Upcoming Trip Despite the Virus and the Riots

Upcoming Trip Despite the Virus and the Riots

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By Marcella S. Meeks

We are ready to break down some walls. My grandsons and I are ready for a long vacation! This whole Covid-19 pandemic and now the rioting has been depressing. We have toughed it out long enough. So we’re not going to worry about either one and just try and have a good time.

Next week, we’re heading out West. I have always been drawn to the West, to the mountains of Colorado and New Mexico.

     We’re going to stop off and stay at Simple Lodge & Hostel in Salida Colorado for a couple of nights. We’ve never stayed in a hostel before so we’re looking forward to sampling one for the first time.

Once we get there, I’ll write about my experience and let you know how we liked it! And I’ll share some pictures with you guys!

      We’re going to go over…

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Colorado here we come – no Coronavirus gonna stop us!

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Colorado here we come – no Coronavirus gonna stop us! We’re headed to the Great Sand Dunes Lodge in Colorado on April 6th! https://familytravelhostusa.com/ Corona move aside because we’re not changing our plans! We’ve got plenty of sanitary items and meds to keep us clean and safe and toilet paper if need be! So Great Sand Dunes Lodge we’ll be heading your way in a few weeks… We’re ready to travel… Come join us at the lodge at http://www.gsdlodge.com/

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In Spite of the Hysteria Going On, I Am Ready To Travel!

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I found this on Facebook and wanted to share it…


This is so true – I mean get real – this is crazy. They couldn’t impeach him so now this… talk about major manipulation… America, why are we letting this happen? We are smart, inteliigent people? I’m sorry but I’m not falling for it either – not one bit. I may have to go stock up groceries to feed my family because of the way our country is reacting and that the stores are emptying their shelves but I dont buy this crap. I’m not worried about the virus – I’m worried about what our country is doing and how they are reacting, and mostly what our government and all those officials from the presidential status on down the line are trying to pull on us. It’s time to stop the media crap – everybody needs to let this mess…

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We need your advice!

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Dear Readers!

Next summer, my family and I are doing something totally different than anything we have ever done before! We are staying for a week in Salida, Colorado at a hostel. We will be staying at the Simple Lodge & Hostel.

Our hostel Melanie will be answering some of our questions but I’d like your feedback as well. Has anyone reading this ever stayed at a hostel before? If so, what is it like? What is the difference between a hostel and a hotel/motel? Please explain to me and to others who have never stayed in one either.

Are hostels safe?

This is going to be a new experience for me and my family so any additional information or ideas you’d like to share – please do…

Feel free to reply below or submit your reply to us at marcies1960@aol.com. We will share replies with our readers…


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WEEK AT A GLANCE – Salida Chamber of Commerce


Salida Chamber of Commerce
877.772.5432 • 719.539.2068 // salidachamber.org

Wed., Feb 27 – Free Paws For Exercise & Therapy Hikes with Laura’s Dog Training
Wed., Feb 27 – Business Plan in a Month Workshop at the Scout Hut
Wed., Feb 27 – Safe Zone Training at the Touber Building
Wed., Feb 27 – Community Acupuncture at Anupa Wellness
Wed., Feb 27 – Men’s Health Class at HRRMC
Wed., Feb 27 – Old Timey Jam Session at Soulcraft
Wed., Feb 27 – Diabetes Prevention Program at Chaffee County Office BV
Wed., Feb 27 – Fly-Tying w/ The Next Eddy at Soulcraft
Thurs., Feb 28 – Community Acupuncture w/ guest acupuncturist at Anupa Wellness
Thurs., Feb 28 – Community Awareness on Opioid Crisis at BV Congregational Church
Thurs., Feb 28 – A Star is Born at the SteamPlant
Thurs., Feb 28 – Customer appreciation days at Sears Hometown
Thurs., Feb 28 – Salida Recreation Fit Challenge at Soulcraft
Fri., Mar 1 – Ski with a Naturalist at Monarch Mountain
Fri., Mar 1 – Live music w/ Big Horn at Soulcraft
Fri., Mar 1 – Rock Crawler at Peak Fitness in Buena Vista
Fri., Mar 1 – Harper Powell Concert at the SteamPlant
Fri., Mar 1 – Diabetes Prevention Program at Wellness U Gym
Fri., Mar 1 – Customer appreciation days at Sears Hometown
Fri., Mar 1 – John Drew Peterson at Vino Salida
Fri., Mar 1 – Town Challenge Race Series at Monarch Mountain
Sat., Mar 2 – Free Puppy Class with Gone to the Dogs
Sat., Mar 2 – The Jungle Book at A Church
Sat., Mar 2 – Volunteer Coffee for Salida Aspen Concerts Inc.
Sat., Mar 2 – Ghost hunting spectacular at Salida Walking Tours
Sat., Mar 2 – Prepare to be dazzled at the Ivy Ballroom
Sat., Mar 2 – Customer appreciation days at Sears Hometown
Sat., Mar 2 – Smyth & Taylor at Vino Salida
Sat., Mar 2 – Community Acupuncture at Anupa Wellness
Sun., Mar 3 – Fundraiser Tour with KHEN and Salida Walking Tours
Sun., Mar 3 – Sunday Science at the SteamPlant
Sun., Mar 3 – The Jungle Book at A Church
Tues., Mar 5 – Diabetes Prevention Program at First Presbyterian Church
Tues., Mar 5 – Trivia Night at Soulcraft


1. Salida Chamber of Commerce
Chaffee County Economic Development Corporation, Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Small Business Development Center, Start Up Colorado, TBK Ban, Watershed, & Salida Chamber of Commerce ** Save the Date **
Business Plan in a Month Workshop
Wednesday, February 27th at the Scout Hut
Wednesday, March 6th at the Watershed
Wednesday, March 13th at the Scout Hut
Are you launching a new business or have a start-up in Chaffee County? Join us for a 4-course workshop to complete a basic business plan focusing on company overview, operations plan, financial plan and marketing. Our local SBDC counselors will be leading the course and available for one-on-one counseling. Workshop will rotate between Buena Vista and Salida. Details coming soon. Click here to see more up-coming events.

Medallion Sponsorship for 2019
Did you know that our Medallion Sponsorship program has enhanced visibility for your member business? We have digital and online benefits, including being prominently listed on our homepage. Depending on the sponsorship level, you receive traditional benefits, which include passes to Mount Princeton, Monarch Mountain day lift tickets and/or season passes.
Already acquired your season pass? No worries, we can accommodate you with a refund by getting your pass set up via the Medallion Sponsor Program and affording you enhanced marketing exposure. Click here to learn more. Please feel free to reach out with any questions!

2. SteamPlant Event Center
Grant Writing Essentials
Tuesday, March 12th from 9am-1pm at the Scout Hut ***SAVE THE DATE***
Grant writing is hard work and involves much more than just words on a page. Are you ready to write grants? Does your organization have a great plan, along with the capacity to carry out your proposal? Can you clearly explain your desired outcomes? This workshop is for you. To learn more click here.

Oscar-nominated A STAR IS BORN Screening
Thursday, February 28th at the SteamPlant Theater at 7pm
We are thrilled to bring you this month’s Songs OnScreen showing of A STAR IS BORN. This multiple Oscar-nominated film stars four-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper (American Sniper, American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook) and multiple award-winning, Oscar-nominated music superstar Lady Gaga, in her first leading role in a major motion picture. This film is Rated R. Courtesy of Swank Motion Pictures. Tickets are $9.00, cash bar and concessions available. To learn more click here.

Harper Powell Concert
Friday, March 1st from 7-10pm at the SteamPlant
Harper is a native of the Salida, Colorado area. At age 9, Harper began performing at open mic nights at the Salida Café and has gone on to perform at a number of venues, including High Mountain Hay Fever, Bluegrass on the Arkansas, the Salida SteamPlant, and Swallow Hill Music. Tickets are $10 in advance $12 at the door. To learn more click here.

