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GLENNS FERRY — A lingering power outage at Three Island Crossing State Park is still affecting five cabins, the day use area and the park's irrigation pumps.

The park reported in early August that electricity had been restored to both campgrounds, the history center, service and shop areas and the front kiosk.

But by Monday, the Dogwood, Elm, Aspen, Juniper and Oak cabins were still without power, and inability to operate the irrigation pumps had left the grass and trees extremely dry.

"We are still working with electricians to fix the situation," the park posted Monday on Facebook. "Please continue to check back for updates."

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DOLORES, Colo. (AP) -- Two historic U.S. Forest Service outposts in the San Juan Mountains near Mancos and Dolores should be ready for public use by the summer of 2018.

The Cortez Journal reports that it took nearly a decade to get the former ranger housing at the Aspen Guard Station and the Glade Guard Station ready for public use.

The Aspen Guard Station in the Mancos Valley was built nearly 80 years ago.

The Glade Guard Station near the McPhee Reservoir is even older. It includes an early 20th-century ranger house and a barn. A three-year project to renovate the site ended in 2011.

An official with the U.S. Forest Service's Dolores district tells the newspaper that despite delays, the structures should be available for tourist rentals by 2018.

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The U.S. Forest Service is looking for operators to rent out the Aspen Guard Station north of Mancos.

The San Juan National Forest is seeking applications to operate the historic Aspen and Glade guard stations.

A successful applicant will gain a commercial permit for renting the cabins to the public, said Tom Rice, recreation planner for the Dolores District.

“They are really neat buildings that are not getting used,” he said. “Having an operator will allow the public to stay in the forest in historic cabins and provide a local business opportunity. Rental management will also help keep the buildings maintained.”

The Aspen Guard Station is 10 miles northeast of Mancos on Forest Road 561. It is a rustic cabin with a water well, propane and solar system. It has a kitchen and three bedrooms.

The Glade Guard Station is 30 miles north of Cortez on Forest Road 512. It is similar to the Aspen station but has had renovations in the past five years that include corrals.

Access for both properties is via gravel forest roads. Winter snowfall typically closes access from November to May. Snow machines and off-highway vehicles may be used when roads are closed because of snow. The commercial permit term will be for two years, with an option to extend the term non-competitively for an additional five years.

The cabins have a long history with the Forest Service.

The Glade Guard Station was established in 1905 when a small log cabin was constructed as an administrative facility for the Glade District of the Montezuma National Forest, which is now part of the Dolores District of the San Juan National Forest. In 1916, a wood-frame residence was built and a barn was added.

The Lone Dome Civilian Conservation Corp camp was set up adjacent to the Glade Guard Station in 1930s. During this time, a garage, meat house (later used as a toolshed) and an outhouse were constructed. The station continued to serve various functions through the 1970s and is one of the oldest Forest Service administrative sites in Colorado. The site was listed on the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties in 2001 and is considered to be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

The log-constructed Aspen Guard Station was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1938 for Forest Service administration under Superintendent G. Wayne Bauer. It is in an aspen grove near the historic Jersey Jim Lookout Tower.

The Aspen station was built as part of the federal government’s effort to generate jobs after the Great Depression and was part of a campaign of natural resource enhancement undertaken by the Forest Service during the New Deal era.

Rangers lived in the Aspen station when they worked in the field, and it included office space, a bedroom, storage and a garage. Later, a small kitchen and dining nook were added. By the 1950s, it was being used for seasonal work crews. Beginning in 1994, the dwelling was used for an artist-in-residence program, but that program ended in 2012.

Rice said the cabins need some upkeep, and that some of the revenues generated by the rentals would be earmarked for building maintenance.

As part of the application, bidders must show a business plan and experience with providing lodging to the public. Other details should include visitation numbers, season of use, potential revenue, logistics and cost of infrastructure and operations. Providing public benefit and generating revenue are critical parts of this opportunity, Rice said.

Parties are encouraged to research and visit the stations by contacting the Dolores Ranger District before Oct. 15. Application packages must be received by 4:30 p.m. Oct. 27.

Interested parties may contact Tom Rice, recreation program manager, Dolores Ranger District, 29211 Colorado Highway 184, Dolores, CO 81323. Rice’s phone is 882-6843. His email is

For more information, including an electronic copy of the prospectus, contact Rice. The prospectus is posted at:

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Assessor Mark Peterson reported Tuesday to the county board the number of property foreclosures in 2017 was 30. That was down from 37 in 2016 and half the number of properties foreclosed in 2014. Metro Creative Graphics, Inc.

WALKER — Assessor Mark Peterson reported Tuesday to the county board the number of property foreclosures in 2017 was 30.

That was down from 37 in 2016 and half the number of properties foreclosed in 2014.

