Colorado 4th of July Memories: Leadville & Red Rocks Ampitheatre

This would typically be my “Colorado Weekend Events” post but with the 4th of July holiday weekend, there are events taking place approximately every 2.3 feet across the state. So where to start?  I decided to look back at my 14+ years here in Colorado and see which 4th of July Colorado memories have really … Continue reading

Colorado Weekend Events: Denver Cherry Blossom Festival, Colorado Springs Olympic Day, Crested Butte Mountain Bike Week, Beaver Creek Tough Mudder

With a State this big,  filled with people as active as we are, there is simply no way of doing justice to all of the Colorado events, Colorado festivals, and Colorado experiences that I would like to each week.  This category of “Colorado Weekend Events” should more likely be titled, “A select few Colorado Weekend … Continue reading

June 21st: Celebrate the 1st Day of Summer with Free Entrance into National Parks

Pretty quick post today.  I just wanted to remind everyone that  June 21, is the first day of summer and the National Park Service is celebrating that fact by waiving all entrance fees to participating National Parks, Monuments, and Historical Sites.  A full list of participating locations can be found here: http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparksbystate.htm, and all participating Colorado sites … Continue reading

Teva Mountain Games, Vail, June 02-05

Athletes. Art. Music. Mountains. That’s the catch phrase for the Teva Mountain Games that kick off in Vail today. Pretty much sums it up doesn’t it?  To boil it down even  further, I would proffer this:  FUN! Billed as the largest adventure sport and mountain lifestyle festival in the country, The 10th annual Teva Mountain … Continue reading

Memorial Day Weekend: Colorado Events

Here’s just a small sample of the events in Colorado as we kick off the holiday weekend. Junior College World Series Grand Junction http://www.jucogj.org/  Paddle Fest Buena Vista http://www.ckspaddlefest.com/  Mesa Verde Country Indian Arts & Cultural Festival Cortez, Deloros, Mancos, Towaoc, Mesa Verde National Park http://www.mesaverdecountry.com/tourism/festivals/iacf/iacf.html  Downtown Denver Arts Festival Denver http://www.downtowndenverartfestival.com/ Grand Olde West … Continue reading

On This Date: May 24th, 1911 Colorado National Monument Established

Happy Birthday!  100 years ago today, after a long campaign by John Otto, The Colorado National Monument was established. Located just west of Grand Junction, the Monument is comprised of over 20,000 acres of canyons, sheer cliffs, red-rock formations, and other geology typical of high mountain desert landscapes. The National Parks Service is hosting a … Continue reading

On This Date: May 17th, 1899. Nikola Tesla

On May 17, 1899, Nikola Tesla arrived in Colorado Springs to continue his experiments in electricity.  In his lab located near Foote Ave. and Kiowa St, Tesla conducted research for nearly nine months before returning to New York. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikola_Tesla#Colorado_Springs Credited with over 700 patents worldwide, his name today is probably most well known in conjunction … Continue reading

This One’s a No Brainer: The Headless Chicken Festival

This is the type of event that will usually go in the “Weekend Happenings” posts but let’s face it, some events are just too deliciously weird not to be spotlighted. Mike the Headless Chicken is such a great story that it was a no brainer (forgive me) to give him a little pub all his … Continue reading

On This Date: May 14, 1955

United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel design unveiled May 14, 1955. The United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel is part of a larger complex, known as the United States Air Force Academy Cadet Area. The academy was commissioned on April 1, 1954, when president Dwight D. Eisenhower signed Public Law 325, providing for the … Continue reading

Weekend Happenings: May 13-15

Cities of Splendor Chalk Art Event In partnership with the Denver Chalk Art Festival, artist Michael Rieger will create three chalk art masterpieces, including one based on Giovanni da Bologna’s The Coronation of the Virgin, currently on view in the Cities of Splendor exhibition. High school artists will work with Rieger on two of the images while visitors can … Continue reading

Helicopters & Skateboards: Buffalo Bill Downhill

Last night after getting our son to bed, talking about what a nice weekend it had been, and preparing to get back to the reality of the upcoming week, my wife and I overheard something about a helicopter crash just west of Golden on Lookout Mountain.  Having lived near that area for numerous years, I … Continue reading

On This Date: May 7th, 1879

The Royal Gorge Route Railroad Considered to be one of the nation’s most scenic railroads, the Royal Gorge Route offers an intimate way to experience the spectacular Royal Gorge. The train features six classes of service ranging from coach and vista dome, to wine express, lunch, dinner, and murder mystery trains. The train travels alongside … Continue reading

Colorado Weekend Events: May 6th-May8th

Downtown Grand Junction Art & Jazz Festival Main Street comes alive Mother’s Day Weekend with jazz music performed by local and national artists, artist demonstrations in a variety of mediums and artists selling beautiful, high-quality work. This three-day festival surrounds the installation of Art on the Corner sculptures. A celebration of art and music, this … Continue reading

Ah, Colorado

So what are you in the mood for?  Prairie?  Mountains? Desert?  Yep, we got all that.  How about a little (OK, not little, try epic) skiing? Anyone the world over can tell you hitting the slopes in Colorado isn’t a problem.  But that’s only the beginning. Do you crave hot springs, fly-fishing, year round festivals, … Continue reading

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