Travelers Find Mountains of Summer Activities, Attractions and Fun in Grand County, Colorado

RANGER HIKE webFrom family dude ranch vacations and authentic outdoor adventures to water sport retreats and romantic respites, Grand County offers the perfect Colorado escape.

Grand County, Colo. (summer 2015) – Travelers looking for an unforgettable, affordable summer vacation in one of Colorado’s most scenic destinations should look no farther than Grand County. Located 67 miles northwest of Denver, on the western side of Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand County is dotted with authentic western towns such as Winter Park, Grand Lake, Granby, Hot Sulpur Springs and Kremmling. Surrounded by wide open spaces and National Forests, these gems offer spectacular mountain vistas, including the Continental Divide. Home to Colorado’s largest natural lake, Grand Lake, and the headwaters of the Colorado River, Grand County offers the most accessible water for recreation in the state. It is also a top destination for mountain biking, fly fishing, and dude and guest ranch experiences. With unique and affordable accommodation options, Grand County offers a truly memorable Colorado retreat. Below is a sample of what’s making news in Grand County this summer.

UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES:

Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial– This summer through Sept. 4, Rocky Mountain National Park, along with local and national communities, will be celebrating the park’s 100th anniversary. Speakers, special activities and community events are being coordinated to commemorate the centennial. Don’t miss the “Then and Now” walking tour, which highlights many of the locations that Rocky Mountain National Park visitors have enjoyed throughout the years. The Grand Lake Geo-Cache Adventure is a free family-friendly GPS treasure hunt that utilizes the Grand Lake Geocaching Challenge Passport. Caches are located throughout the Grand Lake area and highlight many of the historical sights and attractions that have existed during the past 100 years. There are also a number of special events scheduled to celebrate the centennial, including:

  • Grand Lake Art and Architecture Home Tour, June 20 – The tour will focus on historic and artistic homes and structures related to the people and events that helped shape the early days of Rocky Mountain National Park.
  • Vintage Time Travelers Take Grand Lake, Aug. 25 – The Vintage Time Travelers will kick off the re-creation of the National Park-to-Park Highway completed in 1920. The tour will start in Grand Lake and include 100-year-old cars (Model Ts) and 100-year-old pop-up campers. The original tour, which took place during the summer of 1920, encompassed 5,600 miles and took 76 days. The historic loop includes Rocky Mountain National Park, Yellowstone, Glacier, Mount Ranier, Crater Lake, Lassen Volcano, Yosemite, Sequola, Kings Canyon, Grand Canyon and Mesa Verde.
  • Grand Lake Tombstone Tales, Sept. 6 – This spooky event will “visit” with six real characters who played a significant role in the early days of Rocky Mountain National Park and the Grand Lake area.

 Gore Canyon Whitewater Park Opening – New for summer 2015, this “park and play” whitewater feature will be located at the popular BLM Pumphouse recreational site on the Colorado River near the western edge of Grand County.  The park will include large manmade structures placed in the river creating a variety of wave features to be used by kayakers, stand-up paddle boarders and other whitewater enthusiasts.

Summer Tubing at Snow Mountain Ranch  Traditionally a wintertime activity, Snow Mountain Ranch has transformed snow tubing into a four-season sport by offering a Snowflex® tubing slope. This is only the third tubing hill of its kind in the U.S. and the first ever in Colorado. The experience is complete with misters that help keep visitors cool.

 Saddle up at one of many area dude & guest ranches – Grand County has earned the designation Dude Ranch Capital of the USA and is home to four authentic dude and guest ranches. For 60-plus years, these dude and guest ranches have whisked individuals, families and groups away from the ordinary with unique western-style experiences set among scenic beauty and gracious hospitality. From traditional horseback trail rides, square dancing and rustic cabins to fly fishing in gold medal waters, haute cuisine and elegant lodges, there is an ideal all-inclusive dude ranch experience for any budget. Ranches offer discounts and two-to-three night stays throughout the summer.

Hut-cations in Colorado’s Backcountry – Travelers looking for a unique way to enjoy a night in the outdoors will love the opportunity to stay in a backcountry hut or yurt – one of Colorado’s quintessential wilderness experiences. These freestanding dwellings, often a simple cabin or yurt, are only accessible via trail and are the ultimate in off-the-grid comfort. The Broome Hut on the west side of Berthoud Pass is the first in a new series of huts being built and maintained in the backcountry of Grand County. Situated at 11,350 feet, it offers 1,800 square feet of space and can accommodate up to 16 people. Its spacious deck angles toward the impressive Second Creek Headwall – a beautiful sight at sunrise when the first rays of daylight illuminate its rocky face. The High Lonesome Hut, situated on the forested slopes of Lonesome Peak northeast of Tabernash, offers a warm and comfortable refuge for hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders. At night, visitors can warm themselves by the wood-burning fireplace or gaze up in wonder at a dizzying array of stars. For those looking for an adventure-lite, the YMCA of the Rockies’ Snow Mountain Ranch also offers 12 yurts to guests.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

Hot Sulphur Days Festival, June 12-14 – This homespun fun event includes a pancake breakfast, kids’ games, live music and more.

Grand Lake Arts and Crafts Fair, June 13-14 – The fair features handmade articles from talented craftsmen from around the country.

Kremmling Days, June 19-21 – Fireman games, homemade pies, live music and a parade present Kremmling at its best.

Blues from the Top, June 27-28  This Winter Park funk fest was voted “Best Blues Festival” by the members of the Colorado Blues Society!

Mountain Bike Capital USATM Weekend & Winter Park Uncorked, July 11 – This event features a Winter Park Resort cross-country mountain bike series race with a Rendezvous Race, wine tasting, live music and a mountain bike skills camp for all abilities.

 Grand Lake’s 68th Annual Buffalo BBQ and Arts & Crafts Fair, July 18-19 – This annual tradition includes the 100th anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park, 5k run, food, arts and crafts festival, live music and parade.

Winter Park Jazz Festival, July 18 Enjoy some of the best jazz acts in the country at this event, which is in its 31st year.

