In 1912, a group of 25 mountain enthusiasts founded Colorado Mountain Club (CMC). The group included several prominent naturalists, such as Enos Mills, who helped found Rocky Mountain National Park; Roger Toll, who was superintendent of Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain, and Mount Rainier National Parks; and Carl Blaurock, who climbed all of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks. The club's first members volunteered at schools and advocated for environmental issues, aiming to raise awareness about the Colorado mountains through art, science, literature, and recreation, and seeking to preserve the alpine region.
Today, CMC continues to challenge its members and the community with a variety of events ranging from adventure travel and service projects to concerts and educational lectures. School groups participate in mountain-climbing field trips, and members network at annual dinners and outdoor excursions. The club's adventure trips explore the greatest natural sites of the world, taking participants up the slopes of Kilimanjaro, down the rapids of the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, and through the historical cities of Russia.
Of all the events hosted at Golden based Three Tomatoes Steakhouse / Fossil Trace Golf Club, none come with as much pomp as weddings. The steakhouse? part of the Three Tomatoes Catering Companies which has been catering since 1977? kindly provides hundreds of witnesses, some of whom reach more than 1,000 feet in height. Although they can?t sign their names or raise a toast, the Rocky Mountains have stoically observed the many vows exchanged in the verdant ceremonial gardens?and the professionally-staffed parties that followed.
Three Tomatoes Steakhouse has been dishing out delicious meals since 2003 and maintains a stable of specialists who can customize menus, fill rooms with flowers and decorations, and provide day-of event assistance for everything from a business lunch to a birthday party. The combination of picturesque scenery and attentive service has earned Three Tomatoes a steady five-star rating from Wedding Wire, as well as a spot on The Knot's list of 2010's best wedding venues.
Even under less matrimonial circumstances, the steakhouse with its gorgeous views of the Rocky Mountains, aims to make any evening feel like a special event with an inviting and casual atmosphere. On days with clear skies, guests can opt for dining a la fresco and enjoy their meal on the restaurant's outdoor patio that overlooks the front range. Chefs prepare a selection of seasonal dishes, spotlighting slices of Certified Angus beef alongside chicken, seafood, and vegetarian plates. The steaks come artfully grilled or pan-seared in a variety of cuts, from tenderloins to new york strips, and derive bold flavor from sauces such as brandy cream and roasted-garlic chipotle. The steakhouse also hosts happy hour food and drink specials from 3 ? 6 p.m. daily.
Children run in trails marked by prehistoric footprints, and fingers run across fossils during each visit to Dinosaur Ridge, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of ancient artifacts. Around every corner of the outdoor museum—which rests on land designated as a national natural landmark—bones and impressions protrude from their earthy abodes as evidence of the area's once larger-than-life inhabitants. Paleontologists of all ages can examine curious tracks on surrounding hiking paths, such as Triceratops Trail, or hop on a guided bus tour to examine fossil sites and valleys where brontosauruses used to question the meaning of life.
Lurking inside the visitor center is the Trek Through Time exhibit, where interactive children's games, replica fossils, and massive murals join forces to lead explorers into different prehistoric eras. In addition to its day-to-day operations, Dinosaur Ridge also plays host to various events during the year, including Boy Scout days, birthday parties, and lectures that explain how T. rex stayed humble despite his large stature.
Like farming, picnics, and attempting to climb a skyscraper with suction cups, golf outings are dependent on ideal weather conditions. Striker Golf's facility takes rain and cold out of the equation by offering golfers a chance to play in a climate-controlled compound. Within the 4,200-square-foot facility rest four expansive hitting bays for practicing long drives and a 700-square-foot putting green for fine-tuning one's short game. HD golf simulators replicate rounds on famous courses through vivid images and precise motion-tracking sensors to give players an authentic experience without having to dodge runaway golf carts.
Jessica Mason developed an interest for dance in high school as a member of her school's nationally ranked varsity pom team. That interest eventually evolved into a passion, which helped her launch a professional dancing career that includes strutting as a Colorado Rapids cheerleader and a Denver Nuggets dancer. Today, she is the director of Studio 21 Dance, where she uses her 24 years of dance experience to oversee a team of instructors with more than 75 years of combined teaching experience. The dance instructors, who've worked with prominent clients including Olympic athletes and So You Think You Can Dance participants, lead classes that cover dance styles ranging from ballet to hip-hop and belly dance. Students as young as 2 years old can partake in the classes, teaching their bodies how to bust a move or apologize to bees after mistaking their hive for a piñata.
SkateStart owner Patrick O'Toole started his skating career as many people do: by falling down constantly while skating a faulty board. He wanted to spend time with his skateboarding cousins, so his father bought him a generic, unresponsive deck from a big-box store. It barely rolled and always cancelled their playtime last minute to watch soap operas. His junky equipment and lack of knowledge kept him from keeping up with his peers. It wasn't until his father surprised him with a safe, professional skate set that his cousins finally slowed down and began teaching him the ins and outs of thrashing cement waves.
Now in his 20s, Patrick makes it his professional mission to teach the next generation of skaters the proper techniques they need to enjoy the sport. He and his team of certified instructors use his patent-pending skateboard system that shows beginners where to place their feet to push off, perform an ollie, and avoid tripping a board's self-destruct countdown. In addition to imparting fundamental skills, their lessons also build up the confidence necessary to tackle more complex maneuvers.