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MOUNTAIN

Colorado’s Peak to Peak Region

Summer/Fall 2017

GUIDE

IDAHO SPRINGS CENTRAL CITY BLACK HAWK ROLLINSVILLE NEDERLAND WARD GOLD HILL ALLENSPARK ESTES PARK

Events Calendar • Maps • Attractions • Restaurants • Lodging Hiking • Nightlife • Galleries • Fishing • Rafting & Boating • Parks National Forests • Mountain Driving • Rocky Mountain National Park Breweries • Wineries • Museums • Horseback Riding • Distilleries Scenic Drives • 14ers • Biking • Wineries • Dispensaries • More!


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— CONTENTS — Peak to Peak Region Regional Activities Mountain Driving Mountain Safety & Awareness Campgrounds Idaho Springs Central City Black Hawk/Gilpin County Rollinsville James Peak Wilderness Nederland Indian Peaks Wilderness Area Gold Hill Ward Brainard Lake Recreation Area Allenspark Estes Park Rocky Mountain National Park Golden Gate Canyon State Park National Forests & 14ers Campgrounds Rafting & Boating Fishing Breweries, Distilleries, Wineries Marijuana Dispensaries Summer Events Calendar — PUBLISHER —

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elcome to one of the most dynamic, scenic and active areas of Colorado! Inside you will find all sorts of information on what to do, where to go and the best way to get there to help make your stay in this part of the state much more enjoyable. We hope you find it helpful. Cell phones rarely work all places in the mountains and backcountry… this guide will never lose reception.

– IMPORTANT CONTACTS – ALL EMERGENCIES (including abandoned campfires): Dial 911 BOULDER COUNTY SHERIFF • Non-Emergency: 303441-4444 or 303-4413600 GILPIN COUNTY SHERIFF • Non-Emergency: 303582-5500 or 303-5825511 CLEAR CREEK COUNTY SHERIFF • Non-Emergency: 303679-2376 LARIMER COUNTY SHERIFF • Non-Emergency: 970416-1985 STATE PATROL • Gilpin County Gaming Post: 303.582.5172 or 303-239-4501 BLACK HAWK POLICE • Non-Emergency: 303582-5878 ESTES PARK POLICE 970-586-4000 IDAHO SPRINGS POLICE • Non-Emergency: 303567-4291 • Non-Emergencies after hours: 303-679-2393 NEDERLAND POLICE • Emergencies (business hours): 303-441-4444 • Non-Emergency: 303258-3250. NAT’L FOREST SERVICE BOULDER RANGER DISTRICT 2140 Yarmouth Ave., Boulder, 303-541-250 0 CLEAR CREEK RANGER DISTRICT 2060 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 303-567-4382

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ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK • Visitor Information: 970586-1206; • Backcountry Office: 970586-1242; • Trail Ridge Road Message: 970-586-1222; nps.gov/ romo GOLDEN GATE CANYON STATE PARK 303-582-3707 COLORADO PARKS & WILDLIFE • Public Safety: 303-7911954 • State Parks: 303-297-1192 • Wildlife Issues: 303-7911954 or 970-472-4300 HIGHWAY CONDITIONS 303-639-1111; cotrip.org FOREST MAPS fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/ maps FIRE INCIDENT HOTLINE: 970-498-1030 STATE FIRE RESTRICTIONS www.dola.colorado.gov/ dem/public_information/ firebans/firebans.htm FIRE BANS BY COUNTY: www.coemergency. com/p/fire-bans-danger. html NATIONAL FOREST ROADS www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ arp/roads NATIONAL RECREATION RESERVATION SERVICE 877-444-6777; www. recreation.gov WEATHER www.weather.gov Page 3


PEAK TO PEAK REGION D PEAK TO PEAK SCENIC & HISTORIC BYWAY

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his dynamic, mountainous region of Colorado’s Front Range is named for the state’s oldest scenic byway, “the showcase of the Front Range,” which follows 55 miles of state highways 119, 72 and 7 from Central City and Black Hawk in the south to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park in the north. The road gets up close to the Continental Divide and features spectacular views of its snow-capped peaks. The area’s National Forests, State Park, Wilderness Areas, National Park and open space parks offer an abundance of year-round recreational activities. Along its length, dirt roads lead to alpine lakes, trail heads, rivers and streams, campgrounds, picnic areas, the historic Moffat Tunnel’s East Portal, ghost towns as well as numerous cultural and historic sites. The byway also provides access to the region’s unique areas including quaint mountain communities and former mining towns featuring Victorian-era architecture and limited-stakes gambling.

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REGIONAL ACTIVITIES

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he Peak to Peak Region offers an abundance of recreational activities. The region’s most popular ones are highlighted below, but don’t miss out on other sought-after offerings including breweries, casinos, disc golfing, geocashing, gold panning, golf courses, hot springs, music festivals, picnicking, ranger-led programs, rock-hounding, scenic drives, shopping, skateboard parks, wineries, ziplines and more.

D BICYCLING (see page 61)

Biking is a popular activity in the region, including riding the area’s scenic highways. Hundreds of miles of trails and roads are open to mountain bikes in the National Forests, except in wilderness areas or as posted. Bikers can also utilize 19 miles of multi-use, dirt trails at Golden Gate Canyon State Park while Rocky Mountain National Park offers 60 miles of hard-surfaced roads. Local bike shops are a great place for expert advice on where to ride based on experience and ability.

D CAMPING (see pages 58-59)

Camping, with limitations, is allowed in much of the region’s National Forests as well as in National Park and State Park campgrounds, which include developed, dispersed, group and backcountry options. Some accept reservations, while others are first-come, first-serve. Fees vary. Private campgrounds and RV parks are also available.

D CLIMBING

Climbing is world-renowned in the Peak to Peak with popular spots found throughout its National Forests, National Park and State Park. These include Lumpy Ridge and Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park, Boulder Canyon east of Nederland, Golden Gate Canyon State Park, and Chicago Lakes Trail near Idaho Springs. Other options—from bouldering spots to multi-day, big-wall climbs—also exist. Always stay on public land and obey wildlife closures, which exist on some Boulder Canyon and Lumpy Ridge routes until July 31. Refer to www.mountainproject.com for route details.

D FISHING (see page 61)

Lake, pond and stream fishing is unsurpassed in Rocky Mountain National Park and throughout the region. Clear Creek near Idaho

Springs, Boulder Creek and Barker Reservoir near Nederland and Big Thompson River near Estes Park are popular, easy to reach, fishing waters. Fish on lakes, ponds and streams in the National Park and in Golden Gate State Park. All Colorado Parks and Wildlife regulations apply everywhere and special regulations exist in many places—it is your responsibility to know and follow them. A valid Colorado fishing license is always required. D FOUR-WHEEL & OHV DRIVING Four-wheel driving, dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicle use are popular on the region’s more challenging backcountry roads. Do not create new trails. Motor Vehicle Use Maps, free online and at ranger offices, designate where driving is legal. Remember, forest roads are shared with bikers, hikers, horses and others. Bikes and vehicles must be registered with Colorado Parks & Wildlife and meet all state standards and regulations for noise, spark arresters, age, helmet requirements and other restrictions. Popular areas include Barbour Fork Trailhead and Devil’s Canyon south of Idaho Springs, Yankee Hill west of Central City, Kingston Peak southwest of Rollinsville, Bunce School Road south of Allenspark and Switzerland Trail near Gold Hill. Rentals and tours are available in Idaho Springs and Estes Park. D HIKING Hundreds of miles of trails over gently sloping foothills, open forest, steep rocky slopes and wind-swept tundra are open yearround in the National Forests, National Park and State Park. Rocky Mountain National Park offers 355 miles of hiking trails from flat lakeside strolls to steep mountain peak climbs. Over 35 miles of hiking trails are in the State Park. Pay attention to regulations, such as restrictions on dogs or horses and permit requirements. Hiking

guides are available at ranger offices and online. Consult with rangers about trails for various fitness and experience levels.

D HORSEBACK RIDING

Horses, mules, ponies, llamas, and burros are allowed on many National Forest, National Park and State Park trails. Ranger offices offer information and maps highlighting trailheads with stock trailer parking. Pack animals are not allowed in campgrounds, wilderness areas or where posted. Approximately 260 miles of trails are open to horse use in the National Park. Guided tours are available near Central City and Estes Park.

D HUNTING

The National Forests offer exceptional hunting opportunities. The best and most popular hunting areas are on the western side of the Continental Divide. Hunting is allowed on the Jefferson County portion of Golden Gate Canyon State Park after Labor Day to before Memorial Day. Permits are required and all Colorado Parks & Wildlife and State Park rules and regulations apply. Hunting is not allowed in the National Park.

D WILDLIFE & NATURE VIEWING A wide array of big game animals and large birds including elk, moose, bear, mountain lions, bighorn sheep, eagles, falcons, owls and more can all be found throughout the region. Practice responsible viewing and keep your distance—wildlife may run, abandon a nest or young or even attack if you get too close. Mountain goats and bighorn sheep are abundant on Mount Evans while elk, bighorn sheep, mule deer and moose call Rocky Mountain National Park home. Fields of wildflowers and exceptional scenery can be found throughout the area. Fourth of July Trailhead west of Nederland is a well-known wildflower viewing area.

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MOUNTAIN DRIVING

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riving in Colorado can be tricky for those unfamiliar with mountain roads. To make your trip more pleasant, review these hints and techniques. Common sense and some tips will help. Pay attention to weather, closures and traffic for the best driving conditions. Call 511 for updated road conditions or visit COtrip.org for conditions, traffic cams and realtime alerts. The most accurate information can be found on the CDOT app.

If your vehicle is slowing other traffic and other motorists wish to pass, let them do so. Please pull off at a turnout to let them safely go around. Your courtesy will be appreciated.

While on mountain roads, always yield to vehicles going uphill and allow cars to pass that build up behind you. Maintaining a constant speed is challenging, so be aware of speed and traffic flow. Don’t be distracted by scenery or wildlife and never stop in the road no matter what you see. Downshift to lower gears to reduce the need to brake on the way downhill.

fic, pass only in areas of sufficient visibility and passing zones allow. Do not pass on blind curves.

Take a break if driving gets stressful. Utilize pull-offs and visit some of the area’s towns to stretch, enjoy scenery and take in the region’s unique flavor. If you must stop at any place other than a turnout, do it on a straight section of road where your vehicle is Stay alert for wildlife as well as motorcyclists and plainly visible to other motorists. bicyclists. Riders themselves should use caution as Winding mountain roads can have dramatic curves the condition of mountain roads can be rough and making it difficult to see what’s ahead. Use extra preuneven. Resources for motorcyclists are available at caution and play it safe. Motorcyclists and wildlife are COMotorcycleSafety.com. especially difficult to see. If you overtake slower traf-

Gas stations along the Peak to Peak Highway can be far apart. Watch fuel levels and plan ahead. Gas is readily available in Idaho Springs, Nederland and Estes Park. There is one station between Black Hawk and Nederland and nothing between Nederland and Estes Park.

Climbing steep mountain roads can make your engine overheat, so it’s important to take steps to make sure your engine stays cool. If your car is struggling to make it up a hill, shift into a lower gear to maintain a consistent speed. Turn off your air conditioning and roll your windows down. If you can’t immediately pull over to let your vehicle’s engine cool down, you can turn on your car’s heater to its highest setting. This can help to “bleed off ” some of the extra heat, which will buy time until you can safely pull over and turn off your car.

SCENIC DRIVES

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everal of Colorado’s more spectacular drives are located within the Peak to Peak Region. In addition to the Peak to Peak Scenic & Historic Byway two more designated Scenic Byways, and several one-of-a-kind routes connecting them, showcase the area’s unparalleled scenery and unique towns. While numerous routes in the region require high-clearance or 4WD vehicles, these routes are accessible to any vehicle.

and the road can occasionally close for snow removal. Be prepared for intense sun, wind, rain, lightning, snow, sleet and hail any time in summer. Vehicles over 30 feet are not recommended. A fee is charged for the upper section of the byway past Echo Lake. D TRAIL RIDGE ROAD SCENIC BYWAY This route cuts through the middle of Rocky Mountain National Park’s alpine beauty as it climbs to 12,183 feet. Stunning vistas of high peaks, alpine tundra and wildflowers abound. Elk, bighorn sheep and other wildlife can also be seen. For conditions, call 970586-1222. D OTHER SPECIAL DRIVES • Oh My Gawd Road, or Virginia Canyon Road, is a breath-taking shortcut north to Central City. Old mining sites and outstanding views fill the steep canyon.

• Boulder Canyon (Hwy. 119) east of Nederland is popular for scenic driving, picnicking, fishing and rock climbing. • Switzerland Trail (see page 39) near Gold HIll is an old railroad grade that was, and remains, well known for its beautiful scenic views of the Front Range hills. • Raymond & Riverside Drive is a short, scenic detour around an uneventful section of the Peak to Peak. Riverside Drive connects Hwy. 72 with Hwy. 7 the same as the main route.

D MOUNT EVANS SCENIC BYWAY The highest paved road in the country climbs more than 7,000 • Devils Gulch Road/C.R. 43 (see feet in 28-miles, reaching an alpage 53) north from Estes Park is titude of 14,130 feet. Most of a dramatic drive leading to Glen the route, reached from C.R. 103 Haven and on to Drake. south of Idaho Springs, is above timberline where rare arctic • The Old Fall River Road in the Naplants, alpine wildflowers, litional Park is a one-way dirt road chens, pikas, marmots, mountain “motor nature trail” with many goats and bighorn sheep flourswitchbacks connecting Endovalish. Extreme weather is normal ley and the Alpine Visitor Center. Page 6 Mountain Adventure Guide • Summer/Fall 2017


MOUNTAIN SAFETY & AWARENESS D ALTITUDE SICKNESS Altitude sickness is usually caused by going too high, too fast. Individuals from lower elevations may experience altitude problems no matter how fit. Symptoms include headaches, shortness of breath, insomnia and rapid heartbeat. Most adjust to higher elevations in a few days. • Minimize symptoms by drinking plenty of fluids, avoiding alcohol and caffeine, eating light meals and getting rest. • If experiencing symptoms, slow down and drink water. If they persist, get to a lower elevation and seek medical attention. D DEHYDRATION/WATER Colorado’s dry air draws moisture out of bodies in all temperatures. While traveling, a clean water source may be difficult to find. • Nearly every water source in the forest has giardia and other bacteria. Do not plan to find safe water near camping areas. Every year campers get ill from drinking contaminated water. • Bring water with you or treat local water sources with a filter, tablets, or by boiling it. Then be sure to drink it! D HUMAN WASTE Proper disposal of human waste is important to avoid pollution of water sources, avoid the negative implications of someone else finding it, minimize the possibili-

ty of spreading disease, and maximize the rate of decomposition. • Bury all waste at least 6-8 inches deep and 200 feet from water. • Do not burn toilet paper. Pack it out or bury it with the waste. D HYPOTHERMIA Life-threatening hypothermia is possible even in summer. Symptoms include feeling extremely cold, sluggish behavior, slurred speech or unconcern for the cold. • Stay warm and dry; wool and some synthetic clothing help you stay warm even when wet. • If you see anyone showing symptoms, act immediately to re-warm them. D LEAVE NO TRACE Practice the seven Leave No Trace principles when in the forest: • • • • • • •

Plan ahead and prepare. Travel/camp on durable surfaces. Dispose of waste properly. Leave what you find. Minimize campfire impacts. Respect wildlife. Be considerate of other visitors.

D STORMS Storms form quickly in the mountains, especially in the afternoon. When hiking, check the weather, bring clothing for all conditions and pack cold-weather survival gear. Snow can occur year-round. • Avoid storms by starting early. • If a storm is approaching, get

down from high points and away from lone trees or large rocks. • If caught in a lightning storm, remove packs and crouch with your hands on your knees. • Be aware in low areas; storms can cause flash floods. D SUNBURN The sun’s UV radiation is increased two-times at 10,000 feet compared to sea level. Prevent sunburn—on both sunny and overcast days—with sunscreen and a hat. Protect eyes with sunglasses. D TELL OTHERS YOUR PLANS Backcountry users are encouraged to inform family or friends of schedules and routes before heading out and upon return. D TRASH • Keep campsites clean. • Dispose of trash properly. • Store trash away from bears by hanging it or keeping it in a car • When leaving, clean sites and pack out all trash. • All forest users are fully responsible for their trash. You can be ticketed for leaving it. D WILDLIFE There is a lot of wildlife in the Peak to Peak region. Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow, approach or feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers.

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ou are fully responsible for your campfire. Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the backcountry and private property. No matter what time of year, people need to be careful when deciding when and where to build a campfire. Plan on using a lightweight stove for cooking, and enjoy a candle lantern for light at night. There are no warnings for illegal fires. The fines are very high. Make sure campfires are allowed: • During dry periods a fire ban may be enacted in some or all areas of the forest. You are responsible for knowing the laws and are not allowed to have a campfire or other open flame during a ban.

• Fires are banned at all times in certain areas, like Indian Peaks Wilderness. If campfires are allowed: • Use established fire rings. • Never leave fires unattended, even for moments • Never cut live vegetation. Only use wood from the ground that can be broken by hand. • Keep all campfires small and use them only for cooking and warmth. Put out the fire: • Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely, then scatter cool ashes. • Douse campfires with several gallons of water and stir with a shovel until coals can be touched.

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IDAHO SPRINGS

Founded: 1859 Elevation: 7,526 feet

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owhere in Colorado is the state’s mining history more evident than in the hills near Idaho Springs, named for Chief Idaho and the natural hot springs nearby. Founded in 1859, the town is the site of the state’s first significant gold discovery. Mining was largely responsible for its creation and growth, and today the city continues to preserve and celebrate its heritage. The building of Interstate 70 in the late 1950s changed the appearance of the town and increased its population. During the late 20th century, it evolved into a tourist center and popular stop for those heading to and from the high country on I-70 or accessing Mount Evans, National Forests or Clear Creek. Many homes of the early mining days remain and the Victorian-era downtown, a National Historic District, offers numerous unique shops and popular restaurants. Several mine tours and historic sites give visitors insight into local history while a hot springs resort helps everyone relax.

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u ARGO GOLD MINE & MILL TOUR 2350 Riverside Dr., Idaho Springs., 303-567-2421; historicargotours.com u CHARLIE TAYLER WATER WHEEL & BRIDAL VEIL FALLS 17th Ave. & Miner St., Idaho Springs, 303-567-4421; idahospringsco.com u DOWNTOWN HISTORIC DISTRICT Miner Street, Idaho Springs, 303-5674421; idahospringsco.com u ENGINE NO. 60 & COACH NO. 70 1711 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 303-5674421; idahospringsco.com u INDIAN HOT SPRINGS 302 Soda Creek Road, Idaho Springs, 303-989-6666; indianhotsprings.com u LAWSON ADVENTURE PARK 3424 Alvarado Road, Lawson, 855372-7238; lawsonadventurepark.com u MT. EVANS TROUT FISHING 4125 Hwy. 103, Idaho Springs, 303567-4017; mtevanstroutfishing.com u PHOENIX GOLD MINE 800 Trail Creek Road, Idaho Springs, 303-567-0422; phoenixmine.com Page 8

– ATV RENTAL/TOURS – u ATV EXPERIENCE 8604 Fall River Road, Idaho Springs, 303-408-2470; atvexperience.com u MILE HI RAFTING & ATV 3627 Alvarado Road, Dumont, 303567-0717; milehirafting.com

u WESTWINDS TAVERN 1633 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 303567-0982

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u A CULTURE OF SPEED BIKE STORE 1743 Miner St., 720-410-2100; www. acultureofspeed.com u EXIT 240 SKI & BIKE RENTAL – BANKS – 1313 Idaho St., Idaho Springs, 303u CENTENNIAL BANK & TRUST 567-2220; www.gotskirental.com 1744 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 303-567– BREWERIES – 2696; www.centennialbanking.com u TOMMYKNOCKER BREWERY u EVERGREEN NATIONAL BANK 1401 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 303• Miner Street Branch 567-4419; www.tommyknocker.com 1546 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 303569-9700; enbcolorado.com u WESTBOUND & DOWN 1617 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 720• Colorado Boulevard Branch 502-3121; westboundanddown.com 2394 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, 567-2611; enbcolorado.com – CANDY/ICE CREAM/SWEETS – – BARS/NIGHTLIFE – u GEORGETOWN VALLEY CANDY 1501 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 720u TWO BEARS TAP & GRILL 242-9524; www.shopgvcc.com I-70 Exit 244, Idaho Springs, 303567-2227 u MINER DECADENCE CHOCOLATE 1536 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 303u VINTAGE MOOSE TAVERN 567-1704 123 16th Ave., Idaho Springs, 303567-2375

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IDAHO SPRINGS D MINE TOURS & ATTRACTIONS

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olorado’s mines tell the stories of early prospectors who came here in search of gold. Idaho Springs, and nearby Central City and Black Hawk, were major contributors to the state’s Gold Rush. Check out local mine tours to learn about this intriguing history. Mines and their ruins are visible throughout the area, and provide a glimpse into life during the Gold Rush-era. Beware of old, unmarked mines that go straight down for hundreds of feet. Stay on trails and away from mines and tailings.

D EDGAR MINE, on 8th Avenue in Idaho Springs near

I-70 Exit 240, is known as Colorado School of Mines’ Experimental Mine. It is open for public tours for a fee when booked in advance. For information, call 303567-2911 or visit www.mines.edu/EdgarMine.

D HIDEE GOLD MINE, at MM 6.3 on the Central City Parkway between Idaho Springs and Central City, offers tours concentrating on local geology, history and mining methods. Tours include a stop at a gold vein where patrons use a hammer and chisel to chip gold ore to keep. Visit hideegold mine.com or call 720-548-0343 to learn more.

D ARGO GOLD MINE & MILL, 2350 Riverside Dr., Idaho Springs, offers tours including a massive mill, tunnel and mine along with demonstrations of equip- D GOLD PANS AND SUPPLIES are for sale at Car ment. Tours include gold panning lessons. To learn Quest, 2448 Colorado Blvd. in Idaho Springs. Keep in more, call 303-567-2421 or visit historicargotours.com. mind, most areas suitable for panning are patented D PHOENIX MINE, off Stanley Road near Interstate claims or private property. Check with the Bureau of 70 Exit 239 in Idaho Springs, offers daily tours. Pan- Land Management to ensure no claims exist where ning, and what you find, is included in the cost. Call you plan to pan. Even if the area is free of claims, 303-567-0422 or visit phoenixmine.com for details. gold panning can have environmental impacts.

– COFFEE SHOPS –

u FROTHY CUP COFFEE 1510 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 303567-2622; www.thefrothycup.com u STARBUCKS COFFEE 2900 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, 303-567-2578; starbucks.com

– GALLERY –

– LAUNDRIES –

u THE MAJESTIC GALLERY 1636 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 303567-9303; themajesticgallery.com

u B & J LAUNDROMAT 1347 Idaho St., Idaho Springs, 303567-9940 u LUXURY LAUNDROMAT 2729 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, 303-567-2746; jcsuites.com

– GAS STATIONS –

u IGADI - IDAHO SPRINGS 2818 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, 303-567-2018; igadiltd.com u MOUNTAIN MEDICINALS WELLNESS CENTER 1800 Colo. Blvd., Idaho Springs, 303567-4211; mountainmedicinals.com u THE SPRING - STRAINWISE 15 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, 303-225-6271; strainwise.com

u CONOCO/JENNY’S MARKET 2911 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, 303-567-2152; www.conoco.com u KUM & GO 1319 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 303567-2385; www.kumandgo.com u SHELL/FOOD MART 2808 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, 303-567-4486; shell.us u SHELL/FOOD MART 115 13th Ave., Idaho Springs, 303567-0339; shell.us u SINCLAIR - Blackwell Oil 1246 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 303567-2073; blackwelloilco.com u S INCLAIR - Tall Country 2806 Colorado Blvd. Idaho Springs, 303-567-4166; blackwelloilco.com u VALERO/SQUATCH STORE 2195 E. Idaho Springs Road, Idaho Springs,720-504-3412 u WESTERN CONVENIENCE 2630 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, 303-567-2156; www.westernconveniencestores.com

u BOUCK BROTHERS DISTILLING 2731 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, 303-567-2547; bouckbros.com

u SAFEWAY 2425 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 303567-4471; safeway.com

– CHURCHES –

u FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 100 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, 303-567-2028 u ST. PAUL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH 1632 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, 303-567-4662 u UNITED CHURCH OF IDAHO SPGS 1410 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, 303-567-2057 u ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH 1921 Virginia St., Idaho Springs, 303567-4378; zion-lutheran-church.com

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– LIBRARY –

u IDAHO SPRINGS LIBRARY 219 14th Ave., Idaho Springs, 303567-2020, www2.youseemore.com/ clearcreeklibrary

– LIQUOR STORES –

u CLEAR CREEK LIQUORS 2325 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 303567-2525 u MOUNTAIN MOONSHINE LIQUOR 2812 Colorado Blvd., 303-567-2438

– LODGING – u 6 & 40 MOTEL 2920 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, 303-567-2691 u ARGO INN & SUITES 2622 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, 303-567-4473; argoinnandsuites.com u BLACKSTONE RIVERS RANCH 3673 Chicago Creek Road, Idaho Springs, 303-567-2339; blackstoneriversranch.com u BLAIR MOTEL 345 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, 303-567-4661

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IDAHO SPRINGS D MOUNT EVANS SUMMIT & RECREATION AREA

Indian Hot Springs

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he pool and baths at Indian Hot Springs are continually fed pure mineral water at 115 degrees. With an average temperature of 90-100 degrees, the pool—complete with flowering plants and live banana and palm trees—is a family favorite. The resort also features a spa and accommodations for overnight guests at the Historic Main Resort Building, The Inn, The Lodge or a cabin.