Granby Gut Buster, July 26 – This 27th annual 5k run starts and ends at the Granby Town Hall.

 SolShine Music Festival, Aug. 1  Leftover Salmon returns to play at Hideaway Park, one of the most scenic mountain venues.

Middle Park Fair and Rodeo, Aug. 1-9 – Celebrating 98 years, this year’s event honors the heritage and history of Middle Park, including both Grand and Summit County. Enjoy dog and horse shows, livestock judging, pie and cooking contests, a fair dance and live entertainment.

Winter Park Beer Festival, Aug. 8 It doesn’t get much better than beer sampling, live music and crisp Colorado air, with views of the Continental Divide and ski area.

Winter Park Music Festival, Aug. 15 This is a free festival that features amazing rock acts each year.

Check out Grand County’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/grandcountycolorado and follow @grandcountyco on Twitter or www.pinterest.com/grandcountyco/ on Pinterest.

grand_county_logo_mastheadAbout Grand County, Colo. (www.visitgrandcounty.com)

Located 67 miles west of Denver, Grand County is home to wide-open spaces, breathtaking mountain scenery and authentic old-west towns. Outdoor recreational activities include golf, boating, fishing, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, skiing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, sleigh rides and tubing. The area features more than 600 miles of mapped and marked trails, one national park, two national forests, two wilderness areas, two national scenic byways, two major ski resorts, five world-class dude ranches and four mountain golf courses. Grand County’s extensive water network includes Colorado’s largest natural lake, 1,000 miles of streams, 1,000 acres of high-mountain lakes and 11,000 acres of reservoirs.

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Mountain Lodge Sponsors Telluride Mountainfilm Film Festival, May 22-25

-Upscale Telluride resort offers special discount for festival attendees-

 Telluride, Colo. – The upscale resort Mountain Lodge Telluride announced today its role as premier sponsor of the annual Telluride Mountainfilm film festival, May 22-25. Ideally situated midway up Telluride Mountain with panoramic views of the majestic San Juan Mountains, Mountain Lodge will host some of the festival’s events in its comfortably rustic lodge. The resort makes trip planning easy for festival attendees, offering a 25 percent discount with the promo code FILM.

Approximately 85 films from around the world are selected and shown at the festival each year, in addition to an impressive lineup of engaging events – a symposium, guest presentations, conversations, book signings, parties and musical events. In its ninth year of sponsorship, Mountain Lodge is proud to be a continuing part of one of the country’s longest-running film festivals.

“We are excited to once again share in the festival’s legacy and its mission to educate, inspire and motivate audiences on issues that matter in today’s world,” said Mountain Lodge Director of Sales and Marketing Neil Hastings.

The celebration offers three pass options with admission to varying combinations of events and ranging in price from $150-$390. There are also two sponsor-level passes that include tax-deductible donations and priority theater entry for $1,250 or $5,000. Individually priced tickets are also available for purchase for specific events. Please visit mountainfilm.org for more detailed information on passes and events.

Moving Mountains Symposium: Afghanistan: Friday, 9a.m. – 3:30p.m. The symposium is open to pass holders and includes lunch.

Gallery Walk: Friday, 3:30-6:30 p.m. Galleries and public spaces around Telluride and Mountain Village feature free art receptions, complimentary drinks and hors d’ouevres and talks by the artists themselves at 5:15 p.m.

Films and presentations: Friday evening though Monday afternoon.

Town Talks: Various times and locations throughout the weekend. Coffee & Conversation, Booze & Banter and Wilderness Walks & Talks are free events encouraging discussion between audience and presenters.

Ice Cream Social: Saturday, 2-3:30 p.m. Free ice cream and live entertainment are available on Main Street. The festival has also collaborated with the Telluride Farmers’ Market to offer fresh flowers, local and organic produce and homemade food.

Reading Frenzy: Sunday, 2-4 p.m. Mountainfilm authors sign and sell their books with Between the Covers bookstore hosted at Hotel Madeline’s ballroom.

Free Movies: Base Camp Theatre hosts free movies and short film programs throughout the weekend.

Closing Picnic & Awards Ceremony: Monday, 1-4 p.m. A sumptuous organic banquet is served at the outdoor closing event where awards are announced, including the Audience Choice Award.

A complete list of films and awards, scheduled events and details are available at www.mountainfilm.org.

More information on the resort, lodging and other activities is available at www.mountainlodgetelluride.com.

Mountain Lodge at Telluride (www.mountainlodgetelluride.com)

Mountain Lodge at Telluride is an exclusive, upscale resort. At 9,500 feet in the San Juan Mountains, the pet-friendly slope side resort offers luxury suites, lodge rooms, one-, two- and three-bedroom condominium units, and private cabins with up to six bedrooms. All feature private balconies or patios, jetted tubs, and luxurious robes, and, in condo units and cabins, fireplaces, and gourmet kitchens or kitchenettes with granite countertops.

Property amenities include concierge services, full 24-hour front desk service, daily housekeeping, grocery shopping service, fitness center, massage room, steam room, fitness room, outdoor deck with heated pool and hot tubs, and complimentary wireless Internet service in all units and in the main lodge. The View restaurant and wine bar offer upscale tavern dining, après-ski, magnificent views of 14,000-foot peaks, a 50-foot vaulted ceiling and massive stone fireplace.

The resort has been listed as one of the top 50 ski hotels in North America in Conde Nast Traveler’s annual “Best Places to Ski & Stay in North America” readers’ poll.

Contacts: Neil Hastings, Mountain Lodge at Telluride, 970-369-5000, nhastings@mountainlodgetelluride.com
Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, 970-887-2536, gaylene@orecommunications.com
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Mountain Lodge at Telluride Introduces New Director of Food & Beverage

- New chef elevates experience at The View Bar & Grill at upscale Telluride, Colo., resort -

Chef Bud sitting by the fireplace1Telluride, Colo. – The Mountain Lodge Telluride, has hired a new Director of Food and Beverage, Chef Bud Thomas, for its onsite restaurant, The View Bar & Grill. Chef Bud, as he likes to be called, comes to the upscale Telluride resort by way of Restaurant Rev in Telluride, which earned a 4-star rating from Forbes Travel Guide and four-diamond ratings from AAA over the two years that he was at the helm.

