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New hotels, attractions, craft distilleries, restaurants, special events
and more highlight summer 2013 in Colorado

DENVER (April 9, 2013) – Exciting new developments are taking shape in Colorado this summer.  From an all-inclusive luxury cabin resort and a new hiking trail that was formerly an off-limits area for nearly a quarter of a century, to two new craft distilleries and a highly anticipated new European-inspired artisanal market in Denver, Colorado is buzzing with news from around the state. 

Following is a rundown of what’s new in Colorado this summer. For more information on Colorado or for a free copy of the Official State Vacation Guide, visit

Food and Beverage

§  The Source, a highly curated European-style artisan food market and retail space in Denver’s River North (RiNo) district, opens in July 2013.  The Source, which is housed in an iconic 1880s ironworks building with 60-foot peaked ceilings, will boast specialty shops such as Proper Pour, a liquor store and bartender’s supply depot, with private wine lockers for rent; Mondo Food, a gourmet cheese and spice shop; Babettes, a French bakery by renowned Boulderite Steve Scott; Crooked Stave, a craft brewery and tap room; a tasting room from Hotchkiss-based craft distillery CapRock; a roastery and a coffee shop from Boxcar Coffee Roasters; Comida, a cantina specializing in Mexican street food; and Acorn, sister-restaurant to acclaimed Oak at Fourteenth out of Boulder. Other offerings include a whole-animal butchery with a meat counter and a general store.

§  Woody Creek Distillers has opened its long-awaited 10,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art distillery and tasting room in Basalt, outside of Aspen. Woody Creek Distillers is hand-picked, hand-crafted, and hand-bottled, making it the first and only craft distillery in the country with total control over every element of vodka production “from seed to sip.” The distillery also grows its own alpine potatoes at Scanlan Family Farm in Woody Creek and sources mountain spring water to produce its ultra-premium American spirits including its signature Potato Vodka and Reserve Stobrawa Potato Vodka, each completely grown, distilled and bottled in the Aspen Valley. In addition to its two vodka offerings, the distillery will release four specialty spirits in 2013 including Baby Bourbon, Gin, Apple Brandy and Pear Eau de Vie. The corn and fruit is sourced from local growers in nearby Olathe and Paonia.

§  Two Guns Distillery opens in Leadville this spring. The distillery is an homage to Leadville and its long heritage of whiskey making by whatever means necessary, harkening back to the days of prohibition. Two Guns’ spirits include Wild West Whiskey, Single Six Rocky Mountain Moonshine, and B.A. Dallas Black Label Whiskey.

§  El Moro Spirits & Tavern is slated to open June 2013 in Durango's historic downtown. El Moro, the name of the saloon that originally occupied the building in the early 1900s, will be led by executive chef Sean Clark, who lent his culinary skills to the first beer dinner held at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City. An expert at pairing fine foods and craft beers, Clark seeks to create a farm-to-table restaurant, working with regional farmers and creating new dishes daily, celebrating what is fresh and in season. The restaurant’s beverage program will feature a large variety of craft beers from around the world, an extensive wine list, and premium craft spirits. El Moro’s servers will be well versed in pairing beverages with menu items.

§  The Chautauqua Dining Hall in Boulder re-opens early this summer following an extensive overhaul. The 115-year-old building remains the same, as does the famous wrap-around porch that offers spectacular views of the Flatirons and the surrounding space. A lovingly renovated interior features hardwood floors, two stone fireplaces and a lounge area. The menu has also been redesigned, with Colorado cuisine served at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

§  Ark Valley Libation Society (AVLS).  The craft wine, beer, spirit makers in Colorado’s Lake and Chafee Counties have created a marketing collective to educate, advocate and promote the responsible enjoyment of craft beer, wine and spirits in the Upper Arkansas River Valley.  The Upper Arkansas Valley is home to 11 breweries, distillers and winemakers, roughly one brew house, distiller and vintner for every 2,000 residents in Chaffee and Lake counties, the highest per-capita density of craft-beverage makers in the country.  The group is creating a passport program, which cost from $25 to $50 and offer discounts ranging from 10 to 15 percent at AVLS producers. 

§  Ute Pass Brewing Co. opens in Woodland Park in April.  This 3,180-square-foot brewery is the third brewery to open in Woodland Park, joining BierWerks and Paradox Beer Company.  Ute Pass Brewing also features other area brews from Bristol Brewing Company, Prost Brewing Co. out of Denver, Boulder Beer and Paradox.  The brewery expects to serve four to six of its own beers and will offer a menu featuring tamacos, a cross between tamales and tacos.

§  Denver International Airport News. With new rail service to downtown opening in 2016, DIA is undergoing many changes to help it better reflect the Mile High City – including adding a new Elway’s restaurant (owned by legendary Bronco quarterback John Elway), a new iconic Tattered Cover bookstore, and local farm-to-table favorite Root Down coming this spring. 

