Dinosaur Journey: Kids Will Dig This Western Slope Museum

It may take a leap of imagination to see the arid, rocky environment of western Colorado as the humid, swampy home to dozens of dinosaur species, but Fruita’s Dinosaur Journey will make it all seem real. Well worth the stop if you are on the Western Slope, this hands-on, interactive museum is perfect for kids who love dinosaurs; parents may even find themselves learning a few things. Part of the Museum of Western Colorado, Dinosaur...

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Scenic Byway: Gold Belt Tour

Cars creep along a ledge chiseled from a steep cliff. A creek tumbles through a granite gorge 200 feet below. While drivers rivet their eyes on the narrow road, passengers crane their necks to marvel at the view. For many travelers, this white-knuckle, eye-popping drive on The Shelf is the highlight of the Gold Belt Tour. This Colorado Scenic and Historic Byway encompasses three north-south roads that connect the historic mountain...

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The Stately Stanley: Estes Park’s ‘Shining’ Hotel
Apr18

The Stately Stanley: Estes Park’s ‘Shining’ Hotel

Perched atop a hill overlooking the stunning scenery of Estes Park, the Stanley Hotel holds court as one of Colorado’s most notable historic hotels. The sprawling, stately hotel, built in 1909, was the inspiration for Stephen King’s scary book “The Shining.” The author got the idea for his novel while staying in Room 217, where paranormal occurrences have been reported. Other areas in the hotel have had hair-raising happenings, too....

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Drink Up! Take a Denver-Area Wine Tour
Dec28

Drink Up! Take a Denver-Area Wine Tour

Denver, one of the nation’s capitals for microbrew beers, also has a burgeoning wine industry. Although most of the state’s vineyards are on the Western Slope, more than a dozen wineries operate tasting rooms in the Denver area where visitors can sample award-winning vintages. And note this: You can buy wine from wineries on Sundays, when Colorado liquor stores are closed. So take a wine tour in the Denver area. Here are some worth...

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Aloha Organic Fruit: A Peach of a Place

Steven Sherer and his wife Pat moved to Colorado’s Western Slope from Hawaii in 2008 with the intention of buying a small acreage in the Palisade area so they could have a few horses. Instead, they bought a peach orchard, and now operate a nine-acre orchard with 3,600 trees. Palisade, with its favorable 182-day growing season and lots of sunshine, is known as “The Peach Capital” of Colorado. The Sherers borrowed from the...

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