Rocky Mountain Horse Expo 2022

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The Rocky Mountain Horse Expo is a Colorado tradition that has been around for over thirty years. It has entertained and educated horse lovers of all breeds and disciplines for a long time. This year will be no exception. The 2022 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo starts February 24th and ends on the 27th—that’s 4 days of horse fun! Continue reading for what you can expect to see that this great event. Also, if you are looking for a horse property for sale in Colorado, contact Colorado Horse Property today and speak with one of our horse-person realtors.

What to Expect at The Rocky Mountain Expo

The most anticipated part of the expo will be The Mane Event. The show includes many breeds and disciplines performing to music and lights. It is a great show for the entire family. Tickets for the Main Event shows are sold separately from admission tickets. Therefore make sure you get them ahead of time by going to their website. Another big event at the expo is The Ride with the Experts program. This program is designed for you to bring your horse and ride with the clinician during their presentation. Also, did you know that there was an art show at the show?

It’s called the Expo Art Show and Literary Corral. This will be part of a larger promotion of Art, Film, and Books at the event under the EQUUS Film and Art Fest. There are many great Equine Filmmakers, Artists, and Authors out there. This even will bring much needed awareness for the industry. The event will feature 300 vendors at the National Western Complex. Organized by the Colorado Horse Council, the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo is the council’s largest annual fundraiser and this year’s charity is the Ronald McDonald House in Denver.

Nordic Ski Areas in Colorado

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Did you know that there are several great Nordic ski areas close to Denver? It’s true! Even urbanites can quickly get out and ski without driving for hours or paying for an expensive plan ticket. Here are some of the best Nordic ski areas in Colorado. Also, if you are looking for a horse property for sale in Colorado, contact Colorado Horse Property today and speak with one of our horse-person realtors.

Colorado Nordic Ski Areas

Premiere Nordic ski area Roxborough State Park is located just outside of Denver. Roxborough is along the Front Range and known for its jagged red rocks. The sights here attract more that just skiers to the area. Nordic skiers often hit the trails here and explore the snow-capped red rocks for a unique experience. Skiing is only allowed on designated trails and there is a fee to enter the park. Therefore, make sure you check out the Parks website before heading out of the city. Another great area for skiers to check out is Eldora Mountain.

Eldora Mountain is located near the small town of Nederland. The Nordic Center at Eldora features thirty-four miles of trails. This area features beautiful pine forests and expansive alpine meadows in the backdrop of the mountain. Skiers at Eldora Nordic Center also have access to National Forest lands via the Jenny Creek Trail. This one is really worth the measly fifty-mile trip from the city. If you are new to skiing, you can get lessons from the center. For more information like season ticket prices check out the Eldora Mountain website.

Cowboy Downhill

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Have you ever heard of the Cowboy Downhill? This Steamboat Springs exclusive event is where pro cowboys from all over the state trade their boots for skis. It started over 40 years ago when a few Rodeo stars were invited to Steamboat for a day of skiing. It was such a historic event that it has become a huge tradition in the area. Continue reading for all the details. Also, if you are looking for a horse property for sale in Colorado, contact Colorado Horse Property today and speak with one of our horse-person realtors.

Cowboy Downhill Even Details

Everything starts on Monday, January 17th, at 11:00 AM in Steamboat Square. This is the 47th Annual Cowboy Downhill (sponsored by Bud Light) and there will be a western celebration in Gondola Square to kick things off. You will experience 4H farm animals, food and refreshments at Timber & Torch Grill, and a learn-to-rope clinic. There will also be appearances by the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders, as well as commemorative Bud Light Cowboy Downhill logo wear and souvenirs.

There are two main parts to the Cowboy Downhill: the timed Dual Slalom and the Stampede Event. The race starts at 1:00 PM. Participants will ski down a dual slalom course, go over a jump, lasso a person, saddle a horse, and cross the finish line. You didn’t think it was just skiing did you? Afterwards is The Stampede Event. This is a mass start ski competition. First cowboy to the bottom wins the race. Also, there is an after party concert that you will not want to miss. This unique concert will feature the band Lil Smokies in Steamboat Square.

Sleigh Rides in Colorado

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Winter in Colorado is a magical time. Snow blankets the ground in white as everyone prepares for the holidays. Imagine taking a sleigh ride along beautiful Colorado landscapes, holding your loved ones and enjoying the crisp winter weather. Well, you can actually take a real sleigh ride with the whole family this year! Continue reading for some of the best places to find winter sleigh rides in Colorado. Also, if you are looking for a horse property for sale in Colorado, contact Colorado Horse Property today and speak with one of our horse-person realtors.