“I’ve really come full circle – from casual to elegant and back again,” Chef Bud says of taking the reins at the rustic, comfortable, yet upscale Mountain Lodge. “I think this is closer to my roots.” Chef Bud explains that he started his career working at The Fish Market, a casual restaurant in Phoenix, before moving to a Michelin-starred establishment in London and then eventually to Telluride, where he first worked at The Peaks before landing at Mountain Lodge. He says of his new home, “This is where I’m really comfortable. I’m excited about being here.”

That enthusiasm is a mutual feeling, says Steve Togni, General Manger for Mountain Lodge. “We’re delighted to have Chef Bud with us,” Togni says. “He really elevates our food and wine experience here at the resort.”

In his role at Mountain Lodge Chef Bud oversees everything from what’s happening in the kitchen to what’s going on behind the bar and in the front-of-the-house.

The View at Mountain Lodge Telluride is open daily throughout the winter season for breakfast from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., après ski happy hour is from 2 to 6 p.m., and dinner from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Summer hours are: breakfast from 8-10:30 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and dinner from 6-9 p.m. The bar remains open according to the crowd. “We’ll stay open as long as there are guests here having fun!” quips Chef Bud.

For more information or to book a stay, contact Mountain Lodge at Telluride at 970-369-5000 or www.mountainlodgetelluride.com.


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Mountain Lodge at Telluride (www.mountainlodgetelluride.com)

Mountain Lodge at Telluride is an exclusive, upscale resort. At 9,500 feet in the San Juan Mountains, the pet-friendly slope side resort offers luxury suites, lodge rooms, one-, two- and three-bedroom condominium units, and private cabins with up to six bedrooms. All feature private balconies or patios, jetted tubs, and luxurious robes, and, in condo units and cabins, fireplaces, and gourmet kitchens or kitchenettes with granite countertops.

Property amenities include concierge services, full 24-hour front desk service, daily housekeeping, grocery shopping service, fitness center, massage room, steam room, fitness room, outdoor deck with heated pool and hot tubs, and complimentary wireless Internet service in all units and in the main lodge. The View restaurant and wine bar offer upscale tavern dining, après-ski, magnificent views of 14,000-foot peaks, a 50-foot vaulted ceiling and massive stone fireplace.

The resort has been listed as one of the top 50 ski hotels in North America in Conde Nast Traveler’s annual “Best Places to Ski & Stay in North America” readers’ poll.

Contacts: Neil Hastings, Mountain Lodge at Telluride, 970-369-5000, nhastings@mountainlodgetelluride.com
Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, 970-887-2536, gaylene@orecommunications.com

 

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Sweetwater County, Wyo., Announces Dates, Details for Summer Events

- Southwest Wyoming hosts runs, rodeos and more-

sweetwater_logoSweetwater County, Wyo.Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism in southwest Wyoming today announced the dates of its signature summer events. From family-friendly to zany here’s what’s in store this summer in Sweetwater County. For a complete line-up check out the Sweetwater County Events Calendar.

 
June 5-6: Overland Stage Stampede Rodeo, Green River Rodeo Arena

Visitors can unleash their inner cowboy or cowgirl at this event that features broncs, barrels and bulls. Tickets are a reasonable $10 for adults and $5 for children.

June 25-27: Flaming Gorge Days, Expedition Island, Green River

As part of “Southwest Wyoming’s Weekend of Fun,” which kicks off the summer season, Flaming Gorge Days provides two nights of concerts. On Friday night country bands Blackjack & Love and Theft take the stage, while Saturday night features rockers Thousand Foot Krutch and Black Stone Cherry. Other activities include three-on-three basketball, four-on-four volleyball, a dodgeball tournament, a festival in the park, a golf tournament, horseshoes and a parade.

July 12-18: National High School Finals Rodeo, Sweetwater Events Complex, Rock Springs

Cheer on more than 1,500 competitors from 41 U.S. states and five provinces in Canada and Australia for the National High School Finals Rodeo. This event is the largest rodeo in the world with 13 performances over seven days. Attendance for the 13 performances is expected to top 100,000, so don’t delay in getting tickets, which are available at the NHSFR Ticket Outlet.

July 23-25: Red Desert Roundup Rodeo, Sweetwater Events Complex, Rock Springs

It is a family affair at this event at the Sweetwater County Events Complex. Cowboy competitions include bull riding, team roping, steer wrestling, wild horse races, cowgirls’ barrel racing, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping and bareback riding.

July 26-August 2: Wyoming’s Big Show – the Sweetwater County Fair, Sweetwater Events Complex, Rock Springs

Each summer, Wyoming’s Big Show draws folks from hundreds of miles to Sweetwater County. The Big Show delivers on fun with rodeo action, family-friendly carnival rides, a wide variety of delicious dining options, evening concerts (Martina McBride opens this year’s fair and the Eli Young Band will be the closer), and 4-H and livestock exhibits.

August 8 – Sweetwater Blues N’ Brews – Bunning Park, Rock Springs

Enjoy beers and blues music from around the region, for an affordable price – just $5/ticket. Beer tickets are an additional $5 each, 5 for $20, or buy the commemorative pint glass for $20 and get three beer tickets.

 August 14-15 – River Festival – Expedition Island, Green River

This fun-for-all-ages festival features a Cajun shrimp boil, a duck race, free kids games, 12th Annual Run with the Horses marathon, a river walk, microbrew garden, goods and food vendors, dog fetching competitions, dog show, car show and fireworks!

August 15 – Run with the Horses Marathon – Expedition Island, Green River

Part of the River Festival, this marathon, half marathon and 10k offers a rare chance for runners to make tracks with the wild horse herds in Sweetwater County. Registration is now open at https://www.runnercard.com/roadrace/public/raceGroup/975304.

