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EDITORIAL Jenn Ooton Special Projects Editor jooton@times-call.com 303-684-5295

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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Victoria A.F. Camron, Rachel Carter, Susan Glarion, Jon Hoover, Tony Kindelspire, Magdalena Wegrzyn, Quentin Young

COVER DESIGN Rebekah Heil

4 Lakeside appeals to all ages 6 Pack a picnic with local foods 10 Music abounds at Planet Bluegrass

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14 Rolling cross country 15 Saddle up for rodeo season 18 Hydrate while on your adventures

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19 Check out local shopping sites 20 A world of cuisine 26 Fun awaits in Winter Park

25 An adventure on horseback

30 Explore local museums

STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERS Joshua Buck, Lewis Geyer, Richard M. Hackett, Paul Litman, Jill P. Mott

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31 Discover nature at local attractions 32 Don’t miss local arts and festivals

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33 Feel the water while boating

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34 Hike to local areas

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Full of History Lakeside Amusement Park

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By Rachel Carter • Longmont Times-Call

f you’re looking for a perfectly plastic Disney-esque experience, you won’t find it at Lakeside Amusement Park. If you’re looking to drop $35 just to get in the gates, or spend $7 on a soda, then Lakeside’s not your destination. If you’re looking for the latest and greatest in whiplashinducing rides, Lakeside won’t fulfill your expectations. But, if you’re looking for a place so filled with history you can smell it, so thickly covered in nostalgia you can feel it, so reminiscent of a time most generations will never know — or can hardly remember — then, absolutely, go to Lakeside Amusement Park. Sure, it’s not new and shiny. Sure, it’s

graying and a bit grimy. Sure it is; it’s 101 years old. Lakeside has aged, but she has aged gracefully given that she just surpassed a century, and the park is still beautiful, lighted at night by thousands of bulbs on the Tower of Jewels and by Art Deco neon signs glowing throughout the park. The park celebrated its 100th anniversary last year. Lakeside opened in 1908 amid much fanfare, people hailing it as “The Coney Island of the West,” and The Denver Post saying “Lakeside’s 100,000 lights will turn night into day!” Denver brewer Adolph Zang opened the park, which was nicknamed the “White City” for its white ExpositionContinued on 5


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Continued from 4 style architecture and countless lights. Ben Krasner bought the park in the 1930s, and his daughter, Rhoda, and her daughter, Brenda, continue the tradition today — making it one of the oldest amusement parks in the nation and one of the few remaining family-owned operations in the country. Lakeside offers 40 different rides for adults and children: some newer and scarier, such as ZOOM, a 140foot-tall tower that drops its riders in a near free-fall, but many are older and more likely to remind riders of a trip to the county fair or summer carnival. The Cyclone Coaster, a wooden roller coaster that was built in 1940, takes riders to a peak of 90 feet and reaches a top speed of 50 mph. American Coaster Enthusiasts honored the Cyclone with its ACE Coaster Classics award and in 2003 designated it a “landmark coaster.” Park owner Ben Krasner hired the T.M. Harton company to build a coaster similar to one in New Orleans that he had admired, according to ACE. The Cyclone opened to the public May 17, 1940, replacing the popular Derby Racer. Another coaster-like ride is the Wild Chipmunk, which opened at the park in 1955. Unlike traditional coasters with the cars attached in long train, the Chipmunk has individual cars that follow a compact, jerky track and makes riders feel like the car is going to hurl right off the rails. The Merry-Go-Round is original to the park

and riders have a variety of hand-carved animals (and some chariots) from which to choose. The Skoota Boats pool — where bumper boats bounce into each other — once was the final splash of a log-ride forerunner, Shoot-theChutes. Riders boarded boat-like carts that were hoisted to the top of a ramp and launched down into the pool. Other classics include a Ferris wheel, bumper cars, bumper boats, and the TiltA-Whirl, the Scrambler, the Spider, the Round-Up and the Matterhorn. The park also has two miniature steam trains — Puffing Billy and Whistling Tom — that travel around the shores of Lake Rhoda. Both trains are from the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair and have been at Lakeside since 1908, according to the park’s Web site. Kiddies’ Playland is for children only; 16 rides for one coupon each — 50 cents a ride — that includes a kiddie coaster, a canoe ride, flying space ships and tiny Ferris wheel. Entrance to the park is $2.50 per person, paid at the parking lot entrance or at the walk-up gate on Sheridan Boulevard. Visitors can either buy tickets to ride the rides, or an unlimited ride wrist band, which runs $13.75 during the week and $19.75 on weekends and holidays. Unlike most amusement parks, visitors can bring their own food into the park for picnic lunches and dinners. Come by for a visit at 4601 Sheridan Blvd., Denver or call 303477-1621 or visit www.lakesideamusementpark.com.

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Pack a picnic with local goods

Fresh Taste By Susan Glairon Longmont Times-Call

Food just tastes better outdoors. The smell of the grass, the warmth of the sun and the sound of a running creek inspire the taste buds. Lugging an overflowing picnic basket to a favorite lookout awakens the hunger within and makes flavors more intense and satisfying. But so often, what’s in our basket is less than inspiring. This time, leave the tuna fish and egg salad sandwiches home and visit the Longmont Farmers Market, which opens Saturday. Deborrah Traylor (“Chef Deb”), who’s often found at the market dishing out food samples, created an early- and a late-season picnic menu using only foods found at the market. These recipes are no fuss. Just shop the market, throw the ingredients in your basket along with some plates, cutlery, a sharp knife, cutting board and blanket, and drive directly to your special place.

May Picnic Serves two While tomatoes and other warmweather vegetables won’t be ready until the summer, early May is rich with fresh salad greens and newly harvested garlic. Open-faced Spring Garlic and Fresh Greens Sandwich Ingredients: 1 small bulb spring garlic with greens attached

Cinnamon and cayenne roasted almonds with Haystack Mountain goat cheese goes well with the spring garlic and fresh greens sandwich designed by Longmont Chef Deborrah Traylor. Traylor designed the picnic with ingredients that can be purchased from the Longmont Farmer’s Market. (Richard M. Hackett/Times-Call) 2 to 4 ounces Boulder Chevre or Applewood Smoked Chevre from Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy (suggested by Maureen Reagan, sales and marketing manager for Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy, Longmont) 1 loaf Italian or chiabata bread from the Styria Bakery Vanilla Fig Balsalmic Vinegar or Caramelized Red Onion and Fig Spread (if you use this spread, put it right on the bread, but omit the suggested garlic) from Corner Market Secret Recipes (suggested by Carol Ann Kates, owner of Corner Market Secret Recipes in Fort Collins) Handful mixed organic salad greens Finely chop the garlic and some of the green stalks. Spread cheese on bread then sprinkle garlic and garlic

greens on top. Place salad greens on top of sandwich. Drizzle Vanilla Fig Balsalmic Vinegar over the top of the sandwich. Alternate: Spread Caramelized Red Onion and Fig Spread on bread. Spread cheese on bread and place greens on top of cheese. Omit the garlic.

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1 package of cinnamon and cayenne roasted almonds from Spice (suggested by Justin Perkins, owner of Spice) 1 bottle Chardonnay (chilled in your picnic cooler) or Merlot from Boulder Creek Winery, (suggested by Jackie Thompson, Boulder Creek Winery’s owner and wine-maker)

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April 26, 2009 Longmont Chef Deborrah Traylor designed the picnic with ingredients that can be purchased from the Longmont Farmer’s Market. (Richard M. Hackett/Times-Call)

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Two pieces apple strudel from the American European Kitchen

August Picnic Serves two

Snack

2 small bags kettle corn from Huck’s Kettle Corn

Colorful Summer Salad Ingredients: Variety of red, orange and yellow summer tomatoes Small bunch of mizuna (Japanese spicy green) from Toad Gardens Meyer Lemon Grapeseed Oil Salad Spritzer (from Corner Market Secret Recipes)

Salt and pepper 2 gyros from the Giggling Greek restaurant 2 Silver Canyon Coffee Company iced teas Quarter the tomatoes and cut in half again. Add a few leaves of hand-torn mizuna. Drizzle some of the grapeseed oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with gyros and iced tea.

Dessert

Squeeze of honey 1 round Camembert Cheese (suggested by Robert Poland, co-owner MouCo Cheese Co.) 2 Western Slope peaches 1 cantaloupe or honeydew melon For dessert, drizzle some honey over the cheese and slice into finger-size bites. Quarter the peaches, slice the melon and serve next to the cheese.