Two were commercial properties. Twelve were homesteads. Sixteen were cabins. Five were located on lakes.

Two-thirds were valued under $100,000, but one was worth over $1 million.

Peterson also reported the number of arms-length property sales in 2017 finally is moving closer to pre-recession levels, with 1,110 sold.

In 2006, 1,250 properties sold, but sales declined to an annual low of 644 in 2011. The 2017 sales are up 95 from 2016.

In other county board action:

Minnesota Department of Human Services sent Cass County a letter recognizing the county for perfect performance on meeting that department's reporting requirements in 2017.

This means the county will qualify for the full amount of state and federal funding for its local collaborative time study, Minnesota Family Investment Program consolidated fund, client statistics, SEAGER, income maintenance expense, social services fund, Title IV-E and BRASS-based grant fiscal report.

To qualify, the county's health, human and veterans services financial division has to complete 32 reports within the state's timeline requirements.

Cass County has joined with many other counties ranging from Dakota in the south to Lake County in the north for their sheriffs' departments in a mutual aid program to transport each other's inmates between jails.

Under this program, a Cass sheriff's department employee who might be transporting a prisoner to Crow Wing or Morrison County might bring a Morrison inmate back to Crow Wing or Cass where that inmate might need to appear in court — or a Morrison deputy could transport a Cass inmate when he is traveling to Crow Wing County.

Administrator Joshua Stevenson said this will be a transportation cost savings for all counties involved.

Cass County sheriff's deputies will patrol the Chippewa National Forest from May 1 through Dec. 31 this year. They will be paid from a $10,150 U.S. Forest Service grant, to be billed as services are provided.

Undem Law Office donated $250 to the sheriff's chaplaincy initiative.

An anonymous donor donated $100 to the county veterans transportation program.

The county board approved a new agreement with Waste Management to continue accepting and processing the county's garbage and recyclables at their Elk River landfill.

Municipal solid waste and recyclables are collected at the county's facility north of Pine River, then transported to Elk River.

The commissioners approved a contract with HyTech Construction $8,351 to do wall repairs on one building and $37,290 for a second building at the county's garbage and recycling collection center north of Pine River.

KDR, the county's contract operator of the site, will pay for these repairs. HyTech's bid was the lower of two received.

Loggers paid at a Feb. 22 auction $75,141 to log timber from county managed land. They paid $32.67 per cord for aspen, $30.04 per cord for red oak and $19.80 for bur oak. All five tracts offered were sold.

Stonemark Land Surveying was low bidder to survey lines on county managed land at $15,800 in Crooked Lake Township and for $8,870 in Poplar Township, preliminary to future timber sales.

Northern Engineering will survey county property in Woodrow Township for $15,896. Nyberg Surveying will survey county property in Moose Lake Township for $5,558.

The commissioners approved a contract with Josh's Place to provide semi-independent living services for persons age 18 and older.

Commissioners accepted a $1,100 payment and waived the balance of a $2,203.96 claim for overpayment of Medical Assistance to one client who has been trying to pay off the balance she owes in $10 per month payments. The client is unemployed.

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ASPEN, Colo. (CBS4) – People are coming together to help a Colorado camp for the deaf.

Two cabins that the Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing placed on Airbnb were trashed by renters during the X Games last weekend.

The renters damaged a door and broke into the camp’s kitchen and stole food.

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In a note scribbled on one of the refrigerators a renters wrote “we are not deaf.”

Dozens of people have sent donations to the camp and raised more than $2,000.

In a statement provided to CBS4, Airbnb said “We take incidents like this extremely seriously and are urgently investigating what happened. We are in touch with our host and are giving them our full support. Additionally, we have reached out to local law enforcement to offer our assistance with their investigation. Our community standards prohibit behavior like this and if a guest violates our policies, we will take action including suspension or permanent removal from our platform. There have been more than 260 million guest arrivals in Airbnb listings to date and negative incidents are extremely rare, but even so, we’re constantly working to improve our policies, and our protections, because even one incident is one too many.”

The X Games take place each winter in Aspen.

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Around 1938 the buildings with The Juicery, front, and Cafe Genevieve stood alone.

Genevieve block

Van Vleck House (Cafe Genevieve): Built 1910. This log cabin building was home to Roy and Genevieve Van Vleck. Roy founded and operated the Jackson Mercantile, and Genevieve was a member of the nation's first all-woman Town Council in 1920. The home was one of a dozen that once had a barn in back that housed livestock and hay. Its National Register survey indicates the Van Vleck House represents the earliest history and development of Jackson as a "genuine old west agricultural community, which was transformed by tourism."

Persephone house: Built 1940s. The residence was likely moved to this site, but it represents the bungalow-style architecture traditional of East Jackson historic homes.

