com
Frisco sits right in the heart of Summit County, and, while it may look and feel charming, inside this town beats the heart of adventure! That heart keeps a wholesome rhythm, and pushes pure Colorado Rocky Mountain lifestyle that includes the whole family through our streets and sidewalks.
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Horstmann House B & B 400 9th Streeet P. O. Box 724 Georgetown, CO 80444
Located on I-70, 45 minutes west of Denver. The historic community of Georgetown is the ideal year-round destination, either for a romantic getaway or a base for exploring the surrounding area. When columbines and other wild flowers are blooming in spring and summer, the endless recreational opportunities include hiking, fishing and biking, while surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Visit the Lebanon Mine or take a ride back in time on the Georgetown Loop Railroad, open Memorial Day through Columbus Day. When the aspen leaves turn the hillsides autumn gold, one of the best viewing areas in the state is Guanella Pass, just outside Georgetown. When winter snow blankets the mountain peaks around Georgetown, you’ll enjoy skiing at nearby Loveland Ski Area which is only 12 miles away. Georgetown’s winter season is highlighted by the annual Europeanstyle, outdoor Christmas Market, a tradition since 1960. The Christmas Market takes place the first and second weekends in December and offers handmade crafts and freshly baked breads and pastries. The market is open from 10 a.m. until dusk. Admission is free. Dressed in holiday style Georgetown’s postcard perfect Victorian homes are at their loveliest this time of year. During Christmas, market visitors may take a horse-drawn wagon ride through the historic district. Georgetown is Colorado’s premier historic district. Once known as the “Silver Queen of the Rockies,” Georgetown boasts more than 200 restored turn-of-the-century buildings that showcase a variety of architectural styles. Whether you’re looking for cozy winter accommodations or a base for summer explorations of the surrounding area, several charming bed and breakfast inns, modern motels and historic homes for rent are available for a weekend or extended stay. For Georgetown visitor information, call (800) 472-8230 or visit the website at www.georgetowncolorado.com
Located southwest of Estes Park on U.S. 34. The historic village of Grand Lake is nestled among the towering Rocky Mountains. Bordering the largest natural lake in the state, it forms the western gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. Grand Lake offers a variety of vacation summer activities such as boating, sailing, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking and golfing. Watch the wildlife or go river rafting at a nearby river. As the “Official Snowmobiling Capital of Colorado”, the Grand Lake area boasts more than 150 miles of groomed trails and some of the best deep powder snowmobiling you’ll find anywhere. In addition to snowmobiling, Grand Lake offers a fantastic cross-country ski facility and two downhill ski resorts are within a 35 mile radius. Ice fishing, sled dog races, ice-skating, and sledding are also popular. Visit this lovely mountain community. Awaiting you are many elegant and casual dining opportunities as well as an extensive selection of comfortable lodging accommodations.
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(303) 569-3038 www.horstmannhousebb.com
Grand Lake (photo courtesy Don Graham)
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Golden Golden, CO, a picturesque city of approximately 18,000, says "Howdy Folks" to visitors who arrive to see the Coors Brewery - the largest single-malt brewery in the nation which offers free brewery tours - as well as its important Western history, recreational activities, and delightful shopping districts. Making the whole front range accessible, Golden is a hub for travelers heading both to the mountains and to Denver which is just twenty minutes away. However, Golden's small-town ambiance and year-round events have made it a perfect place to wile away an afternoon. Unique entertainment opportunities abound in Golden from its ten museums, top-rated golf course, art galleries, Heritage Square Shopping and Entertainment Village, and mouth-watering restaurants. Clear Creek which runs through downtown Golden offers fishing, a world class whitewater park, and tubing in the summer. Come visit and enjoy the charm of Golden!
24 years presenting award winning theatre in Jefferson County 1224 Washington Ave. Golden, CO 80401
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(photo courtesy Greeley Chamber of Commerce)
…Golden, CO Stroll down Main Street... Stop at an old-fashioned ice cream shop... Then “capture your day by” having your portrait done at the Professor Goodbellows Portrait Studio (old time photos), Walk-ins welcome. Enjoy shopping and relaxing in Heritage Square’s familyfriendly Victorian village with a variety of stores from souvenirs, Native American Art, and handmade toys. Heritage Square is an unique shopping experience Take fun to a new level on the Alpine Slide. Spin, bounce, drop and paddle with the whole family at the Amusement Park. Enjoy Go-carts, mini-golf and more. Get lost and get loopy in Colorado’s largest twostory laberinth. Heritage Square is home to one of Colorado’s best dinner theaters – The Heritage Square Music Hall… always a comedy and great food (family friendly) and for the little ones our interactive children’s theater is sure to delight kids of all ages. Nestled in the foothills of Golden, just 20 minutes west of Denver, Heritage Square has been entertaining families for over 35 years. Free parking and no admission fees. Go to www.heritagesquare.info for directions, hours of operation and event information. Open daily!
Located 50 miles north of Denver at the junction of U.S. 85 and U.S. 34. When you come to Greeley just to visit you’ll be greeted by warm smiles and a small-town feel – even though we’re a city of nearly 100,000 people. We’re an easy drive from Denver or Cheyenne, WY, and have 300+ days of sunshine enabling you to enjoy a multitude of attractions, community events, entertainment, and recreation. Come discover THE place for heritage tourism. Centennial Village, a 7-acre living history museum, allows visitors to encounter the past as it was over 100 years ago. The Greeley History Museum features rotating displays to tell the story of Greeley, and the Meeker Home Museum preserves the 1870s home of Greeley’s founder Nathan Meeker. Remember the Colorado Miniature Railroad Museum, featuring more than 600 railroad-related artifacts, and a huge, 5,500 sq. ft. operating miniature railroad dubbed “the finest model railroad I’ve ever seen,” by the 30-year senior editor of Model Railroader magazine, Jim Hediger. Greeley hosts events for people of all ages and seasons. Visit exquisite golf courses, parks, and the peaceful, 22-mile Poudre River Trail. During spring to early summer, join us for the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival, the Greeley Blues Jam, or the Greeley Stampede. Through the summer to early fall we have a great farmer’s market, downtown Friday Fests, and Neighborhood Nights movies and concerts in our parks. Our Arts Picnic offers a veritable feast of art, with performances on three stages, Park Your Art displays and vendors, and food from every culture. Kick off your holiday season with the Greeley Lights the Nights parade. For more information, contact Visit Greeley at (800) 449-3866 or check out the website www.visitgreeley.org Download our new mobile app, Greeley2Go, for information on places to stay, things to do, and great restaurants.
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Greeley Comfort Inn 2467 W. 29th Street • Greeley, CO 80631
(photo courtesy Heritage Square)
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(photo courtesy Clear Creek Rafting Co.)
Clear Creek Rafting Co. Come experience the mountains! Just 30 miles west of Denver, Clear Creek is a steep, narrow, technical river that is both challenging and fun. With more convenience and less congestion than most rivers, you’ll find it is the perfect place to raft! Clear Creek offers whitewater for all abilities – beginner, intermediate and advanced. Or join us on the Arkansas River with a trip through the Royal Gorge, Bighorn Sheep Canyon or Brown’s Canyon. Free showers and wetsuit use! Group discounts! For more information please phone (303) 567-1000 or toll free (800) 353-9901.
Phoenix Gold Mine
(photo courtesy Phoenix Gold Mine)
“Slightly off the beaten path, but worth the extra mile.” The Phoenix Gold Mine is authentic and historical; the Phoenix Gold Mine is one of the last small family operated gold mines in the United States. The mine is known world over for its educational and entertaining features. The Phoenix has been featured in National Geographic magazine and Discovery & History Channels, filmed for PBS, and featured live on FX cable network. The Phoenix has been a prolific gold producer since the 1870s and is again the site of a valuable new discovery. Visitors may dig from our newly discovered rich vein of gold ore and keep what they get. You will learn from experienced miners about mining techniques, geology and Colorado mining history. You will get to try out the old timers tools and listen for Tommy Knockers. Pan for gold along a sparkling Rocky Mountain stream. A picnic area is also available for your enjoyment. Come visit us for an enjoyable and educational day. Written by Alvin Mosch – a third generation Colorado miner!
A Working Gold Mine Operated By A 3rd Generation Hardrock Miner
Phoenix Gold Mine
P.O. Box 3236 • Idaho Springs, CO 80452 Open Year-Round 10 a.m. TO 6 p.m. SUMMER 10 a.m. TO 5 p.m. WINTER Tour & Panning Weather Permitting
As Seen In National Geographic Magazine, On Reuters World Television, Discovery & History Channels. Idaho Springs Information Center Website: www.phoenixgoldmine.com
Severely Handicapped FREE Gold Panning In Natural Mountain Spring Weather Permitting In Winter Group Rates Available
Located S.W. of Denver, off I-70. Experience the Gold Rush. Traveling 30 minutes from Denver will take you back over 100 years to the flourishing hub of Colorado’s gold country. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to get to Idaho Springs. Just take Interstate 70 west. With no mountain passes to cross, Idaho Springs makes a perfect half or full day trip for every visitor who would like to get a taste of a real Colorado mountain community. Made rich by gold, still rich with
history, Idaho Springs is a “must-see” for anyone visiting Colorado. The Ute and Arapaho Indians called the place “Gem of the Mountains” and used the hot springs for their healing powers. Pioneer miner George Jackson knew he found a gold mine when he happened upon Idaho Springs in 1859, and he wasn’t about to let the secret out. But as history would have it, word traveled fast about the riches of Idaho Springs and folks flocked here in scores. Long after the gold rush, Idaho Springs remains a treasure. There’s plenty of history to discover, beauty to explore, and memories to take home.
Indian Hot Springs
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The World Famous Indian Hot Springs featuring natural Hot Mineral Baths and Swimming Pool is open all year. Guests are welcome to visit for the day or spend the night. Spa packages and treatments are available and range from massage to facials. The one-of-a-kind Geo-Thermal Caves Baths are segregated with one cave for men and another for women. Both are located deep into the mountain side with several huge sunken walk-in tubs at different temperatures from 104 to 112 degrees. The private indoor and outdoor jacuzzi baths offer a romantic escape for couples and a fun experience for families. The swimming pool is covered with a translucent dome for year-round use and is surrounded by live flowering plants with palm and banana trees. Kept at a toasty 90+ degrees, the pool is a favorite with kids of all ages. Accommodations in three different buildings offer a wide array of room choices. All have convenient access to the swimming and baths. Located about 30 minutes west of Denver in Idaho Springs, Indian Hot Springs is ideal for day trips and is enroute for many travelers along I-70. It’s only 30 minutes from the gaming towns of Central City and Black Hawk. For information and credit card reservations, call (303) 989-6666. Visit the web site at IndianHotSprings.com Standing on the edge of the swimming pool checking for sharks, Indian Hot Springs (photo courtesy Bradley Gordon)
Located 100 miles northwest of Denver and 71 miles north of Vail at the junction of U.S. Highway 40 and Hwy. 9. Nestled in the Colorado River Valley at the confluence of the Colorado and Blue Rivers, Kremmling is a small, modern community rich in history and surrounded by the best in year-round recreational areas. Relive the Old West as you explore trails and roads to old stagecoach stops and homesteads used by famed guide Jim Bridger in the 1800s when he led Lord George Gore on an extravagant hunting trip. Maybe you’ll rediscover the original “mother lode!” Outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world have nicknamed the Kremmling area, “Sportsman’s Paradise.” Raft the magnificent Gore Canyon, home to the mighty Colorado River, or enjoy windsurfing, water-skiing or boating on nearby Wolford Mountain Reservoir. Fishing the Gold Medal waters of the Colorado and Blue Rivers is a popular pastime for vacationers. Another favorite is hiking and backpacking to remote lakes in the Eagle’s Nest Wilderness Area and the Arapaho and Routt National Forests. When winter activities beckon you, Kremmling will help you answer the call. Snowmobile or cross-country ski the famed “Rabbit Ears Pass” that covers thousands of acres of public lands surrounding town. This centrally located family community serves as a good home base from which you can thrill to downhill skiing at ten of the most popular Colorado slopes, all located a short scenic 30 to 90 minutes from Kremmling. Other events that color Kremmling’s seasons include the Middle Park Fair and Rodeo, Kremmling Days, snowmobile competitions, BMX bike races and ice fishing. When you visit Kremmling, you’ll understand why it’s called, “A Western Treasure.”
From Denver go west on I-25 to U.S. 36 and north on 287. Lafayette is a full service community with great shopping and recreational facilities. Recreational opportunities abound in Lafayette. Lafayette has eleven neighborhood parks and Waneka Lake which offers boat rentals, picnic facilities and a jogging fitness trail. Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of hiking, biking, skiing, fishing, boating, horseback riding and more.
315 River Lane • Kremmling, CO 80459 (970) 724-9559 • www.muddycreekcabins.com
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Lafayette Collectibles & Flea Market Named 12th Best In The Country By Good Housekeeping Magazine! OPEN MONDAY - SATURDAY 10-6 • SUNDAY 11-5
Bill & Cheryl Hopkins 130 E. Spaulding • Lafayette, CO 80026
Located at the junction of Highways 24 and 91. Leadville is a charming Victorian town surrounded by the tallest mountains in the state. Leadville has a 70 block National Historic District and seven tours and museums. This includes the National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum – the largest mining museum in the country, the Matchless Mine and Baby Doe Cabin, the museum that “shows” the tragedy of Baby Doe Tabor and the Healy House & Dexter Cabin - a restored Victorian home and cabin from 1878 that is a project of the State Historical Society. In town, you can take the Mineral Belt Trail: bike or walk the asphalt trail in the summer, snowshoe or cross-country ski the groomed trail in the winter. You can explore the large mining district, take the all day hike up and down Mt. Elbert, at 14,433 ft. the tallest mountain in Colorado, or take many of the other hiking or mountain bike trails. With beautiful scenery and endless powder, downhill ski just nine miles outside of town, and cross-country ski or snowmobile on the seldom used, back country trails. There is fishing and hunting. There are several beautiful lakes, the Arkansas River and several smaller creeks. For more information, phone the Leadville Chamber of Commerce at (719) 486-3900 or phone toll free (888) 532-3845.
Tennessee Creek, Leadville (photo courtesy Larry Lamsa)
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120 W. 9th Street • Leadville, CO 80461 Quality Family Lodging In The Best Of Colorado!
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Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad
Adventure, relaxation and sightseeing cannot be topped when riding in the Rocky Mountains on board the Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad. This 2 and ½ hour adventure through the untamed wilderness of the San Isabel National Forest is not to be forgotten. Family and friends of all ages have a chance to engage in learning about the historic Leadville, Colorado; home to legends like Molly Brown and Horace, Augusta and Baby Doe Tabor, Guggenheims and at one time Doc Holliday. The Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad travels north along the Arkansas River Valley, it raises up 1,000 feet off the valley floor so that you will have some spectacular views of Freemont Pass and the two tallest peaks in Colorado, Mt. Massive and Mt. Elbert. Also, take time to hear about the fascinating history of the railroads, ghost stories and tales of the wild from the conductor on board the trip. Other highlights include a chance to meet the engineer, take a tour of the caboose and engine. If you come in July and August warm weather exceeds expectations at 75°, it is not surprising to find snow through June and in late September. Although cool, the fall colors are not to be missed with amazing displays of gold, red and orange Aspen trees lighting up the mountain side. Bring a picnic lunch and eat on the train if you wish, but be sure to not forget your cameras and jackets. For more information please go to www.leadville-train.com
Watertower Train (photo courtesy Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad)
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Wiew from Flanders Park, Longmont, CO, looking west over McIntosh Lake (photo courtesy DW Ross)
Longmont is Colorado vintage and vitality at its best. Our community uniquely combines a historic small town feel, urban amenities and great outdoor quality of life that only our location as a frontier-era gateway to the Rockies and connection to both the Fort Collins and Denver metro area can provide. Enjoy galleries, the Museum, theatre, music, public art, bead shops, quilt shops, and street festivals. With over 300 days of sunshine annually, Longmont is a great place to experience the outdoors through our extensive system of parks, open space and trails throughout the City or simply enjoy the view of Longmont’s namesake – Long’s Peak. We embrace our small town farming and ranching heritage and take pride in preserving our history. Take a historical walking tour through the nationally registered historic East and Westside residential districts or a stroll downtown to appreciate our pioneer spirit and turn-of-thecentury architecture for which we are known. Longmont: The center of your Colorado adventure.
P.O. Box 573 • 513 Main Street Longmont, CO 80502 (303) 772-5200 • www.longmonttheatre.org Louisville
Louisville is an area that was known as the Northern Coal Field, an extensive coal field in Boulder and Weld County. The Miners’ Memorial Statue at the City Hall is a symbol of the history of the people who made the town of Louisville – the coal mines and coal mining industry. The Louisville Miners Museum is located at 1001 Main Street and is very proud to display the history of this great City. Louisville blends the hometown atmosphere with a progressive, modern outlook. While Main Street retains the nostalgic, charm of yesteryear, high tech businesses flourish throughout the city. Louisville is centrally located in both the state and the nation. Louisville has carefully set aside greenbelt, bikeways, parks and open space to preserve the natural atmosphere of the City. To get more information on Louisville, its fine restaurants, hotels and businesses please visit our web site www.louisvillechamber.com
Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains along the St. Vrain River and located 5,374 feet above sea level, the beautiful and historic town of Lyons is the perfect place to stop and enjoy a wide array of activities. The small town atmosphere, temperate climate and close proximity to Denver make Lyons the perfect vacation destination. Enjoy hiking, biking or horseback riding on one of the beautiful open space trails conveniently located just outside of town. In winter months enjoy nearby snowshoeing, ice-skating and cross-country skiing. There is also river kayaking and tubing in our world class Whitewater Park on the St. Vrain River. For a more relaxing sport, try your luck at trout fishing. Camping along the river in Meadow Park is another great way to enjoy the outdoors. After a full day of fun in the sun, wind down at one of our great restaurants, offering everything from burgers to sushi, featuring music almost every night. Take a stroll in town and visit the outdoor market and quaint shops, many built from locally quarried red sandstone. Lyons is also a great location for a wedding, family or corporate event, and we offer several beautiful venues for those special occasions. Outdoor Games held in early June draws people from around the state and country to partake in the many outdoor sports, including dirt biking, kayaking, chainsaw carving, fly-fishing and more. Experts come from all over the country to participate. People from wide and near come to attend the Good Old Days Festival, which celebrates small town life with crafts, amusement rides, food, music and games. Held in June, most years include a quaint parade, kid’s space and old-time baseball games. The Lyons art scene is very vibrant and is home to many renowned painters, sculptors and musicians. The Bluegrass Festival and Folks Festival at Planet Bluegrass showcase both local and nationally acclaimed musicians. Enjoy live performances on an average of three times a week throughout the year. Stop by the Lyons Visitor Center located in Sandstone Park to help plan your visit. The Lyons Redstone Museum and Historic District are great places to learn first-hand about Lyons history. (www.lyonsredstonemuseum.com, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) Square dance with the Red Rock Ramblers every Saturday all summer – their 56th summer season. Phone (303) 823-6692. You can also contact The Lyons Chamber of Commerce at (303) 823-5215, or visit our website at www.lyonscolorado.com to request a Visitor’s Guide. We hope to see you soon.