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u CALL OF THE CANYON CABINS 104 W. Chicago Creek Road, Idaho Springs (303) 567-0170; callofthecanyoncabins.com u COLUMBINE INN 2545 Colo. Blvd., Idaho Springs, 303567-2501; columbineinn.net u H & H MOTOR LODGE 2445 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, 303-567-2838 u IDAHO SPRINGS MOTEL 2631 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, 303-567-2242 u INDIAN HOT SPRINGS RESORT 302 Soda Creek Road, Idaho Springs, 303-989-6666; indianhotsprings.com u JC SUITES 2729 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, 303-567-9263; www.jcsuites.com u LAWSON ADVENTURE PARK & LODGING 3424 Alvarado Road, Dumont, 855372-7238; lawsonadventurepark.com u MINER’S PICK BED & BREAKFAST 1639 Colo. Blvd., Idaho Springs, 303567-4870; theminerspick.com u MOUNT EVANS TROUT FISHING & CABINS 4125 Hwy. 103, Idaho Springs, 303567-4017; mtevanstroutfishing.com u THE SILVER LAKE LODGE 336 Crest Dr., Idaho Springs, 303567-9299; thesilverlakelodge.com Page 12

he Mount Evans Recreation Area offers easy access to Colorado’s high mountain environment from the Mount Evans Scenic Byway, the highest paved road in the U.S. The area, which includes the Mount Goliath Natural Area and Summit of Mount Evans Interpretive Site, is a very popular destination. Expect heavy traffic, limited parking with full parking lots and lines on weekends and holidays. The best time to visit is during the week and mornings. Forest Service fees are charged. To learn more, visit fs.usda.gov/arp. For the latest road information, visit www.codot.gov. Located within the Mount Evans Recreation Area, the Mount Goliath Research Natural Area contains 160 acres set aside for the protection, study, interpretation and enjoyment of the Rocky Mountain bristlecone pine. The Mount Evans Wilderness with more than 100 miles of trail, spans 74,401 acres, includes two 14ers—Mt. Evans and Mt. Bierstadt—and contains alpine tundra, bristlecone pines, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, deer and elk.

u TOP’S MOTEL 2725 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, 303-567-4177

– MUSEUMS/HISTORIC SITES –

u 6TH AVENUE HOSE HOUSE Sixth Ave., & Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, 303-567-4421; idahospringsco.com u BRYAN HOSE HOUSE Virginia & Illinois streets, Idaho Springs, 303-567-4421; idahospringsco.com u CENTRAL HOSE HOUSE 1340 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 303567-4421; idahospringsco.com u HERITAGE MUSEUM 2060 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 303567-4382; historicidahosprings.com u JACKSON MONUMENT 320 Hwy. 103, Idaho Springs, 303567-4421; idahospringsco.com u PIONEER CEMETERY Alvarado Road, Idaho Springs, 303567-4421; idahospringsco.com u UNDERHILL MUSEUM 1416 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 303567-4709, historicidahosprings.com

– OUTDOOR STORE –

u CLEAR CREEK OUTDOORS 1524 Miner Street, Idaho Springs, 303-567-1500; clearcreekoutdoors.com

– PARKS –

u ANDERSON PARK 1711 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 303567-4421; idahospringsco.com

u CITIZENS PARK 1545 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 303567-4421; idahospringsco.com u COURTNEY-RYLEY-COOPER PARK 2350 Colo. Blvd., Idaho Springs, 303567-4421; idahospringsco.com u HERITAGE PARK 2312 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 303567-4421; idahospringsco.com u MACY/RUTH MILL PARK 655 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, 303567-4421; idahospringsco.com u SHELLY/QUINN BALL FIELDS 101 E. Idaho Springs Road, Idaho Springs, 303-567-4421; idahospringsco.com

– POST OFFICE –

u MAIN POST OFFICE 2420 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, 303-567-2903; www.usps.com

– RECREATION CENTER –

u SAMPLER MILL REC CENTER 98 12th Ave., Idaho Springs, 303-5674822; www.clearcreekrecreation.com

– RESTAURANTS –

u AZTECA MEXICAN RESTAURANT 1628 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 303567-2933; www.restaurantazteca.com u BEAU JO’S PIZZA 1517 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 303-567-4376; beaujos.com u CARL’S JR. 2901 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, 303-567-2255; carlsjr.com

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C Clear Creek Outdoors

lear Creek, which runs through Idaho Springs, is a steep, narrow, technical river that is challenging and fun. It is the steepest commercially rafted river in the state. See page 60 for listings and information.

— SIGNATURE EVENTS —

D FISHING

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lear Creek County offers adventures for every type of mountain angler. Clear Creek, alpine lakes, streams and local reservoirs offer opportunities to catch Brown, Rainbow and Brook Trout. Some lakes contain Lake Trout. Within the city limits of Idaho Springs, anglers can find easy public access to Clear Creek. Stanley Road follows Interstate 70 and Clear Creek from Idaho Springs to Dumont with sporadic public access and pull-offs for parking.

u CHERRY BLOSSOM ASIAN 2700 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, 303-567-1166 u DA RIVUH FISH & BBQ CO. 1446 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 303-963-5901; darivuh.com u DEL RIO TACO 2384 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs u ECHO LAKE LODGE RESTAURANT 13264 Chicago Creek Road, Idaho Springs, 303-567-2138; echolakelodgeco.com u GYRO X MEDITERRANEAN DELI 1641 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 303567-4976 u HILLDADDY’S WILDFIRE 2910 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, 303-567-2775 u MAIN STREET RESTAURANT 1518 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 303567-2788; mainstrestaurant.com u MARION’S OF THE ROCKIES 2805 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, 303-567-2925 u MCDONALDS 2911 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, 303-567-1410; mcdonalds.com u MTN PRIME FOOD & SPIRIT 1600 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 720428-8558; www.mtnprime.com u PICCI’S PIZZERIA & BAKERY 2745 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, 303-567-0345; piccispizzeria.com

• June 2-Sept. 1 (Fridays): Idaho Springs Market Days • June 2, 9, 16, 23: Oh My Gawd Rodeo Buckle Series • June 24: Slacker Half Marathon & Races • July 4: Fourth of July Celebration • July 8-9: Triple Bypass Bicycle Ride • July 15: Bob Cook Mount Evans Memorial Hill Climb • July 23: 16th Annual Tommyknocker Mining Days Festival & Pack Burro Race • Aug. 12: Georgetown To Idaho Springs Half Marathon • Sept. 8: Flaming Foliage Relay • Sept. TBD: Clear Creek Watershed Festival • Sept. 30: Dynamite Days Festival

u PICK AXE PIZZA 1637 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 303567-2148 u SMOKIN’ YARDS BBQ 2736 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, 303-567-9273; smokinyards.com u SUBWAY 2900 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, 303-567-2670; subway.com u SUGAR PLUM 1845 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 303567-4470 u SUNSHINE EXPRESS CAFÉ 1856 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, 303-567-9100; www.sunshineexpressco.com u TOMMYKNOCKER BREWERY 1401 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 303567-4419; tommyknocker.com u TWO BROTHERS DELI 1424 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 303567-2439; twobrothersdeli.com u VINTAGE MOOSE 123 16th Ave., Idaho Springs, 303567-2375; vintagemoose.com u WESTBOUND & DOWN/BUFFALO RESTAURANT & BAR 1617 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 720-502-3121; www.westboundanddown.com u WESTWINDS TAVERN 1633 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 303567-0982

– SMOKE SHOP – u GOLD MINE SMOKE SHOP 1800 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, 303-567-2514; thegoldminesmokeshop.com

– TOWN SERVICES –

u IDAHO SPRINGS CITY HALL 1711 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 303567-4421; idahospringsco.com u IDAHO SPRINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT 3000 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, 303-567-4291; idahospringsco.com

– TRANSPORTATION –

u ‘BUSTANG’ BUS SERVICE - CDOT 800-900-3011; ridebustang.com u ‘ THE PROSPECTOR’ BUS - CLEAR CREEK COUNTY TRANSIT 303-679-2552; co.clear-creek.co.us

– VISITOR CENTER –

u HERITAGE MUSEUM VISITOR CENTER & U.S. FOREST SERVICE VISITOR CENTER 2060 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 303567-4382; historicidahosprings.com

– YOGA STUDIO –

u THE YOGA ROOM 1424 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 303567-2205; www.theyogaroomis.com

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CENTRAL CITY

Founded: 1859 Elevation: 8,510 feet

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n 1859 John Gregory discovered gold in what became known as “Gregory’s Gulch”, near the present day site of Central City. The Gregory’s Gulch discovery is among the first important gold discoveries in Colorado. Central City was at the center of what became known as “The Richest Square Mile on Earth,” a mining district that included the towns of Black Hawk and Nevadaville, both just a mile from Central City. Today, the town maintains its Victorian-era appearance while offering modern, 24-hour casino gaming, galleries, gift shops, museums and historic sites including the Central City Opera House built in 1878. The nation’s fifth-oldest opera company presents its 85th season in July. Other activities include exploring cemeteries, off-road driving and a wide range of unique events like Madam Lou Bunch Day and Famous Bed Races in June, The Great Central City Beer Festival in August and Hot Rod Hill Climb in September.

– ANTIQUES/GIFTS –

– BREWERY –

u MOUNTAIN MENAGERIE 121 Main St., Central City, 303-5825365; www.mountainmenagerie.net

u DOSTAL ALLEY BREWPUB 114-116 Main St., Central City, 303582-1610; www.dostalalley.net

u CENTRAL CITY OPERA HOUSE 124 Eureka St., Central City, 303-2926700; centralcityopera.org u GHOST TOWN DISC GOLF 190 Russell Gulch Road, Russell Gulch, 303-582-3083 u HIDEE GOLD MINE TOURS MM 6.3 on Central City Pkwy., 303989-2861, hideegoldmine.com u RELIVING THE PAST STUDIO 125 Main St., Central City, 303-5823881; relivingthepaststudio.com

u CENTURY CASINO 102 Main St., Central City, 303-5825050; central-city.cnty.com u DOSTAL ALLEY CASINO 114-116 Main St., Central City, 303582-1610; www.dostalalley.net u EASY STREET CASINO 120 Main St., Central City, 303-5825914; www.easystreetcentralcity.com u FAMOUS BONANZA 107 Main St., Central City, 303-5825914; www.famousbonanza.com u JOHNNY Z’S CASINO 132 Lawrence St., 80427, 303-5825623; www.johnnyzscasino.com u RESERVE CASINO HOTEL 321 Gregory St., Central City, 303582-0800; reservecasinohotel.com

– ATTRACTIONS –

– BARS/NIGHTLIFE –

u CHARLIE’S BAR 118 Main St., Central City, 303-552-5932 u LAVA ROOM NIGHTCLUB Reserve Casino, 321 Gregory St., Central City, 303-582-0800; www. reservecasinohotel.com u THE SCARLET - LIVE MUSIC VENUE 130 Main St., Central City, 720-3336209; www.thescarletvenue.com Page 14 14 Page

– CASINOS –

– CHURCHES –

u ST. JAMES UNITED METHODIST 123 Eureka St., Central City, 303582-5882

u ST. MARY OF THE ASSUMPTION 135 Pine St., Central City, 303-5674662 u ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH 226 E. First High, Central City, 303582-0450; stpaulscentralcity.org

– CONVENIENCE STORE – u ANNIE OAKLEY’S EMPORIUM 135 Nevada St., Central City, 303582-3530

– DISPENSARIES – u GOLDEN NUGGET 127 Main St., Central City, 303-5822043; goldennuggetdispensary.co u GREEN GRASS 440 Lawrence St., Central City, 303582-5088; greengrass-herb.com u IGADI - CENTRAL CITY 171 Lawrence St., Central City, 970536-0420; igadiltd.com u ROCKY MOUNTAIN ORGANICS 161 Gregory St., Central City, 303582-3991 u THE ANNIE’S - STRAINWISE 135 Nevada St., Central City, 303225-5369; strainwise.com

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CENTRAL CITY D MUSEUMS & HISTORIC SITES

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hen Colorado became a state, Central City almost became its capital. It had more culture than Denver and was the “Richest Square Mile on Earth.” Its history is preserved by the Gilpin Historical Society (gilpinhistory.org) in museums and historic sites. The Gilpin History Museum, an 1870 school house, displays collections related to Gilpin County history. The 1867 Thomas House is “frozen in time” as a typical Central City middle-class home. The 1885 Coeur d’Alene Mine Shaft House is as a reminder of the county’s mining heritage. Washington Hall, built in 1862, is the oldest continually used public building in the state.

– GALLERIES –

u MOUNTAIN GOAT GALLERY 115 Main St., Central City, 303-5823471; www.mountaingoatgallery.com u MOUNTAIN MENAGERIE 121 Main St., Central City, 303-5825365; www.mountaimenagerie.net u V ISITOR CENTER SHOWCASE GALLERY Visitor Center, 103 Eureka St., 303582-3345, www.gilpinarts.org uW  ABI POTTERY 6287 Virginia Canyon Road, Russell Gulch, 303-582-5492 uW  ASHINGTON HALL GALLERY 117 Eureka St., 303-582-5952, www. gilpinarts.org

– HORSEBACK RIDING –

u A&A HISTORICAL HORSEBACK RIDES 188 Alps Hill Road., Central City, 303567-4808; www.aastables.com

– LODGING –

u CENTRAL CITY KOA CAMPGROUND 605 Lake Gulch Road, Central City, 303-582-3043; koa.com u CENTURY CASINO 102 Main St., Central City, 303-5825050; central-city.cnty.com u HOOPER HOMESTEAD & SPA 210 Hooper St., Central City, 303582-5828; hooperhomestead.com u NICKI LEE MANSION B&B 201 W. 1st High, Central City, 618792-8701; nickileemansion.com u RESERVE CASINO HOTEL 321 Gregory St., Central City, 303582-0800; reservecasinohotel.com u SKYE COTTAGE 215 W. 1st High St., Central City, 303-331-8772

– MUSEUMS/HISTORIC SITES –

u COEUR D’ALENE MINE Academy Hill, Central City, 303-5825283; gilpinhistory.org Page 16

— SIGNATURE EVENTS —

• June 3-Aug. 6: Gilpin Arts Juried Art Exhibition • June 17: Madam Lou Bunch Day • June 24: Stills in the Hills Distillers Tasting • July 22: Beat the Heat Wing Fest • July 29: Bonanza “A Night of Good Fortune” • July 8-Aug. 6: Central City Opera Festival • Aug. 26: 29th Annual Cemetery Crawl • Aug. 26: Great Central City Beer Festival • Sept. 15-17: Hot Rod Hill Climb • Oct. 20-21, 27-28: Creepy Crawls

u ELKS LODGE No. 557 113 Main St., Central City, 303-5825181; www.elks.org/lodges u GILPIN HISTORY MUSEUM 228 E. 1st High St., Central City, 303582-5283; gilpinhistory.org u MASONIC LODGE No. 6 111 Eureka St., Central City, 303-5823899; www.centrallodge6.org u TELLER HOUSE TOUR/FACE ON BARROOM FLOOR 120 Eureka St., Central City, 303-5825283; www.gilpinhistory.org u THOMAS HOUSE MUSEUM 209 Eureka St., Central City, 303-5825283; gilpinhistory.org u WASHINGTON HALL 117 Eureka St., Central City, 303-5825283; gilpinhistory.org

– PARKS – u WILLIAM C. RUSSELL PARK Eureka St. & King Flats Road, Central City

– POST OFFICE –

u CENTRAL CITY POST OFFICE 149 Gregory St., Central City, 303582-5646; www.usps.com

– RESTAURANTS – u BISTRO 321 CHOPHOUSE Reserve Casino Hotel, 321 Gregory St., 303-582-0800; reservecasinohotel.com u DOSTAL ALLEY BREWPUB 116 Dostal Alley, Central City, 303582-1610; www.dostalalley.net u GILPIN MARKET - BURGER JOINT 430 Lawrence St., Central City, 303719-7037, www.gilpinmarket.com u HEIDI HOAGIES 110 Spring St., Central City, 303748-8311 u KEVIN TAYLOR’S ROUGE Teller House, 140 Eureka St., Central City, 303-867-0664; ktrg.net

u MID-CITY GRILL Century Casino & Hotel, 102 Main St., 303-582-5050; central-city.cnty.com uM  ILLIE’S RESTAURANT Easy Street Casino, 120 Main St., 303-582-5914 ext. 23; easystreetcentralcity.com u R ESERVE BUFFET Reserve Casino Hotel, 321 Gregory St., 303-582-0800; reservecasinohotel.com u R ETRO DELI Century Casino, 102 Main St., 303582-5050; central-city.cnty.com u S TELLA’S CAFÉ Famous Bonanza Casino, 121 Main St., 303-582-5914; famousbonanza.com u Z GRILL 132 Lawrence St., Central City, 303582-5623 x117; johnnyzscasino.com

– SMOKE SHOP –

u CENTRAL CITY CBD & TOBACCO 161 Gregory St., Central City, 303351-1617; www.centralcitycbd.com

– THRIFT STORE –

u ERMEL’S EMPORIUM/THRIFT STORE 111 Eureka St., Central City, 303582-1797

– TOWN SERVICES –

u CITY HALL 141 Nevada St., Central City, 303582-5251; colorado.gov/centralcity u G ILPIN COUNTY SHERIFF 2960 Dory Hill Road, Black Hawk, 303582-5511; gilpincountysheriff.com

– TRANSPORTATION –

u B LACK HAWK/CENTRAL CITY TRAM Central City to Black Hawk, 303-9892861; www.colorado.gov/centralcity

– VISITOR CENTER –

u CENTRAL CITY VISITOR CENTER 103 Eureka St., Central City, 303-7613145 ext. 300; colorado.gov/centralcity

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BLACK HAWK

Founded: 1886 Elevation: 8,537 feet

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ince the first gold strike of 1859 by John Gregory, Black Hawk has experienced boom-bust cycles of gold strikes, coal mining and stamp mills. In 1864, Black Hawk incorporated as one of Colorado’s first cities, transforming the former Mountain City into a milling center for the gold ore mined throughout the region. After years of economic decline and deteriorating infrastructure, a ballot measure in 1991 passed allowing limited-stakes gaming. Two small casinos opened in historic buildings starting a revitalization that has completely changed the character of the town. Over the past 30 years, nearly $900 million has been invested in land, casinos and related development. Today, the city welcomes up to 20,000 visitors a day and generates more than 84 percent of the state’s gaming revenue. This least populated town in Colorado continues to transform with a new development “renaissance” to provide recreation and destination activities for its residents and visitors.

– ATTRACTIONS –

u CREEKSCAPE WALK Main Street, Black Hawk; www. cityofblackhawk.org u GREGORY DIGGINGS MEMORIAL 450 Gregory St., Black Hawk; www. cityofblackhawk.org u MOUNTAIN CITY HISTORIC PARK 161 Main St., Black Hawk; www. cityofblackhawk.org

– BARS/NIGHTLIFE –

u BAR 8042 Ameristar, 111 Richman St., Black Hawk, 720-946-4000; ameristar. com/black-hawk u LAST SHOT RESTAURANT 17268 Hwy. 119, Rollinsville 303-6427870; royslastshot.wordpress.com

– CANDY/ICE CREAM/SWEETS –

u DUNKIN’ DONUTS Mardi Gras Casino, 300 Main St., Black Hawk, 303-582-2600; www. goldenmardigras.com u JAVA-N-CRÉME Lodge Casino, 240 Main St., Black Hawk, 303-582.1771; thelodgecasino.com Page 18

– CASINOS –

u AMERISTAR BLACK HAWK 111 Richman St., Black Hawk, 970946-4000; ameristar.com/black-hawk u GILPIN CASINO 111 Main St., Black Hawk, 303-5821133; thegilpincasino.com u GOLDEN GATES CASINO 261 Main St., Black Hawk, 303-5822600; thegoldengatescasino.com u GOLDEN GULCH CASINO 321 Main St., Black Hawk, 303-5822600; thegoldengatescasino.com u ISLE CASINO HOTEL 401 Main St., Black Hawk, 303-8009903; www.black-hawk.isleofcapri casinos.com u LADY LUCK CASINO 340 Main St., Black Hawk, 303-5861072; www.black-hawk-ladyluck. isleofcapricasinos.com u LODGE CASINO 240 Main St., Black Hawk, 303-5821771; thelodgecasino.com u MARDI GRAS CASINO 300 Main St., Black Hawk, 303-5822600; thegoldengatescasino.com

u MONARCH CASINO 488 Main St., Black Hawk, 303-5821000; monarchblackhawk.com u SARATOGA CASINO 101 Main St., Black Hawk, 303-5826100; saratogacasinobh.com u SASQUATCH CASINO 125 Gregory St., Black Hawk, 720880-1616; sasquatchcasino.com u WILD CARD SALOON & CASINO 120 Main St., Black Hawk, 303-5823412; www.wildcardcasino.net u Z CASINO 101 Gregory St., Black Hawk,303271-2500; www.zcasinobh.com

– COFFEE SHOP –

u DUNKIN’ DONUTS Mardi Gras Casino, 300 Main St., Black Hawk, 303-582-2600; www. goldenmardigras.com u MOUNTAIN MOCHA CAFÉ 135 Clear Creek St., Black Hawk, 303582-2011; peakcitycoffee.com u STARBUCKS Ameristar Casino, 111 Richman St., Black Hawk, 720-946-4000; www. ameristar.com/black-hawk

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D GOLDEN GATE CANYON STATE PARK

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olden Gate Canyon State Park is one of the closest state parks to the Denver area, providing a quick and easy escape to the mountains. Nestled between the Front Range foothills and Rocky Mountains, Golden Gate Canyon is a patchwork terrain bustling with wildlife. The park offers spectacular hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, backpacking and hunting on 12,000 acres. Its 12 hiking and biking trails intersect often and cover more than 35 miles through aspen forests, wildflowers, grasslands, dense coniferous forests and early homesteads. Yearround camping is offered in both developed and backcountry sites. Panorama Point Scenic Overlook is popular attraction with Continental Divide views spanning 100 miles. Visit cpw.state.co.us for complete details about the park.

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lack Hawk hosts one of Colorado’s largest fireworks displays on July 4 each year. The Boom Town! Fireworks Display begins at dusk and ends with a grand finale featuring more than 3,000 shells. The display launches above downtown and can be seen from most places in town. Arrive early for the best spots. Weather and fire restrictions permitting, the fireworks display begins at 9:30 p.m.