August 21-25 – Sweetwater Downs Horse Racing – Sweetwater Events Complex, Rock Springs

This event brings pari-mutuel horse races to the Sweetwater Events Complex. Featuring horses from all over the western United States, the races spotlight horses, which are such an iconic part of Wyoming’s western heritage.

August 29 – Race on the Rock – Western Wyoming Community College, Rock Springs

This swim-bike-run event, offering Olympic and spring distances, starts on the campus of the Western Wyoming Community College and continues along the base of White Mountain and through portions of the former mining town of Rock Springs. This is a high-altitude event, which is held at an elevation of about 6,300 feet. For those not used to performing at altitude, it’s recommended you arrive a day or two early to acclimate.

Sweetwater County has a number of family-friendly and adventure events on the docket this summer.

Sweetwater County has a number of family-friendly and adventure events on the docket this summer.

A Sweetwater County event is the perfect excuse for travelers to plan a longer trip to the area to enjoy the activities (wildlife viewing, boating, hiking, exploring Flaming Gorge Country) and culture (pioneer trails, museums, historic places) that makes Sweetwater County such a wonderful western vacation destination. To learn more or book a trip visit www.tourwyoming.com.

About Sweetwater County (www.tourwyoming.com)

Sweetwater County, located halfway between Yellowstone and Canyonlands National Parks in southwest Wyoming, is home to 10,500 square miles of pure, high desert adventure. Known as “Flaming Gorge Country” the area is characterized by the 91-square-mile Flaming Gorge Lake, the famed Green River, expansive deserts and rugged mountains. Activities include camping, hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, sightseeing, wildlife viewing, hunting dinosaurs, shopping, and just plain getting away from it all. A perfect place to explore American history, Sweetwater County is also home to petroglyphs, pioneer trails and historical museums.

Contacts:
Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, 970.812.8733, gaylene@orecommunications.com
Jenissa Bartlett, Sweetwater Travel & Tourism, 307.382.2538, jbartlett@tourwyoming.com
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Winter Park & Fraser Chamber Media Newsletter – February 2015

Colorado’s Favorite Playground’ puts fun on the menu for vacationers

Have you heard the latest from the Winter Park & Fraser Chamber? Here’s information on what’s new to do, where to nosh, and which events to attend in Colorado’s Favorite Playground. To learn more and book lodging visit www.playwinterpark.com.

 

DaVinci’s is just one of three new restaurants that recently opened in Winter Park.

DaVinci’s is just one of three new restaurants that recently opened in Winter Park.

What’s New
It is always exciting to try something new on vacation, and Winter Park has lots of options.

Activities

  • Summer Tubing. Traditionally a wintertime activity, Snow Mountain Ranch has transformed snow tubing into a four-season sport by offering a Snowflex® tubing slope. This is only the third tubing hill of its kind in the U.S., and the first ever in Colorado. The experience is complete with misters that help keep visitors cool.

Lodging

  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites. Every room features breathtaking mountain views, a mini-fridge and microwave. A select few rooms offer sleeper sofas, a private bedroom with a separate living area and balconies. The hotel also features an indoor pool/spa, outdoor fire-pit and free continental breakfast.
  • Vasquez Creek Inn. Conveniently located in the heart of Winter Park, this new inn is within walking distance to shops, Hideaway Park, restaurants, entertainment and is on the shuttle line to nearby Winter Park Resort.
  • High Lonesome Lodge & Barn, Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa. Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa recently opened the new High Lonesome Lodge, Barn, Pavilion and Wine Grotto. The new 50,000-square-foot lodge and adjoining facilities enable the ranch to accommodate and host up to 350 guests at any one time.

Dining & Nightlife
With over 60 restaurants, Winter Park has an exceptional variety of dining establishments. From relaxing and romantic dinner to family-friendly and fast, it’s all on the menu in Winter Park. Three new restaurants have recently opened in Winter Park.

  • Volario’s is a new bistro-style restaurant that sits on the main floor of the new Vasquez Creek Inn. It offers a made-from-scratch menu of pizzas, pastas, cheeses, charcuterie and other European-influenced dishes.
  • DaVinci’s, a new restaurant serving modern European cuisine, has a beautiful patio to take advantage of the Colorado weather with alfresco dining.
  • Lunch Rock is Winter Park Resort’s new 16,000-square-foot café that sits at 11,000 feet in elevation atop the Mary Jane mountain. The restaurant serves high craft beer and food, perfect for refueling while hiking and biking.
  • Hideaway Park Brewery and Basement at Strip & Tail are two new places to grab a drink after a day exploring in Winter Park.
Winter Park is known as Mountain Bike Capital USA™ and celebrates July 11 with a weekend dedicated to all things mountain biking.

Winter Park is known as Mountain Bike Capital USA™ and celebrates July 11 with a weekend dedicated to all things mountain biking.

Summer Signature Events

Cold winter weather has vacationers dreaming of summer vacations! Summer is festival frenzy season in Winter Park, which hosts an event nearly every weekend during the warm-weather months. Here are the dates for a handful of the signature summer celebrations. Winter Park’s complete events calendar includes all events and details.

  • June 27-28 Blues from the Top: This funk fest was voted “Best Blues Festival” by the members of the Colorado Blues Society! See the music lineup at www.gradnblues.org.
  • July 4 Rendezvous Run for Independence: Five-mile fun run/walk event traces the Fraser River Trail from Winter Park Resort to Rendezvous in Fraser.
  • July 11 Mountain Bike Capital USATM Weekend & Winter Park Uncorked: This event features a Winter Park Resort cross-country mountain bike series race through Rendezvous, wine tasting, live music and a mountain bike skills camp for all abilities men and women lead by Colleen Cannon from Women’s Quest.
  • July 18 Winter Park Jazz Festival: Enjoy some of the best jazz acts in the country at this event that is in its 31st year.
  • August 1 SolShine Music Festival: Leftover Salmon returns to play at Hideaway Park, one of the most scenic mountain venues.
  • August 8 Winter Park Beer Festival: It doesn’t get much better than beer sampling, live music and crisp, Colorado air with views of the Continental Divide and ski area.
  • August 15 Winter Park Music Festival: This is a free festival that features amazing rock acts each year!

wplogoAbout Winter Park & Fraser Chamber

The Winter Park & Fraser Chamber is a non-profit Colorado corporation created to help further and maintain responsible growth in the Winter Park-Fraser Valley area, located in the Rocky Mountains just 65 miles west of Denver.

