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Walker Ranch is classified as a Historic Place as a cultural landscape as defined by the National Register. The ranch hosts Heritage Days where you can immerse yourself in old-in-time culture. At their last heritage day in January, people had the opportunity to "Learn about typical winter chores and indoor games when you explore the Walker Ranch Homestead. You’ll see a working demonstration in the blacksmith shop and smell food being prepared on the wood stove. Be prepared for cold, windy weather, and to walk in snow" Activities included tours, games, blacksmith demonstrations, cooking and butter churning and more.
Walker Ranch and its surroundings also offers wonderful explorations of wildlife, wildflowers, hiking and biking. The 7.6 mile Walker Ranch Loop is a fairly challenging bike trail located off of Flagstaff Road. It includes s spot where you must dismount, a single and double track, cliff conditions and is a loop that you can ride in any direction. The Walker Ranch Link and the Meyers Homestead Trail are shorter and easier.
If you are a Boulder resident, visiter or new to the area, driving up Flagstaff Rd. to explore this historic location is worth the effort. Make it a day trip with your family or escape everything and ride in solitude. To learn about upcoming Heritage Days, visit Walker Ranch.
Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the great wonders of Colorado. You can get lost for days camping in the park or visit for one day and enjoy magnificent hikes and wildlife! Many people travel to the National Park for vacation, but if you live in the state, you are lucky enough to enjoy all that the park has to offer year round. So, why not plan a day trip to explore 415 square miles of trails, wildlife, wildflowers and more.
Visit Rocky Mountain to learn more and plan your winter or summer excursion.
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Winter is a spectacular time to visit the wilderness of Rocky Mountain National Park. With a little bit of preparation, many exciting activities await you. Be sure to layer up with insulating, waterproof clothing, wear sunglasses, use sunscreen and carry water.
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Avalanche, Snow, and Trail ConditionsRocky's avalanche risk, snow levels, and trail conditions are always changing. Read the current avalanche forecast, see how much snow is on the ground, and view trail condition reports by following these links.
Ever thought how fun it would be to hike in the winter, but there's all that snow? Consider snowshoeing! It's as easy as strapping snowshoes on your boots and grabbing a couple of poles. No training is necessary and if you can hike, you can snowshoe. Most park trails can be explored with snowshoes. A few pieces of equipment are essential: you will need a pair of snowshoes and waterproof boots. Poles are helpful for maintaining balance, but optional. Waterproof pants or gaiters help keep you warm and dry.
Picture yourself gliding through a silent forest full of fresh, white snow. Cross-country skiing is a rejuvenating sport that pairs physical exercise with the beauty of nature. You will need skis and poles with large baskets. Waterproof pants or gaiters help keep you warm and dry. In general, terrain and deeper snows on the west side of the park make for better for cross-country skiing, but you are welcome to strap on your skis throughout the park.
Hidden Valley is the one place in Rocky where sledding is allowed. No tows are provided, and you must provide your own plastic sled (sleds with metal runners are NOT allowed), saucer, or tube (if you don't bring your own they may be rented in Estes Park at most any outdoor shop). You walk your sled/saucer/tube up the hill and slide down. It's a pretty gentle hill, being the bottom of the bunny slope of the former Hidden Valley Ski Area. Skiers, snow boarders, and snowshoers may pass but must use caution around sledders, and slow down to yield the right-of-way. A restroom (flush/running water) is at the bottom of the hill by the parking lot. On most weekends when there's an attendant, a warming room is also available. Winter winds can scour the area, causing conditions to vary, so call the park Information Office for the latest information, 970-586-1206.
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Check the Free Ranger-Led Programs for snowshoe opportunities with a ranger; reservations are required. Snowshoe walks are offered on both sides of the park from January through March, depending on conditions.
What if I don't have my own equipment?
The communities of Estes Park and Grand Lake have shops where winter recreation equipment, including snowshoes, cross-country skis, poles, boots, sleds, tubes, saucers, gaiters, stabilizers can be rented or purchased. For renting equipment in Estes Park see the Visit Estes Park website. For rentals in Grand Lake and the surrounding area, see the Visit Grand County website.