— SIGNATURE EVENTS — • June 9: High Country Auxiliary Flea Market • July 4: Black Hawk Boomtown Fireworks • Aug. 19-20: 25th Gilpin County Fair • Sept. 11: Black Hawk Memorial Stairclimb • Sept. 23-24: Gilpin County Art Studio Tour

– CONVENIENCE STORE –

u LADY LUCK CASINO HOTEL 340 Main St., Black Hawk, 888904-5613; black-hawk-ladyluck. isleofcapricasinos.com u LODGE CASINO HOTEL 240 Main St., Black Hawk, 303-5821771; thelodgecasino.com

– CHURCHES –

u PICKLE LIQUOR 661 Hwy. 46, Black Hawk, 303-5829979; basecampco.com u MID-COUNTY LIQUORS 17218 Hwy. 119, Black Hawk, 303642-7686 u UNDERGROUND LIQUOR 15107 Hwy. 119, Black Hawk, 303-5826034; undergroundliquorstore.com

u EAGLE’S MART 137A Clear Creek, Black Hawk u TAGGARTS COUNTRY STORE 14936 Hwy. 119, Black Hawk u Z STOP GAS & STORE 1351 Hwy. 119, Black Hawk, 303279-0213 u CHRIST THE KING COMMUNITY 971 Hwy. 46, Black Hawk, 303-5825905; ctkonline.com/blackhawk

– GAS STATIONS –

u SHELL – TAGGARTS 14936 Hwy. 119, Black Hawk u Z STOP GAS & STORE 1351 Hwy. 119, Black Hawk, 303279-0213

– LIBRARY –

u GILPIN COUNTY LIBRARY 15131 Hwy. 119, Black Hawk, 303582-5777; www.gilpinlibrary.org

– LODGING –

u AMERISTAR BLACK HAWK 111 Richman St, Black Hawk, 970946-4000; www.ameristar.com u BASE CAMP AT GOLDEN GATE 661 Hwy. 46, Black Hawk, 303-5829979; basecampco.com u CHASE CREEK BED & BREAKFAST 250 Chase Street, 303-582-3550; www.chasecreekinn.com u ISLE CASINO HOTEL 401 Main St., Black Hawk, 888-9045613; isleofcapricasinos.com Page 20

– LIQUOR STORES –

– PARKS –

u GOLDEN GATE CANYON STATE PARK 92 Crawford Gulch Road, Black Hawk, 303-582-3707; cpw.state.co.us/ placestogo/parks/GoldenGateCanyon

– POST OFFICE –

u BLACK HAWK POST OFFICE 145 Clear Creek St., Black Hawk, 303582-5252; www.usps.com

– RECREATION CENTER –

u GILPIN COUNTY REC CENTER 250 Norton Dr., Black Hawk, 303582-1453; gilpinrecreation.com

– RESTAURANTS –

u BOURBON STREET CAFE Mardi Gras Casino, 300 Main St., Black Hawk, 303-582-2600; www. thegoldengatescasino.com

u CENTENNIAL BUFFET Ameristar, 111 Richman St., Black Hawk, 720-946-4000; www.ameri star.com/black-hawk u FARMER’S PICK BUFFET Isle Casino, 401 Main St., Black Hawk, 303-800-9903; www.blackhawk.isleofcapricasinos.com u FARRADDAYS STEAKHOUSE Isle Casino Hotel Black Hawk, 401 Main St., Black Hawk, 303-800-9903; black-hawk.isleofcapricasinos.com u FIRESIDE KITCHEN Ameristar, 111 Richman St., Black Hawk, 720-946-4000 www.ameri star.com/black-hawk u FULL HOUSE CAFÉ Golden Gates Casino, 300 Main St., Black Hawk, 303-582-2600; www. thegoldengatescasino.com u HARRY’S GRILL Sasquatch Casino, 125 Gregory St., Black Hawk, 720-880-1616; sasquatchcasino.com u HARRY’S HIDEOUT RESTAURANT Sasquatch Casino, 125 Gregory St., Black Hawk, 720-880-1616; sasquatchcasino.com u JAKE’S DELI Lodge Casino, 240 Main St., Black Hawk, 303-582-1771; thelodgecasino.com u LUCILLE MALONE’S Gilpin Casino, 111 Main St., Black Hawk, 303-582-1133; thegilpincasino.com

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u LUCKY’S RESTAURANT Mardi Gras Casino, 300 Main St., Black Hawk, 303-582-2600; www. goldenmardigras.com u MAIN STREET CAFÉ Saratoga Casino, 101 Main St., Black Hawk, 303-582-6100; www. saratogacasinobh.com u MILL CITY CHOPHOUSE Saratoga Casino, 101 Main St., Black Hawk, 303-582-6100; www. saratogacasinobh.com u MOUNTAIN MOCHA CAFÉ 135 Clear Creek St., Black Hawk, 303-582-2011; peakcitycoffee.com/ mountainmocha u MUSTANG GRILL Z Casino, 101 Gregory St., Black Hawk, 303-271-2500; zcasinobh.com u O&H EXPRESS Lady Luck, 340 Main St., Black Hawk, 303-586-1072; black-hawk-ladyluck. isleofcapricasinos.com

u OTIS & HENRY’S Lady Luck, 340 Main St., Black Hawk, 303-586-1072; black-hawk-ladyluck. isleofcapricasinos.com u ROY’S LAST SHOT RESTAURANT 17268 Hwy. 119, Rollinsville 303-6427870; royslastshot.wordpress.com u SEASONS BUFFET Lodge Casino, 240 Main St., Black Hawk, 303-582-1771; www.the lodgecasino.com u THE BUFFET Monarch Casino, 444 Main St., Black Hawk, 303-582-1000; www. monarchblackhawk.com u TIMBERLINE GRILL Ameristar, 111 Richman St., Black Hawk, 720-946-4000; www. ameristar.com/black-hawk u TRADEWINDS MARKETPLACE Isle Casino, 401 Main St., Black Hawk, 303-800-9903; black-hawk. isleofcapricasinos.com

u WAYPOST DELI Ameristar, 111 Richman St., Black Hawk, 720-946-4000; ameristar. com/black-hawk u WHITE BUFFALO GRILLE Lodge Casino, 240 Main St., Black Hawk, 303-582-1771; thelodgecasino.com u WILD CARD SALOON & CASINO 120 Main St., Black Hawk, 303-5823412; wildcardcasino.net

– TOWN SERVICES –

u CITY HALL 201 Selak St., Black Hawk, 303-5822292; www.cityofblackhawk.org u BLACK HAWK POLICE DEPARTMENT 221 Church St., Black Hawk, 303-5820503; www.cityofblackhawk.org u GILPIN COUNTY SHERIFF 2960 Dory Hill Road, Black Hawk, 303582-5511; gilpincountysheriff.com

– TRANSPORTATION –

u BLACK HAWK/CENTRAL CITY TRAM Black Hawk to Central City, 303-9892861; www.cityofblackhawk.org

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ROLLINSVILLE

Founded: 1873 Elevation: 8,474 feet

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he small, unincorporated town of Rollinsville—one of Colorado’s oldest settlements—was established by John Q. A. Rollins, a prominent, mid-19th-century mining executive. Rollins kept the town dry and banned gambling halls, dance halls and saloons. A stamp mill was built in 1861 to process gold ore from nearby mines and a post office arrived in 1871. The town was home to a large ice house that supplied refrigerator railroad cars. Early Rollinsville had both a stage stop and train station. In the early 20th century, the town had changed. By 1928, it was home to three saloons, a pool hall and dance hall. The Stage Stop—which is now a popular restaurant, bar and live music venue— was built by Rollins in the 1860s, and was one of the first permanent buildings on what was to become Main Street. A fire in the 1950s destroyed many original buildings. The Stage Stop was one of the few to survive. Surrounded by national forest land, the town is now a jumping off point for the James Peak Wilderness Area.

D HISTORIC MOFFAT ROAD & TUNNEL

D STAGE STOP

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njoy breakfast, lunch, dinner as well as free music, karaoke and more at the Stage Stop on Main Street. Built in 1868, it was originally a Toll Gate Barn for a stage coach company. Its mahogany back bar is more than 150 years old.

he East Portal of the Moffat Tunnel is 8 miles west of Rollinsville at the end of County Road 16/Tolland Road. The 6.2-mile-long bore under the Continental Divide is the world’s sixth longest. When it opened in 1928, it reduced the five-hour, 27-mile trip over Corona Pass to 12 minutes. The South Boulder Creek Interpretive Site on the way to the tunnel has signs about local history and picnic tables.

– ATTRACTIONS –

u MOFFAT ROAD & TUNNEL C.R. 16, Rollinsville; moffatroad.org u JAMES PEAK WILDERNESS C.R. 16, Rollinsville, 303-541-2500; www.fs.usda.gov/main/arp/home

– ANTIQUES/THRIFT STORE –

u MINE SHAFT MERCANTILE 70 Main, Rollinsville, 303-258-0742 Page 22

— SIGNATURE EVENTS — Alternating Thursdays: Stage Stop Karaoke Nights

– PHARMACY –

– RESTAURANT/BAR/NIGHTLIFE –

u MEDICINE SPRINGS PHARMACY 21043 Hwy. 119, Rollinsville, 303258-0846

u STAGE STOP 60 Main St., Rollinsville, 303-6420116; stagestoprollinsville.com

u ROLLINSVILLE POST OFFICE 143 Main St, Rollinsville, 303-2583326; www.usps.com

u SHOSHONI YOGA RETREAT 1400 Shoshoni Camp Road, Rollinsville, 303-567-2439; shoshoni.org

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he James Peak area became part of the National Wilderness Preservation System in 2002. The 17,000-acre James Peak Wilderness is located within the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests in Boulder, Gilpin and Clear Creek counties. Adjacent to the Continental Divide on the eastern slope, the James Peak Wilderness Area includes several peaks over 13,000 feet and more than a dozen alpine lakes. James Peak was named for Edwin James, an American physician and botanist who traveled to Colorado on an 1819-1820 U.S. Army Expedition. Along the way, he was the first botanist to describe many plants of the Rocky Mountains. Permits are NOT required for camping or hiking in the James Peak Wilderness, as in the nearby Indian Peaks Wilderness. Camping is prohibited within 100 feet of lakes, streams, and trails. Campfires are prohibited yearround. Camp stoves are allowed. Current trail/road conditions should be reviewed before accessing the high country. Snow from the winter and spring season can linger through early July. Early morning hiking is highly recommended due to severe thunderstorms and lightning that can begin as early as 11 am. Motorized equipment, or mechanized transportation is prohib-

ited, including motorcycles, chain to the Forest Lakes Trail, is saws, bicycles or carts. Wheel- 12 miles up this original route, which is rough and rarely acceschairs are exempt. sible until July. High clearance veGroup size is limited to 12 people hicles are always recommended. or a combined total of 12 people The James Peak Lake Trailand livestock. Pets must be on a hand-held head—reached by C.R. 4N (Mammoth Gulch) near Tolland and Forleash at all times. est Service Road 353—provides The East Portal Trailhead, locat- access to the James Peak Lake ed at the tunnel, provides access and Ute trails and James Peak to James Peak Wilderness and Lake and Little Echo Lake. High the South Boulder Creek, Forest clearance vehicles with 4WD are Lakes, Crater Lakes, Ute and Conrecommended. From the trailhead, tinental Divide trails. the difficult, steep trail drops 500 The original Moffat Road “Hill feet in a half mile and follows an Route,” now a well-used four- old wagon road across loose rock. wheel drive route, is on the National Register of Historic Fishing and hunting is permitPlaces. The Forest Lakes Trail- ted in accordance with Colorado head, which provides access Parks & Wildlife regulations.

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NEDERLAND

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ederland began its history as the mill site for silver ore from the rich mines at Caribou, now a ghost town five miles away. In 1873, the Caribou Silver Mine was bought by a Dutch mining company. The town was known as “the Netherlands,” or low lands, by the miners since it was lower than the mine. Nederland became the official name in 1874 when the town incorporated. By 1890, the ore and people were gone. Tungsten—valuable for making steel—was found and revived mining in the early 20th century and 1940s. In the late 1960s, hippies began moving in, and a vibrant music scene soon followed. Nearby Caribou Ranch Recording Studio opened in 1971. Elton John, Michael Jackson, U2, Frank Zappa, Billy Joel, Chicago and others created now-legendary recordings at the facility. Nationallytouring acts Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon, Elephant Revival and more have emerged from the local scene in recent years. The town is now known as the gateway to Indian Peak Wilderness and Eldora Mountain Resort. Its unique shopping, restaurants, breweries and bars are a great way to top off a nearby outdoor adventure.

– ATTRACTIONS –

u CAROUSEL OF HAPPINESS Caribou Shopping Center, 20 Lakeview Dr., Nederland, 303-258-3457; carouselofhappiness.org u WILD BEAR MOUNTAIN ECOLOGY CENTER & ECO-ARTS LOUNGE Caribou Shopping Center, 20 Lakeview Dr., Nederland, 303-258-0495; wildbear.org

– BANKS –

u CENTENNIAL BANK & TRUST 26 Hwy. 72 S., Nederland, 303-2587071; www.centennialbanking.com

– BARS/NIGHTLIFE –

u PIONEER INN 15 E. 1st St., Nederland, 303-2587733; pioneerinnnederland.net u THE CARIBOU ROOM 55 Indian Peaks Dr., Nederland, 303258-3637; www.thecaribouroom.com Page 24

– BREWERIES – u JAMES PEAK BREWERY & SMOKEHOUSE 70 E. 1st St., Nederland, 303-258-9453; www.jamespeakbrew.com u VERY NICE BREWING COMPANY Caribou Shopping Center, 20 Lakeview Dr., Nederland, 303-258-3770; www.verynicebrewing.com

– CANDY/ICE CREAM/SWEETS –

u BLUE OWL CAFÉ & ICE CREAM 176 Hwy. 119, Nederland, 303-2583695; www.blueowlbooks.com u BRAIN FREEZE N’ICE CREAM 1 W. 1st St., Nederland, 720-775-4007 u NEW MOON BAKERY & CAFÉ 1 W. 1st St., Nederland, 303-2583569; www.newmoonbakery.com u TRAIN CARS COFFEE & YOGURT 101 Hwy. 72 S., Nederland, 303-2582455; www.thetraincarscoffee.com

u THE CANDY MAN Caribou Shopping Center, 20 Lakeview Dr., Nederland, 303-258-8000; www.thecandymanstore.com

– COFFEE SHOPS –

u BLUE OWL CAFÉ & ICE CREAM 176 Hwy. 119 S., Nederland, 303258-3695; blueowlbooks.com u HAPPY TRAILS CAFÉ 98 Hwy. 119, Nederland, 303-2583435; www.happytrailsned.com u NEW MOON BAKERY & CAFE 1 W. 1st St., Nederland, 303-258– 3569; www.newmoonbakery.com u SALTO COFFEE WORKS 112 E. 2nd St., Nederland, 303258–3537; saltocoffeeworks.com u TRAIN CARS COFFEE & YOGURT Caribou Shopping Center, 101 Hwy. 72 S., Nederland, 303-258-2455; www.thetraincarscoffee.com

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isit the Nederland Mining Museum to get a glimpse into the area’s hard rock mining days during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The museum hosts gold panning and hard-rock mining tours during the summer. Visit bouldercounty.org to learn more. Explore the 1907 Gillaspie House at Bridge and 4th streets. It displays clothing, accessories, and furnishings found in a typical early 20th century Nederland home. The free museums are open on weekends through October.

he Carousel of Happiness, 20 Lakeview Dr. is Nederland’s “magical menagerie” featuring 56 whimsical, hand-carved animals on a restored 1910 Looff carousel, turning to the music of a 1913 Wurlitzer band organ. The rides are $1, but the smiles are free. Upstairs is an observation window, small party room and puppet theater. The Gift Shop sells toys, books, posters, gifts, puppets and the work of local artists and artisans. Call 303258-3457 or visit www.carouselofhappiness. org for information.

– CONVENIENCE STORE – u KWIK MART 217 Hwy. 119, Nederland, 303-2583208

– CHURCHES –

u CALVARY CHAPEL 275 Hwy. 72, Nederland, 303-2583502; calvarychapelnederland.com u NEDERLAND COMMUNITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 210 N. Jefferson St., Nederland, 303258-3579; nederlandcpc.org u ST. RITA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH 326 Hwy. 119, Nederland; 303-2583060

– DISPENSARIES –

u HARVEST HOUSE 211 S. Bridge St., Nederland, 303258-3144; harvesthouse.farm u SILVER STEM CANNABIS 1 W. 1st St., Nederland, 303-2583552; www.silverstemcannabis.com u THE GROWHOUSE 150 N. Jefferson St., Nederland, 303258-7058; www.growhouse.com/

– GALLERY –

u THE ART HOUSE OF NEDERLAND 171 E. 2nd St., Nederland, 303-550-7920

– GAS STATIONS –

u GASAMAT/SMOKER FRIENDLY 22 Hwy. 72, Nederland, 303-258-9240 Page 26

— SIGNATURE EVENTS —

• June 2-4: Mountain Forum for Peace Yard Sale • June 2-Oct. 6: Salto Coffee First Friday Artist Receptions & Live Music • June 11, Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8: Nederland Farmer’s Market • June 15: “Art at the Center” Reception & Demo Night • June 24-25: 17th Annual High Peaks Arts Festival • July 29: Nederland “Coming Home Days” Picnic • Aug. 25-27: NedFest Music & Arts Festival • Sept. 9: Ned*Ned 5K/10K/Half Marathon

u SINCLAIR/KWIK MART 217 Hwy. 119, Nederland, 303-258-3208

– GROCERY STORES –

u B&F MOUNTAIN MARKET Caribou Shopping Center, 60 E. Lakeview Dr., Nederland, 303-258-3105 u MOUNTAIN PEOPLE’S CO-OP 30 E. 1st St., Nederland, 303-2587500; mountainpeoplescoop.com

– GIFTS –

u ALPACA STORE & MORE 30 W. Boulder St., Nederland, 303258-1400 u BLUE OWL BOUTIQUE 176 Hwy. 119, Nederland, 303-2583695; www.blueowlbooks.com u CAROUSEL GIFT SHOP Caribou Shopping Center, 20 Lakeview Dr., Nederland, 303-258-3457; carouselofhappiness.org u CRAFTED IN COLORADO 35 E. 1st St., Nederland, 303-2583188; www.craftedincolorado.com u KATHMANDU GIFTS & IMPORTS 110 N. Jefferson St., Nederland, 303258-1169; kathmandurestaurant.us u MOUNTAIN PEOPLE’S CO-OP 30 E. 1st St., Nederland, 303-2587500; mountainpeoplescoop.com u NATURE’S OWN SCIENCE & NATURE 5 E. 1st St., Nederland, 303-2583557; www.naturesown.com

u WINGS OF LACE 75 E. 1st St., Nederland, 303-258-9777 u T HE RUSTIC MOOSE 26 E. 1st St., Nederland, 303-258-3225

– LAUNDRY –

u THE LAUNDRY ROOM Caribou Shopping Center, 20 Lakeview Dr., Nederland, 303-324-5452

– LIBRARY –

uN  EDERLAND COMMUNITY LIBRARY 200 Hwy. 72 N., Nederland, 303-2581101; nederland.colibraries.org

– LIQUOR STORES –

u DAM LIQUOR Caribou Shopping Center, 20 Lakeview Dr., Nederland, 303-258-9002 u P EAK WINE & SPIRITS 150 N. Jefferson, Nederland, 303258-3334; peakwineandspirits.com

– LODGING –

u BOULDER CREEK LODGE 55 Lakeview Dr., Nederland, 303-2589463; thebouldercreeklodge.com u G OLDMINER HOTEL 601 Klondyke Ave., Eldora, 303-2587770; goldminerhotel.com u S UNDANCE LODGE 23942 Hwy. 119, Nederland, 303-2583797; sundancelodgecolorado.com

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ederland is a live music town. Check out music at local venues most nights of the week. Check out the Pioneer Inn, Salto Coffee Works, Rocky Mountain Oyster Bar, Very Nice Brewing and the new, 500-person-capacity Caribou Room for bands and weekly open mics and acoustic “picks.” The nearby Stage Stop in Rollinsville also hosts live music regularly. NedFest Music & Arts Festival hosts top local and national acts, Aug. 25-27. See lineup on page 33.

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he Nederland Mining Museum is home to the 1923 Bucyrus 50-B Steam Shovel, the last remaining giant steam shovel used to build the Panama Canal. All but one of the shovels were scrapped at Panama. This survivor was shipped to California, then Denver. In the early 1950s, it was moved to Rollinsville south of Nederland, and used for mining until 1978. Moving the 60-ton shovel to the museum was featured on the History Channel’s “Mega Movers” and its bucket was recently used in a Panama Canal Centennial exhibit in North Carolina.

– MOVIE THEATER –

u BACKDOOR THEATER Nederland Community Center, 740 Hwy. 72, Nederland, 303-258-0188; www.backdoortheater.org

– MUSEUMS/HISTORIC SITES –

u NEDERLAND MINER’S MUSEUM & BUCYRUS 50-B STEAM SHOVEL 200 N. Bridge St., Nederland, 303258-7332; bouldercounty.org u GILLASPIE HOUSE Bridge & 4th St., Nederland, 303-2580567; nederlandhistoricalsociety.org

– MUSIC STORE –

u BRIGHTWOOD MUSIC Caribou Shopping Center, 20 Lakeview Dr., Nederland, 303-258-8863; www.brightwoodmusic.net

– OUTDOOR STORE –

u MOUNTAIN MAN OUTDOOR Caribou Shopping Center, 20 Lakeview Dr., Nederland, 303-258-3295, www.mountainmangear.com u INDIAN PEAKS ACE HARDWARE 74 Hwy. 119 S., Nederland, 303-2583132; indianpeaksace.com u TIN SHED SPORTS 112 E. 2nd St., Nederland, 303-2583509; www.tinshedsports.com Page Page 28 28

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ince 1995, Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center has provided year-round educational programs to people of all ages “fostering a life-long appreciation of the environment and promoting an environmentally aware and ecologically sound community.” Located in the shopping center next to the Carousel of Happiness, the center is the only non-profit nature center in Boulder County. It also operates the Mountain Ecology Center on its property at Mud Lake. Wild Bear’s annual Enchanted Forest, Sept. 30, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. is a children’s event featuring a tour Mud Lake Open Space forest. Meet “animals” who will tell their stories and hand out gifts.

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u CARIBOU RANCH OPEN SPACE Boulder C.R. 126; bouldercounty.org u CHIPETA PARK & VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK Lakeview Drive, Nederland; nederlandco.org u MUD LAKE OPEN SPACE PARK Boulder C.R. 126; bouldercounty.org u NATHAN LAZARUS SKATEPARK Teens, Inc., 151 East St., Nederland, 303-258-3821; teensinc.org u NEDRINK ICE & TENNIS COURTS Indian Peaks Dr., 720-235-8597; nedrink.org u PEACE PARK West 3rd St. and Hwy 119, Nederland; nederlandco.org u GUERCIO MEMORIAL FIELD East St., Nederland; nederlandco.org

– POST OFFICE –

u NEDERLAND POST OFFICE 350 East St., Nederland; 303-2583247; www.usps.com

– RECREATION CENTER –

u THE FITNESS PLACE Nederland Community Center, 750 Hwy. 72 N., Nederland, 303-2589721; nederlandcommunitycenter.org

– RESTAURANTS – u BACKCOUNTRY PIZZA & SUBS Caribou Shopping Center, 20 Lakeview Dr., Nederland, 303-258-0176; backcountrypizza.com u BLACK FOREST RESTAURANT 24 Big Springs Dr., Nederland, 303582-9971 u CROSSCUT PIZZERIA & TAPHOUSE 4 E. 1st St., Nederland, 303-258– 3519; www.crosscutpizza.com u DOT’S DINER ON THE MOUNTAIN Caribou Shopping Center, 20 Lakeview Drive, Nederland, 303-258-8368 u KATHMANDU RESTAURANT 110 N. Jefferson St., Nederland, 303258-1169; nepalidining.com u B&F MARKET DELI & MOUNTAIN BURGER Caribou Shopping Center, 60 E. Lakeview Dr., Nederland, 303-258-3105 u JAMES PEAK BREWERY & SMOKEHOUSE 70 E. 1st St., Nederland, 303-2589453; jamespeakbrewing.com u MOUNTAIN PEOPLE’S CO-OP 30 E. 1st St., Nederland, 303-2587500; mountainpeoplescoop.com

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NEDERLAND DM  UD LAKE • Kinnickinnick Loop 1.1 miles – Easy • Tungsten Loop 0.8 miles – Easy • Caribou Ranch Link 0.7 miles – Easy D C ARIBOU RANCH • Blue Bird Loop 1.8 miles – Moderate • DeLonde Trail 1.2 miles – Easy

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ederland is close to Boulder County’s Mud Lake and Caribou Ranch open space parks. Both are located off C.R. 126, about 2 miles north of town on Hwy. 72.

