Wilkins Peak Trail System named top mountain bike trail in Wyoming, two years running

Sweetwater County, Wyo., is one of the country’s best – yet still undiscovered – mountain bike destinations.

Sweetwater County, Wyo., is one of the country’s best – yet still undiscovered – mountain bike destinations.

For the second year in a row, Singletracks.com, a leading website on all things mountain biking, has named Wilkins Peak Trail System in Sweetwater County the most popular trail in Wyoming. The trail system is not only one of the best in the country Continue reading

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Top 7 Ways to Spend Summer Days in Sweetwater County, Wyo.

sunset at flaming gorge-Area in Southwest Wyoming boasts 10,500 square miles
of open space for hiking, biking, fishing, exploring-

Sweetwater County, Wyo. – Sweetwater County in Southwest Wyoming is characterized by wide open spaces – 10,500 square miles to be precise! That is a lot of elbow room to escape from the hustle and bustle of every day. Sweetwater County is best experienced in summer, when outdoor recreation opportunities are at their peak. Here are the top 7 ways to spend summer days in Sweetwater County. Continue reading

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Southwest Colorado’s Mesa Verde Country Announces New Vacation Guide & Summer Vacation Highlights

Cortez Tourism

Cortez Tourism

Southwest Colorado vacation destination offers sneak peek into 2017 summer travel planning –  

Cortez, Colo. – Just in time for summer, Mesa Verde Country has released a new vacation guide complete with all the details visitors need for a summer stay in the Southwest Colorado area. The guide includes updated information on all the fun found in and around the towns of Cortez, Dolores and Mancos, as well as events, activities and attractions. Visitors can request a copy or download the guide Continue reading

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A Biker’s Paradise: Five Ways to Explore The Grand Junction, Colorado Area Via Two Wheels

cycling the monument

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (April 12, 2017)- Located in Colorado’s Wine Country, just a few hours west of Denver, Grand Junction sits amid one of the most beautiful outdoor playgrounds in the country. In a landscape dramatically different from anywhere else in Colorado, surrounded by rivers, canyons, mesas and mountains to explore, there’s no shortage of activities to enjoy. Here visitors will discover some of the best bike trails in Colorado.  For the kind of cycling fanatic that travels with more than one bike, the far western part of the state offers up a perfect convergence of two-wheel of opportunities. From mountain biking along some of the state’s best single track, to road bike rides through the Colorado National Monument, there are fun and challenging trails for all skill levels scattered throughout the area. Here are five ways to explore the Grand Junction area via bike:

Blend Supreme Wines and Incomparable Cycling: New for 2017, At Your Pace Cycling is offering guided day-long bike trips through the Grand Valley, home to 22 wineries and tasting rooms.  Bikers will pedal down quite country roads soaking-in beautiful farmlands, orchards heavy with peaches and award-winning Colorado wine. Guests will enjoy a private wine tasting, tour and lunch at Red Fox Cellars, surrounded by wine barrels, in the heart of a wine production facility. The private tour and tasting guide will describe each wine including taste profile, production notes, grape heritage, and food pairing suggestions. For those looking to tour on their own,  Rapid Creek Cycles offers both cruiser and electric bike rentals, and provides maps with suggested routes and stops.

Cycle the Colorado National Monument: Road Bikers can challenge themselves along a 23-mile paved route through the breathtaking Colorado National Monument. The monument shares the same wondrous natural phenomenon status as the Grand Canyon and Utah’s Arches National Park and is home to bighorn sheep, coyotes, eight types of lizards, golden eagles and other natives. Cyclists will take in the rugged solitude as they travel alongside time-carved rock layers that are nearly 2 billion years old. The challenging route invites low gears and patient climbing with lots of breaks for photo ops. Riders can catch their breath at scenic overlooks such as Artists Point and Devils Kitchen.

Ride the Singletrack of Lunch Loop Trail System/Tabeguache Trailhead:  A true gem for mountain bike enthusiasts, Lunch Loop/Tabeguache is located not far from Downtown Grand Junction and offers challenging terrain. The trail system is in the Bangs Canyon Special Recreation Management Area and encompasses a stunning landscape of high desert canyons and plateaus overlooking the valley floor. Those looking for something a little tamer than Lunch Loop can explore the neighboring trail system of Three Sisters Park.

Downhill Mountain Biking at Powderhorn: Explore the lift-serviced trails of the Grand Mesa at the Powderhorn Bike Park that is in its 2nd year of summer operations in 2017. The Park was built to compliment the natural terrain of the mountain and create an exhilarating experience for all, Powdehorn’s bike park offers multiple trails that can challenge the most experienced rider and provide easy terrain for those looking to improve their skills. The scenic lift ride takes bikers from the base of Powderhorn to the top and back down in approximately 20 minutes, ensuring time for plenty of runs. Powdernhorn also offers several clinics and camps throughout the summer. Daily bike rentals and lessons are also available.