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Check out local farmers’ markets

As the signs of spring and summer arrive, so do farmers’ markets, popping up in cities and towns of all sizes and providing a fresh food option through the fall. Here is a list of farmers’ markets in the area:

Longmont Farmers’ Market

Where: Boulder County Fairgrounds, Hover Street and Boston Avenue, Longmont When: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, May 2 through Oct. 31 More info: www.longmontfarmers.com

Boulder Farmers’ Market

Where: Next to Central Park on 13th Street between Canyon Boulevard and Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder When: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, April 4 through Nov. 7; and 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, May 6 through Oct. 7. More info: 303-910-2236 or www.boulderfarmers.org

Fort Collins Farmers’ Market

Where: Parking lot at the southwest corner of Harmony and Lemay in Fort Collins When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays, May through October; and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, June through October More info: www.fortnet.org/market

Larimer County Farmers’ Market

Where: Larimer County Courthouse parking lot on the north side of Oak Street between Mason and Howes streets. When: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, June 27 through Oct. 10 More info: Call 970-498-6000, e-mail astoven@larimer.org or visit www.colostate.edu/Depts/CoopExt/LARIMER/farmmkt08.htm

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Concerts, classes and camaraderie at Planet Bluegrass By Quentin Young • Longmont Times-Call


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Find out more at www.bluegrass.com.

Planet World Happenings Folks Festival When: August 14 to 16 Where: Planet Bluegrass, 500 W. Main St., Lyons Cost: Starting at $45 Information: www.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422

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U.S. Highway 36 passes through town and proceeds up a slight slope into the Foothills. But before it leaves the small town of Lyons, the road skirts on the south bank of the St. Vrain River a level lawn, which is partly obscured and easily missed. In fact it’s home to a whole planet — Planet Bluegrass, a concert venue, a festival producer, a promoter of green practices, an educator and an incubator of talent that draws intermingling nations of fans, performers and students. Steve Szymanski, vice president of Planet Bluegrass, says, “A tribal or community experience around the arts is what we offer.”

The Planet’s World

The Planet occupies 18 acres on the west side of Lyons. Nine structures dot the property, including offices and stages. The setting is inspiring. Red rocks rise up to the north and west, and the gurgling of the St. Vrain River is the de facto soundtrack. Visitors can feel like they’ve gotten away from it all, but the conveniences of town are a walk away. Festival-goers often camp at the property, and acoustic campground jam sessions late into the morning are hardly unusual. “It’s like a mini-city,” Szymanski says. “You sleep, eat and listen to music together.”

Telluride Bluegrass Festival The Telluride Bluegrass Festival, though it occurs miles away from Lyons, is the Planet’s superpower. Every year, musicians and “festivarians” from around the country trek to Telluride for a weekend of boundary-breaking bluegrass and roots music. “Telluride Bluegrass is a style in itself,” Szymanski says. The seminal band Newgrass Revival is credited with pushing limits at the festival and setting an example that continues today. The 36th annual event is planned for June 18 to 21, which coincides with the summer solstice. Artists this year include Elvis Costello and David Byrne. The festival’s house musicians form a dream band: Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer and Bryan Sutton.

RockyGrass

When: July 24 to 26 Where: Planet Bluegrass, 500 W. Main St., Lyons Cost: Starting at $50 Information: www.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422

Song School

When: Aug. 9 to 13 Where: Planet Bluegrass, 500 W. Main St., Lyons Cost: Starting at $100 Information: www.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422

Left: Telluride Bluegrass Festival. (Courtesy Benko Photographics)

Telluride Bluegrass Festival

When: June 18 to 21 Where: Planet Bluegrass, 500 W. Main St., Lyons Cost: Starting at $60 Information: www.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422

Wildflower Concert Series

When: Ongoing dates throughout summer Where: Planet Bluegrass, 500 W. Main St., Lyons Cost: Starting at $10 Information: www.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422

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Song School Want to learn how to do what Planet Bluegrass’ performers do? During the Planet’s Song School, emerging songwriters spend a week at the Planet learning from the pros how to craft and perform their own songs. Past students include Kort McCumber, who later moved to Boulder County and is now one of the region’s emerging artists. Classes on writing, delivery, promotion and other aspects of the singer-songwriter’s trade are only part of the school’s appeal. Participants also enjoy camaraderie, and they benefit from each other’s feedback. Previous page: Jim Broyles works on writing a song next to the St. Vrain River along with other musicians during the 12th Annual Song School at Planet Bluegrass in Lyons in 2007. (Jill P. Mott/Times-Call)


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Bluegrass musicians, from left, Harrison Cargill, a banjo player, Nate Luebbe, 20, on fiddle, Caroline Clark, 18, mandolin player, and Robert Clark,16 on bass jam together on a tune in 2007 at Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons. (Jill P. Mott/Times-Call) Far right: RockyGrass Festival in Lyons. (Courtesy Benko Photographics)

RockyGrass RockyGrass is the Planet’s other annual bluegrass festival, and this one takes place right on the Planet’s property. The music is comparatively more traditional than at Telluride, however pure tradition is not required. The adventurous Punch Brothers, for example, performed last year. The festival includes instrument contests, a family tent, jam circles and other side activities. For a week before the festival, Planet Bluegrass offers its RockyGrass Academy, during which participants learn bluegrass from world-class performers. The academy also includes an instrument building workshop. Students work with a kit to build a mandolin in four days. This year’s festival is planned for July 24 to 26. Performers include Sam Bush, Del McCoury Band, Peter Rowan, Steve Earle, Hot Rize and Earl Scruggs.

Folks Festival It’s called Planet Bluegrass. But the Planet is too big for one genre of music. The annual Folks Festival celebrates the art of the song. Some of the best songwriters around travel every year to Lyons and share their tunes with an attentive and appreciative crowd. The event includes songwriting workshops, where aspiring Bob Dylans hone their craft. This year’s festival is planned for Aug. 14 to 16. The lineup includes Rufus Wainwright, Susan Tedeschi, Dougie MacLean and Brett Dennen. Far left: Singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb performs at the 2005 Folks Festival. (Lewis Geyer/Times-Call) Left top: Betsy Novak of Boulder dances to the music of Arthur Lee Land in 2007 during the Folks Festival. (Joshua Buck/Times-Call) Left bottom: People play with hula hoops at the Folks Festival. (Courtesy Benko Photographics)

Wildflower Concert Series During the Wildflower Concert Series, the Planet feels more like a hamlet as artists give intimate performances in the Wildflower Pavilion, a scaled-down venue on the ranch. That does not mean the quality of the acts is scaled-down: recent performers have included the John Cowan Band and Michelle Shocked. Upcoming shows in the spring series include the John Jorgenson Quintet on May 7 and Cadillac Sky on May 15.

The John Cowan Band performs at the Wildflower Concert Series. (Courtesy Benko Photographics) Right: Music fans gather inside the Wildflower Pavilion at Planet Bluegrass in 2007. (Jill P. Mott/ Times-Call)


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Midway on High Street Good Old Days Main Stage Food & Beer Garden Games & Rides Sandstone Art/Craft Fair River Run 5k Softball Tournament Lyons Little Pet\Doll Parade Library Book / Bake Sale For questions please call Lyons Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Events at (303) 823-8250

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Ro l l i n g

Cross Country By Magdalena Wegrzyn Longmont Times-Call

Mike Barrow rides mountain bikes because it’s the closest he can get to flying, says the 52-year-old outdoors enthusiast. “A bicycle is the one thing that makes a man feel like a bird,” says Barrow, past president of the Boulder Mountainbike Alliance, a nonprofit organization that partners with land management agencies in Boulder County to maintain and design bike trails. “A airport transports the body, but a bicycle makes you feel the wind fly.” The key to an enjoyable mountain bike ride starts by knowing which land-use agency owns the trails you plan to ride, says Elaine Wells, visitor services specialist at the Boulder Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service. “You need to have a map and make sure that map has information about the land these trails are on,” Wells says, adding that most trails open to bikers are on land owned by the federal, state, county and city governments. “It’s important because different land management agencies have different rules and regulations.” Wells says a prime example of these nuances is evident in Betesso Preserve, which is maintained by Boulder County. Mountain biking is prohibited on Wednesdays and Saturdays at Canyon Loop Trail, one of the area’s main trails. Knowing ahead of time who owns the trails saves time and money. On county trails, fines for mountain bikers who venture off designated trails start at $50. Pascale Fried, education and outreach coordinator for the Boulder County Parks and

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For more information, maps and descriptions, visit these sites: • Boulder Mountainbike Alliance: www.bma-mtb.org • Boulder County Parks and Open Space: www.bouldercounty.org/openspace • City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks: www.bouldercolorado.gov • U.S. Forest Service: www.fs.fed.us

Mountain bike friendly areas Betasso Preserve

Location: 6 miles west of Boulder off Sugarloaf Road Trails: Canyon Loop Trail, 3.2 miles Owned by: Boulder County Parks and Open Space Difficulty: Beginner to intermediate Additional : Mountain biking on the Canyon Loop Trail is not allowed on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Bikers must travel one direction through the loop.