Contact Us
Need more information or photos? Want to plan a media visit to Winter Park? We can help! Contact Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, at 970-531-2336/gaylene@orecommunications.com or Diane Ehlert, Winter Park & Fraser Chamber, at 970-283-3548/dehlert@playwinterpark.com
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Sweetwater County, Wyo., Names Top Ways to Experience the Wild West on Vacation

- Unleash the inner pioneer with Southwest Wyoming attractions, activities, events-

Sweetwater County, Wyo. – Wyoming is synonymous with the Wild West. Today, Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism in southwest Wyoming announced the top six unique ways to embrace the Wild West culture on vacation to Rock Springs or Green River.

  • See where outlaw Butch Cassidy earned his nickname.  Visit the town of Rock Springs and go to South Main Street to see a building that once housed the butcher shop where Robert LeRoy Parker – a.k.a. Butch Cassidy – worked and earned his nickname. Unable to be satisfied working an honest job, Cassidy left Rock Springs and continued drifting and outlawing.
  • Pitch a tent near Butch Cassidy’s hideout.  The Hideout Canyon Boat-in Campground is a popular camping enclave right on the stunning Flaming Gorge Reservoir. The campground gets its name from a hiding spot used by Butch Cassidy and his gang. It is accessible only by boating or hiking in, and offers all of the activities the gorge is famous for – fishing, boating, kayaking, swimming, hiking and more. The campground is surrounded by scenic cliffs and offers 18 single-family sites, each with its own cabana, picnic table and fire ring.
  • Rodeo(2)Cheer on modern day cowboys and cowgirls.  Sweetwater County hosts a number of rodeos, thanks in large part to the fine facilities at the Sweetwater County Events Complex, which draws thousands of rodeo competitors and tourists each year. This premier complex is a big part of the reason Barrel Horse News Magazine named Rock Springs one of the top 10 small town barrel racing destinations. The National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA) State Finals are in September, and in July the events complex hosts the “World’s Largest Rodeo” – the National High School Finals Rodeo. Also in July is the Red Desert Roundup, which is part of Wyoming’s Big Show and was twice voted “The Best Mountain States Circuit PRCA Rodeo.”
  • 3919739-R1-E001(1)Walk in the footsteps of the pioneers.  Sweetwater County has more miles of still-visible pioneer trails than any other area in the U.S. Discover the pioneer spirit by retracing the steps of early Americans on the miles of trails where wagon wheel ruts still remain. The longest and most famous early-American pioneer trails all pass through Sweetwater County, including the Oregon, Mormon Pioneer, Pony Express and California National Historic Trails. In fact, these trails parallel modern-day Highway 28, making them easily accessible by car. Additional trails include the Cherokee, Overland, Outlaw, and Old Emigrant.
  • wild horsesWatch wild horses run.  The Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Loop Tour – commencing from either Green River or Rock Springs – is the best way to catch a glimpse of the wild horses that call Sweetwater County home. The horses are living examples of the wide-open landscape and untamed spirit that is a hallmark of southwestern Wyoming. The current herds are primarily decedents of the Spanish horses that were introduced into the area in the 1500s.
  • Visit Historic South Pass.  A cornerstone in the history of U.S. westward migration in the 19th Century, this once-thriving mining town now houses more than 20 original structures, thousands of artifacts and the Gold Mining Interpretive Center. Set to become one of the flagship historic sites in the nation, this landmark offers prospectors the chance to pan for their own gold in streams, just like the olden days.

 

sweetwater_logoAbout Sweetwater County (www.tourwyoming.com)  Sweetwater County, located halfway between Yellowstone and Canyonlands National Parks in southwest Wyoming, is home to 10,500 square miles of pure, high desert adventure. Known as “Flaming Gorge Country” the area is characterized by the 91-square-mile Flaming Gorge Lake, the famed Green River, expansive deserts and rugged mountains. Activities include camping, hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, sightseeing, wildlife viewing, hunting dinosaurs, shopping, and just plain getting away from it all. A perfect place to explore American history, Sweetwater County is also home to petroglyphs, pioneer trails and historical museums.

Contacts:
Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, 970.812.8733, gaylene@orecommunications.com
Jenissa Bartlett, Sweetwater Travel & Tourism, 307.382.2538
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15 Ways to Explore Grand Junction in 2015

GJ logoFrom beautiful new wineries and exciting culinary happenings, to anniversary celebrations and unique events, Grand Junction, Colorado is buzzing with news and activities for the year ahead

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - February 2015 – Located in Colorado’s Wine Country, just a few hours west of Denver, Grand Junction provides visitors a truly unique Colorado escape.  With access to more than 20 wineries, 3,000 square miles of state and federally protected public lands, outstanding recreation activities including biking, hiking and fishing,  some of the best golf in the state, unique shopping and dining experiences, and much more, Grand Junction offers a variety of memorable vacation opportunities. Here are 15 ways to explore Grand Junction in 2015:

New! Raise a glass at newly opened Red Fox Cellars. This family run winery in Palisade offers a comfortable, relaxing tasting room with a rustic and inviting feel where guests can sample a variety of their unique wines. Red Fox Cellars offers complimentary tastings as well as wine available by the glass or bottle. In addition to wine, Red Fox Cellars will soon be offering a constantly rotating selection of fruit wines/ciders from their draft system, all hand made from local fruits.

New! Take in a show at the recently renovated Avalon Theatre. The historic Avalon Theatre, located on Main Street in Grand Junction’s downtown, recently underwent a $9.65 million renovation, providing a state-of-the-art performance venue and movie screening theatre.  This year, the theatre is welcoming exciting performances from nationally acclaimed groups including Lyle Lovett & His Acoustic Group, Comedian Rodney Carrington, and the Grand Junction Symphony presenting Mozart in March, with more acts being added weekly.