The Juicery house: Built 1936. This home belonged to the Van Vlecks' daughter, Stella, and her husband.

Sweetwater block

Coe Cabin (formerly Sweetwater Restaurant): Built 1915. This single-story log building was originally a residence, occupied by Ed and Emily Coe from 1930 to 1936. According to its National Register eligibility, the home's occupants chart the evolution of the town of Jackson and its urbanization: "The Coe years were the transition years for the valley and the community too, and Jackson was starting to shift from a village that supplied the needs of local ranchers to a town that was becoming the center of organized economic activity in the valley."

Coe Blacksmith Shop (King Sushi): Built 1910. Prior to its use as Coe's shop, the structure was a barbershop. Then blacksmith Ed Coe used the building as his shop during the years he and his wife occupied the nearby Coe House (Sweetwater), from around 1930 to 1936. After the Coes moved out, the building was home to various commercial enterprises and a restaurant in 1976. "The nature of the change in businesses housed reflects something of the change of Jackson and Jackson Hole," its National Register eligibility form reads. "The subtext is the transformation of Jackson, Wyoming, from a ranching village into a commercial and tourist center."

Ellen G. Walker's Clothing Store (Belle Cose): Built 1948. This small cabin housed one of Jackson's first successful women's clothing boutiques under Ellen G. Walker's ownership for more than 35 years. The cabin was built in 1948 on Glenwood and was moved to its current location around 1985. The building is significant because it "represents Jackson's transformation from a budding tourism-based economy to one centered on seasonal tourism," its National Register eligibility form says. "The existence of a women's ready-to-wear clothing store was deeply intertwined with the tourism economy that had propelled Jackson into a new size and character in the post World War II period."

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ASPEN, Colo. -- A camp in Aspen for the deaf is in need of help after cabins they rented out for the Winter X-Games last weekend were vandalized and ransacked.

The non-profit camp rents out their cabins through Air BnB to help off-set some of their costs during the year. The renters broke doors, left vomit on the floors, and littered their trails with garbage.

The camp says the renter even raided a kitchen they're not allowed access to and ate the food that's supposed to be for the campers.

But it was a vandalized sign that really upset their camp community.

Someone wrote "We are not Deaf" on a sign posted on a refrigerator in the kitchen.

After breaking into a kitchen, a vandal left a message that said "We are not deaf."

The camp is struggling to clean up the cabin before winter camp in two weeks and estimate the cost will be around $4,000.

They're trying to hold the renters accountable but since they rented the cabins to different people they can't exactly pinpoint who caused the damage in the common areas.

Air BnB has offered to help and so has the community.

If you'd like to help, you can visit

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Here are the best dining experiences at mountains across the country. Instagram/Lonemountainranch

Here are the best dining experiences at mountains across the country. Instagram/Lonemountainranch

No matter what your ideal ski day entails, there’s one thing everyone spending energy at altitude has in common: eating. And we’re not just talking about your average chicken wings and pizza washed down with beer at après ski. Some of the most unique on-mountain dining experiences in recent memory have been popping up at North American ski resorts lately, each with its own nod to alpine traditions of yesteryear. These 15 fine dining destinations are definitely worth the calories—and worth making the trek via snowshoe, horse-drawn sleigh ride, cross-country or downhill ski.

The Chalet – Moonlit Snowshoe Tour & Dinner

Unwind at The Chalet after hitting the slopes. Courtesy The Chalet

Unwind at The Chalet after hitting the slopes. Courtesy The Chalet

Open only select dates throughout the winter months, this European-style menu is only available to 50 guests per evening after the lifts close. Earn your dinner with a brisk quarter-mile snowshoe tour up moonlit slopes from the Alpine Meadow’s base lodge. In an intimate cabin simply known as The Chalet, your three-course meal awaits, featuring raclette, hearty soups, chicken cordon bleu and apple strudel.
Access by: Snowshoe.

Cloud 9

Don’t forget to make your reservation 30 days in advance. Courtesy Cloud 9

Don’t forget to make your reservation 30 days in advance. Courtesy Cloud 9

“Did you get your Cloud 9 reservation?” is the most important question asked during Aspen’s ski season, second only to, “What’s the snow forecast?” North America’s preeminent après ski party has been going strong for decades, feeling like a mix of South Beach and the Hamptons at 11,000 feet. Make sure to wear your Gore-Tex because the champagne you’re looking at is about to be sprayed with a fervor typically restricted to New Year’s Eve. Of the twice-daily seatings, make sure you get the 2 p.m. reservation; trust us, you want to close the place out…
Access by: Ski-in/ski-out.

