Summer Vacation: 75+ of Colorado’s Best Events, Unparalleled Adventures & Unique Lodging Offerings
posted by: Amber Johnson
Enticing New Attractions, Activities & Adventures:
Animas River Whitewater Park Expands: Located just south of downtown Durango, the Animas River Whitewater Park recently underwent an expansion that includes the addition of a fish ladder, a bypass channel and several fun new water features.
Breckenridge Walking Tour & Photography Workshop: This tour, lead by internationally recognized photographer Louie Traub, will take guests on a walking journey of Breckenridge while providing them with the opportunity to photograph historical buildings and artifacts, the thriving creative arts district and incredible mountain vistas.
Canyoning Adventures Now Offered in Ouray: Canyoning Colorado will offer canyoning/canyoneering descents and trainings in the quaint mountain town of Ouray, which has been frequented by seasoned canyoners for years due to its abundance of canyons and waterfalls.
Classic Palisade Wine Country Guided Bike Tour: Indulge your appetite for supreme wines and incomparable cycling, and discover the true beauty of Colorado’s Western Slope. Pedal quiet country roads into the heart of Colorado Wine Country. Enjoy private wine tastings, tours and lunch.
Colorado National Park Tour: Travelers now have a convenient new way to explore the varied landscapes and experiences of Colorado’s four stunning National Parks. The Colorado National Parks Tour takes road trippers from Denver on a seven- to 10-day route into all four National Parks and the Colorado National Monument with additional National Park Service stops along the way.
The Denver Zoo Debuts Tiger Exhibit: Located on almost a full acre on the southeastern edge of the park, The Edge tiger exhibit will bring guests closer than ever to the Zoo’s Amur tigers. The expansive, open space will also offer several unique ways to safely connect with these magnificent creatures and to see them from multiple perspectives in yards that mimic their native habitat.
Epic Discovery Comes to Breckenridge Ski Resort: Vail Resorts’ innovative summer offering, Epic Discovery, arrives in Breckenridge in summer 2017 with interactive exploration zones, story stakes, animal ability experiences, climbing wall, Ariel Adventure Tour, zip lines and more. The summer expansion, combined with the existing activities like the Mountain Coaster and Alpine Slides, connect all ages with the national forests in an active, fun and engaging way.
Four New Natural Areas Opened in Fort Collins: Four new Natural Areas have been added to Fort Collins’ network of 41 sites: two will open in 2017 – Goose Hollow and Tanglewood; two are in planning stages – Soaring Vista and Flores del Sol. Natural Areas offer exceptional bird watching, and many enable regular raptor and wildlife.
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park’s New Haunted Mine Drop: New for summer 2017, the Haunted Mine Drop will leave guests breathless as they drop approximately 100 feet on the only drop ride in the world that goes down inside a mountain.
Lazy B Chuckwagon and Western Show Announces Reopening: The tradition of the Lazy B Chuckwagon dinner and Western show lives on from its opening in the early 1960s. The “new” Lazy B is the spirit, enthusiasm, passion and hard work of the past, combined with the exceptional staff and new talent committed to create unforgettable memories and music.
Loveland Offers New Bike & Brews Tour: Tap into Colorado’s epic cycling opportunities and taste the flavor of local craft brews on the new Loveland Bike & Brews Guided Day Tour. Participants will discover why Loveland is an up and coming destination for beer aficionados.
Ouray Hot Springs Pool Undergoes Major Renovation: The 90-year-old Ouray Hot Springs Pool & Fitness Center is undergoing a major renovation and will unveil the modern improvements in May 2017. In operation since 1927, the Ouray Hot Springs Pool has been the Southwest region’s premier destination for relaxation and amazing views.
Outlaw Mountain Coaster Opens in Steamboat: Steamboat is working with world-class manufacturer Wiegand to install the Outlaw Mountain Coaster, the longest coaster in North America. Expected to operate year-round, the mountain coaster will descend more than 400 vertical feet with a riding length of more than 3,500 linear feet.
Soaring Adventures Course at the Broadmoor: Experience the thrill of soaring over steep drops, unique rock formations and jagged cliffs, and across Seven Falls Canyon on the new Fins Course at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. This course also features several custom-built suspension bridges and a controlled 180-foot rappel to the canyon floor at the end.
Tesoro Cultural Center Introduces New Living History Experience: Tesoro Cultural Center introduces its new Living History Experience programming, available to the public starting June 1, 2017. Hosted on the grounds of The Fort restaurant in Morrison, Tesoro’s Living History Experience will feature historical interpreters, short films, award-winning artists and hands-on activities for adults and children alike.
Exciting New Events, Festivals & Anniversaries:
Estes Park Celebrates its Centennial: The town of Estes Park will celebrate its 100th birthday in 2017. The town was established on April 17, 1917, and boasts several historic landmarks, attractions and lodges to visit along with exploring the scenic beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park.
Velorama Festival and Colorado Classic Pro Cycling, August 10-13, 2017: Pro bicycle racing returns to Colorado with the Colorado Classic, and in Denver, a new companion music, food and crafts festival dubbed “Velorama.” The race includes heats in Colorado Springs and Breckenridge and finishes in the RiNo Arts District in Denver where the Velorama Festival will be in high gear and will include headliner music, cycling events, craft beer, local food and a unique marketplace.