Lyons Redstone Museum Summer cing Square Dan on! In 56th Seas
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“The foothills town of Morrison is a hotspot of dinosaur discovery. Among the significant finds are first bones of Stegosaurus, Colorado’s State Fossil and the enormous “long-necked” Apatosaurus. Rare baby dinosaur tracks have recently been discovered. Explore outdoors at Dinosaur Ridge and see dinosaur tracks and bones in their native settings. Information on outdoor site is available on the web at www. dinoridge.org or by calling (303) 697-DINO (3466). Morrison Natural History Museum displays local dinosaur discoveries of the past and present, including baby dinosaur tracks featured in Smithsonian Magazine. To learn more about the museum, visit www.mnhm.org or call (303) 697-1873.
Geo Tours Whitewater Raft Trips Denver’s best choice for rafting!
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• In Morrison, CO, just 20 min. from Downtown. • Clear Creek, Arkansas River & Colorado River. • Part day, full day or multi-day raft trips. • Transportation from Denver metro. • Excellent safety record since 1981. • Competitive prices and group discounts.
Peak-to-Peak Scenic and Historic Byway
Hwy. 7, 72 and 119 between Estes Park and Black Hawk. The Peak-to-Peak Byway provides 55 miles of breathtaking scenery, recreational opportunities, and history as it meanders through the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and the high mountain towns of Allenspark and Nederland.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Located 65 miles N.W. of Denver via I-25 and Hwy. 34 (east entrance). Colorado’s number one vacation attraction, Rocky Mountain National Park hosts nearly three million visitors yearly. Its 410 square miles of the most fabulous mountain scenery in the country and features over 70 glacier-sculpted peaks 12,000 ft. or more, alpine meadows, forests, high mountain lakes, streams and fields of wildflowers. It’s home to an incredible abundance of wildlife, including Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, elk, mule deer, bear, mountain lion, bison, coyote and more than 200 species of birds. It features the world’s highest (and possibly the most scenic) continuously paved road, Trail Ridge Road. The park is open 24 hours a day year-round, although some roads, including Trail Ridge Road, are closed for parts of the year due to snow. There are many camping sites. Some require reservations while others are on a first come, first served basis. The entrance fee is $20 per vehicle and $10 per motorcycle or person per week. In addition to the east entrance, one can enter from the west via Hwy. 34 from Granby. Two other east entrances are Hwy. 36 or Hwy. 7 from Estes Park. Please phone (970) 586-1206 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/romo
Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway
I-70 at Minturn to Leadville, I-70 at Copper Mtn. to Leadville, Leadville to Twin Lakes via Hwys. 24 & 82. The Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway is one of six byways with national designation in addition to their state designation. Top of the Rockies is one of them, along with Grand Mesa, Frontier Pathways, Trail Ridge Road (All-American), San Juan Skyway (All-American) and Santa Fe Trail.
Morrison Natural History Museum (photo courtesy GingerSnaps Photography, LLC )
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Located 100 miles northwest of Fort Collins on Highway 12 and 60 miles south of Laramie, WY. In Northwestern Colorado you will find Walden, the county seat of Jackson County. Walden is the only incorporated town in the county and lies in the center of a 35 mile wide and 45 mile long basin known as North Park. Wildlilfe abounds including all big game species: Shiras Moose, Whitetail Deer, Mule Deer, Pronghorn Antelope, Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep, Black Bear and Mountain Lions. The Greater Sagegrouse is just one of the many bird species to grace the valley floor as well. The North Park/Walden area is in the Central Flyway for migrating birds. The Arapahoe National Wildlife Refuge provides waterfowl an excellent place to nest and is acclaimed at being the 2nd largest migratory area for waterfowl in the nation. Peak migration is in May when you may see more than 5000 ducks. Canadian Geese begin nesting in April, as well as the exciting Greater Sagegrouse Lek season. You will also see many Blue Grouse, Ptarmigan, upland game birds, Golden Eagles, hawks and falcons. North Park has miles of streams and many lakes scattered in the county. Fishing is excellent in both summer and winter. Ice fishing is a favorite winter sport. Winter enthusiasts also enjoy cross-country skiing, snow shoeing and snowmobiling. North Park has the only State Forest and a National Forest. The BLM owns a recreational and private sand dunes known as the North Sand Hills for ATV and 4 Wheeling enthusiasts too. The highways to Walden are draped with pristine mountain scenery and perhaps the best is over the Cache La Poudre-North Park Scenic Byway up Highway 14 from Fort Collins. Visitors will pass the Moose Visitors Center on the route. Walden has one of the finest Pioneer Museums in the State of Colorao, filled with an authentic collection of North Park artifacts showcased in a 27 room, 3 story log cabin behind the courthouse. The historical courthouse is 100 years old in 2013 and also a local treasure. An indoor swimming pool was built in 1992 and is open year-round. Other recreation activities include bowling, river rafting, biking, horseback riding, hiking, fishing, hunting, bird watching, ATVing and photographing spectacular scenery. This is an open invitation to you to come and enjoy this unspoiled corner in North Park...the Undiscovered Colorado!
Red Feather Lakes. In the Roosevelt National Forest. Numerous lakes, camping areas and resorts are available in these serene Colorado woods. Camping fee. Phone: (970) 498-2770.
the walls increased in height. One wall has no openings and it would be packed with snow in the winter to improve insulation, the very small door was to keep heat in. This building is listed on the Register of Historic Places.
Roosevelt National Forest. The forest encompasses land from the Colorado-Wyoming border east to Fort Collins, and from Boulder to Idaho Springs. Camping, fishing, boating, horseback riding and a variety of winter activities are available. Fee. Phone: (970) 498-2770.
LULA MYERS RANCH HOUSE in Dillon was built in approximately 1885 and was located near the bank of the Snake River in Keystone. Made of handhewn logs, chinked with sticks, rocks, clay and rags, the cabin was lived in until 1966 and was moved to its present site in 1976. It is listed on the Register of Historic Places.
Aurora Cherry Creek State Park. Recreation facilities at this park include a shooting range! Swimming, boating, fishing and cross-country skiing opportunities available, too. 102 sites. Phone: (303) 690-1166.
Eldorado Springs Eldorado Canyon State Park. The spot for technical rock climbing. Local fishing ranks a close second. Day-use only. Phone: (303) 494-3943.
Bellvue Lory State Park. Located on the edge of Horsetooth Reservoir, visitors will enjoy boating and fishing at this park. Cross-country skiing in the winter. Campsites available. Phone: (970) 493-1623. Brighton Barr Lake State Park. A birdwatcher’s paradise. Non-power boating, fishing and cross-country skiing opportunities. Day-use only. Phone: (303) 659-6005. CASTLE ROCK CHATFIELD RESERVOIR, take Hwy. 85 north from Castle Rock. This state recreation area has swimming, fishing, boating, camping, hiking and horseback riding. Open daily 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Phone (303) 791-7275. CASTLEWOOD CANYON STATE PARK, take Hwy. 86 from Castle Rock. This park offers splendid opportunities for hiking, picnics, rock climbing, sight-seeing, photography and nature study. The ruins of the Castlewood Dam (circa 1890) still stand, forming the centerpiece of the park. The Visitor Center has exhibits which tell the tragic events of 1933, when the dam broke and caused the second worst flood in Denver’s history. Open sunrise to sunset. Admission. Phone (303) 688-5242. DANIELS PARK, is just minutes north of Castle Rock. This park offers spectacular views of the front range. Points of interest include the historic American Indian grounds and a buffalo herd. ROXBOROUGH STATE PARK, is 10 miles northwest of Castle Rock. This is the perfect place for picnics, hiking, guided tours and wildlife lectures in the midst of spectacular towering red rock formations. Phone (303) 973-3959. THE TOP OF THE ROCK, is in Castle Rock. Take a hike to the top of Castle Rock’s landmark rock and check out the spectacular 360 degree view! Beautiful mountain vista’s, exceptional views of the surrounding buttes and mesas and miles of open ranch land. Parking is available at the entrance to Rock Park off of Front Street. Central City THE GILPIN HISTORY MUSEUM Colorado Springs FLORISSANT FOSSIL BEDS, is 35 miles SW of Colorado Springs via Hwy. 24 and Country Rd. No. 1. These fossil beds, located amongst rolling hills and grassy meadows, have provided scientists with fossil impressions of over 80,000 plant and animal specimens, dating back 34 to 35 million years since the treasures were first discovered in 1874. This beautiful valley setting offers a unique experience for the whole family. Phone (719) 748-3253. DILLON DILLON SCHOOLHOUSE, in Dillon, was built in 1883 in the old town of Dillon. It was sold in 1910 for use as a church and then moved in 1962 to the new town of Dillon. It is on the Register of Historic Landmarks, and is an excellent example of an 1880’s one-room frame schoolhouse. HONEYMOON CABIN, in Dillon was built by a single man for his bride. It is made in a Scandinavian style with peeled logs, large at the base and smaller as
Elizabeth Come see this unique small town on the edge of the metro area. Discover the hidden treasures here in the wonderful shops, small town atmosphere, and friendly people. Call the Chamber for more information, (303) 646-4287. Fairplay SOUTH PARK CITY MUSEUM, in Fairplay, is a restored early Colorado mining town. More than 30 original buildings are furnished with period artifacts. They include a newspaper office, gold mill, drugstore, saloon, assay office and general store. A narrow gauge train stands at the depot. Phone (719) 836-2387. Frisco Frisco Bay Marina is a certified clean marina located on the shores of scenic Dillon Reservoir in the heart of Summit County, Colorado. The lake spans 3,300 acres and boasts 25 miles of shoreline surrounded by majestic peaks. At 9,017 feet in elevation, the boating season is very weather dependent, but typically runs from early June to early or mid September. Dillon Reservoir is in a world class for sailing and regattas are held regularly. Frisco Adventure Park: Summer at the Frisco Adventure Park is full of activity for everyone! The park includes biking, skating, disc golf, ball fields, wagon rides and a day lodge. The peninsula also includes miles of shoreline and hiking and biking trails on forest service land. Our premiere attractions for the winter season are the tubing hill and beginner ski & ride hill. The Adventure Park also includes the longtime favorite, Frisco Nordic Center. The Nordic Center offers over 45km of Nordic and snowshoe trails on the Peninsula Recreation Area. You can round out your high country experience with a scenic or dinner sleigh ride from Two Below Zero Sleigh Rides. Or, take a break from your day of activity in the new 4,000 square foot Frisco Day Lodge serving all Adventure Park customers. Frisco Historic Park & Museum: In the park, as you walk between and through the structures, it becomes possible to vividly imagine life in the mountains across the past century and a half, even down to the personalities behind some of the prospectors, town officials, influential citizens (as well as some that had more influence behind closed doors) and their lives. Frisco grew from a trapper camp, to a mining and railroad boomtown, shrunk back to a nearly deserted shell, and grew back even more to its current state - hosting millions of visitors per year on their way to and from the best skiing in the U.S. - and the museum shows the aspects of that journey. GEORGETOWN GEORGETOWN LOOP HISTORIC RAILROAD AND MINING PARK Golden BUFFALO BILL’S GRAVESITE AND MUSEUM/PAHASKA TEPEE, at 987-1/2 Lookout Mtn. Road, in Golden. Look at the Old West through the life of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody. In addition to the gravesite, there are artifacts, a gift shop and observation deck. Phone (303) 526-0747. Golden History Center Grand Lake Grand Lake is the largest natural lake in Colorado. Rocky Mountain National Park Idaho Springs Clear Creek runs through Idaho Springs and provides visitors and residents
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alike with a source of fishing and rafting. Visit the Courtney Riley Cooper Park and enjoy your lunch alongside the creek for respite within nature. Idaho Springs Visitor Center and Heritage Museum Idaho Springs Historic District, in the downtown area provides a walking tour through a colorful past on Miner Street built by Cornish miners. Read the historic markers on the buildings and discover their history now filled with shops and restaurants. The original buildings provide a glimpse of the Victorian era, including the Charlie Tayler Waterwheel at the base of Bridal Veil Falls. Drive down Colorado Boulevard to see Victorian homes and miners’ bungalows. JACKSON MONUMENT, Hwy. 103 in front of Clear Creek Secondary School. George J. Jackson made the first major gold discovery in Colorado here on Jan. 7, 1859. No Fee. NARROW GAUGE TRAIN, at 1711 Miner St., is in Clear Creek County. Old Engine #60 ran between Denver and Graymont. No Fee.
of the Rocky Mountains to hike, bike or horseback ride. The St. Vrain River offers tubing, swimming and world-class white water kayaking. Lyons Historic District with shops, restaurants and accommodations. Visitor’s Center located in beautiful Sandstone Park. Visitor’s Guide available. Phone (303) 823-5215. LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM, in Lyons, contains local artifacts and memorabilia. Brochures are available for a driving tour of the historic district. Donations. Phone (303) 823-5271. MORRISON DINOSAUR RIDGE, at the Alameda Exit on C470, is an outdoor museum with an outdoor trail, exhibit hall and gift shop. One trail site has exposed dinosaur bones from the Jurassic; another has over 300 Cretaceous dinosaur foot-prints. Guided shuttle bus tours run hourly year-round. Visitors can also hike the onemile interpretive trail (2 mi. round trip). Morrison Natural History Museum
PHOENIX GOLD MINE TOUR, in Idaho Springs, offers underground guided tours of a working hard rock gold mine. Gold panning is available along a sparkling Rocky Mtn. stream. Tours daily, weather permitting. Phone (303) 567-0422.
Orchard Jackson Lake State Park. Swimming, boating, fishing and cross-country skiing opportunities. 190 sites. Phone: (970) 645-2551.
ST. MARY’S GLACIER, is two miles west of Idaho Springs on I-70, exit 238, offers abundant scenery on the way to the foot of St. Mary’s Glacier. No fee.
Silver Plume CLIFFORD GRIFFIN MONUMENT, in Silver Plume. This self-guided walking tour is approximately three miles from Silver Plume. See the monument handquarried on Silver Plume granite honoring Clifford Griffin (1847-1887) owner of the rich in gold and silver Seven-Thirty Mine. No fee.
The Mt. Evans Scenic and Historic Byway begins in Idaho Springs and provides spectacular vistas of the beautiful Rocky Mountains along the highest paved highway in North America. The wilderness area provides a protected home for mountain goats, elk, deer, pikas, marmots and bighorn sheep. Drive to the top and walk the last few feet to the 14,265 summit. The “Oh My Gawd” Road is a narrow, curving road that provided a transportation route for the gold mine ore wagons. The partially-gravel route leads over the mountains north of town with incredible views of Idaho Springs, Mt. Evans, and the Continental Divide. You may retrace your route back to Idaho Springs or continue to Central City in the next county. Underhill Museum Kremmling CRETACEOUS AMMONITE SITE, near Kremmling, go north on U.S. Hwy. 40 for approx. 11 miles to County Road 25. Turn right and cross the bridge over Muddy Creek (.4 miles). Turn left at the intersection onto County Road 26 for approx. three miles. Turn left onto a 2-track for about a mile. Park at gate and walk up to the top of the hill. LEADVILLE THE LEADVILLE, COLORADO & SOUTHERN RAILROAD, in Leadville originating in “the highest incorporated city in North America,” offers scenic narrated railroad trips through the Colorado mining country from Leadville to Climax. This journey is full of breathtaking panoramas across the Arkansas River Valley. Passengers will find it easy to step back in time. Phone (719) 486-3936. Littleton Castlewood Canyon State Park. View the ruins of Castlewood Canyon Dam. Cross-country skiing in the winter. Day-use only. Phone: (303) 688-5242. Roxborough State Park. View this pristine countryside from nine miles of nature trails. Cross-country skiing in the winter. Day-use only. Phone: (303) 973-3959. Loveland Barbour Ponds State Park. Family fun east of Longmont. Boat and fish trout–stocked ponds. Cross-country skiing in the winter. 60 sites. Phone: (303) 678-9402 Boyd Lake State Park. Host to hydroplane races, this park is open for swimming, boating, and fishing by non-professionals, too. Cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. 148 sites. Phone: (970) 669-1739. LYONS Lyons is the gateway to hundreds of acres of parks and trails along the foothills
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South Park At 9,000 feet in the center of Colorado, South Park is a large mountain basin surrounded by high peaks. This compelling landscape is home to the nation’s highest incorporated town (Alma), cattle ranches, mountain passes, and historic gold mines. Four reservoirs, two State Parks, and fifty miles of Gold Medal streams consistently yield large trout. Public river access is provided at forty different locations and eight private ranches may now be reserved for secluded fly-fishing experiences at www.southparktrout.com Situated on the Middle Fork of the South Platte River, Fairplay was recently named as the Trout Fishing Capital of Colorado. Lodging and other services are available in or near Fairplay, Alma, Como, Guffey, Hartsel, Jefferson and Lake George. Walden Arapahoe National Wildlife Refuge – Located 10 miles south of Walden, the ANWR is home to thousands of birds and wildlife species off Highway 125 S. to Granby. A visitor center offers interpretation of wildlife signs and is staffed to assist the traveler. The refuge is open M-F 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. except on Federal holidays. Portions of the refuge are open to hunting and fishing. There is a 6 mile self-guided auto tour route available. Cache La Poudre-North Park Scenic Byway – From Ft. Collins to Walden this scenic byway is one in a million as it wraps 100 miles through the National Forest and into the Colorado State Forest State Parks. There are historical sites, landmarks and trails along the way. Wildlife abounds throughout the byway trek and the scenery is spectacular! Colorado State Forest. This beautiful park offers boating, fishing, crosscountry skiing and snowmobiling opportunities to scene-seeking adventurers. 104 sites. Phone: (970) 723-8366 North Park Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center – Located in the center of downtown Main Street in Walden, CO the information foyer has all the guidance you need to plan a trip in the North Park/Walden area. There are brochures on accomidations, shopping and recreation opportunities for any type of North Park stay. Phone: (970) 723-4600. North Park Pioneer Museum The Moose Visitors Center at the Colorado State Forest State Park – This may be the best place to see moose in Colorado. There are exhibits in the visitor center if you are unable to locate one on the grounds. Cabins and yurts add to the options for overnight accommodations in this scenic mountain setting. Trails lead to hiking, fishing and various other mountain recreational opportunities.