Mud Lake offers trails for hiking, biking and horses and a 50-person shelter. The parking areas includes horse trailer spots and restrooms. Caribou Ranch offers trails through forests, meadows, wetlands and a historical mining complex. It is closed annually through June 30. Picnic tables and restrooms are available near the parking lot.

– RESTAURANTS (cont.) –

u NED’S 121 N. Jefferson St., Nederland, 303258-0614; facebook.com/eatatneds u NEW MOON BAKERY & CAFE 1 W. 1st St., Nederland, 303-258– 3569; www.newmoonbakery.com u PIONEER INN 15 E. 1st St., Nederland, 303-2587733; pioneerinnnederland.net u ROASTED TOAD BBQ 229 Hwy. 119., Nederland, 303-9469746 u ROCKY MOUNTAIN OYSTER BAR 35 E. 1st St., Nederland, 303-2581100; rockymountainoysterbar.com u SALTO COFFEE WORKS 112 E. 2nd St., Nederland, 303258–3537; saltocoffeeworks.com u SUNDANCE CAFÉ 23942 Hwy. 119, Nederland, 303-2583797; sundancelodgecolorado.com Page 30

u THE DELI AT 8236 34 E. 1st St., Nederland, 303-2581113; thedeliat8236.com u TRAIN CARS COFFEE & YOGURT 101 Hwy. 72 S., Nederland, 303-2582455; thetraincarscoffee.com u UDON THAI RESTAURANT 155 Hwy. 119, Nederland, 303-2583194; nedthairestaurant.com

– SMOKE SHOP –

u GLASS WERX/SMOKER FRIENDLY 22 Hwy. 72, Nederland, 303-2589240; smokerfriendly.com

– THRIFT STORE –

u NEDERLAND TOWN HALL 45 W. 1st St., 303-258-3266, Nederland; nederlandco.org

– TRANSPORTATION –

u RTD N-ROUTE TO BOULDER/DENVER & PARK-N-RIDE 300 Jackson St., Nederland, 303-2996000; rtd-denver.com

– VISITOR CENTER –

u NEDERLAND VISITOR CENTER 4 W. 1st St., Nederland, 303-2583936; nederlandvisitorcenter.com

– YOGA STUDIO –

u T HE SHOP Caribou Shopping Center, 20 E. Lakeview Dr., Nederland, 303-258-3387

u TADASANA MOUNTAIN YOGA Caribou Shopping Center, 20 E. Lakeview Dr., Nederland, 303-2589642; tadasanamountainyoga.com

u NEDERLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT Caribou Shopping Center, 20 E. Lakeview Drive, Nederland, 303-2583250; nederlandco.org

u AUGUSTINA’S WINERY Caribou Shopping Center, 20 E. Lakeview Drive, Nederland, 303-5204871; augustinaswinery.com

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– WINERY –

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he 76,586-acre Indian Peaks Wilderness, one of the most visited wilderness areas in the country, became part of the National Wilderness Preservation System in 1978. It is bordered on the south by the James Peak Wilderness on the north by Rocky Mountain National Park. Elevations range from 8,300 to just over 13,500 feet. It can be accessed along much of the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway west of Rollinsville, Nederland, Ward and Allenspark. Known for its pristine wilderness, wildflowers, jutting mountains, roaring streams and high alpine hikes, the wilderness includes seven peaks over 13,000 feet. To encounter fewer people, hike and camp on weekdays and use less popular backcountry zones. Trailhead parking and overnight permits are limited, and can be obtained in advance from the Boulder Ranger District and online. Near Nederland, the Hessie, Fourth of July and Rainbow Lakes trailheads provide the best access to the Indian Peaks Wilderness

The Hessie Trailhead west of the town of Eldora on C.R. 130, accesses Devils Thumb, Lost Lake, King Lake, Woodland Lake and Diamond Lake trails. This trailhead is extremely popular in summer and parking is limited. Use the Boulder County Hessie Shuttle if day hiking at the trailhead on weekends. This free shuttle runs every 15-20 minutes, June 10-Oct. 8, from 8 a.m.-8 p.m., on Saturdays, and 8 p.m.-6 p.m.

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on Sundays. Park at the Nederland RTD Park-n-Ride and ride to the junction with Hessie Road. Parking and the shuttle are free. Leashed dogs are welcome. Combine the shuttle service with RTD’s N Route to leave your car at home. The Fourth of July Trailhead at 10,100 feet is accessed by five miles of rough road past the Hessie parking area. It is exceedingly popular, and parking is limited. It provides access to Arapaho Pass, Diamond Lake, and Arapaho Glacier Trails. At the trailhead is a small campground owned and operated by

the City of Boulder called Buckingham Campground. Sites are free and first-come, first-served and no fires are allowed. Private property exists in the area. Do not trespass. The Rainbow Lakes Trailhead, 5 miles down a rough road about 7 miles north of Nederland, provides access to the Rainbow Lakes and Arapaho Glacier trails. The nearby campground, located at 10,000 feet, is at the end of the Rainbow Lakes Road and adjacent to the wilderness. There are 18 first-come, first-served tent campsites. No water is available.

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INDIAN PEAKS WILDERNESS AREA Camping is very popular and requires a permit in the wilderness area, which is divided into Backcountry Camping Zones. Decide which zone you are camping within on each day of your trip by viewing the Backcountry Zones Map below. Each zone has a limited number of permits available. Camping permits are required for all overnight trips between June 1 and Sept. 15. Overnight permits are $5 per group, per trip. Groups of 8-12 and organized groups require permits year round for day and overnight trips. Groups larger than 12 are prohibited.

Camping is prohibited in Four Lakes Zone, May 1-Nov 30. In Diamond, Jasper, Crater and Caribou Lake zones, camping is allowed only in designated sites. Camping is also prohibited within 100 feet of all lakes, streams and trails. Campfires are prohibited in most areas, including the east side of the Continental Divide. See page 7 for information about fire safety. Pets must be on a hand-held leash at all times. Failure to leash your dog may result in a fine.

Diamond Lake Zone and Diamond Lake Trail. Motorized and mechanized equipment including chain saws, vehicles and bikes are prohibited throughout the wilderness. Trail and camping conditions should be reviewed before accessing the high country. Snow can linger through early July. Cross high elevation areas in early morning hours to avoid severe thunderstorms.

For permits and more information, Livestock is prohibited in Four call 303-541-2500 or visit fs.usda. Lakes Zone, above Cascade Falls, gov/goto/arp/indianpeaks.

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riginally a mining camp, Gold Hill is near the site of the first major discovery of gold in Colorado in 1859 and became the region’s first mining district in present-day Colorado. A flood of miners soon arrived and Gold Hill was established as the region’s first permanent mining camp. By 1861, surface deposits of gold were gone. The discovery of tellurium in 1872 prompted a second boom. At its height, the town had a newspaper and several hotels. Population dwindled in the early 20th century as mining tapered off, and stands at about 230 today. The Gold Hill area is popular for scenic driving and mountain biking. Two major fires, including one in 2010, destroyed structures, but many original wooden structures and cabins remain along with a small museum and two-room schoolhouse—the oldest continuously operating public school in Colorado. There is also a general store, restored inn on the National Register of Historic Places and a fine-dining restaurant that hosts renowned local and national musicians several nights a week.

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he free museum, located in the old St. James Chapel building at the corner of Prospect and Pine streets, is open weekends, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Memorial Day through Labor Day. Learn about the “Bluebirds of Gold Hill,” independent ladies who came to town from Chicago. Private tours, for $5 per person, may be arranged by calling 303-4422249. Visit www.goldhillmuseum.org to learn more.

– ATTRACTIONS –

u ‘TIL DEATH DO US PARTY MURDER MYSTERY DINNERS June 25, July 23, Sept. 23-24, Oct. 7-8, 22, 29; Bluebird Lodge/Gold Hill Inn, 403 Main St., Gold Hill, 303-4436461; goldhillinn.com/murder.html

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u GOLD HILL INN 401 Main St., Gold Hill, 303-4436461; goldhillinn.com u GOLD HILL STORE & PUB 531 Main St., Gold Hill, 303-4437724; goldhillgeneralstore.com Page Page 38 38

— SIGNATURE EVENTS — July 4: Independence Day Concert & BBQ July 23: KGNU’s 29th Annual Charles Sawtelle Memorial Mountain Jam Sept. 4: Labor Day Cajun Cookout & Concert Sept. 10: Gold Hill Gold Rush Festival

– CONVENIENCE STORE –

u GOLD HILL STORE & PUB 531 Main St., Gold Hill, 303-4437724; goldhillgeneralstore.com

– GALLERIES –

u THE RED STORE POTTERY & STAINED GLASS 310 Main St., Gold Hill, 303-440-4572

– MUSEUM –

u GOLD HILL MUSEUM 661 Pine St., Gold Hill; goldhillmuseum.org

– RESTAURANTS –

u GOLD HILL INN 401 Main St., Gold Hill, 303-4436461; goldhillinn.com u GOLD HILL STORE & PUB 531 Main St., Gold Hill, 303-4437724; goldhillgeneralstore.com

– TRANSPORTATION –

u THE CLIMB – GOLD HILL TO BOULDER Bus Stops: Switzerland Trail, Gold Hill School, Gold Hill Inn, Four Mile & Gold Run Road, Logan Mill in Gold Hill, 303-715-8417; the-climb.org

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he Switzerland Trail (National Forest System Road 327) is an old railroad grade that zigzags across the mountains of Boulder County. The narrow-gauge railroad transported people, supplies and ores between Boulder and the county’s mining communities, including Gold Hill, Ward, Cardinal, Nederland and Eldora from 1883 to 1919. The rails have long-since been removed, but a large portion of the roadbed is maintained as a hiking/biking trail as part of the Boulder County road system. It was, and remains, well known for its beautiful scenic views of the Front Range hills. Not all of the old railbed is open to motorized use. A particularly easy portion of the old railroad grade to access in a vehicle is near Gold Hill. Travel four miles east of Hwy. 72/Peak to Peak on C.R. 52 (Gold Hill Road), then approximately two miles south on C.R. 93 marked “Switzerland TrailMt. Alto Park. All vehicles must be street-legal and stay on roads. For a copy of the local Motor Vehicle Use Map, which displays National Forest System routes open to motorized travel, visit the Boulder Ranger office or online.

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djacent to the historic Switzerland Trail railroad grade, the Mount Alto Picnic Area was once a destination stop along the rails. At one time a fountain and Chautauqua hall graced this site; only the chimney and foundation of the fountain remain

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he Gold Hill Inn, celebrating 55 years as a family-run restaurant and popular live music venue, serves three- and six-course mountain gourmet meals reflecting the seasonal offerings of local markets. It was named by Gourmet Magazine as an “American Beauty.” Dinner is served Wednesday-Saturday, 6-9 p.m. and Sundays, 5-8 p.m. The Gold Hill Inn, 401 Main St., also offers Murder Mystery nights at the adjacent Bluebird Lodge and holiday festivities of food and music on Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day. Top local and nationally touring bands perform at the intimate venue throughout the summer. Call 303-443-6461 for reservations or visitgoldhillinn.com to learn more and find a complete music schedule.

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WARD

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ard was founded on silver and was once the richest town in the state. Named for Calvin Ward, who prospected a claim in 1860, the town boomed the following year with the discovery of the Columbia vein. Over the next several decades the population fluctuated, growing from several hundred to several thousand before declining once again. The mines in the area remained profitable for many decades, with one mine eventually producing more than 2 million ounces of silver. The railroad reached the area in 1898, arriving over the Switzerland Trail, which climbed more than 4,000 feet from Boulder over the course of 26 miles. The town was deserted by the 1920s, but the construction of the Peak-to-Peak Scenic Byway in the 1930s led to a small revival. Despite two historic fires, numerous historic buildings remain, including a church that is the subject of 1917 Georgia O’Keeffe’s “Church Bell, Ward” painting. Today the town, which is home to a gallery, antique store, general store and restaurant is most popular for its surrounding natural areas. The National Forest and Brainard Lake Recreation Area are just west of town.

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he Glass Tipi Gallery, owned and operated by local painter Greta Balzer, provides a beautiful space to enjoy fine art and local crafts along the Peak to Peak. The gallery, which hosts specials shows throughout the year, features painting, sculpture, photography, jewelry, unique treasures, gifts and more. Call 303-4590376, or visit theglasstipigallery.com to learn more.

– ANTIQUES –

— SIGNATURE EVENTS — • Mid-June: Brainard Lake seasonal gate opens • Various: Glass Tipi Gallery Art Show • August TBD: Friends of Ward Church Days • August 11-13: Boulder’s Big Hootenanny Music Festival

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– POST OFFICE –

u PEACEFUL VALLEY RESORT 475 Peaceful Valley Rd., Lyons, 303747-2881; peacefulvalley.com

u WARD POST OFFICE 1 Columbia St., Ward, 303-459-0255; www.usps.com

u GLASS TIPI GALLERY 55 Utica St., Ward, 303- 459-0376; theglasstipigallery.com

u WARD LIBRARY 1 Columbia St., Ward; ward-co.org

u UTICA STREET MARKET 62 Utica St, Ward, 303-459-1010

u PEACEFUL VALLEY RESORT 475 Peaceful Valley Road, Lyons, 303-747-2881; peacefulvalley.com

u MARROCCO’S FAMILY DINING 8 Utica St, Ward, 303-459-0358 u MILLSITE INN 44365 Hwy. 72, Ward 303-459-3308; www.millsiteinn.com

u TURNTABLE ANTIQUES 44455 Hwy. 119, Ward, 720-5522737; www.turntableantiques.com

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– CONVENIENCE STORE –

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– TOWN SERVICES –

u TOWN HALL 1 Columbia St., Ward; wardco.org

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he Brainard Lake Recreation Area is set in a glacially-carved valley. The high peaks of the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area loom to the west. The highly popular trailhead and campground features views of the peaks of the Continental Divide to the west and trails to several alpine lakes, a small glacier and the adjacent Indian Peaks Wilderness. Outstanding fishing and other year-round recreational opportunities are also available. Visit www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/brainard for details. Developed camping is only allowed at Pawnee Campground, situated at the foot of the Continental Divide in a mature sprucefir forest. This campground has 47 campsites for tents, campers, trailers or RVs. Picnic tables, fire grates, water, vault toilets, and trash services are provided. There are no hook-ups, dump stations or showers. Hiking trails west of the BLRA enter the Indian Peaks Wilderness and trails can be snowpacked until early July. Check conditions before visiting. Four main trails— Mitchell Lake, Beaver Creek, Pawnee Pass and Jean Lunning—have their trailheads at the recreational area. Visitors hiking trails leading west from the Long Lake or Mitchell Lake Trailheads are responsible for following all Indian Peaks Wilderness regulations and permit requirements. See page 34 for more information.

Recreational shooting closures exist in this area. Hunting is allowed in accordance with Colorado Parks & Wildlife regulations. Moose and other large animals are present in the area. Be considerate of all wildlife. Approaching closely can be threatening to wildlife and reactions are dangerously unpredictable. Because of the area’s high elevation, motor vehicle access to Brainard Lake is not available year round. Opening and closing dates vary each year (approximately mid-June through mid-October.) When the gate is closed, park at the Brainard Gateway Trailhead, located two miles east of Brainard Lake. The trailhead area features a seasonal gate, large parking area, warming hut, bathrooms, fee station and self-service fee area. Parking at the trailhead is free year round. Cash or check only fees apply during the summer operat-

ing season (typically mid-June through mid-October): • Passenger Vehicles (3 days): $11 • RVs (3 days): $11 • Vans (1 day): $27 • Buses (1 day): $44 • Motorcycles (3 days): $6 • Hiker/Biker/Walker (3 days): $1 • Short-term Bicyclist: free Interagency Annual, Military, Senior or Access passes, Golden Age and Golden Access passes are accepted. No fee is charged when the seasonal gate is closed. Once conditions permit, the gate is open 24 hours a day. When the booth is not staffed, visitors are expected to use a self-service fee station on the north side of the entry portal. For more information, contact the Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests/Boulder Range District office at 303-541-2500 or visit www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/ brainard.

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ALLENSPARK

Founded: 1917 Elevation: 8,504 feet

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hile it was first visited by Native Americans and later by trappers, Allen’s Park— it’s original spelling—got its name from a miner who built the first cabin in the area. The village began to grow when “summer people” bought land and built cabins beginning in 1900. In the early part of the 20th century, it became a favorite tent camping spot and the Allens Park Commercial Club formed in 1920 to let the world “know of the charm of this beautiful resort.” Allenspark remained a tourist destination until improved roads and technology made mountain living easier. Skiing was popular in the 1920s and 1930s, when international ski jumping competitions were held. The Rock Creek Ski area was developed after World War II and operated until 1952. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are still popular. The mountain hamlet is home to The Old Gallery, a community center offering visitor information, visual and performing arts, community events and more. There’s also restaurants, churches, a post office, gift shop and lodging options.

– ANTIQUES/GIFTS –

u DISTANT HARBORS 79 Bus. Hwy. 7, 303-747-2007; face book.com/DistantHarbors u EAGLE PLUME’S TRADING POST 9853 Hwy. 7, Allenspark, 303-7472861; www.eagleplume.com

– ATTRACTIONS –

u CHAPEL ON THE ROCK/ST. MALO 10758 Hwy. 7, 970-586-8111; www. campstmalo.org

– CHURCHES –

u ALLENSPARK COMMUNITY 16 Washington St., Allenspark, 303-747-2821; www.allensparkcommunitychurch.org u NEW COVENANT CHURCH 1423 Boulder C.R. 84, Allenspark; 303-747-1114; www.newcovenantchurchap.com u HIGHLANDS PRESBYTERIAN CAMP & RETREAT CENTER 1306 Bus. Hwy. 7, Allenspark, 303747-2888; highlandscamp.org Page 42

– GALLERY –

u THE OLD GALLERY 14863 Hwy. 7, Allenspark, 303-7472906; www.theoldgallery.org

– HORSEBACK RIDING –

u PEACEFUL VALLEY RESORT 475 Peaceful Valley Road, Lyons, 303-747-2881; peacefulvalley.com

– LODGING –

u ALLENSPARK LODGE B&B 184 Hwy. 7, Allenspark, 303-7472552; allensparklodgebnb.com u A RIVER BEND RETREAT 2927 Riverside Dr., Raymond, 303651-7765 u HIDEOUT CABINS 133 Boulder C.R. 90, Allenspark, 303652-6114; hideoutcabins.com u LANE GUEST RANCH 11953 Hwy. 7, Allenspark, 303-7472493; laneguestranch.com u MEEKER PARK LODGE 11733 Hwy. 7, Allenspark, 303-7472266; www.meekerparklodge.com

u PEACEFUL VALLEY RESORT 475 Peaceful Valley Road, Lyons, 303-747-2881; peacefulvalley.com u SUNSHINE MOUNTAIN LODGE 18078 Hwy. 7, Allenspark, 303-7472840; sunshinemtnlodge.com

– POST OFFICE –

u ALLENSPARK POST OFFICE 7 Washington St., Allenspark, 303747-2559; www.usps.com

– RESTAURANTS –

u FAWN BROOK INN 357 Bus. Hwy. 7, Allenspark, 303747-2556; fawnbrookinn.com u MEADOW MOUNTAIN CAFÉ 441 Bus. Hwy. 7, Allenspark, 303-7472541 u ROCK CREEK TAVERN & PIZZERIA 6 Ski Road, Allenspark, 303-7479000; rockcreektavernandpizzeria.com

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u THE OLD GALLERY 14863 Hwy. 7, Allenspark, 303-7472906; www.theoldgallery.org

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ESTES PARK

Founded: 1917 Elevation: 7,523 feet

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ccording to archaeologists, the Estes Park area has been a resort community for 10,000 years, attracting Ute and Arapaho Indian families for summer hunting. Drawn by the lure of pristine mountain surroundings, modern day visitors have included gunslingers, ranchers and inventors—including F. O. Stanley who opened his famed Stanley Hotel in 1909. The town is also tied to the history of Rocky Mountain National Park, which turned 100 in 2015. It is home to numerous historic sights and several museums. Estes Park, celebrating its own centennial anniversary in 2017, is now one of the most visited places in Colorado. It is home to more than 300 retail stores, numerous galleries, breweries, wineries and an impressive restaurant scene. There is also a wide-range of accommodations, a scenic Riverwalk and pedestrianfriendly downtown. Lake Estes offers boating, while mountain biking and horseback trails traverse much of the adjacent forests and meadows.

– ANTIQUES – u FALL RIVER JEWELRY & ANTIQUES 356 E. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970586-4367; fallriverjewelry.com

– BARS/NIGHTLIFE –

u CASCADES WHISKEY BAR The Stanley Hotel, 333 Wonderview Ave., Estes Park, 970-577-4000; www.stanleyhotel.com u KELLI’S LOUNGE 110 W. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970-577-0588 u LONIGANS 110 W. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970586-4346; www.lonigans.com u MOUNTAIN TIKI BAR 191 East Riverside Dr., Estes Park; 970-577-0555; mountaintikibar.com u THE BARREL CRAFT BEER, WINE & SPIRITS GARDEN 215 Moraine Ave., Estes Park,970616-2090; www.thebarrel.beer u THE ROCK INN MOUNTAIN TAVERN 1675 Hwy. 66, Estes Park, 970-5864116; www.rockinnestes.com Page Page 44 44

u THE WHEEL BAR 132 E. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970586-9381; thewheelbar.com

– ATTRACTIONS –

u AERIAL TRAMWAY 420 E. Riverside Dr., Estes Park, 970586-3675; www.estestram.com u ESTES ARK STORE & RAINBOW CURVE RACEWAY 521 Lone Pine Dr., Estes Park, 970586-6483; www.estesark.com u ESTES PARK OBSERVATORY 1600 Manford Ave., Estes Park, 970586-5668; angelsabove.org u ESTES PARK RIDE-A-KART & CASCADE CREEK MINI-GOLF 2250 Big Thompson Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-6495; rideakart.com u FUN CITY 455 Prospect Village Dr., Estes Park, 970-586-2828; funcityofestes.com u LAKE ESTES MARINA 1770 Big Thompson Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-2011; colorado.gov/evrpd u OPEN AIR ADVENTURE PARK 490 Prospect Village Dr., Estes Park, 970586-3066; openairadventurepark.com

u THE STANLEY HOTEL TOURS 333 E. Wonderview Ave., Estes Park, 970-577-4000; stanleyhotel.com u TROUT HAVEN MINIATURE GOLF 840 Moraine Ave., Estes Park, 970794-7857 u TROUT HAVEN FISHING POND 810 Moraine Ave., Estes Park, 970794-7857; trouthavenresorts.com

– BANKS –

u BANK OF COLORADO 533 Big Thompson Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-8185; www.bankof colorado.com u BANK OF ESTES PARK • Main Branch 255 Park Lane, Estes Park, 970-5864485; bankofestespark.com • St. Vrain Branch 501 St Vrain Lane, Suite 100, Estes Park, 970-577-1234 u KEY BANK 541 Big Thompson Ave., 970-5862364; www.key.com u U.S. BANK 363 E. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970586-4412; www.usbank.com

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he Estes Park Museum has “packaged history” in three new Discovery Packs at the Estes Valley Library. The museum and library collaborated to offer three packs on local history. The three new packs join the library’s nearly 100 packs in circulation. Discovery Packs are theme-based, developmentally appropriate kits that encourage literacy skills. The museum hopes to reach young families and engage them with local history during the town’s 100th anniversary. The first pack covers the topic of “Estes Park Then and Now,” the second pack explores natural history in “Our Animals with Antlers,” and the third is called “Spin Around Town in a Stanley Steamer.” For more information, contact the Estes Valley Library at 970-586-8116 or visit estesvalleylibrary. org. Contact the Estes Park Museum at 970-586-6256 or visit www.estes.org/museum.