Outerbike Comes to Crested Butte, August 18-20, 2017: Outerbike, the biggest mountain bike demo on earth, comes to the Rocky Mountains for the first time ever showcasing Crested Butte and the Gunnison Valley’s 750 miles of mountain bike trails. Visitors can demo as many of the latest and greatest bikes as possible, or bring their own bike and enjoy the trails.
New and Unique Summer Lodging Packages:
The Broadmoor Fly Fishing Camp to Offer Cattle Drive Experiences: New this summer at The Broadmoor Fly Fishing Camp, a private fishing retreat in Colorado with more than five miles of river frontage, guests will be able to spend time wrangling more than trout. The Broadmoor Fly Fishing Camp will begin offering half-day cattle drive experiences on a working cattle ranch located on several thousand acres in the high country of South Park, Colorado.
Brown Palace Hotel Celebrates 125 Years: This August, Denver’s Brown Palace Hotel and Spa will celebrate its 125th anniversary with special offerings and events all year long including a 125th Anniversary Hotel Package that includes overnight legendary accommodations, $125 hotel credit and a collectable 125th anniversary amenity.
Epitourean Culinary Adventures in the Heart of the Rocky Mountains: This week-long culinary experience will be based in Snowmass with visits to a working dairy farm, cider mill, distillery, brewery and even a cooking class in neighboring Aspen. The experience also features a side dish of adventure as culinary delights will be accessed on foot, hybrid bikes and customized Jeeps.
Farm to Flame Exclusive Package Introduces Four Seasons Guests to 7X Ranch: Those with an appetite for exploratory eating and drinking will enjoy the Four Seasons Resort Vail’s curated Farm to Flame experience. The comprehensive itinerary includes a private helicopter ride to 7X Ranch in Hotchkiss, an intimate dining experience at Flame’s Chef’s Table and shipments of 7X beef directly to guest’s homes.
The Hotel Telluride’s ‘Crack a Coors on Wilson Peak’ Package Returns: This three-night package includes a private, guided tour by the San Juan Outdoor School to the summit of Wilson Peak, the inspiration for the mountain on Coors packaging. At the apex, guests enjoy a picnic lunch and have the opportunity to crack open a Coors. The package also includes daily breakfast for two and spa treatments.
Ranchlands Camp Experience Available at Chico Basin and Zapata Ranch: New for 2017, Ranchland Camps are based out of extraordinary tent camps that place guests in the heart of each ranch. Experiences are singular to each location and focus on a special theme unique to that property, taking guests into the core of ranch life. Tent camps come complete with hot showers, beds and specially prepared meals.
New Lodging Properties:
Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort to Open: This vintage bicycle-themed hotel with amenities and activities suited to the needs of cyclists provides a haven for relaxation and connection. Located on a popular designated bike route connecting Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs, the property is close to countless miles of biking trails. Rooms are bicycle themed and clinics will soon be offered.
Dunton Town House Opens in Telluride: The recently opened Dunton Town House is a beautiful five bedroom bed & breakfast in the historic mining town of Telluride. After a day of exploring Telluride, visitors return to charming rooms decorated with European fabrics and custom furnishings.
The Glamping Co. Offer’s Glamping Yurt Experiences: By partnering with private landowners and the U.S. Forest Service, Glamping Co. offers beautiful and comfortable yurt accommodations and provides unique educational and recreational experiences for guests to enjoy.
The Great Wolf Lodge Comes to Colorado Springs: Thrill seekers will find all the water slide drops, loops and spin outs they crave at Colorado Springs’ first indoor water park resort. Little ones will delight in the geysers, waves and spray features of the zero-depth entry pools. Experience resort activities including bowling, a kid’s spa, interactive adventure games, an indoor high flyin’ ropes course, nightly Story Time and more. Even bedtime is unique with oversize suites featuring wolf dens and cabins with bunk beds.
Food and Beverage Offerings Debut:
IV by Brother Luck Debuts in Colorado Springs: Celebrity chef, Brother Luck, announces his newest project, IV by Brother Luck, will open in Spring 2017. IV by Brother Luck will feature a menu of new American fare with a focus on the historical cuisine of the four corners region.
Aspen Kitchen opens Rickhouse Social: New for 2017, Rickhouse Social is a convivial and comfortable gathering spot offering Breckenridge Distillery programs and products designed for whiskey aficionados and celebration seekers alike.
Axe and the Oak Opens in Colorado Springs: Now open in Ivywild School, Axe and the Oak whiskey is handcrafted and distilled in Colorado Springs by four friends using raw materials sourced from a family farm. This small batch whiskey represents a bridge between the storied history of the spirit and the promise of new horizons.
Ginger & Baker to Open in Fort Collins Feeder Supply: The historic Fort Collins Feeder Supply building is on-track to become a foodie haven when it opens as Ginger & Baker this spring, replete with a coffee and pie shop, two restaurants, as well as a small retail store, wine cellar, tasting room, and teaching kitchen.
Liberty Bar Opens in Telluride: Opened February 2017, Liberty Bar brings a luxury lounge and sophistication aspect to Telluride that hasn’t been available in the past. Live music, open mic nights, DJs and a Thursday Night Book Club are some of the entertainment plans for the new bar.
Stanley Marketplace Debuts: Officially opening in early 2017, Stanley is no ordinary marketplace. It is a community of like-minded businesses and people who believe in doing things differently, sustainably, creatively and with more than the bottom line in mind. It is an adaptive reuse community hub, home to a park, beer hall and more.