Attractions and Activities

§  The Manitou Springs Incline, a popular hiking trail set in an old railway bed, officially opened in February. The Incline, one of the most unique and challenging trails in the country, was formerly off limits to the public. Still, it is estimated that the trail had been climbed illegally as many as 350,000 times each year by hikers, runners, Olympic athletes, cyclists, military personnel and others. Gaining about 2,000 feet elevation over just one mile, the Incline, which was formerly a railway to transport material for an old water line, is famous for dishing out a tough workout.

§  Bent’s Old Fort Living History Encampment. Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site is offering a chance to go back in time.  From June 5-9, 2013, the National Park Service at Bent’s Old Fort will offer an instructional Living History Encampment, featuring a weekend of immersion in the 1840s living and working at this reconstructed trading post on Colorado’s eastern plains.  Participants will get prepared with tours and classroom sessions on Wednesday and Thursday before moving into the fort for a weekend of living history, taking on the roles of traders, trappers, laborers, craftsmen, domestics and soldiers. Cost for this five day, three night event is $300 and includes instruction, equipment, and food and accommodations while living at the fort. 

§  Staunton State Park.  Colorado’s newest State Park, which formerly served as an early 20th century homestead, opens to the public on May 18, 2013.  The park, which is designated as a Rural Historic Landscape in the National Register, is located approximately 40 miles southwest of Denver in Pine. The park ranges in elevation from 8,100 feet along Elk Creek to 10,240 feet near the summit of Black Mountain and features an exceptional cross-section of native Colorado ecosystems. From pine woodlands and lush grassy meadows to rolling hills, jagged mountain formations and aspen forests, the park offers boundless areas to explore. Elk Falls, a dramatic waterfall in the western section of the park, drops nearly 100 feet. 

§  Vail Mountain Adventure Ridge Update.  Vail Mountain, the largest ski resort in the U.S., continues its 50th Anniversary celebration this summer with several new summer activities at Adventure Ridge.  Highlights include a four-line 1,200-foot long zipline, two aerial challenge courses, a large climbing wall and “summer tubing” on the same hill used for snow tubing. The aerial courses will each feature three levels of elements for guests to maneuver including ladders, rope bridges, swinging logs, cargo nets and more, all within the safety of a cable-attached harness. A beginner aerial course will feature four distinct, more stable elements for guests to climb and conquer while an intermediate to advanced aerial course will feature more than a dozen different elements that require more balance and upper body strength to successfully complete.  The new additions are expected to debut in mid-summer.

§  The Rocky Mountain Nature Association, an organization dedicated to educating guests about the availability and conservation of Estes Park’s and Rocky Mountain National Park’s abundant natural resources and outdoor experiences, offers new options for 2013. New spring and summer classes include a Grand Lake Safari, “Thirteen Creatures You’ve Never Seen,” “White Water Rafting and Eco-Adventure,” “Secret Places in Rocky Mountain National Park,” and a service learning opportunity with “Planting in the Park.” Classes start at $10 per person.

§  Colorado Scenic Byways in Southwest Colorado are teaming up to offer kid-healthy family vacations showcasing kid-healthy menus and outdoor recreation itineraries. Health-conscious families looking for ways to explore nature-based travel in Colorado can now explore five scenic and historic byways – Highway of Legends, Gold Belt Tour, West Elk Loop, Santa Fe Trail, and Los Caminos Antiguos. Highlights include family-friendly lodging, kid-healthy restaurants, age-appropriate outdoor activities for every season, and more. Suggested activities include everything from free activities like kite flying and climbing, to camping, fishing, paddling, and more. The program helps families with an expected level of difficulty for each activity and by building a progression of activities to try.

§  The High Lonesome Zip Line debuts on May 26 at Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa in Tabernash, Colorado. Mixing adventure, historical overviews and adrenaline pumping fun, the attraction features five zip lines, ranging from 370 to 1,600 feet in length and 28 to 78 feet high and reaching speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. The full tour includes 3,900 feet of awe-inspiring views and short hiking journeys that include stories and overviews of the ranch’s Western and Nordic history. The full line tour lasts approximately three hours and runs twice daily, at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. One zip line tour (High Lonesome Line) lasts one and a half hours and runs at 4:30 p.m. daily. The High Lonesome Zip Line is open from Mid-May to October, weather dependent.  A full tour costs $90 per person, with a minimum of three riders required.  One zip line tour costs $35 per person, with a minimum of 5 riders required. 