Area Chambers of Commerce & Visitor’s Centers I-70 Corridor Chamber • (303) 644-4607 • www.i70ccoc.com Arvada Chamber • (303) 424-0313 • www.arvadachamber.org Aurora Chamber • (303) 344-1500 • www.aurorachamber.org Bailey / Platte Canyon Area Chamber • (303) 838-9080 • .www.bailey-colorado.org Berthoud Chamber • (970) 532-4200 • .www.berthoudcolorado.com Boulder Chamber • (303) 442-1044 • www.boulderchamber.com Boulder Convention & Visitors Bureau • (303) 442-2911 • Toll Free: (800) 444-0447 • www.bouldercoloradousa.com Breckenridge Resort Chamber • (888) 251-2417 • .www.gobreck.com Brighton Chamber • (303) 659-0223 • .www.brightonchamber.com Broomfield Area Chamber • (303) 466-1775 • .www.broomfieldchamber.com Castle Rock Chamber & Visitors Center • (866) 441-8508 • www.castlerock.org Central City Visitor Center • (303) 582-3345 • Toll Free .(888) 589-5919 • www.centralcitycolorado.us/tourism Clear Creek County Tourism Bureau • (303) 567-4660 • Toll Free (866) 674-9237 • www.clearcreekcounty.org Cherry Creek Chamber • (303) 388-6022 • .www.cherrycreekchamber.org Coal Creek Canyon Chamber • (303) 642-7028 • .www.coalcreek.com/chamber Conifer Area Chamber • (303) 838-5711 • www.goconifer.com Denver Metro Chamber • (303) 534-8500 • .www.denverchamber.org Visit Denver, the Convention & Visitors Bureau.: (800) 2-DENVER (233-6837) • 303.892.1112 • www.visitdenver.com Dinosaur Ridge • (303) 697-3466 • www.dinoridge.org Elizabeth Area Chamber • (303) 646-4287 • .www.elizabethchamber.org Erie Chamber • (303) 828-3440 • www.eriechamber.org Estes Park CVB • (970) 577-9900 • Toll Free: .(800) 44-ESTES • www.VisitEstesPark.com Evergreen Chamber • (303) 674-3412 • .www.evergreenchamber.org Fort Collins Area Chamber • (970) 482-3746 • www.fortcollinschamber.com Fort Collins Convention • (970) 232-3840 • Visitors Bureau: (800) 274-3678 • http://visit.ftcollins.com Fort Lupton Chamber • (303) 857-4474 • http://fortluptonchamber.org Fraser Visitor Info. Center • (970) 726-8312 • .www.frasercolorado.com Frisco Information Center • (970) 668-5547 • Toll Free:.(800) 424-1554 • www.townoffrisco.com Georgetown / Gateway Visitors Center • (303) 569-2405 • Toll Free: (800) 472-8230 • www.georgetowncolorado.com Golden Chamber & Visitors Center • (303) 279-3113 • www.goldencochamber.org Grand Lake Area Chamber & Visitor Center: (800) 531-1019 • (970) 627-3402 • www.grandlakechamber.com Greater Englewood Chamber • (303) 789-4473 • .www.myenglewoodchamber.com Greater Glendale Chamber • (303) 584-4180 • www.ggchamber.com Greater Granby Area Chamber • (970) 887-2311 • Toll Free: (800) 325-1661• www.granbychamber.com Greeley Chamber & Visitor’s Bureau • (970) 352-3566 • (800) 449-3866 • www.greeleychamber.com Greenwood Village Chamber • (303) 290-9922 • http://dtcchamber.com Highlands Ranch • (303) 791-3500 • http://highlandsranchchamber.org Idaho Springs Visitor Center • (303) 567-4382 • .www.historicidahosprings.com Johnstown / Milliken Chamber • (970) 587-7042 • .www.johnstownmillikenchamber.com Kersey Area Chamber • (970) 330-3099 • .www.kerseycolorado.com Kremmling Area Chamber • (970) 724-3472 • Toll Free.: (887) 573-6654 • www.kremmlingchamber.com Lafayette Chamber • (303) 666-9555 • www.lafayettecolorado.com Leadville / Lake County Chamber • (719) 486-3900 or.(888) 532-3845 • www.leadvilleusa.com Longmont Area Chamber.• (303) 776-5295 • www.longmontchamber.org Longmont Area Visitor’s Assn. • (303) 776-9011 • www.visitlongmont.org Louisville Chamber • (303) 666-5747 • .www.louisvillechamber.com Loveland Chamber • (970) 667-6311 • www.loveland.org Loveland Visitors Center • (800) 258-1278 Lyons Area Chamber • (303) 823-5215 • Toll Free: (877) LYONS.CO • www.lyons-colorado.com Lyons Visitor Center • (303) 823-6622 Morrison Town Office • (303) 697-8749 • .www.town.morrison.co.us Nederland Visitors Center • (303) 258-3936 • .www.nederlandchamber.org Park County Tourism Office • (719) 836-4279 • parkco.us Parker Chamber • (303) 841-4268 • www.parkerchamber.org South Metro Denver Chamber • (303) 795-0142 • www.bestchamber.com South Park Chamber • (719) 836-3410 • .www.southparkchamber.com Summit County Chamber • (970) 668-2051 • Toll Free: .(800) 530-3099 • www.summitchamber.org Ute Pass Triangle Chamber • Toll Free: (800) 780-9667 • www.utepasstrianglechamberofcommerce.org Visit Aurora • (303) 326-8699 • visitaurora.com West Chamber • (303) 233-5555 • www.westchamber.org Metro North Chamber (Westminster) • (303) 288-1000 • .www.metronorthchamber.com Walden / North Park Chamber • (970) 723-4600 • .www.northparkchamber.com Windsor Chamber • (970) 686-7189 • www.windsorchamber.net Winter Park / Fraser Valley Chamber • (970) 726-4221 • Toll Free: (800) 903-7275 • www.playwinterpark.com
For a Full List of Events and Event Details, Contact Area Chambers of Commerce/Visitor’s Bureaus
OCTOBER AURORA – Punkin Chunkin Colorado BENNETT – Turkey Shoot BRECKENRIDGE Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival: Annual Still On The Hill CENTRAL CITY – The Harvest Festival DENVER – Annual Denver Mariachi Festival Annual Pumpkin Festival Boo at The Zoo Denver International Wine Festival Fright Fest Elizabeth – Harvest Festival ESTES PARK – Elk Fest Evergreen – Bergen Park Halloween Walk Wine In The Woods FORT COLLINS – Treatsylvania Frisco – Cyclocross Granby – Oktoberfest GRAND LAKE Annual Trail of Terror & Haunted House GREELEY – Hot Air Balloon Harvest Oktoberfest LONGMONT – El Dia de Los Muertos Celebration Halloween Parade Pumpkin Pie Days Lyons Spooktacular Halloween Parade MORRISON – Cider Days Dinosaur Discovery Days (May-Oct.) NEDERLAND – Howl-O-WeeNederland NOVEMBER BOULDER – The Nutcracker Ballet BYERS – Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot CASTLE ROCK – Starlighting DENVER – Denver International Wine Festival Mile High Lights At Bandimere ENGLEWOOD – Englewood Holiday Parade Malley Center Holiday Bazaar FORT COLLINS – The Great Christmas Hall KREMMLING – 5K-10K Turkey Trot PARKER – Parker Country Carriage Parade WALDEN – Harvest Craft Festival DECEMBER BERTHOUD PASS SKI AREA Mountain Bike Snow Race BOULDER – Holiday Festival BRECKENRIDGE Continental Divide Hot Air Balloon Challenge and Lighting of Breckenridge Holipalooza – A Victorian Holiday Victorian Winter Wonderland DENVER – Jingle Bell Run Elizabeth Olde Country Christmas FRISCO – Wassail Days KREMMLING – Christmas at the Rink WALDEN Old Fashioned Community Christmas & Tree Lighting at the Courthouse JANUARY BOULDER – Winterskate BRECKENRIDGE Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships ULLR Fest DENVER Annual National Western Stock Show & Rodeo Indian Market Martin Luther King Marade (March & Parade) EATON – Barrel Racing & Horsemanship Clinic
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ESTES PARK – Winter Festival Winter Trails EVERGREEN Ice Skating on Evergreen Lake Polar Plunge FRISCO – Governor’s Cup GOULD – Snowbowl Snowmachine Poker Run Granby – 3 Lakes Ice Fishing Contest GREEN MTN. RESERVOIR / HEENEY Ice Fishing Contest Lafayette – Oatmeal Festival Walden – Gould Full Moon Ski Event Lake John/Cowdrey Lake Ice Fishing Contest WINTER PARK RESORT Grand Park Dog Days of Winter Winter Park Snowfest WINTER PARK – Triple Diamond Weekend FEBRUARY Arvada – A Chocolate Affair BOULDER – Chocolate Lover’s Fling BRECKENRIDGE – Breckenridge Mardi Gras Colorado Powder Eight Championships DENVER – Buffalo Bill’s Birthday Celebration EVERGREEN – Ice-Skating on Evergreen Lake FRISCO Annual Frisco Gold Rush Weekend Spontaneous Combustion GRANBY – 3 Lakes Ice Fishing Contest GRAND LAKE – Winter Carnival and Mardi Gras KREMMLING Annual Ice Fishing Contest, Wolford Reservoir Snowmobile Event Walden Delaney Butte Lakes Ice Fishing Contest Gould Full Moon Ski Event R Sessions Memorial Ice Golf Tournament WINTER PARK – Winter Carnival WINTER PARK RESORT NCSD Wells Fargo Bank Cup MARCH BRECKENRIDGE – Dublin Down DENVER – Annual March Powwow Auto Show Frisco – Snowshoe Tour of Bills Ranch Tubbs Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer GOULD – Ski Scramble LEADVILLE – Ski Joring Races LOVELAND Slide the Divide Series Snowboard Race Walden – Gould Full Moon Ski Event Snow Snakes Poker Run Stockgrowers Convention APRIL BOULDER – Kinetic Parade Taste Of The Nations Walk America BRECKENRIDGE – Bump Buffet Imperial Challenge Spring Massive Festival Summit Foundation Hockey Classic DENVER – Cherry Creek Sneak EVERGREEN CO History Group Spring Fling FORT COLLINS – Shrine Circus LYONS – Lyons Arbor Day Celebration Walden – Greater Sagegrouse Lek Tour WINTER PARK RESORT Annual Tom’s Terrific Cross-Country Downhill Spring Splash MAY BOULDER – Bolder Boulder 10K Race
Boulder Creek Festival BRECKENRIDGE – Mi Casa’s “Cinco de Mayo” CASTLE ROCK – Ducky Race DENVER – Cinco de Mayo Furry Scurry KBCO Kinetics Norwest Culture Fest Tescoro Annual Indian Market & Powwow ESTES PARK – Parade of Years FORT COLLINS – Wild Asparagus Ball GRANBY – Flying Heels Rodeo Lake Granby Fishermen’s Classic GEORGETOWN Clear Creek County Railroad Days Festival GREELEY – Supercross Race IDAHO SPRINGS – Westmuttster Dog Show LONGMONT – Cinco de Mayo Celebration MORRISON Dinosaur Discovery Days (May-Oct.) Walden – Diamonds to Denim Benefit Dinner Divide 135 Ultramarathon JUNE Arvada – Goldstrike Festival Aurora – Bizarre Car Bazaar Cruzin’ Havana Car Show & Poker Run BenNett – Relay For Life BOULDER – Boulder International Dance Festival Jewish Festival Romanian Festival CASTLE ROCK Elephant Rock Cycling Adventure CENTRAL CITY – Madam Lou Bunch Day DENVER – Cherry Blossom Festival Greek Festival DILLON – Taste of the Summit Weekend Regattas Elizabeth – Chamber Golf Tournament ElizaBash ESTES PARK Scandinavian Mid-Summer Festival Wool Market EVANS – Evans Day EVERGREEN – Evergreen Music at the Lake Evergreen Rodeo & Parade Trail Race FORT COLLINS – Colorado’s Brewer’s Festival Taste of Fort Collins FRISCO – Annual Run the Rockies Bacon Burner 6k BBQ Kick Off Concert Colorado BBQ Challenge Frisco’s Rockin Dock Party Ten Mile One Mile Timberline Cruiser Regatta GOLDEN – Buffalo Bill’s Burial Commemoration Summer Solstice Wild West Auto Roundup Granby – Friday Friends-y GREELEY – Greeley Independence Stampede Rocky Mountain Stampede GROVER – Earl Anderson Memorial Rodeo HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS Hot Sulphur Springs Days JOHNSTOWN – BBQ Day Kiowa – Street Fair KREMMLING Annual Kremmling Cliff Classic Golf Tournament Kremmling Days Celebration Mud Bog LEADVILLE – Alley Days LONGMONT – Pet & Doll Parade Relay for Life Rumble on the Ranch Skateboard Contest
Calendar of Events (cont.) For a Full List of Events and Event Details, Contact Area Chambers of Commerce/Visitor’s Bureaus
LOUISVILLE – Taste of Louisville LOVELAND – Lake To Lake Triathlon Loveland Classic 10k Foot Race Lyons – Good Old Days Celebration Lyons Outdoor Games River Run 5K MORRISON Dinosaur Discovery Days (May-Oct.) PARKER – Parker Days WALDEN FREE Youth Fishing Derby Kings Canyon 3D Archery Shoot North Park Livestock Jackpot North Park Never Summer Rodeo & Pioneer Reunion WINTER PARK Mountain Bike Capital USA™ Weekend JULY AURORA – Arapahoe County Fair Hops For Habitat Festival Kidspree @ YumFest BOULDER Pearl Street Mile Road Race Byers – Rodeo BRECKENRIDGE Breck Bike Week CALHAN – El Paso County Fair CENTRAL CITY Annual Biker Bash & Poker Run Freedom Fest DENVER – Buffalo Bill Days Cherry Creek Arts Festival Colorado Irish Festival Dragon Boat Festival DILLON – Weekend Regattas Elbert – Historic Rendezvous EMPIRE – Empire Days ESTES PARK Rooftop Rodeo & Parade EVERGREEN 5k Freedom Run Kids Fun Fest Summerfest Triple Bypass FAIRPLAY – Burro Days Celebration FORT COLLINS – Enviro-Night Garden Fest Skookum Day FRISCO – Frisco’s Founder’s Day Junior Sailing Olympics GOLDEN – Buffalo Bill Days Mopar Mile High Nationals GRANBY – Friday Friends-y Granby Fly-Fishing Festival GRAND LAKE Buffalo BBQ & Western Weekend Wooden Boat Show IDAHO SPRINGS Tommyknocker Days Mining Competition & Festival Triple By-Pass Bike Ride Kiowa – Pioneer Fourth Celebration KREMMLING – Fire Up The Cliffs LONGMONT – Boulder County Fair Peruvian Festival LOVELAND Cherry Pie Festival Lyons – Centurion Bike Race Rocky Mountain Blue Grass Festival MORRISON Dinosaur Discovery Days (May-Oct.) WALDEN North Park Days Celebration
WINTER PARK KBCO World Class Rockfest Winter Park Jazz Festival AUGUST Arvada 5 K Endurance Challenge BENNETT – Harvest Festival BOULDER – 5430 Triathlon A Cause For Paws Walk-a-Thon Asian Cultural Festival Boulder County Fair Boulder Peak Duathalon Breast Cancer Walk Pearl Street Mile Taste Of Boulder BRECKENRIDGE Annual Rubber Duck Races Breckenridge To Boulder Cycling Classic Breckenridge Crest Mtn. Marathon Toast Of Breckenridge USA Pro Cycling Challenge Stage 5 Finish ‘Vettes On The Rockies CASTLE ROCK Douglas County Fair COPPER MOUNTAIN Michael Martin Murphy’s Winterfest DEER TRAIL Deer Trail Rodeo (Labor Day Weekend) DENVER Rocky Mountain Balloon Festival DILLON Weekend Regattas ENGLEWOOD Englewood Funfest – An Olde Tyme Fair ESTES PARK Heritage Festival EVERGREEN Annual Evergreen Kickball Classic Conifer Mountain Music Festival Evergreen Town Race MALT’s Night in the Park FORT COLLINS Buckhorn Valley Kennel Club Dog Show New West Fest FRISCO Canine 4K Circle the Summit Commando Extreme Mud Race Frisco Duathlon Kid’s Sand Castle Competition Tiaras & Tutus Fun Run Oktoberfest Outlaws of Dirt Peak One Open Disc Golf Tournament GEORGETOWN TO IDAHO SPRINGS Half Marathon GRANBY Friday Friends-y GRAND LAKE – Brew Festival Sailboat Regatta Idaho Springs Half Marathon Finish Line from Georgetown LAFAYETTE Peach Fest With Arts & Antiques LARKSPUR Colorado Renaissance Festival LEADVILLE Boom Days International Pack Burro Race LITTLETON Western Welcome Week LONGMONT Yesteryear Farm Show
Festival On Main Jazz Association Annual Festival LOVELAND Corn Roast Festival Larimer County Fair Sculpture Invitational MILLIKEN – Beef ‘N Bean Day MORRISON Dinosaur Discovery Days (May-Oct.) Pueblo - Colorado State Fair Strasburg – Hometown Days & Parade WALDEN – Colorado Bicycle Tour Moose Run Dual Sport Rally Rumble In The Rockies Sky’s the Limit Hot Air Balloon Festival Wild West Relay WINTER PARK 24 Hours Of Adrenalin Mountain Bike Team Relay Winter Park Beer Festival SEPTEMBER Arvada – Harvest Festival AURORA – 9/11 Freedom Rally BOULDER Boulder Backroads Marathon & 1/2 Marathon Boulder Creek Hometown Fair Downtown Boulder Fall Festival Historic Boulder Antique Car Show BRECKENRIDGE Annual Breckenridge Oktoberfest BROOMFIELD – Broomfield Days CENTRAL CITY – All Corvette Show DENVER – Annual Oktoberfest El Grito de la Independencia Fiesta Festival Of Mounain & Plain – A Taste Of Colorado Great American Beer Festival ESTES PARK Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival September Festival Month FORT COLLINS – Cemetery Crawl Magic In The Rockies International Magic Show Oktoberfest FRISCO – Fall Fest Mt. Royal Hill Climb Granby – Friday Friends-y GRAND LAKE – Fall Folk Festival GREELEY – Oktoberfest Potato Day Idaho Springs Clear Creek Watershed Festival KREMMLING Annual Roadkill Lunch & Half Marathon, 10k, 5k Middle Park Fair & Rodeo LAFAYETTE – Celebrate Lafayette LONGMONT – Oktoberfest LOUISVILLE Labor Day Celebration Fall Festival Lyons – Duck Race MORRISON – Cowboy Celebration Dinosaur Discovery Days (May-Oct.) NEDERLAND Neder-Nederland High Altitude 5K & 10K Races PARKER – Smokin’ Brew BBQ WALDEN – Bluegrass Fest National Public Lands Day North Park Fair WINDSOR Windsor Harvest Festival WINTER PARK Colorado Crooked Roubaix Fraser Fall Duathlon
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Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge
Located four miles east of Alamosa on Hwy. 160, then two miles south on El Rancho Lane. Bring your binoculars when visiting this refuge. Featuring 11,168 acres bordered by the Rio Grande, this refuge provides habitat for a diverse group of species. Careful watchers will spot high-flying hawks, bald and golden eagles; water-bound geese, ducks, sandhill cranes, and light-stepping mule deer. For the easiest viewing, plan to visit during the spring and fall when flocks in the refuge are largest.