Pine Creek Cookhouse

The Pine Creek Cookhouse is nestled at the base of the Elk Mountains. Courtesy Pine Creek Cookhouse

The Pine Creek Cookhouse is nestled at the base of the Elk Mountains. Courtesy Pine Creek Cookhouse

Located just 11 miles from downtown Aspen and past the historic ghost town of Ashcroft sits the Pine Creek Cookhouse, a year-round destination for hikers and snow adventurers alike. The Cookhouse is focused on Roaring Fork Valley cuisine that’s local, seasonal and responsibly raised. Don’t miss the Buffalo Momos, Nepalese-style dumplings served in a spicy roasted tomato sauce with ponzu.
Access by: Cross-country ski, snowshoe, or horse-drawn sleigh ride. Hike in the summer months.

Beano’s Cabin

This luxurious log hideaway is one of Colorado’s top restaurants. Courtesy Beanos Cabin

This luxurious log hideaway is one of Colorado’s top restaurants. Courtesy Beanos Cabin

Nestled within the peaks and valleys of Beaver Creek are three venerable cabins, each with their own unique spin on alpine cooking. With laid-back yet refined vibes, akin to a Ralph Lauren store with a kitchen, Beaver Creek’s dining options aim to please.

Found along a gently sloping meadow at the base of Larkspur Bowl, the menu at this luxurious log cabin hideaway is one of Colorado’s culinary delights. The former home of pioneer farmer Frank “Beano” Bienkowski, begin your evening with an open-air sleigh ride through Beaver Creek’s iconic Aspen groves culminating in a five-course feast for the senses. There is no better place to enjoy Colorado lamb.
Access by: Open-air sleigh pulled by a snowcat.

Zach’s Cabin

Guests can enjoy a starlit sleigh ride, pulled by a Beaver Creek Snow Cat. Courtesy Zach's

Guests can enjoy a starlit sleigh ride, pulled by a Beaver Creek Snow Cat. Courtesy Zach's

Perched high above Bachelor Gulch, Zach’s is Rocky Mountain fare at its best. Bask in the beauty of the Gore Range while sipping on vintages from a cellar bearing over a decades’ worth of Wine Spectator “Best Of” wins. Oh, you’ll also be feasting on a rack of lamb, prime beef cuts and elk chops.
Access by: Open-air sleigh pulled by a snowcat.

Allie’s Cabin

After an exquisite meal at Allie’s Cabin, enjoy sweeping views of the village illuminated by fireworks. Courtesy Allie's Cabin

After an exquisite meal at Allie’s Cabin, enjoy sweeping views of the village illuminated by fireworks. Courtesy Allie's Cabin

Looking for a dining experience more suited to families? Look no further. Allie’s Cabin treats the adults in your party to a three-course buffet dinner complete with children’s favorites. Be sure to check out the floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace for the best seats in the house.
Access by: Open-air sleigh pulled by a snowcat.

Uley’s Cabin

Before heading back to the slopes, be sure to have lunch at Uley’s Cabin. Courtesy Uley's Cabin

Before heading back to the slopes, be sure to have lunch at Uley’s Cabin. Courtesy Uley's Cabin

Open for both lunch and dinner, Uley’s brings a bit of French flair to Colorado’s culinary landscape. Lunch is à la carte, with offerings ranging from charcuterie and salads to wild boar. A five-course dinner prix-fixe menu caters to an even more refined palate. If you’re visiting during the day, you can’t miss the exterior ice bar, located on the deck overlooking the valley.
Access by: Ski-in/ski-out for lunch. Open-air sleigh pulled by a snowcat for dinner.


Telluride’s flagship restaurant is at the top of the gondola. Courtesy Allreds

Telluride’s flagship restaurant is at the top of the gondola. Courtesy Allreds

Perched 10,551 feet atop the Southern San Juan Mountains is Allred’s, Telluride’s flagship dining experience. Accessible only by the village gondola, the restaurant features breathtaking views overlooking the twinkling lights of the town below. Let General Manager Mario Petillo welcome you to an innovative, contemporary American dining experience featuring a bounty of locally-sourced ingredients and a robust wine list.
Access by: Gondola.

Alpino Vino

Ski in during the day or travel via an enclosed snow-coach at night. Courtesy Alpino Vino

Ski in during the day or travel via an enclosed snow-coach at night. Courtesy Alpino Vino

At nearly 12,000 feet, this quaint European hütte boasts the highest altitude fine dining restaurant in North America. Under the watchful eye of Chef Nicola Peccedis, whether you choose the world-renowned grilled cheese with Colorado camembert and house-made pesto for lunch or the five-course Italian Alpine dinner, your taste buds will thank you.
Access by: Ski-in/Ski-out during the daytime. Snow-coach for dinner.

