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Posted by on Jun 29, 2017 in MTN Town Magazine, Treks & Travels | 0 comments

Salida – A River Town for All Seasons

Salida – A River Town for All Seasons

The town of Salida is a sweet retreat during the winter months and shoulder seasons in the high country. In the summertime, Salida is a must visit. The list of Amenities and Activities seem endless while the Art and Culture scene is a huge anchor. Bring a towel, a bike, and your best appetite. Shopping Bring your wallet because the stores, shops, and boutiques here offer some unique finds. From sporting goods, bike shops, antiques, gourmet shops, pretty women’s boutiques, consignment and more the town’s merchants have something you will want to bring home. You will be surprised at the wonderful things you will find throughout town. You will rethink small town shopping after a day exploring here. Festivals Festivals bring a unique flavor from the insanely fun and boisterous Fibark Whitewater Festival (America’s oldest), a gamut of incredible Art Festivals including the Salida Fiber Festival, Wine Festival, Bike Festival, Concerts in the Park and more. The calendar of events is packed all summer long and into the Fall...

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Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in MTN Town Magazine, Treks & Travels | 0 comments

Durango Whitewater Park

Durango Whitewater Park

With its genesis in the majestic San Juan Mountains outside of Silverton and culmination with the San Juan River in New Mexico, the 126-mile-long Animas River is rife with unrivaled scenery, a remarkable history, and some of the best recreating opportunities in the Southwest US. And for the town of Durango, it’s a thriving source of economy, inspiration, cultural pride and the location of the Durango Whitewater Park. “The river is the lifeblood of Durango,” says Cathy Metz, Parks and Recreation Director for the city of Durango. “And when you’re on it, you forget you’re in the middle of the city.” As the third largest commercially rafted river in Colorado, the Animas hosts over 60,000 users a year, generating no less than $19-million for Durango’s bustling tourism industry. The upper Animas is infamous for rowdy Class V+ rapids, so most of this business happens on the mellow lower Animas, where a few Class II and III rapids provide a wild ride and unforgettable adventure during peak flow as the snow...

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Posted by on Jun 26, 2017 in MTN Town Magazine | 0 comments

Steamboat Springs – The Entrepreneurial Enclave

Steamboat Springs – The Entrepreneurial Enclave

Some Steamboat entrepreneurs and start-ups have been around for decades and some are just planting their roots. All are manifestations of an idea brought to fruition by vision, risk, work and luck. With a backdrop like Steamboat Springs as the inspiration this town has become the little entrepreneurial engine that chugs steadily, like a well-conditioned athlete, to the top. Given the tendency to distil everything we encounter in the world to make them more understandable and relatable, it’s a safe bet that most people would characterize Steamboat Springs by the three R’s- ranching, recreation and real estate.  Yet, quietly, a fourth R- Rising Businesses and Startups, is an economic trend that figures to impact the future of this fabled town, anchoring the northwestern quadrant of Colorado for decades to come. we profiled five of those prolific Steamboat Springs business owners below. A CHILLY RECEPTION Despite selling his stake in a second bicycling company, MOOTS, to start his third, Kent Erickson Cycles, the namesake of this custom bike frame builder...

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Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in MTN Town Magazine, Treks & Travels | 0 comments

Great(er) Grand Junction

Great(er) Grand Junction

Story by Kristen Lummis   It’s a hot summer day in Colorado’s Grand Valley and great(er) Grand Junction.   With the mercury pushing 90, I’ve found a cool respite on a shady, breezy patio. Hummingbirds flit amongst flowers and bountiful clouds fill the sky.   I’m biting into an organic peach the size of a grapefruit, trying not to spill a single drop of heavenly nectar, despite the fact it’s running down my fingers to my wrists.   As I savor this peach, just one of the many local delights we’ll eat this summer, I’m pretty sure I live in the center of the universe.    My brother and I were raised just minutes from Colorado National Monument, a national park showcasing a wonderland of red canyons, towering spires and otherworldly sandstone formations.   To the east is Grand Mesa, an enormous alpine plateau rising to 11,332 feet where we hiked, fished and camped during summer and skied during winter. The Book Cliffs, on the north side of the...

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Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in MTN Town Magazine | 0 comments

2016 Colorado Mountain Town Women’s Business Award Winners

2016 Colorado Mountain Town Women’s Business Award Winners

Five Colorado mountain town women were awarded the Inaugural 2016 Mountain Town Women’s Business Awards from over 100 nominees submitted to MTN Town Magazine and the Northwest Small Business Development’s (Northwest SBDC) in 2016. Five Award winners were honored in the following categories; Legacy Leader, Creative Innovation, Emerging Leader, Legacy Health & Wellness Leader and Emerging Health & Wellness Champion. We are proud to have participated in this amazing event. Presenting the 2016 Mountain Town Business Women Awardees: Amanda Wagner, Emerging Health & Wellness Leader Award Winner Amanda is a Colorado Mountain Girl through and through. Born and raised in Glenwood Springs and a graduate from the University of Colorado with degrees in Psychology and Communication. She learned quickly out of college that she can’t do what she loves if she did not spend time consistently focusing on her personal health and wellness. After 10 years in the hospitably industry, she quit her job, got her Personal Training and Health Coaching Certifications and helped start The Aspen Clinic (TAC). That was 5 years...

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Posted by on Dec 28, 2016 in Arts, MTN Town Magazine | 0 comments

David Gonzales – Art in Action

David Gonzales – Art in Action

Action. It is immediately apparent in every David V. Gonzales painting. Swaths of brilliant color combine and collide into instantly recognizable forms. They bring forth bikers cruising through aspen groves, skiers flying down mountainsides and bears charging through streams. Gonzales has mastered painting movement, launching a career that now spans decades to new heights. He has been painting professionally for his entire adult life. By the time Gonzales was seventeen he had work hanging at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. and in the governor’s mansion in New Mexico. Now long established in the art world, expressing his fascination with relative objects moving through space and time has seen awards come fast and furious for this artist in motion. This year alone, Gonzales won a “Best of Show” award at the prestigious National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, WY and collaborated with 3 time Tour de France Legend, Greg LeMond and Warren Film Star Chris Anthony to raise money for inner city youth. Just recently, Gonzales has been...

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