Many park roads are open in winter to provide access to the wintry world park wildlife call home. Winter is an especially good time to look for elk, mule deer, moose, and other large mammals. Look for moose along the Colorado River on the park's west side. Elk and mule deer are most active at dusk and dawn, and are usually seen in meadow areas. Look for bighorn sheep along the Highway 34/Fall River corridor on the park's east side. Coyotes may be seen any time of day. Members of the Jay family, including Steller's jays, with their striking blue bodies and crested heads, gray jays, Clark's nutcrackers, and the iridescent, long-tailed black-billed magpies are commonly seen in the park.
Last summer, Boulder introduced a new type of dining, mingling and entertaining to the North Boulder area. Rayback Collective is a casual place to wind down with friends or family. It is "a food park. A bar. An event space." So, whether you want to grab a quick drink, a quick bite or listen to music outside and do a little yoga, check out Rayback Collective. It's also a great place to host an office party or other special occasion!
On the corner of Valmont and 28th, Rayback Collective begins with an event space that leads to the bar, a lounge and the stage. Outside you will find a fire pit, a handful of food trucks, the porch and the yard.
Visit the Calendar, to find a list of daily food trucks, music film and community events such as yoga.
Growler USA is a popular microbrew pub all over America. And now, it is in downtown Louisville. Beginning in Eugene, Oregon, Growler USA had the image of becoming a "national American craft beer pub for all to enjoy." The pub takes traditional beers and innovates them with unique flavors pallets and never misses a beat on creativity. The name comes from the growler vessel that was used to transport beer and, more recently, used to bring beer home from the pub.
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Come enjoy the best local and regional craft beers at Louisville’s newest neighborhood pub. Some you’ll know; others you’ll come to love. Enjoy craft cuisine and hand crafted beverages in a comfortable setting. Make yourself at home…only with a much, much larger beer selection. Did we mention 100 taps? And craft beer?
And wine. And ciders. And flavored kombucha teas, cold-pressed coffee, and more. We’re all about comfort and yumminess. Is that a word? It should be.
Can we hear each other talk? Yes. Is the game on? Yes. Do you do the types of things, like Tap Takeovers, that make the American craft beer scene so fun and endearing? Oh, heck yes.
Lunch. Dinner. Drinks. Everything in between. Come on in for a bite and a beverage. Let’s make it a regular thing.
A sampling of the menu includes:
Baked Philly Pretzels
Buffalo Chicken Dip
Pilsner Chicken Cobb
Growler Chili Cheeseburger
Pilsner Chicken Avocado Club
Beer Cheese Soup
It's that time of year again to take advantage of all that Colorado has to offer! Don't miss out on skiing some of the best slopes in the state. From family friendly to advanced, these ski resorts will make your winter one to remember! Arapahoe Basin
Ski to your hearts desire at this ski resort open from October to June.
Join the locals on the steep slopes of the Aspen Highlands Resort. Even advanced skiiers are sure to be challenged here.
Ski the powder or enjoy black diamond runs on this resort, established back in 1947.
This resort isn't just a great place for beginners and families to come, but for those looking to catch a glimpse of world famous skiers and snowboarders. Buttermilk has been the host of the ESPN Winter X Games and multiple olympians.
Bring your family and enjoy fun, friendly skiing and a drink or food at one of the many restaurants after.
Make a trip and enjoy the quaint villages and expert slopes at Copper Mountain. This resort is great for beginiers, with its great instructors and has hosts some of the best terrain in Colorado for advanced skiiers and snowboarders.
This town doesn't just have great skiing, but a quaint, Victorian style town great for a weekend getaway or family advneture.
Located just 21 miles from Boulder, this resort is a great day trip. It is especially popular amongst young families with their wonderful education program.
Located in Grandby, enjoy a casual vibe with great views and a great variety of ski runs.
Head down to Durango where the snowfall is rich and plenty of hiking, skiing and snowboarding can be found.
Head to beautiful Steamboat for great family skiing and snowboarding.
Located just 53 miles from Denver and open from October to May, this is an easily acceced resort all winter long.
