• Colorado Anniversaries, Records & National Parks

     
    POSTED June 26, 2017
     
  • Colorado Anniversaries, Records & National Parks

     
    POSTED June 26, 2017
     

With entrances in Estes Park and Grand Lake, ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK experienced its highest annual visitation ever in 2016 with 4,517,584 people entering the park (and countless animals of course!), representing an 8.7 percent increase over record visitation in 2015. All months in 2016 set visitation records except for December. The top 10 busiest days in 2016, in order from one to 10, were Sept. 24, July 3, Sept. 4, Sept. 17, July 24, July 10, July 17, Sept. 5, July 23 and July 30. Many other national parks in the Rocky Mountain West also had increases in visitation last year as the National Park Service celebrated its centennial. 

ESTES PARK is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2017. Established on April 17, 1917, the town boasts several historic landmarks, attractions and lodges. 

THE BROWN PALACE HOTEL AND SPA is celebrating its 125th anniversary in August with special offerings and events all year long, including an anniversary package that includes accommodations at the iconic hotel, $125 hotel credit and a collectable 125th anniversary amenity. 

Who says you can’t have a meeting without some pampering mixed in? Several hot springs resorts in the U.S. Mountain West can accommodate smaller meetings complete with lodging, function space, din- ing and soaking. Some even have on-site spas and other standout features like an ice museum or microbrewery to include on an itinerary.

 

Erase any vision you might have of a dude ranch, especially the “City Slicker” version. For the purposes of this story, let’s use the name ranch resort and picture a big dose of vision and thousands of acres for both herds and people to roam. It’s a fairly different option, but one with similar friendliness and the Western spirit of a dude ranch.

 

To say Wisconsin is having a moment would be an understatement. A statewide renaissance resulting in plenty of new developments, impressive renovations and entrepreneurial ventures has been years in the making and shows no sign of slowing anytime soon.