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December events in Colorado
December is here with all its holiday joy! There are lots of Colorado events to get you into holiday spirit!

Vail Snow Daze
December 11–13, 2015
http://www.vail.com/events/snowdaze.aspx
Vail Snow Daze, the largest early-season mountain bash in North America, returns December 11 - 13, 2015. Enjoy fresh tracks on the mountain and sponsor expo village by day and après parties and free live concerts by night. This bash welcomes the ski and snowboard season with free concerts, a rockin’ street fair and a tree-lighting ceremony in Vail Village. This year's headliners include The Wallflowers, Lukas Nelson & P.O.T.R. and Rusted Root.  

12 Days of Aspen
December 20–31, 2015 
http://www.aspenchamber.org/events/acra-annual-events/12-days-aspen
Downtown comes alive with a variety of free holiday activities, cookies, hot chocolate and much more to celebrate the holidays and the winter season. This festival will surely put you in a true holiday spirit!

Olde Golden Christmas
November 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015
http://www.visitgolden.com/
Experience small town, authentic holiday charm at Olde Golden Christmas in historic downtown Golden, presented by the Golden Chamber of Commerce. Olde Golden Christmas features Victorian carolers, holiday art market, live theater, dazzling holiday lights along Clear Creek, Santa encounters, free Newfoundland cart rides and more. Don't miss Golden's awe-inspiring Candlelight Walk with fireworks on Dec. 4 and holiday parades on Dec. 5, 12, 19. The parades start at 11am with lots of activities before and after.

Parade of Lights
December 4 – 5, 2015
http://www.denverparadeoflights.com/
The two-mile parade route in Downtown Denver is the stage for Colorado’s brightest holiday tradition. The FREE holiday spectacular features marching bands, ornate floats, and, of course, a special appearance by Major Waddles the Penguin and Santa! Grab your hot chocolate and ear-muffs, this year is going to be better than ever!

Blossoms of Light / Trail of Lights
November 27, 2015 – January 2, 2016
http://www.botanicgardens.org/events/special-events/blossoms-light
Blossoms of Light is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season. The 2015 event features new elements, including the return of the grand illuminated O’Fallon Perennial Walk and the Romantic Gardens. Enjoy thousands of twinkling lights throughout the Gardens, as well as the always anticipated HoloSpex glasses.
Spread throughout Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms, Trail of Lights offers visitors a choice of paths; a shorter route takes visitors directly to the children’s play area, while an extended path allows visitors to explore the Green Farm Barn and silo before continuing onto the children’s area and 1880s homestead.
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Colorado November events
November signifies a beginning of the holiday season with all its pleasant errands and events! See what Colorado has in store this month!

Olde Golden Christmas
November 2 –  December 31, 2015
http://visitgolden.com/plan-your-visit/community-events-golden-colorado/olde-golden-christmas-parades-candlelight-walk-free-holiday-shopping
For an authentic hometown Christmas experience, plan to visit Golden Colorado where the holiday spirit is all around you from the natural beauty of Clear Creek in the winter to the small-town charm of historic downtown to the free family-friendly activities offered from Thanksgiving to New Years.
Golden has a longstanding tradition of featuring classic celebrations that really capture the spirit of the season. Watch the Olde Golden Christmas video and see the excitement and fun to be had.
Olde Golden Christmas includes a community candlelight walk, Victorian carolers, free horse drawn carriage rides, holiday parades, shopping, free admission to museums, music and theater productions, Santa Clause, Newfoundland dogs, holiday lights, art, and so much more!

Denver Film Festival
November 4 – 15, 2015
http://www.denverfilm.org/index.aspx
It entertains. It educates. It provokes and persuades, moves and motivates. The cinema’s potential to transform as well as reflect society in all its diversity is what the Denver Film Society aims to recognize and realize. Since 1978, the DFS has worked to promote the medium as both an art form and a civic forum, developing a program that includes year-round screenings, community outreach projects and renowned special events. It is in fact the only nonprofit organization in Colorado dedicated to engaging both its members and the general public in a lifelong, life-altering relationship with and understanding of film and film culture. The twin pillars it has built on the foundation of this vision are the award-winning Denver Film Festival, now in its third decade, and the Sie FilmCenter.