Rabbit Mountain Open Space

Location: East of Lyons off Colo. Highway 66 Trails: Eagle Wind Trail, 3 miles. Little Thompson Overlook Trail, 1 mile. Owned by: Boulder County Parks and Open Space Difficulty: Beginner to Intermediate Additional: The land south and east of the Eagle Wind Trail is closed Dec. 15 through July 15 to protest nesting eagles. Although closure don't affect trail use, visitors found in the wildlife closure area can be ticketed.

Walker Ranch

Location: 7.5 miles west of Boulder off Flagstaff Road Trails: Walker Ranch Loop, 8.2 miles. Meyers Homestead Trail, 2.5 miles one-way Owned by: Boulder County Parks and Open Space Difficulty: Meyers Homestead Trail is for beginners. Walker Ranch Loop is intermediate to advanced. Additional: Part of the the Walker Ranch Loop is owned and operated by the El Dorado Canyon State Park.

Hall Ranch

Location: Entrance is on Colo. Highway 7, one mile west of Lyons Trails: Nelson Loop, 2.2 miles. Bitterbrush Trail, 3.7 miles, one-way Owned by: Boulder County Parks and Open Space Difficulty: Intermediate to advanced

Heil Valley Ranch

Location: South entrance is northwest of Boulder on Geer Canyon Road off Left Hand Canyon Road. North entrance is at a temporary parking area west of Red Gulch Road in Lyons. Trails: Wapiti Trail, 2.5 miles. Ponderosa Loop Trail, 2.6 miles. Wild Turkey Trail, 3 miles. Picture Rock Trail, 5.2 miles. Owned by: Boulder County Parks and Open Space Difficulty: Intermediate to advanced Additional: Until a permanent trail head is finished, cyclists are encouraged to park at Meadows Park and Sandstone Park.

West Magnolia

Longmont resident Terry Gust rides on Picture Rock Trail between Lyons and Heil Valley Ranch in 2008. (Lewis Geyer/Times-Call)

Location: South of Nederland Trails: There are 23 miles worth of trails within the area, including 17 trails and roads for mountain bikers Owned by: Boulder Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service Difficulty: Beginner to advanced

Owned by: City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Difficulty: Beginner to intermediate Additional: High Plains Trail goes through a conservation areas where travel is restricted to the trail.

Boy Scout Dot Trails or Front Range Trailhead

Location: South on El Dorado Springs Drive Trails: Doudy Draw Trail, half-mile trail before intersecting with Community Ditch Trail. Spring Brook North, 1.2 miles. Spring Brook South, 1.1 miles Owned by: City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Difficulty: Intermediate Additional: Bikes are not allowed on Goshawk Ridge Trail.

Location: East of the Peak to Peak Highway Trails: There are 10 miles of trail east of Peak to Peak Highway, North of Magnolia Road and South of Boulder Canyon Owned by: Boulder Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service Difficulty: Intermediate to advanced Additional: These trails lead into the Reynolds Ranch Open Space, owned by Boulder County Parks and Open Space.

Marshall Mesa

Location: South edge of Boulder at intersection of Colo. Highway 93 and Marshall Drive Trails: Community Ditch Trail, 4 miles. Greenbelt Plateau Trail, 1.6 miles. High Plains Trail, 2.5 miles

Doudy Draw

Boulder Valley Ranch

Location: North of Boulder off U.S. Highway 36 and Long Horn Road Trails: Trails: Eagle Trail, 3.2 miles. Sage Trail, 1.2 miles. Owned by: City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Difficulty: Beginner


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Before you hit the trail riding 1. Invest in a map that clearly marks the trails you plan to ride and which land-use agency owns them. If you plan to venture off the marked trails, make sure your map also outlines where private property begins. 2. Call ahead to make sure weather conditions haven’t shut down the trail. You can also call for suggestions on how to maximize your trip. 3. Tell someone where you’re going. Because you probably won’t have cell service on the trails, make sure you let people back home know where you’ll be for the day. 4. Be aware of your surroundings. Know who will be on the trail with you. Hikers, children and pets can be obstacles if you aren’t expecting them. 5. Bring along a first aide kit, food, water, proper gear and extra supplies if you need to stop and fix your bike.

Helpful phone numbers • Boulder Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service: 303-541-2500 • Boulder County Parks and Open Spaces: 303-678-6200 • City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Department: 720-564-2000

Check out local rodeos The Boulder County Fair, Livestock Show and Rodeo offers fun for people of all ages. The carnival, rodeos, livestock shows, horse shows and exhibits have something to entice everyone. The eight days packed with entertainment will keep people busy during the dog days of summer.

Boulder County Fair, Livestock Show and Rodeo Where: Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont When: July 31 through Aug. 8 How much: Free. Call for more information about special events ticket prices. More info: 303-772-7170 or www.bouldercountyfair.org

Greeley Stampede

Where: Island Grove Regional Park, 600 N. 14th Ave., Greeley When: June 25 through July 5 Cost: Admission to the event grounds is free. Pro Rodeo tickets $10 to $22; Kid’s Rodeo $6 to $9; concerts $20 to $68; Demolition Derby $12 to $22; parking fees: $7 to $10 per vehicle More info: 800-982-2855, 970-356-7787 or www.greeleystampede.org

Larimer County Fair and Rodeo

Where: Larimer County Fairgrounds at The Ranch, off Interstate 25 at Crossroads Boulevard When: The Larimer County Fair is July 31 through Aug.4.

Eddie Schmidt, of Loveland takes top honors Aug. 9, 2008 in the Saddle Bronco competition in the Colorado Senior Pro Charity Rodeo. (Jill P. Mott/Times-Call)

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Where: Fairgrounds at Stanley Park, U.S. Highway 36 and Community Drive, Estes Park When: July 7 through July 12; kick-off parade: 10:30 a.m. July 7, downtown Estes Park Cost: General admission seats are $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 3 to 11. Box seat tickets are $20 for all ages. Parking is $5. More info: 970-586-6104 or www.estesnet.com/events/rooftoprodeo.htm

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Keep Hydrated By Jenn Ooton Longmont Times-Call

Planning on taking in Colorado’s gorgeous views via its trails or waterways this summer? Make sure to bring along plenty of water to keep hydrated, especially if you are headed to the high Nalgene 32 ounce country. Traci Thompson, a registered dietitian at IMAGEplus+ Health Concepts in Littleton, explains that at high altitude — 6,000 feet or higher — your kidneys are working harder and putting out more urine. Additionally, you are losing more fluid than you would at lower elevations through evaporation, and your Platypus appetite and thirst mechanism is CamelBak LUXE Cleanstream lessened. Gravity Filter Even at lower altitudes, by the System time you are thirsty, you are behind on your fluid intake, Thompson says. So, it’s important to increase the cups of fluid consumed per day when you are in the mountains. For an adult at lower altitudes, fluid consumption during a routine day GoLite should be about eight to 10 glasses of Hydroswift fluid (including food, water and caffeinated beverages), according to Thompson. At higher altitudes, consumption should increase to about 12 to 17 cups, or 3 to 4 liters a day. So, at higher altitudes when exercising recreationally, fluid consumption should be even higher: about 1 to 2 cups an hour. If you are exercising for more than an hour, you should take a sports drink to replenish electrolytes, according to Thompson. And if you are starting to feel the effects of altitude sickness — dizziness, nausea or fatigue — sit down and sip some water. Good advice for people visiting from sea level is to carry twice as much water with you as you would normally. Paul Kammermeier, a clinical exercise physiologist at the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine, says a person’s urine should be pale and copious when he or she goes to the bathroom. If it’s not, dehydration will hurt performance for athletes. A distance runner who can run 10 kilometers in 35 minutes when normally hydrated would be slowed by 2 minutes, 48 seconds when dehydrated by 4 percent of body weight, he says. Thompson recommends competitive athletes consult a registered dietician for individualized recommendations for fluid intake. Whether you are an athlete or a day-tripper out for a quick hike or bike ride, there are plenty of ways to tote your water. Here are a few examples of fashionable water bottles or packs that make it easy to bring water with you (or, in the case of a backpacker needing to filter bacteria from unclean water, the Platypus Cleanstream Gravity Filter System, to filter water).


