North Sterling State Park: A Boater’s Paradise

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  This large, spacious reservoir on the high plains draws locals and tourists alike from May through September and waterfowl hunters during the hunting season. North Sterling State Park is a gateway to fun and relaxation. Elks Campground is open year-round. A boater’s paradise, this large irrigation reservoir offers great coves and fingers to explore … Read more North Sterling State Park: A Boater’s Paradise

Ski or Snowshoe to Dinner: At Devil’s Thumb Ranch

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The sun has set and the nearly full moon will soon be rising over the Colorado peaks. Skiers and snowshoers group outside the lodge at Devil’s Thumb Ranch, bindings latched and stomachs churning. It’s time to eat. They are the first wave of participants on the annual Grand Huts Association progressive dinner at Devil’s Thumb … Read more Ski or Snowshoe to Dinner: At Devil’s Thumb Ranch

Top Five Gunnison Activities: Water Sports

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 At 7,700 feet of altitude and inside a river basin, Gunnison, Colorado is a well-endowed setting for summer fun and high adventure. Check out Gunnison for iconic outdoor Rocky Mountain activities like rafting and fly fishing, or try something new and brave the rapids by surf board, “duckie,” or stand-up paddle. Gunnison is so into … Read more Top Five Gunnison Activities: Water Sports

Summer in Steamboat Springs: 7 Ways to Play

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One of the great joys of summer is getting outside and enjoying the sun. With its 300-plus days of sunshine, Colorado summers are as long as the mountains are tall, and one place to enjoy the blue skies and mountain highs is in the town of Steamboat Springs. We’ve gathered a list of seven cool … Read more Summer in Steamboat Springs: 7 Ways to Play

Zip Lining Through the Rockies: Finding Your Teen’s Inner Tarzan

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My 19-year-old, Henry, is pretty set on being as “manly” as possible at all times. Yet even he looked a bit askance at the sight before him. “You mean I’m going to just be hanging on that little cable over that mess of a river?” he whispered to me. That “mess” of a river was … Read more Zip Lining Through the Rockies: Finding Your Teen’s Inner Tarzan

Find Family-Friendly Fun in Colorado Springs

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While many Colorado towns were settled by miners and ranchers, the appeal of Colorado Springs, the second largest city in Colorado, was its climate and culture.  In the late 1800s, it was known as “Little London” since it had many English tourists and settlers along with opera houses, fine hotels, and restaurants.  Colorado Springs is … Read more Find Family-Friendly Fun in Colorado Springs

Mush! Frolic In the Snow With the Dogs

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Every time Nick Miller, manager at Krabloonik Kennels, starts to hitch up his team, they go crazy. “They love it,” Miller says. “As soon as they realize they’re going out, they get excited, even if they’ve already been out that day.” Dog-sledding has become increasingly popular in many Colorado mountain towns and ski areas as … Read more Mush! Frolic In the Snow With the Dogs

Grand Junction, Colorado: Pedal Your Way Through Paradise

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It’s Colorado topography in transition, a place where snow-fed streams surge into sandstone desert and flattop peaks fall to canyon precipices. Naked cliffs, their bases hemmed with stony skirts, stretch along one side of Interstate 70. Across the roadway, vineyards and orchards line a tree-trimmed Colorado River. This ring of merging landforms turns the Grand … Read more Grand Junction, Colorado: Pedal Your Way Through Paradise

Races, Music, and BBQ in Beaver Creek

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Beaver Creek, Colorado may be one of your favorite destinations for skiing, but as spring turns to summer, other family activities are being planned. As luck would have it, activities in Beaver Creek have something to offer the entire family throughout the year, from cultural events to the physically challenging experience that will keep you … Read more Races, Music, and BBQ in Beaver Creek

Red Rocks: More Than an Amphitheatre

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Red Rocks Amphitheatre, famed for its outdoor concerts, offers a variety of other summer activities: hiking, biking, movies, a visitor’s center with gifts and history, and even dining. Red Rocks, 15 miles west of Denver, makes for more than just a scenic sound stage and offers at least one full day’s worth of entertainment and … Read more Red Rocks: More Than an Amphitheatre

Defending Denver: An Omelet of Opportunities

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At an out-of-town business dinner, I shared a table with New York- and Toronto-based associates. Between salad and salmon, we discussed hometowns. Denver is probably a pleasant place to live, my companions conceded. But there’s little there for a tourist. The good stuff, they claimed, is all in the mountains. Choking on my chardonnay, I … Read more Defending Denver: An Omelet of Opportunities

Colorado’s Favorite – Winter Park Resort

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Once the snow melts at Winter Park Resort, the mountain turns from white to green and comes alive with colorful wildflowers.  The sun stays high in the sky, and the warmer weather is perfect for enjoying the many outdoor activities that Winter Park has to offer during the summer months. Winter Park is a year-round … Read more Colorado’s Favorite – Winter Park Resort

Earn It: Aspen Activities with Sweet Rewards

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Not just a winter ski destination, versatile Aspen takes on a whole new persona in the warmer months of spring and summer. One of Colorado’s most internationally known destinations, Aspen sings a siren’s song to adventurers and mountaineers all year round. What makes Aspen special under the summer sun? The network of world class hiking … Read more Earn It: Aspen Activities with Sweet Rewards

Head to Ouray in Southwest Colorado for Outdoor Adventures

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Ouray is the Colorado town for the outdoor enthusiast, no matter what your level of physical activity is. High in the rugged Rocky Mountains, the tiny town of 800 offers hospitality to the visitors who have been lucky enough to discover the secrets the tiny town and surrounding area protect. Box Canyon Waterfall With thousands … Read more Head to Ouray in Southwest Colorado for Outdoor Adventures