Idea Lab
November 6, 2015
http://www.denver.org/includes/calendar-of-events/Idea-Lab/30525/1089/
On November 6, join creative leaders from Denver and nationally for a full day event featuring panel discussions and workshops on getting inspired, building partnerships and putting your ideas into action. By pairing Denver creatives with a national perspective, and arts leaders from different disciplines and practices, the Idea Lab is a unique opportunity to connect your creative practice to what comes next. 
This event is presented by Creative Exchange, an online platform for artful ideas for stronger communities, and Confluence, which highlights the people, ideas, entrepreneurs and creatives elevating Denver and its role in the global economy, and sponsored by the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation.
Denver Arts Week
November 6 – 14, 2015
http://www.denver.org/includes/calendar-of-events/Denver-Arts-Week/11345/1089/
The ninth annual Denver Arts Week is an eight-day celebration of all things art in the Mile High City, running from November 6-14, 2015. The program, presented by VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau, features more than 300 events at a wide variety of art galleries, museums, theaters and concert halls many of which are deeply discounted.

Denver Veterans Day 5K & 10K Run
November 8, 2015
http://www.runningguru.com/EventInformation.asp?eID=13241
The Denver Veterans Day Run is a memorial 5K/10K that will begin on Denver's scenic Auraria Campus and continue along the Cherry Creek Bike Path and back.
The Run is hosted by Colorado Veterans Project, whose mission is to enhance pride and patriotism in all Coloradans by building a stronger, more supportive community around our Veterans.
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Best Colorado scenic drives to take in October
Grand Mesa
Distance: 63 miles • Allow 2 hours • Total elevation gain: 4,780-10,500 feet

Traversing the world’s largest flattop mountain, this 63-mile route offers travelers wide-open vistas and more than 300 stream-fed lakes with thriving trout populations. The route spans four distinct Western Colorado areas hugged by national forest land: Plateau Valley, Mesa Lakes, Land O’ Lakes and Land’s End.
The Grand Mesa Byway goes through Plateau Valley with its plentiful sandstone canyons and climbs the mesa’s northern slope into a subalpine forest. A section of the byway branches out west along the rim of the Grand Mesa. At Lands End, views stretch across western Colorado and into Utah. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, the Lands End Observatory sits at the mesa’s edge.

Trail of the Ancients
Distance: 480 miles • Allow 9 hours • Total elevation gain: 4,750–8,571 feet

The first national park established to preserve the achievements of humankind Mesa Verde contains more than 5,000 archaeological sites, 600 of which are cliff dwellings is a great starting point of the byway. Also, visit Ute Mountain Tribal Park that is governed by the Ute Mountain Ute Indians. You can only access it with the escort of a Ute guide. These lands are and access is available only Half- and full-day tours around select sections of the 125,000-acre reservation provide an insight in an area with an estimated 200,000 Ute and Ancestral Puebloan sites. Along the northern side of the byway, the Canyons of the Ancients and Hovenweep National Monuments look amazingly untouched, and this is true. Anasazi Heritage Center in Dolores is the official visitor center to the Monument and displays artifacts of ancient inhabitants. 
Select Mesa Verde National Park cliff dwellings are close during winter. Visiting some sites requires climbing ladders.

Frontier Pathways
Distance: 103 miles • Allow 4 hours • Total elevation gain: 4,695–9,350 feet

On the Frontier Pathways, drivers can experience the transitions between five distinct “life zones” — prairie, foothills, lower montane, upper montane and subalpine. In the span of an hour, sights include pronghorn grazing around Lake Pueblo State Park, bighorn sheep perched in Hardscrabble Canyon and herds of elk moving through pastures in the Wet Mountains. Visitors can even detour off the byway at Westcliffe and climb into the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to experience the alpine life zone, where cold-resistant vegetation and specialized animals such as pika survive among rugged 14,000-foot peaks. 
The byway returns toward Pueblo but forks south to the historic communities of Rye and Colorado City. Along the way, it passes Bishop Castle, a peculiar and captivating structure that one man has been building on his own since 1969.
Loose chunks of granite in Hardscrabble Canyon can sometimes be found on the roadway. Keep your eyes open for debris when passing through this stretch.
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Best October events in Colorado

October brings a cornucopia of Colorado events well-suited for the whole family! 

