Mountain Lodge at Telluride Offers ‘Home Away from Home’ for Telluride Festival-Goers

– Upscale Telluride resort a convenient hub for “Festival Capital of the West”–

 Telluride, Colo. – Telluride has been dubbed “Festival Capital of the West” for the impressive number of events held each summer in the southwest Colorado mountain town. Mountain Lodge at Telluride is just minutes by foot, shuttle or gondola to all of Telluride’s exceptional events.

Mountain Lodge offers luxury suites, lodge rooms, one-, two-and three-bedroom condo units and private cabins with up to six bedrooms for the ultimate in pre- and post-celebration comfort. The View restaurant and wine bar offer upscale tavern dining, as well as an amazing après-event hangout.

Here is some information on some of the signature events happening this summer in Telluride. Continue reading

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Fun on Two Wheels in Grand Junction Colorado

-Western slope Colorado offers cycling events throughout the summer and fall-

Cycling the MonumentGrand Junction, Colo. – Spring is here, which means outdoor lovers will be storing skis and snowboards and pulling out fun in the form of a bicycle. The temperate weather, coupled with some of the best mountain biking terrain in Colorado, makes Grand Junction a cyclist’s dream destination. From the Kokopelli Trail (142 miles of single-track stretching from Fruita to Moab) to the Tabeguache Trail (extending 100 miles from Grand Junction to Montrose), there are a wide variety of trails to explore, from shorter loops to these epic rides.

Throughout the summer Grand Junction plays host to several biking events, both races and tours, for mountain bikers and road cyclists. Combining camaraderie and a competitive spirit with the scenic beauty of the area, there is an event that will appeal to almost everyone, from the novice rider to the hardcore expert. See below for a list of cycling events taking place in Grand Junction this summer. Continue reading

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Maple Leaf Special Offers Summer Discount to Canadians Visiting U.S. Dude Ranch Capital

– Grand County, Colorado dude ranches extend invitation to northern neighbors –

Granby, Colo. – The Dude and Guest Ranches of Grand County, Colo., are extending a $100-off offer to Canadians this spring, summer and fall.

 The Maple Leaf Special is $100 off every week-long stay per person at any one of four world-class ranches located in Grand County, known as the “Dude Ranch Capital of the United States.” The ranches include BarLazyJ Ranch, CLazyU Guest Ranch, Drowsy Water Ranch and Latigo Ranch. Each ranch will extend the discount to all price levels, space available, including rates for children and teens, and during any discounted weeks.

 “Canada has a long history – and appreciation – of rodeo, cowboys and cowgirls,” says Ken Fosha, owner of Drowsy Water Ranch. “The Maple Leaf Special is a great way for our neighbors to the north to experience some of Colorado’s rich western heritage.”

 These Colorado dude ranches are members of the Dude and Guest Ranches of Grand County. Continue reading

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Running Down a Dream: Hit the Roads and Trails in Grand Junction

GJ logoGrand Junction, Colo. – As far as gear is concerned, there’s nothing simpler than running. Lace up those sneakers and trail running shoes (or go without, if barefooting is your style) and head to Grand Junction for epic races and festivals that celebrate the wind in your hair and the road beneath your feet. Whether you’re into 5Ks or marathons, trail running or triathlons, there are plenty of reasons to beat feet to Grand Junction this summer. Continue reading

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Winter Park Jazz Festival Lineup Announced, Tickets Now Available

– Famous festival in Colorado’s Favorite PlaygroundTM to feature regional, national acts –

WP Jazz FestWinter Park-Fraser, Colo. – The Winter Park & Fraser Chamber today announced the lineup for the 2014 Winter Park Jazz Festival, which will be held July 19-20 in Colorado’s Favorite PlaygroundTM. The renowned festival will be held in the heart of Winter Park in Hideaway Park.

Tickets go on sale at 12 p.m. MT on April 1 and may be purchased by calling the Winter Park Jazz Festival Box Office at 888-409-5974 or at Ticket Master via www.ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000. After June 5 tickets may also be purchased in person at the Winter Park Jazz Festival Box Office, located at 78841 U.S. Hwy 40 in Winter Park.

Winter Park Jazz Festival Lineup

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Winter Park & Fraser Chamber Announces Top 3 Historic Sites to Visit this Summer

Cozens Ranch Museum

Cozens Ranch Museum is the site of the first ranch and stage stop in the Fraser Valley.

–History comes alive in ‘Colorado’s Favorite Playground’

Winter Park, Colo.Winter Park and the Fraser Valley, located just 67 miles from Denver, might be known as Colorado’s Favorite Playground today, but historically the area was known for railroads, ranches and mining. The past comes alive at three of Winter Park’s most notable historic sites: Moffat Tunnel, Cozens Ranch Museum and Rollins Pass. Here’s a look at what’s in store for the history buffs…and those who are just curious about Winter Park’s days gone by. Continue reading

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Sweetwater County Announces 3 Ways to Celebrate National Great Outdoors Month

- The spacious majesty of Southwest Wyoming provides free outdoor exploration in June -

Sweetwater wild horsesSweetwater County, Wyo. – Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism invites travelers to celebrate National Great Outdoors Month in June – established by presidential proclamation in 2012 – by exploring Sweetwater’s wide open spaces. From California to the New York Island, this land was made to be explored, and Southwest Wyoming offers great American exploration like no other region!

