Category: Family Friendly

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A Few Days in Crested Butte

    We have always heard that Crested Butte was a favorite among Coloradans, so after five summers here, we decided to finally check it out. The valley is filled with ranches and cattle who look it me like I’m crazy when I stop to take a photo. We were lucky to visit when the wildflowers were starting …

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Exploring Mesa Verde

I’ve dreamed of visiting Mesa Verde ever since seeing Cliff Palace in a social studies book. These dwellings built into the sides of cliffs fascinated me in elementary school and still do today. My dream of seeing this finally came true during a trip to southern Colorado. Mesa Verde National Park (Spanish for green table) is in southwestern Colorado near Cortez & Durango.  Your …

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Rodeo Fun in Steamboat

Want a taste of the Old West? There is nothing better than a good old-fashioned RODEO!  Our little cowboys had a fantastic time at the Steamboat Pro-Rodeo.  (Mom and Dad had a blast too!) The rodeo in Steamboat Springs is the most successful weekly rodeo in the country and can trace it’s roots back over 100 years!  …

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Steamboat in Summer

Steamboat Springs is one of our family’s favorite places to visit in the summer. The best way to get there from the Front Range is via I-70 and heading north over Berthoud Pass to Winter Park.  It’s a ski town, but also has a wonderful Old West feel. Our family was in town for the Steamboat Pro Rodeo, something that had been …

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National Western Stock Show

Every January is the National Western Stock Show, a Colorado tradition for 110 years. Denver is full of cowboys, ranchers and farmers who come to buy, sell or show their livestock.  Some come to ride in the rodeo or see the latest equipment in ranching. I remember going over thirty years ago with my Grandpa Ray, a …

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Tailgating & Skiing at A-Basin

Ever think about tailgating with your family while skiing?  The best place to do this is The Beach at Arapahoe Basin.  It’s perfect – especially if you have young and/or inexperienced skiers with you.  Here’s what your day will look like if you decide to try out this adventure! First off, we usually go with another family so …

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Fall Hike Close to Denver

Colorado is famous for it’s beautiful aspen trees. When they turn gold in the fall it’s breathtaking.  One of the things us locals love to do is take a hike to enjoy the golden leaves and cool mountain air. This weekend my family took an afternoon hike up to Guanella Pass. For something different, take Highway 285 south out …