Central Colorado Humanists’ Sunday Science
Sunday, March 3rd from 10am-12pm at the SteamPlant
Come join the Central Colorado Humanists as they feature their own CCH members and friends in a variety of science-oriented talks and discussions. Sunday Science covers topics in all areas of science, hard and soft, from psychology to climate change, plant ecology to NASA space missions. It is also a great opportunity to meet fellow Humanists, make new friends, and learn about new ideas. All are welcome! To learn more click here.
3. Laura’s Dog Training
Free Paws For Exercise & Therapy Hikes
Every Wednesday at 9am
FREE but RSVP mandatory. This is a weekly invitation to letting your dog help you get and stay healthy, both physically and psychologically. These weekly (Wednesdays at 9am) hikes will be on beautiful trails with gorgeous views. All participants will receive a raffle ticket for the SalidaFit challenge (see the SalidaRec.com website for details). Hikes start at 9am and usually last about an hour. Participation requires R.S.V.P.ing (letting Laura know ahead of time at 719-539-2503 or LaurasDogTraining@msn.com)

4. Chaffee County Public Health
Safe Zone Training
Wednesday, February 27th from 9am-12pm at the Touber Building, Shavano Rm
Many LGBTQ people do not feel safe in their workplaces, families and communities. Safe Zones wants to change this. SZ is an interactive, non-judgmental conversation on sexuality and gender and offers an opportunity to learn about the different life experiences of the LGBTQ community. SZ covers such topics as vocabulary, differences between gender identity and sexuality, science of sexuality, scenarios, ways to create a safe working environment, and more. E-mail morrill@chaffeecounty.org or call Mike Orrill at 719-221-5418 to register or ask questions. Minimum class size 5, maximum 15.

5. Soulcraft Brewing
Fly-Tying w/ The Next Eddy
Wednesday, February 27th from 6-8pm
Join us from 6-8pm at Soulcraft Beer to tie flies and drink some awesome beers! Happy hour pricing for all participants. Bring your vice and material for a few select patterns. If you don’t have equipment or experience, just stop by and say hi and we’ll let you try it out on ours. We all know these winter nights get dark and cold early, here’s to a good reason to get out and experience some community!
Men’s Health Class
Wednesdays beginning February 13 from 11am-12pm at Wellness U Gym
Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center’s Men’s Health Class, a five-week exercise and educational series, will be held on Wednesdays, beginning Feb. 13, from 11 a.m.-noon at the HRRMC Wellness U Gym, 1548 G St., Salida. The series is designed for men as they age or are recovering from medical conditions such as prostate cancer. The classes are free and focus on men’s pelvic issues including mobility and stability, bladder and bowel function and sexual health. Class topics include breathing techniques, sexual health, cardio, nutrition and tai chi. The instructors are Lydia Segal, M.D., M.P.H., and HRRMC’s pelvic health physical therapists. For more information or to register, visit hrrmc.com/events or call 719-530-2040.

7. Soulcraft Brewing
Old Timey Jam Session
Wednesday, February 27th at 6pm
Come jam with crew playing traditional Appalachian Folk music. Don’t play you say? No worries, just sit back and enjoy the tunes!
Diabetes Prevention Program
Tuesdays, 5-6 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 7 Poncha Blvd., Salida
Wednesdays,1-2 p.m. at Chaffee County Offices, 114 Linderman Ave., Buena Vista
Fridays, 8:45-9:45 a.m. at Wellness U Gym, 1548 G St., Salida
Classes will begin Jan. 25th. HRRMC’s Wellness U and Chaffee County Public Health are offering the National Diabetes Prevention Program in Salida and Buena Vista. This program is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lifestyle- change program designed to prevent Type 2 diabetes. It introduces those who are prediabetic or at risk of developing diabetes to healthy habits needed for preventing or delaying the onset of Type 2 diabetes. To register, call 539-4510.

9. Soulcraft Brewing
Salida Recreation Fit Challenge
Thursday, February 28th from 5-10pm
We encourage our patrons to ride their bike to Soulcraft. Now you can earn raffle tickets for a chance to win awesome prizes for doing it! Ride your bike to Soulcraft, take a picture with you next to it, then show one of our staff members to earn your raffle ticket. Make sure to tag @soulcraftbeer and @salidarec and hashtag #SalidaFit19. Raffle tickets will be drawn weekly for prizes as well as being eligible for Grand Prizes at the End-of-Challenge Party February 28th at Soulcraft featuring live music w/ Dragondeer!

10. Chaffee County Public Health
Community Awareness Event on the Opioid Crisis
Thursday, February 28th from 7-9pm at the Buena Vista Congregational United Church of Christ
Free community awareness event on addiction and the national opioid crisis. Click here to learn more.

11. Sears Hometown
Customer Appreciation Days
Thursday, February 28th through Saturday, March 2nd
An extrq 10 % off almost everything at Sears!

12. Monarch Mountain
Ski with a Naturalist
Friday, March 1st
A free skiing tour on beginner runs with a Naturalist highlighting Monarch’s forest ecology, wildlife, the recreational history of Monarch Pass, and the Monarch USFS Partnership.

13. Vino Salida
Free Concert Series
Friday, March 1st – John Drew Peterson from 5-7pm in the Salida Wine Bar
Saturday, March 2nd – Smyth & Taylor from 5-7pm in the Salida Wine Bar
Free Concert Series. Come and see your friends at the most beautiful tasting room in Chaffee County! Come see the music and try our new wine cocktails! For more info, call 719-539-6299. Thanks for being part of our community of wine!

14. Monarch Mountain
Town Challenge Race Series
Friday, March 1st
A fair and friendly competition for amateur recreational skiers and boarder. Businesses sponsor teams of six to battle it out during eight weeks of fun racing on Freeway.

15. Soulcraft Brewing
Live Music w/ Big Horn
Friday, March 1st from 7-9pm
“Big Horn performs a variety of punk, ska-core, outlaw country and gypsy jazz. Rip-roaring and rollicking, this Salida based four piece group is sure to be hard-hitting and entertaining. The ensemble consists of Nicholas Peloquin on lead vocals/guitar. Sean Slivka on guitar/bass, Chris Stanich on Drums and Jahil Bragassa on bass/guitar. Original tunes (with a handful of covers) for you and your ears. Your welcome.”

16. Peak Fitness
March Rock Crawlers
Friday, March 1st from 10:30am – noon
Friday, March 8th from 10:30am-noon
Friday March 15th from 10:30am-noon
Peak Fitness in Buena Vista is hosting a 3-week climbing class in March for children age 3-5 and their parents. No experience necessary and Peak Fitness can provide all the climbing gear. To sign up contact Peak Fitness at (719) 395-3951 or stop by 620 Antero Circle in Buena Vista to register, space is limited! Classes are from 10:30am till noon March 1st, 8th, and 15th. To learn more click here.

17. Calliope!
The Jungle Book
Saturday, March 2nd at 7pm at A Church
Sunday, March 3rd at 2pm at A Church
Come join us for The Jungle Book presented by Calliope! $15 for adults and $3 for kids. To learn more click here.

18. Salida Walking Tours
Ghost Hunting Spectacular!
Saturday, March 2nd at 3:30pm and 7pm
Salida Walking Tours teams up with nationally-known Hotchiss Paranormal Investigators. This 6-member team of ghost hunters will conduct their 100th paranormal investigation right here in Salida. And you can join! We’ve combined the Darkside of Salida & Ghost Tour with dinner, a one-hour ghost hunting presentation by Hotchiss, and a 60-90 minute LIVE ghost hunt. All for one low price. 2 different times. 2 different investigations. Each lasts around 3.5 hours start to finish. Space is strictly limited, and we expect a fast sellout. The early special concludes at Mama D’s and the late special concludes at Taco del Gnar. Schedule now!