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Downtown Longmont. (Paul Litman/Times-Call)

Where: North Lincoln and Cleveland avenues, between First Street and Eisenhower Boulevard More info: 970-214-3177 or www.downtownloveland.org

Pearl Street Mall

Where: Second Avenue between the Diagonal Highway and Niwot Road What: Old Town features many specialty boutiques, antiques, art galleries, jewelry, clothing, salons, a coffee shop and two world-class restaurants. More info: www.niwot.com

Where: Ninth Street to 15th Street, Boulder What: A wide range of shops, including gift and variety stores, restaurants, cafes, bars, vendors and a theater. The four-block pedestrian-only section is a popular place for musicians and performers. When: Generally, stores are open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. More info: 303-449-3774 or www.boulderdowntown.com

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What: Discount stores for just about any item a shopper could want, including clothing, leather luggage and handbags, bedding, fine china, kitchen and household goods, watches and jewelry. Where: 5661 McWhinney Blvd., Loveland More info: 970-663-1916 or www.outletsatloveland.com

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What: More than 60 mostly big-name shops and restaurants in an open-air lifestyle center setting with a winter skating rink and fire pit, seasonal fountain, children’s play area and walking paths. Where: U.S. Highway 34 in Loveland, east of Interstate 25 More info: 970-461-1285 or www.promenadeshopsatcenterra.com

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A World Of Cuisine only a few miles away

By Jon Hoover Longmont Times-Call

In these lean economic times, not everyone has enough disposable income to travel to exotic locales such as Europe and Africa. Fortunately, area restaurants offer different varieties of cuisine from around the world. From quick walk-up counter delicacies to hidden alpine gems to extravagant gourmet, only a short drive separates Longmont’s foodies from a whole world of culinary curiosities. The following is this spring’s survey of some of the best restaurants in the Longmont area. You can find suggestions for an entire season’s worth of dining out. You can find options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You could choose a light, health conscious vegetarian dish or some good old fashioned meat and potatoes. You can revel in the comfort of familiarity with a juicy, all-American cheeseburger. The guide gives you a price range with one dollar sign for inexpensive, two for mid-priced and three on the high end. So when your stomach starts growling, the solution is simple: choose your destination, go forth and eat.

ChoCho’s Deluxe Burrito comes with any two ingredients of beans, cheese, beef, potatoes, chicharrones, chicken or shredded beef. (Paul Litman/Times-Call)

ChoCho’s Mexican Restaurant About four years ago, Melanie Martinez was working in the purchasing department of a local technology company when she decided it was time to do something different. She opened ChoCho’s in Firestone — a Mexican eatery focused on family recipes. ChoCho’s is convenient for people on Address: 11078 the go with call-ahead orders or driveCimmarron St., Firestone, through service. For those who want to 303-776-4277 $ venture inside, they can place their orders at a walk-up counter. Once you set- Hours: Monday through tle into a table and booth, choose from a Friday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; half dozen imported Mexican hot sauces Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Style: Mexican for those who want to add a little kick to Martinez’s already simmering chilies and salsas. The signature item on the menu is the ChoCho, named after what Martinez’s children used to call empanadas. The ChoCho is homemade flour dough folded over a choice of ingredients, then deep fried. Order it plain or covered in smothered homemade chili and cheese, or adding lettuce and tomato. ChoCho’s features well-known Mexican favorites like enchiladas and tostadas, but also features some innovative twists Martinez crafted such as the q-taco — a taco inside a quesadilla and the Mexican hamburger consisting of hamburger, rice, beans, lettuce, tomato and cheese smothered in green chili over a tortilla. Vegetarians can choose anything from a guacamole tostada to a smothered three bean and cheese enchilada. In the morning, ChoCho’s offers a variety of Mexican breakfast dishes including breakfast burritos and a bacon and cheese quesadilla.


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Andrea’s Homestead Cafe For many generations, Andrea Liermann’s family owned a large hotel and brewery on the border of Bavaria and Thuringia in Germany called Falkenstein. It was there Liermann honed her restaurant management and hospitality skills. Coming to Colorado at age 21 with her young son, she worked at the Black Bear Inn in Lyons and helped establish the Old Prague Inn near Longmont on Colo. Highway 66. In 1977, she remodeled an old filling station and fulfilled her dream of opening her own cafe — Andrea’s Homestead Cafe. Address: 216 E. Main St., Lyons, The decor has an inviting, Old 303-823-5000, www.andreashomesteadcafe.com World allure. Customers dine $$ under the watchful eyes of the Hours: Thursday through Monday, animals mounted on the wall 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and they are reminded of the Style: German time by the antique German cuckoo clock. Andrea’s is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, or brunch for the indecisive. They offer traditional German favorites, such as wienerschnitzel, bratwurst, sauerbraten, rouladen and Munich Backhändel: half of a juicy roasted chicken served over homemade bread dumplings. Andrea’s also serves a variety of traditional American and southwestern fare such as the Gorganzola Bacon Burger or the Blue Corn Enchilada. The highlight of the sandwich menu is the Philmore: thinly sliced ham, bacon, tomatoes, cheese and mushrooms on grilled sourdough. Andrea’s offers a range of vegetarian options, as well. Deanne Schaible has worked at Andrea’s for 23 years. In addition to cooking and managing the restaurant in the morning, Schaible specializes in preparing homemade baked goods and can even bake cakes to order with a few days notice. Schaible takes credit for inventing one of the more popular breakfast items, Mark’s scramble. According to Schaible, Liermann’s son, Mark, would come in to Andrea’s in the morning and demand that Schaible “fix him up some food.” Liermann plans to add new appetizers and tapas to her menu. She hopes these items will appeal to bikers, hikers, horseback riders or anyone passing through Lyons who wants to stop in for a quick, light snack along with a beer or glass of wine.

One of the benefits of living in the Longmont area is easy access to the nearby mountains. Hungry hikers, cyclists and sightseers can find succor among the rustic cabins of Allenspark at the Meadow Mountain Cafe. Proprietress Roxanne “Rocky” St. John offers traditional American breakfast, lunch items and homemade soups. St. John is also famous for her baked goods like pies, rolls, breads and muffins, all prepared from scratch. The small, rustic cabin has an embracing ambiance that makes visitors feel at home from the start. Although seating is limited, it is not uncommon for customers to invite strangers to join them at their table. For breakfast, St. John has created some fantastic omelette recipes, such as the Crystal Spring Omelette with spinach, mushrooms, green onions and Swiss cheese. St. John also recommends her huevos rancheros. For lunch, try a variety of burgers and sandwiches. The Address: 441 Colo. salmon burger with grated carrots Highway 7, Allenspark, and nuts is perfect for diners craving 303-747-2541 something off the beaten path for $ lunch. The Meadow Mountain Cafe alHours: 7:30 a.m. to 2 so offers a variety of vegetarian dishes. p.m. in winter, 7:30 a.m. Rocky tries to offer at least one vegeto 3 p.m. in summer, tarian soup every day such as a cabOpen 364 days a year bage soup based on a neighbor’s (closed Christmas) recipe. Style: American There has been a restaurant at this location since 1946, though there have been a number of owners. St. John has been working at the Meadow Mountain Cafe for 25 years and has owned and operated it for almost two years. The original Lil’s Cafe was built by a couple who lived across the street. According to St. John’s husband, Dan, Lil was notorious for her pies. Lil’s legacy is intact, as St. John’s pies are popular with the many Allenspark locals who frequent the cafe. According to Rocky, many of her customers are people travelling along the Peak to Peak Highway who just happen to “stumble upon” her cozy little eatery. Such travellers are extremely fortunate, as it is worth a trip to Allenspark just for a bite to eat or a slice of pie. Specialty omelet with pancakes and toast from Meadow Mountain Cafe in Allenspark. (Paul Litman/Times-Call)


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The Derby Grille

Poor Boy Salad from the Derby Grille. (Paul Litman/Times-Call)

From Mark Twain to Jack Kerouac, the road trip has always been a central part of the American experience. One of the best parts of a road trip is finding a bite to eat at a previously unknown, out of the way little road house. Longmont residents seeking such a getaway need look no further than nearby Berthoud. The Derby Grille has been offering cold beer, good burgers and a lively atmosphere since 1993. The Derby Grille has all the charms of a typical bar including a loud jukebox, boisterous local crowd and a gregarious staff that makes regulars and first-time visitors feel welcome. One is likely to encounter a diverse cast of characters that might include motorcycle enthusiasts, local farmers and ranchers, upwardly mobile professionals or eccentric Berthoud locals. The Derby Grille’s menu includes a variety of char-grilled burgers and sandwiches headlined by the Big Daddy O burger, a 1-pound behemoth sure to satisfy the heartiest of appetites. The Derby Grille serves appetizers such as mouth-watering fried pickle spears and also offers a range

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of breakfast items from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday and Sunday. Every Friday the Derby Grille has a fish fry, including their famous walleye served with corn on the cob starting at 4 p.m. They also offer an after-hours menu from 9 p.m. to midnight, including pizza, French fries and other pub fare. The social scene at the Derby Grille is quite lively. There is an open mic night on Tuesdays and on “thirsty Thursdays” visitors can enjoy Derby Margaritas for $4. Friday night there is a typically raucous karaoke night and Sunday night a more family oriented karaoke night. Beginning Memorial Day weekend, the Derby Grille will have two or three live bands every Saturday night starting around 5 p.m. One of the highlights of the Derby Grille is its outdoor patio, a comfortable, grassy area canopied by lights.

