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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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Other off the beaten path mountain towns to check out: Pagosa Springs, Ouray County, Salida

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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Events this week in Colorado

Week of February 24, 2020

Jan 31 - Mar 01

The Winter Folk: Music & Photography Showcase is a 12 day, 40 band, music and photography...

Celebrate Fat Tuesday! Mama Roux serves up a tantalizing concoction of swampy groove and soul music...

Each year, New Orleans visitors and Mardi Gras lovers take over Breckenridge on Fat Tuesday with a...

Feb 25

As a fan of Carol King, this musical tells the inspiring story the singer’s rise to stardom with...

Keystone is throwing a Mardi Gras Party and you are invited! Come celebrate Mardi Gras in the...

A 38-year tradition, Snowmass will celebrate all the Fat Tuesday traditions on February 25th! The...

Feb 26-27
Feb 26

See this year's Academy Awards selection of the nominees for Best Short Film, Animation.  Dcera (...

Feb 27
February 27, 2020 To February 28, 2020

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour hits the road with stops in over 285 communities and 30...

Feb 27
February 27, 2020 To February 29, 2020

As a fan of Carol King, this musical tells the inspiring story the singer’s rise to stardom with...

Feb 28 - Mar 01
Feb 28

Join us as we celebrate our 10th Mountain heritage with our Annual Ski Down. There will be a parade...

The ultimate challenge from the United States Snowshoe Association, this race will put you on top...

"Quality Collaborations: Coming Together to Ensure Clean Water for a Healthy, Working River.  The...

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Duration
Venue
Location
Tickets
The Light Show
Jun 02 - May 03
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Beer Here! Brewing the New West Artifacts from Colorado's Brewing History
Jun 10 - Aug 09
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SNOWga (Fridays)
Dec 27 - Mar 27
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Happy Trails: How The West Was Fun
Jan 12 - Jun 06
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Terry Maker: Because The World Is Round Exhibit
Jan 24 - May 17
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WINTER FOLK Music & Photography Showcase
Feb 07 - Mar 01
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Annual Telluride Gay Ski Week
Feb 22-29
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Adventures Within (AWI) Winter Ski Retreat
Feb 22-26
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Matoma Two Friends
Feb 24
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Helly Hansen Race Da & Championship Series
Feb 24
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The Haunted Writer’s Retreat
Feb 24-28
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Bubble Gum Ski Race Series
Feb 24
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Winter Wine Excursion From Beaver Creek Reserve
Feb 25
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Tasting Telluride Food Tour
Feb 25-27
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Robert Earl Keen
Feb 26
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Alfonzo
Feb 26
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Leon and the Revival
Feb 26
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Winter Lecture Series: The Buckskin Sculptor
Feb 26
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Winter Wine Excursion From Beaver Creek Reserve
Feb 27-28
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SF1
Feb 27
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The Shivas
Feb 27
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Authority Zero
Feb 27
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Northern Colorado Bears Basketball vs. Idaho Vandals
Feb 27
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History Ski Tour: Aspen Mountain
Feb 28
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Colorado College Tigers Hockey vs. Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs
Feb 28
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Chuck Prophet
Feb 28
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Freddy Jones Band
Feb 28
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Modern Leisure
Feb 28
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Neoma
Feb 28
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Rocky Mountain Horse Expo
Feb 28 - Mar 01
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JJ Grey
Feb 28
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Ullr Nights
Feb 28
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The Jauntee
Feb 28
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Shaquille O' Neal Aka Dj Diesel
Feb 29
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The Audi Power of Four Race Series
Feb 29
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G. Love & Special Sauce / Jontavious Willis
Feb 29
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Colorado College Tigers Hockey vs. Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs
Feb 29
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Anna of the North
Feb 29
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Che Apalache
Feb 29
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Sweet Times in the Rockies Cake Contest & Show
Feb 29 - Mar 01
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The Ballroom Thieves
Feb 29
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Zack Villere
Feb 29
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The Met: Live In Hd Agrippina
Feb 29
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My Old School - a tribute to the music of Steely Dan
Feb 29
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Dog Skijoring Clinic
Feb 29
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Ice Racing: Street Studs / Pro Street Studs / Go for the Silver (PS ST) / Competition Studs / Go for the Gold (PS ST) / Competition Cheaters
Feb 29
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Northern Colorado Bears Basketball vs. Eastern Washington Eagles
Feb 29
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Snow Fest 2
Feb 29
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Leap Day Fun Race
Feb 29
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Judy Moody & Stink
Feb 29
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Audi Power Of Four Ski Mountaineering Race
Feb 29
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Beaver Creek Running Series Snowshoe Edition
Mar 01
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Doll Skin
Mar 01
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Super Whatevr
Mar 01
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Washed Out (DJ Set)
Mar 01
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Ice Racing: 2020 Cheater Invitational / Street Bare Rubber / Pro Street Bare Rubber / Competition Bare Rubber
Mar 01
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Week of February 24, 2020

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