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Summer Mountain Town Events Off the Beaten Path
Tucked away in remote areas of Colorado exist secret stashes of mountain town events ready to be discovered. The journey to these spectacular places may be a short one or you may have to take a magnificent scenic drive that you couldn’t/wouldn’t do during the winter months. But it’s summer and you’re in Colorado. So, load up the car and explore the nooks and crannies this extraordinary place has to offer. Find mountain events surrounded by national forrests, stunning peaks, the friendliest of people and high-altitude lakes and rivers. It’s here where you'll find the most cool and exceptional things to do and places to do them all over Colorado. Shake the crowds and the high-priced luxury hotels to join us on a Colorado adventure as we take you to summer mountain town events off the beaten path.
Off the Beaten Path Summer Colorado Mountain Town Events
Buena Vista located between Salida and Leadville. It is best known as a summer destination and home of the Arkansas River headwaters where rafters put in to ride the rapids. There are also hot springs and trails for hiking, biking and four wheeling. Buena Vista is located to the east of the Collegiate Peaks mountain range known as the highest concentration of 14ers In Colorado. Featured summer mountain town events in BV include river festivals, camping music festivals, rodeos, fairs, off roading events, free concerts, endurance sports and more. See the Buena Vista calendar of cool and exceptional events
Carbondale is in the Roaring Fork Valley between Aspen and Glenwood Springs. The growing town of Carbondale still holds a remote small town vibe. Featured Carbondale mountain town events include Thursday rodeos, mountain sports events, sheep dog finals, skateboarding competitions and the famous Carbondale Mountain Fair. See the calendar of cool and exceptional events in Carbondale.
Copper Mountain isn't necessarily off the beaten path but can be an overlooked summer destination. At Copper’s resort village you can ride the zip line, race go karts and take a scenic lift ride. You can also scream while riding the mountain coaster as it twists through the forest along the mountain side. Copper Mountain is packed with top shelf events that are free to attend. Most all Copper summer events also feature free concerts from national touring bands. Featured events include Guitar, Town, the Copper Triangle Bike Race, Copper Country and the delicious Mac and Cheese Festival. See the full line up of Copper Mountain events.
Crested Butte is an isolated mountain town that everyone knows about. It's remote location provides unlimited scenic eye candy worthy of any magazine cover. The all-American downtown in Crested Butte is so cute your picture taking finger will get tired snapping photos. Hiking, kayaking and mountain biking are top summer activities. Featured mountain town events in Crested Butte include the spectacular wild flower festival and the Chili and Beer festival. The Crested Butte Center for the Arts hosts many music, food, wine and art events all year 'round. You’ve got to drive through Gunnison to get to Crested Butte. In Gunnison you’ll find many mountain sports competitions and the I Bar Ranch famous for hosting well known touring bands at its outside stage all summer long. See the full line up of Crested Butte events.
