Before taking lessons in a one-room schoolhouse, a visitor hops aboard a stagecoach, interviews a worker at a uranium mine, examines authentic adobe pottery, and heads inside a saloon. Such is the scene at Museum of the West, one of the three campuses of the Museum of Western Colorado where curators eschew the notion of “look, but don’t touch.” From the interactive labs at the Dinosaur Journey Museum to the live demonstrations of early 20th-century life at the Cross Orchards Historic Site—whose buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places—the staff encourages its guests to get up close and personal with the region’s past.
Though some participants choose to run and others to walk, everybody who participates in the Color Dash experiences a transformation. As participants make their way through the 5K Color Dash and UVSplash courses they are subjected to bursts of color; additional events include Zombies by Color Dash, which adds the undead to the equation. Though the color will wash away, the memories will remain forever in the minds of all participants who aren't goldfish. Proceeds from Color Dash events benefit local children's charities and organizations.
Stretching out in a valley before dusty golden mountains, Garfield Estates Vineyard & Winery's 11 acres are home to five flourishing grape varietals that grow fat and sugary on the vine. Every aspect of wine production takes place on site, from harvesting and crushing the grapes to fermentation and bottling. The final result is a portfolio of wines that includes a 2011 estate syrah, a 2012 ice wine, and a 2016 varietal that only lives in dreams. Visitors can sip samples of these wines at the tasting room, which is situated in the restored hay loft of an old barn.