Popular Winter Sleigh Rides in Colorado

One of the best places to find winter sleigh rides in Colorado is Breckenridge. The Breckenridge Stables offer tours in two locations, namely Peak 9 and the Breckenridge Golf Club. Peak 9 is usually open from late November through mid-April, while Breckenridge Golf Club is open from mid-December through end of March. Therefore, it shouldn’t be hard to plan a day around it. Both areas have amazing views that are different from one another. Breckenridge Stables has three different sleighs. One seats 12 to 14 people, one seats up to 28, and a more intimate one that seats up to 6.

Another great venue for sleigh rides is Bar Lazy L Ranch in Steamboat Springs. The rides here are fully planned events, so the tickets are worth every penny. First they pick you up in town and shuttle you to the ranch where your horse-drawn sleigh awaits. Tickets even include a meal. That’s right, the sleigh takes you to one of their pristine outdoors settings so you can take in the sights while dinning. After you finish eating, there is some additional entertainment to help you relax a bit before riding the sleigh back to the shuttle.

Christmas Adventures

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Christmas is just around the corner. Are you looking for a new Christmas adventure to take your family on this year? How about a scenic train ride through some of the most beautiful places in Colorado? Continue reading for everything you need to know about these unique Christmas adventures. Also, if you are looking for a horse property for sale in Colorado, contact Colorado Horse Property today and speak with one of our horse-person realtors.

Christmas Adventures: Santa on The Train

This year you can live out your childhood dream to be on the Polar Express, now until December 24 with the Georgetown Looper. Enjoy the wonderful snowy vistas as you’re visited by Santa and his Elves. Also, they pass out presents and goodies to the little ones aboard the decorated and heated coaches. It is truly a magical experience for everyone in the family! Get your tickets now as their seats usually fill up quickly. If you miss out on this specific ride, don’t worry. Georgetown Looper also has a Victorian Holiday Celebration from December 26 to January 3. Your journey to this North Pole lasts approximately 50-60 minutes, round-trip. Guests may choose from the coach section, parlor car, or Presidential car.

Every wondered how the Georgetown Looper started? Here’s a quick history lesson. The Georgetown Loop Railroad was one of Colorado’s first visitor attractions. This spectacular stretch of 3 ft. narrow gauge railroad, built by the Georgetown, Breckenridge and Leadville Railway, was completed in 1884 and considered an engineering marvel for its time. The thriving mining towns of Georgetown and Silver Plume lie 2 miles apart in the steep, narrow canyon of Clear Creek in the Rocky Mountains west of Denver. Engineers designed a corkscrew route that traveled nearly twice that distance to connect them, slowly gaining more than 600 feet in elevation.

Ye Olde Chuckwagon

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Ever wondered where early Colorado Cowboys and settlers get there food? From the chuckwagon of course! The chuckwagon was historically a type of field kitchen in a covered wagon. They were once used for the storage and transportation of food and cooking equipment on the prairies. They would line up in a wagon train for feeding workers—an old version of food trucks today. Continue reading for everything you need to know about the history of the chuckwagon. Also, if you are looking for a horse property for sale in Colorado, contact Colorado Horse Property today and speak with one of our horse-person realtors.

History of the Chuckwagon

There were mobile kitchens before the chuckwagon, but weren’t as elaborate. Charles Goodnight invented the chuckwagon in 1866. Goodnight was a Texas rancher known as the father of the Texas Panhandle. Goodnight created the chuckwagon from a Studebaker covered-wagon, a durable Civil War army-surplus wagon. He wanted it to suit the needs of cowboys driving cattle from Texas to sell in New Mexico. What made the chuckwagon unique was the addition of the “chuck box.” This was a set of drawers and shelves for storage space with a hinged lid to provide a flat working surface.

Cook provided many different types of foods out of chuckwagons. The food typically included easy-to-preserve items like beans and salted meats, coffee, and sourdough biscuits. Workers gathered food on the wagon’s route to cook and serve later. However, not everything was available. There was no fresh fruit, vegetables, or eggs available and meat was not fresh unless an animal was injured during the run and therefore had to be killed. The meat they ate was greasy cloth-wrapped bacon, salt pork, and beef, usually dried, salted or smoked.

Country Christmas Gift Show

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With Christmas quickly approaching, the best time to start shopping for gifts is now. Do you need inspiration on what to get for your loved ones this year? The Country Christmas Gift Show is coming soon. This year the show will be held at the Colorado Springs Center from November 19-21. Continue reading for information about this great Colorado Tradition and how you can attend the festivities. Also, if you are looking for a horse property for sale in Colorado, contact Colorado Horse Property today and speak with one of our horse-person realtors.

Gift Show Inspirations

The Country Christmas Gift Show is a very unique shopping experience that the entire family can enjoy. For parents, the show offers “gift ideas, original arts and crafts, sculpture, ceramics, specialty foods, home décor, clothing, furniture, floral designs, jewelry, skin care products, antiques, candles, toys and much more.” For the kids there will be a Santa Claus on the premises to listen to all of their Christmas wishes. You are  welcome to take your own picture with Santa, which is a great alternative to costly mall Santa’s.