Explore the entire Grand Valley Via The Colorado Riverfront Trail: One trail spanning over 30-miles connects the communities of Palisade, Grand Junction and Fruita following the Colorado River via a paved trail that avoids traffic and provides spectacular scenery. The Colorado Riverfront Trail offers a rich and diverse environment that is home to over 200 different species of birds and five sections of trail, each with its own identity and views of the Grand Valley.

About Grand Junction (www.visitgrandjunction.com) – Grand Junction is the largest city in Western Colorado, located at the junction of the Gunnison and Colorado Rivers, 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 incredible year-round outdoor recreation opportunities. Among Grand Junction’s spectacular red cliffs and winding canyons are the 11,000-foot Grand Mesa and the breathtaking 7,000-foot Colorado National Monument. Surrounded by an abundance of public lands, Grand Junction is also a mecca for hunting, fishing, dirt bike and ATV riding. Other attractions include three national scenic byways, rafting, boating, golfing skiing, extensive public art displays, museums, and a vibrant downtown featuring creative culinary options, shopping, Two Rivers Convention Center and the Avalon Theatre. Grand Junction is known as Colorado’s Wine Country featuring 23 wineries nearby. The Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau is a department of the City of Grand Junction and is the official Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) for the region.

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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7 Uncommonly Good Places to Grab Grub in Sweetwater County, Wyo.

Sweetwater shrimp boil

Sweetwater County’s dining options range from quirky to classy; all are delicious choices for travelers!- 

Sweetwater County, Wyo. – For most travelers, sampling the local cuisine is part of what makes a vacation complete. Sweetwater County, located in southwest Wyoming, serves up a heaping helping of fun food that is the perfect “side dish” after working up an appetite exploring the 10,500-square miles of pure desert adventure. Here are seven restaurant ideas to cure your hunger craving in Sweetwater County. Continue reading

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Get your heart racing this Valentine’s Day in Grand County, Colorado

Grand County snowmobilingGrand County, CO….It’s that time of year again: Grocery stores are displaying candy hearts and chocolates, greeting card companies have outdone themselves with florid prose, and florists and fancy restaurants are taking orders and reservations in advance of the big day. February 14 is fast approaching and you’d better be ready.

But this year, instead of attempting to send your significant other’s heart aflutter with gifts, Grand County has a better option to get your heart racing. Perfectly happy as a party of one? We have some fun for you, too. Continue reading

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Mesa Verde Country Invites Visitors to Enjoy Archaeology & Après

MVCountry-logoSouthwest Colorado vacation destination features some of the best archaeology, breweries & wineries in the country–

Cortez, Colo. – Most adventure travelers have heard the term après ski (social activities and entertainment following a day of skiing). But Mesa Verde Country in Southwest Colorado has another après suggestion: après archaeology! Mesa Verde Country and the Four Corners region of the Southwest have been home to Native American communities for several thousands of years. What they’ve left behind is one of the most abundant collections of archaeology sites in the entire country. Modern day residents have added wonderful wineries, delicious craft beers and remarkable restaurants to create an experience visitors won’t want to miss. Continue reading

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Mesa Verde Country & City of Cortez Partner to Bring United States Air Force Academy Band Concert to City of Cortez

– Free public concert to be held at Montezuma-Cortez High School Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m.–

USAFA bandCortez, Colo. – Mesa Verde Country and the City of Cortez are pleased to announce that the United States Air Force Academy Band from Colorado Springs will perform at a free concert on Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. Continue reading

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Start off the new year with classic skiing at Powderhorn Mountain Resort, near Grand Junction, Colorado

GJ skiing PowderhornPowderhorn celebrates 50th anniversary season with special insider’s experience at resort through the eyes of ski patrol

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.—Jan. 17, 2017—For 50 years, Powderhorn Mountain Resort has been serving up skiing on the beautiful Grand Mesa, located just 45-minutes from Grand Junction, Colorado. From the early days, with just a single rope tow, to present day, featuring the new Flat Top Flyer high-speed detachable quad lift, Powderhorn continuously provides some of the best tree skiing in Colorado.

“Powderhorn is a hidden gem,” explained Mistalynn Meyeraan, spokesperson for the Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau. “Those who’ve visited know that they feature great snow, friendly staff and minimal lift lines. Add to that our incredibly reasonable lift ticket prices and the fact that we’re only 45 minutes from the amenities of Grand Junction, Colorado and you’ll understand why we’re a destination that should be visited to be fully appreciated.”

There is a new program being offered in 2017 to help both Powderhorn loyalists and newcomers alike learn more about the mountain from the perspective of their professional Ski Patrol. Continue reading

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Mesa Verde Country in Southwest Colorado: Basecamp for Winter Escape

Winter 2015– Southwest Colorado vacation destination offers easy access to adventure when the snow flies–

Cortez, Colo. – Those looking for a winter adventure that is a little unique and a lot of fun should head to Mesa Verde Country in Southwest Colorado. Not only does this archaeological hotbed offer incredible activities and attractions of its own, but it also is drive-distance to some of the best downhill skiing experiences in the Southwest. Continue reading

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