Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Iron Mountain Tramway in Glenwood Springs
November 2, 2011

Staff writer Getting to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is part of the fun. At the edge of town, visitors hop on the Iron Mountain Tramway, a scenic trip to the top of the mountain where a rustic amusement park waits. Topside, there is the first alpine slide in the state, a huge swing over Glenwood Canyon (1,300 feet below), a 70-foot bungee jump, a zip ride 625 feet down the…

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Snowmass ski area

Snowmass Ski Area Colorado
October 25, 2011

Staff writer Snowmass is the largest of the Aspen ski areas, with a 4,406-foot vertical drop that’s No. 1 in the United States and 3,132 acres of skiable terrain that’s No. 2 in the United States. Snowmass has long been rated one of the nation’s top ski areas for families, with its wide-open, well-groomed trails, but it has added three terrain parks in recent years to serve the younger snowboarding…

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Aspen Highlands ski area

Aspen Highlands ski area
October 25, 2011

Staff writer The Aspen Highlands ski area has long been a local favorite for its expert trails and its panoramic views of Maroon Bells. The 2002 opening of the Highland Bowl added inbounds backcountry skiing on slopes that are among North America’s steepest. Aspen Highlands reaches an altitude of 11,675 at Loge Peak from a base of 8,040 feet for the main ski area but hits 12,392 for Highland Peak…

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Buttermilk ski area

Buttermilk ski area
October 25, 2011

Staff writer The Buttermilk ski area has long been known for gently rolling trails for beginning skiers and families, as well as its ski and snowboard school. In recent years, it has earned a different reputation by adding two terrain parks and hosting the ESPN Winter X Games. Buttermilk rises to an altitude of 9,900 feet from a base of 7,870 feet and classifies 35 percent of its runs as…

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Aspen Mountain ski area

Aspen Mountain ski area
October 25, 2011

The Aspen Mountain ski area, also known as “Ajax,” sits directly south of Aspen and is legendary for its double-diamond expert runs and the Silver Queen Gondola and Little Nell chairlift that take skiers onto the mountains right out of downtown Aspen.

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Aspen history

Historic photo of silver mines in Aspen, starting in the 1880s. | Photo from between 1898 and 1905 by the Detroit Photographic Co.
October 25, 2011

By John Leach Aspen’s Roaring Fork Valley was a summer camping spot for the Ute or Nuchu tribe, nomadic hunter-gatherers who roamed the Western Slope starting in 1000 A.D. Ute Springs, which is near Glory Hole Park at Ute and Original streets, may have been a tribal campsite, according to the Aspen Historical Society. Prospectors arrived in Aspen in 1879, traveling over Independence Pass from Leadville, which was already booming…

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Glenwood Canyon

Glenwood Canyon near Glenwood Springs
October 23, 2011

Staff writer Glenwood Canyon is 12 1/2-mile-long scenic wonder, with the Colorado River running through the bottom and canyon walls of granite and limestone that rise up to 1,300 feet above the river. It is the largest canyon on the upper Colorado. The canyon stretches from Glenwood Springs, where the Colorado meets the Roaring Fork River, east to Dotsero, where the Colorado meets the Eagle River. In 1906, the canyon…

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Glenwood Hot Springs Pool

Glenwood Hot Springs Pool
October 22, 2011

Staff writer The Glenwood Hot Springs Pool has been in operation since 1888, using 3.5 million gallons of naturally hot mineral water that rises from the Yampah Hot Springs each day. The main pool is kept at 90 to 93 degrees, while the therapy pool is at 104 degrees. The outdoor pool is two city blocks long (405 feet by 100 feet, with nearly 1.1 million gallons of water), and…

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Palisade

Palisade Colorado peaches
October 12, 2011

Palisade exports truckloads of peaches that rival Georgia’s best, grapes for a growing wine industry and other fruit from melons to apples and cherries.

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Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs is a tourism center at the mouth of scenic Glenwood Canyon, the last stretch completed on Interstate 70 because of the challenges of preserving the canyon’s environment. It also serves as the gateway to Aspen, which is 40 miles to the south. Glenwood Springs has been known for decades for the Hot Springs Pool and related facilities, which have drawn visitors wanting to relax and release every last…

October 10, 2011
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