Four Seasons Vail – “Steak Out” Dining Experience

In-room dining is available 24 hours a day, with a special menu from Flame restaurant. Courtesy Four Seasons Vail

In-room dining is available 24 hours a day, with a special menu from Flame restaurant. Courtesy Four Seasons Vail

This one-of-a-kind offering provides a luxe take on the traditional mountain picnic—especially when it’s the Four Seasons culinary team packing your lunch. Allow Executive Chef Marcus Stewart to cook his signature Flame steaks atop the mountain.
Access by: Ski-in/ski-out.

Game Creek

Game Creek is accessible by snowcat or by hiking in the winter. Courtesy Game Creek

Game Creek is accessible by snowcat or by hiking in the winter. Courtesy Game Creek

Located in Vail’s epic Game Creek Bowl, this European chalet was rated one of OpenTable’s top ten restaurants in Colorado on OpenTable as well as the AAA Four Diamond Award. Whether you order the traditional four-course menu or splurge on their truly unique five-course menu at the chef’s table, you can do no wrong at Game Creek.
Access by: Snowcat in the winter. Hike or four-wheel drive shuttle in the summer.

Lone Mountain Ranch – The Sleigh Ride Dinner

Horse-drawn sleigh takes you to the North Fork Cabin for an unforgettable meal. Instagram/Lonemountainranch

Horse-drawn sleigh takes you to the North Fork Cabin for an unforgettable meal. Instagram/Lonemountainranch

Step back in time for a ride on your very own horse-drawn sleigh. After a twenty minute ride through the magical Montana wilderness, you’ll arrive at the North Fork Cabin, where smoke billows from the chimney and the team inside have been working for hours—without electricity—preparing for your arrival. Armed with only oil lanterns and a century-old wood burning stove, this meal is one of the most unique any skier could hope to experience. Power down your phones and enjoy.
Access by: Horse-drawn sleigh.

Fireside Dining

Fireside Dining is exactly what it sounds like. Instagram/Deervalleyresort

Fireside Dining is exactly what it sounds like. Instagram/Deervalleyresort

The Fireside Dining experience centers around four courses cooked served in four stone wood-burning fireplaces. Expect raclette, alpine favorites like stews, elk tenderloin, pork Osso Bucco, a roasted leg of lamb that dangles over hot coals, and, to finish, a chocolate fondue station. Did we mention it’s all-you-can-eat?
Access by: Drive.

Lookout Cabin

Snowshoe to a gourmet lunch on the mountain. Courtesy Lookout Cabin

Snowshoe to a gourmet lunch on the mountain. Courtesy Lookout Cabin

Ideal for a day off from hitting the Park City slopes, this lunch-only guided snowshoe tour from the Red Pine Gondola is the perfect “down day” activity. Take in the beauty of the wilderness before indulging in a gourmet lunch of homemade fondue, paninis and souvlaki while enjoying the best views on the hill.
Access by:Snowshoe.


Enjoy lunch at the highest restaurant in Jackson. Courtesy Pisto Mountain Bistro

Enjoy lunch at the highest restaurant in Jackson. Courtesy Pisto Mountain Bistro

Entering its third winter, Piste has carved out a niche with tourists and locals alike. Featuring Rocky Mountain cuisine from proud purveyors like Vertical Harvest and Lockhart Cattle Company, the bistro-style lunch-only menu features can’t-miss favorites like warm cheddar biscuits, rosemary chicken, French Dip, skirt steak salad and a crock of house-made chili that could feed a family of five.
Access by: Gondola.

Head to Mr. Luxury Ski for even more luxurious alpine options of all sorts.

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This summer, Colorado will be buzzing with new activities, recreational pursuits, events, attractions and more. Following is a sampling of what’s new this summer in Colorado,

Exciting New Events, Festivals & Anniversaries:

The Dead Sea Scrolls on Exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, March 16 - September 3, 2018: The regional premiere of the exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see authentic Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient manuscripts that include the oldest known Biblical documents dating back over 2,000 years.

Broadway in the Rockies Celebrates its 50th Anniversary, Summer 2018: Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre of Grand Lake features professional actors and musicians in a state-of-the-art venue. June 8th is opening night for the 2018 season with summer-long programing for the anniversary.

70th Annual FIBArk Festival, June 14-18, 2018: 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of FIBArk “First in Boating on the Arkansas”, the nation's oldest whitewater festival featuring whitewater boat races where paddlers from across the nation and world come to compete.

The Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs Turns 100 and Hosts the U.S. Senior Open June 25-July 1, 2018: On June 29, 2018, The Broadmoor will officially turn 100 years old. The historic hotel will celebrate with fireworks and a special gala event. From June 25-July 1, the U.S. Senior Open will be played on The Broadmoor's iconic East Course.

