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A Weekend in Estes Park: Not Sheepish on Scenery 1

A Weekend in Estes Park: Not Sheepish on Scenery

Its breathtaking setting certainly deserves the title, but Estes Park is not really a park ? At least not in the typical sense of the word. In geologic lingo, “park” describes a glacially cut, level valley between mountain ranges. And this is exactly where this picturesque hamlet is located. Estes Park, Colorado, is nestled in a high alpine valley on…

A Yurt for the Night: In Colorado’s Snow Country

Like diamond dust sprayed on black velvet, shattered particles of light glisten in a crystalline winter sky. Overhead, the Milky Way spills a swath of creamy luminescence that flows through the celestial hemisphere. Stars glimmer with galactic intensity, undimmed by the glare of civilization. I stand mesmerized by the spectacle so seldom seen by city dwellers and condo-confined skiers. I…

Cambria Suites: Fresh in Fort Collins

The first thing you notice when you walk into the Cambria Suites in Fort Collins is that the air smells as fresh inside as it does outside. That’s because this is a 100 percent non-smoking property. And it doesn’t hurt that it also is fairly new. What’s also fresh is the attitude of the staff – eager to please, helpful…

Movie Mania: Hollywood Has Long History With Colorado Shoots 5

Movie Mania: Hollywood Has Long History With Colorado Shoots

Colorful Colorado has been the filming site for thousands of movies. More than 600 are listed on www.imdb.com alone. Among them are some great movies like Robert Redford in Downhill Racer or John Wayne in True Grit. Remember Woody Allen in Sleeper or Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber? But for the true Colorado, check out Robin Beeck’s 1998 classic,…

Scenic Byway: Cache La Poudre-North Park

Wild waters froth as they roar through sheer-walled Poudre Canyon. Beyond a range of craggy peaks, moose nibble wetland willows and songbirds trill. Along the Cache la Poudre-North Park Scenic and Historic Byway, sights and sounds vary from wild to serene. The byway stretches 101 miles between Fort Collins and Walden in the north-central part of the state. Following Colorado…

Lesser-Known Festivals: Head to Colorado’s High Country 8

Lesser-Known Festivals: Head to Colorado’s High Country

Colorado’s high country is home to hundreds of festivals and community activities — from blues festivals to culinary celebrations — that have become signature activities on their year-round calendars of events. But we’ve found some lesser-known events at Colorado destinations to consider when making your vacation plans. So head up to the high country – there’s a whole lot of…

Winter Wonderland: Snowshoeing the Powder Along the Poudre

The 1820s fur trappers who gave the Cache la Poudre River its name used the French phrase that translates as “hide the powder” to commemorate the large cache of gunpowder that they secreted along the river during a massive blizzard. Back then, they could not have imagined that the upper reaches of the river would be treasured for powder snow…