Elk Fest
October 3 – 4, 2015
http://www.visitestespark.com/events-calendar/special-events/elk-fest/
To celebrate the annual elk rut and learn about the "wapiti," the Native American name for elk, Estes Park hosts the 17thAnnual Elk Fest in Bond Park and the surrounding area. The free festival features bugling contests, Cabela's Archery Range, elk exhibits, the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program, elk seminars, a Mountain Man Rendezvous, elk-inspired arts and crafts, Native American music, dancing and storytelling, self guided elk tour maps, a children's' area with elk-themed activities, and a craft beer garden. Vendors will display artwork, handmade elk-ivory jewelry, and will offer distinctive elk cuisine.  Mountain men from around the country will gather at the Mountain Man Rendezvous to sell their wares and demonstrate their skills.

Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival: Still on the Hill
October 23 – 25, 2015
http://www.breckenridgecraftspiritsfestival.com/
Craft distillers each year gather in Breckenridge for the Craft Spirits Festival, which features a grand tasting, restaurant specials, a downtown pub crawl and historic saloon tours. Born of Colorado's – and the nation's – rapidly-growing artisan spirits industry, the Breckenridge fest is the first of its kind in Colorado and last year added a new judging format to highlight top distillers and products.

Applefest
October 3 – 4, 2015
http://cedaredgechamber.com/seasonal-events/applefest/
Driving into the small town of Cedaredge on Colorado’s Grand Mesa, you’ll pass row after heavenly row of trees bursting with shiny red and green apples beckoning you to sink your teeth in. At Applefest, more than 150 vendors share the area’s agricultural wealth with visitors, who can also check out a classic car and antique tractor show, bands and much more. 

Telluride Horror Show
October 16 – 18, 2015
http://www.telluridehorrorshow.com/
Already famous for film, Telluride is also embracing the spooky fun of October with this sixth-annual horror, fantasy and sci-fi film fest in the town's historic Sheridan Opera House.  

U-Pick Farms and Corn Mazes
Many Colorado farms offer opportunities in the fall to pick your own cherries, strawberries, carrots, tomatoes, melons, beets, squash, cucumbers and more. The most popular thing to pick by far this time of year is your own pumpkin.
Farms across the state invite visitors to stroll rows of pumpkins searching for the perfect jack-o-lantern candidate. Many of them also offer corn mazes, hayrides, petting zoos, bobbing for apples and other hallmark activities of the season. See the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s list of pumpkin patches and corn mazes in your area.
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Best September Events in Colorado
September brings a crop of fun Colorado events! Enjoy warm days and cool nights!

September Splendor in the Rockies 
September 1, 2015
http://www.gunnisoncrestedbutte.com/rocky-mountain-fall-foliage
Seeing the aspens change color is an annual Colorado event. Celebrate the season in Gunnison and Crested Butte, where the state's largest aspen stand (along Kebler Pass) puts out a riot of color in September. Self-guided tours, farmers' markets, art walks, a harvest festival, mountain-bike tour and more make the month especially merry. 

Downtown Boulder's Fall Fest
September 18–20, 2015
http://www.boulderdowntown.com/events/fall-fest Boulder's autumn fest lines up music performances, a beer garden, local food vendors, a children's carnival and more along the city's beloved and bustling Pearl Street Mall. 

Oktoberfest Denver
September 18–20 and 25–27, 2015
http://www.thedenveroktoberfest.com/
Oktoberfests around the world are largely about beer, but downtown Denver’s autumn celebration turns out fun for the whole family with a daschund derby that has to be seen to be believed, costume contests, food booths, polka dancing and live music. 

Mountain Harvest Festival
September 24–27, 2015
http://www.mountainharvestfestival.org/
Colorado’s Western Slope town of Paonia covers all the festival bases at their annual celebration of harvest with live concerts, farmers’ markets, beer and wine tasting, a chili cook-off, arts and crafts, and farm tours. The bounty from locally owned orchards, ranches and farms brings in revelers from all over surrounding Delta County. 

Colorado State Fair
August 28 - September 7, 2015
http://www.coloradostatefair.com/
Concerts, rodeo, free attractions, carnival, exhibits ... and fantastic fair food too! Enjoy 11 days and nights of family fun. You'll love this fair!
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Best Colorado events in August
What August has in store for Colorado? Lots of fun events! Like the ones listed below and so much more! 
Colorado Shakespeare Festival
June 5 – August 5, 2015
http://www.coloradoshakes.org/  
For the 2015 season the Colorado Shakespeare Festival presents: Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, Wittenberg by David Davalos, Henry V and Henry VI, Part 1.

