With the majestic Rocky Mountains serving as a picturesque backdrop, Colorado is an ideal place for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers to visit. However, there's more to this state than just amazing hiking and challenging bike trails; the state is also home to large museums, music festivals, theater productions and much more.
- Estes Park, CO 80517 in Estes park, CO
Showcasing all that winter in Estes Park has to offer, this young festival has expanded to include beer, wine and food tastings. Dances and a craft fair add to the fun. Outdoor activities include things such as sledding, skiing and ice-climbing.
This January show has grown into 16 days of livestock sales and competitions, horse shows, rodeo events and family fun nights. New activities are added frequently. In 1983, college scholarships were awarded to students pursuing careers in agriculture and medicine, and became a charitable piece of the show.
- Durango, CO in Durango, CO
Winter doldrums are set aside for a week in Durango. Visitors find their inner child with events like the themed costume party and stage Follies. The evening Light Parade features bands and floats all decked out for that year's theme. This is a true town celebration.
- Steamboat Springs, Colorado in Steamboat springs, CO
Winter Carnival in Steamboat Springs was founded by Carl Howelsen in 1914. Nordic and alpine competitions are held initially, followed by the ever popular street events. Marching band members perform on skis. A fireworks and the incredible Lighted Man make for additional excitement.
Since 1983, the world's best men and women snowboarders have competed annually for large cash prizes in this competition. Parties follow events throughout the competition because...snowboarders are there. Until 2012, this event was held on Stratton Mountain, but it has moved to Vail, Colorado.
- Durango, Colorado in Durango, CO
Pass holders enjoy access to various receptions and parties allowing them to mingle with the independent filmmakers who are here to showcase their work. Seminars on filmmaking and documentary topics are held. Independent films are screened throughout the five-day event.