 New! Celebrate 100 years of the National Parks Service at the Colorado National Monument.  The National Park Service will celebrate its Centennial in 2016 with a variety of special events and programming beginning summer 2015 and leading up to the anniversary in August 2016. Explore the Colorado National Monument and soak in one of the grand landscapes of the American West. Towering monoliths exist within a vast plateau and canyon panorama that is only a few minutes from Grand Junction. Visitors can experience sheer-walled, red rock canyons along the twists and turns of Rim Rock Drive, and view bighorn sheep and soaring eagles.

 New! Bike the Riverfront Trail from Fruita to Grand Junction.  The Riverfront Trail expansion project now allows visitors to walk, jog or bike from downtown Grand Junction to Fruita on the newly finished Monument Section of the trail. The Riverfront Trail snakes for miles along the mighty Colorado River, passing through cottonwood forests and open space. The trail has many access points, and visitors can spend an hour or a day exploring the beauty of the riverside environment from the communities of Palisade, Grand Junction and Fruita.

 New! Enjoy locally sourced food prepared by executive chef Josh Niernberg. Dine at Jodi and Josh Niernberg’s popular Bin 707 Foodbar in Downtown Grand Junction, at one of the themed West Slope Supper Club pop-up parties, or out of their new food truck at one of their many Feast in the Field events. Chef Niernberg serves seasonal American Cuisine from the Grand Valley’s best brewers, winemakers and farmers!

 Ride the train to Colorado Wine Country’s wine festival.  A not-to-be-missed opportunity is to travel by train and enjoy the scenery while getting to Colorado’s Wine Country. Buy a ticket on Amtrak’s sought after California Zephyr route, departing anywhere between San Francisco and Chicago, riding the spectacular scenic rails through the Rocky Mountains to reach Grand Junction. Once there, relax at the 22 wineries or to experience the state’s largest wine festival the third weekend of September at the annual Colorado Mountain Winefest.

 Fruita Fat Tire Festival, April 23-26, 2015, Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of a Colorado mountain bike tradition, the US Bank Fruita Fat Tire Festival. Guests can ride miles of pristine MTB Trails, meet MTB friends from around the world and support those who share their same passion and MTB lifestyle. There is a great line-up of live musical entertainment, an exciting expo and much more.

 Shop Downtown Grand Junction. Main Street in Downtown Grand Junction has been a pedestrian-friendly shopping district since the early 1960’s when visionary city leaders lined the street with trees and created its meandering design. The heart of Grand Junction has been brilliantly revitalized and expanded in the past few years to include more public art, patio dining and wonderful landscaping.  Guests won’t find big box chain stores here.  What they will find is boutique shopping, unique toy stores, charming candy stores, bookshops, cute kids’ clothing, bike shops, outdoor gear and other unique retailers.

 Follow Your Nose to Lavender Fest, July 10-12, 2015. There’s a lot more than grapes growing in Colorado’s Wine Country. Lavender farms are becoming increasingly popular in the area. Fields of the distinctively scented purple flower bloom around Grand Junction each summer before being harvested for use in culinary and medicinal applications, as well as aromatherapy. Each July, visitors can learn more about the unique plant that’s used in everything from perfume to homeopathy during the annual Lavender Festival in Palisade.

 Grind the Recently Expanded Public Trail System at The Three Sisters Park.  Mountain bikers will love the recently expanded trail system at The Three Sisters Park which includes an additional 130 acres of desert landscape, adjacent to the well-known and popular Tabeguache/Lunch Loop Trail system, located just minutes from downtown Grand Junction. It offers gentle terrain that is perfect for hiking and biking trails for all levels, including families and kids.

 Hike the Grand Mesa. This 10,000 foot Grand Mesa overlooks the town of Grand Junction and provides a year-round haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Visitors can try boating or fishing on over 300 pristine lakes or hike 100s of trails that are easily accessed from the Grand Mesa National Scenic Byway. Seek the popular and challenging Crag Crest Trail.

 Palisade Peach Festival, August 13-16, 2015. Each August, as Palisade’s peaches ripen and thousands of visitors flock to the small town just east of Grand Junction for the Palisade Peach Festival for a weekend of activities that celebrate the delicious, fuzzy fruit.  The festival offers a variety of activities from cooking demos to peach-eating contests, parades, carnival rides and more.

 Hit the Links at Grand Junction’s Top Courses. With five beautifully designed and maintained public courses, Grand Junction is one of Colorado’s top destinations for golf enthusiasts.  Due to the area’s mild, high-desert climate, golfers can enjoy a round almost any day of the year. Golfers won’t want to miss the #1 public golf course in Colorado as ranked by golf digest, The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa.

 Raft the Mighty Colorado. Visitors can conquer exciting whitewater rapids on the Green River, Gunnison River or Colorado River while starting their rafting adventure in Grand Junction.  Or, they can float tranquilly downstream while enjoying the local scenery. Multi-day trips and single-day adventures are both available seasonally with professional guides.

 Sample the Best in Colorado Produce and Artisan Products at the Farmer’s Market. Foodies can sample fresh produce and live entertainment at a variety of farmers’ markets in the Grand Valley throughout the summer and fall travel seasons. Area farmers markets are a bounty of homegrown fruits, veggies and flowers. These entertaining markets are a popular warm-weather destination for locals and visitors to mingle, peruse booths offering a variety of hand-crafted products, and tap their toes to great folksy rock bands.