  • Flaming Gorge(3)Flaming Gorge Reservoir – There’s nothing more fitting than observing the month on National Recreation Area land and Lake Flaming Gorge. Stretching 91 miles long, Flaming Gorge offers a whopping 350 miles of shoreline for hiking, camping and taking it all in – made all the more feasible by boat. Camping is tranquil along the lake’s many secluded beaches and canyons or easy with the amenities provided at the area’s boat-only campgrounds. Short on time? Highways 191 and 530 encircling Flaming Gorge are designated state scenic byways. Accessible from the towns of Green River and Rock Springs via Interstate 80, the 160-mile loop dips into Utah and takes just three hours.
  • Pilot Butte Wild Horses – Born to be wild, horses have roamed the area since their introduction by the Spanish in the 1500s, exemplifying the hearty and untamed spirit of our nation’s roots. The Pilot Butte Scenic Tour north of the town of Green River is only 24 miles long – about one or two hours of drive time. It presents numerous vistas and photo opportunities atop the rugged landscape where approximately 2,500 horses and other wildlife – including deer, antelope, elk, coyotes and eagles – play.
  • Pioneer TrailsHistoric Pioneer Trails History and the Wyoming landscape are sweetly intertwined in these parts of Wyoming. Sweetwater County boasts more miles of still-visible trails of American exploration than any other area in the country. Visitors can retrace the steps of the pioneers along the four National Historic Trails in one corridor— Oregon, Mormon Pioneer, California and Pony Express. Highway 28 conveniently parallels these trails and passes six significant sites, each with a story of their own.

Great Outdoors Month features an official Great Outdoors week, June 11-17, and an official Get Outdoors Day on Saturday, June 14. Plan ahead and double the fun by catching Sweetwater County’s Flaming Gorge Days celebrating the first days of summer on June 26-28. The event features a number of great outdoor events including concerts, sports tournaments and a parade.

For more information on these and other attractions or to book a visit www.tourwyoming.com.

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, jbartlett@tourwyoming.com
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Grand Junction, Colorado Welcomes the 2014 Golf Season

Five Western Colorado golf courses are now open

 GJ logoGrand Junction, Colo. (February 24, 2014) – The Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau (GJVCB) announced that the 2014 Grand Junction golf season is officially open as of February 21, 2014. Five public courses are ready to accept tee time reservations.

“It is unique for a city to offer spring skiing, golfing antid Colorado Wine Country in the same weekend,” said Mistalynn Meyeraan, marketing and public relations coordinator for the Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau. “High on the Grand Mesa, Powderhorn Mountain Resort’s ski season runs through March 31, but the golf season is in full swing down in the Grand Valley now through due to the temperate climate in Grand Junction, Colorado.” Continue reading

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Sweetwater County Travel & Tourism Announces Dates for 11th Annual Run with the Horses Marathon & 13th Annual River Festival

The 11th annual Wild Horse Marathon in Sweetwater County, Wyo., part of the River Festival in the town of Green River, offers competitors a chance to run with wild horses.

The 11th annual Wild Horse Marathon in Sweetwater County, Wyo., part of the River Festival in the town of Green River, offers competitors a chance to run with wild horses.

Sweetwater County, Wyo. – Sweetwater County, located in southwest Wyoming, will host the 11th annual Run with the Horses Marathon and 13th annual River Festival in the town of Green River this August. The River Festival, offering a little something for everyone, is Aug. 15 and 16. The marathon, half marathon and 10k will take place on Aug. 16 starting at 6:30 a.m.

River Festival (Aug. 15-16)

The action-packed River Festival is a celebration of the Green River, considered an oasis in the “High Desert Country” of southwest Wyoming. It’s a family friendly festival that offers fun for everyone, right down to the four-legged members of the clan! Festivities include the Cajun Shrimp Boil, free kids games, the Great Duck Race, fireworks, the Lucky Horse Poker Run, a car show, a dog fetching competition and dog show. New additions this year include a river walk and a casting golf course that is being organized by Trout Unlimited. Continue reading

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Grand County, Colo., Names Top 5 Wedding Venues for an Exceptional ‘I Do’

Grand County, Colo., Names Top 5 Wedding Venues for an Exceptional ‘I Do’

– Colorado mountain destination offers affordable romance, scenic beauty, convenience –

Photo caption: Grand County has a number of unique, affordable wedding options. (courtesy of Alicia Magunson Photography)

Photo caption: Grand County has a number of unique, affordable wedding options. (courtesy of Alicia Magunson Photography)

Granby, Colo. (Feb. 2014) – For couples who’ve wondered what it would be like to get married in a postcard, Grand County, Colo., has the answer. Crisp colors, stunning landscapes, breathtaking views and unique settings are characteristic of “I dos” in Grand County. Conveniently located only 67 miles outside of Denver, Grand County offers setting and services to make a couple’s special day as pretty as a picture.  Continue reading

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