Red Gold!

Red Rocks on its Way to National Landmark Status

Reposted from Denver Mountain Parks Foundation.

Photo courtesy DMP Ranger Dennis Brown.

Since 2006, the Intermountain Regional Office of the National Park Service has been working with Denver staff and other parties to nominate Red Rocks Park and amphitheatre, including the Mount Morrison CCC Camp and associated resources, as a National Historic Landmark. The project was initiated by Friends of Red Rocks, in cooperation with Denver Parks and Recreation staff, and supported by Parks management as well as that of Theatres & Arenas (now Arts & Venues). The Colorado State Historic Preservation Office also supports the proposal.

Mayor Hancock sent a letter on behalf of the City in support of this nomination, and City Council issued a proclamation. When approved by the Secretary of the Interior, this will be the second National Historic Landmark designated for the City and County of Denver.

Red Rocks Park, with its amphitheatre, designed landscapes, and preserved CCC camp, is a rare and outstanding example of this “New Deal” program and its work. The camp contains structures representing all aspects of camp life and workshops used to construct items for trails, roads, and the amphitheatre and is unusual for its close proximity to its work project, the Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The nomination highlights the national significance of Red Rocks Park in architecture, landscape architecture, and performing arts.

Steps in the process: The Federal Register notice was published on December 12, 2014, following extensive review and revision of the nomination documents by NPS staff here and in Washington, D.C. On February 11, 2015, the Landmarks Committee reviewed and approved the nomination of Red Rocks. The nomination will go to the National Park System Advisory Board next fall. Approval by that Advisory Board encourages the Secretary of the Interior to designate the landmark. Although the process can take several additional months, we anticipate designation could be completed in 2016.


Denver Metro Area
American Mountaineering Center (Golden) – mountaineering library – library link
Brown Palace Hotel Tour (Denver) – tour – Information link
Capitol Hill People’s Fair (Denver) – festival – Information Link

Coors Brewery Tours!

Coors Brewery Tours

See and taste traditional brewing at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Since 1873 the Coors brewery has thrived on a legacy of quality, innovation and customer service. The tour showcases the company’s history and passion for brewing. 

Guests are welcome to come and visit our facility and sample our products, but we will not be offering tours through the brewery.

Tour Location
Tours begin in the southeast corner of the visitor parking lot, 13th & Ford Street, Golden, CO 80401. A free ticket is required for the Brewery Tour. Receive your ticket when you ride the tour bus to the Brewery.

Note: As we are a manufacturing facility, please do not bring strollers, backpacks,  bags or purses.  Wallets and cameras are allowed. There is no storage available on site.

General Contact Information
Click here for the most up to date and timely tour information. In case of bad weather call 1-866-812-2337 prior to your visit to confirm days and times of operation.

Mass Transit: Coors Brewery Tour can be accessed by a combination of light rail and bus. Visit the RTD website to plan your trip.


Buffalo Herd Overlook

What: Buffalo Herd Overlook
Where: I-70, exit 254 (Genesee Park), just west of metro-Denver
When: Whenever the herd hangs around the viewing areas

Perhaps we should start with the fact that the highway signs should read “Bison Herd Overlook.” And we need to change the lyrics to Home on the Range (“Oh give me a home where the Bison roam…”) while we’re at it. As you’ll learn from an informational sign by a meadow where these big creatures often graze, “buffalos” are found in Africa and Asia; the North American Bison is the animal that roamed the American West in the millions until they were nearly wiped out in the late 1800s.

The herd you’ll (hopefully) see at this exit belong to the City and County of Denver, and are descendents of 7 of the remaining wild animals found in Yellowstone National Park in 1914. The city also brought 23 elk to this newly-created Denver Mountain Park.

Don’t be tempted to stick an arm through the fence to try to entice one of these giants to come closer or to pet it; bison are temperamental animals, and can be quite dangerous. Keep your distance.

Speaking of Bison, did you know…

They weigh close to 2,000 pounds – and some males may top that weight.
A bison can outrun a Quarter horse in its favorite race length of ¼ mile (although it seems more likely that the bison would simply gore the quarter horse rather than race it).
They can jump a 6 foot fence from a standing position, or an 8 foot fence on the run. This helps explain the tall fence separating people from bison.