Located on Hwy. 24 approx. 135 miles southwest of Denver. “Buena Vista” means “good view” in Spanish, and the town is appropriately named. It’s set in the beautiful Arkansas Valley at the foot of the Collegiate Peaks Range, with 14 of Colorado’s 55 “fourteeners” (peaks 14,000 ft. or higher) within a half hour of the town. Fishermen can pack up to a high lake or drive right to the edge of the Arkansas River for excellent trout fishing. River runners will be interested to know that sections of the Arkansas near Buena Vista have earned the title of “White-water Capital of Colorado.” Scenic drives reveal historic sites and ghost towns. Winter sports include miles of cross-country skiing in the surrounding valley and mountains, snowmobiling on marked trails, and downhill skiing.
311 Royal Gorge Blvd. • Cañon City, CO 81212
Train from Alamosa to La Veta (photo courtesy Larry Lamsa)
Relaxing Country Inn, Old West Style in a Quiet, Scenic, Natural Setting 12 Rooms • 4 Creekside Cabins • Bunkhouse • Camping Available • Spas Soaking Pools • Sauna • Individual and Group Retreats
No TVs or Phones • Massage Therapist On Site
(719) 395-6434 18999 CR 306 Buena Vista, CO 81211
www.cottonwood-hot-springs.com Cañon City
Located 35 miles west of Pueblo on U.S. Hwy. 50. Cañon City is home of the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, the world’s highest suspension bridge, world’s steepest incline railway, world’s scariest sky coaster and aerial tram. Many other attractions and recreational opportunities abound in the Cañon City area, which include white-water rafting on the Arkansas River, the Royal Gorge Route Railway, helitours, horseback riding, Historic Downtown Cañon City shopping, and more. Cañon City is full of historical characters and Western heritage. Don’t forget Temple Canyon, a city owned, 640 acre park which
Royal Gorge, Canon City (photo courtesy Johnny G.) offers visitors a more natural experience. Nestled in an area brimming with American Indian legends, the park’s main attraction is nature’s own rendition of an amphitheater. Skyline Drive is a free, one-way road along a “hogback” on the west side of Cañon City. It affords visitors a panoramic view of the Sangre de Cristo Range to the west and a bird’s-eye view of the city to the east from a height of about 800 feet. Skyline Drive was built in 1906 with prison inmate labor. A highlight of the year is the annual “Art on the Arkansas” arts and crafts fair. The fair is held in July at the Winery. Over 80 booths featuring artists from around the country will be in attendance. Admission to “Art on the Arkansas” is $1.00 for people 12 and over. And then, there’s the dinosaurs… many of the dinosaurs in the Smithsonian, Cleveland Museum and Denver Museum of Natural History all came from Cañon City where they are still being excavated today. Contact the Greater Cañon City Chamber of Commerce for more information at (719) 275-2331.
(photo courtesy Clear Creek Rafting Co.)
Clear Creek Rafting Co. Experience Colorado’s white water! Take a trip on the world famous Arkansas River through the Royal Gorge, Bighorn Sheep Canyon or Brown’s Canyon. Any one of the Arkansas River’s rafters will tell you the same thing – the waves are big and the scenery is spectacular! Or come try an exciting trip on Clear Creek, just 30 miles west of Denver. With two great rivers and two convenient locations there’s always something for everyone – beginner to advanced. FREE WETSUIT USE! Group discounts! For more information please phone (303) 567-1000 or toll free (800) 353-9901.
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(photo courtesy Prospectors RV Resort)
Prospectors RV Resort Prospectors RV Resort is a 46 acre RV Park located in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado just four miles from the Royal Gorge Bridge, and less than a half a mile from the Arkansas River. Prospector’s is an independently owned family resort with a wide variety of RV sites, Camper Cabins, and Tent Sites. Our sites have picnic tables, fire pits, are shaded, and they have a wonderful view. We also have a Club House for Birthday Parties, meetings, family reunions and even Wedding Receptions. We are open all year long and we do allow monthly camping. For our Camper’s convenience we also have a Country Store with a variety of groceries, snacks, and souvenirs. With a wide variety of activities like our jumping pillow, game room, pedal cars, swimming pool, hot tub, and Splash Park, you and your children are sure to have a blast.
Prospectors RV Resort 43595 Hwy. 50 W.
Cañon City, CO 81212
or (800) 341-4471
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Raft Masters Raft the World’s Best White Water with Raft Masters – Your Colorado White Water Rafting Experts If you’re looking for the top Colorado white-water rafting outfitter, you’ve found it! At Raft Masters, Colorado white-water rafting isn’t just a business; it’s our passion. No other Colorado rafting company does it like we do. We’ve staked our reputation on providing fun, professional, high-quality Colorado rafting adventures dedicated to your comfort and enjoyment. Whether you’re looking for a fun ride or a wild adventure Raft Masters has the right trip for you! We offer trips suited to the abilities of every group or family member, from mild half day trips to rugged multi-day explorations. Raft Masters offers a wide variety of rafting trips on two great rivers, the Arkansas River just 45 miles southwest of Colorado Springs, and on Clear Creek only 25 miles west of Denver. The Royal Gorge Region has a variety of interesting attractions. By combining rafting with another activity we can offer our guests the convenience of one or more full days of fun and adventure with a single phone call. Our most popular package combines a spectacular morning ride through the Royal Gorge on the historic Royal Gorge Route Railroad with an afternoon of rafting. Raft Masters’ convenient locations in both Cañon City and Idaho Springs will minimize the time you spend traveling to and from the river so you’ll spend less time driving and more time on the water with our fun, professional guides. They not only maneuver your raft through the rapids but will point out geological and historical wonders, tell stories (maybe a joke or two) and entertain as you float through beautifully carved canyons and gorges. Experience the difference with Raft Masters, and join us for an unforgettable white-water rafting adventure that you’ll be talking about for years to come. (see ads this page and Inside Front Cover)
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MR. ED’S Family Restaurant Homemade Pies, Pancakes & Green Chili Available Daily • 7 DAYS A WEEK Mon. & Tues.: 6 a.m. - 2 p.m. • Wed. - Sun.: 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.
1201 Royal Gorge Blvd. • Cañon City, CO 81212
330 Royal Gorge Blvd. #A Cañon City, CO 81212
(719) 269-7150 Toll Free: (800) 987-6379
Museum of Colorado Prisons
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M Lazy C Ranch
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www.hamptonafa.com 801 County Rd. 453 Lake George, CO 80827
1307 Republic Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80921
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Directly Across from USAFA @ Exit 153
Colorado Springs – The Pinnacle of Family Fun Colorado Springs, CO is the ultimate destination for an elevated family escape. Immerse yourself in the outdoors, culture, history and abundance of activities in this 6,035-foot high Rocky Mountain city. Bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine provide the perfect setting for an adventure everyone will remember. Become a Junior Ranger at Garden of the Gods Park or the Florissant Fossil Beds, scarf down an authentic Chuckwagon supper at Flying W Ranch, learn something new with an interactive program at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum or just take in the natural splendor of Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain via the Cog Railway.
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Trails to bike and hike are as easily found as one of the region’s 60+ attractions. Some of the most popular include the New Sante Fe Regional Trail, Section 16, Red Rocks Canyon and Gold Camp Road. Enjoy the latest exhibits and performances at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center or Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts. Even the lively down streets are lined with sculptures. Whether you’re an art enthusiast, history buff or adventure seeker, it’s never too early to start planning your Colorado Springs getaway! More information at VisitCOS.com
Old Town GuestHouse Boutique Inn I nternational Video Conferencing Private Conference Center
115 S. 26th Street • Colorado Springs, CO 80904
(719) 632-9194 • Toll Free: (888) 375-4210 E-mail: Luxury@OldTown-GuestHouse.com
Clarion Hotel & Conference Center 314 West Bijou St. Colorado Springs, CO 80905
(800) 477-8610 • (719) 471-8680
Complimentary Full Hot American Breakfast Meeting Facilities w/ Full Service Catering
Holiday Inn & Suites Durango Central
21636 Highway 160 West • Durango, CO 81301 (970) 385-6400 • www.holidayinn.com/durangoco
314A W. Bijou Street Colorado Springs, CO 80905 (719) 471-8681 Free Full Hot American Breakfast Two Full Room Suites
We are proud to be one of the largest hotels in Durango
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Falcon Meadow RV Campground
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11150 U.S. 24 • Peyton, CO 80831
The Wranglers (photo courtesy Flying W Ranch)
Flying W Ranch Since 1953, the Flying W has offered a winning combination of picturesque natural surroundings, tasty cowboy trail fare, and unsurpassed western entertainment featuring the legendary Flying W Wranglers. The Old West comes alive at the Flying W. Explore the Western Town where a dozen unique shops, containing a variety of merchandise as well as period pieces from the mid to late 1800’s, contribute to the ambiance. When the bell rings at 6:45 p.m., it is time to load up a cowboy tin plate and enjoy some great grub including barbecued beef or chicken, terrific trail beans and Dutch oven biscuits. No one ever leaves hungry! After supper and a fast paced hour of topnotch Wrangler music and entertainment, guests depart the Flying W on a Rocky Mountain High! Visit our web site at flyingw.com for 2014 opening date.
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Crestone, on the lower slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, offers an historic mining town with many 1880-1906 structures still in use. The Crestone Historical Museum, open summer weekends, is in the 1880 bank lobby. Over twenty spiritual centers of diverse world religions are a few miles south and many can be visited. Two major trailheads to five fourteen thousand foot peaks and the San Isabel Wilderness are accessed through the town. The community is a national leader in alternative building and energy with an annual fair and home tours in late summer. For more information, visit our website at: www.townofcrestone.org
Crestone, CO (928) 536-7627
Located 45 miles southwest of Colorado Springs via Highways 24 and 67. The gold rush that made Cripple Creek famous started in 1890 when a ranchhand staked a claim in Poverty Gulch. Once Colorado Springs businessmen were convinced of the find, gold fever drew thousands of “tenderfeet” prospectors into the mountains on the southwest side of Pikes Peak. In 1897 alone, the mining district produced $150,000,000 of gold. Before the gold rush was over, 22 million ounces of gold were mined from the mountains in the Cripple Creek district. It was a stomping ground for many notables including boxer Jack Dempsey and Texas Guinan, the famous speak easy hostess. Today, Cripple Creek sports 24-hour gambling, the modern chance to strike it rich. Cripple Creek’s casinos pay over two billion dollars in new “gold” – jackpots to lucky winners yearly. Today’s Cripple Creek is a National Historic District, with its 1896 brick buildings restored and its streets echoing the past wealth of the gold rush and the present promise of hitting paydirt in the local casinos. Take a tour of an authentic underground gold mine, visit museums chocked full of memorabilia and antiques of days gone by, a narrow gauge train ride through historic mining country and just a short jaunt away is historic Victor, the City of Gold Mines. Join the gold rush to Cripple Creek, Colorado – the World’s Greatest Gold Camp.
Custer County, WestCliffe & Silver Cliff
Tucked away in a quiet valley and flanked by the majestic Sangre de Cristos and Wet Mountains is a rare place. It is a place that is sheltered from the overcrowded, fast paced world. A secret spot where unspoiled, natural beauty exists and people still stop to say hello. Rich in outdoor enjoyment, this special valley provides the kind of vacation that rejuvenates your soul. Those lucky enough to live here never tire of the panoramic views and the easy hospitality of this close knit community. So please, join us for a visit and discover a refreshing Colorado escape.
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110 S. 2nd Street • Westcliffe, CO 81252-9547
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Located 32 miles N.E. of Alamosa via Hwy. 160 and Hwy. 150. Covering approximately 55 square miles of the remote, high-mountain San Luis Valley in the Colorado Rockies, the Great Sand Dunes are a wonder of nature. Situated at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, these dunes would seem to be out of place. But, the area has all the ingredients for dune formation — time, wind and sand — and the result is this collection of sand dunes that
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Located 45 miles S.W. of Colorado Springs, 32 miles west of Pueblo and 9 miles east of Cañon City. Florence is a friendly, hospitable community with a great arts community and antique shops to delight the visitor. Florence is located at the extreme western end of the Great Plains, and has been home to Ute Indians, Spanish explorers, French and American trappers and several other diverse cultures. In 1862, oil caused Florence’s economy to grow. It was the second oil field discovered in the U.S. and some of the wells still producing are thought to be the oldest in the nation! Florence is a popular destination for tourists. Whether they are exploring nearby attractions such as the Royal Gorge or the Florissant Fossil Bed National Park. It is also a popular place for fishermen and river rafters on the Arkansas River. Florence has many historic buildings along Main Street and turn-of-the-century homes that contribute to the small town charm. For more information, phone the Florence Chamber of Commerce at (719) 784-3544 or go online at www.florencecoloradochamber.com
Florence / Cañon City 4540 St. Hwy. 67 Florence, CO 81226
are the tallest in North America, 700 ft. Take a careful look and spot colorful plants, Kangaroo rats, the Great Sand Dunes tiger beetle and a variety of circus beetles, all residents of the shifting sand dunes. Take a lunch break at the nearby picnic tables or spend a few days at nearby campgrounds to fully experience the wonder of the Great Sand Dunes. Phone (719) 378-2312 or visit our website at www.alamosa.com
Green Mountain Falls
The Town of Green Mountain Falls is north of Pikes Peak and is 11 miles west of Colorado Springs just off U.S. Highway 24. At an altitude of 7,800 feet, the Town is set in a picturesque narrow mountain valley surrounded on three sides by Pike National Forest. Natural assets include three creeks, waterfalls, a lake, rugged cliffs, forests, wildflowers, and abundant wildlife.
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Huerfano Butte / County
View from I-25 north of Walsenburg facing east. A volcanic plug in the middle of the prairie, Huerfano (war-fano) Butte was used as a landmark and lookout post for Spanish, French and American traders, trappers and explorers as they traveled the Santa Fe Trail. The County known as “Orphan County” takes its name from the Butte. It is home of the Spanish Peaks which according to American Indian legend, rain was created here to nurture their lands and produce a paradise on earth. There are many places to see on your visit here including San Isabel National Forest, Lathrop State Park, Huerfano River State Park, Blue and Bear Lakes and Wahatoya Lake are just a few.
Manitou Cliff Dwellings Museum Open Seven Days A Week (Weather Permitting) Explore Historic Ruins Featuring Two Museums & Gift Shop
GPS Address: 10 Cliff Dwellings Road Manitou Springs, CO 80829
(719) 685-5242 (800) 354-9971
Highway of Legends
Hwy. 12 linking Walsenburg, La Veta and Trinidad. Another of Colorado’s magnificent Scenic and Historic Byways, this 82 mile route winds around unusual rock formations, eventually working its way over the breathtaking 9,994 ft. Cuchara Pass. Shadowed by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and bordered by the San Isabel National Forest, this highway is sure to become a favorite.
At The Base Of Pikes Peak. Hidden between the Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak, America’s most famous mountain, lies the magical town of Manitou Springs. “Manitou”, a Native American word for “spirit,” describes this beautiful mountain community. Nine named mineral springs throughout town are fed by the snows of Pikes Peak. Long before white men traveled here, the Ute, Cheyenne and many other natives considered this area sacred. Besides being home to several world-class, nationally famous historic restaurants, as well as many favorite neighborhood eateries, Manitou Springs has a wide selection of quality accommodations: a historic hotel, many unique Victorian bed & breakfasts, exceptionally clean, family-owned and operated motels, cabins by Fountain Creek, and secluded wooded campgrounds. What makes Manitou Springs the most complete Colorado experience is the attractions! The Manitou and Pikes Peak Railway will take you to the top of Pikes Peak, elevation 14,110. At the Cave of the Winds, you will descend into the colorful depths of Colorado. Miramont Castle and the Cliff Dwellings Museum will take you back in time. The Flying “W” Ranch Chuck Wagon Cowboy Show will tickle your funny bone and delight your senses. The Garden of the Gods and Helen Hunt Falls will lift your spirits. Families have all of this to enjoy and more! The Air Force Academy, is a short drive away.
Adobe Homes in Manitou Springs (photo courtesy Chris Yarzab)
Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge
Located six miles south of Monte Vista on Hwy. 15. A great place for birdwatchers to be during spring and fall migrations. A self-guided driving loop leads you through the refuge. Take the time to get a discriminating look and you might see Canadian geese, ducks, sandhill cranes and, if you’re lucky, an endangered whooping crane. If you’re visiting in mid-March, stop in the town of Monte Vista and celebrate the return of the whooping and sandhill cranes at the Crane Festival. The festival’s bus tours, wildlife art exhibits and presentations by renowned wildlife speakers are sure to please.
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Nestled Between The Magnificent Sangre De Cristo & Majestic San Juan Mountains, Invites You To Bask In the Mysticism & Solace Of The Unique San Luis Valley Of Colorado.
4340 U.S. West Hwy. 160 • Monte Vista, CO 81144
(719) 852-0438 • (800) 467-3441 www.thewindmillbandb.com
Pikes Peak / Pikes Peak Highway
Located 10 miles west of Colorado Springs on Hwy. 24. Drive 19 miles on the world’s highest toll road from Cascade to the 14,110 ft. summit of Pikes Peak for a breathtaking 360 degree view (on a clear day) of Denver, the eastern plains and New Mexico. Grab something to drink and a famous high-altitude doughnut at the Summit House, or take advantage of fishing, hiking and picnicking at pristine mountain lakes open to the public. Experience the “Rocky Mountain High” that inspired Katherine Lee Bates to write “America the Beautiful” after a trip to the top in 1893.
