Beaver Creek

Summer Fun at The Beaver Creek Rodeo

My kids were convulsing with laughter. We were at a rodeo on a cool, Colorado mountain night and a big ornery bull was misbehaving. Circling the arena, the bull avoided the cowboys trying to lead him back to his stall. Instead, he was bucking and jiving, kicking and snorting and doing all those bad bull things. Then the rodeo clown let him have it. “Hey bull,” he yelled. “Did you know your mama is a cow and your sister is a heifer?” The crowd roared. Cowboys and Greenhorns  Bull riding was the last event of the night at the Beaver Creek rodeo and we were primed after a hour or so of good old-fashioned entertainment. The evening’s first event was Bronc Busting, where cowboys try to ride an impossibly agile horse for 8 seconds. No cowboy stayed on, but the event got the crowd warm...

Tour de Colorado: Our Picks for Colorado’s Top Destinations for Families

Exactly one year ago today, I published my intentions for my family to visit many of Colorado’s world-class destinations last summer. We enjoyed our Tour de Colorado so much that we will be doing a repeat performance at fan-favorite Crested Butte while also adding glorious Golden and others to the mix. Did you miss Round 1? Be sure to check out our picks for Colorado’s Best-kept Secret, Best Splurge, Best Mountain Festival, Best Mountain Community, Best Dude Ranch, Best Camping and Best Front-range Destination. All of my trip reports embraced The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of family travel. Case in point: locking our keys in the car for three hours. While it was still running. Here is a flashback of our many great travels that I originally published last year (with 2010 updates): BES...