The show is ran by Showcase Events Inc, which has successfully produced events and trade shows in Colorado since 1983. They always use modernized facilities with plenty of close in parking and the gift show will be no exception. The Colorado Springs location will provide access to concessions, restrooms, and spaces for exhibitors to showcase their products. Exhibitors have an opportunity to display and sell in well known facilities that accommodate easy access, move-in/out, public parking and a quality shopping environment. There will also be free WiFi and adequate parking for oversized vehicle and RVs.

Five Star Rated Window and Door Companies in Colorado

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Are you doing any home renovation this season on your horse property? Windows and doors are a great start. Replacing old windows and doors can instantly change the exterior look of your horse property in Colorado. Continue reading for the most popular window and door companies in Colorado. Also, if you are looking for a horse property for sale in Colorado, contact Colorado Horse Property today and speak with one of our horse-person realtors.

Top Window and Door Companies in Colorado

First on our list is Renewal by Andersen. This is a proactive company that takes matters in their own hands. If you own an older home, you’ve probably found one of their flyers on your door. They even leave personally written notes on how they think they can help you. Anderson, “gives homeowners one accountable company to handle the entire project. We do it all. We consult, sell, build, install, and warrant our windows and patio doors.” Renewal by Andersen have reported over 53 thousand homeowners served and boast an impressive 275 employees. Another one of the most popular window and door companies in Colorado is Lifetime Windows & Siding.

Lifetime Windows & Siding is one of Denver’s most trusted window and siding companies. Lifetime uses only the best brands in windows, like Infinity and Marvin. Their products resist Colorado’s extreme weather conditions and are energy star certified. All Lifetime products and services are backed by a lifetime guarantee that will transfer to the next owner of the home.” Also, a great thing about Lifetime Windows & Siding is that they can give you a free estimate over the phone. So if you’re getting ready to do some home renovation you can easily find out what your budget needs to be with one call.

Buffalo Bill Cody

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Colorado was the home of many cowboys and is the birthplace of a ton of western heritage. For example, have you ever heard of Buffalo Bill? Unless you’ve done your homework, you probably don’t know much about him. Continue reading for everything you need to know about this legendary cowboy. Did you know that you can tour Colorado as a Cowboy? Also, if you are looking for a horse property for sale in Colorado, contact Colorado Horse Property today and speak with one of our horse-person realtors.

Who was Buffalo Bill?

William Frederick Cody, nicknamed Buffalo Bill, lived from 1846 to 1917 in the American West. He was an American soldier, bison hunter, and wildly popular showman. He was actually born in Le Claire, Iowa, but he lived for several years in his father’s hometown in modern-day Mississauga in Canada. The Cody family returned to the Midwest and settled in Kansas. Buffalo Bill started working at the age of eleven, after his father’s death, and became a rider for the Pony Express at age 15.

Buffalo Bill was also an American patriot. During the American Civil War, he served the Union from 1863 to 1865. Also, he served as a civilian scout for the US Army during the Indian Wars. Bill even received the Medal of Honor in 1872. One of the most famous and well-known figures of the American Old West, Buffalo Bill’s legend began to spread when he was only 23! Shortly thereafter he started performing in western shows depicting the frontier and Indian Wars. He founded Buffalo Bill’s Wild West in 1883, taking his large company on tours in the United States. His career brought him all over the states, including Colorado.

2021 Colorado Corn Mazes

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Corn mazes have become wildly popular tourist attractions in Colorado. They are a way for farmers to generate tourist income. Tourism is a big commodity in Colorado. Visitors to Colorado spent $24.2 billion in 2019. Also, the state welcomed 86.9 million visitors in 2019. This is great for Coloradans because it supports more than 180,000 jobs. Continue reading for some of the top corn mazes in Colorado. Also, if you are looking for a horse property for sale in Colorado, contact Colorado Horse Property today and speak with one of our horse-person realtors.

Top Corn Mazes in Colorado

One of the most popular corn mazes in Colorado is at The Botanic Gardens. This 7-acre corn maze is very family friendly. If you get stranded or separated from your group have no fear. This maze has two 15-foot tall illuminated bridges, making finding your party a breeze. For kids 10 and under, there is a separate, smaller maze. The 2021 corn maze is a space-themed maze with hidden objects for visitors to discover. The Botanic Gardens corn maze is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in Littleton.

There’s also the Cottonwood Farms in Lafayette. Cottonwood Farms is a family-owned farm that sells pumpkins, produce, and organic winter squash. At this location you’ll be able to ick your own pumpkins and see farm animals. Aside from their corn maze they will also have a straw bale maze. This 4-acre corn maze is cut by hand and not by tractors every year. The straw bale maze is great for children, where their parents can watch them play without being afraid they’ll get lost. Admission will be completely free for kids 5 and under and the elderly 65 and over. This maze is already active and will be until October 31st.