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Ouray Ice Park

Ouray Ice Park

Staff writer The Ouray Ice Park is a free, outdoor park for ice climbing on the sheer walls of the Uncompahgre Gorge just south of town. The ice is created by drawing water from the city reservoir, piping it to the end of the gorge’s cliffs, and then spraying it through 300-plus spigots. The rest is an ice wall more than a mile wide with routes ranging in difficulty from…

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Natural hot springs

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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Union Station Denver

Denver’s Union Station

Staff The venerable Union Station in lower downtown Denver has been reborn as a long-awaited transit hub and a flourishing hotel, restaurant and entertainment space. Buses, trains, the free 16th Street Mall shuttle through downtown, and several light-rail routes converge at the site, with more still to come. In and around the station are more than a dozen retail shops, restaurants, bars and the boutique Crawford Hotel, named for Denver…

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Country Jam Ranch

Staff writer The Country Jam USA is held each June at the Country Jam Ranch west of Grand Junction, drawing thousands of country music fans for four days of concerts. The ranch has served as the festival’s permanent home since 1992 and offers hundreds of campsites for fans and vendors for food and sundries. A new, two-day rock concert series was added in 2003. It was originally called Rock Jam…

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