The Plains Conservation Center is an offshoot of the West Arapahoe Conservation District, an organization appointed in 1949 to teach farming and ranching techniques that could help prevent another devastating Dust Bowl. While the PCC's mission has since expanded, the nonprofit organization's main goal remains the same: preserving the health of Colorado's plains. Between its two sites—a main 1,100-acre location in Aurora and more than 10,000 acres spread along West Bijou Creek—the organization maintains several attractions devoted to the history and environmental character of the region. These include more than five miles of hiking trails, a Cheyenne camp from 1837 with four standing tepees, and Wells Crossing, a replica 1887 farm consisting of sod houses, and heirloom gardens. For more modern sites, the Aurora location's visitor center features interactive displays and seasonal events such as Hops for Habitat, an annual fundraiser with beer tastings from local craft brewers.
What happens when the imaginations of military personnel, hunters, climbers, and construction workers put their minds together? The result might be a really dirty joke—or, in this case, an even dirtier race. Designed and built by a diverse cadre of burly professionals, the Insanity Mud Run forces participants to climb, crawl, jump, and run across 5- and 10-mile courses in Colorado’s rugged terrain. Despite their differences in length, both courses feature 20 obstacles, and, of course, lots of mud. After the last racer has crossed the finish line, the Insanity Mud Run transforms into a family-friendly party where of-age participants and soon-to-be overwhelmed washing machines can reward themselves with an ice-cold beer.
Presented by the University of Denver Programming Board and ThisSongIsSick.com, Swedish House Mafia mainstay Sebastian Ingrosso headlines at GLOWfest with his protégé Otto Knows in tow. Ingrosso spins a thick mix of unstoppable jams, weaving heavy, pulsing beats into MGMT's "Kids" and his own "Laktos" to create rolling waves of sound and bodies. Otto Knows heats up the crowd before hand, having exploded onto the scene with a touching mix of Imogen Heap's "Hide and Seek," followed up with the rousing anthem "Million Voices." Juggernaut party animal Kap Slap flies in from his Philadelphia frat to drop his chop-happy jams with an emphasis on sultry, sinuous female vocals, and Colorado's own Hujje builds surprising structures from simple loops, like an architect recreating the Eiffel Tower out of hula-hoops. Crisp and clean, GLOWfest highlights the immaculate production and endless positivity that characterizes progressive house music.
Three professional sports teams. Five levels. Forty-five acres. More than 200 events per year. Although these numbers don’t define Pepsi Center, they certainly highlight the impact the entertainment emporium has had on the community since it first opened its doors in 1999. Here, visitors can attend a rousing NBA basketball game, watch Disney stars twirl on ice, or sing along as Madonna belts out her greatest hits and imparts the health benefits of drinking glow-stick juice. They can also dine at one of three distinct restaurants, and, during tours of the impressive facilities, marvel at backstage areas and the 2,000-pound statue in the Grand Atrium.