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n honor of Estes Park’s Centennial, the Town of Estes Park has created a new downtown scavenger hunt, “Pikas in the Park.” The new activity includes 12 bronze sculptures of pikas throughout downtown. The activity guide brochure is available at the Estes Park Visitor Center and www.estes.org/pikas.

u G RANDMA’S MOUNTAIN COOKIES 217 W. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970u ESTES PARK BREWERY 577-0967; www.grandmasmoun470 Prospect Village Dr., Estes Park, taincookies.com 970-586-5421; epbrewery.com uH  AYLEY’S ICE CREAM u LUMPY RIDGE BREWING 102 W. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970531 S. Saint Vrain Ave., Estes Park, 812586-4207; www.pioneercandy.com 201-3836; lumpyridgebrewing.com u L AURA’S FINE CANDIES u ROCK CUT BREWING 129 E. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970390 W Riverside Dr., Estes Park, 970586-4004; www.pioneercandy.com 586-7300; www.rockcutbrewing.com u M  OON KATS TEA SHOPPE – CANDY/ICE CREAM/SWEETS – 205 Park Lane, Estes Park, 303-4379514; wwwmoonkats.com u C ARAMEL CORN 144 E. Elkhorn, Estes Park, 970-577- u M  UNCHIN HOUSE 1216; www.epcaramelcorn.com 130 E. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970586-8483; themunchinhouse.com u C ARAMEL CRISP u N  OTCHTOP BAKERY & CAFÉ 108 E. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970Stanley Village, 459 E. Wonder View 586-9927; ccrisp.com Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-0272; u CINNAMON’S BAKERY www.thenotchtop.com 920 W. Elkhorn Ave. Estes Park, 970480-1501; www.wakeupandroll.com u O LD FASHIONED CANDY 102 W. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, u D ONUT HAUS 970-586-3623 342 Moraine Ave., Estes Park, 970u R OCKET FIZZ SODA POP & CANDY 586-2988; donuthaus-estespark.com 356 Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970u D AIRY QUEEN 577-1688; www.rocketfizz.com 218 E. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, u R OCKY MTN. CHOCOLATE FACTORY 970-586-4939; dairyqueen.com 517 Big Thompson Ave., Estes Park, u E STES PARK TAFFY CO. 970-586-6601 121 E. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970- u S CRATCH DELI & BAKERY 586-3407; purplemountaintaffy.com 911 Moraine Ave., Estes Park, 970586-8383 u F LAVOR OF THE ROCKIES ICE CREAM 101 W. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970- u S HAKES ALIVE! Stanley Village, 513 Big Thompson 586-4374; flavoroftherockies.com Ave., Estes Park, 970-577-7007; u G LEN HAVEN GENERAL STORE www.shakesalive.com 7499 C.R. 43 Devils Gulch Road, Glen u S UNDAE SALOON Haven, 970-586 2560; facebook. 125 Moraine Ave., Estes Park, 970com/glenhavengeneralstore 586-5652 Page 46

u T AFFY SHOP 121 W. Elkhorn Ave. Estes Park, 970586-4548; originaltaffyshop.com u Y ESTERDAY’S ICE CREAM SHOP 191 W. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-8624 u Y OU NEED PIE! PIE SHOP & BAKERY Stanley Village, 509 Big Thompson Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-7437; www.youneedpie.com

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More than 15 religious denominations are represented in the area, including: Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Christian Science, Church of Christ, Episcopal, Evangelical, Jehovah’s Witness, Latter Day Saints, Lutheran, Methodist, Pentecostal, Presbyterian and Seventh Day Adventist. Find a complete list of places of worship at www.visitestespark.com.

– COFFEE SHOPS – u COFFEE ON THE ROCKS 510 Moraine Ave., Estes Park, 970586-5181 u INKWELL & BREW 150 E. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970342-1297; inkwellbrew.com u K IND COFFEE 470 E. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970586-5206; www.kindcoffee.com uM  OCHA ANGELOS 133 W. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970577-1957 u S TARBUCKS COFFEE – 2 LOCATIONS • 3 56 Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970586-1600; starbucks.com • S afeway, 451 E. Wonder View Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-4447

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he Baldpate Inn, located seven miles south of Estes Park and next to Rocky Mountain National Park on Twin Sisters Mountain at 9,000 feet, is a classic mountain getaway offering spectacular views, intriguing history, scrumptiously fresh food, caring staff and cozy accommodations. Built in 1917, the Inn is celebrating its 100 years of enchanting travelers throughout the 2017 season. The Inn boasts restful B&B accommodations, award-winning dining, the world’s largest key collection (pictured), historic photos, live theater entertainment and more. Call 970-586-6151 or visit baldpateinn.com to learn more.

u RAVEN’S ROAST COFFEE LOUNGE Old Church Shoppes, 157 W. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park,970-586-4326 u VIA BICYCLE CAFÉ 1751 N. Lake Ave., Estes Park, 970930-1842; viabicycles.com

– CONVENIENCE STORES –

u E STES PARK MINI MART 1110 Woodstock Dr., Estes Park u FAMOUS EAST SIDE FOOD STORE 381 S. St. Vrain Ave., Estes Park, 970-577-7114 u SAFEWAY FUEL CENTER 621 Big Thompson Ave., Estes Park; 970-586-4447; safeway.com u SCHRADER’S COUNTRY STORE 561 Big Thompson Ave. Estes Park, 970-586-0235 u SHELL TINY TOWN ONE STOP 860 Moraine Ave. Estes Park, 970586-7867

– DISTILLERIES –

u ELKINS DISTILLING, CO. 1825 N. Lake Ave., Estes Park, 970480-1848, www.elkinsdistilling.com u DANCING PINES TASTING ROOM 207 Park Lane, Estes Park, 970-5862227; dancingpinesdistillery.com

– GALLERIES –

u ALPENGLOW IMAGES & ACCENTS 145 E. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970577-6802; alpenglowimages.info u ART CENTER OF ESTES PARK 517 Big Thompson Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-5882; artcenterofestes.com u ASPEN & EVERGREEN GALLERY 356 E. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-4355; aspenandevergreen.com u DMS GALLERY 132 W. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-8567 u EARTHWOOD ARTISANS 360 E. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970586-2151; earthwoodgalleries.com Page 48

u EARTHWOOD COLLECTIONS 141 E. Elkhorn Ave. Estes Park, 970577-8100; earthwoodgalleries.com u IMAGES OF RMNP 203 Park Lane Estes Park, 970-5864352; imagesofrmnp.com u JOHN LYNCH WOODWORKING 1200 Graves, Estes Park, 970-5861000; johnlynchwoodworking.com u MOUNTAIN BLOWN GLASS 101-A W. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970-577-0880; www.mountain blownglass.net u MYSTIC MOUNTAIN GALLERY 410 E. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970586-1853 u PATTERSON GLASSWORKS STUDIO & GALLERY 323 W. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-8619; glassworksofestespark.com u SPECTRUM GALLERY 116 E. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970586-2497 u THE STUDIO FINE ART & FRAMING 541G Big Thompson, Estes Park, 970-237-4300; www.thestudiofineartandframing.com u VICTOR ISSAS BRONZE GALLERY 157 W. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970577-0963; www.victorissa.com u WANDS ART STUDIO 710 Laurel Road, Estes Park, 719406-5544; wandsartstudio.com u WILDLIFE PHOTO ART 440 E. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970577-1111 u WILD SPIRITS GALLERY 148 W. Elkhorn Ave. Estes Park, 970586-4392; www.wildspiritsgallery estespark.com u WYNBRIER LTD. WILDLIFE GALLERY 238 E. Elkhorn Ave. Estes Park, 970586-4074; wynbriercom.fatcow.com

– GAS STATIONS – u CONOCO - NATIONAL PARK VILLAGE 900 Moraine Ave., Estes Park, 970586-2139 u SAFEWAY FUEL CENTER 621 Big Thompson Ave., Estes Park; 970-586-4447 u SHELL - Two Locations • 561 Big Thompson Ave. Estes Park, 970-586-0235 • 860 Moraine Ave. Estes Park, 970586-7867

– GIFTS/T-SHIRTS – u MOOSLEY T’S 124 E. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970577-0033 u THE LAZY MOOSE 140 E. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970586-1088

– GOLF – u 9-HOLE GOLF COURSE 690 Big Thompson Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-8176; evrpd.com u 18-HOLE GOLF COURSE & PRO SHOP 1480 Golf Course Road, Estes Park, 970-586-8146; evrpd.com

– GROCERY STORES – u R OCKY MOUNTAIN GATEWAY GROCERY 3450 Fall River Road, Estes Park, 970-577-0043; rockymountaingate way.net u COUNTRY SUPERMARKET 900 Moraine Ave., Estes Park, 970586-2702; nationalparkvillage.com u SAFEWAY 451 E. Wonderview Ave. Estes Park, 970-586-4447; safeway.com

– HORSEBACK RIDING – u E LKHORN STABLES 600 W. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970-480-5298; www.horsebackestespark.com

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ocky Mountain Conservancy, 1895 Fall River Road, provides custom and regularly scheduled educational adventures and bus tours for visitors to Rocky Mountain National Park and surrounding areas. Most classes are field-based, hands-on learning experiences in Rocky Mountain National Park. A wide range of topics are available, including wildflowers, mammals, birds, cultural history, outdoor skills, photography, painting and writing. From June 7-Sept. 14, the “Journey to the Top! A Trail Ridge Road Bus Adventure” is offered. Participants receive a unique overview of the park’s history, flora, fauna and geology while viewing landscapes from a 14-passenger bus or 12-passenger van, with opportunities for taking pictures at the many stops along the way. Walking is limited. Trail Ridge Road Scenic Byway is the nation’s highest continuous paved highway. Visit rmconservancy.org or call 970-586-3262 for additional classes and tour information.

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he Stanley Hotel, known for its architecture, magnificent setting and famous visitors, may possibly be best known today for its inspirational role in Stephen King’s novel, The Shining. Explore the history of the property with one of its daily tours. The Stanley Tour brings to life the hotel’s history and architecture as well as some of its most notable spirits. See staterooms, “spirited” hallways and a servants tunnel. Learn how the Stanley inspired King. The Night Spirit Tour takes visitors through the hotel’s most active spaces and introduces them to the paranormal phenomena surrounding the 100+ year-old hotel. Photography is encouraged. Visit www.stanleyhotel.com or call 970-586-3371 to find out more or make a tour reservation.

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t’s easy to overlook Hermit Park Open Space, two miles east of Estes Park on U.S. 36, in the shadow of Rocky Mountain National Park. The open space, however, offers several reasons to keep it in mind when visiting the area. The park’s 1,362 acres include ponderosa pine forests and wetland meadows with abundant wildlife. Features include cabins, RV and tent camping, group camping and pavilion, and trails for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. Leashed dogs are welcome. Entrance and camping permits are required. For information, call 800-397-7795 or visit www.larimercamping.com.

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u E STES PARK OUTFITTERS 5229 Little Valley Dr., Estes Park, 970215-7064; estesparkoutfitters.com u JACKSON STABLES YMCA of the Rockies, 2515 Tunnel Road, Estes Park, 970-586-3341; www.jacksonstables.com u SK HORSES - NATIONAL PARK GATEWAY STABLES 4600 Fall River Road, Estes Park, 970586-5890; www.skhorses.com u SOMBRERO STABLES – 3 LOCATIONS • E stes Park Stable 1895 Big Thompson Ave., Estes Park,970-586-4577; sombrero.com • Moraine Park Stable - RMNP 549 Fern Lake Road, Estes Park • G lacier Creek Stable - RMNP Bear Lake Road, Estes Park

– LAUNDRIES –

u DAD’S MAYTAG LAUNDRY & SHOWERS 457 E. Wonderview Ave., 970-5862025 u VILLAGE LAUNDRY 172 S. St. Vrain, Estes Park, 970-5779274; villagelaundryinestespark.com

– LIBRARY –

u E STES VALLEY LIBRARY 335 E. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970586-8116; estesvalleylibrary.org

– LIQUOR STORES –

u BARTS LIQUOR 453 E. Wonderview Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-1930 u MOUNTAIN DEW LIQUOR 182 S. St. Vrain Ave., Estes Park, 970586-3329 u RAMBO’S LONGHORN LIQUOR 1640 Big Thompson Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-8583; www.ramboslonghornliquor.com u SPUR LIQUOR 900 Moraine Ave., Estes Park, 970586-3308; spurliquor.com Page 50

– LODGING –

With more than 150 choices for overnight accommodations, the Estes Valley has a wide variety of types, styles and prices. Find a complete list at www.visitestespark.com/lodging. A few properties are listed here: u ASPEN BROOK VACATION HOMES 2340 Aspen Brook Dr., Estes Park, 970-586-3748; aspenbrook.com u BALDPATE INN 4900 Hwy. 7, Estes Park, 970-5865397; baldpateinn.com u FALL RIVER VILLAGE RESORT 200 Filbey Court, Estes Park, 970325-6864; fallrivervillage.com u MURPHY’S RIVER LODGE 481 W. Elkhorn Ave. Estes Park, 970480-5081; murphysriverlodge.com u THE RIDGELINE HOTEL 101 S. St. Vrain Ave., Estes Park, 844744-5530; ridgelinehotel.com u ROCKY MOUNTAIN RESORTS 2760 Fall River Road, Estes Park, 970586-2528; rockymtnresorts.com u SILVER MOON INN 175 Spruce Dr., Estes Park, 970-5866006; silvermooninn.com u THE ESTES PARK RESORT 1700 Big Thompson Ave., Estes Park, 970-577-6400; www. theestesparkresort.com u THE STANLEY HOTEL 333 Wonderview Ave., Estes Park, 970-577-4000; stanleyhotel.com u YMCA OF THE ROCKIES 2515 Tunnel Road, Estes Park, 970586-3341; ymcarockies.org

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u HISTORIC PARK THEATER 130 Moraine Ave., Estes Park, 970586-8904; historicparktheatre.com u REEL MOUNTAIN THEATER 543 Big Thompson Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-4227; reelmountain.com

– MUSEUMS/HISTORIC SITES –

u BALDPATE INN KEY ROOM & PHOTOGRAPHY COLLECTION 4900 S. Hwy. 7, Estes Park, 970-5866151; www.baldpateinn.com u DICK’S ROCK MUSEUM 490 Moraine Ave., Estes Park, 970586-4180; redroserockshopestes.com u ENOS MILLS CABIN MUSEUM 6760 Hwy. 7, Estes Park, 970-5864706; www.enosmills.com u ESTES PARK MUSEUM 200 4th St., Estes Park, 970-5866256; www.estes.org/museum u FALL RIVER HYDROPLANT 1754 Fish Hatchery Road, Estes Park, 970-586-6256; www.estes.org/ historic-fall-river-hydroplant u LULA DORSEY MUSEUM YMCA of the Rockies, 2515 Tunnel Road, Estes Park, 970-586-3341; ymcarockies.org u MACGREGOR RANCH MUSEUM 180 MacGregor Lane, Estes Park, 970-586-3749; macgregorranch.org

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u BROWNFIELD’S 350 E. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970586-3275; brownfieldstrading.com u ESTES ANGLER 338 West Riverside Estes Park, 970586-2110; estesangler.com u ESTES PARK MOUNTAIN SHOP 2050 Big Thompson Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-6548; www.estespark mountainshop.com u ESTES TRUE VALUE/RADIO SHACK Stanley Village, 461 E. Wonderview Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-3496; www.estesparktruevalue.com u KIRK’S FLYSHOP & ADVENTURES 230 E. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970577-0790; www.kirksflyshop.com u OUTDOOR WORLD 156 E. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970586-2114; rmconnection.com

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stes Park is home to two public golf courses. A nine-hole course, which hugs the Big Thompson River, features par3s, par-4s and often dozens of elk. Weather permitting, it’s open year-round. An 18-hole course runs 6,400 yards from the men’s blue tees for a par 71. The scenic views alone make a round worth it, and the prices are affordable. The Pro Shop and restaurant are open until Oct. 31. There are also three family-friendly miniature golf parks in town. Visit www.colorado.gov/evrpd or call 970-586-8191 for details.

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u ROCKY MOUNTAIN CONNECTION 141 E. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970586-3361; rmconnection.com u SCOT’S SPORTING GOODS 870 Moraine Ave., Estes Park, 970586-2877; scotssportinggoods.com u THE HIKING HUT 106 E. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970586-0708 u THE WARMING HOUSE ADVENTURE OUTDOOR STORE 790 Moraine Ave., Estes Park, 970586-2995; warminghouse.com

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u ROCKY MOUNTAIN PHARMACY 455 E. Wonderview Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-5577; rockymountainpharmacy.com

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u BOND PARK 170 MacGregor Ave., 970-586-8191; evrpd.com u ESTES VALLEY DOG PARK Hwy. 36 & Community Dr., 970-5868191; evrpd.com u KNOLL-WILLOWS OPEN SPACE 335 E Elkhorn Ave., 970-586-6256; estes.org/museum u LAWSON SKATE PARK Stanley Park, 380 Community Drive, 970- 586-8189; evrpd.com u PERFORMANCE PARK West Elkhorn Avenue, 970- 5868189; evrpd.com u RIVERSIDE/BALDWIN PARK West Riverside Drive, 970- 586-8189; evrpd.com u STANLEY PARK Hwy. 36 & Community Dr., 970-5868191; www.evrpd.com

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u ESTES PARK POST OFFICE 215 W. Riverside Dr., Estes Park, 970586-0170; www.usps.com

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u ESTES PARK AQUATIC CENTER 660 Community Dr., Estes Park, 970586-2340; www.evrpd.com u INDOOR SHOOTING RANGE Hwy. 36 & Community Dr., 970-5862426; epgunarchery.com u LAKE ESTES MARINA & TRAIL 1770 Big Thompson Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-2011; evrpd.com

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u ALPINE TRAIL RIDGE CAFÉ Rocky Mtn. National Park, Trail Ridge Road, Estes Park, 970-586-2133 u ANTONIO’S REAL NEW YORK PIZZA & DELI 552 West Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-7275; estesparkpizza.com u BABA’S BURGERS 861 Moraine Ave., Estes Park, 970586-1171; www.babasburgers.com u BEAN ME UP CAFÉ Estes Park Aerial Tramway, 420 Riverside Dr., Estes Park u BIG HORN RESTAURANT 401 W. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970586-2792; estesparkbighorn.com u BOB AND TONY’S PIZZA 124 W. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970586-2044; bobandtonyspizza.com u COUSIN PAT’S PUB & GRILL 451 S. St. Vrain, Estes Park, 970-5867287 u CAFE DE PHO THAI 225 W. Riverside Dr., Estes Park, 970577-0682; cafedephothai.com u CASA GRANDE OF ESTES PARK 210 E. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970577-0799; casagrandemexicana.com u CASCADES Stanley Hotel, 333 Wonderview Ave., Estes Park, 970-577-4001; www. stanleyhotel.com u CHELITO’S MEXICAN 145 Elkhorn Ave. Estes Park, 970586-0886

u CHICAGO’S BEST PIZZA 112 W. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970586-4796; chicagosbestep.com u CLAIRE’S ON THE PARK 225 Park Lane, Estes Park, 970-5869564; clairesonthepark.net u CHINA GARDEN 460 W. Riverside Dr., Estes Park, 970586-2488; www.chinagarden estespark.com u DAIRY QUEEN 218 E. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-4939; dairyqueen.com u DOMINO’S PIZZA Stanley Village, 457 E. Wonderview Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-8181; pizza.dominos.com u DUNRAVEN INN 2470 Hwy. 66 Estes Park, 970-5866409; www.dunraveninn.com u ED’S CANTINA & GRILL 390 E. Elkhorn Ave Estes Park, 970586-2919; edscantina.com u EL MEX-KAL 160 1st St., Estes Park, 970-5864377; www.elmex-kal.com u ESMERALDA’S TAMALE HOUSE 541 Big Thompson Ave., Estes Park, 970-313-7655 u ESTES PARK BREWERY 470 Prospect Village Dr., Estes Park, 970-586-5421; epbrewery.com u FAJITA RITA’S TEX-MEX 1560 Big Thompson Ave., Estes Park, 970-577-7482; fajitaritasestespark.com u GRUBSTEAK RESTAURANT 134 W. Elkhorn Ave. Estes Park, 970586-8838; grubsteakestespark.com u HIMALAYAN CURRY & KEBOB 101 W. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-6226 u HUNTERS CHOP HOUSE 1690 Big Thompson Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-6962; www.hunterschophouse.com

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he Open Air Adventure Park is an aerial adventure park in the heart of Estes Park. Each 90-minute adventure includes 32 elements— including rope bridges, aerial tightropes, swinging log steps and moving platforms—10 and 21 feet above the ground. To learn more and book an adventure of your own, visit www.openairadventurepark.com or call 970-586-3066.

u INKWELL & BREW Riverside Plaza, 150 E. Elkhorn, Estes Park, 970-342-1297; inkwellbrew.com u LA CABAÑA MEXICAN BAR & GRILL 165 Virginia Dr., Estes Park, 970-5861156; lacabanabargrill.com u LATITUDE 105 ALEHOUSE The Ridgeline Hotel, 101 S. St. Vrain Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-2332; ridgelinehotel.com u LAZY B CHUCKWAGON & SHOW Historic Elkhorn Lodge, 600 W. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970-235-9400; lazybranchandwranglers.com u LOCAL’S GRILL 153 E. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970586-6900 u LONIGANS SALOON 110 W. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970586-4346; lonigans.com u MAMA ROSE’S RESTAURANT 339 E. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970586-3330; estesdining.com u MCDONALD’S 501 Big Thompson Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-3434; mcdonalds.com u MOLLY B RESTAURANT 200 Moraine Ave., Estes Park, 970586-2766 u MOON KATS TEA SHOPPE 205 Park Lane, Estes Park, 303-4379514; www.moonkats.com Page 52

• June 3-4: Jazz Fest & Art Walk • June 10-11: Wool Market & Fiber Festival • June 18: Estes Park Marathon & Half, 10K • June 24-25: Scandinavian Midsummer Festival • June 3-Aug. 25: Performance Park Concert & Movie Series (Wed., Thur. & first & third Friday) • July 4: 4th of July Fireworks & Celebration • July 5-10: Rooftop Rodeo • Aug. 12: Rocky Mountain Half Marathon • Aug. 12-13: Estes Park Wine Festival • Sept. 2-3: Estes Epic Mountain Bike Race • Sept. 2-4: Labor Day Arts & Crafts Show • Sept. 7-10: Longs Peak Scottish Irish Highland Festival • Sept. 23-24: Autumn Gold Festival • Sept. 30-Oct. 1: Elk Fest • Oct. 21: Pumpkins & Pilsners Festival

u MOUNTAIN HOME CAFÉ 457 E. Wonderview Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-6624; mountain homecafe.com u MOUNTAIN MUNCHIES 189 E. Riverside Dr., Estes Park, 970577-0555; mountaintikibar.com u MOUNTAIN STRONG 361 S. St. Vrain Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-9001; www.mountainstrongrestaurant.com u NEPALS CAFÉ 184 E. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970577-7035 u NICKY’S STEAKHOUSE 1350 Fall River Rd., Estes Park, 970586-5376 u NOTCHTOP BAKERY & CAFE Stanley Village, 459 E. Wonderview Dr., Estes Park, 970-586-0272; www. thenotchtop.com u OPPA ASIAN BISTRO 181 W Riverside Dr., Estes Park, 970-577-8888 u PARK THEATRE CAFÉ Park Theater, 132 Moraine Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-8904; www. historicparktheatre.com u PENELOPE’S BURGERS & FRIES 229 W. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970586-2277; penelopesburgers.com u PEPPERS MEXICAN GRILL 401 E. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970577-0032; peppersmex.com

u POPPY’S PIZZA & GRILL 342 E. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970586-8282; poppyspizzaandgrill.com u SCRATCH DELI & BAKERY 911 Moraine Ave., Estes Park, 970586-8383 u SHAKES ALIVE! FRUIT SHAKES Stanley Village, 513 Big Thompson Ave., Estes Park, 970-577-7007; www.shakesalive.com u SMOKIN’ DAVE’S BBQ 820 Moraine Ave., Estes Park, 970577-7427; smokindavesq.com u SMOKIN’ DAVES BBQ @ THE HANGAR 1480 Golf Course Road, Estes Park, 970-586-8146; www.evrpd.com u STEAMERS CAFE Stanley Hotel, 333 Wonderview Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-3371; www. stanleyhotel.com u SUBWAY – 2 LOCATIONS • Stanley Village, 517 Big Thompson Ave., Estes Park, 970-577-7744 • 184 E. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-5023; subway.com u SWEET BASILICO CAFÉ 430 Prospect Village Dr., Estes Park, 970-586-3899; sweetbasilico.com u TAVERN 1929 Mary’s Lake Lodge, 2625 Marys Lake Road Estes Park; maryslakelodge.com u THAI KITCHEN 401 S. St. Vrain Ave., Estes Park, 970577-7112; thaikitchenestespark.com