19. Salida Aspen Concerts
Volunteer Coffee
Saturday, March 2nd at 9am
Salida Aspen Concerts, entering its 43rd season, is holding a volunteer coffee at the home of Auralea Carroll, 112 Park Place, Salida. The gathering will feature coffee, tea and pastries for those interested in being a volunteer for the upcoming season. Salida Aspen Concerts brings to Chaffee County top international classical music stars from the prestigious Aspen Music Festival and School. The concerts are held at the Salida High School, 26 Jones Avenue. The new season will begin Saturday, July 6 and run each Saturday thereafter through August 10. For more information, contact Board Chair Ernest Marquez at 719-539-8543.

20. Salida Circus
Prepare to be dazzled!
Saturday, March 2nd at 7pm at the Ivy Ballroom
Join us for an evening with the Salida Circus in the acclaimed Ivy Ballroom at the Surf Hotel. Enjoy a magical evening. Be entertained by Stilt walkers, jugglers, unicyclists, aerialists, balloon twisters, magicians and more! Make plans with your friends and family to grab dinner at Wesley & Rose before the show. Present your circus ticket to receive 10% off your entire bill! Since Feb 2007, the Salida Circus has kept busy performing at events throughout Colorado, New Mexico, California, and even Central America! The Salida Circus offers professional, high-quality circus entertainment for festivals, fairs, corporate events and more. Tickets can be purchased at ivyballroom.com.

21. Gone to the Dogs
Free Puppy Class
Every Saturday at 12:30pm at Gone to the Dogs
For puppies 8-16 weeks, 1st shots required. Click here for details!

22. KHEN 106.9 FM LP and Salida Walking Tours
Fundraiser Tour
Sunday, March 3rd Starting at 10am
KHEN 106.9 FM and Salida Walking Tours are joining forces for a special fundraiser. Salida Walking Tours will donate 100% of proceeds from their March 3rd tours to KHEN 106.9 FM LP Salida, CO. The 75-minute fundraising tour explores downtown – Colorado’s largest National Historic District. Attendees will see hidden details in our architecture and hear incredible stories of Salida’s colorful history – ghosts, gunfights, lynching’s, and two devastating fires. Space is limited and reservations are required. To register, visit http://www.SalidaWalkingTour.com/book-online and schedule the Fundraising Tour for Sunday, March 3rd, or call 719-497-9444.

23. Soulcraft Brewing
Trivia Night
Tuesday, March 5st from 6-8pm
37 questions to test your brain power!

24. The Lost Cajun
Come join us for our MARDI GRAS SPECIAL, Pasta Lafitte with Shrimp. It is a combination of fire roasted tomatoes in a creamy Cajun sauce and tossed in Angel Hair pasta, served with hot garlic French bread for only $16! Or come to enjoy all our other delicious Cajun dishes, click here to see our menu.

25. Monarch Mountain
Wings Pass
2 Seasons 1 Pass: This pass will allow you to ski the rest of this season and ALL of next season for one amazingly low price. For the 18-19 season, pass holders will benefit from all the on mountain discounts that Monarch has to offer. For the 19-20 season you will also get the additional benefit of being able to ski at all of our partner resorts. For a full list of benefits click here.

26. Loyal Duke Lodge
IMPRINT Hospitality announces the completion of the repositioning project of Loyal Duke Lodge in Salida Colorado. Celebrating the Salida landscape and community culture, Loyal Duke Lodge blends the rustic and historic of the surrounding mountains and river valley with a refined artistic flair that is Salida. To learn more click here.

27. Central Colorado Conservancy
The Envision Fire & Healthy Landscapes Partnership needs your help! Please take the Chaffee Wildfire Survey and share the weblink with your friends, family members, neighbors and colleagues to help us get as many responses as possible from Chaffee County residents on this important topic. Take the survey now: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ChaffeeWildfire2019

28. Absolute Bikes
Absolute Youth Cycling Spring Program
Registration opens February 20 at Noon. It’s time again for our 2-Wheel Friday Program! Registration starts on Wednesday February 20 at noon for everyone (no pre-registration this season). – 1st Session starts March 8th for 3rd & 4th and Middle School – 2nd Session starts April 26 for 1st & 2nd, 3rd & 4th, Middle School, plus Advanced Middle School afternoon sessions. Check here for full details and registration (on the 20th).

29. YOLO TX Takes on Colorful Colorado
Check out these two cool videos that YOLO TX has created about Monarch Mountain, Mount Princeton, and the Salida area. Our own Steve Chapman from Salida Walking Tours is in the first link about 3 minutes in! Very cool!

30. Soulcraft and Cosmos
Flights and Bites
Join Soulcraft and Cosmos every Wednesday and Thursday for Flights and Bites. 3 – 5oz pours and 3 Mediterranean Tapa Bites for just $10! Click here to see more.

31. Collegiate Peaks Forum Series
The Forum is excited to announce our line-up for the 2019 lecture season. Mark your calendars now so you don’t miss any of these programs. All lectures are on a Thursday, except for our 2nd showing of the Traces of the Trade movie on Monday, April 29th in Salida. Click here to get additional details about these programs.

32. Chaffee County Community Foundation
Click here to see the top 7 ways to understand the Chaffee County Community Foundation!

33. Ark Valley Helping Hands
Ark Valley Helping Hands is pleased to announce that we are now operational. Our mission is help local seniors stay and thrive in their own homes with the help of volunteers. We are still looking for more volunteers to join the group. Please reach out to local coordinator, Sara Ward at info.avhh@gmail to become a volunteer. We are also starting to plan for our Embracing Aging Fair on Saturday May 18th. Please mark your calendars for this wonderful event. More details to follow.

34. Census Jobs!
Great Supplemental Income. Earn some extra money with our temporary jobs. If you have a job now you can still work for us. $14hr + $.58 mile. No experience, paid training, paid mileage, paid weekly, flexible hours (20-40/wk). Click here for more info.

35. Ark-Valley Humane Society
Partnering with Finding Rover using revolutionary technology to identify lost pets in Chaffee County, Ark-Valley Humane Society joins the ranks of shelters in using facial recognition technology to identify lost dogs and cats. This shelter now offers their community an additional tool to help lost and adoptable dogs and cats find their forever home. To learn more click here.

36. Salida Council For The Arts
Call For Entries
All Salida-area artists are invited to submit their work for exhibition in the popular annual “Valley Visions Art Exhibition”, sponsored by the Salida Council for the Arts. Entries are being accepted NOW. Deadline for entries in this 8th Annual Show is Friday, April 5, 2019. An important correction has been made on the SCFTA Website regarding the 2019 valley visions artist info tab. Please revisit the valley visions page by clicking here.

37. Ark Valley Baby Equipment Rentals, LLC
We are a rental baby/toddler gear company located in Salida, Colorado. We offer delivery within Chaffee County (30 miles) to Buena Vista, Nathrop, Maysville and more. How does it work? Complete the contact form on our website, reserve your rental, and we deliver and pickup.We carry quality products for rent from highly respected manufacturers, including Fischer Price, Kelty, Graco, Deuter and more. Rental periods are calculated on a daily rate. Being that we do not have a storefront, we will deliver what you need directly to your vacation rental, private residence or hotel so that you can enjoy your time while traveling away.
38. Anupa Wellness
Acupuncture and Healing Treatments
Click here to see all the Acupuncture and Healing Treatments for the month.

39. Salida Walking Tours
Special Tours
2019 is going to be a lot of fun! We’ve created a bunch of special tours, only to be run once this year. Past guests will receive first notice, as these one-time events will have limited tickets and should sell out quickly. Connect on Facebook for the latest offers. As always, we’ll still be running our weekly historical and dark side tours.

40.Circle R Motel
The Circle R Motel is pleased to announce the addition of two new electric car chargers that are in the style of 1950’s gas pumps. One charger is a 4-hour charger, and the other is an 8-hour charger. Our guests may charge their electric cars during their stay free of charge. These 2 chargers are located next to our stunning 1955 Studebaker President classic car, click to see photo1 and photo2. Click here for more information.

