Free Summer Ranger Program Lets Visitors Explore More at Rocky Mountain National Park

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Granby, Colo. – A highlight for visitors to Grand County is the less-crowded western slope of Rocky Mountain National Park for all kinds of Great Outdoor adventuring.

Experienced park rangers lead walks, talks, hikes and activities every day, all summer long – including kids programs. From discovering history and wildflowers while day-hiking to roasting marshmallows and stargazing in the evening, there’s no better way to learn more about the land, wildlife, vegetation, history and heritage of the Rockies than with a knowledgeable guide leading the way! 

Individual programs’ start and end dates vary. A complete and up-to-date schedule is available at www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/calendar. All programs, unless otherwise noted, are free and open to the public. Park entrance fees may apply. 

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

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Colorado’s Western Slope Celebrates Rich Agricultural Heritage at Summer Festivals

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- Palisade, Colo., invites visitors to enjoy the fruit of its labor and sweet smell of celebration at peach, lavender and wine festivals -

Grand Junction, Colo. – The Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau (GJVCB) invites visitors to experience the tradition of its peach, lavender and wine festivals in Palisade, Colo. The Colorado Mountain Winefest celebrates its 25th anniversary and is the oldest and largest wine festival in the state. In its 48th year, the Peach Festival invites people to harken back to the peach harvest festivals of the late 1800s. Though the Lavender Festival is a newer tradition, there’s good reason to celebrate this cure-all flowering plant that has been used in many applications for thousands of years. Continue reading

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Grand County Tourism Board Announces Independence Day Celebrations

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- Multiple events offer free family-friendly fun and fireworks under the wide-open Grand County sky -

 

 

Granby, Colo. – Grand County, Colo., announced its Independence Day events with celebrations all weekend long and more than one fireworks show to choose from. Located just 90 minutes west of Denver, Grand County is as old as the state of Colorado itself and just the place for a good old-fashioned Fourth of July – and free family-friendly entertainment.  Continue reading

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Winter Park & Fraser Chamber Announces Top 10 List of Freebie Fun

 

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Colorado’s Favorite Playground™ welcomes visitors to play a lot instead of pay a lot –

Winter Park, Colo. – The Winter Park & Fraser Chamber today announced its top 10 list of things to do for free in Winter Park. Free-riding is considered socially acceptable in Winter Park where playing outdoors in Colorado’s Favorite Playground is the local pastime. So visitors can experience the area while stretching their travel budget and sparing their pocketbook. Continue reading

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Winter Park & Fraser Chamber Announces July Events

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-Colorado’s Favorite Playground celebrates its Mountain Bike Capital USA™ moniker – and more – in July –

Winter Park, Colo. – Summer events season heats up in July in Winter Park, even as mountain temperatures stay nice and cool. From Lance Gutersohn’s Fourth of July Celebration to Mountain Bike Capital USA™ Weekend and two brand new events – Tequila and Tacos and The Divide Music Festival – here’s what’s on tap in Colorado’s Favorite Playground. Continue reading

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Mesa Verde Country Announces Open Season on Summer Water Sports

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–Boating, fishing, rafting and more, Southwest Colorado destination invites visitors to discover all its ways to get wet –

Cortez, Colo. – Mesa Verde Country today announced its complete list of summer adventure on the water. From small mountain streams to the second-largest lake in Colorado, visitors to Mesa Verde Country can water recreate in the form of boating, fishing, rafting, swimming and more.

The largest lake in the San Juan National Forest and the second largest in all of Colorado, the best way to experience the entirety of the McPhee Reservoir is by boat. Continue reading

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Winter Park & Fraser Chamber Announces New Addition to Mountain Bike Capital USA™ Weekend

Colorado’s Favorite Playground celebrates mountain bike moniker
with weekend festival July 9-10; adds Tequila & Tacos event –

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Winter Park, nicknamed Mountain Bike Capital USA™ for its 600-plus miles of trails, announces a new event as part of its signature Mountain Bike Capital USA™ Weekend.

Winter Park, Colo. – The Winter Park & Fraser Chamber is pleased to announce that its iconic festival, Rendezvous Mountain Bike Capital USA™ Weekend on July 9-10, will be expanded in 2016 to include a Tequila & Tacos event on July 9.  Continue reading

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Top 5 Ways to Be an Agritourist in Mesa Verde Country

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Cortez, Colo. – Mesa Verde Country is an area that not only is steeped in rich archaeological history, it also has a strong agricultural tradition. The Ancestral Puebloans – who farmed the valleys and mesas of Montezuma County, including Mesa Verde National Park, until about 1300 A.D. – were the first agriculturalists in the area. Growing primarily corn, beans, and squash, they laid the agricultural foundation for today’s farmers, ranchers, and vintners who carry on this long tradition. For modern-day visitors, a trip to Mesa Verde Country simply isn’t complete without experiencing the bounty of the harvest. Here are the top 5 ways for visitors to enjoy the agritourism adventures in Mesa Verde Country. Continue reading

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Sweetwater County, Wyo., Announces Top 5 Things About Wyoming’s Big Show

Western Wyoming’s biggest affair, the Sweetwater County Fair,
brings back big fun July 31-Aug. 7

clip_image004Sweetwater County, Wyo. – Wyoming’s Big Show is kind of a big deal, and today Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism announced the top five reasons why. The local favorite, which will take place July 31-Aug. 7 this year, draws people to the area from surrounding counties and states. In the past few years, Wyoming’s Big Show – The Sweetwater County Fair – has been named the number one summer event in Wyoming by Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine, and it is recognized among the top 200 events in the nation by Events Business News.

Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism has this inside scoop on what makes Wyoming’s Big Show so great. Continue reading

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Smithsonian Names Mesa Verde Country’s Mancos (Colo.) Best Small Town to Visit in 2016

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Cortez, Colo. – Mesa Verde Country today announced that one of its communities, Mancos, has been named to the Smithsonian’s “20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2016” list. In honor of the National Park Service’s 100-year anniversary, the list includes towns that are close to America’s national treasures. Mancos is just a 10-minute drive from the entrance to the famed Mesa Verde National Park.

When famous American novelist Louis L’Amour wrote about the West, more often than not, he was talking about the Mancos River Valley. Continue reading

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