 About Grand Junction (www.visitgrandjunction.com). Grand Junction is Colorado’s Wine Country featuring 22 wineries with year-round tasting rooms, and boasts more than 275 days of sunshine annually which helps produce much of the state’s peach and fruit crop. It is the largest city in Western Colorado, located near the Colorado River between Salt Lake City and Denver on Interstate 70. At an altitude of 4,586 feet, warm summers and moderate spring, fall and winter seasons allow for year-round golf, hiking and world-renown biking. Among Grand Junction’s spectacular red cliffs and winding canyons are the 11,000-foot Grand Mesa, the world’s largest flat-topped mountain, the 7,500-foot Book Cliffs including the Wild Horse Area, and the 7,000-foot Colorado National Monument. Other attractions include three national scenic byways, rafting, hunting, fishing, extensive public art displays, museums, and a vibrant downtown. Grand Junction lies in the heart of the Colorado-Utah Dinosaur Diamond and the Grand Circle.

Contacts:
Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, gaylene@orecommunications.com, 970-887-2536
Mistalynn Meyeraan, Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau, mistalm@gjcity.org , 970-244-1480
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Winter Park & Fraser Chamber Offer Lodging, Activities for Families Visiting Rocky Mountain National Park This Summer

-Winter Park is affordable, convenient hub for exploring RMNP with family members of all ages

 Winter Park, Colo. – Rocky Mountain National Park is celebrating its 100th Anniversary year through September 2015. The Winter Park & Fraser Chamber – conveniently located about 45 minutes from the less traveled west entrance of the park – invites visitors who are recreating memories with their families or experiencing the park for the very first time to add the Winter Park area to their Rocky Mountain National Park travel itinerary.

image002“For generations Rocky Mountain National Park has been a fixture of family travel,” says Catherine Ross, Winter Park & Fraser Chamber Executive Director. “We want to make sure those who are visiting the park consider booking their stay in Colorado’s Favorite Playground, Winter Park, so they can enjoy all of our activities as an add-on to their Rocky Mountain National Park experience.”

Ross says that in addition to all of the amazing things to do inside Rocky Mountain National Park – like hiking, wildlife watching, driving over the famed Trail Ridge Road and more – there are an equal amount of things to do in Winter Park. Additionally, Ross adds, whether families are looking for a rustic cabin, a guest ranch, a luxurious townhome/condominium or an economical motel, Winter Park offers a wide range of accommodations to suit families of all shapes and sizes.

©2012 ChrisWellhausen.com / All Rights ReservedMountain Biking: With more than 600 miles of marked and mapped trails, Winter Park has earned its nickname Mountain Bike Capital USA™. Check out the Official Mountain Bike and Trail Guide to Winter Park-Fraser Valley that highlights favorite routes from Winter Park to Grand Lake. It includes everything you need to know from elevation gains to detailed trail descriptions, mileage and difficulty ratings.

Hiking: The best way to experience the peacefulness and serenity of the area is on foot. Winter Park and the surrounding Fraser Valley offer countless options for hikers of all levels, whether you seek an overnight backcountry trek or an unhurried day hike. Most of the trails traverse through not only Rocky Mountain National Park, but also Arapaho and Routt National Forests and Bureau of Land Management land. The region’s four wilderness areas also offer a playground for hikers: Byers Peak, Indian Peaks, Never Summer and Vasquez Wilderness.

Fly Fishing: Winter Park and the surrounding valley are situated in the center of Colorado trout fishing country. In fact, Grand County – where Winter Park is located – is home to more fishable waters than any other county in Colorado. President Eisenhower loved fly-fishing this area so much that it earned the nickname “the Western White House.”

Water Sports: For those seeking thrills, chills and adventure choose from rafting, kayaking or the newest water sport, stand-up paddling. Whitewater adventure on the legendary Colorado River is located approximately one hour from Winter Park. Bigger waves can be found along Clear Creek, located over Berthoud Pass near Idaho Springs. Stand-up paddling is another option that will work your core like no Pilates class can!

IMG_1341Festivals & Events: Winter Park and the Fraser Valley are synonymous with fun-filled family festivals throughout the year. Annual events range from toe-tapping concerts to heart-pumping athletic events. The annual Jazz Festival is one of the most quintessential events, but there are also free music festivals like SolShine and the weekly concerts on Thursdays in Hideaway Park called High Note Thursdays. Biking events roll into town throughout the summer, as well.


About Winter Park & Fraser Chamber (
www.PlayWinterPark.com)

The Winter Park & Fraser Chamber is a non-profit Colorado corporation created to help further and maintain responsible growth in the Winter Park & Fraser Valley area, located in the Rocky Mountains just 65 miles west of Denver.

Contacts
Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, 970-531-2336, gaylene@orecommunications.com
Diane Ehlert, Winter Park &Fraser Chamber, 970-283-3548, dehlert@playwinterpark.com
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Grand County, Colo., Announces Dates, Details for Winter Carnivals in Rocky Mountains

– Scenic mountain towns Winter Park, Grand Lake host mid-winter festivals with parades, bed races, snow sculptures and more–

 Granby, Colo., January 19, 2015 – From cross-country races to family-friendly competitions the towns of Winter Park and Grand Lake are hosting some of Colorado high country’s best winter carnivals in Grand Country, just west of Denver.

Winter Park 75th Anniversary Celebration (Jan. 24, www.playwinterpark.com) This 75th anniversary celebration invites one and all to take part in a gala at The Lodge at Sunspot at Winter Park Resort, Stagecoach Classic – a cross-country ski/snowshoe race from Tabernash to Winter Park, and a downtown Winter Park main street parade followed by fireworks in Hideaway Park.

Winter Park Resort 75th Anniversary Celebration (Feb. 7-15, www.winterparkresort.com)   Nine straight days of events and activities from ski races and freestyle competitions to snow sculptures at the lifts to special Village events, the entire resort will be a hub of activities.  Winter Park’s Ski + Ride School will be holding camps during the week, including the popular Bob’s Bump Jamboree and Bob’s Mogul Camp, both of which specialize in how to tame Mary Jane’s world-famous moguls.  The Village at Winter Park will be hopping all week long with a broomball tournament, live music, a Mardi Gras Celebration, and a much more.

bed sledGrand Lake Winter Carnival Includes Rocky Mountain National Park 100th year Celebration of Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder (Feb. 7, www.grandlakechamber.com) – The winter carnival, in picturesque Grand Lake, features a full day – and evening – of snow- and ice-focused fun. The town, located 100 miles northwest of Denver on the shores of the largest natural lake in Colorado, becomes a snowy wonderland during the winter, with crisp, dry air, crystal-blue skies and the peaks of the Gore Range.

