Straddling the border between Wyoming and Colorado, Two Chicks Paintball's unpredictable terrain throws obstacles and tactical diversions at players. Recreational soldiers carrying the field’s rented Tippmann 98s can maneuver through the trees and hide in forested fields as they strategize attacks and retreats. They can take cover behind looming boulders, which protect from opponents' quick spray of paint and give shooters a chance to catch their breath or recite their favorite inspirational movie monologue to their team before advancing. At the range’s speed-ball field, players can engage in short stints of fast-paced warfare before retreating to the picnic area to refuel their stomachs. For those who arrive unequipped, all the accouterments are available for rent, including paintball guns, safety gear, supplies, and camouflage jumpsuits.
Cheyenne Frontier Days revives the rough-and-tumble pastimes of the Old West with a summer exhibition complete with outdoor rodeo, interactive reenactments, and a historical museum. Sidle up to the rodeo, where you can ogle from C-stand seats as wranglers defy gravity while maintaining their balance on bucking broncos and hovering horseshoes. From 12:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day, spectators can catch 10 rodeo events and three track acts that feature more than 40 bulls, 70 broncos, and a trio of trick riders. Daring bull jockeys will attempt to ride a 2,000-pound bull for at least eight seconds, with the good riders successfully holding on and the great riders composing a rhyming haiku to recite on dismount.
The Urban Assault Ride challenges cyclists to speed from obstacle course to obstacle course across their city during eco-friendly scavenger hunts that benefit local charities. Teams draft a road map to try to thwart the competition and be the first to complete the race, pausing at a series of checkpoints, where they must surmount such active roadblocks as slip 'n' slides, bike jousting, and reciting the Iliad in Pig Latin. The first team to conquer each challenge and cross the finish line is declared the victor, but all participants celebrate their efforts at a lively after-party stocked with snacks, beer, nonalcoholic drinks, and prizes.
The Fort Collins Club helps members feel comfortable in their own bodies by turning flabby flesh turtlenecks into slim, tailored skin suits. During the Club's daily group fitness, spinning, and yoga and Pilates mat classes, instructors guide guests on en masse exercise expeditions ranging from heart-pumping stepping exercises to muscle-toning asana sequences. Independent body-tenders can blaze their own calorie-strewn trails on the hardwood floors of hand, racquet, and basketball courts or the 35 feet of wall-crawling terrain on the indoor climbing wall. Family membership holders can also drop their tender progeny off in the Kids' Club so that they don’t gum up the finely tuned machinery with their oversized lollipops and welding torches.
To raise funds for youth ice hockey leagues in northern Colorado, NCYH Power Play celebrates another great American pastime: running. Hosted at the NoCo Ice Center, the third-annual USA Track & Field-sanctioned event lets loose runners of all ages and ability levels in the 5- and 10-kilometer distances. Launching from the starting line early in the morning, racers beat a path through areas such as the Highland Meadows neighborhood, Highland Meadows Golf Course, and the backyard of the local high school's beleaguered principal. Back at NoCo Ice Center, a beer garden welcomes returning runners with chilled brews, water, and snacks.
Since 1894, four generations of the Bee family tended their 160-acre farm. Part of the National Register of Historic Places since 2002, 10 acres of this preserved land now host the Bee Family Centennial Farm Museum. Through various exhibitions and activities, the museum teaches visitors about the family's efforts to cultivate their little segment of the Northern Colorado prairie.
From antique tractors and trucks to private letters and diaries, thousands of the Bee's personal effects fill their original houses, sheds, garages, and barns. In the horse barn, a wooden horse models an original harness. Meanwhile, in the milk barn, kids can milk a wooden cow. The museum's other hands-on activities include gathering eggs from nesting boxes outside the chicken house, grinding corn for animal feedings, and throwing irrigation tubes.
Sunlight streams through the floor-to-ceiling windows at The Zone Health and Fitness, illuminating rows of free weights, whirring cardio machines, and enthusiastic certified personal trainers and nutritional consultants. Owner Greg Bobby helms the crack staff and uses his degrees in sports medicine and exercise physiology to carefully craft fitness routines aimed at stepping up metabolism through resistance training, cardio workouts, nutritional guidance, and vitamin supplements. Guests and members can partake of myriad group fitness classes such as yoga, spinning, and kickboxing, or devise their own workout regimes with the bountiful free weights and machines at their disposal.