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, visitwww.COLORADO.com.
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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