Tortuga’s Chef Pete McLaughlin hails from Florida, where he grew up cooking and eating all kinds of seafood. McLaughlin, along with his co-owners, wife Michelle McLaughlin and Tripp Lindley, recognized that landlocked Longmont could use a gourmet seafood restaurant. The restaurant is tucked away in a such as house in one of the older neighborhoods in Longmont. Tortuga’s offers unique appetizers such as the delectable Shrimp Ceviche or the flavorful Smoked Salmon Wontons. Having a small restaurant with a somewhat confined kitchen causes McLaughlin to be creative with his menu. Although the menu is small McLaughlin tries to change it as often as he can. Tortuga’s offers top notch versions of cajun standards like jambalaya, etouffee and fried catfish. The small menu has a lot to offer but what keeps people coming back are the specials. McLaughlin improvises different specials based on what kind of fish are fresh and in season. McLaughlin has fresh fish flown in daily from a distributor in New England.

Address: 218 Coffman St., Longmont, 303-772-6954 $$$ Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 5 to 9 p.m. Style: Carribean/Cajun

Jambalaya at Tortuga’s. (Richard M. Hackett/ Times-Call)

Aside from specials, visitors to Tortuga’s can try fish or chicken prepared in one of McLaughlin’s signature sauces such as the Mojo sauce, a blend of Caribbean flavors over rice and beans. The hard surfaces and confined space tend to make the dining room a little loud when crowded. While a quiet, intimate meal is not always possible, Tortuga’s is a great place to go for people who want to have a few drinks with dinner. The signature drinks such as Bubba’s Love Punch

(named after McLaughlin’s brother-in-law) or the Rastaman which contains Tortuga’s home made ginger beer are a great compliment with dinner. When weather permits, the patio at Tortuga’s is usually packed to the gills. Someone living in Longmont might feel like they could not get any further from the ocean. For those who can’t make it to the beach, sitting on the patio at Tortuga’s, sipping a Bayou Breeze and enjoying fresh, delicious sea food is the next best thing.


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The Melting Pot

From left: Ana Williams, Erika Primozich, Heather Pylant and Ruth Moore peruse the menu at Ras Kassa’s Ethiopian Restaurant in Boulder. (Lewis Geyer/Times-Call)

Ras Kassa’s After stepping through the doors of Boulder’s Ras Kassa’s one might think they have been instantly transported to the heart of Ethiopia. The smell of frankincense hangs in the air, mingling with an assortment of exotic spices too numerous Address: 2111 30th St., E, to distinguish that drift Boulder, 303-447-2919, out of the kitchen. The www.raskassas.com staff is warm and friendly $$ and they treat every cusHours: Lunch Monday tomer like a new member through Friday, 11 a.m. to of their family. 2 p.m. Dinner 5 to 10 p.m. To enjoy a meal at Ras Nightly Kassa’s, most visitors will Style: Ethiopian have to become familiar with Ethiopian culinary customs. Food is served atop a mesob, a low woven table designed to contain the various stews and other dishes that make up a typical Ethiopian meal. Instead of using utensils, Ethiopian people eat with their right hands, using pieces of a fermented flour flat bread called injera to scoop up bits of food. The menu features an array of stews and a big selection of vegetarian dishes. Diners who want to spice up their meal could try the Doro Wat, a spicy chicken stew or the Metatesh, a spicy sweet potato stew. Ras Kassa’s offers a few seafood dishes including the South African Cape Filet. One of the most popular vegetarian dishes is the Yemeser Wot, red lentils simmered with onions, garlic, ginger and a blend of spices called Berbére. For $9.95 they also offer an African lunch buffet on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ras Kassa’s boasts a diverse selection of alcoholic beverages including mead from a Colorado winery, a cosmopolitan selection of wines and other beers and liquors from nearly every corner of the globe. Ras Kassa’s also offers catering. For anyone looking for something a little out of the ordinary, Ras Kassa’s offers a taste of the exotic with the intimacy of a family kitchen.

The Melting Pot is a fun way to experience the Swiss tradition of fondue. During the 19th century, the Swiss used forks to dip bread in a melted cheese and wine mixture as a way to extend the life of those staples through the winter. As the idea grew in popularity, many Swiss townships began to develop their own twists on the idea and soon fondue became a national tradition. The Melting Pot is part of a nationwide chain of fondue restaurants founded in Tampa in 1975. Newcomers should remember the etiquette of fondue: if you drop a piece of food into the broth, ladies are required to kiss the man on her left and men who drop something off of their fork should buy a bottle of wine. It is also a good idea to avoid taking a bite of food then dipping it back in the communal broth. To be on the safe side, one should be careful to keep raw meats separate from cooked food. The Melting Pot offers a fourcourse meal: cheese fondue, salad, an entree cooked in one of four kinds of broth and chocolate fondue for dessert. To cook entrees, choose between four broths: coq a vin broth, a burgandy broth mixed with garlic, mushrooms and spices; court boullion, a seasoned vegetable broth; bourguignonne, a traditional European style broth in vegetable-based canola oil; or Caribbean mojo, a broth sea-

Four-course fondue. (Courtesy The Melting Pot)

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soned with citrus and island spices. Entree orders include a variety of things to cook. For example, the “fondue fusion,” as part of a fourcourse meal for two, includes lobster tail, filet mignon, salmon, barbecue pork tenders, shrimp, honey dijon chicken, spinach artichoke ravioli and fresh vegetables. Those who are not up for an entire four course meal can order individual courses a la carte. Other popular individual entrees include the French Quarter featuring Cajun-seasoned shrimp, filet mignon, chicken breast and Andouille sausage or the vegetarian which includes vegetables, tofu, artichoke hearts portobello mushrooms and spinach and gorgonzola ravioli. The Melting Pot has a cozy bar area and an extensive selection of drinks for anyone looking to imbibe. The large wine list includes champagne for special occasions and ports, cognacs, brandies and cordials for after dinner. Whether it is a large group or a romantic dinner for two, visitors to the Melting Pot are in for a fun, interactive dining experience.


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On Horseback: A sight seeing alternative By Victoria A.F. Camron

One of the greatest ways to enjoy Colorado’s natural beauty is on horseback. Whether one owns a horse, or pays to ride a trail on someone else’s horse, horseback riding offers a chance to watch wildlife and see fantastic views. Many Boulder County outdoor recreation areas include trails that are open to equestrians. “Our open space is incredible around here, as far as places to go,” says Pat Jarvis, spokeswoman for Boulder County Horse Association. A variety of trails is available; some are relatively flat, others climb into the hills, she says. “It’s really varied.” Horses are prohibited on trails within municipal boundaries, according to the Boulder County Web site. They are also banned from Lichen Trail at Heil Valley Ranch, according to the Web site. When taking your horse on a trail, be sure your tack is in good condition and have good shoes on your horse, Jarvis says. Also, you should wear sunscreen and carry water. Be prepared to pick up after your horse, as well. Even when you go for a ride on someone else’s horse, you need to be prepared for the weather and carry water, advised Pat Karschner, owner of Allenspark Livery, near Rocky Mountain National Park. “Being at elevation has its effect if you’re not well-hydrated,” he says. Riders should wear jackets or sweatshirts, and long pants. However, there have been occasions when people have shown up in shorts and flip-flops. Karschner’s livery is unusual in that it offers horse rides to hikers on Longs Peak. “If people want to summit, we’ll wait for them to do it,” he says. The hikers meet the horses at the Longs Peak trailhead, then ride with an Allenspark

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Livery employee to the boulder fields. The horseman waits with the horses for the hiker; then the group rides back down to the trailhead. “The horses take the physical burden off folks,” Karschner says. “It’s amazing the number of people who want to do that.” Allenspark Livery also offers pack-in service in Rocky Mountain National Park. Fishers and campers can rent horses, with or without guides, to go to the alpine lake. “We have very seasoned pack horses,” Karschner says. Guides, when used, go back to meet the group at a pre-arranged time.