AdventureOUT Comes to Snowmass, July 4-8, 2018: Geared toward the LGBT community and their families, the new AdventureOUT Snowmass features a different spin on the Aspen Gay Ski Week Experience, with an emphasis on building community and getting out into nature in the summer.

Splash-In Sea Planes Event, July 14, 2018: Bring the family to experience this new and highly unique event as seaplanes land on Kenney Reservoir in Rangely, Colorado.

Slow Food Nations Returns to Denver July 13-15, 2018: Following a successful inaugural year in 2017, Slow Food Nations will return to Denver, gathering leaders, eaters, farmers, chefs, educators and families for a weekend of tastings, tours and talks.

Velorama and Colorado Classic Return to Denver, August 16-19, 2018: World-class pro bicycle teams compete in circuit races throughout the state – 2018 cities are TBA – ending in Denver on the final stages. Following the race, there will be a three-day music, crafts, beer and food festival in the River North (RiNo) Art District.

Kokopelli 140 Mountain Bike and Trail Running Race Debuts, September 7-8, 2018: This year, bikers and runners will be able to experience all 144 miles of the Kokopelli trail from Fruita, Colorado to Moab, Utah fully supported during the mother of all mountain bike and trail running races. ​

Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering Celebrates its 30th Anniversary, October 4-7, 2018: The event celebrates the lifeways of rural people by creating the "campfire" around which anyone with an interest can come to share in the appreciation of the culture and traditions unique to the West.

Enticing New Attractions, Activities & Adventures:

City on the Side Offers Motorcycle Sidecar Tour Experiences: City on the Side provides an exceptional, personal and private sightseeing journey through Colorado on a classic Russian Ural cT sidecar motorcycle.

New Colorado Creative Corridor: The new Colorado Creative Corridor will officially launch in May 2018 offering visitors an invitation to pair the destinations of Carbondale, Salida, Crested Butte, Delta County/ North Fork and Ridgway with unique arts and cultural experiences.

Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop Launches New Passport Promotion: The Passport to the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop is a collaborative effort between the western Colorado hot springs destinations, including Chaffee County, Pagosa Springs, Ouray County, Glenwood Springs and Steamboat Springs. Participants simply obtain the official stamp from each visitor center and mail it in to redeem their prize.

New Tech Toolkits from Colorado Parks & Wildlife: Colorado Parks & Wildlife has launched a fishing App for smart phones that enables anglers to check out mapping information for over 2,000 locations in the state, and a new State Park Pass Online Purchasing System allows travelers to purchase state park passes, make state park camping reservations and buy wildlife licenses online.

Colorado Riverfront Trail Expands: Debuting this spring 2018, the new Kokopelli segment of the Colorado Riverfront Trail will extend the trail from Fruita to the Kokopelli Trails area in the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area.

New Colorado Spirits Trail: The Colorado Distillers Guild is launching a Spirits Trail in 2018 inviting visitors to discover the spirits of the West. The trail highlights more than 50 participating distilleries from every corner of the state, and offers a map and interactive website.

Eagle River Launches Whitewater Park: The Eagle River Park will open summer 2018, unveiling a world-class white water park featuring an in-stream design optimizing the river’s natural morphology, and will offer riverside recreation areas, where there will be riparian plantings and restoration.

Earth Treks to Build Nation’s Largest Climbing Gym in Englewood: Earth Treks Climbing and Fitness, a long-time leader in providing superior indoor climbing experiences, will debut its newest gym in Englewood this summer, which will span more than 52,000-square-feet making it the largest climbing gym in the US.

Glenwood Springs Adds New Single Track Trail: Glenwood Springs newest mountain biking trail, The Grandstaff Trail, has riders amped with its valley-wide, professionally bermed turns and the opportunity to catch air.

San Juan Hut System Launches New Gravel Grinder Route: New for spring 2018, the San Juan Huts will offer a hut-to-hut gravel ride from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah through some of the most scenic and remote stretches of pavement in the west.

The Sebastian Vail Expands its Artists, Authors & Athletes Program: This summer, The Sebastian is expanding its popular Artists, Authors & Athletes speakers series that launched in winter 2018 and connects guests, owners and the local community with experts in their chosen field.

Snowmass Expands Summer Operations with Development of the Lost Forest: New for summer 2018, Aspen Snowmass announces an immense list of activities at the new Lost Forest located on Snowmass Mountain. These enhancements include an alpine coaster, canopy tour, challenge course, climbing wall, expanded hiking and biking trails and more.

Snow Mountain Ranch Offers New Family Attractions: Brand new to Snow Mountain Ranch for summer 2018 is the Spruce Saddle Adventure Zone playground with fun mountain features including a pendulum swing, small zip line, twisted log ladder, climbing moose and stump hoppers.

