Cripple Creek

Hopeful miners create a Conestoga traffic jam heading to Cripple Creek in the 1890s. | Photo courtesy of Cripple Creek Heritage Center Cripple Creek, cuddled into a high altitude valley west of Colorado Springs, was founded by gamblers, men and women drawn by the possibility that a glint of gold would shine from a handful of stone. Cripple Creek and the neighboring town of Victor were the focus of the…

February 13, 2018
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Gambling in Colorado

The Ute Mountain Casino shines in the darkness of the state’s southwest corner. | Photo courtesy of Ute Mountain Casino Staff writer Colorado’s historic past of scruffy miners and card games in Wild West saloons has inspired a modern-day revival of gambling. The state isn’t unique, of course, in offering legalized gambling – 23 states have some form of gaming – and it doesn’t make the list of Top 10…

February 13, 2018
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Great Wolf Lodge

Staff writer Just north of Colorado Springs, Great Wolf Lodge offers a water park and hotel designed for children and their adults, all under one roof. The lodge, one of 15 in the chain, opened in 2016 and has already attracted a loyal following to its backwoods-themed space. The Colorado Springs lodge has 311 hotel rooms and three pools, including a wave pool and separate shallow pool for little guests,…

February 13, 2018
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Natural hot springs

February 1, 2015

Strawberry Hot Springs steams on an icy winter day/Strawberry Hot Springs photo By Linda Cornett The geologic violence that gave Colorado its majestic topography left behind a benign gift that has comforted humans for millennia. The state doesn’t claim the largest number of natural hot springs in the country, but does offer a unique combination of relaxing heat and healthful minerals set amid stunning scenery, almost as though the hot…

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Butterfly Pavilion Gardens

The outdoor gardens at Westminster’s Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center features a 1/2-mile nature trail winding along Big Dry Creek and 300 varieties of native plants.

June 30, 2013
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Chester M. Alter Arboretum

June 22, 2013

The University of Denver’s Chester Alter Arboretum is home to 10 Champion and Notable trees: cedar of Lebanon, crabapple, eastern wahoo, European hornbeam, horse chestnut, shantung maple, trident maple, weeping giant sequoia and yellow buckeye.

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Montrose Botanic Gardens

Staff writer In the spare high plains of southwestern Colorado, citizens of the city of Montrose have created and are expanding a botanical garden dedicated to educating visitors. The Montrose Botanical Society was formed in 1995, organized around the dream of a botanical garden. The group has signed a 50-year lease with the city for a 3.5-acre tract of land. Two gardens have been completed: • The Promenade welcomes visitors…

June 22, 2013
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