A rundown wooden wagon sits alone in the rough at Grand Elk Golf Club, a historic reminder of the forebears who once forged through the basin now home to the club’s 18-hole course. Though electric golf carts have since replaced Conestoga wagons as the predominant means of transportation, the site’s natural, rustic surroundings remain, treating golfers to a 360-degree panorama that showcases the Continental Divide and Rocky Mountain State Park. As players notch divots into lush fairways and putt on the soft greens with modified pool cues, they’ll follow a 7,144-yard layout drawn up by 13-time PGA Tour champion Craig Stadler and Tripp Davis. Taking inspiration from the inland courses of the British Isles, the design duo strung fairways through meadows and natural wetlands that form the headwaters of the Colorado River, all the while incorporating unique playing scenarios that challenge each golfer’s shot-making abilities.
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Your two saplings, which can honor a loved one, commemorate a special event, or embody your affection for conical vegetation, will help fill out a forest’s embarrassing bald spots, pump out oxygen, anchor its soil, slow down water run-off, and help maintain a lush ecosystem. While you won't be able to specify your trees' location, you can virtually visit planting sites on Plant Trees 4 Life's website. Currently, the organization is planting its Californian trees in the Del Monte Forest near Pebble Beach and elsewhere on the Monterey Peninsula.
We teach people, adults and kids, to ride dirt bikes in the gorgeous mountains near Aspen, CO. We have a private learning track for beginners and experienced riders can hit single track in the area with a professional instructor. We provide bikes, gear, lunch, drinks and top notch instruction for all levels and ages.
On the road, there are few sights and obstacles—only an endless sea of monotonous pavement. XTERRA Trail Runs elevate running to a new level, introducing rugged off-road terrain to its repertoire of challenging courses. Runners jump over streams, trudge through dirt, and achieve a newfound sense of joy for competitive running. Organized by geographic regions, XTERRA trail runs pepper the globe, sprouting up anywhere from urban environments to remote jungles, thus allowing contestants to enjoy natural scenery or catch glimpses of metropolitan jaguars strutting in their stylish fur coats.
XTERRA also tests the mettle of extreme athletes with a lineup of global triathlons, triathlon training programs, and support for an entire community of athletes brought together by their passion for endurance sports.
As the sun starts to melt last night's snowfall, cross-country skis gently glide over the freshly groomed trails of Grand Lake Nordic Center. The peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park and Arapahoe National Forest rise in the distance, with shifting views and perspectives as guests make their way through different trails. Newcomers can take a lesson in cross country skiing or snowshoeing while more advanced outdoorsmen tackle the snow enclaves of Randall's Romp or Spirits Haunt. The nearby lodge offers steaming bowls of soup, while children can take a tumble down the tubing hill or play rock-paper-scissors with a Yeti.
With only a few 5-gallon buckets and some extracts, Bonfire Brewing began in a garage. Nowadays, the microbrewery team makes enough batches of brew to fill up to 15 of the taps at an on-premise taproom in Eagle. Here, bartenders decant hoppy IPAs, smooth brown ales, and lighter wheat beers into 16- and 23-ounce glasses, as well as to-go growlers, kegs for delivery, and time capsules for future thirsty people. The taproom opens around 5:30 p.m. every day, when the Bonfire crew invites patrons to tour the brewery; play rounds of darts, foosball, and shuffleboard; or groove to live music on weekends.
The Ice Castles’ creator, Brent Christensen, and a team of ice artists are currently transforming more than 15,000 tons of ice into full-fledged castles in three locations. Once completed, the towering structures of ice and shimmering light are open for exploration. Guests are free to view the organically grown ice towers, tunnels, caves and caverns at their own pace. In daytime, the castles glimmer in the sun; come nightfall, thousands of LED lights create an ethereal glow from within.
Today, the castles delights visitors of all ages, but the idea came from Brent Christensen’s winter playtimes with his kids. They had already made ice rinks, ice caves, and other chilly creations when Brent decided to build a fort entirely out of ice, using icicles as the base structure. The kids dubbed the structure an “ice castle”—and it started to look more and more like one as Brent added a cave, tunnels, and a slide that spilled onto an ice-skating rink. Eventually, cars started detouring to their block to drive past the creation, and local snowmen inquired about home prices. But the idea truly took off when a local resort asked him to build a larger ice castle for them. He’s built ice castles every winter since, including one in the winter of 2010–2011 that was featured in the Denver Post and called “a frosty, fairy-tale-like landscape” by the Los Angeles Times.