Colorado River Headwaters

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High in Rocky Mountain National Park, the Colorado River is a mere ribbon of water as it starts flowing westward, gathering momentum, breadth and depth on the descent. The Colorado River Headwaters Scenic and Historic Byway accompanies this treasured water source for about 80 miles of its 1,450-mile journey to the Gulf of California. As … Read more Colorado River Headwaters

A Winter Wonderland

The little sorrel mare plunges joyfully through the powdery drifts, like a carousel horse freed from its pole. Her shaggy winter coat is frosted with snow and when she pauses at the hilltop, she snorts steam and her sides heave with the effort. Yet, she pulls at the reins, seeming eager to push on. But … Read more A Winter Wonderland

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

Winter Park-Fraser Valley: On a Budget

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Colorado ski towns are often known for high prices, especially during their winter primetime. But vacationing in a mountain getaway doesn’t have to break the budget. The Winter Park-Fraser Valley area, 90 minutes northwest of Denver and surrounded by the Arapaho National Forest, offers a lot of cold-weather fun for $20 or less. Snowshoeing and … Read more Winter Park-Fraser Valley: On a Budget

Experience Western Hospitality in Grand Lake

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 Grand Lake, Colorado is situated in the heart of the Colorado Rockies and stands as the western entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. This historic community offers a blend of restaurants and shops lining an authentic western boardwalk, so you can feel like a true cowboy or cowgirl during your visit. One way to truly … Read more Experience Western Hospitality in Grand Lake

Scenic Byway: Trail Ridge Road

In an alpine meadow carpeted with lush grasses, newborn white-spotted elk frolic under the watchful eyes of their mothers. Travelers edge their cars onto the shoulder of Trail Ridge Road, opening their windows to gaze at the endearing wildlife “nursery.” Around another bend, snow-mantled Never Summer Range scrapes the sky. Such wondrous sites unfold as … Read more Scenic Byway: Trail Ridge Road

High Altitude Vintners Bring Hand-Crafted Wines to Fraser

Many people are surprised to learn that Colorado is one of the top wine producing regions in the U.S., but a leisurely afternoon sampling local varietals at the Winter Park Winery will assure you that high altitude wines rank among the best that American vintners have to offer. According to the Colorado Wine Industry Development … Read more High Altitude Vintners Bring Hand-Crafted Wines to Fraser

Gardening: A Four-Letter Word

My wife grew up in Nebraska where the word “garden” is a verb and crops are produced in neat and tidy rows. Her mother had a backyard garden and the neighbors did, too, and they traded seasonal fruits and vegetables among themselves, much like folks have done since woman first sat down and gnawed on … Read more Gardening: A Four-Letter Word

Snow Much Fun: Snow Mountain Ranch Packed Wth Adventure

Remember sleep-away camp? Roasting marshmallows by the fire, bunking in log cabins, crafting leather belts, laughing in the dining hall with new-found friends… Picture your adult self at camp with your kids. Now add snow. That’s the scene at the YMCA of the Rockies’ Snow Mountain Ranch, just outside Winter Park. At this high-altitude hideout, … Read more Snow Much Fun: Snow Mountain Ranch Packed Wth Adventure

Hotels in Winter Park Show Why It’s Colorado’s Favorite

Winter Park Resort is known as “Colorado’s Favorite”.  Located only 67 miles northwest of Denver and 90 miles west of Denver International Airport (DIA), it’s the closest major ski resort to DIA.  Winter Park has the most annual snowfall of any major resort in Colorado and typically receives over 30 feet of snow annually.  During … Read more Hotels in Winter Park Show Why It’s Colorado’s Favorite

C Lazy U Guest Ranch: Full Winter Fun

The ranch compound lies about a half-mile below. It would take two minutes to drive, but right now no vehicles are allowed on the roadway. This route to the ranch is reserved for us sledders. I center my Flexible Flyer on its snow-packed crown. A ranch hand’s foot chocks the sled while I drop on … Read more C Lazy U Guest Ranch: Full Winter Fun

In Hot Water: Mother Nature’s Hot Springs

No matter the season, slipping into natural hot springs is a relaxing, rejuvenating way to while away the hours. Heated by the planet’s interior, water bubbles up through cracks and fissures, typically gathering a load of minerals along the way. When the water finds its way at the surface, it’s Mother Nature’s hot tub. For … Read more In Hot Water: Mother Nature’s Hot Springs

Visit Local Eateries in Grand Lake

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Grand Lake is situated near one of the main entrances to Rocky Mountain National Park, making this mountain community an excellent base from which to explore Colorado’s national treasure. It also has its own attractions, such as a western downtown boardwalk riddled with quaint shops, and the Beach at Grand Lake, which offers water-based activities … Read more Visit Local Eateries in Grand Lake

Fraser Lodging for the Spontaneous Traveler

Any type of adventurer who hits the open road in Colorado faces decisions of whether to just keep on driving or to stick to the schedule. Open sunny skies, snow-capped mountains piercing fluffy white clouds, and the lure of yet unseen vistas beckon a spur-of-the-moment getaway. If you decide to follow the road you’re on … Read more Fraser Lodging for the Spontaneous Traveler