As an offshoot of Sierra Trading Post, Derailed.com holds fast to the same business model as its parent company: bargaining with top brands to procure overstocks at heavily discounted prices. But like a youngest sibling taking up juggling cats, it strives to differentiate itself from its older counterparts. It stands out with a youthful vibe thanks to skate, surf, and SUP apparel and the staff's laid-back attitude. They'll happily answer questions and make recommendations on their throngs of camping gear, running shoes, collegiate attire, and bicycle accessories from brands including Hurely, Billabong, and Teva. Though their merchandise boasts an average discount of 48% off the retail value, shoppers can save even more—customers receive a $10 coupon when they sign up for emails, and clients of the Give & Go Referral program get a $20 egiftcard when the friend they referred uses their own $10 email coupon.
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 markers 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.
An authorized concessionaire of the National Park Service in Dinosaur National Monument, Adrift Adventures takes rafters of all skill levels into fast-paced waters on multinight excursions in the wilderness. Guides lead one- to five-day trips into the tranquil and roaring waterways of the Yampa, Green, and other rivers, floating in the shadow of canyons sculpted by erosion over millions of years. As rafts round each aquatic bend and rocky façade, guides point out sights such as Native American rock art and local wildlife. When appropriate, the expert crew can safely guide rafters through Class III and higher rapids, adding adrenaline to otherwise scenic and educational voyages. During intervals on the area's scenic shorelines, guides also lead short hikes and help adventurers camp along the roadless wilderness.
Silver Restaurant has transformed the interior of its vintage brick building, which was built in 1926, into three modern and distinct floors. Next to the dining room, an open kitchen provides patrons with glimpses of the chefs as they transform fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients into new interpretations of classic American dishes. Though the menu changes based on availability, dishes may include organic chicken thighs with heirloom vegetables, roasted squab with foie gras, and fig-wrapped kurabuta pork chops. Whatever the season, a selection of local beers and artisanal cocktails—with playful names such as the Toe Tapper and the Thyme Stopper—help wash down every flavorful bite. These drinks are often crafted at the mezzanine-level bar. If one were to head downstairs instead, they'd enter a cozy lounge with a wine cellar stocked with more than 3,000 bottles.
A trip to HorseWorks Wyoming is more than just trail rides and cowboy hats. Cabins and lodges throughout the 70-year-old working horse ranch house visitors seeking a complete ranch experience, providing glimpses of what life is like working with horses day and night. Ranch hands drive dozens of steeds across mountainside landscapes, corralling them into spaces where the staff can feed and care for them. For day-trippers, expert wranglers with the lay of the land lead beginning riders through trails and dispense pearls of wisdom about the wilderness around them, giving riders ample information to impress friends.
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.