§  Snow Mountain Ranch at the YMCA of the Rockies in Winter Park will debut five new yurts in June 2013, bringing the total number of yurts to 12.  The new yurts offer one queen bed and two sets of bunk beds, accommodating up to six people.  An outdoor tent pad offers space for another two persons (guests must bring their own tents).  Yurts also include a microwave, mini fridge, prep table, picnic table, outdoor grill and fire ring. All yurts offer electricity and complimentary Wi-Fi.  The bathhouse, located nearby, has flush toilets, handicapped-accessible hot showers, hair dryers, a coin-operated washer and dryer and deep well sinks. Pets are allowed for $10 per pet, per night. Yurts are available year-round and rates start at $89 per night.

§  Active at Altitude in Estes Park offers new outdoor training classes in 2013, led by experienced coaches and guest athletes. Estes Park is a premier destination for athletes looking to train at altitude, strengthening their lungs and increasing endurance. New classes include Women’s Running Camps, Trail Running Camps, a Triathlon Training Camp, Endurance Training Camp, led by extreme athlete Dane Rauschenberg, and Squash High Performance Training Camps. Active at Altitude rates vary depending on the length of the class, level of instruction and number of rooms needed.

§  The Royal Gorge Route Railroad now offers private cab rides in its new turbo-charged GP40-2 diesel-electric locomotive. The new locomotive can accommodate up to two passengers for private cab rides seated right beside the train engineer, where they’ll experience an amazing vantage point to view the Royal Gorge on its route to Parkdale.  Prices for private cab rides are $150 for one person or $250 for two people in the same party.

§  Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs is expanding its cave tours in May 2013. The Historic Fairy Caves Tour includes sections of the cave that have never been open to the public, with a stop at Exclamation Point overlooking the Roaring Fork Valley. The Kings Row Tour takes guests down into Iron Mountain on lighted walkways into the most highly decorated cave room in Colorado, featuring formations including stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws and cave bacon. Each tour lasts approximately 50 minutes. The cost is $25 for adults, $20 for children, and includes a scenic tram ride and both tours. 

§  Gunnison Skatepark, a new 12,000-square-foot skatepark, has made its debut at Jorgensen Park. Built by world-class skatepark builder Team Pain, it includes a unique street course with natural stone obstacles, plenty of hips and two flawlessly finished bowls. In addition to skateboarders, those on rollerblades, scooters, and BMX bikes are welcome. 

§  Woodward at Copper announces a massive renovation project, which includes innovative focus on progression and an expansion of indoor and on-mountain offerings for all action sports. These improvements will take Woodward’s winter sports training to the next level while also catering to summer action sports enthusiasts. The Woodward at Copper Barn, a 19,400 square foot facility, will receive a major revamp before the 2013 Summer Camp season in June. All current synthetic snow surfaces will be replaced with Skatelite, a surface designed for wheels, boosting jumping progression far beyond just skis and snowboards, to include BMX, mountain bike and skateboards. In addition, a new progressive foam pit will be added next to the current big jump line that will include a drop in platform with 2-foot and 4-foot jumps designed for development of beginner park skills. Renovations also will include two new viewing areas giving spectators an up-close peek at the action.  

§  Dinosaur Diamond Scenic Tour is a newall-inclusive,four day/five night excursion that takes visitors through 480 miles of scenic beauty in Western Colorado and Eastern Utah.  Features on the tour include guided hikes viewing ancient Petroglyphs at the Dinosaur National Monument, horseback riding, rafting and more.  Included is five nights lodging, meals, and excursion/entrance fees.  Tour is offered on the following dates: June 23-27; July 28-August 1; August 25-29; and September 22-26.  The June, July, and August tours are $1,500 per person (double occupancy).  The September fall color tour is $1,750 per person (double occupancy). 

Hotel and Accommodations

§  The Ranch at Emerald Valley.  Just eight miles west of The Broadmoor, encircling more than 100,000 acres of Pike National Forest, The Ranch at Emerald Valley is a new intimate retreat offering refined rustic luxury inspired by the charm of a wilderness enclave. The all-inclusive haven, which opens August 1, 2013, features 10 cabins, sleeping 34 guests among them, each lovingly designed in mountain cabin style, with elegantly appointed rooms highlighted by wood burning fireplaces. Broadmoor chef-prepared meals are served in the grand lodge, where guests gather around the large stone hearth, enjoy pre-dinner cocktails at the bar and experience the expansive views from the terrace. Guests are encouraged to enjoy all the amenities that The Broadmoor offers, including tennis, golf, a spa, and more. The ranch will be open seasonally, from May through October. Rates start at $435 per person based on double occupancy not including taxes/gratuities. 866-334-3693.

§  The Vail Cascade is launching a signature outdoor summer guest program, which offers guests an assortment of complimentary experiences including Dive-In Movie Nights every Friday and Saturday at the hotel’s heated infinity-edge swimming pool (floaties included) and Stargazing and S’mores around the outdoor fire pit every Friday and Saturday night.