Sandi Schleicher of Northbrook, Ill., and Marc Camron of Westminster participate in a trail ride in the Roosevelt National Forest in August 2005. The ride, which started at the Cowpoke Corner Corral, included a spectacular view of the Continental Divide. (Victoria A.F. Camron/Times-Call)

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For information on local trails, see: • Boulder County Horse Association at www.boulderhorse.org; or • Boulder County Parks and Open Space at www.bouldercounty.org /openspace/ Companies that offer trail rides in and around Rocky Mountain National Park include: • Allenspark Livery, www.allensparklivery.com; • Aspen Lodge, www.aspenlodge.net; • S.K. Horses, www.nationalpark gatewaystables.com; • Sombero Ranch, www.sombrero.com; and • YMCA of the Rockies, www.jacksonstables .com.


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Winter Park not just for skiers By Tony Kindelspire Longmont Times-Call

Long after the snowboarders have pulled up their pants and gone home and the snow has melted on all but the highest peaks, Winter Park and the Fraser Valley continue to shine under the cobalt-blue Colorado sky. Situated near the western slope of the Continental Divide, the Fraser Valley’s mood shifts when the weather turns warmer. Skis are put up for the season and the bikes are out. The deep snows of winter have given the golf courses a lustrous green sheen. And the water that spends half the year under a layer of ice sparkles like a million blue diamonds. The average summer daytime temperature in the valley is a mild 75 degrees, and the nights average a brisk 45 degrees. The abundance of activities gives everyone — from the family with small kids to the uber-outdoorsman — an opportunity to make memories. The interesting thing about the area in the summer is that while all the things to do aren’t necessarily Top left: Kids race down an alpine slide in Winter Park. (Courtesy Colorado Tourism Office) Right: Biking through the Fraser Valley. (Winter Park Resort)

unique to Colorado, they are all located within a relatively close proximity to each other. A good home base is the town of Winter Park, located about 90 miles from Longmont on U.S. Highway 40. Perched at about 9,100 feet above sea level, the town has a year-round population of about 700, though the summertime bustle makes it seem larger than that. The town makes the claim — though it is disputed — that it is the highest incorporated city in the United States. The highest point has been 12,060 feet above sea level since 2006, when it annexed part of the Winter Park Ski Resort in order to allow on-mountain improvements.

Transportation There are many options besides the automobile for getting around in the Fraser Valley. For people-powered movement, there’s world class hiking and mountain bike riding. For the latter, more than 600 miles of trails await. Or there’s horseback riding; hot-air ballooning; and rafting and kayak-

ing. There’s even horse-drawn wagons and stagecoaches for greenhorns looking for a taste of the Old West. For travel by rail, the scenic ski train from Denver’s Union Station to Winter Park Ski Resort runs every Saturday throughout the summer.

Lodging To each his own. If you choose to stay at one of the many working dude ranches in the area, you have options. If your preference is to backpack to a backcountry camp site somewhere in the wilds of the Arapahoe or Roosevelt National Forest, you can do that. And there’s everything in between, from small, remote cabins to five-star hotels. Visit www.grand-county.com/lodging to explore your options. Another helpful site, especially for tent or RV campers, is www.coloradodirectory .com. Click on the icon that best fits what you’re looking for. Winter Park Ski Resort activities Winter Park Resort began its life as Continued on 27 Top right: Mountain biking in Winter Park. (Winter Park Resort) Left: Jet skiing on Grand Lake. (Courtesy Colorado Tourism Office)


April 26, 2009 Hiking the Fraser Valley offers beautiful vistas and views. (Courtesy Winter Park Resort)

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Summer events in the Fraser Valley and Winter Park: May 2009

• May 9 — Eighth Annual Grand Gala. This is a benefit for the Grand Foundation at nearby Devil’s Thumb Ranch. • May 15 — Colorado Symphony Orchestra Woodwind Quintet. It’s the first time members of the CSO are performing in the Grand Concert Series. For more information, visit www.grandcountyconcer tseries.org.

June 2009 Continued from 26 “West Portal,” named for its location next to the west entrance to the Moffat Tunnel, which opened in 1928. The Denver parks department designated the area a “winter park” when it opened the ski area in 1940. It remains owned by the city and county of Denver, although Intrawest operates the resort. A chairlift services what the resort calls “the world’s longest Alpine Slide.” At 3,030 feet top-to-bottom, they might be right. Two chairlifts operate during the summer for mountain bikers seeking the pull of gravity. Lessons and rentals are available. For those who want to stay more grounded, there’s Mountainside Mini Golf, the Amaze’n Human Maze, Leaps & Bounds Bungee jumping, the Rock ’n Roll Gyro and an outdoor climbing wall. Kids age 5 and younger do everything free, and half-day and full-day activity passes are available. All the resort’s lodging is open during the summer, according to Mary Woolwine, director of marketing for the resort. Families and mountain bikers make up the majority of summertime visitors, she says.

Boating and Fishing Grand Lake is Colorado’s largest natural body of water, measuring 400 feet deep, 1.5 miles long and 1 mile wide. This lake, along with nearby man-made reservoirs Granby, Shadow Mountain and Willow Creek, offer endless boating opportunities

Other Helpful Web sites: • www.winterpark-info.com • www.winterparkresort.com • Arapahoe and Roosevelt National Forests: www.fs.fed.us/r2/arnf/

and more than 150 miles of shoreline. The lakes offer a variety of fish, including rainbow, brook, mackinaw and cutthroat trout; and large kokanee salmon. The Colorado River, with its headwaters nearly two miles above sea level in the Never Summer Range of nearby Rocky Mountain National Park, offers some prime trout stream action, as do the Fraser, Williams Fork and Blue rivers. As you would expect, there is no shortage of sporting goods stores offering maps, bait, lures, equipment and guide information. Insider’s tip: Try the stretch of the Colorado between Shadow Mountain and Lake Granby. The water’s fast and the trout are hungry. And in the I-didn’texpect-to-find-this-here category: The Grand Lake Yacht Club is likely one of the world’s highest yacht clubs at 8,369 feet above sea level.

Golfing From classic championship layouts that will challenge even the most experienced duffers to more traditional links courses, a variety of options exist. If you’ve never golfed at elevation before, you’re in for a treat. There’s even disc golf available.

• June 13 — Winter Park Resort opens daily for summer • June 25 to 27 — Grand Golf Classic • June 26 to 28 — GCBS presents: The Seventh Annual Blues From The Top Festival. Sponsored by the Grand County Blues Society, this year’s lineup features Tab Benoit, Tommy Castro and Deanna Bogart. For more information, visit www.GrandBlues.org.

July 2009

• July 4 — Fireworks and party at the Fraser Sports Complex • July 4 — High Country Stampede Rodeo. This year celebrating its 25th anniversary, the rodeo runs every Saturday through the end of August. • July 17 to 19 — American Red Cross Fat Tire Classic. The 18th annual Fat Tire Classic, with proceeds benefiting the National Sports Center for the Disabled. For more information, visit www.fattireclassic.com. • July 25 to 26 — Winter Park Alpine ArtAffair • July 25-26 — Winter Park Jazz Festival at Hideaway Park in Winter Park

August 2009

• Aug. 8 to 9 — Fraser River Days • Aug. 8 to 9 — Colorado Craft Fair • Aug. 15 — Taste of Grand County • Aug. 22 to 23 — Famous Flamethrowers High Altitude Chili Cookoff • Aug. 29 — Skate Park Summer Blowout

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Discover Museums Longmont Museum & Cultural Center

Where: 400 Quail Road, Longmont When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Saturdays; 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays; open Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; closed Mondays and city holidays How much: Free More info: 303-651-8374 or www.ci.longmont.co.us/museum

An exhibit on the rising of the Front Range at Longmont Museum and Cultural Center. (Paul Litman/TimesCall)

Lafayette Miners Museum

Where: 108 E. Simpson St., Lafayette When: Thursdays and Saturdays 2 to 4 p.m. or tours by appointment How much: Free More info: 303-665-7030

Frederick Miners Museum and Memorial Wall

Where: West end of Fifth Street, Frederick When: Museum opened by appointment on weekends. Memorial open to public. How much: Free More info: 303-772-9555

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

Where: 1750 13th St., Boulder When: The Boulder Museum of Contemporary art will be closed until May 1 for renovations. Operating hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m Tuesdays through Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 3 p.m. Sundays; closed Mondays How much: $5 for adults; $4 for students and seniors; free for children younger than 12. Free on Saturdays during the Farmers Market. More info: 303-443-2122 or www.bmoca.org

Dougherty Museum

Where: 8306 N. 107th St. (U.S. Highway 287), Longmont When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays, June 2 through Sept. 3 How much: $5 for adults; $3 for children age 6 to 12; free for children younger than 6 More info: 303-776-2520 or www.co.boulder.co.us/openspace/dougherty

Leanin’ Tree Museum of Western Art and Gift Shop Where: 6055 Longbow Drive, Gunbarrel When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends How much: Free More info: 800-777-8716 or www.leanintreemuseum.com