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ESTES PARK D SCENIC DRIVE TO GLEN HAVEN & DRAKE

he 2013 flood did major damage to Estes Park, but compared to the communities of Glen Haven and Drake, the town got off easy. The two unique mountain towns were completely devastated during the event. The especially scenic roads leading to these towns have been rebuilt and are open to general traffic this summer. Glen Haven, 7 miles north of Estes Park on C.R. 43 (Devil’s Gulch Road), is located in a narrow valley along the north fork of the Big Thompson River. The Glen Haven General Store is again serving its famous homemade cinnamon rolls. They also offer homemade fudge, cherry cobbler, cookies, breads, sandwiches and more. Continuing on C.R. 43 until it meets U.S. 34 (Big Thompson Canyon) will bring you to Drake. The River Forks Inn has reopened its rooms and campsites and hosts musicians and other entertainment in its bar and restaurant. Complete the loop and return to Estes Park by heading west on U.S. 34.

u THE EGG & I 393 E. Elkhorn Ave. Estes Park, 970586-1173; www.theeggandi restaurants.com u THE OTHER SIDE RESTAURANT 900 Moraine Ave., Estes Park, 970586-2171; www.theothersideof estes.com u THE ROCK INN MOUNTAIN TAVERN 1675 Hwy. 66 Estes Park, 970-5864116; www.rockinnestes.com u THE VIEW RESTAURANT Historic Crags Lodge, 300 Riverside Dr., Estes Park, 970-586-1087; crags lodgeweddings.com u THE VILLAGE PIZZA Stanley Village, 543 Big Thompson Ave., Estes Park, 970-577-1300; thevillagepizza.com/ u TRAILHEAD RESTAURANT Rocky Mountain Gateway, 3450 Fall River Road, Estes Park, 970-5770043; www.trailheadrestaurant.com u TWIN OWLS STEAKHOUSE 800 MacGregor Ave., Estes Park, 970586-9344; twinowls.net u VIA BICYCLE CAFÉ 1751 N. Lake Ave, #110, Estes Park, 970-930-1842, viabicycles.com u WAPITI COLORADO PUB 247 W. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970586-5056; thewapitipub.com

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ince 1955, the Estes Park Aerial Tram has provided a bird’s-eye view of the area without having to hike. Operating daily until early September, the tram is one of the few European-style cable cars operating in the U.S. The tram takes visitors above the tree tops to the summit of Prospect Mountain with panoramic views of Longs Peak, the Continental Divide, Rocky Mountain National Park and the village of Estes Park. A souvenir and coffee shop is located at the top. Find details at EstesTram.com or call 970-586-3675.

u WATERFRONT GRILLE Estes Park Resort, 1700 Big Thompson Ave., Estes Park, 970-577-6416; theestesparkresort.com u WILD ROSE RESTAURANT 157 W. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970586-2806; wildroserestaurant.com u YOU NEED PIE! PIE SHOP & BAKERY 509 Big Thompson Ave., Estes Park, 970-577-7437; youneedpie. blogspot.com

– THRIFT STORE –

u ELIZABETH GUILD THRIFT SHOP 443 W. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970586-7205; elizabethguild.com u ESTES PARK COMMUNITY THRIFT SHOP 429 W Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park, 970586-2844; www.epthrift.com u ESTES PARK VILLAGE THRIFT 1138 Manford Ave., Estes Park, 970586-1610; epvillagethrift.org

– TOWN SERVICES –

u ESTES PARK POLICE DEPARTMENT 170 MacGregor Ave., Estes Park, 970586-4000; www.estes.org u ESTES PARK TOWN HALL 170 MacGregor Ave., Estes Park, 970577-3588; www.estes.org

– TRANSPORTATION –

u ESTES PARK FREE SHUTTLE 970-577-9900; www.colorado.gov/ townof estespark/shuttles

u ESTES PARK RENT-A-CAR 970-577-9715; www.estespark rentacar.com u ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK SHUTTLES 970-586-1206; nps.gov/romo/plan yourvisit/shuttle_bus_route.htm

– VISITOR CENTERS – u ESTES PARK VISITOR CENTER 500 Big Thompson Ave., Estes Park, 970-577-9900; www.estes.org u RMNP: BEAVER MEADOWS Rocky Mountain National Park, Hwy. 36, Estes Park, 970-586-1206; www. nps.gov/romo u RMNP: FALL RIVER Rocky Mountain National Park, 3450 Fall River Rd., Estes Park, 970-577-0043 u RMNP: MORAINE PARK DISCOVERY CENTER Rocky Mountain National Park, Bear Lake Road, Estes Park, 970-586-1363

– YOGA STUDIO – u ESTES PARK YOGA 145 E. Elkhorn Ave., Suite 200, Estes Park, 970-586-3254; www.estesparkyoga.com

– WINERY – u SNOWY PEAKS WINERY 292 Moraine Ave., Estes Park, 970586-2099; snowypeakswinery.com

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ocky Mountain National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, weather permitting. Most people traveling to the park arrive by private vehicle. Be sure to get a park map and check for seasonal closures at the three entrance stations as well as the Alpine, Beaver Meadows, Fall River, Kawuneeche, Lily Lake and Moraine Park visitor centers. During summer and fall, the park gets busy and roads and parking lots can be congested. Consider using free shuttle buses along Bear Lake Road from late

May through early October. Avoid congested parking lots and open up opportunities to do loop hikes and catch a ride back to your car. For detailed route and schedule information, visit www.nps.gov/romo. Day passes to the park are $20 for autos and motorcycles and $10 for pedestrians and bikes. Seven-day passes are $30 for autos, $25 for motorcycles and $15 for pedestrians and bikes. Free days are Aug. 25 for National Park Service Founders Day, Sept. 30 for National Public Lands Day and Nov. 11 for Veterans Day.

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ne of the most popular attractions in Colorado, the National Park draws millions of annual visitors to its 416 square miles of spectacular mountain beauty. It includes 359 miles of hiking trails, 150 lakes, 60 mountains taller than 12,000 feet, and the opportunity to see elk, bighorn sheep and moose. Popular attractions include trails, scenic drives, world-class fishing, climbing, mountaineering, picnicking, wildflower and wildlife viewing, horseback riding, ranger-led programs, camping and simply enjoying its world-class natural beauty. It was named as one of the best trips in the world by National Geographic. To enjoy the park as much as possible, plan ahead to avoid parking issues, long lines and inclement weather. In 2016, Rocky Mountain National Park was the fourth most visited national park with over 4.5 million visitors. This visitation represents a 32 percent increase since 2014, and a 40 percent increase since 2012. Over the last 100 years, the reasons people visit are the same; to experience nature, to seek solitude, to enjoy scenic grandeur, to watch wildlife, and to partake in outstanding recreational activities. Popularity and high visitation during the summer and fall, particularly during 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., can mean full parking lots, congested roads, busy trails, and long lines and wait times at entrance stations.

In 2016, during summer and early fall, staff restricted vehicle access in the Bear Lake Road corridor and Wild Basin area when parking areas filled. Staff also restricted vehicle access in the Alpine Visitor Center parking area. These restrictions occurred most weekends from late June to September. Staff will continue to implement these restrictions in 2017. Plan ahead for a more enjoyable visit to the park. Keep in mind trailhead parking lots fill early in the day. Glacier Gorge Trailhead can fill by 6 a.m., Bear Lake Trailhead by 8:30 a.m., Park and Ride by 10:30 a.m. and Wild Basin Corridor by 9:30 a.m. If hiking in the Bear Lake Road corridor after 11 a.m., the best option—and on some days, the only option—is to take the Hiker Shuttle from Estes Park.

Camping is popular in the park. Reserve a campsite up to six months before your visit. The two first-come, first-served campgrounds fill up quickly. Timber Creek Campground, located on the west side, fills up last. Two webcams operate at the Beaver Meadows Entrance and Fall River Entrance showing the flow of vehicles entering the park. Visit www.nps.gov/romo/ learn/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm to view them. Fee free days during this summer and fall are Aug. 25 and Sept. 30. These are typically very busy days in the park. For information about Rocky Mountain National Park, call the Information Office at 970-5861206 or visit www.nps.gov/romo.

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he Peak to Peak Region is home to Golden Gate Canyon State Park , one of the Colorado’s most spectacular. The Gilpin County park showcases more than 12,000 acres of dense forest, rocky peaks, abundant wildlife, and aspen-rimmed meadows nestled between the Front Range foothills and Continental Divide. Thirty five miles of intertwining hiking, horse and biking trails allow for personalized routes through aspen forests, wildflowers, grasslands and dense forests and remnants of early homesteads. Vistas featuring 360-degree views can be found along trails.

Group facilities can accommodate several types of events and overnight guests can stay in campgrounds or at one of five cabins, two yurts or guest houses. Find complete details for each online and at park visitor centers The Visitors Center, 92 Crawford Gulch Road, is open daily, yearround, and is located just inside the southeast entrance of the park off Hwy. 46 (Golden Gate Canyon Road). Featured at the Visitors Center is the Wilbur and Nellie Larkin Memorial Nature Trail. This trail was designed to be accessible to the physically challenged and winds around the park’s trout show

pond. Inside the center are displays and exhibits describing the wildlife and plants of the area; a topographical scale model of the park; and a sales outlet for books, maps, shirts, posters and other interesting items.

All visitors entering the park are required to display a current Colorado State Parks Pass, issued by vehicle, on their windshield. Daily and annual passes valid at any Colorado State Park, are available. Admission is $7 per day vehicle pass or $70 for an annual pass. Where available, an electrical fee is charged. Call 303-582-3707 or visit www. cpw.state.co.us to learn more. Page 55 Mountain Adventure Guide • Summer/Fall 2017

Climbing, children’s activities, educational opportunities, wildlife viewing, electric hook-ups and tent-sites in two campgrounds, stocked fishing ponds, picnic sites and Panorama Point Overlook—featuring a large wooden deck and view of 100-miles of the Continental Divid—are available in addition to the many outdoor recreation opportunities.


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early 35 miles of hiking trails in the park offer opportunities and challenges for everyone. The 11 trails are each named for an animal native to the area and are marked with the animal’s footprint. Some trails are for hikers only, while other trails are for multiple use– for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. Trailheads with parking areas are easily accessible from the main roads in the park. Refer to the trail map for more information. Please be courteous of all trail users. Mountain bikers yield to hikers and horses, hikers yield to horses. D HIKING All trails are open for hiking year-round, unless otherwise posted. For more information on trails, visit the “Trails” link on Golden Gate Canyon’s main webpage: cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/Parks/goldengatecanyon. Dogs are permitted on all trails, but they must be on a 6 foot leash at all times. Clean up after pets.

Nott Creek, Kriley Overlook and the entrance to Aspen Meadow Campground offer parking for horse trailers. For more information, visit the “Trails” link on the Golden Gate Canyon’s main web page. D BIKING Mountain bikers can utilize trails designated for multiple use (approximately 19 miles of Golden Gate Canyon’s trails). All trails are open, however there can be a large amount of snow on the upper section of the Mountain Lion trail. Also, due to flood damage, the Deer Creek section of the Mountain Lion Trail is extremely difficult for mountain biking. Unless you are experienced with rough terrain, our recommendation is to avoid that area until repairs are made. Please use caution while in that area. For more information, visit the “Trails” link on the Golden Gate Canyon main webpage. D DOG-FRIENDLY Dogs are welcome on all trails and ​ campgrounds​in the park as long as they are on a six foot or shorter leash at all times and their waste is disposed of properly.

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uch of the land not protected by the National Park in the Peak to Peak Region is within the Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests, which extend from Wyoming south to Mount Evans and west across the Continental Divide. The Arapaho National Forest was established by Theodore Roosevelt on July 1, 1908. The Roosevelt National Forest, originally part of the Medicine Bow Forest Reserve, was first named the Colorado National Forest in 1910 and was renamed by President Herbert Hoover to honor President Theodore Roosevelt in 1932. The Pawnee National Grassland was transferred to the Forest Service from the Soil Conservation Service in 1954. It was designated a national grassland in 1960.

The two forests, managed as one, offer a diversity of outdoor opportunities and special places to explore. Camping, picnicking, scenic drives, wildlife viewing, hiking trails, mountain biking, rock climbing, rafting, kayaking, fourwheel driving, dirt bikes, ATVs, fishing, hunting, horseback riding and more are all available in the forests. Scenic byways, wilderness areas, recreation areas, historical sites and archeological areas are also popular destinations. Most parts of the forest are open and free of charge. Fees or permits may be required for some areas or services. Passes, permits and information are available at ranger offices and online. Find current road conditions, closures and restrictions at www.fs.usda. gov/goto/arp/roads. D BRAINARD LAKE RECREATION AREA (see page 41) With a wide variety of year-round outdoor recreation opportunities available, Brainard Lake Recreation Area is the most popular destination on the Boulder Ranger District. Developed camping and outstanding hiking, fishing, wildlife viewing, bicycling, pic-

nicking and more are available D JAMES PEAK WILDERNESS (see page 23) in the extremely scenic glaciallyThis Wilderness area consists of carved valley. 17,015 acres south of 13,294-foot D MOUNT EVANS (see page 12) James Peak in Boulder, Gilpin and The 14,264-foot summit of Mount Clear Creek counties. Bordered Evans, the Mount Evans Wilder- by Indian Peaks Wilderness to the ness, Mount Evans Recreation north, it is adjacent to the ContiArea, Mount Goliath Natural nental Divide and includes sevArea and other attractions are eral peaks over 13,000 feet and accessed by the Mount Evans more than a dozen alpine lakes. Road and Scenic Byway (Hwy. 5), The area’s elevation ranges from the highest paved road in North 9,200 to 13,294 feet, including America. See Rocky Mountain upper montane, sub-alpine, and bighorn sheep, mountain goats, alpine ecosystems. marmots, birds and alpine wildD INDIAN PEAKS WILDERNESS flowers. Take a short walk to the (see pages 32 & 34) top the 14er for views of distant This most visited wilderness areas mountain peaks, alpine lakes and in the country is a great place to glacier valleys. hike, camp and fish while enjoying The Forest Service charges a fee high mountain lakes, waterfalls at Mount Goliath and Dos Chap- and incredible scenery. It spans pell Nature Center as well as at the 76,711 acres and shares borders summit. The City of Denver charges with James Peak Wilderness and a separate fee for Summit Lake Park. Rocky Mountain National Park. ElThe Arapaho & Roosevelt Na- evations range from 8,300 to over tional Forest includes wilderness 13,500 feet. See page 7 for permit, areas that encompass many of camping and other information. the region’s peaks and high alpine D CAMPING RESERVATIONS terrain and are popular with hik- For National Forest campground ers, backpackers, and mountain reservations, call the National climbers. In addition to Mount Ev- Recreation Reservation Service ans, James Peak and Indian Peaks at 877-444-6777, or visit www. wilderness areas are easy to reach. recreation.gov.

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olorado is the only state in the Rocky Mountain Region with mountains, known as 14ers, that rise above 14,000 feet. It is popular for experienced hikers and mountaineers to summit these mountains. At the top, some of the most breathtaking views found anywhere are the reward. The Peak to Peak Region is home to two of the high peaks, Mount Evans near Idaho Springs and Long’s Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park. Other 14ers—Grays Peak, Torreys Peak and Mt. Bierstadt—are near Idaho Springs. A parking lot near the 14,130-foot summit of Mount Evans is ac-

cessible by vehicle and offers views, wildlife and history. A short hike takes visitors to the top. Longs Peak, at 14,259 feet, towers above other summits of the region and its flat top can be seen from of the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway. When conditions allow, thousands reach the summit via the Keyhole Route. This is not a hike. It is a climb crossing enormous sheer vertical rock faces, often with falling rocks and requires scrambling, where an unroped fall would be fatal. The route has narrow ledges, loose rock, steep cliffs and can experience winter-like conditions at any time. Page 57 Mountain Adventure Guide • Summer/Fall 2017


CAMPGROUNDS – NATIONAL FORESTS –

u 11) WINIGER RIDGEB DISPERSED; 7,500’

Boulder District: 303-541-2500 u 1) MEEKER PARKB 8,600’

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Sites: 20 for tent/trailer (no fee) Location: From Hwy 119; east on NO FRESH WATER Magnolia Road 5.4 miles; south on Sites: 29 tents/trailers C.R. 68 for 2 miles; south on FS 359 Standard Fee: $12/night u 12) KELLY DAHL 8,600’ Location: Hwy. 7 at MM 11 Sites: 46 for tent/trailer/RV u 2) OLIVE RIDGE 8,350’ Standard Fee: $21-$42/night Sites: 56 tent/trailer/RV Location: Hwy. 119 at MM 22 Standard Fee: $21-$42/night Clear Creek District: 303-567-3000 Location: Hwy 7 at MM 14 u 13) PICKLE GULCH GROUP 9,100’ u 3 ) PEACEFUL VALLEY 8,500’ Sites: 6 group tent sites Sites: 17 tent/trailer/RV Standard Fee: $50-$66/night; Standard Fee: $21-$42/night Reservations required Location: Hwy. 72 at MM 50; west Location: Hwy. 119 at MM 22 on C.R. 92 for 1/4 mile u  4) COLD SPRINGS 8,600’ 1 u 4 ) CAMP DICK 8,650’ Sites: 41 tent/trailer/RV; 3 tent only Sites: 41 tent/trailer/RV Standard Fee: $20/night Standard Fee: $21-$42/night Location: 5 miles north of Black Location: Hwy. 72 at MM 50; west Hawk on Hwy. 119 at Hwy. 46 on C.R. 92 for 1 mile u 15) COLUMBINE 9,200’ u 5) PAWNEE 10,400’ Sites: 43 tent/trailer/RV; 4 tent only Sites: 47 tent/trailer/RV; 8 tent only Standard Fee: $19/night Standard Fee: $21-$42/night Location: 2 miles northwest of Location: Hwy. 72 MM 44.5; west on Central City on C.R. 279 Brainard Lake Rd. for 4.5 miles u 16) WEST CHICAGO CREEK 9,600’ u 6) RAINBOW LAKESB 10,000’ Sites: 15 tent/trailer/RV Sites: 18 tent/trailer Standard Fee: $18/night Standard Fee: $15-$30/night Location: Hwy. 103 south from Location: Hwy. 72 at MM 39.5; west Idaho Springs for 6.5 miles; turn right on F.S. 298 for 5 miles on FS 188 for 3 miles u 7 ) GORDON GULCHB DISPERSED; 8,700’ u 17) ECHO LAKE 10,600’ NO FRESH WATER OR TOILETS Sites: 18 tent/trailer/RV Sites: 15 tent/trailer (no fee); undeStandard Fee: $19/night veloped; designated sites only Location: 14 miles south of Idaho Location: Hwy. 72 at MM 37.5; sites Springs on Hwy. 103 at Hwy. 5 are east on F.S. 226 – PRIVATE CAMPGROUNDS – u 8) CARIBOUB DISPERSED; 10,000’ NO FRESH WATER OR TOILETS u BASE CAMP AT GOLDEN GATEc Sites: 11 tent/trailer (no fee); unde661 Hwy 46, Black Hawk, 866-344veloped; designated sites only 3259; basecampco.com Location: About .5 miles north of u C  AMPGROUND AT EAST PORTAL Nederland on Hwy. 72; west on C.R. 3420 Tunnel Road, Estes Park, 970128 for 5 miles 586-4188; www.evrpd.com u 9) BUCKINGHAMB 10,100’ u C AMPGROUND AT MARY’S LAKE NO FIRES, FRESH WATER OR TOILETS 2120 Mary’s Lake Road, Estes Park, Sites: 10 tent only (no fee) 970-577-1026; www.evrpd.com Location: Fourth of July Trailhead; about .5 mile south of Nederland; u E LK MEADOW RV PARK west on C.R. 130 for 4 miles; turn 1665 Hwy. 66, Estes Park, 970-586right at fork for 4.8 miles 5342 u 10) W. MAGNOLIAB DISPERSED; 8,700’ u E STES PARK KOA NO FRESH WATER OR TOILETS 2051 Big Thompson Ave., Estes Park, Sites: 22 tent/trailer (no fee); unde970-586-2888; koa.com/campveloped; designated sites grounds/estes-park Location: One mile south of Neder- u JELLYSTONE PARK ESTES PARK land on Hwy 119; west on C.R. 132W 5495 Hwy. 36, Estes Park, 970-586for 1 mile; sites on NFSR 355 4230; www.jellystoneofestes.com Page 58

u K OA CENTRAL CITY/DENVER WESTc 605 Lake Gulch, Central City, 303582-3043; koa.com u MANOR RV PARK 815 Riverside Dr., Estes Park, 970586-3251; trouthavenresorts.com u SPRUCE LAKE RV PARK 1050 Mary’s Lake Road, Estes Park, 970-586-2889

– STATE PARK – State Park Camps: 800-678-2267 Standard Fee: $15-20/night u 18) REVEREND’S RIDGEc 9,120’ Sites: 97 tents/trailer/RV Location: From Hwy. 119; east on Gap Road for about 1.2 miles u 19) ASPEN MEADOWS 8,700’ Sites: 35 tent only Location: From Hwy. 119, east on Gap Road for about 3.1 miles u BACKCOUNTRY CAMPING NO FIRES, FRESH WATER OR TOILETS

Sites: 4 shelters, 20 tent sites Locations: Register at Visitor Center on Hwy. 46, 303-582-3707 u GROUP CAMP, CABINS, YURTS & GUEST HOUSE Sites: Various shelters, tent sites Locations: Register at Visitor Center on Hwy. 46, 303-582-3707

– NATIONAL PARK (EAST SIDE) – All Campgrounds: 970-586-1206 Standard Fee: $26/night u 20) ASPENGLEN 8,200’ Sites: 53 tent/tailer/RV Location: U.S. 34 just west of the Fall River Entrance Station u 21) GLACIER BASIN 8,500’ Sites: 150 tent/trailer/RV Location: Bear Lake Road about six miles south of the Beaver Meadows Entrance Station u 22) MORAINE PARKc 8,160’ Sites: 244 summer, 77 winter Location: Bear Lake Road approximately two and a half miles south of the Beaver Meadows Entrance Station u 23) LONGS PEAKB 9,500’ Sites: 26 tent only Location: Hwy. 7 and Longs Peak Road c Open Year-Round B First-Come, First-Served

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amping in the National Forest is limited to 14 consecutive days in one location. After 14 days, the campsite must be moved a minimum of three miles. Camping is restricted to 28 days in any 60-day period. Most developed campgrounds are open in June and close in late-September. Some areas may require the use of designated campsites, and some areas, such as Indian Peaks Wilderness, require camping permits. More than 40 percent of lands within Boulder Ranger District’s boundaries are private property. You are responsible to know if you are on private land. Do not trespass or camp on private property—including anywhere within any municipality—without permission. With a few exceptions, dispersed camping is allowed on National Forest System lands. Some areas are “Designated Dispersed Camping Areas.” In these areas you must be in a designated site with a number. This includes West Magnolia, Winiger Ridge, Caribou and Gordon Gulch. Group camping for up to 30 people is available, with reservations, at Pickle Gulch Group Campground four miles north of Black Hawk. Camping is not allowed within a half-mile of trailheads, picnic areas, and official campgrounds. Illegal camping and illegal fires will be prosecuted. Camping on the National Forests is a recreational opportunity. You cannot live in the National Forest.