419 W. 14th St. • Pueblo, CO 81003
Built Between 1891-1893 Visit One Of The Best Examples Of The Victorian Era.
• Free Continental Breakfast • Free Wireless High-Speed Internet Access • Free Local Calls • Guest Laundry • Free Parking • Pet-Friendly Hotel; Fees Apply • Cable Television • Non-Smoking Rooms
960 W. U.S. Hwy. 50 • Pueblo, CO 81008 (719) 583-0333• www.pueblocohotel.com
4703 North Freeway, I-25 at Exit 102 Pueblo, CO 81008
(719) 544-4700 • www.ramada.com
Museum Open Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Closed Sundays, Mondays, Major Holidays & All January
(719) 545-5290 • www.rosemount.org Pueblo
Complimentary Hot Breakfast • High-Speed Internet Access TV • Fitness Center • Outdoor Heated Pool • Pet Friendly
Located 42 miles South of Colorado Springs, at Jct. of I-25 and Highway 96. INTERNATIONAL Experience the Flavor of Pueblo, Colorado. With nearly 300 days of sunshine annually and a mild climate, Pueblo is a great place to live, work, invest and play. Pueblo West The same flavorful and gratifying qualities of our famous “Pueblo” 77 South Radnor Dr. • Pueblo West, CO 81007 Chile Peppers can be found throughout our outstanding cultural, (719) 547-9400 historical, educational and recreational activities. Pueblo features year-round mountain biking, golfing, and fishing. As well as an award www.choicehotels.com winning kayak park, boating, historic museums, heritage tourism, farmers markets, the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo, unique shopping and great local restaurants. Pueblo is home to the Colorado State Fair and the World Headquarters of the Professional Bull Riders, Inc. making Pueblo a top tourist destination. The annual Chile & Frijoles Festival held each September is a must see community event to help celebrate the harvest of the Mira Sol Chile as well as Pueblo’s rich culture. Find more information at www.pueblochamber.org, stop by the Pueblo Visitors Center located at 301 N. Union Avenue, Pueblo, CO 81003 or call (855) 543-2430.
Crestone, CO 928-536-7627
Green Chiles Roasting in Pueblo (photo courtesy Extremeshots Photography)
Red Canyon Park
Located 12 miles north of Cañon City via Hwy. 9. Budding geologists will want to stop here. This 500 acre city park is filled with unusual natural red rock formations. Set your imagination free as you view the formations from park hiking trails.
Rio Grande River
Originating in the San Juan Mountains northwest of Creede, the Rio Grande River winds, rolls and thrashes over its 1,900 mile journey south into New Mexico. The Rio Grande is the second largest river in America, which means lots of fun and adventure for visitors. Lush, river bank picnic spots are easily accessible. Water enthusiasts can raft or inner tube down the river. Hikers can stretch their legs on pleasant river trails and fishermen can savor prime fishing (mainly brown trout) along this powerful river.
Located at the junction of U.S. 50 and Highway 291; 115 miles S.W. of Denver. Because of the cool, comfortable summers and relatively mild winters, Salida has been called the “banana belt” of Colorado. Salida is best known for its history and water-bound recreational activities. Salida is famous for river rafting which is the area’s largest source of tourism. Champagne powder and lots of it, makes winters appealing to skiers, snowmobilers and other snow enthusiasts. Salida serves as the headquarters of the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area featuring the Arkansas River, the nation’s most boated river. Local outfitters offer varied expeditions for class one to four white-water rafting excursions. As the Arkansas River swells to flood stage in mid-June, champion Kayakers challenge a 26 mile course downstream in the FIBArk River Boat Race. Mild winter weather gives anglers the chance to play the waters of the Arkansas or area ponds and lakes. The Arkansas seldom freezes over and, if it does, it is usually not for long. If hiking boots and mountain bikes are more your style, challenge yourself on Salida’s Rainbow and Colorado Trails. Salida has become famous for its mountain biking. Downtown Salida is one of Colorado’s largest Historic Districts as listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Salida has numerous art galleries to visit and offers a variety of shopping in the historic district. Salida is also home to Colorado’s largest indoor hot springs pool. These pools and European style hot baths are kept at a comfortable 92 to 100 degrees for visitors to enjoy a soak in. Possibly the world’s largest Christmas tree of lights on Tenderfoot Mountain overlooking Salida becomes Christmas Mountain USA in late November. The mountain stays lit for the entire holiday season. Holiday Park, at the foot of the mountain, features over 100 Christmas trees individually decorated by families and local businesses. Visit Salida where it is possible to ski in the morning and take a bike ride or play a round of golf in the afternoon, watch the deer, elk, mountain goats and Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep migrate down from the high country. For more information, phone the Salida Chamber of Commerce at (719) 539-2068.
South Fork – the heart of a masters creation!
Located 45 miles west of Alamosa at the intersection of Highway 160 & Highway 149. Each fall people make their way to South Fork, to experience the Silver Thread Scenic Byway. Where Mother Nature will take your breath away with her uncanny ability to change ordinary trees into an artist’s masterpiece. Here you will find a multitude of colors from the dark orange-red of the oak brush to the brilliant orange and yellows of the cottonwoods and aspens, settled neatly against the dark green backdrop of the surrounding evergreens. Whether you are in the area for a quiet mountain drive, hiking, mountain biking, or even one last fishing trip you will be amazed as you watch the explosive grandeur of the ever-changing surrounding mountains. Wildlife including deer, elk, moose and bighorn sheep are also caught in this magnificent world of wonder, as winter approaches, and the brilliant signs of impending weather are given, each animal scurries to prepare for the long cold months that will follow this amazing display of color. However, amazing colors and wildlife are just one slice of the pie that South Fork has to offer, with quaint shops, unique lodges and a multitude of outdoor activities, this area is an adventurer’s dream. For more information, contact (800) 571-0881. Wolf Creek Ski Area – one of Colorado’s oldest and finest ski resort. Enjoy your visit with us! Rio Grande Club is Southern Colorado´s Premier Golf & Fly Fishing Destination Resort. The golf course and restaurants are open to the public. Come visit for a day and you will be inclined to stay for a lifetime!
27680 Hwy. 160 • South Fork, CO 81154 (719) 873-5595 • Resv.: (800) 473-0595
Cabins & RV Park w/Full Hookups • Lodge Rooms Indoor & Outdoor Hot Tubs Free WiFi • Guest Laundry Bordering The Rio Grande National Forest Adjacent To The Grande River
Rustic Rocky Mountain Log Cabins with a touch of Elegance, Wi-Fi, Satellite TV, Full Kitchens, Fireplace, RV Park, Coin Laundry, Shower House, Pet Friendly, BBQ Sandwich Shop Smokehouse open Mid May-Mid Sept.
29666 W Hwy 160 • South Fork, CO 81154
719-873-1707 • 888-890-9110 www.chinooklodge.net
Hunt, Fish, Golf, Ski, Snowmobile, Raft, Camp, Hike & Relax
28 Silverthread Lane South Fork, CO 81154 At Junction of Hwys. 160 & 149
Near junction of South Fork Trail and Canon Verde Trail (photo www.flickr.com)
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(719) 873-5512 • (800) 571-0881 www.southfork.org
Palmer Lake Reservoir Panorama (photo Heath Alseike)
The Tri-Lakes Region is the northern area of El Paso County, the heart of the Palmer Divide, and a short distance between Denver and Colorado Springs. We are a land of red rock escarpments, undulating pine forests, with Front Range mountain backdrops crested in blue sky and dotted with powder white clouds. The communities of Monument, Palmer Lake and Woodmoor are the center of our commerce and for which the regional name of TriLakes is derived. We also share our home with the United States Air Force Academy. The mostly unincorporated areas of Gleneagle, Black Forest and Larkspur are developing residential areas with convenient business access. The Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center is a business and community advocate and welcomes visitors and newcomers. The Chamber supports tourism and economic development programs for Northern El Paso County. Several hundred businesses serve our growing region of over 40,000 residents making us a consumer based economy. Technology, medical products and education also are at home in Northern El Paso County. Software products and services, communication and electronic technologies are supported by the Pikes Peak Community College system and our large professional technical workforce. The small town ambiance and historic flavor of Palmer Lake and Monument are the very best “getaways” for shopping, relaxation, exploring, hiking and biking in our region. Visit Monument Market Place, enjoy the Black Forest or take a tour of the Air Force Academy. For more information please contact The Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center: phone (719) 481-3282 or vsit our website at: www.trilakeschamber.com
Tucked against the Rockies in a sunny valley, Trinidad lies halfway between Denver and Santa Fe. With four distinct seasons, all mild, Trinidad is a favorite destination for travelers seeking culture and the outdoors. The town’s wealth of historic architecture creates the ambiance for today’s amenities. In the National Historic District, eateries serve choices for diverse palates, and boutiques display substantial offerings. Brick streets are a distinctive feature of the District. Trinidad deserves its accolades. True West Magazine named Trinidad a Top Ten True Western Town. Colorado designated Trinidad as a creative District. The town enjoys year-round theatre and musical events as well as art treks in season. Galleries showcase the traditional and the surprising year-round. The three-day Artocade in September celebrates wildly creative and drivable vehicular art. Outstanding museums reflect the town’s intriguing past: dinosaurs, lifeways on the Santa Fe Trail, Spanish colonial folk art, and the works of early artists. Parks and green spaces abound. Avid Golfer considers Trinidad’s historic golf course one of “ten hidden gems in the country.” The Purgatoire River and companion riverwalk amble through the center of town, hosting both anglers and lollygaggers. Young fountain rompers find their favorite oasis near downtown. Pros rank the skatepark in the world’s top ten. Trinidad’s aquatic center offers fun for all ages and is ADA accessible. Extending Trinidad’s allure for lovers of the outdoors and history is Trinidad Lake State Park, just a few minutes from downtown. Visitors use Trinidad as their base camp from which to explore Scenic
Highway of Legends lake country with its spectacular scenery as well as a bounty of historic and prehistoric sites in all directions. Take a free tour on the Trinidad Trolley to see all you will want to revisit at your own pace in this welcoming town. Or visit historictrinidad.com for more information and videos.
Ave Maria Shrine
A Beautiful Mystery In Trinidad. In 1908, a Trinidad physician was leaving the hospital after all night duty. It was dawn and a snowstorm was in progress. At the most intense moment in the storm the doctor noticed a flicker of light on the north side of the hill near the roadway. At first he ignored it but then he thought it might be someone in distress. He began following the light. The climb was hazardous, the frozen ground and steep slope caused the doctor to fall numerous times, but despite the hardships he reached the small clearing. Breathless, he was astonished to see the statue of the Virgin Mary. There was a flickering candle illuminating the base of the statue. Awed by the existence of such a vision, he reached out and touched its outstretched hand and called out to whoever had lit the candle, but there was nobody. The storm worsened and the doctor stayed by the statue until daybreak. The Blessed Mother had offered him protection from the savage storm. When word of the doctor’s discovery spread throughout the community, the reactions were varied. How could someone have left a 250pound statue on the hill during a blizzard then vanish into thin air? To this day, the mystery has never been solved. The statue is the centerpiece in the present chapel. Phone (719) 846-6129.
United States Air Force Academy
Located 13 miles north of Colorado Springs on I-25. A new experience for many, the U.S. Air Force Academy is open to visitors year-round. Dedicated to molding cadets into professional officers, the Academy is active year-round, which means visitors can easily witness parachuting, occasional Saturday parades or cadets marching to lunch. With extensive athletic facilities and 27 men’s and women’s teams, finding a sporting event to attend is easy, too. Don’t miss the Academy Cadet Chapel. Framed by 17 sparkling aluminum spires reaching 150 ft. to the sky, the chapel is a national landmark. Stop at the Visitors Center for a self-guided tour map. It is a tour you are not likely to forget!
Wheeler Geologic Area
Located 7 miles N.E. of Creede. The impressive landscape, comprised of volcanic tuft, has eroded over the years to fashion a heavenly terrain in the Wheeler Geologic Area. You must travel almost 14 miles on the 4-wheel drive road to reach the boundary of Wheeler. Wheeler is an excellent example of a landscape that is passing through a very interesting history. It is now at its prime in developing a truly singular panorama. The debris from earthshaking volcanic action in the Creede area some 30 million years ago, has not cemented together or been firmly compacted. Therefore, the beds crumble readily from the erosive forces of rain and wind. It will ultimately be reduced to softened contours characteristic of old worn down mountains. Please check with the Creede local Forest Service Office before planning your trip to Wheeler. Phone them at (719) 658-2556.
LAKE SAN ISABEL, in the San Isabel National Forest on Hwy. 165, is the perfect place to leave the rigors of city life behind. Camping, hiking and fishing opportunities abound. LILY LAKE, in the Upper Huerfano Valley near Mt. Blanca. Moderately difficult to get to, the pristine beauty of this remote lake is worth the effort. On foot, the lake is five minutes one way. It is also accessible by horseback. Buena Vista Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (Colorado State Park) Mt. Princeton Hot Springs, Cottonwood Hot Springs, Collegiate Peaks (Mt. Princeton, Mt. Harvard, Mt. Yale & Mt. Columbia) St. Elmo Ghost Town, Buena Vista Heritage Museum, Historic Turner Farm, Midland Train Tunnels Cañon City Dinosaur Depot Museum. 330 Royal Gorge Bldv. #A, Cañon City, CO 81212. Phone (719) 269-7150. www.dinosaurdepot.com Museum of Colorado Prisons. 201 N. 1st Street, Cañon City, CO 81212. Phone (719) 269-3015 or visit www.prisonmuseum.org ROYAL GORGE BRIDGE Pike’s Stockade. This rebuilt replica is a National Historic Landmark and is located at the site where Zebulon Pike and his men wintered while exploring in Spanish owned territory during 1807. Detained and escorted to Santa Fe, Pike and his men were later released and allowed to return home. The open-air museum is open seasonally from May to September. Phone (719) 379-3512. Colorado City Bishop’s Castle, is just beyond Lake San Isabel and is an independently hand built castle open to the public and always a work in progress. Greenhorn Meadows Park and Campground, a beautiful place for a cool respite with RV and tent sites available. Close by is Lake Beckwith, stocked for fishing and boat accessible, with a 2 mile walking path around the lake. Call 719-676-3059 for more information. Colorado Springs Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Colorado’s newest state park is nestled in the landscape that inspired the song, “America the Beautiful.” Enter this park and marvel at the mountains above and the Colorado Springs skyline below. Meander and explore amidst nature’s diversity with prairie-to-peak eco-systems and 20 miles of hiking and biking. Stop by the visitor center for information.
I nterest centers with religious monuments, temples, and gift shops may be visited. Cripple Creek Cripple Creek Heritage Center Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Train Cripple Creek District Museum Molly Kathleen Gold Mine Tours located in The “World’s Greatest Gold Camp”. For more info please phone (719) 689-2466 or visit our web site at www.goldminetours.com Old Homestead Museum Outlaw and Lawmen’s Jail Museum Dinosaur Dinosaur National Monument. P.O. Box 210 • Dinosaur, CO 81610. Phone (970) 374-3000. Divide Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center Mueller Ranch State Park. Phone (719) 687-2366. Estes Park Rocky Mountain National Park. Estes Park, CO 80517. Phone (970) 586-1206. Florissant Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. P.O. Box 185 • Florissant, CO 80816. Phone (719) 748-3253 Fruita Colorado National Monument. Fruita, CO 81521. Phone (970) 858-3617. Gunnison Curecanti National Recreation Area. 102 Elk Creek, Gunnison, CO 81230. Phone (970) 641-2337 Lake George Eleven Mile State Park –The park’s reservoir offers boating and trout and northern pike fishing. Cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. 274 sites. Phone (719) 748-3401. Spinney Mountain State Park. Near Eleven Mile State Recreation Area, this park boasts great boating and fishing adventures. Day-use only. Phone (719) 748-3401.
Garden of the Gods Park. This “garden” of giant 300-foot red rock spires emerging from the ground is a registered National Natural Landmark. Open year-round and free to the public. Make sure to stop by the world class Visitor & Nature Center.
manitou Springs manitou Springs Cliff dwelling Museum. 10 Cliff Dwellings Road, Manitou Springs, CO 8082. Phone: (719) 685-5242 or (800) 354-9971. Web site: www. cliffdwellingsmuseum.com
PIKES PEAK, America’s Mountain, is located 15 minutes west of Colorado Springs on Hwy. 24. Here you will discover some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. America’s most famous mountain stands 14,115 feet tall at the summit. Open year-round, weather permitting. Phone (800) 318-9505.
Mesa Verde Mesa Verde National Park. P.O. Box 8, Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330. Phone (970) 529-4465.
Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum. 5867 N. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80918. Phone (719) 487-8005 or visit themotorcyclemuseum.org Creede Bachelor Loop Historical Tour Creede Historical Museum Creede Repertory Theatre Creede Underground Mining Museum The Creede Historical Museum & Library Wheeler Geological Area. Phone (719) 658-2556 Crestone Crestone Historical Museum, open summer weekends. North Crestone Creek. Campground and hiking. Sangre De Cristo mountains: From Crestone begins the Willow Lake trail and North Crestone Creek trail leading into the mountain wilderness beneath some of Colorado’s awe inspiring 14 thousand foot peaks (14ers) including Kit CarsonChallenger peak and Crestone Peak and Crestone Needles. Your spiritual centers. That’s what makes us unique. Several of the
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MONTE VISTA MONTE VISTA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, in Monte Vista, is a 14,189 acre refuge for migratory birds. Ducks, geese, shorebirds and waterbirds nest in the area, and mallards and geese reside on refuge grainfields in the winter. Sandhill cranes, and bald eagles can also be seen. Phone (719) 589-4021. Montrose Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument. 2233 East Main St.., Montrose, CO 81401. Phone (970) 641-2337. Mosca Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. 11500 Hwy. 150 • Mosca, CO 81146. Phone (719) 378-2312. San Luis State Park. Set in the San Luis Valley with incredible views and close access to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this is a popular spot for boating, fishing, hunting and camping. Waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds and raptors fill the sky over this unique desert ecosystem, making San Luis an outstanding watchable wildlife area most of the year. Phone (719) 738-2376. PUEBLO Colorado State Fair. Colorado’s largest single event, the Colorado State
Fair attracts over one million visitors and is one of the nation’s oldest fairs. Thrill to seven days of PRCA rodeo action. Watch three colorful parades wind down local streets. Or, enjoy entertainment by top-name stars. Experience true Western hospitality in this whirlwind of exhibits, food stands, all-American horse shows and carnival rides. An event not to be missed, this 17 day fair is held in August. Creative District Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo Kayak Course at the Whitewater Park Lake Pueblo State Park in Pueblo, offers a beach, waterslide, bumper boats and paddleboats. A popular sailing spot. Swimming, boating, fishing and crosscountry skiing opportunities. 214 sites. Phone (719) 561-9320. More than 12 historic museums Pueblo Nature & Raptor Center Pueblo Zoo Rosemount Museum. 419 W. 14th Street, Pueblo, CO 81003. Phone (719) 545-5290 ow visit www.rosemount.org Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center Union Avenue Historic District SALIDA Colorado’s largest Historic Downtown Headquarters of Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area World Class White water Rafting San Luis SHRINE OF THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS, in San Luis, features life size bronze statues depicting the stations of the cross. The statues are situated on a .67-mile trail overlooking the community. The Capilla de Todos los Santos is at the end of the trail. Phone (719) 672-3685. South Fork & Area 1881 Railroad Water Tower Col. Pfeiffers Gravesite located about 4 miles outside of town on C.R. 15 heading toward Del Norte. Col. Pfeiffer is known as an Indian Agent, Soldier, Mountain Man and companion of Kit Carson. John C. Freemont’s 4th expedition attempted a winter crossing in 1848, but failed, the site of their Christmas Camp is accessible by hiking trail. Penitente Canyon/Natural Arch/Wagon Tracks – from the WorldClass rock climbing available in the canyon, to the window rock, or the ruts carved in the solid rock, possibly from conestoga wagons. Natural wonders are abundant throughout the San Luis Valley, thanks to our volcanic origins.
I nterest Railroad Depot Rio Grande Club. Phone: (719) 873-1995. Website: www.riograndeclub.com Rio Grande County Museum & Cultural Center Saguache County Museum & Hazard House Snowmobiling Spruce Lodge Summitville was where the areas first gold deposit was found. Now an abandoned Ghost town, the mine is now in a reclamation process. Trains Wheeler Geological Area – formed by massive volcanic eruptions; this area has slowly eroded away with time, creating one of the most unique landscapes in the area, with pinnacles and terraces of multi-colored volcanic rock, that will take your breath away. Wolf Creek Ski Area. “The Most Snow In Colorado” Trinidad Ludlow National Historic Landmark, 12 miles N.W. of Trinidad. Granite Monument erected in memory of the coal miners and family who died at the Massacre Site April 20, 1914, during the historic UMWA strike. Dinosaur Trails of the Purgatory-Largest Morrison Formation footprint location in North America with over 1,300 tracks comprising 100 different trackways attributable to brontosaurs and carnivorous dinosaurs. Trinidad Lake State Park on Colorado Birding Trail. A lake offers boating, fishing, camping and hiking opportunities. Cross-country skiing in the winter. 62 sites. Phone (719) 846-6951. Victor Lowell Thomas Museum, Trails of Gold Walsenburg Lathrop State Park. This park features a nine-hole golf course. Swimming, boating, fishing and cross-country skiing opportunities. 98 sites. Phone (719) 738-2376. Westcliffe DEWEESE RESERVOIR, located just north of Westcliffe off Highway 69. Situated in the rich, Wet Mountain Valley, offers visitors some of the area’s best fishing and water recreation opportunities. Woodland Park Dinosaur Resource Center – 201 S. Fairview Street, Woodland Park. Phone: (719) 686-1820, www.rmdrc.com
Wolf Creek Pass (photo courtesy Zach Dischner)
Area Chambers of Commerce & Visitor’s Centers Alamosa County Chamber • (719) 589-3681 • www.alamosa.org/chamber-of-commerce Alamosa CVB • (719) 589-4840 • Toll Free: (800) BLU SKYS • www.alamosa.org Antonito / Conejos County Tourism • (719) 376-2049 • Toll Free: (800) 835-1098 • www.conejosvacation.com Antonito Chamber • (719) 376-2277 • E-mail:.email@example.com Buena Vista Chamber • (719) 395-6612 • www.buenavistacolorado.org Cañon City Chamber • (719) 275-2331 • Toll Free: (800) 876-7922 • www.canoncity.com Colorado City Metropolitan District • (719) 676-3396 • www.coloradocitymetro.us Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance • (719) 471-8183 • www.coloradospringschamber.org Colorado Springs CVB • (719) 635-7506 • Toll Free: (800) 368-4748 0r (800) DO-VISIT • www.VisitCOS.com Creede-Mineral County Chamber • (719) 658-2374 • Toll Free: (800) 327-2102 • www.creede.com Crestone – Town Hall and Historical Museum • (719) 256-4313 • www.townofcrestone.org Cripple Creek Chamber • (877) 858-4653 • www.cripple-creek.co.us Cripple Creek Welcome Center • (719) 689-3315 • Toll Free (877) 858-GOLD Custer County Chamber • (719) 783-9163 • Toll Free: (877) 793-3170 • www.custercountyco.com Del Norte Chamber • (719) 657-2845 • Toll Free (888) 616-4638 • www.delnortechamber.org Divide Chamber • (719) 686-7605 • www.dividechamber.org Florence Chamber • (719) 784-3544 • www.florencecoloradochamber.com Fort Garland Museum & Visitor’s Center • (719) 379-3512 • http://museumtrail.org/FortGarlandMuseum.asp Fountain Valley Chamber • (719) 382-3190 • .www.fountainvalleychamber.com Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center • (719) 634-6666 • www.GardenOfGods.com Greenhorn Valley Chamber of Commerce (Colorado City) • (719) 676-3000 • www.greenhornchamber.org Greater Pueblo Chamber • (719) 542-1704 • Toll Free: (800) 233-3446 • www.pueblochamber.org Huerfano County Chamber • (719) 738-1065 La Jara Town Hall • (719) 274-5363 La Veta / Cuchara Chamber • (719) 742-3676 • www.lavetacucharachamber.com Manitou Springs Chamber • (719) 685-5089 • Toll Free (800) 642-2567 • www.manitousprings.org Monte Vista Chamber • (719) 852-2731 • www.monte-vista.org Penrose Chamber • (719) 372-3994 • www.penrosechamber.com Pueblo Visitor Center • (719) 543-2430 or (855) 543-2430 • www.pueblochamber.org Saguache County Business Association (Crestone) • (719) 256-5798 Salida Chamber • (719) 539-2068 • Toll Free (877) 772-5432 • www.salidachamber.org San Luis Valley Information Center • (719) 852-0660 or (800) 214-2140 South Fork Chamber • (719) 873-5556 • www.southforkcolorado.org South Fork Visitor Center • (719) 873-5512 or (800) 571-0881 • www.southfork.org Tri-Lakes Chamber • (719) 481-3282 • www.trilakeschamber.com Trinidad/Las Animas County Chamber • (719) 846-9285 Trinidad Welcome Center • (719) 846-9512 Victor Chamber • (719) 689-2235 Wet Mtn. Valley Visitor Center • (719) 783-9616 Woodland Park Chamber • (719) 687-9885 • Toll Free:.(800) 551-7886 • www.woodlandparkchamber.com Pikes Peak (photo courtesy Matt Tinley)
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Calendar of Events
For a Full List of Events and Event Details, Contact Area Chambers of Commerce/Visitor’s Bureaus OCTOBER ALAMOSA – Harvest Festival CAÑON CITY Annual Autumn Walk On The Arkansas Riverwalk Annual Ghost & Goblins On The Gorge Coloradofest Halloween Spook Trails Mayor’s 5k & Kids Fun Run Octoberfest Town of Terror Colorado Springs Cheyenne Mountain Zoo - Boo at the Zoo Western Museum of Mining & Industry’s Haunted Mines CRIPPLE CREEK – Halloween “BOO-Zaar” Florence Eureka Days – Annual (Kick in the Butt BBQ) LA VETA – Oktoberfest MANITOU SPRINGS – Emma Crawford Memorial Coffin Race & Parade MONTE VISTA – Harvest Festival PENROSE – Apple Day Parade PUEBLO – 5K Octoberfest Run NOVEMBER CREEDE – Chocolate Festival Crestone – Winterfest Art & Bazar Pueblo – Electricritters at the Pueblo Zoo Riverwalk Holiday Lighting Extravaganza Yule Love it Downtown Art’s & Shopping Crawl Salida – Lighting of Christmas Mountain Trinidad – Annual Stockman’s Ball DECEMBER COLORADO SPRINGS Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Winter WildLand Pikes Peak Cog Railway Santa Claus Express Conejos – Our Lady of Guadalupe Festival FLORENCE - Annual Christmas Festival GREEN MOUNTAIN FALLS – Yule Festival Pueblo – Electricritters at the Pueblo Zoo Yule Love it Downtown Art’s & Shopping Crawl SAN LUIS Fiesta de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe JANUARY ALAMOSA – Alamosa Ice Fest MANITOU SPRINGS – The Great Fruitcake Toss SAN LUIS – Festival of Tres Reyes WOODLAND PARK - Holiday Home Tour Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Festival FEBRUARY CAÑON CITY – Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Walk President’s Day Volksmarch Colorado Springs – Bighorn Sheep Day President’s Day Hockey Tournament CREEDE – Sweetheart’s Race CRIPPLE CREEK – Ice Festival LA VETA – Winterfest Weekend MANITOU SPRINGS Carnivale, Gumbo Cook-Off! SALIDA – Annual Media Challenge On The Slopes MARCH BUENA VISTA - Continental Divide Snowmobile Rally Ride COLORADO SPRINGS - Imagination Celebration CRIPPLE CREEK - Pearl’s Follies LA VETA – Spring Show MONTE VISTA – Crane Festival Trinidad – Annual Noah’s Ark Peacock Ball APRIL ANTONITO – Conejos Super Fly – Fly
Fishing Tournament CAÑON CITY – Annual Royal Gorge Rodeo Kid’s Fishing Derby Colorado Springs – Earth Day Festival Wine Festival of Colorado Springs World Synchronized Figure Skating Championships CREEDE - Sourdough Seminar FLORENCE - Arbor Day Planting LA VETA - Photo Show Spring Cowboy Ball PUEBLO – Bicycle Classic SALIDA – Annual Pole/Pedal/Paddle Race Trinidad – TALAS Art Show MAY BLANCA – Mountain Home Dam Jam BUENA VISTA – Bike Fest PaddleFest CAÑON CITY – Annual Brew Ha Ha Annual Royal Gorge Rodeo Blossom Day 5k/5mi Race Fremont County Days Pathfinders Fair Royal Gorge Rodeo Temple Canyon Auto Hill Climb Ute Trail Royal Gorge Rendezvous VMCCA Car Show Walk for Life COLORADO SPRINGS Territory Days Celebration Triple Crown Sports Pikes Peak Challenge CREEDE – Mountain Man Rendezvous Crestone - Dragon and Faery Festival FLORENCE – Black Powder Shoot Car Show on Main Street FORT GARLAND – Rendezvous of Cultures OLD COLORADO CITY Territory Days Celebration PUEBLO – Wild Wild West Festival PUEBLO ZOO - Teddy Bear Picnic Wild Wild West Festival SALIDA – Caddis Festival WESTCLIFFE - Memorial Day Parade JUNE ALAMOSA – Roundup Rodeo, Dance & Parade Summer Fest On The Rio BUENA VISTA – BalloonaVista Quilt Show CAÑON CITY Annual Royal Gorge “Holy Smoke” BBQ Showdown Annual Cañon City Western Heritage Days Arkansas 5-10K River Run Classic Carousel Weekend Celebrate the West Mace’s Hole Civil War Re-enactment Relay For Life Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival Street Rod Show Tractor Show Western Heritage Days COLORADO SPRINGS Colorado Renaissance Festival Garden of the Gods 10k Run National T-Bucket Alliance Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Springspree CREEDE Chamber Fish Fry, Live Music. Public Invited Fly-Casting Contest CRIPPLE CREEK - Donkey Derby Days Del Norte Celebrate National Trails Day & the Annual Run, Rock & Roll Event LA VETA - Majestic Colorado Show
MANITOU SPRINGS ClayFEST & Colorado Wine Festival Falken Tire Pikes Peak International Hill Climb PUEBLO – Annual Bluegrass at the Fair Annual NSRA Rocky Mtn. Street Rod Nationals Loaf ‘N Jug Presents the Annual Boats, Bands & BBQ Tony Andenucio Memorial Tournament SALIDA – Annual FIBArk Boat Races & Festival ArtWalk Hosting Ride the Rockies Steam Plant Summer Theater Opens SOUTH FORK 5K - Race Against Domestic Violence Knife & Tomahawk Championship Little Britches Rodeo Rock the Rio Grande – Barrel Racing & Bull Riding Series TRI-LAKES – Art Hop Kids Fishing Derby – Palmer Lake Takes Of Tri-Lakes Trinidad – Santa Fe Trail Festival WOODLAND PARK - Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb JULY BUENA VISTA - Collegiate Peaks Rodeo Mountain Mania Car Show CAÑON CITY – Fremont County Fair Horse Show COLORADO SPRINGS – El Paso County Fair Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Ride for the Brand Championship Ranch Rodeo CREEDE Days of ‘92/Coloradio State Mining Competition Woodcarvers Rendezvous CRIPPLE CREEK – Gold Rush Days Del Norte Rally on the Rio Grande – Annual Biker Rally Divide Annual Lost Dutchman Music Festival FLORENCE – Ghost Walk - Florence Chamber LA VETA – Fort Francisco Days MANASSA Pioneer Days Parades and Rodeo MANITOU SPRINGS – Barr Trail Mountain Race Buffalo Bar-B-Q MONTE VISTA – Outdoor Sports Show Ski Hi Stampede – Rodeo, Parade & Carnival PONCHA SPRINGS Annual New Old Fashioned Chaffee County Fair PUEBLO National Little Britches Rodeo Finals Rollin’ on the Riverwalk SALIDA - Annual Antique Alley Show & Sale Annual Colorado Brewers Rendezvous Salida-Aspen Classical Concert Series sanford – Pioneer Days SAN LUIS – Santa Ana-St. James Celebration SOUTH FORK Logger Days Festival & Fair Rock the Rio Grande – Barrel Racing & Bull Riding Series TRI-LAKES – Art Hop VICTOR - Gold Rush Days Horseshoe Tournament Teller County Fair Victor Hill Climb Race WESTCLIFFE – Westcliffe Stampede Rodeo WOODLAND PARK - Symphony Above the Clouds AUGUST Antonito Steam Festival and Arco Iris Arts & Crafts BUENA VISTA – Gold Rush Days Rock & Gem Show
Calendar of Events (cont.)
For a Full List of Events and Event Details, Contact Area Chambers of Commerce/Visitor’s Bureaus
Trailfest CAÑON CITY – Celtic Weekend Danapalooza Fremont County Fair COLORADO SPRINGS Pikes Peak Ascent & Marathon Rocky Mtn. State Games CREEDE – Gem & Mineral Show Mushroom Foray Crestone Energy Fair & Alternative Home Tours CRIPPLE CREEK – BMX Race Salute to American Veterans Motorcycle Rally & Festival Teller County Fair DEL NORTE – Covered Wagon Days FLORENCE – Fit N Fun 5K/10K Run Ghost Walk – Florence Chamber Hot August Nights LA JARA – Glory Days Our Lady of the Valley Fiesta MANITOU SPRINGS - Buddy Walk Mountain Music Festival Pikes Peak Ascent & Marathon MESITA – Costilla County 4-H Fair MONTE VISTA San Luis Valley 4-H Fair PUEBLO – Colorado State Fair Parade
Kid’s Day Parade SALIDA Annual “Calliope” Children’s Music Festival Annual New Old-Fashioned Chaffee County Fair Salida Mountain Wine Festival South Fork Rhythms on the Rio Music Festival South Fork Balloon Festival (3rd weekend) VICTOR – Teller County Fair Victor Hill Climb WOODLAND PARK - Mayor’s Cup Race Mountain Arts Festival Vino & Notes SEPTEMBER ALAMOSA – Early Iron Festival ANTONITO – Steam Festival and Arco Iris BUENA VISTA – Autumn Color Run Apple Fest ATV Color Tour CAÑON CITY – Cañon City Classic River Run Coloradofest Harvest Festival on Winery Grounds Holy Cow Moosic Festival Open Air Antique Affair Mountain Man Rendezvous Skyline Drive 10K Run COLORADO City – Wine and Jazz Festival
COLORADO SPRINGS Colorado Balloon Classic Royal Gorge GoFast! Games CREEDE – Creede Mountain Run Cruisin’ the Canyon Vintage Car Show Salsa Fiesta CRIPPLE CREEK – Aspen Tours Cruise Above The Clouds Car Show FLORENCE Florence Pioneer Day Celebration FORT GARLAND – 1880’s Military Encampment FOUNTAIN – Fountain Fall Festival Pueblo Annual Loaf ‘N Jug Chile & Frijoles Festival Colorado State Fair Fiesta Day Parade SALIDA – Annual Angel of Shavano Car Show Annual Crest Crank Salida Fiber Festival SAN LUIS – Fiesta De Otono TRI-LAKES – Art Hop TRINIDAD - Trinidad – Las Animas County Fair Trinidad Round-Up WESTCLIFFE Annual Wet Mountain Western Days WOODLAND PARK Cruise Above The Clouds Car Show Rocky Mountain OktoberfestPlus
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Fort Morgan Museum
Boyhood Home Of Glenn Miller 414 Main St. • P.O. Box 184 • Fort Morgan, CO 80701
Hours: Monday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. • Admission - FREE www.cityoffortmorgan.com/museum
Located 115 miles east of Denver on Highway 34. From its beginning as a frontier town on the prairie to currently being one of the largest agricultural producing areas in Colorado, Akron has been a thriving community. Akron was founded in 1882 as a major stop on the Burlington Northern Railroad. That history is evident as you browse through the Washington County Museum, located in the old railroad depot.
Located 165 miles East of Denver on I-70; 13 miles from the Colorado/ Kansas border in Colorado’s Outback – the other Colorado. One of Burlington’s greatest assets is an unsurpassed quality of life. Burlington is a land of diverse cultural, civic and recreational offerings, with historic Old Town and Kit Carson County Carousel serving as fascinating diversions. Old Town, a re-created turn-of-the-century town, is located in the heart of Burlington. This 6.5 acre complex recreates the plains lifestyles with twenty fully restored historical buildings, housed with authentic area artifacts. Let Old Town transport you back in time. Bonny State Recreation Area is only 18 miles away which offers great fishing and boating, and hunting is offered throughout the entire county. Check into one of Burlington’s seven accommodations and enjoy the hometown hospitality. Try some great country cooking at the many food establishments. There is something for the entire family, enjoy the “Best of the West” in Colorado’s eastern plains!