University of Colorado Museum

Where: Henderson Building on the CU campus, between 15th and 16th streets east of Broadway, Boulder When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays How much: Suggested donations: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 18, $1 for seniors More info: 303-492-6892 or http://cumuseum.colorado.edu

Avery House

Where: 328 W. Mountain Ave., Fort Collins When: 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays and Wednesdays How much: Donation suggested More info: 970-221-0533 or http://poudrelandmarks.com/

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Greeley History Museum

Where: 714 Eighth St. When: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays How much: Free More info: 970-350-9220 or www.greeleygov.com

Historic Parish House and Museum

Where: 701 Charlotte St., Johnstown When: 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays; 9 a.m. to noon first Saturday of every month and by appointment How much: Free More info: 970-587-0278 or www.jhs.netfirms.com

Where: 200 Fourth St., Estes Park When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays, May through October; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays, November through April How much: Free More info: 970-586-6256 or www.estesnet.com/museum

Little Thompson Valley Pioneer Museum

Fort Collins Museum

Where: 503 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 4 p.m. Sundays; closed Mondays How much: Donations accepted More info: 970-962-2410 or www.cityofloveland.org

Where: 200 Matthews St., Fort Collins When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays How much: Suggested $2 donation More info: 970-221-6738 or www.ci.fortcollins .co.us/museum

Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art

Where: 201 S. College Ave., Fort Collins When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays How much: $2 adults; free for children age 18 and younger; free for students with ID More info: 970-482-2787 or www.fcmoca.org

Fort Vasquez Museum The Kitchen exhibit at the Little Thompson Valley Pioneer Museum is “pre-electricity” from 1890 to 1915. (Paul Litman/Times-Call)

How much: $1 adults, seniors and children 5 and older More info: 970-785-2832 or www.coloradohistory.org

Where: 13412 U.S. Highway 85, Platteville When: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays, Memorial Day through Labor Day

Where: 228 Mountain Ave., Berthoud When: 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays or by appointment How much: Free More info: 970-532-2147 or www.berthoudhistoricalsociety.org

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MacGregor Ranch Museum

Where: 180 MacGregor Lane, Estes Park When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, June through August How much: $3 adults; free for children More info: 970-586-3749 or www.macgregorranch.org

Rocky Mountain National Park Library

Where: McLaren Hall, 1000 U.S. Highway 36, Estes Park When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays How much: Free More info: 970-586-1362


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Nature Areas

close at 4:15. Butterfly releases are at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily. How much: $7.95 for adults; $5.95 for seniors ages 62 and older; $4.95 for children 3 to 12; free for children younger than 1 More info: 303-469-5441 or www.butterflies.org

The 24 acres of the Jim Hamm Nature Area give visitors the chance to experience the outdoors and learn about the local environment. The park features a pond and bird sanctuary, sensory garden and walkways. Other local parks and learning centers make it easy to learn about science and the geography of our state.

Where: 1701 E. County Line Road, Longmont When: Sunrise to sunset How much: Free More info: 303-774-4691 or www.ci.longmont.co.us/parks/ park_list/overview/jim.htm

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Where: 2300 Steele St., Denver When: March 1 through Nov. 1: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., gates close at 5 p.m. Nov. 2 through Feb. 28: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., gates close at 4 p.m. How much: $12 for ages 12 to 64, $9 for seniors ages 65 and older, $7 for kids ages 3 to 11. From Nov. through Feb., prices are $2 or $3 cheaper. More info: 303-376-4800 or www.denverzoo.org

Where: 1946 Weld County Road 53, Keenesburg How much: $5 for children 3 to 12 and $10 for adults More info: 303-536-0118 or www.wildanimalsanctuary.org

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Arts & Festivals

Vijay Bachus, along with his wife, Rachel and daughter Rebekah, 10, have a good time grooving to the beats of the Tropical Coyotes of Fort Collins at Rhythm on the River in Roger’s Grove in 2008. (Joshua Buck/ Times-Call)

This summer, Longmont’s monthly gallery hop on Main Street has a new name. ArtLink, formerly ArtWalk, will once again feature art and entertainment in collaboration with local arts organizations, businesses and galleries. ArtLink activities this year include the children’s art tent, the artful dessert contest and the teen outreach project.

ArtLink Where: Main Street, downtown Longmont When: 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays, May 15, July 17 and Sept. 18 How much: Free More info: 303-678-8417 or www.ArtWalkLongmont.org

Boulder Creek Festival

Where: Along Boulder Creek, from Ninth Street to 14th Street east to west, between Canyon Boulevard and Arapahoe Avenue north to south When: Memorial Day Weekend, May 23, through May 25. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday. How much: Free for festival and entertainment More info: 303-449-3137 or www.bouldercreekfestival.com

Colorado Music Festival

Where: Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder When: All performances begin at 7:30 p.m., Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; June 27 through Aug. 7. The festival this year will also have two chamber music performances at Rembrandt Yard in downtown Boulder on July 15 and 29. How much: Tickets for individual shows range from $12 to $47, depending on seating. For seniors, tickets are $3 off normal prices and students take 50 percent off most tickets with a valid ID. Subscriptions are also available. More info: 303-449-1397 or www.coloradomusicfest.org

Erie Concerts in the Park

What: Series of outdoor shows with food, crafts and activities for kids.

Where: Coal Creek Park in Historic Downtown Erie. When: Each concert will start at about 5 p.m. How much: Free More info: www.erieco.gov

Estes Park Plein Air: Painting the Parks

What: The eighth-annual show features more than 50 artists who paint on location for two weeks in August and sell their works in late August and September. Where: Estes Park When: Artists will paint at locations throughout Estes Park, Aug. 15- Sept. 30; gallery reception and paintings on display at sponsoring galleries Aug. 29 through Sept. 30 How much: Free More info: 970-586-9203 or http://estesarts.com/

Estes Park Fine Art and Crafts Show

What: Sponsored by the Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies for more than 30 years, the show features a variety of fine arts and crafts. Where: Bond Park, in downtown Estes Park When: Sept. 19 and 20 How much: Free More info: 970-218-6005 or www.fineartsguild.org

Estes Park Alpaca Market

What: An indoor alpaca market featuring spinning, weaving and knitting, with alpacas on display and for sale. Where: Fairgrounds at Stanley Park, 1209 Manford Ave. in Estes Park When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 5; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 6 How much: Free More info: 970-577-9900 or www.alpacaland.com/AlpacaMarket.htm

Jazz Fest and Art Walk

Kirsten Kokkin’s bronze-cast “Triangle” is located in the Benson Park Sculpture Garden in Loveland. (Jenny Sparks/Reporter-Herald)

Where: Performance Park, Estes Park, at the west end of Elkhorn Avenue When: Jazz concerts noon to 5 p.m.; gallery tours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 16 and 17 How much: Free self-guided gallery tour and free downtown jazz concerts More info: 970-586-6104 for Jazz Fest; 970-5869203 for Art Walk; or www.estesnet.com/events/jazzfestartwalk.htm

Loveland Art in the Park

What: the 45th annual outdoor arts and crafts show with something for everyone. Where: North Lake Park, southeast corner of West 29th Street and North Taft Avenue in Loveland When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 8; 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 9 How much: Free More info: 970-663-2407 or www.lincolngallery.com

Loveland Sculpture Invitational Show and Sale

What: With more than 250 sculptors displaying their work, it’s one of the largest outdoor sculpture show in the United States. Where: Loveland High School, 920 W. 29th St.; see Web site for parking info When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 7; 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 8; 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 9 How much: $3 Friday; $5 Saturday and Sunday; free for children 13 and younger More info: 970-663-7467 or www.lovelandsculpturegroup.org

Loveland Sculpture in the Park

What: A premier outdoor sculpture show that attracts artists and visitors from across the globe. Where: Benson Park Sculpture Garden, West 29th Street and Aspen Drive, Loveland; see Web site for parking info When: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 8; 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 9 How much: $5 Saturday and Sunday; free for children 14 and younger More info: 970-663-2940 or www.sculptureinthepark.org

Rhythm on the Rails

When: 6 to 9 p.m. every Thursday, June 11 to Sept. 10 Where: Whistle Stop Park, located along Diagonal Highway, Niwot Cost: Free Information: 303-449-3137 or www.bceproductions.com

Rhythm on the River

When: July 10 and 11 Where: Roger’s Grove, 220 Hover St., Longmont Cost: Free Information: www.ci.longmont.co.us/rotr


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Colorado Boating

Joe Bassman picked up windsurfing last year, and although the water in McIntosh Lake was cold in late November 2008, he couldn’t resist letting all the wind go to waste. (Joshua Buck/Times-Call)

A relaxing summer afternoon of wake-free boating begins at Union Reservoir in Longmont. The 736 surface acres of water and five miles of shoreline provide ample room for all visitors. Other amenities include fishing, camping, swimming and a dog training area. Reservoirs in Colorado offer stunning views of the foothills and are an escape for everyone from paddleboaters to wave runners.