41. Serving Slabs
We can accept pre-paid Fed Ex drop-offs

42. Tax assistance in Salida
It’s that time of year for all of us to get ready for the tax year 2018. We’re happy to announce that the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will again be offered in Salida. We will be setting up VITA in the basement of the Methodist Church at 4th and D street (228 E. 4th Street) just as we did last year, to provide free income-tax return preparation. We will have offices in both Salida and Buena Vista. Salida will have hours by appointment only on Saturdays from 8-2 starting Feb. 2 (# 719-221-5471). We estimate an hour per tax return. BV typically has hours in the afternoons on Tues and Thurs. and is starting this coming week. BV’s # 719-293-1857. To learn more click here.

43. Ark-Valley Humane Society Fundraiser
Buena Vista, Colorado- Don and Pam Dubin are challenging the community to help raise crucial funds for Ark-Valley Humane Society. For every contribution that is donated in the month of February, the Dubins will graciously add 50% more to a maximum contribution of $5,000 from them. All donations can be sent to PO Box 1335, Buena Vista, CO 81211 or donate online at http://www.ark-valley.org/donate. Please put “Valentine’s Matching Campaign” on the memo line of your check or if you donate online, click “Valentine’s Matching Campaign” under Reason for Gift. To learn more click here.

44. Sellar’s Project Spaces
Click here to see all the events and programs going on with Sellar’s Project Spaces.

45. KHEN
2019 is going to be a GREAT YEAR here at your community radio station. We will continue our commitment to build and support the community in everything we do! We have many exciting opportunities for you to join us in bringing all the fun shows and events that we will be producing for our community this year. We need volunteers for each event and special show to make them AMAZING! To learn more about volunteering for up-coming events at KHEN, click here.

46. Buena Vista is a Host Town of Ride the Rockies
The Town of Buena Vista announces that Buena Vista will be a host community for the Denver Post Ride the Rockies Colorado Bicycle Tour on Monday, June 10th and Tuesday, June 11th 2019. The tour expects approximately 2,500 cyclists with a rider demographic that is older and affluent. To learn more click here.

47. Creative Ind. Summit 2019: Table Centerpieces
The City of Salida Creative District has been selected again to host the 2019 Colorado Creative Industries Summit on May 16 & 17. The Summit will be bringing together more than 300 attendees from all parts of the state and various creative entities. The host committee for the Summit is looking for artists and creatives to design and produce centerpieces that will be on display on the 30-35 tables during the three meals provided to the attendees. The budget for each centerpiece is $15.00. Submit your Proposal with Subject Line “CCI Centerpieces” to: patrick@salidasteamplant.com. To learn more click here.

48. Columbine Manor
Having Surgery? Needing to Recover? Columbine Manor provides short term recovery stays between the hospital and home. Licensed Therapist provide physical, OT, and Speech Therapy in our on site rehab facility. Accepting Medicare A. Call our Admissions Director today! 719-539-6112

49. Ute Country News
St. Patrick’s Day, Daylight Savings Time and March Madness all happen in the month of March. What do you have going on that the readers of Ute Country News would want to know about? Let the Ute Country News help get your word out. It’s easy, just send us your information by next Monday, February 18 for our March 2019 issue (all ads must be finalized by Wednesday, February 20). Feel free to give us a call to see if your piece of interest fits 719-686-7393 or just go ahead and send it to utecountrynewspaper@gmail.com.

50. Salida Circus
Click here to see the weekly workshop schedule.

51. Absolute Bikes
Fix a Flat Classes
Want to master the art of flat fixes? Join Matt the first Friday of each month this winter – Class is Friday, March 1st! The class is free, but limited to 10 people, so call the shop sign up! To learn more click here.

52. High Country Bank
High Country Bank is proud to announce its March Charities of the Month; Neighbor to Neighbor in Salida and Buena Vista, and the Bridge in Cañon City. High Country Bank has been choosing a Charity of the Month for over 20 years. All notary fees for the given month are donated to this charity, along with a $100.00 donation to that organization. There are also donation jars next to each teller window which allow the public to make a donation to the organization as well. We are grateful to have the opportunity to engage our neighbors and work with them in “Building Futures Together.”
Visit us at http://www.highcountrybank.net. Member FDIC.

53. Palace Hotel
Spring is one of our favorite times of year: The days are getting longer, allowing for more sunlit adventures in Salida and on Monarch Mountain. And though there’s so much to experience, the ability to relax and recharge is incredibly important, too. INTEGRATE Spa is Colorado’s premier spa, wellness center and gym, located just a few blocks from Palace Hotel in downtown Salida. With our partnership, we’re pleased to offer a Signature Honey Facial or a 60-minute Swedish Massage at a special price for Palace guests. All services include the complimentary use of the eucalyptus steam room, locker and shower amenities. To see all the Palace’s specials, click here.

54. Monarch Mountain
The bluecard Direct-To-Lift is a reloadable lift ticket card that will allow you to go straight to the lift! Upon initial purchase, the card will have 5 lift tickets on it. It is transferable, one ticket use per day. Available online only; your card can be picked up at the season pass desk. 5 Lift Tickets for $320. To buy now, click here.

55. CRAFT Workshops
CRAFT Workshops provide intensive training and work for communities or regions wishing to advance a tourism-related strategy for a specific industry segment. Workshops are offered for Culinary and Agritourism, Cycling Tourism, Heritage and Cultural Tourism, Outdoor Adventure Tourism and Sustainable Tourism. To be eligible, applicants should represent a local government or tourism industry organization. The deadline to apply is April 1, 2019. Learn more.

56. Absolute Bikes
Our winter service is in full swing. Save 30% on Labor and 15% on Parts for Select Service Packages. Check the website for full service details. Special runs until March 10. And join us for No-Drop Spin Class (Tuesdays & Thursdays) through March 7th from 6-7pm.Bring your bike and your trainer and join us for a video “no-drop” class. Show up a few early to get set up. If you need a loaner trainer, give us a call.

57. Taco Del Gnar
Join us for happy hour from 3-6pm! $2 Domestic beers, $4 Craft Beers & $5 House Margaritas!! Check out our menu at http://www.gnarlytacos.com! 136 E. 2nd Street • 719.539.8696.

58. Salida Mountain Trails
Click here to see everthing going on with Salida Mountain Trails!

59. Lush Salon
Lush Salon offers men’s & women’s haircuts and color. Every time you sit in Lillie’s chair you receive a start to finish experience. She starts with a consultation, a shampoo/scalp massage, does your cut/color, and finishes the look with a blowout. By appointment only, with the ability to do same day appointments. Give her a call today! 858.349.8113.

60. Fiesta Mexicana
Wednesday’s at Fiesta Mexicana means, 2 for 1 House Margarita specials all day! Refreshing, affordable and delicious! In the mood for some appetizers? We have something for everyone… Deluxe Nachos, Chili con Queso, Chicken Taquitos, Hongos Al Ajo (mushrooms sautéed in a garlic sauce, mild spices, tomato and avocado slices), Buffalo Wings and much more! Fiesta Mexicana, conveniently located at 1220 E. Highway 50.

61. Julie Maas Fine Art
Julie Maas Paints Pets! Pet portraits, that is! Contact Julie to book your project for any occasion by calling 719-530-7447 or emailing j2maas@msn.com. Her pet portraits and other landscape, still life, and floral paintings in pastel and oil can be viewed at http://www.julie-maas.fineartamerica.com and @JulieMaasFineArt.

62. Heart of the Rockies Radio Group
Click here to see what’s scheduled for our Sports Broadcasting.

63. Traditional Hardwood Flooring
Remodeling your home? Call Traditional Hardwood Flooring to update, install, or refinish your hardwood floors. James Specializes in Hardwood flooring but he can also help with vinyl and laminate floors. James guarantees his work and references available upon request. To learn more call 719-207-5051 or visit him on Facebook.

Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center’s Oncology Clinic facilitates a free, monthly support group for anyone affected by cancer the first Wednesday of every month, except holidays, from noon-1 p.m. in the hospital’s second-floor conference rooms, 1000 Rush Dr., Salida. There is no fee to attend and the setting is informal. If you have questions or would like more information, call 719-530-2302.

65. Surf Hotel and Chateau
Vacations are nice but, Staycations are even better! Inspired by the understated elegance of European hospitality and the spectacular natural beauty of our home in the Rocky Mountains, our unique perspective and location offer guests a sense of luxury without pretension. At the Surf Hotel, we love our locals and want to invite all Chaffee and Lake County Residents to come and stay with us! Receive 50% off for up to two nights when booked in person over the phone. Explore our rooms and give us a call to BOOK YOUR STAYCATION today 719.966.7048. The promotion has limited availability and will be honored on a first come first serve basis.

66. Yoga Olas
New Student Special – 2 weeks unlimited yoga for $25. Sign up online at http://www.yogaolas.com/buyapass or at the studio.
Sayulita Mexico Yoga & Surfing Retreat March 7-12, 2019 w/ Megan Rae Kahn and Tessie Jo Ortega. Visit http://www.yogaolas.com/sayulita-mexico-yoga-retreats/

67. Chaffee Resources Health and Wellness
Check out the new Chaffee Resources Health and Wellness Website here! It’s “Your one-stop hub for Chaffee County’s Health and Wellness Services.” This searchable database is sponsored/financed by: Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center, Chaffee County Human Services, Chaffee County Public Health, Solvista Health, Chaffee County Health Coalition and the Colorado Network of Health Alliances. Providers of health and wellness services can easily and quickly enter their info. Be sure to check out the Event Calendar page, where local groups can advertise their events (any kind), and an “Educational Link” page where people can access health and wellness educational videos, essays, articles, etc.

68. Chaffee County Economic Development Center
Greater Colorado Venture Fund is up and Running! Venture capital fund investing in early stage startups headquartered across the state of Colorado, outside of the Front Range. To learn about this opportunity, click here.

69. Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort
Click here to see everything happening at Mount Princeton this month!
70. Envision, Chaffee Commissioners, USFS, CSFS & Fire Chiefs
Hello Chaffee County residents and homeowners, there are only a few days left to complete the 10-minute Chaffee Wildfire Survey! If you have not done it yet, please click the link today. Your answers help inform community wildfire planning that helps protect life, property, economy and critical infrastructure. Thanks! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ChaffeeWildfire2019

*Save the Date*

Wild & Scenic Film Festival 2019
Friday, March 8th at the BV Community Center
Saturday, March 9th at the SteamPlant
GARNA and the Central Colorado Conservancy are hosting their 5th annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Buena Vista and Salida featuring captivating films from around the world with great environmental messages sure to motivate and inspire the outdoor enthusiasts of our region. To learn more click here.

72. Arkansas Hills Trail System
Run Through Time Marathon and Half Marathon
Saturday, March 9th
The 14th Annual Run Through Time Trail Marathon and Half Marathon will take place on the Arkansas Hills Trail System in Salida. Currently the half marathon field is around 70% full, and the marathon field is around 65% full, so if you’re interested in racing, plan on registering sometime soon. There will also be a 2 mile fun run and a free kids fun run on race day. $6,000 from last year’s race was donated to Salida Mountain Trails, and the plan is to donate an equal amount from the 2019 event. To learn more click here. If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, please email Kristy Falcon at rttsalida@gmail.com.

73. Salida Council for the Arts
Creative Mixer
Thursday, March 14th from 5:30-7pm at the SteamPlant
The Salida Council for the Arts (SCFTA) invites the public to attend the monthly Creative Mixer in the Paquette Gallery featuring artist Cody Oldham and musician Andrea Cohen. The Creative Mixer is a free monthly public gathering of those interested in knowing more about the local arts scene in a casual social setting. To learn more click here.

74. Ark-Valley Humane Society
Bow Wow Film Festival
Saturday, March 16th at 7pm at the SteamPlant
Short films for the Love of Dog! Benefit for the Ark-Valley Humane Society. To learn more click here.

75. Peak Fitness
Pre-Season Golf Conditioning
Monday, March 18th – Wednesday, April 24th (Classes are Monday and Wednesdays 6-7pm)
Calling all golfers! It may still be winter, but it’s time to get ready for spring/summer activities. Peak Fitness in Buena Vista is hosting a 6-week pre-season golf conditioning class. This class will focus on mobility, strength, power and the unique physical demands of golf. Sign up by visiting Peak Fitness at 620 Antero Circle in Buena Vista or by calling (719) 395-3951. To learn more click here.

Relax. Restore. Rejuvenate.
Sunday, March 31st thru Thursday, April 4th at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort
HRRMC’s Wellness U is hosting its spring Total Wellness Retreat. This all-inclusive program is led by HRRMC medical providers and staff and is designed to spur a lifestyle change for better health. Outside Magazine recently singled it out as one of “9 Adventurous Wellness Retreats” to try in 2019. The retreat offers educational sessions on topics such as stress management and includes daily meditation, group counseling, tai chi, hiking and a healthy cooking class. Participants have access to the pools, spa services, mountain bike rentals and fitness classes. Blood work is taken at the beginning of the session and participants can opt for a full cardiovascular screening on the final day. All-inclusive and single-day options for locals are available. For more info call (719) 530-2057 or click here.


Denver – There’s no question that opportunities abound amid Colorado’s stunning daytime scenery. But much to the delight of astro tourists everywhere, the state offers an amazing celestial landscape, allowing it to operate after normal business hours. Night owls can experience afterdark activities from stargazing to moonlit dinners to nighttime zip lining. For more information, visit: https://www.colorado.com/articles/13-places-stargaze-colorado

Stargazing Experiences:

Ales and Astronomy at Copper Mountain: REI offers stargazing enthusiasts an evening of celestial celebration and community connection on Copper Mountain. Participants are treated to beer and wine while exploring the constellations of the Northern Hemisphere accompanied by REI Guides. This opportunity is available July 27, August 4 and September 9 for guests of legal imbibing age.

Amateur Astronomy Night at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve: The National Park Service invites all levels of astronomers to the Great Sand Dunes—in the process of becoming Night Skies certified—to share knowledge and passion, and engage with unique astronomical experiences. Attendees are able to view deep space objects, planets and other unique celestial phenomena from a variety of scopes. The Park Service recommends visitors bring their own telescopes.

Night Sky Tour at Chimney Rock National Monument: Stargazers can experience Colorado’s celestial landscape in a new light at Chimney Rock National Monument during a scheduled Night Sky Tour. The guided tour takes visitors back in time along the Great Kiva and Pueblo Trails to view 360-degrees of Colorado and New Mexico. Chimney Rock is removed from light pollution and offers a dazzling sight.

Twilight Dinner at the Umbrella Bar in Crested Butte: On September 14, stargazing enthusiasts can drive up Prospect Road to Umbrella Bar at Ten Peaks and enjoy a twilight dinner underneath the stars. With a telescope set up on the Umbrella Bar deck, diners can take in the night sky with complimentary wine or beer in hand. Guests can purchase tickets for this delicious picnic-style fall dinner at the Adventure Center or online for $40.

Stargazing Tour with The Little Nell in Aspen: The Little Nell offers couples, groups and families the ultimate stargazing adventure: A Jeep tour from Aspen Mountain to Richmond Ridge. An astronomy concierge provides expertise during meteor showers, shooting stars or quarter moons when constellations are most visible. Guests can enjoy the celestial view with state-of-the-art binoculars and a complimentary drink.

Stories in the Sky with Walking Mountains Science Center at the Four Seasons in Vail: As part of Walking Mountains Science Center’s partnership with the Four Seasons Resort, the Center takes over the Resort’s Ski Concierge Building this summer for Stories in the Sky: Stargazing every Friday night. Participants can relax and view endless constellations, cascading shooting stars and full moons said to be brighter than the sun. All ages are welcome with a $10 entry fee.