Enjoy friendly people, cheaper prices and less crowds at Monarch Mountain.
Enjoy great powder, ski skiing, and breathtaking views from the world's largest flat top mountain!
This isn't your ordinary ski trip. Enjoy a true vacation with a spa, shops, restuarants and more in the San Juan Mountains in Durango.
Hosting many ungroomed runs, this mountain is truly for the experts.
This mountain is no joke! Filled with acres upon acres of terrain, you are sure to have to come back for more!
Steamboat isn't just one of the prettiest places in the wold, but one that is visited by many olympians and now has direct flight options.
Located near Glenwood Springs, this resort not only offers cheaper, less crowded skiing where the snow lasts twice as long, but a great vacation option. After your busy day on the slopes, enjoy downtown Glenwood Springs with their famous hot springs, great restaurants and shopping.
Looking for great skiing and golfing in the summer, head southwest to Telluride. Like Steamboat, non stop flights are now offered and the town's spa, shops and restaurants make this a great weekend getaway.
This resort isn't just great for skiing for all levels, but a renowned resort in the summer for concerts and festivals. Get your fill of the Colorado mountains all year long at Winter Park.
Located in the San Juan mountains, this resort offers freindly people, homemade food and cheaper prices.
Looking for that memorable moment this holiday season? The historical Brown Palace in downtown Denver was open on August 12, 1892. This elegant hotel is most notable amongst the industrialization, as it takes you back in time to the days of the Wild West. Henry Cordes Brown purchased the land for his cows to graze on and later donated part of the land to the State Capitol building and part of his money to the city's library. With the help of Frank E Edbrooke, Brown built his Palace Hotel on the remaining land beginning in 1888. Today, this hotel offers a pleasant stay, an array of history and a royal afternoon tea for its guests to enjoy. Celebrate the holidays with friends or family by treating yourself to a truly decadent experience. Please note, Afternoon Tea fills up quick, so be sure to make a reservation ahead of time!
Afternoon Tea at The Brown PalaceEXPERIENCE THE TRADITION IN OUR DENVER TEA ROOMNo visit to our luxury hotel in Denver is complete without experiencing afternoon tea at The Brown Palace. Complete with herbal teas, scones, and finger sandwiches, our Denver tea room provides guests the opportunity to witness the unique longstanding tradition that is afternoon tea in Denver.
With Devonshire cream shipped directly from England and the soft sounds of a harpist or pianist floating in the air, this is truly an experience you won't soon forget.
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The Flagstaff House, located up Flagstaff Rd, just 5 minutes up the mountain from Boulder, offers award winning cuisine and a dining experience not to miss. This holiday, why not gift your loved ones with a memorable meal out? With a multi-course meal, beautiful views of Boulder and an award winning wine selection, you will be sure to relax, enjoy good company and not have to do the dishes after. Read our other blog about the Flagstaff House below:
Exquisite Dining: Flagstaff House
Located just 5 minutes from Boulder, Flagstaff House sits at 6,000 ft on the mountainside of the beautiful Boulder Flatirons. Originally a cabin built as a summer home, the Flagstaff House transformed to a venue for special events and later became an upscale restaurant in 1954. In 1971, the current owners, the Monette family, bought the restaurant and transformed it into the elegant restaurant it is today. With plenty of renovations and extra love, this restaurant offers not only beautiful views of Boulder, but an award winning wine list and exceptional French-American food.
The restaurant won Best American Food in the 2016 Boulder County Gold Awards, the Wine Spectator Grand Award 32 years in a row and features a chef who recently was named Chopped Champion on the Food Network show; Chopped.
So, treat yourself, dress up and enjoy a night out at this Boulder staple. You can host a private party, join the restaurant for special tasting events, enjoy a drink on the terrace or enjoy decadent multi-course meals at Flagstaff House!
For more information visit Flagstaff House
Denver lights up for the holidays once Dec. 1 hits. Between popular venues putting on spectacular light shows and the Civic Center being lit up for the whole community to see, getting in that holiday spirit is made simple in Colorado. Below are a few events for you and the family to enjoy.