By the way, be sure to check the large meadows on both sides of the Interstate for bison; they are able to pass under I-70 through a tunnel created to join the two parts of their pasture that were divided when the highway was built.

Update 11/2016: There is also a new buffalo overlook plus a trail connection at the next intersection at Chief Hosa. You head north off the exit, turn right and travel down the dirt road. This is where they feed the buffalo. This stop is along the Lariat Loop National Scenic Byway.

For more information, contact:
Denver Parks and Recreation Department
201 W. Colfax Ave., Dept. 108
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 865-0900  



What: Longmont Museum and Cultural Center
Where: 400 Quail Road in south Longmont
When: Mon. – Sat. 9-5, Sun. 1-5.

Now here’s a museum where you’ll enjoy the architecture, decor, and views just as much as the actual displays!

The exhibits change regularly, and there is surely something for everyone here. Take a look at a few of the offerings for 2007 and early 2008:

Ansel Adams & Edwin Land: Art, Science and Invention
– Photographs from the Polaroid Collection
Gadgets & Gizmos: Tools in Longmont
Frederic Remington Makes Tracks…Adventures and Artistic Impressions
Added in September, 2007 — a new permanent history gallery called “Front Range Rising” with hands-on artifacts, a large-scale topographical map of the area, and numerous treasures from the Museum’s collection.

Note that the permanent exhibits are free. However, there may be a fee to view some special exhibits.

Got kids? The beautiful Longs Peak Room has killer views from the mountains to the plains, and is filled with interactive, cool stuff for the whole family to enjoy. There are local history books, an antique stereoscope, and drawers full of interesting historical objects from the Longmont area for everyone to explore.

Children can dress up as bison or crows as they learn about the special meaning of these creatures to native peoples of the region. Plan out a town using wooden blocks. Learn about early mountaineers Isabella Bird (who climbed Longs Peak in 1873!) and Enos Mills, the “father” of Rocky Mountain National Park. View some of the tools used by climbers to ascend Longs Peak over the years.

What a great way to spend the day!

For more information, contact:
Longmont Museum & Cultural Center
400 Quail Road
Longmont, CO 80501

(303) 651-8374 


Colorado Attractions

Tourism is a major industry in Colorado, with nearly 78 million visitors spending $19.1 billion in 2015, according to the Colorado Tourism Office.

In the west metro area, there are Red Rocks, Clear Creek, Green Mountain and Bear Creek Lake. The north metro area has the outdoor water recreation park Water World. And the south metro area boasts a trio of popular state parks: Castlewood Canyon, Chatfield and Roxborough. Jeffco Open Space covers more than 54,000 acres in Jefferson County and includes 29 regional parks and 236 miles of trail systems.


In 2016, an estimated 2.4 million people visited Jeffco Open Space areas.

With activities like hiking, biking, climbing, fishing, bird watching, horseback riding and camping available in Jeffco parks, Sam Bailey, president and CEO of the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation, said it's easy to see the outdoor recreation community in full swing.

"The density you'll feel definitely goes up in the summertime with people utilizing outdoor recreation and cultural amenities," Bailey said.

The world-renowned concert venue Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, just outside Golden, is also a big draw for tourism in Jeffco, Bailey said. "Red Rocks and the concert series that goes on there arguably pull a lot of activity and spending into the county for people coming in to see a concert."

The amphitheater not only hosts large concerts, but in the summer it is also home to several specialty events, including Yoga on the Rocks and Film on the Rocks. The music venue is also surrounded by 738 acres of Red Rocks Mountain Park, which includes hiking and biking trails along with geological wonders. The park is one of more than 10 mountain parks run by the City of Denver.


Summer ONLY Fun!

One company that does all its business during summer is Colorado Watersports, a water sport rental company located on the shore of Roxbourough Bay on Chatfield Reservoir inside the state park just southwest of Littleton. Boating is among the park's most popular activities and the reservoir can be quite busy during the summer season, which runs May to September. Colorado Watersports opened last year with rentals of stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, sailboats and corcls - a popular new round boat for kids.

One way that the city of Arvada capitalizes on those tourism dollars is by hosting large events.

The city hosts a springtime kite festival, but also an event called Sand in the City - a beach party featuring large sand sculptures at Ralston Park. The event draws 40 percent of its visitors from out of town. And with 6,000 people visiting Arvada each summer, things are very active.