Local residents and visitors participate in activities that range from the traditional and classic to unusual and even wacky. This year’s carnival is a celebration of Rocky Mountain National Park’s Centennial, showcasing the wilderness, wildlife and wonder of the park. Attendees will find a wild snow-sculpture contest; parent-child sled pull; a wilderness, wildlife and wonder street parade; and the ever-popular bed-sled races. For the sports enthusiast teapot curling and human bowling (complete with both kids’ and adults’ courses) are on tap. In the evening, activities move indoors with live music, awards, crowning of the snow king and queen, and a ball. The event, which is free for all spectators, concludes outdoors with fireworks over the lake.

Check out Grand County’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/grandcountycolorado and follow @grandcountyco on Twitter or www.pinterest.com/grandcountyco/ on Pinterest.

 

GCTB logoAbout Grand County, Colo. (www.visitgrandcounty.com)

Located 67 miles west of Denver, Grand County is home to wide-open spaces, breathtaking mountain scenery and authentic old-west towns. Outdoor recreational activities include golf, boating, fishing, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, skiing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, sleigh rides and tubing. The area features more than 600 miles of mapped and marked trails, one national park, two national forests, two wilderness areas, two national scenic byways, two major ski resorts, five world-class dude ranches and four mountain golf courses. Grand County’s extensive water network includes Colorado’s largest natural lake, 1,000 miles of streams, 1,000 acres of high-mountain lakes and 11,000 acres of reservoirs.

Media Note:  To request photography, interviews or more information, please contact Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, at 970-531-2336 or gaylene@orecommunications.com.

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100 Years, 10 Epic Reasons to Love the West-side of Rocky Mountain National Park

Summer tours at Holzworth Ranch

Summer tours at Holzworth Ranch

100 Years, 10 Epic Reasons to Love the West-side of Rocky Mountain National Park

 GRAND COUNTY, Colo.— –Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) is celebrating its 100th birthday on the anniversary of its inauguration date January 26, 1915. Though people have been visiting the area that the park encompasses for more than 10,000 years (there have been tools found from the Paleo-Indians there), the formal dedication took place on Sept. 4, 1915. Since then, Rocky Mountain National Park has been imparting peace, awe and adventure to its thousands of yearly visitors.

 

While there are many, many reasons to love RMNP, it’s hard to pack 100 years worth of celebrating into just one day. As a result, Rocky Mountain National Park will have a year’s worth of special events and celebratory activities. To narrow it down even more, here are the top 10 things to love about RMNP and Grand County Colorado.

 

  • Life is a Highway: Trail Ridge Road Scenic Byway (US Highway 34) is the highest continuously paved road in North America. Take a drive from Grand Lake and enjoy scenic vistas as well as sightings of some of the park’s wilder residents.
  • Climb Every Mountain: Rock climbing and mountaineering have become popular activities in recent years. Longs Peak, one of Colorado’s 14ers at 14,259 ft above sea level, is a popular challenge. Or, summit 12,007-foot Mount Craig for the best view of Grand Lake.
  • Take a Walk: The Continental Divide Trail is a 3,100-mile trail that runs from Canada to Mexico and weaves its way through the national park. Tackle just a portion of it by strolling the 30-mile segment that runs through the park.
  • Animal: RMNP is full of wildlife, but there’s nothing like being among the lucky few to see male bighorn sheep butting heads and locking horns during the fall rut season or listening to males bugle it out, particularly in the Kawuneeche Valley.
  • A Sky Full of Stars: There’s nothing like seeing the stars in the wilderness of the park; see even more through a telescope from Harbison Meadow with a ranger-led stargazing tour.
  • Cowboy Up: There are many ways to get your cowboy on in RMNP, from joining an outfitter on a horseback riding tour through the park’s western valleys to visiting a dude ranch in the shadow of the park’s peaks on the west side in Grand County.
  • Waterfalls: Powerful and awe-inspiring, waterfalls are at the pinnacle of vacation photo posing. Visit the gushing waters of Adams Falls during the height of runoff in May or see the rushing rapids of Cascade Falls, located northeast of Summerland Park.
  • Bicycle Race: It doesn’t have to be a race—there are plenty of ways to explore RMNP by two wheels. Explore the mountain bikes trails, particularly near Winter Park and Fraser or embark on an epic ride from Grand Lake to Estes Park and back again over Trail Ridge Road.
  • Gone Fishing: Cast your fly road for an unbeatable experience on Lake Granby. Whether it’s fly- fishing in the summer or ice fishing in the winter, you’ll be sure to have a tall tale to tell.
  • Soak It Up: All that adventuring can be taxing on poor tired, muscles. Take a side trip to Hot Sulphur Springs for a dip in the area’s famous thermal springs.

 

There is a massive amount to do and explore in Rocky Mountain National Park and no better time to experience than now, during the centennial celebration. For more information, visit  http://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/100th_anniversary.htm.

 

Check out Grand County’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/grandcountycolorado and follow @grandcountycom on Twitter or www.pinterest.com/grandcountyco/ on Pinterest.

 

About Grand County, Colo. (www.visitgrandcounty.com)

Located 67 miles west of Denver, Grand County is home to wide-open spaces, breathtaking mountain scenery and authentic old-west towns. Outdoor recreational activities include golf, boating, fishing, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, skiing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, sleigh rides and tubing. The area features more than 600 miles of mapped and marked trails, one national park, two national forests, two wilderness areas, two national scenic byways, two major ski resorts, five world-class dude ranches and four mountain golf courses. Grand County’s extensive water network includes Colorado’s largest natural lake, 1,000 miles of streams, 1,000 acres of high-mountain lakes and 11,000 acres of reservoirs.

 

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Media Note:  To request photography, interviews or more information, please contact Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, at 970-531-2336 or gaylene@orecommunications.com.

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