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This annual holiday lights extravaganza transforms our York Street location into a twinkling winter wonderland.
5:30pm to 9:00pmDECEMBER 1 - DECEMBER 31The Zoo is closed Christmas during the day and for Zoo Lights (Monday, December 25)
Zoo Lights will span through 60 acres of Denver Zoo's campus, with nightly entertainment, animal encounters, Santa meet-and-greets and, of course, illuminated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns hide in bushes and appear in places where they’re least expected. Running December 1 until December 31, is one of Denver’s most anticipated events, which is a great opportunity for folks of all ages to enjoy the holidays or kick off the New Year with family, friends and colleagues.
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The Denver Business Journal released this article stating that In-N-Out Burger does plan to move to Colorado. In it's beginning stages, the chain is set to open up a patty production facility in Colorado Springs to help supply it's restaurants when they open. Read more below:
In-N-Out Burger is coming to Colorado
By Mark Harden and Ed Sealover – Denver Business Journal
Nov 30, 2017, 10:37am MST Updated Nov 30, 2017, 1:53pm In-N-Out Burger -- a California chain famous for its "Double Double" and popular with many Colorado fans -- said today it will make its Colorado debut.
The company said in a statement that it plans to open a "patty production facility" in Colorado Springs ahead of opening restaurants in the state.
"In-N-Out Burger is excited to be in the early planning stages of its expansion to the state of Colorado," Carl Arena, the company's vice president of development, said.
"We are working on plans to build a patty production facility and distribution center in Colorado Springs to support future restaurants in Colorado."
The company did not say when the facility will open.
"Because we are still in the early development phase, we don’t yet have a timeline for the construction of either our support facilities or future restaurants," Arena said. "However, the steps we are taking now represent the first of many on the road to serving customers in Colorado."
EnlargeIn-N-Out Burger's signature Double-Double Burger and French Fries.
Westside Investment Partners Inc., a Denver real estate investment firm, said that In-N-Out has a contract to buy a 22-acre site at the Victory Ridge commercial complex (formerly known as Colorado Crossing) in north Colorado Springs for its production facility, and that the chain eventually plans to open a restaurant there.
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Irvine, California-based In-N-Out Burger does not have any Colorado locations; the nearest stores are in Utah and Arizona.
Andy Klein, a principal with Westside, said that the burger chain sought out the Colorado market and that the courtship was a relatively short one. He had been talking with In-N-Out for just a couple of months before inking the deal, he said.
While Colorado is the seventh state in which the chain will operate, it's just the second place outside of California where it will build a patty factory, indicating an over-and-above commitment to growing along the Front Range, Klein said.
While he knows that the company will ship its never-frozen patties into the Denver area from the Colorado Springs plant, he does not know exactly where or when they'll open up a restaurant around Denver.
In opening in Colorado, In-N-Out enters a market that already is packed with burger concepts.
The Denver area is home to national chains such as Smashburger, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers (Nasdaq: RRGB) and Good Times/Bad Daddy's Burger Bar, which are owned by the same company, Good Times Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: GTIM). Local concepts such as Park Burger also are growing quickly.
Klein, who considers himself a "devout follower" of In-N-Out, acknowledged that it faces competition as it enters this new market. But he said he believes that Coloradans who haven't tried its burgers yet will grow to love at is Californians have.
"While we're not short on [burger concepts], we're short on the one that's the best," Klein said. "They have a commitment to quality that stands out."
In-N-Out regularly pops up in conversations — particularly among California transplants — about chains that Coloradans would like to see come to the state.
In an informal 2010 DBJ survey, readers ranked In-N-Out Burger second among the top chains they'd like to see in Colorado. The other two favorites — Trader Joe's (No. 1) and H&M (No. 3) — have since arrived here.
There have been rumors for years that the chain would be expanding to Colorado. In 2011, Denver City Councilman Albus Brooks -- a native Californian -- said he was putting bringing the burger chain into Denver on his agenda.
Brooks was raving about today's announcement. "It is real folks!!! ... IN N OUT!!!! Coming to Colorado Springs first. Congrats," he tweeted.
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