Skyline Park Games
July 13 – September 30, 2015
http://www.downtowndenver.com/places/skyline-park 
Challenge your colleagues during the lunch hour, bring the kids down during the weekend or grab a few friends and head over to Skyline Park to experience the mini-golf course. In the heart of Downtown Denver, Skyline Park offers a variety of games such as ping pong, bocce ball, ladderball, board games and more!

Vail International Dance Festival
July 27 – August 10, 2015
http://www.vaildance.org/ 
Featuring world premieres, exceptional debuts, and captivating collaborations.
The Festival features many of the world's greatest artists from all genres of dance. Under the direction of former New York City Ballet star Damian Woetzel, the Festival's 2015 season includes Artist-in-Residence ballerina Carla Körbes, Savion Glover, Wendy Whelan, American Ballet Theatre's Isabella Boylston, Misty Copeland, and Herman Cornejo and many more.

Evergreen Bluegrass Festival
August 22, 2015
http://www.evergreenbluegrassfestival.com/ 
Evergreen Bluegrass Festival is a family-friendly acoustic celebration. Enjoy music, local artists, food and beverages in the beautiful foothills of Evergreen. As a tribute to Tom Hushen, an invaluable member of the Evergreen community who passed this last fall, we present the first annual Evergreen Bluegrass Festival. Tom was an avid volunteer (honored as Volunteer of the Year by the Evergreen Chamber), amazing husband, father and friend. Tom had a vision for a new family-friendly music festival and the EBF Committee is bringing it to life.

In Bloom
July 19 – October 11, 2015
http://denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/bloom
The colorful exhibition demonstrates how a traditional genre was reinvented by 19th century artists, as the art world's focus was shifting to modernism. The exhibition is co-curated by Dr. Heather MacDonald, Dallas Museum of Art, and Dr. Mitchell Merling, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and curated locally by Angelica Daneo, associate curator of painting and sculpture at the DAM. In Bloom examines the change from meticulous and lush still-life paintings to compositions with looser brush strokes and fewer, unified subjects.
 
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Best Colorado byways to ride on in July
Santa Fe Trail
Distance: 184 miles • Allow 4 hours • Total elevation gain: 3,397–7,800 feet
The famed lifeline between Missouri and Santa Fe, in what was then Mexico, ran through the southeast corner of Colorado. This reliable route was traversed by a bevy of fortune-seeking individuals, including glory-garnering “Wild” Bill Hickok, frontiersman Kit Carson, Jedediah Smith and explorer Zebulon Pike.
In 1833 — the year the number of travelers and traders using the Santa Fe Trail was at its peak — Bent’s Old Fort was constructed. The adobe fort was originally built as an outpost for pelt trappers and buffalo skinners. But thanks in large part to its convenient location along the trail, its role soon took on other facets. Weary travelers seeking respite from an arduous journey across the Great Plains were able to restock their reserves and repair their wagons. The adobe fort of today has been completely reconstructed, and costume-clad guides lead visitors on guided tours. One of the highlights of the tour is a look into the commander’s quarters, a room once occupied by frontiersman Kit Carson.
Dinosaurs roamed these lands long before pioneers left their still-visible wagon ruts along the Santa Fe Trail. Evidence of these behemoths can be found in Picketwire Canyons in Comanche National Grassland. The fossilized footprints of Allosaurs and Brontosaurus can be found along a quarter-mile stretch within the canyon. Scientists have been able to glean a good amount of information about the habits of these creatures by studying the tracks they left behind. One of the most intriguing sections involves two sets of Brontosaurus tracks tracing toward each other, and where they meet, an obvious interaction between the two giants is evidenced by the prints left behind.
Trinidad, which is found at the western end of the byway, is a beautiful city situated in the Purgatoire River Valley. This was a logical place for a settlement in the days of the Santa Fe Trail. It had available water, and served as a resting and restocking place before the arduous trip over Raton Pass into what is now New Mexico. The people who settled Trinidad — including travelers of the Santa Fe Trail, cattle barons and fortune-seeking miners — helped to shape Trinidad’s identity. Visitors to the town are encouraged to take a walking tour of El Corazon de Trinidad (“the Heart of Trinidad”) National Historic District for a look into the lives of each. 
There are no stops for gas or water along the stretch of road between Trinidad and La Junta (81 miles).