§  The Stanley Hotel and The Lodge at the Stanley have undergone major renovations. The Cascades restaurant now features an antique Whiskey Bar constructed around 1909. The bar offers approximately 250 different wine labels, along with the largest whiskey collection in the state. Additionally, The Lodge at the Stanley (formerly the Manor House) has undergone a complete renovation and now operates as a bed and breakfast. The Lodge at the Stanley has 40 rooms, and stays include a classic homemade Continental breakfast and afternoon tea.

§  The Delaware Hotel in Leadville offers new guided narrated tours starting this summer, including The Pauper's Field at Evergreen Cemetery, a driving tour of the area’s historic mining district, a walking tour of the saloons of Leadville, a Victorian architecture tour, and a walking tour of Leadville's infamous brawls and murders. There will also be a narrated two-hour stagecoach ride through town and a tour of the 1886 Victorian Hotel. Fees vary. 

§  Boulder Hampton Inn & Suites opens this summer, marking the first new hotel opening in Boulder in eight years. Located near some of town’s best free attractions including the Celestial Seasonings factory tour and the Boulder Creek Winery, the Boulder Hampton Inn & Suites features 100 rooms, including 30 suites, a conference room, board room, pool and workout facility. In keeping with Boulder’s environmental efforts, the hotel, at just three stories high, is no taller than the city’s cottonwood trees..

§  Homewood Suites by Hilton is scheduled to open in spring 2013 in Durango’s Bodo Industrial Park.  The hotel will offer 78 oversized suites, each with a full kitchen, and an average room size of 470 square feet – 30% larger than the typical hotel room. There is a lodge area for casual guest gatherings, business center, indoor pool, fitness center, complimentary hot breakfast and evening manager’s reception.

New Events and Festivals

§  Jefferson’s Bible: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth is at the History Colorado Center from March 22-May 27, 2013. The exhibit, which comes to Denver through a partnership with the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, offers a remarkable look into Jefferson's religious philosophy and an up close and personal look at an extraordinary piece of American history.

§  National Cattledog Association 2013 Final is taking place June 12-16, 2013 in Steamboat Springs. Dog handlers from across the country will gather to compete in the first annual National Cattledog Association Finals, and spectators will watch the dogs in action as they herd 800-pound animals through a series of obstacles. Everyone will enjoy crafts booths, BBQ and refreshments.

§  The Solheim Cup (August 13-18, 2013) combines the tradition and prestige of the game of golf with passion for one's country. This biennial, trans-Atlantic team match-play competition features the best U.S.-born players from the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour and the best European members from the Ladies European Tour (LET). The U.S. Team leads the competition, 8-3, having won the 2009 Solheim Cup at Rich Harvest Farms, just outside of Chicago. In 2011, the Americans will be looking to defend their win and extend their winning streak to four consecutive victories.

§  Telluride WOW, billed as the Ultimate Health and Wellness Festival, debuts September 19-22, 2013 in Telluride. The festival is a weekend of fresh, exciting, and healthy fitness activities, bringing together world-class presenters on the latest health, fitness, wellness, nutrition, and medical trends. Festival participants will be able to take advantage of group hiking activities, mountain climbing, road and mountain biking, workshops and seminars in a variety of disciplines led by renowned fitness pros including Tony Horton, the creator behind P90X®, the best selling fitness program in America.

§  Vail Living Well Summit (Sept. 19-21, 2013) is an inaugural event that brings together top level doctors, researchers, athletes, along with health conscious individuals and influencers to connect, learn, share and have fun in the beauty of Vail. The Summit utilizes evidence-based interactive and experiential programming for maximum takeaway for both attendees and presenters. Topics include fitness, nutrition, cognitive and emotional well-being, heart health, preventive medicine, longevity and stress, sleep health, and cutting edge breakthroughs in health and well-being. Presenters will share research and information on their field of expertise with attendees and meet, collaborate, and share with other presenters, as well as individuals who will take back what they learn to their spheres of influence. The 2013 keynote speaker, one of 23 presenters to date, is NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana.


Colorado is a four-season destination offering unparalleled adventure and recreational pursuits, a thriving arts scene, a rich cultural heritage, flavorful cuisine, and 25 renowned ski areas and resorts. The state's breathtaking scenic landscape boasts natural hot springs, the headwaters of seven major rivers, many peaceful lakes and reservoirs, 13 national parks and monuments, and 58 mountain peaks that top 14,000 feet. For more information or a copy of the 2013 Colorado Official State Vacation Guide, visit or call 1-800-COLORADO. Media are invited to visit the Colorado Media Room at for story ideas, press releases, a high-resolution image library, the official Colorado press kit and more.   

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