Sunset Stroll with the Ritz-Carlton in Avon: Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch offers guests a private guided hike to discuss the blanket of stars as they emerge in the night sky. The hikes begin between 7 and 8 p.m. depending on sunset. Reservations can be made at the front desk of the resort and $160 covers up to four guests.

Night Sky Program at Florissant Fossil Beds: Colorado Springs Astronomical Society teams up with the National Park Service to offer Night Sky Programs, a truly engaging stargazing experience. Far from light pollution, Night Sky Programs provide gazers with a fantastic look at the star-filled skies. On August 10, from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m., night sky enthusiasts can enjoy a park ranger presentation to tee up a night of gazing and telescope viewing.

After Dark Adventures:

Dinner Under the Stars at Denver Food + Wine Festival: On September 5, Denver Food + Wine Festival celebrates Denver’s culinary scene and its hottest chefs. Festivalgoers can enjoy a curated six-course dinner designed by local chefs with a view of the Colorado skyline. Tickets are $250.

Film on the Rocks at Red Rocks in Morrison: The Denver Film Society and Denver Arts & Venues offer movies and music all summer long at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The venue ensures attendees a perfect view from any seat in the house and guests are treated to live music followed by the scheduled movie under a sheet of stars. Each showing begins at dusk with general admission tickets starting at $15.

Full Moon Stagecoach Rides with Halfmoon Packing & Outfitting in Leadville: Twice each month, visitors of Leadville can enjoy a stagecoach ride beneath a full moon at Halfmoon Packing & Outfitting. Based on the 19th century tradition of mail delivery by stagecoach, this opportunity allows guests to experience the magic of a mountain forest at night. Moonlight stagecoach rides are offered twice monthly—on the eve of the full moon and the night of the full moon—and start at $60 per person.

Night Sky Photography Workshops with 3 Peaks Photography & Design in Westcliffe: As one of the highest-altitude certified International Dark Sky Communities in the world, Westcliffe is the perfect location to view pristine, unpolluted night skies. During summer and autumn, 3 Peaks Photography & Design holds workshops for those keen to learn how to photograph the celestial landscape. Students can hone skills by photographing the Milky Way and star trails and post-processing photos in Photoshop and Lightroom. Attendance for a workshop is $299 per person.

Raft Underneath the Moon with the Adventure Company in Browns Canyon: Adventure-seekers can experience Browns Canyon under full moonlight July 24-25 and August 24. Rafters can relish in the illuminated white waters with beautiful views of the Collegiate Peaks. Adventure seekers can reserve full moon raft trips individually or as a combo package. Reservations are $139 person.

Sunset Dinner Train on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad in Antonito: Experience a Rocky Mountain sunset and the bright light of the moon at one of Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad’s themed dinners. During summer and autumn, each train offers different themes like murder mystery, fiesta, speakeasy and more. All evenings feature incredible views of the sunset, stars, entertainment and a delicious dinner on Cumbres Pass. This event welcomes all ages and ticket prices vary.

Twilight Mountain Biking at the Evolution Bike Park in Crested Butte: On Wednesday and Friday evenings throughout the summer, Evolution Bike Park and Adventure Park offer Twilight Evenings with extended hours to 7 p.m. On Wednesday nights, the park showcases free bike races and night concerts for riders keen on spending a couple of hours under the moonlight. The park also offers discounted downhill bike rentals, lift tickets and bike lessons.

Moonlight Zip Lining at Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash: Devil’s Thumb Ranch offers adventure seekers zip line tours by moonlight. Participants strap on a headlamp and experience five zip lines, each increasing by height, distance and speed, ending with a 1,600-foot-long line reaching up to 40 mph. Tours are from 8 to 11 p.m. and include post-zip beverages at the ranch’s base area. Cost is $99 per person.

Nightwalk at the YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park Center: Experience the YMCA’s “nightlife” by playing night games and taking a walk on the grounds to learn about the area’s furry friends and their special adaptations for nighttime. This recurring event takes place nightly from 8 to 10 p.m.

Science After Dark at The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery: Kids aren’t the only ones who have fun at The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. Each month the museum hosts an interactive program where adults can learn about science in a unique setting, with a slice of pizza and beer in hand. Science After Dark grants access to all museum galleries and the 90-plus hands-on exhibits. Admission is free for members and $10 for guests.


ABOUT COLORADO: Colorado is a four-season destination offering unparalleled adventure and recreational pursuits, a thriving arts scene, a rich cultural heritage, flavorful cuisine, and 28 renowned ski areas and resorts. The state’s breathtaking scenic landscape boasts natural hot springs, the headwaters of seven major rivers, many peaceful lakes and reservoirs, 12 national parks and monuments and 58 mountain peaks that top 14,000 feet. For more information or a copy of the 2018 Colorado Official State Vacation Guide, visit www.COLORADO.com or call 1-800 COLORADO.


The Best Seasonal Flavors, Treasures & Off-The Beaten Path Experiences of Rural Colorado

(DENVER, COLO) Autumn offers a colorful time for adventures through the backroads of rural Colorado. Mother Nature’s masterpiece of fall foliage becomes the backdrop for memorable hikes and drives; farmers who are gathering delicious crops and produce from the land open their doors for harvest events and dinners. Outdoor recreation drops to a more relaxing pace with easier access to best-loved rivers and trails. Guest ranches and rural lodging offer enticing seasonal packages and lower rates, making fall an optimal time to explore the lesser-known corners of Colorado.

FALL FESTIVALS. Colorado knows how to celebrate the change of season and there’s no end of festivals or seasonal culture. Beer, brats, local musicians and some of the most kaleidoscopic foliage on the Front Range make adding Estes Park’s Autumn Gold Festival (Sept. 22–23, 2018) to an autumn itinerary a no-brainer. Scarf down comfort fare like funnel cake and corn on the cob and listen to the sounds of bugling bull elk, who gather in the area annually during the start of the rutting (breeding) season to show off for their entourages. The intoxicating sights, smells and flavors of autumn shine at Crested Butte’s Chili & Beer Festival (Sept. 8, 2018) when locals celebrate the arrival of fall with steaming pots of chili and Colorado beer (Is there any better way?). The price of admission includes unlimited tastings of hearty stews made by local chili experts like Coal Creek Grill’s buffalo and chocolate stout chili and drafts from breweries. The Durango Autumn Arts Festival (Sept. 15-16, 2018) invites visitors to admire the works of local and national artists as well as nature’s canvas, when gold and red trees illuminate the San Juan Mountains. At the fest, hands-on creative activities keep tots occupied, while a sampling of craft beers and locally made goodies ensure visitors are well fed. Trinidad’s delightfully quirky ArtoCade (Sept. 7–8, 2018) will roll through historic downtown in a parade of “artfully enhanced” cars, motorcycles, bikes, trikes, scooters, tractors and golf carts. There’s a lot packed into the festival’s two days, including an ArtoKids booth for hands-on kiddie fun, a circus-like dance party called Cardango and meet-and-greets with the event’s “cartists.”Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival (Oct. 19–21, 2018) celebrates the time when spicy spirits become the perfect answer to chillier temps. Sip the best offerings from small-batch, artisan distillers and learn more about the distilling process in Breckenridge, a town with its own pioneering distillery. La Veta Oktoberfest (Oct. 6, 2018) is a more than 30-year-old tradition in the town featuring a German Biergarten and dancing in the streets.