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eveloped picnic areas can be found throughout the region in the National Forests, National Park and State Park. Most locations have tables, vault toilets and fire grates or rings. These mostly free, day-use areas are open from sunrise to sunset and are on a first-come basis, except Pickle Gulch. Golden Gate Canyon State Park provides 125 scenic picnic sites including ADA-accessible tables. Other scenic picnic areas can be found in Rocky Mountain National Park, Cold Springs Picnic Area, Mount Alto Picnic Area, South Boulder Creek Interpretive Site, South St. Vrain Picnic Area and West Chicago Creek Picnic Site. Brainard Lake Recreation Area offers picnic sites at Arickaree Picnic Area, Brainard Lake Fishing Site, Mitchell Creek Picnic Area, Niwot Picnic Area, and ©Wideawake Media 2017 Pawnee Picnic Area. Page 59 Mountain Adventure Guide • Summer/Fall 2017


RAFTING & BOATING – CLEAR CREEK GUIDES –

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he Peak to Peak Region offers a variety of rafting and boating options from whitewater rafting to paddle boats. With an abundance of professional companies offering a variety of river trips from challenging, adrenaline-pumping whitewater to relaxing family-friendly floats, the Peak to Peak Region is the perfect place to experience a whitewater adventure. The area is close to two popular, easy-toreach boating rivers, Clear Creek and Cache La Poudre River. Clear Creek, which runs through Idaho Springs, is a steep, narrow, technical river that is challenging and fun. It is the steepest commercially rafted river in the state with more rapids per section than most. The Cache La Poudre River, northwest of Fort Collins, offers great runs and is Colorado’s only federally designated National Wild and Scenic River. Companies offering whitewater trips lasting a few hours or all day are located in Idaho Springs and Estes Park. Some also offer ziplines, ATV rentals and other activities. Lawson Whitewater Park at I-70 Exit 234 near Idaho Springs features stream structures and the original Lawson Hole as well as public put-ins, restrooms and trails.

u ADVENTURES IN WHITEWATER 214 Park Ave., Kremmling, 970-724-1122; www.adventuresinwhitewater.com u AVA COLORADO RAFTING & ZIPLINE 431 Chicago Creek Rd., Idaho Springs, 970-423-7031; colo radorafting.net u BROWNS CANYON RAFTING 30375 Hwy. 24, Buena Vista, 719-275-2890; raftbrownscanyon.com u CLEAR CREEK RAFTING 350 Whitewater Road, Idaho Springs, 303-567-1000; clearcreekrafting.com u DOWNSTREAM ADVENTURES 107 C.R. 308, Dumont, 303848-4595; www.raftcoloradowhitewater.com u GEOTOURS WHITEWATER 229 Hwy. 8, Morrison, 303756-6070; georafting.com u COLORADO ADVENTURE CENTER & ZIPLINE 2697 Stanley Road, Dumont, 800-808-0357; www.rafting colorado.com u INDEPENDENT WHITEWATER 10830 C.R. 165, Salida, 719539-7737; www.independentrafting.com

u KODI RAFTING 908 Summit Blvd., Frisco, 970668-1548; www.whitewatercolorado.com u LIQUID DESCENT 1896 Stanley Road, Idaho Springs, 970-372-2870; www. coloradorafting.com u MAD ADVENTURES 20 W. Dumont Road, Dumont, 970-726-5290; www.madadventures.com u MILE-HI RAFTING & ATV TOURS 3627 Alvarado Road, Dumont, 303-567-0717; www.milehirafting.com u PERFORMANCE TOURS 1041 C.R. 308, Downieville, 800-328-7238; www.perfor mancetours.com u RAFT MASTERS 2804 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, 719-275-6645; www. raftmasters.com u ROCKY MOUNTAIN ADVENTURES 1117 N. Hwy. 287, Fort Collins, 800-858-6808; shoprma.com u ROCKY MOUNTAIN WHITEWATER RAFTING 1313 Idaho St., Idaho Springs, 303-900-4802; gorafting.co u THE ADVENTURE COMPANY 12847 U.S. 24, Buena Vista, 719-395-6494; theadventurecompany.com

– CACHE LA POUDRE GUIDES – u A WANDERLUST ADVENTURE u MOUNTAIN WHITEWATER 4120 W. C.R. 54G, Laporte, DESCENTS 800-745-7238; www.awander 1329 N. Hwy. 287, Fort Collins, lustadventure.com 970-419-0917; raftmwd.com u RAPID TRANSIT RAFTING u A1 WILDWATER 161 Virginia Dr., Estes Park, 2801 N Shields St. Fort Collins 970-577-7238; www. 970-224-3379; www.a1wildrapidtransitrafting.com water.com u ROCKY MOUNTAIN u AVA COLORADO RAFTING ADVENTURES 431 Chicago Creek Road, Idaho 1117 N. Hwy. 287, Fort ColSprings, 970-423-7031; www. lins, 800-858-6808; www. coloradorafting.net shoprma.com

Non-motorized boating is allowed on Brainard Lake and parts of Boulder and St. Vrain creeks. Watch for high water closures in spring. Lake Estes Marina offers pontoon and paddle boats, kayaks and more. Gross Reservoir, accessed from the Forsythe Canyon Trailhead off Magnolia Road near Nederland or Gross Dam Road off Hwy. 72, allows non-motorized “car-top” boats. No boating is – MARINA – allowed on Barker Reservoir in Nederland. On the western side of the Continental Di- u LAKE ESTES MARINA RENTALS u MARINA STORE & PAVILION vide, Lake Granby and Shadow Mountain 1770 Big Thompson Ave., Estes 1770 Big Thompson Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-2011; colorado. Park, 970-586-2011; colorado. Lake are open to both motorized and nongov/evrpd/marina gov/evrpd/marina motorized boats. Page 60 Mountain Adventure Guide • Summer/Fall 2017


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he Peak to Peak Region has a variety of rivers and streams offering fantastic fishing. Lake, pond and stream fishing is unsurpassed in the area and Rocky Mountain National Park’s offerings are a popular reason for visiting the area. Fishing is allowed on most National Forest and National Park lakes and streams with certain restrictions. At Golden Gate State Park, fishing is allowed on its streams and ponds, which are stocked. There is also an ADA-accessible fishing pier. All Colorado Parks and Wildlife regulations apply everywhere and special regulations exist in many places—it is your responsibility to know and follow them. Visit cpw.state.co.us for complete regulations and tips for the best places to visit. A valid Colorado fishing license is always required— except the first full weekend of June each year—and can be purchased all along the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway. Annual, one-day and five-day passes are available. Visit local shops for advice on what’s hitting and where.

– FISHING GEAR/LICENSES – u CLEAR CREEK OUTDOORS 1524 Miner Street, Idaho Springs, 303-567-1500; www.clearcreekoutdoors.com u COLORADO PARKS & WILDLIFE 303-297-1192; cpw.state.co.us u ESTES ANGLER 338 West Riverside Estes Park, 970586-2110; estesangler.com u ESTES PARK MOUNTAIN SHOP 2050 Big Thompson Ave., 970-5866548; www.estesparkmountainshop.com u INDIAN PEAKS ACE HARDWARE 74 Hwy. 119 S., Nederland, 303258-3132; indianpeaksace.com u KIRKS FLYSHOP & ADVENTURES 230 E. Elkhorn Ave. Estes Park, 970577-0790; kirksflyshop.com

u KWIK MART 217 Hwy. 119, Nederland, 303258-3208 u LAKE ESTES MARINA 1770 Big Thompson Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-2011; colorado.gov/ evrpd/marina u SAFEWAY 2425 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 303567-4471; safeway.com u SCOT’S SPORTING GOODS 870 Moraine Ave., Estes Park, 970586-2877, scotssportinggoods.com u TRUE VALUE HARDWARE/ RADIO SHACK 461 E. Wonderview Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-3496; www.estesparktruevalue.com

– FISHING PONDS – u MT. EVANS TROUT FISHING 4125 Hwy. 103, Idaho Springs, 303-567-4017; www.mtevanstroutfishing.com

u TROUT HAVEN FISHING POND 810 Moraine Ave., Estes Park, 970-577-0202; www.trouthavenresorts.com

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esidents and visitors to Colorado, home to more than 284 craft breweries and a craftbeer destination for decades, definitely love good beer. The Peak to Peak Region is home to eight craft breweries, including industry pioneers, veterans and a few adventurous newcomers. In addition to local breweries, check out a wide range of craft beer at The Barrel, an Estes Park taphouse with over 60 taps as well as Colorado-made craft wine and spirits. The former outdoor beer garden moved to a new year-round location at 215 Moraine Ave. Buffalo Restaurant in Idaho Springs, Crosscut Pizza & Taphouse, Rocky Mountain

Oyster Bar, Backcountry Pizza and Salto Coffee Works in Nederland, Wapiti Colorado Pub and Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ & Taphouse in Estes Park all feature a wide

variety of craft beers. The Great Central City Beer Festival, Aug. 27, from 1-6 p.m., brings breweries from across the state to historic main street Central City.

– BREWERIES – u DOSTAL ALLEY BREWPUB 114-116 Main St., Central City, 303582-1610; www.dostalalley.net u ESTES PARK BREWERY 470 Prospect Village Dr., Estes Park, 970-586-5421 u JAMES PEAK BREWERY & SMOKEHOUSE 70 E. 1st St,. Nederland, 303-258-9453 Nederland; jamespeakbrew.com u LUMPY RIDGE BREWING 531 S. Saint Vrain Ave., Estes Park, 812-201-3836; www.lumpyridgebrewing.com

u ROCK CUT BREWING 390 W. Riverside Dr., Estes Park, 970586-7300; rockcutbrewing.com u TOMMYKNOCKER BREWERY 1401 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 303567-4419; www.tommyknocker.com u VERY NICE BREWING CO. Caribou Shopping Center, 20 Lakeview Dr., Nederland, 303-258-3770, Nederland; verynicebrewing.com u WESTBOUND & DOWN 1617 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 720-502-3121; www.westboundanddown.com

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olorado is home to a burgeoning craft distillery movement. More than 50 have opened in the last several years, including one at each end of the Peak to Peak. Craft distillers are focusing on sourcing ingredients as close to home as possible, resulting in flavors and crafty recipes only found here. Both Bouck Bros. Distilling in Idaho Springs and Elkins Distilling Co. in Estes Park are creating

one-of-a-kind, small-batch spirits and experimenting with both distilling and the aging/flavoring process. Each offer tours (confirm times) and feature comfortable, friendly environments for sipping cocktails or tasting whisky flights. Dancing Pines Distillery, which makes its small-batch spirits in Berthoud, has a tasting room in Estes Park offering samples, cocktails and small cheese plates.

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u BOUCK BROS. DISTILLING 2731 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, 303-567-2547; www.bouckbros.com u ELKINS DISTILLING CO. 1825 N. Lake Ave., Estes Park, 970480-1848; www.elkinswhisky.com

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u DANCING PINES DISTILLERY 207 Park Lane, Estes Park, 970-5321300; dancingpinesdistillery.com

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orld-class wine grapes featuring the complex character and chemistry required to craft award-winning wines are grown in several regions of Colorado. Although still young, Colorado’s wine industry features more than 100 producers offering tastes and experiences like no other wine region in the world. Like the state’s brewing and distilling industries, there is no tradition holding it back or rules by which to play.

that was Boulder County’s first. Since 1997, owner and winemaker Gussie Walter has been making wine from Colorado grapes grown in vineyards on the Western slope, Boulder County and Eastern Plains of Colorado.

of the Rocky Mountains from the tasting room or prepare for a day in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Located in the heart of Estes Park, Snowy Peaks Winery and tasting room offers samples of its own award-winning, handcrafted wines along with wines from some of Colorado’s best boutique wineries. Relax with a glass of wine and enjoy the views

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Each offer tasting flights, tours, bottles and more. Be sure to confirm hours before visiting.

u AUGUSTINA’S WINERY Caribou Shopping Center, 20 E. Lakeview Drive, Nederland, 303520-4871; augustinaswinery.com u SNOWY PEAKS WINERY 292 Moraine Ave., Estes Park, 970586-2099; snowypeakswinery.com

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arijuana is legal for recreational, and medicinal, use in Colorado. Adults age 21 and older can consume and possess one ounce of marijuana. Residency and registration is not required. Many types of standard, concentrated and edible forms of marijuana are available. State laws change frequently. Learn about marijuana, consumption suggestions and current laws by visiting any of the 11 recreational marijuana stores in the Peak to Peak Region. If you choose to use during your visit to Colorado, information about marijuana, Colorado marijuana laws, safe use, health effects and other resources is available at goodtoknowcolorado.com. If you’re unsure about how to use a product safely and responsibly, ask the marijuana retailer for more information. When consuming edibles for the first time, keep in mind it’s best to “go slow.” The effects of marijuana

can take up to four hours to peak after eating or drinking it. It’s a good idea to wait at least four

hours before consuming more. The standard serving size of THC is 10 mg.

– MARIJUNA DISPENSARIES – u CENTRAL CITY CBD & TOBACCO 161 Gregory St., Central City, 303351-1617; www.central-citycbd.com u MOUNTAIN MEDICINALS WELLNESS CENTER* 2313 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, 303-567-0420; mountainmedicinals.com u GOLDEN NUGGET 127 Main St., Central City, 303-5822043; goldennuggetdispensary.co u G REEN GRASS* 440 Lawrence St., Central City, 303582-5088; greengrass-herb.com u HARVEST HOUSE 211 S. Bridge St., Nederland, 303-2583144; harvesthouse.farm u IGADI - CENTRAL CITY 171 Lawrence St., Central City, 970536-0420; igadiltd.com

u IGADI - IDAHO SPRINGS 2820 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, 303-567-2018; igadiltd.com u R MO DISPENSARY 161 Gregory St., Central City, 303582-3991 u S ILVER STEM CANNABIS* 1 W. 1st St., Nederland, 303-2583552; www.silverstemcannabis.com u THE ANNIE’S - STRAINWISE* 135 Nevada St., Central City, 303225-5369; strainwise.com u T HE GROWHOUSE 150 N. Jefferson St., Nederland, 303258-7058; www.growhouse.com u THE SPRING - STRAINWISE* 15 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, 303-225-6271; www.strainwise.com * = Medical Cards Accepted

– SMOKE SHOPS – u GOLD MINE SMOKE SHOP 1800 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs 303-567-2514

u G LASS WERX Smoker Friendly, 22 Hwy. 72, Nederland, 303-258-924

D COLORADO MARIJUANA LAWS/REGULATIONS (local laws may be more restrictive) • You must be over 21 In order to purchase, possess or use retail marijuana, you must have a valid ID proving you’re 21 or older. Out-of-state visitors can can purchase and possess up to one ounce of marijuana. • Use it on private property, not public space Using marijuana in any form isn’t allowed in public places, including amusement parks, ski resorts, sporting and music venues, state and national parks, campsites, playgrounds, sidewalks and roads, marijuana retail businesses, bars, restaurants and outdoor or rooftop cafes. Marijuana use is legal within the confines of private property. Just keep in mind that hotels and rental companies can ban the use and possession of marijuana on their premises. • Federal land is under federal law Marijuana is legal by state of Colorado law but remains illegal federally. If on federal land, such as a national park or a national forest, possession and use is illegal.

drive if you have five nanograms or more of THC in your system. As a rule of thumb, if you’re smoking, wait at least six hours before driving. If you’re ingesting, wait at least eight. • Keep it sealed in your car If you have marijuana in your car, make sure it’s sealed and unused. It’s illegal for both driver and passenger to open and use any marijuana in a vehicle. • Only buy from a licensed retailer Licensed retail locations are the only legal place to purchase marijuana. • Only medical patients can buy medical marijuana Patients with qualifying debilitating medical conditions can receive a registry identification card for legal access to medical marijuana. Cards are available to Colorado residents and valid only in Colorado.

• Keep it in Colorado It’s illegal to leave Colorado with any marijuana products.

• Don’t share marijuana with those under 21 It’s a felony to give or share retail marijuana with someone younger than 21 years old. This includes family members and friends.

• Don’t drive high It’s illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana. If you get caught, you could be charged with a DUI. By law, you can’t

• If pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor There is no known safe amount of marijuana use while pregnant or breastfeeding.

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EVENT CALENDAR Summer and Fall Event Highlights in the Peak to Peak Region

This list is just to get you started! Many more events and activities are planned, or soon will be, throughout the summer and fall.

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ooking to unwind with some nightlife and live music? The Peak to Peak is full of venues offering music from local and nationally-touring musicians, open mic nights, karaoke and other entertainment on a regular basis. Check with these establishments for a weekly line-up of great acts, but also keep an eye out for the many other places offering entertainment in the mountains.

– LIVE MUSIC VENUES – D AMERISTAR CASINO 111 Richman St., Black Hawk, 720-946-4000; www.ameristar.com D GOLD HILL INN 401 Main St., Gold Hill, 303-443-6461; www. goldhillinn.com D LONIGAN’S SALOON 110 W. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-4346; www.lonigans.com D MONARCH CASINO 488 Main St, Black Hawk, 303-582-1000; monarchblackhawk.com

D PIONEER INN 15 E 1st St., Nederland, 303-258-773; pioneerinnnederland.net D RESERVE CASINO 321 Gregory St., Central City, 303-582-0800; reservecasinohotel.com D ROCK INN 1675 CO-66, Estes Park, 970-586-4116; www. rockinnestes.com D ROCKY MOUNTAIN OYSTER BAR 25 E 1st St, Nederland, 303-258-1100

D SALTO COFFEE WORKS 112 E 2nd St, Nederland, 303-258-3537; saltocoffeeworks.com D STAGE STOP 60 Main St., Rollinsville, 303-258-0649; www. stagestoprollinsville.com DT  HE CARIBOU ROOM 55 Indian Peaks Dr., Nederland, 303-258-3637; thecaribouroom.com D THE SCARLET VENUE 130 Main St., Central City, 720-333-6209; thescarletvenue.com

D UNITED CENTER 1440 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, 303567-1771; www. unitedcenterinc.com D WEST WINDS BAR 1633 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 303-567-0982 D WESTBOUND & DOWN 1617 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 720-502-3121; westboundanddown.com D YMCA OF THE ROCKIES 2515 Tunnel Road, Estes Park, 970-586-3341; www.ymcarockies.org

JUNE – SUMMER/FALL HIGHLIGHTS – SPECIAL EVENTS – June 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 ESTES VALLEY FARMERS MARKET 8 a.m., Bond Park,, 170 MacGregor Ave., Estes Park June 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 IDAHO SPRINGS MARKET DAYS, 10 a.m., Idahoe Mall, Idaho Springs, www.idahospringschamber.org June 2-3 MOUNTAIN FORUM FOR PEACE YARD SALE 9 a.m. Nederland Community Center, 750 N. Hwy. 72, Nederland, 303-258-9246; www.mountainforum forpeace.org June 2-4 ALMOST SUMMER HORSESHOW 9 a.m. Estes Park Fairgrounds, 1209 Manford Ave., Estes Park, 303-5908248; showmetheribbons.com. June 2, 9, 16, 23 IDAHO SPRINGS MARKET DAYS, Idahoe Mall, Idaho Springs, 10 a.m., 303-567-0387 OH MY GAWD RODEO BUCKLE SERIES 7:30 p.m. Kiefer Arena, I-70 Frontage Road, Dumont, 303-6229745; www.clearcreekcounty.org June 3 FISHING DERBY 8 a.m. Lake Estes Marina, 1770 Big Thompson Ave., 970586-2011; www.evrpd.com

9TH IDAHO SPRINGS SUMMER KICK OFF PARADE & BBQ 11 a.m. Citizen’s Park, Miner St., Idaho Springs, 303567-4421; colorado.gov/idahosprings June 9-10 GILPIN COUNTY FLEA MARKET/ HIGH COUNTRY AUXILIARY SALE 8 a.m. Gilpin County Fairgrounds, 230 Norton Dr., Black Hawk, 303570-2949; www.timberlinefire.com/ high-country-auxillary June 10 HIGH TEA AT STROEHLE HOUSE, 2 p.m. 231 Chase St., Black Hawk, 303-582-5364; gilpinhistory.org June 11 REVEL ROCKIES MARATHON & HALF MARATHON 6 a.m. Squaw Pass Road, Idaho Springs; www.runrevel.com/rdv NEDERLAND FARMER’S MARKET 10 a.m. Guercio Field, Nederland, nederlandfarmersmarket@gmail.com June 17 MADAM LOU BUNCH DAY & FAMOUS BED RACES Noon, Main St., Central City, 303-331-8772; www. colorado.gov/centralcity ESTES PARK 5K 8:30 a.m., Lake Estes Marina, 770 Big Thompson Ave., Estes Park; epmarathon.org ESTES PARK FUN RUN & FESTIVAL, 11 a.m., Bond Park, 170 MacGregor Ave., Estes Park; epmarathon.org

June 18 MT. EVANS ASCENT RACE 5 a.m. Echo Lake, Hwy. 103, Idaho Springs, 303642-7917; racingunderground.com ESTES PARK MARATHON, MARATHON RELAY, HALF MARATHON, 10K, 6 a.m. Estes Park High School, 1600 Manford Ave., Estes Park, 970214-4128, epmarathon.org GILPIN COUNTY PARKS & RECREATION FATHER’S DAY FISHING DERBY 1 p.m. William C. Russell Park, Central City; gilpinrecreation.com GOLD PANNING noon, Nederland Mining Museum, 200 N. Bridge St., Nederland; bouldercounty.org June 24 WEST ELKHORN HOT CARS, COOL NIGHTS CAR SHOW 5:30 p.m. West Elkhorn Avenue, Estes Park; estesparkcarclub.org June 24-25 SCANDINAVIAN MIDSUMMER FESTIVAL 9:30 a.m. Bond Park, MacGregor Ave and Elkorn Ave., Estes Park, 303947-7627; estesmidsummer.com June 24 LYONS GOOD OLD DAYS & CAR SHOW 10 a.m. Sandstone Park, 4th Ave. and Broadway St., Lyons, 303823-8250; www.lyonscolorado.com LYONS RIVER RUN 5K 8 a.m. Bohn Park, 199 2nd Ave., Lyons; imathlete.com

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JUNE – SUMMER/FALL HIGHLIGHTS SLACKER HALF MARATHON, RELAY AND 4 MILE RACES 8 a.m. Georgetown Lake, Georgetown, 303-6792312; slackerhalfmarathon.com STILLS IN THE HILLS: COLORADO DISTILLERS TASTING 1 p.m. Main St., Central City, 303-918-1103; www.stillsinthehills.com June 28 BIKE TO WORK DAY 6 a.m. Estes Park Visitor Center, 500 Big Thompson Ave., Estes Park, 970-577-3701; www.bikeestes.org

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June 2 FIRST FRIDAY ART GROOVE 5 p.m. Various Locations, Downtown Estes Park; www.estesartsdistrict.org FIRST FRIDAY ARTIST RECEPTION 5 p.m. Salto Coffee Works, 112 E. 2nd St., Nederland, 303-258-3537; saltocoffeeworks.com FIRST FRIDAY MEET OUR ARTISTS & MUSIC 5 p.m. Aspen & Evergreen Gallery, 356 E. Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park, 970-586-4355; aspenandevergreen.com June 2-4 WINDOWS TO THE WEST FINE ART SHOW & SALE 10 a.m. Estes Park Events Complex, 1125 Rooftop Way, Estes Park; windowswestart.com June 3 REGIONAL JURIED SHOW OPENING RECEPTION 5 p.m. Washington Hall, 117 Eureka St., Central City, 303582-5952; www.gilpinarts.org

June 3-Aug. 6 70TH ANNUAL REGIONAL JURIED SHOW 10 a.m. Washington Hall, 117 Eureka St., Central City, 303-5825952; www.gilpinarts.org June 5, 12, 19, 26 MONDAY ARTISANS MARKET 8 a.m. George Hix Riverside Plaza, Estes Park JUNE 9-11 LYONS FILM FESTIVAL 11 a.m. Various Locations, Lyons, 646-391-0876; lyonsfilmfestival.com June 10-11 WOOL MARKET & FIBER FESTIVAL 9 a.m. Estes Park Fairgrounds and Events Center, 1209 Manford Ave., Estes Park; estes.org June 15 ART AT THE CENTER RECEPTION & DEMO SHOW 4:30 p.m., Nederland Community Center, 750 N. Hwy. 72, Nederland, 303-258-9721; nederlandcommunitycenter.org June 17 CENTRAL CITY OPERA FESTIVAL: OPERA INSIDE OUT 1 p.m. Williams Stables Theatre, 125 Eureka St., Central City, 303-292-6700; centralcityopera.org June 23-24 WESTERNAIRES 7 p.m. Estes Park Fairgrounds, 1209 Manford Ave., Estes Park; estes.org June 24 CENTRAL CITY OPERA FESTIVAL: YELLOW ROSE BALL & FLOWER GIRL PRESENTATION 4 p.m. Central City Opera House, 120 Eureka St., Central City, 303-292-6700; central cityopera.org