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Rainbow Arch Bridge, Fort Morgan (photo courtesy Jeffrey Beall)
Located 81 miles north of Denver on I-76. Plan to take a close look at this town with either a walking or driving tour; the whole town is a historical treasure. It was founded in 1864 as a military post to protect travelers and gold rushers on the Overland Trail. It was originally called Fort Tyler then Camp Wardell. It was given its current name in 1866 to honor Colonel Christopher Anthony Morgan who was killed on Jan. 20, 1866 when the fire went out in his gas stove while he was warming his room. Pick up a Historical Downtown Walking Tour map and read about the 44 buildings in this nine block area that made up the early town of Fort Morgan. Or, obtain a Historical Driving Tour map and check out 13 historical markers and buildings in the Fort Morgan, Weldona, Orchard, Snyder and Goodrich area. This tour includes stops at the old Fort Morgan site, established in 1864, Centennial at Orchard (where part of the TV mini- series “Centennial” was filmed), and the Texas- Montana Trail. Both maps are available at the Fort Morgan Museum. Don’t miss the James Marsh Arch Bridge in Fort Morgan. This is the only rainbow arch bridge in Colorado and is designated a Colorado historic site. Adjacent to Rainbow Bridge, Riverside Park has a huge array of amenities for any age. The South Platte River runs alongside Riverside Park and provides spectacular opportunities to view wildlife. At any given time, you may see geese, deer, quail, wild turkey, or an occasional bald eagle. The Sherman Historic District is also a popular venue for tourists in Fort Morgan. Designated a National Historic Place, this picturesque street is lined with beautiful houses from our past. Visit the Fort Morgan Museum to see magnificent exhibits, including an old time soda fountain, and a first class exhibit on Glenn Miller, who graduated from high school in Fort Morgan. The Morgan County Home & Garden Show in March kicks off a summer packed with activities. Join us for Glenn Miller – Dancin’ on the Plains, Festival in The Park, Fall Harvest Car Show as well as the Windmill Century Classic and Pedal the Prairie Bike Rides. Whatever your wish, Fort Morgan provides a wide range of restaurants and lodging to accommodate your travel needs. Bring your family down for the day, or a weekend to explore the scenic beauty of Morgan County – a place that seems a world away.
Located at U.S. Hwys. 6 and 385. Holyoke is truly a community of “Pride & Progress”. Holyoke is proud of the wonderful quality of life and cost of living it offers along with providing all of the essential services. There are many community activities & many types of recreation to entertain all age groups and its many visitors. A walking tour is in order at Holyoke where you’ll find a lively downtown with its rebuilt historic movie theatre and shopping opportunities. All across town you will see examples of a deep appreciation for history. Phillips County has a wide variety of wildlife species and over 30,000 acres of walk-in access land for hunters.
Sterling Tourist Information Center Toll Free: (800)
544-8609 www.logancountychamber.com A Sterling* stop. Come see for yourself! • Overland Trail Museum • Golf Courses • View Wildlife • Tree Sculptures • Car Show • July Jamz Free Concert Series • 60 acres of Parks • North Sterling State Park • Walk/Bike Paths • Logan County Fair & Rodeo • Hunting • Fishing • Boating • Sugar Beet Days Craft Fair • Historical Buildings Self-Guided Tour • Unique Gift and Antique Shops * [ster.ling (stur-ling) adj. thoroughly excellent!]
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Sterling, Colorado (photo Jimmy Thomas)
Welcome to Sterling, Colorado. This land of prairie breezes is an artist’s dream, platted in 1887 and located just off I-76 between Denver and the Nebraska state line. In addition to the I-76 connection, Sterling is also a junction with Highway 14 (west), Highway 6 (east) and Highway 61 (south) as well as the old scenic Highway 138/Highway 6 roads that preceded the interstate. The old highways follow the South Platte River and the Union Pacific Railroad through northeast Colorado. Sterling boasts warm, sunny summers and mild, sunny winters with an average of 331 clear, sunny days a year! As you travel through this area, you’ll see native grasslands, majestic bluffs and rolling hills – all a part of the historic Lower South Platte River Valley. You’ll delight in the serene qualities of the natural landscape, the wonders of small-town living and the friendly atmosphere of an agricultural-based community filled with
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hometown values. The county seat of Logan County, Sterling is a dignified presence on the prairie – deemed both the “Mecca” and the “Crossroads” of the Plains. A drive through this town of just over 13,000 people is an exploration of early western American architecture. Many of the historic buildings here are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Logan County Courthouse was built in 1910. The old library, now a private home, was built with the aid of a grant from the Andrew Carnegie Foundation in 1918. The retired Union Pacific Depot, built in 1902, was moved to its present site in 1984 and houses the Logan County Chamber of Commerce office in Downtown Sterling. This “Colorado Treasure” is also known for its collection of Living Trees. All around town are cottonwoods that have been carved into fanciful creatures and heavenly angels. The artist, Bradford Rhea, lives and sculpts in nearby Merino. In addition to trees, Rhea also carves his inspirations into huge blocks of marble and transforms bronze into works of art. One of his early carvings, called Metamorphosis, greets visitors to the Tourist Information Center just east of Sterling and a drive through town will take you up close to nine more awe-inspiring works of art. The Overland Trail Museum takes you back in time with the history of America’s migration to the west. This replica of an old fort houses artifacts, memorabilia and collections of early life on the prairie. In addition to the main museum, 14 buildings have been added to the property including an 1891 one-room school house, a country church, a general store, a 1915 stone block house, a 1910 barn and the newest addition, the High Plains Education Center, added in 2011. There are two beautiful 18-hole golf courses on which to spend the afternoon, more than 60 acres of parks, both indoor and outdoor pools plus water park, one of America’s last drive-in theaters and a small fishing pond with nature trail. Nearby North Sterling Reservoir State Park is a boater’s paradise with 3,000 acres of pristine water. Clean, modern facilities offer camping (141 sites), picnicking, swimming, hiking and great fishing. Sterling is also hunting headquarters for northeast Colorado and was named by “Pheasants Forever” as one of the top ten best pheasant hunting towns in America! Annual events include the always-popular Heritage Festival on July 4, the Flatlanders Car Club hot rod show in July, free entertainment every Friday for July Jamz and a two-day premier arts and crafts festival in September celebrating Sugar Beet Days. The good, old-fashioned Logan County Fair in August always punctuates summers with a long list of county fair traditions from livestock exhibits and carnival to rodeo excitement and a national country artist concert. Restaurants not to miss include the J & L Café and TJ Bummers for home-cooking and unique décor and nearby Bully’s Grub and Pub for a good steak in a no-frills dining room that is often filled with farmers, business professionals and the local softball team. Don’t forget to try Colorado’s specialty – Rocky Mountain Oysters – at one of our many restaurants! Logan County is home to Northeastern Junior College, one of the fastest growing colleges in the state and the country, and boasts Colorado’s first commercial ethanol plant in Sterling and one of the nation’s largest wind farms in Peetz. More than 400 wind turbines dot the landscape of northern Logan County where a drive across the plateau provides a scenic view of nature’s energy at work. With all the historic and modern wonders here in this corner of Colorado you might just think you’ve found the “Perfect Life.” It’s in Sterling, Colorado.
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The Overland Trail Museum ~ a Sterling Treasure
The Overland Trail Museum has been entertaining and educating Colorado history buffs and curious visitors for over seventy-five years. Conveniently located just outside of historic Sterling, and less than a quarter-mile west of I-76 exit 125, the museum’s vast array of artifacts and historic buildings ensure that there’s something to pique everyone’s interest. Constructed during the Great Depression and situated on beautifully-landscaped grounds, the original building now serves as the museum’s front lobby. Here, visitors are greeted by one of the museum’s most distinctive feature’s – a stone fireplace with an exquisite petrified wood mantle. While visitors leisurely traverse the outside grounds, they experience a sense of traveling back in time as they tour through the historic museum village. Among the authentic buildings which await the museum’s guests are a one-room schoolhouse, a general store, a church, a pioneer house, a caboose, a depot and two barns. A recent addition to the museum experience is the High Plains Education Center. This state-of-the-art facility offers rental space for various events and features several highly entertaining, customdesigned touch-screen exhibits. The Overland Trail Museum is a genuine treasure where history is experienced and memories are made. Please phone the museum at (970) 522-3895 for further details.
Wray was recognized as an All-America City in 1993 - an honor not lightly bestowed, which still fits today. The community of Wray is in the extreme eastern portion of Yuma County, CO at the intersection of U.S. Highways 34 and 385. Although small in size, this thriving community has several restaurants, three gas stations, a supermarket, clothing stores, a lumber yard, four banks, several beauty shops, a movie theatre, an 8-person police department, and a museum housing a permanent Smithsonian Institute display. Wray is also the County Seat. The city government is comprised of a city council presided by a mayor with a City Manager to oversee the vital city services. Public schools serve all grades pre-K through 12th grade, as well as a Head Start program. Each spring, the city welcomes visitors from all over the world as they come to view the age-old mating ritual of the Greater Prairie Chicken, which is native to this area. For a fee, you can be transported to the lek where the mating dance and “booming” occurs, then treated to a country breakfast on a real cattle ranch before returning to town. These tours are scheduled for four or five weekends in March & April. Contact the Wray Chamber of Commerce, at (970) 332-3484 or visit www.wraychamber.net
Located at the intersection of Hwy. 34 and 59. Yuma County’s largest city and namesake, this town’s everyday activities mimic scenes you might read in western novels, which give Yuma its hearty “Old West” appeal. While cattle roundups and branding and rodeo events are easy to find, it’s also easy to spot the huge tractors and other equipment capable of planting up to 24 rows of corn at a time. Yuma is recognized year after year as one of the largest corn producing counties in the nation. There are several activities in the community worth noting including the CO-NE-KS Swap Meet & Carshow held the first weekend in June at the Yuma Community Center and Lake Yuma Park. This unique event offers opportunities for sellers and buyers to deal in any and all types of products and merchandise. Activities of the day include a Car Show, Poker Run, petting zoo, cow pie bingo and food to please every palate. The Irrigation Research Foundation Farm Show is a two-day event is held annually in mid-August at the Irrigation Research Farm in Yuma to provide demonstrations and information about the latest irrigated farming techniques, ideas, and innovations. Yuma’s Old Thresher’s Days See demonstrations of frontier threshing equipment, corn shelling, and log sawing. Visit Yuma’s Pioneer Town. Shop for gifts and souvenirs, and have a pioneer lunch on the
High Plains Education Center at the Overland Trail Museum (photo courtesy Overland Trail Museum) grounds. Don’t miss the Yuma County Fair and Rodeo held the second weekend of August. This fair is one of the largest in the region and also boasts one of the largest parades in Northeastern Colorado. Sportsmen visit the second weekend in November when pheasant hunting season opens. The world’s largest cattle feedlot just six miles east of Yuma on U.S. Hwy. 34. Over 100,000 head of cattle are fed at this site. Whatever your recreational needs, the “Western” town of Yuma is sure to satisfy.
Yuma Colorado (photo courtesy Loco Steve)
For a Full List of Events and Event Details, Contact Area Chambers of Commerce/Visitor’s Bureaus OCTOBER BURLINGTON – Old Town Ghost Town Opera In The Barn DEER TRAIL – Turkey Shoot & Barbecue HOLYOKE – Holly Daze Craft and Gift Show MERINO – Merino Fall Festival PEETZ – Peetz Sake Days STERLING – Chamber Of Terror Wray – Chamber Of Commerce Car Show Harvest Festival & Auction NOVEMBER FORT MORGAN Colorado Plains Medical Center & City of Ft. Morgan Turkey Trot 5K Race HOLYOKE – Kid’s Holiday Pheasants Forever Banquet Wray – Bundles of Joy DECEMBER HOLYOKE – Country Christmas/Parade of Lights FEBRUARY STERLING – NAPTA Tractor Pull MARCH HOLYOKE – Farm and Home Show Phillips County Art Show STERLING – NJC Car Show MAY BRUSH – Antique Show
Jordan Circus BURLINGTON – Summer Trademarks Kickoff FORT MORGAN – Cinco de Mayo Holyoke – Alumni Banquet STERLING – High Plains EXPO and Fun Run Kiwanis Fishing Derby Taste Of Sterling JUNE BRUSH – Becky Thatcher & Huck Finn Day Brush Race Brush Spring Celebration BURLINGTON Prairie Daze at Old Town Museum FORT MORGAN Glenn Miller Dancin’ On The Plains Windmill Century Classic Bike Ride HOLYOKE – Annual Dandelion Daze Car Show Relay For Life STERLING – Celtic Festival Relay For Life YUMA – Hometown Daze JULY BRUSH – Brush Rodeo & 4th of July Fireworks CROOK – Crook Community Fair FORT MORGAN – Festival in the Park HOLYOKE – Phillips County Fair STERLING – Flatlanders Car Club & Rod Run Heritage Festival Jazzin’ July Jammies Bed Races July Jam’z
Area Chambers of Commerce & Visitor’s Centers Akron Chamber • (970) 345-2624 Brush Chamber • (970) 842-2666 • Toll Free: (800) 354-8659 • www.brushchamber.org Burlington Chamber • (719) 346-8070 • www.burlingtoncolo.com Colorado Welcome Center at Burlington • (719) 346-5554 Colorado Welcome Center at Julesburg • (970) 474-2054 Town of Crook • (970) 886-2222 Flagler Town Hall • (719) 765-4571 • www.flaglercolorado.com Fort Morgan Area Chamber • (970) 867-6702 • Toll Free: (800) 354-8660 • www.fortmorganchamber.org Genoa Town Hall • (719) 763-2313 Haxtun Town Hall • (970) 774-6104 • www.haxtunchamber.org Holyoke Chamber • (970) 854-3517 • www.holyokechamber.org Hugo Town Hall • (719) 743-2485 Limon Chamber • (719) 775-9418 • www.limonchamber.com Logan County Chamber • (970) 522-5070 • Toll Free: (866) 522-5070 • www.logancountychamber.com Northeast Colorado Travel Region • (719) 346-7019 Otis Town Hall • (970) 246-3235 • www.otiscolorado.com Paoli • (970) 854-4386 Peetz Town Hall • (970) 334-2473 • http://townofpeetz.com Phillips County • (970) 854-4386 • www.phillipscountyco.org Sedgwick County Chamber (Julesburg) • (970) 474-3504 Sterling / Logan County Tourist Info. Center..... • (800) 544-8609 • (970) 522-8962 • www.logancountychamber.com Wray Chamber • (970) 332-3484 • www.wraychamber.net Yuma County Chamber • (970) 848-2704 • www.WestYumaChamber.com
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Wray – Wray Daze AUGUST Akron – Eastern Colorado Round-Up & Rodeo BRUSH – Morgan County Fair FT. MORGAN – Morgan County Fair Morgan County Relay For Life PUEBLO – Colorado State Fair STERLING – Logan County Fair & Rodeo YUMA – Yuma County Fair & Rodeo Wray – Olde Tyme Vernon Saturday SEPTEMBER Akron – National Radial Engine Exhibition BRUSH – Annual Oktoberfest Brush Chamber Balloon Fest Car Show Eben Ezer Fall Festival DEER TRAIL – Annual Rodeo & Horse Races ECKLEY – Old Settlers FLEMING – Fleming Fall Festival FORT MORGAN – Fall Harvest Car Show Festival of Hope HAXTUN – Haxtun Corn Festival LIMON – James Dean Daze STERLING – MS Fun Run Sugar Beet Days STONEHAM – Prairie Rendezvous Wray Beacher Island Memorial Days Wracer Canyon Run YUMA – Old Threshers
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Fort Morgan Fort Morgan Museum located at 414 Main Street, Fort Morgan, CO 80701. Phone (970) 542-4010 or visit website: www.ftmorganmus.org Holyoke Heginbotham Library Phillips County Museum wray Three Corners (the location where Kansas, Nebraska, and Colorado meet) is marked by a monument approximately 15 miles from Wray. Benkelman, NE, home of movie star Ward Bond, is approximately 30 miles east. The original Cabela’s Sportsman’s Outfitters is approximately 90 miles in Sidney, NE. The “Jewel of America” which is a semi-restored, working carousel in Burlington, CO is 55 miles south. The Wray Vet’s Club is home to American Legion Post 30 and Republican Valley VFW Post 4671. These two groups have a combined Honor Guard that renders honors duty for approximately 10 funerals, three parades and other special functions throughout the year. On a hill called Flirtation Point overlooking the city is a granite monument & bronze plaque honoring the first gathering of Freemasons in eastern Colorado in 1882, four years before the city was chartered.
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Two Buttes - The Black Hole area (photo courtesy Baca County Economic Development)
Baca County lies in the crossroads of the west. Many major historic events happened in the area to make it a part of one of the richest areas of history in the United States. Visit sites of the Santa Fe Trail, Dust Bowl, WPA, Homesteaders, early ranching, modern traditional ranching, and Indian Heritage. At Two Buttes check out the small town and then drive to the Two Buttes Reservoir where the dam was finished without mechanization in 1909. Hike around the colorful cliffs and swim in the Black Hole. There is also a museum with tons of history on the Two Buttes area. The area around Walsh is rich in history and agriculture. In the Walsh community is Turks pond which offers fishing and birding as well as places to eat. Take a drive in remote southeast Baca County to see the area where the Santa Fe Trail ran along the Cimarron Cutoff. In Springfield, the county seat, look for historic buildings, gift shops, motels, pool, theatre with digital surround sound and two parks for your convenience. Also, visit the Baca County Museum in the Resource Center on Main Street. Vilas also houses a unique small museum in a historic building that is open for visitors with a call to the museum operator. The communities of Campo and Pritchett both have access to the canyon lands in S.W. Baca County. Picture Canyon and Carrizo Canyon are a part of the Commanche National Grasslands and offer approximately 30 miles of hiking trails, campgrounds, petroglyphs, many historical sites and a unique equinox light event in Picture Canyon. Visit the Forest Service office on the south side of Springfield information and a book store. If you end up in the S. W. corner of Baca County, continue your drive west on County Road M for a chance to glimpse Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep in Cottonwood Canyon. Baca County also boasts over 400 species of migratory birds throughout the year and offers many transitional riparian areas for birding and wildlife viewing. For a unique historical perspective of the area pick up a pamphlet at the Treasure Chest Mall in Springfield. The self-guided tour brings to life the dustbowl and great depression as you discover some of the majestic WPA sites that are housed in Baca County. Take a chance, put down your map and get off the highway. You’ll be amazed at what you never knew existed in the rich heritage and ecosystems of the canyons and plains of southeast Colorado.