VISIT THE FARM. Many Colorado farms offer opportunities in the fall to “U-pick” cherries, strawberries, carrots, tomatoes, melons, beets, squash, cucumbers and more. Miller Farms in Platteville is the perfect stop to pick up harvest potatoes, carrots, and other vegetables, or take a hayride through 180 acres of field, have a picnic and taste some delicious snacks. The Tom Bay Farm Stand provides an outlet for family farms to sell their locally raised, processed, or handcrafted fresh produce, frozen meats and shelf-stable farm products directly to the consumer. South of I-70 (exit 299), the Farm Stand is only 20 miles east of DIA. Visitors can take in the splendor of southwest Colorado’s high-desert topography while seeing how farmers live and taste the area’s flavors on a Mesa Verde Farm and Ranch Tour hosted by the Cortez Cultural Center. Excursions include transportation to multiple sites, a guided tour, lunch and a tasting of craft beverages from local breweries and wineries. Peach lovers can learn the differences between conventional and organic farming with a stroll through Aloha Organic Fruit in Palisade, learning how water is brought to the trees from the Colorado River for the region’s most iconic fruit. The Bromley Hishinuma historic farm site near Brighton will host a fall festival in 2018 with u-pick pumpkins, corn maze, and farming activities. The farm also hosts field trips, tours, farm classes, and farm to table dinners. Fortified Collaborations coordinates farm-to-table events in and around Fort Collins throughout the fall, including harvest moon dinners, bounty and brews beer dinners, and a harvest brunch.

FALL TRAILS FOR HIKING & BIKING. Pella Crossing Loop Trail is a 1.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located just west of Longmont, near Hygiene. The area offers fishing and walking trails and beautiful views of Longs Peak and is a wetlands habitat, nestled within the surrounding Great Plains. The trail is good for all skill levels and offers several activity options. Dogs are welcome on this trail but must be kept on a leash. When fall colors are at their peak and snow kisses the Twin Peaks, Pella Crossing is the ideal location to view nature’s glory. The Open Space supports aquatic plant and animal life and serves to lure in large numbers of migrating birds. With grasses, wildflowers, and trees surrounding the wetlands, these areas are biologically diverse, both in and out of the water. The Bachelor Loop, north of Creede, starts in the iconic cliffs at the end of Creede’s classic western Main St and circles through some amazing mining ruins. It was where a lot of the last Lone Ranger film was shot. The whole loop is very beautiful throughout the self-guided driving tour (maps at the Visitors Center/Chamber building) and the site of the old town of Bachelor is a big meadow lined with lots of fall foliage, plus there are lots of aspens along the way. Cumbres La Manga Pass and the Conejos Canyon, Hwy 17 going into New Mexico (one end of the Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic Byway) and Forest Rd 250 up to the mining town of Platoro has incredible views with lots and lots of aspens. Very few have discovered it from the Colorado side except for people in the San Luis Valley. Opal Lake trail, near Pagosa Springs, is a moderately easy 1.2 miles and takes about 45 minutes to complete. The trailhead traverses across an open meadow, with gorgeous high country autumn sights. Hikers can see several beaver dams, a mountain face, and the mineral deposits which give Opal Lake its milky color. The most impressive during the autumn season, however, is the wooded hillside, complete with a color-changing aspen grove, which surrounds visitors with beauty through one of the world’s largest connected living organisms. Anderson Trail is about 9 miles in length from the trailhead to its junction with the Fourmile Trail. It crosses easily through steep terrain and goes across the eastern shoulder of Pagosa Peak. There’s a 2,349-foot elevation gain, which gives hikers a mountainous view of transforming colors from above. There are rock formations, aspen trees, and expansive fall views; the trail is open to hiking and horseback riding, and primitive camping spots are available throughout.

FALL FOLIAGE DRIVES: Rio Blanco County has spectacular, lesser-known scenic drives, including the Buford-New Castle Road, a gravel road connecting the two towns in 42 Miles. With camping spots along the way and amazing aspen trees in the fall, with interesting history and an old western tradition that provide visitors with a unique look into the lifestyle of the old west, this is a great drive to check out at peak season. Highway of Legends Scenic and Historic Byway: This route wraps around two of Colorado’s burliest mountains, West and East Spanish Peak. Along the way, the highway passes beneath ancient volcanic walls that rise over tracts of pine, scrub oak and aspen. Nearly the entire route from La Veta to Trinidad on Colorado 12 begs to be photographed. Guanella Pass Scenic and Historic Byway: Take this rambling route south out of the historic town of Georgetown to find pockets of blazing aspen. Once reaching the town of Grant, turn right on US 285 and take the highway for 15 minutes to the top of Kenosha Pass, where the aspen thrive on the rim of the gentle slopes that encircle South Park. Colorado 17 from Antonito to the New Mexico border: heading up the serene Conejos River Valley, stands of pinyon give way to the white trunks of aspen. Some of the oldest and tallest aspens in the state can be seen, photographed and enjoyed near La Manga Pass. For an even more unique experience, ride the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad for views not seen on any highway. Dallas Divide and Lizard Head Pass: The journey begins in the town of Ridgway, heading west on Colorado 62 over Dallas Divide. Lining the route are unimpeded views of the Sneffels Range, an apron of aspen trees at its feet. At Placerville, head southeast toward Telluride on Colorado 145. All the way to Lizard Head Pass drivers will be in awe at the dense groves of white-barked aspens with panoramas of Wilson Peak.

RURAL ADVENTURE: FALL HUNTING, FISHING & BIRDING. Fall brings an entirely new experience for hunting, offering world-class elk, deer, antelope and moose hunting in many regions of the state. For those new to the sport, Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) has several programs to encourage new outdoors enthusiasts learn the ropes, focusing on the heritage and tradition of hunting, through clinics, mentored hunts, and seminars. Women Afield provides opportunities for women to learn about hunting big game, waterfowl and upland birds from experienced volunteers and DOW staff. Summer and fall workshops focus on both shooting and fishing. The clinics and seminars feature basic instruction in the fundamentals, from shotgun shooting to fly-fishing. Ballyneal, in Northeastern Colorado, is set amid thousands of acres of native grasses as well as fields of corn, millet, and sorghum that provide a perfect nesting environment for dozens of varieties of wild birds including the trophy Chinese ring-necked pheasant. Ballyneal offers exclusive access to this hunting land plus knowledgeable, professional guides and gun dogs that will make a hunt a world-class experience unlike any other, October through April. Fall is considered one of the greatest times to be out on the river fly-fishing, and any angler’s fall bucket list should include the Rocky Mountain National Park, offering some of the serene high-alpine lakes in the state and packed with cutthroat trout. Another scenic spot is the Upper Colorado River, between Kremmling and Dotsero, where brown and rainbow trout are accessible at multiple put-in and wade-in spots. Those seeking larger fish like wild browns should try Cebolla Creek and Henson Creek, near Lake City, where changing fall foliage gives waters a golden glow and streams are low and clear. Angler’s Covey offers camps, classes and guided trips on the South Platte River throughout the fall season. Fall is an important bird migration season and there are a couple of key locations for viewing. In September, the Swainson’s hawk migrates south again along the Colorado Rocky Mountain Front. As many as 1,300 can be seen in 3 hours. In fall, Sandhill cranes can be found near Hayden and Craig, Colorado. Hundreds of birds that bred in Colorado and areas further north stay in the Yampa Valley from mid-September to mid-November. From there they migrate south to the San Luis Valley or directly to Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico. Among the earliest returning fall migrants in North America, the Rufous hummingbird is abundant at the Nature Conservancy’s Carpenter and Zapata Ranches between mid-June and September. These small, pugnacious birds travel to and through Colorado toward their wintering grounds, finding comfort in flower gardens, hummingbird feeders and wildflower meadows throughout the state’s mountain ranges.

GET SPOOKY. Farms across the state invite visitors to stroll rows of pumpkins searching for the perfect jack-o-lantern candidate. Many of them also offer corn mazes, hayrides, petting zoos, bobbing for apples and other hallmark activities of the season. See the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s list of pumpkin patches and corn mazes across the state. There’s plenty of tours and events to get in the mood for Halloween including the Telluride Horror Show: (Oct. 12–14, 2018). Already famous for film, Telluride is embracing the spooky fun of October with this eighth-annual horror, fantasy and sci-fi film fest in the town’s historic Sheridan Opera House. Dress in costume, participate in spooky activities, and do some trick or treating to get in the spirit of Halloween at the YMCA of the Rockies’ Halloween Spooktacular, (Oct. 28, 2018). Head over to the skating rink for a Monster Mash in costume, Trick or Treat around the property, enjoy the Haunted House or a family film. Take a tour with Blue Moon Haunted History Tours through the scarier sides of Victor and Manitou Springs. Take an evening stroll through the heart of Trinidad, where murders, shakedowns and Old West characters have left their mark. While wandering the cemetery after dark is considered trespassing, the Gilpin County Historical Society leads Creepy Crawls around the city’s ghostliest sites each October.

