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DENVER (June 10, 2013)—2013 is a noteworthy year for Colorado as many towns and businesses recognize their milestone anniversaries. To commemorate these landmark anniversaries, many have organized celebratory events and activities ranging from concert series and special giveaways, to ranch competitions and events showcasing local fare. A sampling of anniversary celebrations across the state is below. For more information on Colorado, or for a free copy of the Official State Vacation Guide, please visit

  • Burlington’s 125th. Join Burlington’s celebration of the town’s 125th birthday. Numerous activities are set to take place, starting early June and throughout the summer months, as part of the Birthday Bash, including the Kahuna Beach Party on July 26, 2013, a Dutch Oven Cook-Off on August 10, 2013 and a summer-long concert series featuring musicians The Radios, the Parlor Pickers, Hotel California and many more.
  • Carbondale’s 125thThe town of Carbondale is celebrating its 125th. Potato Day, which falls onSeptember 28, 2013, will be celebrated with a special parade, BBQ and rodeo events.
  • Chautauqua’s 115th, Boulder. July 4, 2013 marks the 115th anniversary of the Colorado Chautauqua, Boulder’s National Historic Landmark, that sits nestled below the iconic Flatirons. The Dining Hall, which features the famous wrap-around porch and spectacular views of the Flatirons, is now open following an extensive overhaul. Events are set to take place throughout the summer, featuring a special rendition of “Snow White.” The Colorado Chautauqua is one of only a few remaining in the U.S.
  • Crow Canyon Archaeological Center’s 30th, Cortez. In 1983, the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center was established to advance the knowledge and understanding of the human past. As the Center celebrates its 30th anniversary, Crow Canyon is inviting the public to Dr. Bill Lipe’s lecture, “Thirty Years of Knowing the Southwest through the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.” The lecture is scheduled for June 13, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Crow Canyon campus.
  • Denver Mountain Parks’ 100thIt took an Act of Congress for Denver to create its mountain park system. Today, Denver’s unique parks system includes Buffalo Bill’s Grave, Winter Park Ski Resort, two buffalo herds and Summit Lake. The goal of the mountain park system was to make Denver a rival to Switzerland for mountain tourism. Frederick Law Olmsted, of Central Park fame, worked on the original design for the park system, which was completed by his son Rick in 1914.
  • Glenwood SpringsGlenwood Hot Springs’ 125th is taking place this summer. To mark the milestone occasion, the Glenwood Springs Resort will host a variety of events and activities, including Strawberry Days on June 20, 2013, and an Independence Day celebration on July 4, 2013, with cake and special giveaways. Hotel Colorado’s 120th and Glenwood Caverns' 10th anniversaries are also being celebrated this summer.
  • The Leland House and Rochester Hotel’s 20th, Durango. The Leland House and Rochester Hotel will celebrate its 20th anniversary on June 21, 2013 with local food and live music from Caitlin Cannon and The Artillery. The Leland House and Rochester Hotel is a small family-owned historic hotel, renovated by mother-and-son team, Diane Wildfang and Kirk Komick.
  • The Rockies’ 20th Year, Denver. All season long, the Colorado Rockies will be celebrating their 20thanniversary in a variety of ways, including hosting past Rockies’ players at Coors Field, special player and team events for fans, bobblehead giveaways and many other special opportunities.
  • Steamboat Springs’ 110thFor 110 years, Steamboat Springs has celebrated Independence Day in true Western fashion. Events, like the Pioneer Days Block Party, are proof Steamboat's Western roots are alive and well. Don’t miss the pancake breakfast, a float down the Yampa River, the Pro Rodeo Series, fireworks and much more.
  • Telluride. The Sheridan Opera House 100th anniversary will be honored all year with events, fundraisers and a Speakeasy Gala on July 6, 2013. The Telluride Film Festival’s 40th year will be celebrated during the week of August 29- September 2, 2013. To commemorate this special occasion, an additional day has been added, making room for a five-day bounty of special programming and festivities. The Telluride Bluegrass Festival’s 40th promises a magical four days of only-in-Telluride performances June 20-23, 2013, from beloved festival veterans and inspiring new talent, with sets from Peter Rowan, Béla Fleck and the "King of Telluride" Sam Bush.
  • Triple Bypass Bicycle Ride’s 25th, Evergreen. This bike race, which accommodates 3,500 riders, is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The traditional ride from Evergreen to Avon is on July 13, 2013 and onJuly 14, 2013, the ride from Avon to Evergreen. The Triple Bypass is a 120-mile bicycle tour that travels over Squaw Pass, Loveland Pass and Vail Pass.
  • Vail’s 50th Anniversary. Join the season-long celebration of Vail Mountain’s 50th anniversary during the summer of 2013. Guests and locals alike are invited to join in on the celebration of Vail’s extensive history over the past 50 years, and all that the next 50 years will bring. Some of the highlights include:Vail’s 25th International Dance Festival, taking place July 28- August 10, 2013, Vail America Days Fourth of July Celebration, KEEN Vail Kids Adventure Race on August 10-11, 2013 and much more.

Looking Ahead: Anniversaries in 2014

  • Red Rocks’ 50th Anniversary of the Beatles’ Concert, Morrison. 2014 is the Golden Anniversary of the Beatles Concert at Red Rocks.  The Beatles were the first rock band to play at Red Rocks, in 1964. Backstage tours take concertgoers through an underground passageway to see where dozens of famous rock stars have signed their names.
  • Rocky Mountain National Park’s 100th, Estes Park. In September of 1915, excited visitors and special guests gathered in Horseshoe Park to celebrate the dedication of America's newest playground, Rocky Mountain National Park. From September 4, 2014, through September 4, 2015, Rocky Mountain National Park, along with local and national communities, will be celebrating the park's 100thanniversary. Speakers, special activities and community events are being coordinated to commemorate the Centennial.


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