Evergreen is just a smidgen off the beaten path along the I 70 mountain corridor. Mountain town events taking place there are usually found around scenic Buchanan Park and Evergreen Lake. Only 45 minutes from Denver, you can expect to find free concerts at Evergreen Lake, mountain sports events, the Evergeen Jazz Festival, the Evergreen Rodeo, and the Indian Market and Pow Wow. See the line up of cool and exceptional events taking place in Evergreen
Delta County is a slice of the western slope known for its rich agriculture heritage which means wineries, fruit stands and agritourism you just won’t find anywhere else. Featured events include Paonia’s Cherry Days, Delta’s Deltarado Days, The Mountain Harvest Festival and the West Elks Wine Trail. There are also free concerts in Paonia Town Park on Thursdays during August. See the full line up of cool and exceptional events in Delta County
Westcliffe is located about an hour south of the Royal Gorge Bridge in a valley flanked by the eastern slope of the Sangre D Cristo Mountain range. It is quite a bit off the beaten path and that’s what gives it charm. Surrounded by hiking and biking trails, the area is traditionally known for its ranching. It’s also recognized as a Dark Sky Community where you can see stars like you’ve never seen them before. Featured events include free Summer in the Park Concerts, the High Mountain Hay Fever Festival, the Westcliffe Stampede Rodeo, the Custer County Fair and the Arts Hullabaloo. See what's coming up at Westcliffe
Alma/Fairplay/South Park are over Hoosier Pass south of Breckenridge and north of highway 285 about an hour west of Denver. Alma is known to have its post office located at the highest elevation of any city in the country. This area is also home to the kids in the South Park series and you can spot a couple landmarks recognizing this. Featured events include mountain sports challenges, the Park County Fair and Rodeo, Burro Days, free concerts on Main Street and more. See what's happening in Fairplay and Park County
Leadville is about 30 minutes south of Copper Mountain and 40 minutes north of Buena Vista. It sits below Colorado’s two highest peaks. Mt Elbert at 14,440 and Mt Massive at 14,4287. If you’re really ambitious you can hike to the summit of those. Otherwise, I’d suggest diving into Leadville’s wild west and mining history with a visit to one of the 6 museums in Leadville. Surrounded by glacial lakes, Leadville is known as the home for the Leadville 100 endurance sports events. The gem of Leadville is the historic Tabor Opera House. The Tabor Opera House was built in 1879 by Horace Austin Warner Tabor, one of Colorado's most well known mining magnates and still hosts concerts and theatre productions. Other Leadville events include a BBQ festival in June and Boom Days the first weekend of August celebrating the rich mining history. See what's coming up in Leadville
Alamosa is located just 30 miles south of the Great Sand Dunes National Park, one of the world’s great natural wonders. Alamosa is home to the Scenic Rio Grande Railroad that departs daily during the summer. On the weekends, the train stops at the Fir Summit Amphitheatre where top musicians perform for the passengers. USA Today has ranked the Fir Summit Amphitheatre as a “TOP 10 Outdoor Music Venue” in the Nation! Alamosa also hosts car shows, free summer concerts, sports events, a BBQ festival, rodeos and more. See upcoming Almosa Events
Idaho Springs is only 30 miles from Denver in the Clear Creek Canyon. Idaho Springs can keep you busy with mine tours, rafting, zip lines and hiking. It’s home to Mt. Evans Scenic Byway, the highest paved road in North America and well worth the drive. Events in Idaho Springs include the Rapid Grass Bluegrass festival a Colorado camping and music festival, Burro races and of course races to the top of Mt. Evans. See more about Idaho Springs here.
Georgetown is only 12 miles west of Idaho Springs and 13 miles east of the Eisenhower tunnel (Loveland Pass). Guenella Scenic pass starts in downtown Georgetown and is a spectacular scenic drive. In August, Guanella pass is where the Devil's Peak Downhill skateboarding race takes place. Georgetown is home to Loveland Ski Resort, the closest ski area to Denver. A mountain sports event that anyone can do is the Slacker Downhill Race. It starts at Loveland Ski Area (10,630ft) and its route takes you down to Georgetown (8,400). Georgetown also offers up one the best home town July 4th parades. See upcoming Georgetown events
Meeker is way off the beaten path in Northwestern Colorado. Meeker is the location of the Meeker Massacre, the Battle of Milk Creek, the start of the Ute War, and the catalyst for the Colorado Ute Removal Act. The community is surrounded by the Flat Tops Scenic Byway and 250 miles of motorized off-road trails and mountain biking trails. Meekerpalooza takes place in June and the Meeker Range Call Rodeo takes place over the fourth of July with big name concerts, a parade, races and more. See more about Meeker here.
See the full line up of mountain town events taking place off the beaten path this week and beyond RIGHT HERE
We'll continue to explore Colorado's nooks and crannies searching for the best mountain town events off the beaten path. Feel free to submit your ideas to [email protected].
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