Timber to Table Guide Service Offers New Program for Hunters: Hunts are geared toward first-time hunters, and a five-day cow or bull elk experience includes a private guide who leads the hunt and will also teach participants how to process the animal, identify various cuts and custom wrap their meat.

New TPC Colorado Golf Course Opens in Berthoud: Summer 2018 welcomes major golf news including the opening of the new TPC Colorado, the state’s first ground-up golf course development in nearly 10 years located in Berthoud, Colorado.

YMCA of the Rockies Opens the Boone Family Mountain Center: New for 2018, the Boone Family Mountain Center at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado will provide a base camp for nature, environmental and high-adventure activities.

New and Unique Summer Lodging Packages & Experiences:

Golf with a Legend at The Broadmoor: In celebration of the legendary Broadmoor Resort’s 100th anniversary in 2018, the property is offering a special “Golf with A Legend” package allowing guests to tee it up on the fabled East Course with Hale Irwin.

Branding Camp at Chico Basin Ranch, May 13 – 18, 2018: Chico Basin Ranch is home to Ranchlands’ largest herd of cattle. Guests are invited to join the working team this spring to be part of the branding crew that will hold the herd, assist with vaccinations and ear notching.

New Mountain Cures at the Four Seasons Resort Vail: New for 2018, the Four Seasons Resort Vail’s Forbes Five Star Spa has created Colorado and mountain-inspired treatments, certain to aid in sleep, altitude adjustment and boosting energy while in Vail.

Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa Adds New Summer 2018 Palisade Ranch Packages:Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa will offer four new experiential packages in summer 2018 – Palisade Ranch Adventure, Red Rock Romance, For Foodies, and Curiosity – for its on-site Palisade Ranch that will allow guests to choose customized experiences based on their ideal vacation.

The Maven Offers Decadent Denver Culinary Experience: This package includes a gourmet cooking class led by a professional Denver chef followed by a decadent 5-course dinner, 10 personalized chef jackets, luxury transportation, accommodations for five couples in five urban suites for two nights, and valet parking at The Maven.

Hotel Telluride Offers Ropes & Rungs Package: This package is designed for all abilities and includes accommodations, daily breakfast for two, a full-day guided Via Ferrata climb and a full-day rock climbing adventure. Both days are complete with a packed picnic lunch.

Hotel Telluride Offers ‘Best in Show’ Dog Package: The Hotel Telluride’s exclusive new ‘Best in Show’ package offers the ultimate experience for its furry guests including: A two-night stay; a personalized pet welcome; homemade dog treats; a plush dog bed and food and water bowls; and other canine amenities.

New Lodging Properties and Renovations:

Eleven Experience Introduces the Lofts at Public House in Crested Butte:Opened in early 2018, the Lofts feature the same design and five-star amenities consistent with the Eleven Experience portfolio and guests also have access to the same authentic adventures offered by Eleven Experience guides with a selection of year-round, a la carte pursuits.

Elizabeth Hotel Opens in Fort Collins: With record players in the guest rooms, inspired artwork and a piano in the Sky Bar, a musical theme permeates this modern 164-room luxury hotel, which opened in December 2017.

Embassy Suites and Hilton Garden Inn Opens in Boulder: Opened in late 2017, these new dual-branded properties feature a combined 375 rooms and offer two price points at a single site, as well as the largest hotel-ballroom in Boulder.

The Jacquard Opens in Denver’s Cherry Creek North Neighborhood: Slated to open in early 2018, The Jacquard hotel is Stonebridge Companies in partnership with Autograph Collection Hotels newest luxury hotel to include stunning art collections, tasteful design and sophisticated dining.

Mount Princeton Hot Springs Expands: Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort will debut 25 new creek-side units in June 2018. These new guest rooms will feature modern finishes and balconies directly on Chalk Creek.

The Ramble Hotel Opens in Denver:The Ramble Hotel, an independently owned, three-story hotel will open in spring 2018 in Denver’s RiNo (River North) district with 50 guestrooms; an intimate theatre and bar; an independently owned restaurant; and a marquee lobby bar, Death & Co Denver.

New Lodging and Tours at The Redstone Castle: The historic Redstone Castle, located outside of Carbondale, Colorado in the Crystal Valley, will open doors spring 2018 after an extensive renovation program, to offer boutique lodging and tours of the famed castle.

Royal Gorge Cabins Adds Additional Glamping Tents: Royal Gorge Cabins is adding four new glamping tents to its existing four tents and nine luxury cabins in time for the summer 2018 travel season.

The Source Hotel Opens in Denver’s River North: Expected to open in spring 2018, the 100-room Source Hotel is proud to showcase exceptional independent artisans and will feature a new New Belgium brewing concept to highlighting sour beers.