Union Reservoir

Where: The reservoir can be accessed by Weld County Road 26, off County Line Road in east Longmont. What: This Longmont reservoir offers wake-free boating and prohibits jet skis, power boats and water skiing. Sailboats, small fishing boats and windsurfers are allowed. Boaters are not allowed to travel faster than 5 mph, but there are no restrictions on boat or motor size. When: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. from May 1 to Sept. 7. Hours vary the remainder of the year. How much: $8 for a vehicle with as many as 10 passengers and $8 for a boat on a trailer. A Colorado boating permit is required if the boat has a motor or is longer than 16 feet. More info: 303-772-1265 or www.ci.longmont.co .us/parks/park_list/overview/union.htm

Boulder Reservoir Where: 5565 N. 51st St., Boulder What: Boating of all kinds including power boats, paddle kayaks, sailboats and jet skis.

When: Boating is allowed year-round with a valid boating permit and signed liability waiver. Gate operations run from May 3 to Sept. 28. How much: Free for children 2 and younger; $3 for children 3 to 12; $4 for teens 13 to 18; $6 for adults 19 to 59; $4 for seniors 60 and older. More info: 303-441-3461 or www.boulderrez.org

McIntosh Lake

Where: The lake is in northwest Longmont and is accessible by Flanders or Dawson parks. What: The city of Longmont allows carry-on nonmotorized boats on McIntosh Lake, including kayaks, sailboats, bellyboats and small rowboats. Boaters must use available boat ramps. There is a 25-boat limit on the lake at any given time. No inner tubes are allowed.

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When: One hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset. How much: Free More info: 303-774-4691 or www.ci.longmont.co.us /parks/park_list/overview/mcintosh.htm

Boyd Lake State Park

Where: 3720 N. County Road 11-C, Loveland What: Boyd Lake offers sandy beaches and a view of the Front Range and 1,700 surface acres of water for boating, fishing and sailing. Everything from motorboats to canoes are allowed on this lake. When: Boating on the lake after sunset is allowed with proper lighting. Boats must be registered. How much: $7 park entrance fee from May 1 through Sept. 30; $6 park entrance fee Oct. 1 through April 30. Annual passes cost $60 per vehicle. More info: 970-669-1739 or www.parks.state.co.us/Parks/BoydLake

Carter Lake

Where: Bison Visitor Center, 1800 S. Larimer County Road 31, Loveland. What: At 1,100 acres and a maximum depth of 180 feet, Carter Lake is nestled in the foothills west of Loveland. With three boat ramps, everything from sailboats to fishing boats share the water. When: The gates are always open. Boats can be on the water at night with proper lighting. How much: Daily permits cost $7 per vehicle and $7 per boat. For an annual permit, Larimer County residents pay $65 per vehicle and $65 per boat. Nonresidents $85 per vehicle and $85 per boat. More info: 970-679-4570 or www.larimer.org/parks/carter.htm

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Hikers can summit a 14,000-foot peak or stroll along a sidewalk near a lake. Northern Colorado offers something for everyone. Travelers along mountain trails, in addition to getting some exercise, might catch a glimpse of elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep, moose and coyote. Wildlife and plant life along prairie trails include wetland vegetation, bald eagles and blue herons. Monitored and maintained by cities, counties and state agencies, Colorado’s pathways come in a variety of lengths and difficulty levels. You can find trails for all types of weather, all types of abilities and all types of hikers. The following is a sampling of hiking trails:

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Trail system: About 72 miles of trails wind in and around Boulder County. What: Boulder County Open Space trails cross a variety of landscapes, including grasslands, wetlands and foothills. Some open space lands have historical features or are still part of ranch land. Boulder County Open Space trails weave through areas such as Betasso Preserve, Bald Mountain, Hall Ranch, Heil Valley Ranch, Legion Park and Rock sensitive areas during mating seasonsSissy are common. Creek Farm. Dogs, horses and mountain biking are allowed on most trails, but visitors trail Check the Web site below for current closures. 300 Mainshould St.check • Longmont How much: Access to most open space areas is free, regulations before setting out. Dogs are not but a parking permit for cars that are registered allowed at Caribou Ranch, Dodd Lake, Hall Ranch www.TheDickensTavern.com outside of Boulder County is required for the and Heil Valley Ranch. Gregory Canyon and Flagstaff areas. Nonresidents More info: 303-678-6200 or Mon.-Sat. 11a.m.-10p.m. Hours: must pay a $3-per-day fee on-site through self-pay 10a.m.-2p.m. www.co.boulder.co.uSunday s/openspaceBrunch / envelopes or buy an annual pass for $15 through recreating/index.htm the mail or at open space offices. City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks More info: 303-441-3440 or Trail system: 143 miles of trails www.ci.boulder.co.us/openspace What: Trails in the city of Boulder Open Space and Eldorado Canyon State Park Mountain Parks system range in difficulty and Trail system: Eleven miles of trails include areas for other multi-use activities, such as What: Eldorado Canyon provides opportunities for climbing and paragliding. Restrictions to certain hiking, biking and rock climbing. Visitors can enjoy areas are in effect to protect native wildlife. The sandstone cliffs and scenic routes along South Kolb and Coal Creek properties are closed from Boulder Creek only 8 miles southwest of Boulder. Nov. 1 to July 31 to protect nesting bald eagles. The park reaches capacity quickly on weekends The Axelson property northwest of the Boulder and holidays, so it is better to visit early and on Reservoir is closed for osprey nesting and roosting weekdays. activity until Sept. 10. Open space areas are home More info: 303-494-3943 or to many native species of wildlife, and closures of http://parks.state.co.us/Parks/EldoradoCanyon

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Trail system: More than 930 miles of trails in five Marion ranger districts: Boulder, Canyon Lakes, Clear Creek, Pawnee National Grasslands and Sulphur. The national forests grasslands encompass 373 Main St. • and Longmont roughly 1.5 303.776.2920 million acres in the Rocky Mountains, Mon. Fri. 9-6 • Sat. 9-5 foothills and-shortgrass prairie of north central Convenient Parkingdistrict In Back Colorado. The Boulder has excellent hiking, ranging from easy strolls to rugged climbs above treeline. The hiking season depends on elevation and snowfall, with the bulk of the hiking season typically from mid-July to mid-September. How much: Access to most national forests and grasslands is free, but the Arapaho National Recreation Area, a group of lakes in the Granby area, costs $5 per vehicle per day; $10 for three days; $15 for seven days; or $30 for an annual pass. Fees also may be charged for certain activities, such as camping. More info: 970-295-6600 or www.fs.fed.us/r2/arnf

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Trail system: 12 miles of trails How much: Annual permits cost $65 for Larimer What: This 12-mile system links Firestone parks, the County residents per vehicle and $85 for St. Vrain Legacy Trail and the Colorado Front nonresidents; day passes are $7 at reservoirs and Range Trail system. $6 at other areas. How much: Free only oneMore info: 970-679-4570 or Join usMoreforinfo:breakfast, 303-833-3291 or www.co.larimer.co.us/parks lunch worww. dinner ci.firestone.co.us/firestone/highlights-main.htm

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Rocky Mountain National Park Horses Longmont Greenway Trail system: More than 350 miles of trails, ranging graze on • Downtown Delivery Trail system: The greenways include several miles of from easy to difficult. Rocky Mountain National Park open space& Catering Available paths, both concrete and gravel, with connections lies on both sides of the Continental Divide, with owned by Open Mon. - Sat. 7am - 7pm • Gourmet Deli to nature trails. access during the summer via Trail Ridge Road. . Eat-In or Carry-OutBoulder• Wi-Fi Access What: The city of Longmont greenway system links The hikes range in elevation from about 7,500 feet County parks within the city and runs along the St. Vrain to 14,259 feet on Longs Peak. The park has more between River. than 60 peaks that rise above 12,000 feet,127291 Lagerman How much: Free providing ample opportunities for high-elevation Reservoir 379 Main St | Longmont | 303.651.3533 More info: 303-651-8446 or hikes..DOWNTOWNLONGMONT.COM and the WWW www.ci.longmont.co.us/parks/park_list/greenwaylist.htmHow much: The daily entrance fee for passenger cars www.sunrosecafe.com Longmont is $20 and is good for one week. Annual passes city limits. Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest and Pawnee cost $35. (TimesW WCall W.D O W N T O W N L O N G M O N T . COM National Grasslands More info: 970-586-1206 or www.nps.gov/romo127290 file photo)


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