Colorado prides itself on offering an arts and culture scene to rival its outdoorsy reputation. Beyond the state’s music, dance, theater and visual arts, you’ll find culture specific to Colorado. The state’s rich mining history makes ghost towns come alive, while rodeos and cowboy culture liven even the smallest ranch towns.
Mountain communities like Snowmass, Crested Butte and Winter Park are known as much for their summer festivals as there are for their skiing. When it comes to local libations, the state boasts more than 300 breweries, 70 distilleries and its own wine country. Our own Roaring Fork Valley produces its own craft beer and spirits, award-winning local cheese and sausage, freshly-caught wild trout, local produce and more.
COWBOY CULTURE, RODEO, GHOST TOWNS, MINING HISTORY
Colorado ghost towns and mine tours offer a peek into the mining boom era that put the state on the map as one of the most lucrative places to be in the late 1800s for early explorers, fur trappers and prospectors.
The state’s thriving ranching industry keeps Colorado’s Western spirit alive and rodeos throughout the state offer spectators a chance to watch as bull riding, steer wrestling and livestock competitions.
MOUNTAIN TOWN FESTIVALS:
Music, Culinary, Booze
June kicks off Colorado’s one-of-a-kind summer festival season, highlighting the best of the state’s music, culinary and alcohol offerings.
Our colorful mountain towns host dozens of quirky gatherings celebrating everything from beer to balloons.
The state of Colorado boasts a burgeoning wine country, more than 300 breweries and over 70 distilleries, creating abundant opportunities for visitors to connect with farms, orchards, ranches and wineries through farm stays, farm-to-table dinners, winery tours and experiential visits.