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Action shot of our rafting trip down the Poudre River in Fort Collins
Colorado is often talked about during the winter months, when the snow falls and people travel from around the world to ski its slopes. Perhaps this is one reason why Fort Collins, despite being a mecca of beer brewing and the location of the most joked-about river in the state, has continued to fly under the radar. Because it doesn't have a ski hill and isn't a major city, it gets lost in the shuffle of Denver and the iconic mountain towns of Aspen, Vail, and Breckenridge.
This is good news as far as we're concerned. Fort Collins is located only an hour's drive from Denver, but it seems more remote than that thanks to this aforementioned low profile. The locals are incredibly down-to-earth and genuine, and tourists that find their way to Fort Collins aren't there by accident or because they've heard about the town their entire lives. They've sought it out because of one reason or another, so there's an aspect of realness and authenticity to everyone you meet. We experienced two of those reasons this past weekend: Beer and underrated whitewater rafting.
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So you probably know that Colorado has legalized marijuana—in all kinds of forms—for recreational use. However, you probably didn’t know that there’s a new place to acquire the state’s latest cash crop. It’s your rental car!
Okay—not really, but it does sound like unwanted marijuana has found a second home within the rental car garage. Most of the stuff is left behind at Denver International Airport right in the rental car, and sometimes it’s even offered up to the agents by those departing the state.
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Remember that real ghost town in Wyoming we told you about earlier the week--the one Amelia Earhart loved? Well, we know the U.S. has plenty more abandoned and spooky towns to offer up for an ideal summer road-trip.
The abandoned towns that exist in American today were primarily mining towns, once living high-on-the-hog before the local industry turned. Others were decimated by natural disasters, sending remaining residents to greener pastures. Regardless of the reason for their dilapidation, these ghosts towns need to make it to your list of things to do over the next few months:
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Great Sand Dunes National Park at sunset
With the calendar now on June and nighttime temperatures becoming more consistent, camping season is upon us across most of the country. Things are moving a bit slower in Colorado, though, as the snow-filled winter has translated into a wet, spring runoff that has left campsites and surrounding trails soggy.
But that doesn't mean we can't have a good adventure while we wait for things to dry out. In this travel snapshot, we feature Great Sand Dunes National Park, located four hours south of Denver. When things have the potential to be wet and sloppy during the spring or late fall, seek refuge amongst the gigantic sand dunes, where it is sure to be warm and dry.
Typically, Colorado tourists seeking adventure stick to hiking, biking, skiing, or camping, mostly because they are activities that seem realistic for those coming from out of town. For reasons of perceived practicality, one of Colorado’s most adrenaline pumping sports, rock climbing, isn’t even considered to be an option by the casual visitor. Most people assume they’re not cut out for it.
This writer was in that category himself not too long ago. I mean, really, climb the face of a mountain without any prior experience? Then I discovered a climbing outfitter, who, believe it or not, made this dream a reality after only a day’s worth of training. I showed up in Colorado not knowing the first thing about rock climbing, and two days later I was standing at the summit of the gateway to the west.
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Fans of the cycling circuit are no doubt looking forward to this summer's USA Pro Challenge in Denver, when the world's best racers will take on an eight-city route through the Rocky Mountains, including Aspen, Crested Butte, Colorado Springs, Gunnison, Breckenridge, Vail, Denver, and Boulder. The typical spectator might hit one or two of them, but a company called NextGreatTrip has created the mother of all VIP itineraries for the race should you have an extra $9,500 lying around.
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People who live in proximity to the coasts have their summers planned out with visits to the Atlantic or Pacific, but those caught in the middle might find a trip to a local lake to be more accessible and more affordable. From Nevada to New York, there are hundreds of lakes to choose from, so be sure to investigate what lies within a few-hour drive of wherever you call home. Below, we feature three that we can recommend as great weekend getaways:
If you drink enough cheap beer, you are probably hip to the fact that Coors Light uses a mountain range not only as the background to its logo, but as an indicator of when your beer is cold enough to drink. When the mountains turn blue, the party begins.
Well, here's one for the next round of bar trivia: Those mountains actually exist, the design based off of Wilson Peak in the San Juan Mountains 11 miles west of Telluride, Colorado. Long before it became iconic with Coors, the range has been a scenic staple for those skiing Telluride Mountain.
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In celebration of the most needed happy hour of the week, we're launching a new column called “Monday, Five Thirty” that will take a look at different vices from around the world, specifically boozes and beers unique to a destination. Last week, we went to Grand Cayman to try out some of the local rum, Seven Fathoms, which is aged underwater. This week, we head to the Mile High City where one beer is brewed with an usual delicacy.
If you don't know what a Rocky Mountain Oyster is, we'll be blunt: It's a bull's testicle, and it is often eaten fried in the American West cattle-raising culture. We know, we know. It's hard to say who to feel worse for - the bull who lost the testicles, or the person who's putting them in their mouth.
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Skiing is one of the most expensive hobbies you can get into, but thanks to one of those made up national holidays, "Play Hooky and Ski Week," you can get great deals on lift tickets across the country this March.
The website to find them on is called Liftopia, and it's pretty straightforward. It's a discount "lift ticket deal engine" that partners with over 250 resorts across the U.S. and Canada. In this case, it has a special site set up for "Hooky Week" from March 3rd to 7th, and there are some great opportunities on single and multi-day passes, with the typical savings in the 30-40% range.
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Utah Claims to Have the Greatest Snow on Earth, But How Does Steamboat's 'Champagne Powder' Compare?
We told you about the sexy, clothing-optional Strawberry hot springs and showed you photos of a pretty amazing ski day, but now it's time to get a little nerdy. For years, Utah has claimed to have "the greatest snow on earth" with its classic trademark, but Steamboat Springs and its "Champagne Powder" might have something to say about that.
We'll save you the science lesson, but what it all boils down to is the amount of water in the snow. A study conducted by the University of Utah concluded that while other areas may get similar snow fall, it is the low water content of Utah's powder (along with smart marketing) that gives it its worldwide reputation.
Those crazy Coloradans are up to it again!
We gave you the scoop on how to buy pot legally in Colorado, and although smoking marijuana isn't technically allowed on the slopes, you can now showcase your bro-tastic apres habit thanks to the new "Juicy Fruit" design from Folsom Custom Skis out of Denver.