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Boggsville Historic Site
Last Home of Kit Carson and on the Santa Fe Trail Located 2 miles south of Las Animas on Colorado Highway 101. Boggsville Historic Site is located 2 miles south of Las Animas on Colorado Highway 101. It contains two restored 1860s adobe houses built by Thomas Boggs and John Prowers and a self-guided trail. Historical archaeology plays a major role in the interpretation of the site. The site, located on 110 acres of the original 2,040 acres that were a part of the Vigil and St. Vrain Mexican Land Grant. Presently the site contains a visitor center at the Boggs House. A modern restroom with showers, three RV parking spaces and camping is available. A kitchen is also available for events, field schools, etc. The houses are open six months from May through October. On going historical archaeology allows Boggsville to maintain a collection of artifacts. Additionally, the reports from years of excavation, and other documents, are available in the Boggsville library.
The Town’s name came from the Cheyenne Indians and the fresh water wells in the area. The original Town was located near the fork of the Smokey Hill River five miles north of its present location and was a regular stop for the stagecoach line from Kansas City to Denver. The Kansas Pacific Railroad reached the town of Cheyenne Wells on March 3, 1870. The town had a population of 695 then. Cheyenne Wells was the division point of the Union Pacific Railroad from 1890 to 1908. The town was incorporated on March 14, 1890. Recreation facilities for Cheyenne Wells are a beautiful golf course, swimming pool with pavilion for parties, a gym, three softball fields, two parks, outdoor workout stations, walking path, and a basketball court. Wheat and other small grains are the main components of agricultural enterprises. With an ample supply of underground water, irrigation farming is becoming popular in the area. There is over 900,000 acres in farm and grazing lands. Another source of income is the Oil Industry. Over 416 oil and gas wells bring significant revenue to the county. Recently, the largest helium plant was built two miles west of Cheyenne Wells. The town has several businesses which include restaurants, gas stations, motels, hardware stores, a flower shop, hair salons, internet provider, a post office, and a newspaper office. We welcome you to our community to enjoy the small town atmosphere.
Located in southeast Colorado, four miles west of the Colorado/ Kansas state line on Highway 50. The Bluegrass Festival is an annual, FREE, three-day event held the second weekend in June at Gateway Park. 2014 marks the 12th year of this exciting celebration. FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE PARK – Jam Session and eats starting at 6:00 pm with various musicians and bands joining together for a lot of pickin’ and singin’. Bring your instrument, your voice, your appetite, your chair, and enjoy an evening of music. Everyone welcome! SATURDAY BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL – Kicks off at 11:00 am with five excellent bands. Besides good music, there will be good food vendored by Holly High School classes, various other vendor booths, horse-drawn wagon rides, free swimming at the municipal pool, and much more… SUNDAY is church day with “Worship in the Park” at 10:30 am. This includes gospel singing, worship service and fellowship. Lunch is available. RV parking for the festival is available through the Town of Holly office at (719)537-6622. For current festival and RV parking information, visit the website: www.townofholly.com. Lodging availability: Holly Inn Suites (877-600-0023) and Miles Court (719-537-6030).
Located at the junction of U.S. Hwy. 50, 350, 10, and 109. La Junta is the hub of the historic, lush and fertile Lower Arkansas River Valley. See www.LaJuntaEvents.com or www.Visit LaJunta.net for more information than you will see here. The Koshare Indians host performances in their Kiva and their Museum has one of the finest collections of southwestern Indian art and artifacts in the U.S. The Otero Museum is home to a Wells Fargo Stagecoach, covered wagons and many other historic items. Bents Old Fort is a rebuilt fur trading post on the old Santa Fe Trail. The Picketwire and Vogel Canyonlands is a must for ancient history buffs. View 3,000 to 4,000 year old rock art on the walls of the canyons and visit the Dinosaur Trackway featuring the largest continuous set of Jurassic period Dinosaur tracks in North America – over 1,300 footprints! Classic rock lovers will appreciate Music at the Junction where great classic rock groups (Foghat, Blue Oyster Cult, Eddie Money) have performed in past years on the first weekend of August. The young at heart will enjoy the over 75 year old Kid’s Rodeo, a three day event in early August with 300-400 participants. Golf lovers will appreciate our 300 plus days of fine golf weather, while racing enthusiasts can get their fill with various SCCA races throughout the spring and summer. Visit La Junta and experience the friendly reception, great food and wonderful attractions in the “Smile-Hi” City.
Located at the junction of Hwys. 385, 287 and U.S. 50. The youngest “big stop” town on the Santa Fe Trail, Lamar has the only official Colorado Welcome Center in the extreme southeast. Two miles north of the Chamber of Commerce is a marker for the Santa Fe Trail which passes through Lamar. Also, near the Chamber of Commerce is the Madonna of the Trail Monument on U.S. 50 which also passes through town. Dedicated in September 1928, this monument is one of twelve sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution to mark the National Old Trails. On your visit to Prowers County which is known as “The Goose Hunting Capital Of The World,” you can also visit the Camp Amache Monument. Known as the Japanese Relocation Camp.
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Located at the crossroads of U.S. 50 and Colorado 101. The building of the Santa Fe Railroad in the early 1870s started the settlement of West Las Animas. The west was dropped and Las Animas took over as the county seat from Boggsville. The courthouse which was built in 1883, is still in use and is the oldest active courthouse in Colorado. In the early days, Las Animas was used as the shipping point to market cattle for slaughter and consumption by areas back east. A mural on the side of the First National Bank pays tribute to these settlers. While visiting Las Animas, stop in at the Kit Carson Museum, Bent County Courthouse, Fort Lyon or Bent’s Fort. There are many recreational opportunities available in the area. John Martin Reservoir, 20 miles east of Las Animas offers activities for the boater, fisherman or swimmer. Camping is allowed. Blue Lakes, north of Las Animas also is within easy driving distance. Hunters will also find plenty of ducks and geese on their annual hunting trips. Complimentary Full Breakfast • High-Speed Internet Access • Outdoor Pool • Restaurant • Cocktail Lounge • Meeting Facilities • Banquet Hall Business Center • Free Parking • Cold Weather Hook-Ups
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Ordway / Crowley County
Located at the junction of Colorado Hwys. 96 & 71. Take yourself back in time to the area whose land was home to the great Apache, Arapaho, Cheyenne, Comanche, Kiowa and Ute Indian tribes. This county was part of the Louisiana Purchase and is one of the premier recreation areas in the state. For the outdoor enthusiast, there is hunting, fishing, and wildlife watching is fantastic. The mild climate is great for camping. While here, visit the Meredith Reservoir State Wildlife Area, Lake Henry State Wildlife Area and Ordway Reservoir State Wildlife Area.
Area Chambers of Commerce & Visitor’s Centers
ARAPAHO NATIONAL RECREATION AREA. Phone (970) 887-4100. Baca County BIRDING - www.coloradobirdingtrail.com
Baca County Economic Development • (719) 353-2244 www.bacacountyco.gov Boggsville Visitor Center • (719) 456-0822 Cheyenne Wells Chamber • 888-816-0568 www.cheyennewells-co.usa-chamber.org Cheyenne Wells • (719) 767-5865 www.townofcheyennewells.com Colorado Welcome Center at Lamar • (719) 336-3483 Crowley County Chamber • (719) 267-5225 www.crowleycountychamber.com Eads Chamber • (719) 438-5590 Fowler • (719) 263-4461 • www.fowlercolorado.com Town of Holly • (719) 537-6622 • www.townofholly.com La Junta Chamber • (719) 384-7411• .www.lajuntachamber.com La Junta Economic Development • (719) 384-6965 www.VisitLaJunta.net La Junta Tourism Advisory Board • (719) 384-3600 Lamar Chamber • (719) 336-4379 • .www.lamarchamber.com Las Animas / Bent County Chamber • (719) 456-0453 Rocky Ford Chamber • (719) 254-7483 www.rockyfordchamber.net Springfield Chamber • (719) 523-4528 www.SpringfieldColorado.org Swink Town Hall • (719) 384-7155 • w . ww.swinkcolorado.com Walsh Town Hall • (719) 324-5411
BLACK HOLE AT TWO BUTTES CARRIZO CANYON. www.fs.fed.gov • Phone (719) 523-6591. PICTURE CANYON. Phone: (719) 523-6591. SANTA FE TRAIL. Phone (719) 523-6591. TURKS POND STATE WILDLIFE AREA Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site. Phone: (719) 383-5010. Western National Parks Association’s Book Store CHEYENNE COUNTY Cheyenne Wells Swimming Pool. Phone (719) 767-5585. Eastern Colorado Historical Old Jail Museum and Telephone Museum. Phone town Office at (719) 767-5865. Medicine Arrow Park. Contact Town Clerk’s Office (719) 767-5865. Smoky River Golf Course. Phone Pro Shop at (719) 767-5021. COLORADO WELCOME CENTER
SANTA FE TRAIL Phone (719) 336-3850. Las Animas Boggsville Historic Site. Phone (719) 456-1358. JOHN MARTIN DAM. Phone (719) 336-1690. LAS ANIMAS FISH HATCHERY & REARING UNIT. Phone (719) 456-0499.
Calendar of Events For a Full List of Events and Event Details, Contact Area Chambers of Commerce/Visitor’s Bureaus OCTOBER Cheyenne Wells – Rifle Deer Season Opens LA JUNTA – Picketwire Challenge Porsche Car Races SCCA Car Races LAMAR – Oktoberfest LAS ANIMAS – Bent County Harvest Show Oktoberfest SPRINGFIELD – Pumpkin Shine NOVEMBER Cheyenne Wells – Pheasant Season opens United Methodist Church Bazaar LA JUNTA – Annual Harvest Hoedown ROCKY FORD – Balloon Festival DECEMBER Cheyenne Wells Parade of Lights & Tumbleweed Christmas LA JUNTA – Bent’s Fort Winter Quarters Koshare Winter Ceremonials LAMAR – Lighting Of Enchanted Forest MARCH SPRINGFIELD – Spring Equinox Festival APRIL LAMAR – Denim & Lace Square Dance Review LAS ANIMAS – Santa Fe Trail Day MAY Cheyenne Wells – Annual Machine Gun
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Shoot & Military Vehicle Display LA JUNTA – Porsche Car Races Rocky Mtn. Vintage Car Races LAMAR – Lamar Days LAS ANIMAS – Huck Finn Day JUNE
Cheyenne Wells Annual Rhythm & Dirt Music Fest Mud Run Rod Run Car Show / Mud Drags CROWLEY – Traditional Mexican Fiesta Holly – Bluegrass Festival LA JUNTA – Mini-Pro Truck Races SCCA Car Races LAS ANIMAS – Annual Silly Home Built River Raft Race Santa Fe Trail Festival That Dam Race Rocky Ford – Cruisin’ Into Summer Springfield – Springfest in the Park JULY Cheyenne Wells America Proud Cheyenne County Fair & Rodeo Annual Tumbleweed Festival Pro Bull Riding Event Runnin’ For Jesus CROWLEY – Crowley County Days Fair & Rodeo FOWLER – Missouri Days LA JUNTA – Annual Ag Picnic Annual Native At Hearth Youth Powwow Sante Fe Trail Encampment
Koshare Indian Dancers Youth Powwow Silly Home Built River Raft Race LAS ANIMAS – Bent County Fair & Rodeo SPRINGFIELD – Moon Man Car Show AUGUST Cheyenne Wells America Proud Cheyenne County Fair & Rodeo KIT CARSON – Kit Carson Days LA JUNTA – Annual Kid’s Rodeo Bent’s Old Fort Founder’s Day Colorado Invitational Dove Hunt LAMAR – Sand & Sage Roundup LAS ANIMAS – Trinidad Run & Festival ROCKY FORD – Arkansas Valley Fair SPRINGFIELD – Baca County Fair and Rodeo SEPTEMBER Boggsville – Back to Boggsville Days EADS – Kiowa County Fair LA JUNTA – Colorado Invitational Dove Hunt Early Settlers’ Day Porsche Car Races LAMAR Fly-In Planes To Plains Fly-In Air Show LAS ANIMAS – Cowboy Days Las Animas County Fair Trinidad Round-Up Rodeo & Labor Day Golf Tourney ORDWAY – Octoberfest SPRINGFIELD Annual Fall Equinox Festival
RV Parks / Campgrounds & RV Services
Blue Spruce RV Park & Cabins At Vallecito Lake, CO • El. 7,800 feet 100 Sites • Full Hook-Ups • Free WiFi • Fishing • Hiking Horseback Riding • Winter Activities 1875 County Road 500 • Bayfield, CO 81122
(970) 884-2641 • (888) 884-2641
www.bluesprucervpark.com• E-mail: email@example.com
Goldfield Campground Family Owned For 60 Years • Friendliness & Cleanliness Have Built Our Business WiFi • Cable Television • Fifty 30-50 amp Sites • 12 Pull Through Sites • Cabins Tent Sites • Clean Restrooms • Private Showers & Dressing Rooms • Dump Station
411 South 26th Street • Colorado Springs, CO 80904 Toll Free: (888) 471-0495 www.goldfieldrvcampground.com
~ DOLORES ~ McPhee Mobile Home & RV Park 24990 Hwy. 184 • Dolores, CO 81323
Shower • Laundry Rooms • Next To McPhee Lake 27219 U.S. Hwy 40 • P.O. Box 1267 Kremmling, CO 80459
(866) 472-4943 Campsites with electric • Central dump & water fill stations • Boat rentals Boat ramp • Nightly & Seasonal Boat slips • Picnic areas • Lake & stream fishing Warmest reservoir in the mountains for water sports www.wolfordcampground.com
4J+1+1 RV Park & Campground OVER 50 YEARS!
Make our full-service campground along the Uncompahgre River your home base. Use convenient foot bridge to public mineral Hot Springs Pool • 58 RV Sites • 10 Tent Sites • 45 Full Hookups Free Internet Access • Open Campfires • BBQ Grills
790 Oak Street • Ouray, CO 81427 • (970) 325-4418
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Golden Eagle Ranch RV / Campground www.maymuseum-camp-rvpark.com Large Pull-Thrus • Full Hook-Ups • WiFi Access • Fishing • Hiking • Campfires
710 Rock Creek Canyon Road • Colorado Springs, CO 80926
(719) 576-0450 • Toll Free: (800) 666-3841
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Valley Sunset RV Ranch 1675 Hwy. 92 • Delta, CO 81416
(970) 874-0200 •
Open Year Round
www.valleysunsetrvranchdelta.com E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Large Pull-Thru RV Sites • 50 amp Full Hookups: Water, Sewer, Electric Showers • WiFi • Propane Laundry • Tents Welcome RV Dump Station • Playground RV & Boat Storage
2201 Central Avenue • Kremmling, CO 80459 (970) 724-9593•Toll Free: (877) 375-9593• www.redmtnrvpark.com
La Junta KOA RV Park
26680 West Hwy. 50 • La Junta, CO 81050 Res. (800) 562-9501 Info: (719) 384-9580 Super Patio Pull Thru Sites • Group Meeting Room With Kitchen
Pagosa Riverside Campground Unique, Quiet Campground on the San Juan River Wi-Fi - Gifts - Souvenirs On Hwy. 160, 1-1/3 Miles E. Of Hwy. 84
(970) 264-5874 • (888) 785-3234
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Sterling – COMFORT INN 2020 Leisure Lane Sterling, CO 80751 (970) 522-3700 Hotel Features: Business Center, Exercise Room, Free Continental Breakfast, Hi-Speed Internet, Meeting Space, Non-Smoking Rooms, Indoor Pool, Whirlpool. Denver Tech Center West COMFORT SUITES 7060 E. County Line Rd. Highlands Ranch, CO 80126 Phone: (303) 770-5400 Fax: (303) 770-3404 Features: Free Deluxe Hot Breakfast • Outdoor Spa with Sun Deck • Free WiFi • On-Site Fitness Center • Free Full Service Business Center • Complimentary Fresh Baked Cookies. www.hoteldenvertech.com Englewood/Denver Tech Center COMFORT SUITES 7374 S. Clinton St. Englewood, CO 80112 I-25 To Dry Creek Exit #196. East On Dry Creek Road. North On Clinton Street To Hotel. (303) 858-0700 (877) 424-6423 Fax (303) 708-0391 Features: 78 Non-Smoking Suites, High-Speed Wireless Internet Access In All Suites & Public Areas, Complimentary Full Hot Breakfast (Includes Belgium Waffle Bar), Microwave, Refrigerator, Extended Stay Rates, Mgr. Special Tue. - Thur., Meeting Room, Comp. USA Today, Free Local Calls, Kids Under 18 Stay Free, 24-Hour Coffee & Tea, Heated Indoor Pool & Spa, Elevator, Fax/ Copy Service, Showtime, CNN & ESPN, Pay Per View Movies, Dataport Phones w/Voicemail, Iron & Ironing Board & Hair Dryers In All Suites, Guest Laundry & Cardio Fitness Room. Denver Int. Airport 20 mi., Denver Tech Center 2 mi., Park Meadows Mall 1 Mi., Denver Broncos Training Camp 1.5 mi., Arapahoe Race Track 3 mi., Six Flags 15 mi., Ocean Journey 15 mi., Downtown Denver 20 mi., and Skiing 45 mi. Located in the heart of the Denver Tech Center within walking distance to many fine restaurants. Close to Coors Amphitheatre, Denver Art Museum, Zoo, Pepsi Center, Mile High Stadium, Coors Field Baseball Park & Elitch Gardens. Choice Privileges SM Frequent Travel Program. www.dtchotel.com Fort Collins COMFORT SUITES 1415 Oakridge Drive Fort Collins, CO 80524 (970) 206-4597 Features: 66 All Non-Smoking Mini-Suite Rooms that include: Microwave / Refrigerators, High-Speed Internet, Iron/ Ironing Board, Coffee Pot, Hair Dryer, TV w/64 Channels & SHOWTIME. In addition we offer a Deluxe Continental Breakfast, Indoor Heated Pool & Hot Tub, and we always welcome responsible pet owners. We look forward to welcoming You To Our “Comfort Suites” Circle Of Friends. www.choicehotels.com/hotel/CO706
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