Museum of Northwest Colorado

Museum of Northwest Colorado in Craig
April 6, 2012

Staff writer The top exhibit at the Museum of Northwest Colorado is a collection of nearly 1,000 cowboy and gunfighter artifacts that takes up the building’s second floor. The museum also has a small group of historic items from the Denver Northwest & Pacific Railroad, memorabilia from Edwin Johnson, a former Colorado governor and U.S. senator, and an 11- by 16-foot painting of Craig in 1896. The museum is housed…

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Wild horses in Sand Wash

Staff writer Hundreds of wild horses roam free in the Sand Wash Herd Management Area, one of four established in Colorado under the provisions of a 1971 federal law and run by the federal Bureau of Land Management. Visitors can observe the horses from Wild Horse Loop, which runs through the heart of Sand Wash Basin, or from Sevenmile Ridge off Moffat County Road 75. A four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended,…

April 6, 2012
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Wyman Living History Museum

Staff writer The Wyman Living History Museum has eclectic exhibits, including collections of Colorado license plates and chain saws, a fully stocked general store from the town of Pagoda, a barn from the family’s ranch, a blacksmith shop from Walden and a 1932 Lincoln. The museum was founded by Lou Wyman, whose father homesteaded near Milk Creek in 1905 and then skied over in 1911 to purchase the property along…

April 6, 2012
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Marcia Car from Moffatt Railroad

Staff writer The Marcia Car is a private railroad car originally constructed by the Pullman Co. in 1906 for Denver banker and railroad magnate David Moffatt, who used it to review progress on the construction of the Denver Northwestern & Pacific Railroad and to entertain prospective investors in the project. Moffatt named the car after his daughter and only child, Marcia. The interior woodwork is solid mahogany imported from Africa,…

April 6, 2012
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Browns Park

Browns Park in northwestern Colorado
April 6, 2012

Staff writer Browns Park is an area rich with Old West history that stretches between Diamond and Cold Springs mountains and across parts of northwestern Colorado, northeastern Utah and southwestern Wyoming. The Old West history covers Native Americans, fur trappers, explorers, ranchers, rustlers and outlaws, with famous visitors and residents including Kit Carson, John Wesley Powell, Capt. John C. Fremont, Ann Bassett and Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch. Native Americans from…

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Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge

Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge
April 6, 2012

Staff writer The Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge, located about 90 miles west of Craig, features elk, deer, moose and other wildlife in an area noted in Wild West history as home to ranchers, rustlers, fur trappers, outlaws and Fort Davy Crockett. The 13,455-acre refuge, administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, also is home to river otter, beaver, black-tailed jackrabbits, osprey, Great Basin gopher snakes, songbirds, Woodhouse’s toad…

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Craig

Craig in northwest Colorado
April 5, 2012

Staff writer Craig is a small city in northwestern Colorado that serves as a center for hunting, cattle ranching, coal mining and electrical power generation. Craig was founded in 1889 as a supply town for nearby ranches, thanks to its strategic location at the confluence of Fortification Creek and the Yampa River, then known as the Bear River. Coal mining came to the region in the 1970s, and three coal-fired…

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Saddleback Ranch

Staff writer Saddleback Ranch is an 8,000-acre working cattle ranch that offers horseback and wagon rides, cattle drives, snowmobile tours, sleigh rides, tubing runs, and all-terrain-vehicle rides, plus big-game hunting trips in season. The ranch also offers horseback, wagon, and sleigh rides that include dinners for guests. It is located 15 miles west of Steamboat Springs. The ranch has been family-owned and family-operated for four generations. The current owners, Wayne…

December 13, 2011
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Strawberry Park Hot Springs

Strawberry Park Hot Springs near Steamboat Springs
December 13, 2011

Staff writer The Strawberry Park Hot Springs seven miles north of Steamboat Springs offers 104-degree mineral water pools in a natural setting on Hot Springs Creek with stone masonry, plus massages in a private hut and watsu therapy in a private pool. It is open to all ages during the day. After dark, clothing is optional, and no one under 18 is admitted. There is a daily fee for use…

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Steamboat Ski Area

Steamboat Ski Area
December 13, 2011

Staff writer The Steamboat Ski Area has built its reputation on the area’s western ranching heritage and small-town friendliness, along with ski runs through glades of trees deep with powder most of the season. The face of the company since 1970 has been Billy Kidd, who was the first American to win an Olympic medal in skiing in 1964 and went on to a career as World Cup ski racer….

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