Hotel Talisa Opens in Vail: Opened in late-2017, the 285-room Hotel Talisa features exclusive amenities including one-of-a-kind spa treatments, three dining venues, curated alpine experiences and a 58,000-square-foot athletic club.

Food and Beverage Offerings Debut:

Angry James Brewery Opens in Silverthorne:Opening in Q1 2018, Angry James Brewery is a small, community-oriented brewery and tap room featuring a seven barrel system and showcasing a variety of American and international-style beers.

Crafted Beverages of Southwest Colorado Adds Tasting Passport: Now in its second year, Crafted Beverages of Southwest Colorado (CBSW), aims to raise awareness of the region’s “drink local” movement spotlighting independent producers of crafted beverages, and — new for 2018 — coffee and tea roasters.

Dairy Block Micro-District Opens in Denver: Slated to open in summer 2018, and anchored by The Maven Hotel, The Dairy Block in Denver’s newest micro-district highlighting some of the area’s most creative makers and businesses, including the much anticipate Milk Market food hall from acclaimed chef, Frank Bonanno.

Denver’s Famed Cherry Cricket Opens Second Location: One of Denver’s most popular burger joints, the Cherry Cricket, will open its second outpost in the city’s Ballpark neighborhood in summer 2018.

Fall Line Kitchen & Cocktails Opens in Vail: New for 2018, Fall Line restaurant celebrates the active and adventurous lifestyle of Vail with casual comfort food and inventive cocktails in a bright, modern space flanked with large 60’s era ski photos lining the walls.

Goat Patch Brewing Opens in Colorado Springs: Goat Patch Brewing offers a variety of handcrafted beers along with a fundamental goal of supporting the local Colorado Springs community.

New Hands-On Culinary Experiences at Larkspur Vail: This summer, guests are invited to join the Larkspur culinary team for a hands-on culinary experience including food preparation with chefs in the kitchen, cocktail reception and a three-course meal.

New Butchery Program at Leonora at The Sebastian in Vail: The Sebastian-Vail is completely refreshing its food and beverage program for summer 2018 with a new menu and concept at Leonora featuring a whole animal butchery as well as game and prime beef selections.

The Nice Guy Opens in Aspen: LA Hotspot, The Nice Guy, has plans to expand their second restaurant in Aspen.

Oskar Blues Opens in Downtown Colorado Springs: The new eatery will offer underground bocce courts, an outdoor patio, 48 taps and locally sourced meats that round out the menu.

Pikes Peak Market Opens in Colorado Springs: Opened in late 2017, Pikes Peak Market is an indoor market and non-profit focused on building the local food ecosystem, supporting local vendors, and building community.

Jennifer Jasinski’s Ultreia Opens in Denver’s Union Station: James Beard Best Chef Southwest Jennifer Jasinski opened Ultreia this past winter featuring shared plate pinxtos and tapas from Spain and Portugal.

Zeppelin Station Opens in Denver: Opening in Q1 2018, the 100,000-square-foot Zeppelin Station will boast a ground level market hall featuring retail tenants focused in design goods, various street food vendors from around the country, multiple bars and a full-service anchor restaurant.

New Rural Colorado Cuisine Offerings: Top-tier chefs are moving into rural areas—especially west of Denver—and raising the bar on the dining scene with small focused dinner events and intimate dining rooms offering fast-evolving menus that reflect seasonality and locality of ingredients. Cloverdale Farm and Restaurant opened doors mid/late 2017 in Steamboat Springs offering an intimate, fine dining experience using locally grown and sourced ingredients alongside a curated old world wine list. Traditional hunting lodge, High Lonesome Ranch in Debeque launches its second season of high-end dinners, serving a 20-course tasting menu overseen by Matt Chasseur and Patrick Ayers. Latigo Ranch in Kremmling will also offer a second season of fine dining, with a molecular dinner club.

Major News on the Horizon for Winter 2018/2019:

Dior: From Paris to the World Debuts at The Denver Art Museum, November 18, 2018 – March 3, 2019: The Denver Art Museum will host the U.S. debut of the renowned exhibition, Dior: From Paris to the World, this fall.

Limelight Hotel Snowmass to Open: Slated to open in November 2018 the Limelight Hotel Snowmass will offer fun, unfussy luxury with an energetic vibe and will feature an indoor/outdoor lounge area, a five-story climbing wall open to the public, a fitness center and spa pools.

W Aspen and The Sky Residences at W Aspen to Open: Slated to open for the 2018/2019 winter ski season, the new hotel and residences will offer 88 guestrooms and 11 W-branded fractional residences.

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Kirstin Koszorus
Colorado Tourism Office
Phone: (303) 892-3871

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