Alpine Loop
Distance: 63 miles • Allow 7 hours Total elevation gain: 7,706–12,840 feet
Requiring four-wheel drive for much its length, the Alpine Loop is unlike any other byway in Colorado. Passing over roads established in the late 1800s, the route takes in thick wildflower meadows, and abandoned mines and ghost towns at extremely high elevations.
The Alpine Loop has three entry points to choose from — Silverton, Ouray and Lake City — each a historic town of great significance.  Beginning in Silverton, the byway leads travelers over bumpy terrain and passes the Mayflower Mill. The fully intact mill — which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2000 — is a rarity in the American West: few mills from its day remain. Just beyond the mill is the Old Hundred Mine, which opened in 1872 and operated for 101 years, despite ultimately being a less-than-profitable venture because of its numerous changes in ownership and the volatility of the silver market. Today it is open for tours that show mining techniques. From the mine’s portal, visitors can crane their necks and see the Old Hundred Boarding House. At an elevation of 12,000 feet on the crumbling face of Galena Mountain, the structure seems doomed to collapse. But its demise was staved off in 1999 when a team of carpenters fixed the roof and contractors cabled it to the mountain. 
Beyond the mine, the road ascends to Animas Forks, a mining town that showed great potential in the 1880s, but was abandoned by the 1920s because of declining investment in silver mining. At 11,200 feet, it was one of Colorado’s highest settlements, which inherently meant problems in winter. Situated in a narrow valley, avalanches were a constant threat. In 1884, a 23-day blizzard buried the town in 25 feet of snow. Visitors can stroll among the abandoned wood buildings and envision life in the rough and tumble town.
Above Animas Forks, the route splits. A left descends down Mineral Creek to U.S. 550 and Ouray. A right or second right leads to one of two passes with extremely high elevations — Cinnamon Pass (12,640 feet) and Engineer Pass (12,800 feet). Both eventually lead to Lake City. Below Engineer Pass is Capitol City, another ghost town defined by unrealized potential. This in part has to do with the lofty ambitions of its founder, George T. Lee, who was convinced the town could some day become Colorado’s capital. With a population that never exceeded 800, the mining town never even managed a county seat position. By 1900, the town had been abandoned.
Do not attempt this byway without four-wheel drive and without extensive off-road experience. Numerous guides offer Jeep tours. The byway is only open from late May through October.

Peak to Peak
Distance: 55 miles • Allow 2 hours Total elevation gain: 7,522–9,258 feet
Generous alpine curves and gradual grades lend to the Peak to Peak’s reputation as the ultimate sports car highway. The 55-mile route brings travelers up close and parallel with the Continental Divide for a tour of ghost towns, Victorian-era opulence and stunning views of Longs Peak and Mount Meeker.
Peak to Peak’s southernmost point swoops through steep terrain to remnants of Colorado’s mining heydays. Black Hawk marks the narrow gulch where Georgia prospector John Gregory first struck gold in 1859. Central City was coined “the richest square mile on earth” after nearly $2 million in gold was discovered that year. This string of mining camp towns survived floods, fires and a population flux that surged to 30,000 during gold booms and plunged to 250 after mines were exhausted. Today, they have become destinations for tourists, among them those who seek out casino gaming.
Colorado’s leading show house of the late 1800s was the Central City Opera House. The mining town jewel thrives as a summer cultural destination with award-winning preservation of the interior’s ornate stone and woodwork, and a popular opera festival that dates back to 1932. The opera house holds the title as the oldest running theater in the Rocky Mountain Region.
Peak to Peak serves as a main artery to some of the state’s most desired recreational spots, including Rocky Mountain National Park, Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, and Eldora Ski Resort. Strong ties to nature and heritage are visible in today’s mountain towns and can be seen in places such as the people’s co-op at the byway’s halfway point in Nederland and at Charles Eagle Plume in Allenspark, an authentic American Indian art and crafts trading post that has been in operation since 1917. Acclaimed Estes Park pioneer and naturalist Enos Mills spurred the 1915 designation of Rocky Mountain National Park. Travelers’ first glimpse of the park comes into view north of Allenspark with Longs Peak and its often-photographed Diamond Face. Peak to Peak reaches its northernmost point at the park’s eastern edge, cresting into the elkladen valley of Estes Park and opening up to a windshield full of the Continental Divide’s overlapping summits.
Unpaved roads to Nevadaville and other ghost towns — along with narrow passages to hiking trails — may require four-wheel drive.
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