FALL FLINGS ON THE RANCH. Fall season at many Colorado guest and dude ranches brings surprising opportunities for shorter stays, special rates, and specialty experiences. ManyColorado guest and dude ranches offer Adult Only weeks and weekend specials during the month of September. Guests can saddle up for an unforgettable ride through the changing Aspens or try their hand at rounding up the cattle. Whether a fall break provides a ‘deep breath’ after a busy summer, a chance for solo travel, or even a getaway with friends, it’s an ideal time to fall in love with Autumn in the Colorado Rockies. Fall specialty weekends include culinary weeks, yoga retreats, cowgirl round-ups, painting and photography workshops, hunting and birding trips, and fall yoga retreats.

FIND FALL HIDDEN GEMS WITH THE COLORADO FIELD GUIDE. For inspiration and road trip ideas, visitors can use the Colorado Field Guide online trip-building tool to source local insider tips for veering off the well-trodden path. Some hidden gems to check out during fall-season include Fish or Hike Colorado’s Second Largest Natural Lake: Trapper Lake sits surrounded by The Flattops Mountains and is widely considered the birthplace of the U.S. Wilderness Area system. It’s also a local’s favorite for Cutthroat and Brook trout fly-fishing, and a great place to hike away from the crowds closer to Glenwood Springs. As featured in Falling for Glenwood Springs Field Guide.Luxurious Cabins, Glamping at The Royal Gorge: The Royal Gorge is a hub for adrenaline seekers, but there are plenty of ways to relax in style and enjoy a slower pace. The Royal Gorge Cabins are a destination and a scenic and comfortable base for Fall sight-seeing and mellow outdoor recreation. As featured in Relaxation in Canon City Field Guide. The Mint: One of Colorado’s oldest saloons is a great place to enjoy a libation while planning a weekend of outdoor recreation in Summit County’s gateway town of Silverthorne. Though established in 1862, the original building of the Mint has been taken apart and moved three times. As featured in Sunny Days, Cool Nights: Autumn in Silverthorne Field Guide. Boreas Pass: This is a lesser-known scenic drive is a fun detour for Front-rangers heading from HWY 285 to get to Breckenridge via Fairplay, taking visitors through the former railroad town of Como (now a Historic District) for plenty of Fall leaf-peeping before indulging in a weekend of dining, shopping, and recreation in Breckenridge. As featured in Perfect Fall Itinerary in Breckenridge Field Guide.

Colorado is a four-season destination offering unparalleled adventure and recreational pursuits, a thriving arts scene, a rich cultural heritage, flavorful cuisine, and 28 renowned ski areas and resorts. The state’s breathtaking scenic landscape boasts natural hot springs, the headwaters of seven major rivers, many peaceful lakes and reservoirs, 12 national parks and monuments and 58 mountain peaks that top 14,000 feet. For more information or a copy of the 2018 Colorado Official State Vacation Guide, visit http://www.COLORADO.com or call 1-800 COLORADO.



(DENVER) – Few destinations can upstage the variety of Colorado’s arts and cultural experiences. In fact, Colorado ranks number one in the nation for the percentage of adults engaged in creative pursuits — a whopping 68 percent. Colorado hosts 22 Certified Creative Districts, is home to more than 300 music festivals each year including world-class art and cultural exhibits across the state including this November’s U.S. debut of the renowned exhibition, Dior: From Paris to the World. For more information, visit: https://www.colorado.com/arts-culture

Unique Performance Venues
Creede Repertory Theatre (Creede)
Toasted as “One of 10 great places to see the lights off Broadway” by USA Today, the Creede Repertory Theatre has been entertaining theatre-goers for more than 50 years at 9,000 feet above sea level. The Theatre is a cultural home for artists, residents, and visitors of the West and creates a diverse repertory season of plays, new works and dynamic education programs each year.

Mishawaka Amphitheatre (Bellvue)
The Mish — as it’s known locally — is a beloved live music venue northwest of Fort Collins in Bellvue. Set on the wooded banks of the Poudre River, the lineup of jam bands draws big crowds to the endearingly rustic lodgepole-pine stage. Acts like Leftover Salmon, Toad The Wet Sprocket and The Wailers keep the Colorado-cool vibe here alive.

Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Morrison)
The naturally occurring, acoustically perfect, jaw-droppingly scenic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison is the mother of all outdoor music venues, and it’s been captivating audiences and musicians alike for more than 100 years now. The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, U2 and The Grateful Dead are just a few big names among the countless legendary acts that have rocked this world-famous stage.

Sangre de Cristo Arts Center (Pueblo)
The cultural hub of Southern Colorado, the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center gives visitors the tools to think and act creatively through a three-building complex including seven galleries offering the best in historic and contemporary art by artists of local, regional and national renown. The Arts Center offers the Buell Children’s Museum, recognized as the second-best museum for art in the nation by Child magazine and a 500-seat theater featuring a variety of performing arts programs.

Tabor Opera House (Leadville)
Simply touring Leadville’s historic Tabor Opera House is a cultural treat. This majestic opera house, once billed as the finest theatre between St. Louis and San Francisco, was built by silver baron Horace Tabor in 1879 in just 100 days. John Philip Sousa, Oscar Wilde, and Anna Held have performed here, and circus tigers have roamed its stage. Visitors can take in a performance while sitting in one of the grand theater’s original red velvet chairs.

The TANK Center for Sonic Arts (Rangley)
The TANK is a water tower that was converted into a nationally acclaimed performance and recording space for sound artists and musicians. The TANK hosts reserved visits, recording sessions, artist residencies, performances and Open Saturdays. The venue got its start with the support of an eclectic group of artists, sonic explorers, and practical minds, bound together by the experience of The TANK, who joined in the effort to save and develop a magnificent acoustic resource.

Art Exhibitions and Creative District Happenings
Colorado Creative Corridor
Just this year, the Colorado Tourism Office teamed up with five state-certified creative districts to launch the Colorado Creative Corridor. The Colorado Creative Corridor is a 331-mile trail linking the mountain towns of Carbondale, Paonia, Crested Butte Ridgway, and Salida. These five communities combine to offer a collective experience of unique event programming and activities alongside authentic Colorado mountain culture.

Final Friday Frolics – May-October (Paonia)
The North Fork Valley Creative Coalition hosts an art walk on the last Friday of the month from May to October. Join local businesses and artists and sample local food and wine while taking in the creative art that this agricultural region has to offer. Stop by Paonia’s Pickin’ in the Park every Thursday, featuring national and local music acts.

Dior: From Paris to the World – November 19, 2018 – March 3, 2019 (Denver)
Dior: From Paris to the World surveys 70 years of the House of Dior’s enduring legacy and global influence. A selection of 150 couture dresses, as well as accessories, costume jewelry, photographs, drawings, runway videos, and other archival material, will trace the history of the iconic haute couture fashion house, its founder, Christian Dior, and the subsequent artistic directors who carried Dior’s vision into the 21st century.


ABOUT COLORADO: Colorado is a four-season destination offering unparalleled adventure and recreational pursuits, a thriving arts scene, a rich cultural heritage, flavorful cuisine, and 28 renowned ski areas and resorts. The state’s breathtaking scenic landscape boasts natural hot springs, the headwaters of seven major rivers, many peaceful lakes and reservoirs, 12 national parks and monuments and 58 mountain peaks that top 14,000 feet. For more information or a copy of the 2018 Colorado Official State Vacation Guide, visit www.COLORADO.com or call 1-800 COLORADO.