June 24-25 14TH ANNUAL HIGH PEAKS ARTS FESTIVAL 10 a.m. Visitor Center Parking Lot, Nederland, 303-7482053; highpeaksartfestival.com

– MUSIC – June 3-4 JAZZ FEST & ART WALK Noon, Performance Park, 435 W. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park; estes.org June 23-25 CLEAR CREEK RAPIDGRASS MUSIC FESTIVAL 10 a.m. Shelly/Quinn Baseball Fields, 101 Idaho Springs Road E., Idaho Springs 303-519-2492; clearcreekrapidgrass.com June 24 HOGABLUESA BLUES, BREWS & BBQ W/BIFF GORE 7 p.m. Old Gallery, 14863 Hwy. 7, Allenspark, 303747-2906; www.theoldgallery.org POUDRE RIVER IRREGULARS 7 p.m. Performance Park, 435 W. Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park; fineartsguild.org June 24 COWBOY BRAD CONCERT FOR CURE JM 7 p.m. Hyde Chapel, YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park; www.cowboybrad.com June 27 2ND ANNUAL DICK ORLEAN’S FRIENDS OF FOLK FESTIVAL 6p.m. Performance Park, 435 W. Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park; fineartsguild.org June 28 FREE COLORADO NATIONAL GUARD BAND CONCERT 7 p.m. Performance Park, 435 W. Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park; fineartsguild.org

JULY – SUMMER/FALL HIGHLIGHTS – SPECIAL EVENTS – July 1-2 ARABIAN HORSE SHOW 7:30 a.m. Estes Park Fairgrounds, 1209 Manford Ave., Estes Park; estesparkshow.com July 4 BOOM TOWN! FIREWORKS DISPLAY 9:30 p.m. Black Hawk, 303-582-2292; www.cityofblackhawk.org 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION, BBQ & FIREWORKS noon, Citizen’s Park, Idaho Springs; clearcreekcounty.org 4th OF JULY CELEBRATION & FIREWORKS 9:30 p.m. Lake Estes, Estes Park, 970-586-6104; estes.org COOLEST CAR SHOW 9 a.m. Fairgrounds at Stanley Park, 1209 Manford Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-6104; estesparkcarclub.org

OPEN HOUSE & SOUP NIGHT 10 a.m. Old Gallery, 14863 Hwy. 7, Allenspark, 303-747-2906; theoldgallery.org July 5 ROOFTOP RODEO PARADE 10:30 a.m. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970661-5151; www.rooftoprodeo.com July 5-10 ROOFTOP RODEO 7 p.m. Estes Park Fairgrounds, 1209 Manford Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-6104; www.rooftoprodeo.com July 6, 13, 20, 27 ESTES VALLEY FARMERS MARKET 8 am, Bond Park,, 170 MacGregor Ave., Estes Park July 7, 14, 21, 28 IDAHO SPRINGS MARKET DAYS, 10 a.m., Idahoe Mall, Idaho Springs, www.idahospringschamber.org

July 8-9 TRIPLE BYPASS BICYCLE RIDE 5 a.m. Buchanan Park, 32003 Ellingwood Trail, Evergreen, 303-800-7613; www. triplebypass.org July 9 NEDERLAND FARMER’S MARKET 10 a.m. Guercio Field, Nederland, nederlandfarmersmarket@gmail.com July 14 WEST ELKHORN HOT CARS, COOL NIGHTS CAR SHOW 5:30 p.m. West Elkhorn Avenue, Estes Park; estesparkcarclub.org July 15 BOB COOK MT EVANS MEMORIAL HILL CLIMB 7 a.m. Idaho Springs, 303-931-6455; www.bicyclerace.com

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HIGH ALTITUDE HERB WALK 10 a.m. Wild Bear Nature Center, 20 E. Lakeview Dr., Nederland, 303258-0495; wildbear.org 9TH ANNUAL OLD GALLERY GALA DINNER 5 p.m. Old Gallery, 14863 Hwy. 7, Allenspark, 303-747-2906; www.theoldgallery.org

July 2 SQUARE DANCE 7 p.m. Old Gallery, 14863 Hwy. 7, Allenspark, 303-7472906; www.theoldgallery.org July 7, 14, 21, 28 ESTES PARK SILENT FILM FESTIVAL 5 p.m. Historic Park Theater, 130 Moraine Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-8904; www.historicparktheatre.com July 7 FIRST FRIDAY ART GROOVE 5 p.m. 12 Galleries, Downtown Estes Park; www.estesartsdistrict.org FIRST FRIDAY ARTIST RECEPTION 5 p.m. Salto Coffee Works, 112 E. 2nd St., Nederland, 303-258-3537; www. saltocoffeeworks.com FIRST FRIDAY MEET OUR ARTISTS & MUSIC, 5 p.m. Aspen & Evergreen Gallery, 356 E. Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park, 970-586-4355; aspenandevergreen.com SPOKEN WORD EVENING 7 p.m. Inkwell & Brew, 150 E. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970-342-1297; inkwellbrew.com July 3 SILVER PLUME MELODRAMA DINNER THEATRE 6 p.m. George Downing Playhouse, 1015 Main St., Silver Plume, 303-569-2023; www.silver plumemelodrama.org July 3, 10, 17, 24 MONDAY ARTISANS MARKET 8 a.m. George Hix Riverside Plaza, Estes Park June 30-July 2, July 7-9, July 14-15 FINE ARTS GUILD OF THE ROCKIES: “SEVEN KEYS TO BALDPATE” 7 p.m. Baldpate Key-theadral Theater, 4900 S. Hwy. 7, Estes Park, 970-586-6151; www.baldpateinn.com July 8 CARMEN’S PASSION & PERIL OPENING NIGHT DINNER 5:30 p.m., Teller House, 120 Eureka St., Central City, 303-292-6700; centralcityopera.org July 8, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 26, 28, 30 CENTRAL CITY OPERA FESTIVAL: CARMEN 2:30 p.m./8 p.m. Central City Opera House, 124 Eureka St., Central City, 303-292-6700; centralcityopera.org July 17 ESTES PARK MUSIC FESTIVAL: PIANIST STEWART GOODYEAR 7:30 p.m. Stanley Hotel Concert Hall, 333 E. Wonderview Ave., Estes Park, 970586-9519; estesparkmusicfestival.org July 12, 14, 16, 18-19, 22-23, 25, 29-30 CENTRAL CITY OPERA FESTIVAL: SHORT WORKS 1:15 p.m. Williams Stables Theatre, 125 Eureka St., Central City, 303-292-6700; centralcityopera.org

RELAY FOR LIFE OF ESTES VALLEY, 4 p.m., Estes Park High School, 1600 Manford Ave. , Estes Park, 970-3505018; main.acsevents.org July 20-23 COPPER PENNY I HUNTER JUMPER HORSE SHOW 10 a.m. Estes Park Fairgrounds, 1209 Manford Ave., Estes Park, 480-502-9776; www.cep shows.com July 22 BEAT THE HEAT WINGFEST 11 a.m. Main Street, Central City; www.colorado.gov/centralcity RUN LIKE THE WIND 5K RUN/WALK 7 a.m. Old Gallery, 14863 Hwy. 7, Allenspark, 303-747-2906; www.theoldgallery.org July 22-23 16TH ANNUAL IDAHO SPRINGS TOMMYKNOCKERS MINING FESTIVAL & PACK BURRO RACE 10 a.m. Citizen’s Park, Miner Street, Idaho Springs; packburroracing.com July 23 GOLD PANNING noon, Nederland Mining Museum, 200 N. Bridge St., Nederland; bouldercounty.org July 25 NATIONAL CAROUSEL DAY 10 a.m. Carousel of Happiness, 20 Lakeview Dr., Nederland, 303-258-3457; www. carouselofhappiness.org July 26-30 COPPER PENNY II HUNTER JUMPER HORSE SHOW 10 a.m. Estes Park Fairgrounds, 1209 Manford Ave., Estes Park, 480-502-9776; www. cepshows.com ESTES PARK FESTIVAL HORSE SHOW 10 a.m. Estes Park Fairgrounds, 1209 Manford Ave., Estes Park, 480-502-9776; www.cep shows.com July 28-August 6 BOULDER COUNTY FAIR 9 a.m. 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, 720-8646460; www.bouldercountyfair.org July 29 BONANZA/EZ STREET: A NIGHT OF GOOD FORTUNE 5 p.m. Main Street, Central City, 303-582-5914; www.famousbonanza.com

July 12, 16, 19, 22-23, 29-30 CENTRAL CITY OPERA FESTIVAL: LUNCH & A SONG 11:45 a.m. Teller House, 120 Eureka St., Central City, 303-292-6700; centralcityopera.org July 15 COSÌ FAN TUTTE’S DIAMONDS & DISGUISE OPENING NIGHT DINNER, 5:30 p.m., Teller House, 120 Eureka St., Central City, 303-292-6700; centralcityopera.org July 15, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29 CENTRAL CITY OPERA FESTIVAL: COSÌ FAN TUTTE 2:30 p.m./8 p.m. Central City Opera House, 124 Eureka St., Central City, 303-292-6700; centralcityopera.org July 26, 29 CENTRAL CITY OPERA FESTIVAL: CABILDO noon/8 p.m. Williams Stables Theatre, 125 Eureka St., Central City, 303-292-6700; centralcityopera.org July 26, 29 CENTRAL CITY OPERA FESTIVAL: GALLANTRY noon/8 p.m. Williams Stables Theatre, 125 Eureka St., Central City, 303-292-6700; centralcityopera.org July 26, 27 CENTRAL CITY OPERA FESTIVAL: THE BURNING FIERY FURNACE, noon/5 p.m. St. James United Methodist Church, 123 Eureka St., Central City; 303-292-6700, www.centralcityopera.org July 22 TASTE OF SHAKESPEARE: “AS YOU LIKE IT” 7 p.m. Performance Park, 435 W. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 303772-5200; longmonttheatre.org July 30 ESTES PARK MUSIC FESTIVAL: CLASSICALLY JAZZ 7:30 p.m. Stanley Hotel Concert Hall, 333 E. Wonderview Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-9519; www. estesparkmusicfestival.org

– MUSIC – July 1 JANET BURGAN, ROCKY MOUNTAIN FIDDLE CLUB 7 p.m. Old Gallery, 14863 Hwy. 7, Allenspark, 303747-2906; www.theoldgallery.org July 4 INDEPENDENCE DAY COOK-OUT & CONCERT Noon, Gold Hill Inn, 401 Main St., Gold Hill, 303-443-6461; www.goldhillinn.com July 23 SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND 7 p.m. Old Gallery, 14863 Hwy. 7, Allenspark, 303-747-2906; theoldgallery.org July 29 LIZ BARNEZ CONCERT & POTLUCK 6 p.m. Old Gallery, 14863 Hwy. 7, Allenspark, 303-747-2906; www.theoldgallery.org

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AUGUST – SUMMER/FALL HIGHLIGHTS – SPECIAL EVENTS – August 1-6 BOULDER COUNTY FAIR 9 a.m. 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, 720-8646460; www.bouldercountyfair.org August 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 ESTES VALLEY FARMERS MARKET 8 am, Bond Park,, 170 MacGregor Ave., Estes Park August 4, 11, 18, 25 IDAHO SPRINGS MARKET DAYS, 10 a.m., Idahoe Mall, Idaho Springs, www.idahospringschamber.org August 4-6 ANNUAL USED BOOK SALE 9 a.m. Estes Park Valley Library, 335 E. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970-577-0998; www. estesvalleylibrary.org August 4-8 LARIMER COUNTY FAIR 9 a.m. 5280 Arena Circle, Loveland, 970-6194000; www.LarimerCountyFair.org August 5 ELDORA TRAIL 10K 11 a.m., Eldora Mountain Resort, 2861 Eldora Ski Road, Nederland, 303-578-4521; eldora.com 80517 CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION 11 a.m., Bond Park, 170 MacGregor Ave., Estes Park; www.estes.org THE CENTENNIAL 5K WALK/RUN: RACE TO SAVE THE PAST 9 a.m., Estes Park Museum, 200 Fourth St., Estes Park; estes.org/museum August 11 WEST ELKHORN HOT CARS, COOL NIGHTS CAR SHOW 5:30 p.m. West Elkhorn Avenue, Estes Park; estesparkcarclub.org August 12 ROCKY MOUNTAIN HALF MARATHON 6 a.m. Stanley Hotel, 333 Wonderview Ave., Estes Park, 619-5679191; therockymountainhalf.com GEORGETOWN TO IDAHO SPRINGS HALF MARATHON, 8 a.m. Georgetown Lake, Georgetown; gtishalf.com August 12-13 COLORADO SENIOR PRO CHARITY RODEO 10 a.m. Estes Park Fairgrounds, 1209 Manford Ave., Estes Park, 303-828-3453; www.colorado seniorprocharityrodeo.org ESTES PARK WINE FESTIVAL Bond Park, 170 MacGregor Ave., Estes Park, 970-218-4545; www. estesparkwinefestival.com August 13 NEDERLAND FARMER’S MARKET 10 a.m. Guercio Field, Nederland, nederlandfarmersmarket@gmail.com August 19-20 24TH ANNUAL GILPIN COUNTY FAIR 9 a.m. Gilpin County Fairgrounds, 230 Norton Dr., Black Hawk, 303-5825214; www.gilpincountyfair.com

August 20 GOLD PANNING noon, Nederland Mining Museum, 200 N. Bridge St., Nederland; bouldercounty.org August 25 FREE ENTRANCE DAY 6 a.m. Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, 970-586-1206; www.nps.gov/romo August 26 CEMETERY CRAWL 9 a.m. Russell Gulch Cemetery, 303-582-5283; www.gilpinhistory.org HIGH ALTITUDE HERB WALK 10 a.m. Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center, 20 E. Lakeview Dr., Nederland, 303258-0495; wildbear.org THE GREAT CENTRAL CITY BEER FEST 1 p.m. Main St., Central City, 303-9181103; www.centralcitybeerfest.com

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August 2 CENTRAL CITY OPERA FESTIVAL: THE BURNING FIERY FURNACE, noon/5 p.m. St. James United Methodist Church, 123 Eureka St., Central City; 303-292-6700, www.centralcityopera.org CENTRAL CITY OPERA FESTIVAL: CABILDO noon/8 p.m. Williams Stables Theatre, 125 Eureka St., Central City, 303-292-6700; centralcityopera.org August 2, 4 CENTRAL CITY OPERA FESTIVAL: COSÍ FAN TUTTE, 2:30 p.m./8 p.m. Central City Opera House, 124 Eureka St., Central City, 303-292-6700; centralcityopera.org August 2-4 CENTRAL CITY OPERA FESTIVAL: GALLANTRY noon/8 p.m. Williams Stables Theatre, 125 Eureka St., Central City, 303-292-6700; centralcityopera.org August 3, 6 CENTRAL CITY OPERA FESTIVAL: CARMEN 2:30 p.m./8 p.m. Central City Opera House, 124 Eureka St., Central City, 303-292-6700; centralcityopera.org August 4 FIRST FRIDAY ART GROOVE 5 p.m. 12 Galleries, Downtown Estes Park; www.estesartsdistrict.org FIRST FRIDAY ARTIST RECEPTION 5 p.m. Salto Coffee Works, 112 E. 2nd St., Nederland, 303-258-3537; www. saltocoffeeworks.com FIRST FRIDAY MEET OUR ARTISTS & MUSIC, 5 p.m. Aspen & Evergreen Gallery, 356 E. Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park, 970-586-4355; www.aspenandevergreen.com SPOKEN WORD EVENING 7 p.m. Inkwell & Brew, 150 E. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970-342-1297; inkwellbrew.com

August 4, 11, 18, 25 ESTES PARK SILENT FILM FESTIVAL 5 p.m. Historic Park Theater, 130 Moraine Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-8904; www.historicparktheatre.com August 5 HILLTOP GUILD FESTIVAL & BAZAAR 9 a.m. Kelley House, 18720 Hwy. 7, Allenspark, 303-747-2001; www.hilltopguild.com August 7, 14, 21, 28 MONDAY ARTISANS MARKET 8 a.m. George Hix Riverside Plaza, Estes Park August 12-September 23 GILPIN ARTS MEMBERS SHOW 10 a.m. Washington Hall Gallery, 117 Eureka St., Central City, 303-5825952; www.gilpinarts.org August 26-27 HANDMADE IN COLORADO EXPO 11 a.m. Bond Park, 170 MacGregor Ave., Estes Park; www.boulder market.com

– MUSIC –

August 4-6 ARISE MUSIC FESTIVAL 10 a.m. Sunrise Ranch, 100 Sunrise Ranch Road, Loveland; arisefestival.com August 5 COWBOY BRAD CENTENNIAL CONCERT 7 p.m. Performance Park, 417 W. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park; www. cowboybrad.com August 6 PETER ROWAN, DANNY SHAFER 9 p.m., The Caribou Room, 55 Indian Peaks Dr., Nederland; thecaribouroom.com August 11-13 BOULDER’S BIG HOOTENANNY 11 a.m. Gold Lake Resort, 3371 Gold Lake Rd, Ward; 720-291-2513, www. bouldersbighootenanny.com August 18-20 27TH ANNUAL ROCKY MOUNTAIN FOLKS FESTIVAL 10 a.m. Planet Bluegrass Ranch, 500 W. Main St., Lyons 303-823-0848; bluegrass.com August 19 DIXIE LEADFOOT, CHROME STRUTS 7 p.m. Performance Park, 435 W. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park; www.cowboybrad.com August 25-27 NEDFEST MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL 11 a.m. Guercio Memorial Park, 132 East St., Nederland; 720-539-5370, www.nedfest.org

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September 2 ESTES EPIC MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE 7 a.m., Estes Park Events Complex,1125 Rooftop Way, Estes Park; estesepic.com September 2-3 ESTES PARK ALPACA MARKET 10 a.m. Estes Park Fairgrounds, 1209 Manford Ave., Estes Park, 970-5864624; www.estes.org September 3 HALF+, 26.2 & 50 MILE TRAIL RUN 6 a.m., Estes Park Events Complex, 1125 Rooftop Way, Estes Park; estesepic.com September 7, 14, 21, 28 ESTES VALLEY FARMERS MARKET 8 am, Bond Park,, 170 MacGregor Ave., Estes Park September 7-10 LONGS PEAK SCOTTISH IRISH HIGHLAND FESTIVAL 9 a.m. Estes Park Fairgrounds, 1209 Manford Ave., Estes Park; 970-586-6308, scotfest.com September 8-9 FLAMING FOLIAGE RELAY 5 a.m. Idaho Springs; www.rltrelays.com/ flaming-foliage-relay September 9 DEVIL OF THE DIVIDE ULTRA 50K/ 50M, 98 12th Ave., Idaho Springs; www.clearcreekrecreation.com HIGH TEA AT STROEHLE HOUSE 2 p.m. 231 Chase St., Black Hawk, 303582-5364; www.gilpinhistory.org September 10 NEDERLAND FARMER’S MARKET 10 a.m. Guercio Field, Nederland, nederlandfarmersmarket@gmail.com September 11 BLACK HAWK 9/11 MEMORIAL STAIR CLIMB 7 a.m. Ameristar, 111 Richman St., 720-946-4000; www. cityofblackhawk.org

September 15 WEST ELKHORN HOT CARS, COOL NIGHTS CAR SHOW 5:30 p.m. West Elkhorn Avenue, Estes Park; estesparkcarclub.org September 15-17 HOT ROD HILL CLIMB 9 a.m. Main Street, Central City, 303- 815-5435; www.HotRodHillClimb.com September 16 CLEAR CREEK WATERSHED FESTIVAL 10 a.m. Courtney Riley-Cooper Park, 2350 Colorado BIvd., Idaho Springs, 303-567-2699; clearcreekwater.org September 17 GOLD PANNING noon, Nederland Mining Museum, 200 N. Bridge St., Nederland; bouldercounty.org September 23-24 AUTUMN GOLD FESTIVAL 10 a.m. Bond Park, 170 MacGregor Ave., Estes Park; estesparkautumngold.com September 30 DYNAMITE DAYS FESTIVAL, noon, Citizen’s Park, 16th & Miner streets, Idaho Springs; idahospringschamber.org September 30-October 1 ELK FEST 10 am, Bond Park,, 170 MacGregor Ave., Estes Park; elktober.com

– ARTS –

September 1 FIRST FRIDAY ART GROOVE 5 p.m. Various Locations, Downtown Estes Park; www.estesartsdistrict.org FIRST FRIDAY ARTIST RECEPTION 5 p.m. Salto Coffee Works, 112 E. 2nd St., Nederland, 303-258-3537; saltocoffeeworks.com FIRST FRIDAY MEET OUR ARTISTS & MUSIC, 5 p.m. Aspen & Evergreen Gallery, 356 E. Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park, 970-586-4355; www.aspenandevergreen.com

SPOKEN WORD EVENING 7 p.m. Inkwell & Brew, 150 E. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970-342-1297; inkwellbrew.com September 2-4 LABOR DAY ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW 9 a.m. Bond Park, 170 MacGregor Ave., Estes Park; www. estesparkartsandcrafts.com September 3 SQUARE DANCE 7 p.m. Old Gallery, 14863 Hwy. 7, Allenspark, 303-7472906; www.theoldgallery.org September 9 ARTS GALA CELEBRATION 6 p.m. Washington Hall, 117 Eureka St., Central City, 303-582-5952; gilpinarts.org September 16-17 FINE ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW 9 a.m. Bond Park, 170 MacGregor Ave., Estes Park, 970-577-9900; www.fineartsguild.org

– MUSIC – September 2 JOHN DENVER TRIBUTE CONCERT 6:30 p.m. YMCA of the Rockies, 2515 Tunnel Rd., Estes Park, 970-5863341; www.estesparklionsclub.org September 4 LABOR DAY CAJUN COOKOUT AND CONCERT noon Gold Hill Inn, 401 Main St., Gold Hill, 303- 443-6461; www.goldhillinn.com September 16 MASON STREET BLUEGRASS BAND 7 p.m. Performance Park, 417 W. Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park; fineartsguild.org September 28 REBECCA FOLSUM CONCERT 6 p.m. Old Gallery, 14863 Hwy. 7, Allenspark, 303-747-2906; theoldgallery.org September 30 TAKACS STRING QUARTET CONCERT 5 p.m. Old Gallery, 14863 Hwy. 7, Allenspark, 303-747-2906; theoldgallery.org

OCTOBER – SUMMER/FALL HIGHLIGHTS – SPECIAL EVENTS – September 30-October 1 ELK FEST 10 am, Bond Park,, 170 MacGregor Ave., Estes Park; elktober.com October 5, 12 ESTES VALLEY FARMERS MARKET 8 am, Bond Park,, 170 MacGregor Ave., Estes Park October 7 THE WHISKEY SUMMIT 11 a.m. Estes Park Events Center Complex, 1125 Rooftop Way, Estes Park; estesparkwesternheritagefoundation.org

October 8 NEDERLAND FARMER’S MARKET 10 a.m. Guercio Field, Nederland, nederlandfarmersmarket@gmail.com October 14 & 28 PARANORMAL NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 7 p.m., Gilpin County History Museum, 228 E. 1st High St., Central City, 303-582-5283; gilpinhistory.org October 20-21 & 27-28 CENTRAL CITY CREEPY CRAWL 6 p.m., Central City, 303-582-5283; gilpinhistory.org

October 27 HOWL AT THE MOON 5:30 p.m., Elks Lodge, 1600 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs; 303-668-0924, charliesplaceshelter.org October 21 PUMPKINS & PILSNERS FESTIVAL 10 a.m., Bond Park, 170 MacGregor Ave., Estes Park; elktober.com October 31 DOWNTOWN HALLOWEEN FAMILY FEST 5:30 p.m., Elkhorn Avenue., Estes Park; estes.org

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Mountain Adventure Guide • Summer/Fall 2017


Mountain Adventure Guide - Peak to Peak Summer/Fall 2017  

This is the 2017 Summer Events Calendar & Mountain Adventure Guide to the Peak to Peak Region of Colorado. It highlights the towns of Idaho...

Mountain Adventure Guide - Peak to Peak Summer/Fall 2017  

This is the 2017 Summer Events Calendar & Mountain Adventure Guide to the Peak to Peak Region of Colorado. It highlights the towns of Idaho...