Category Archives: Outdoor Activities

Boarding Key

It’s that time of year that Colorado is best known for, WINTER, which means we have to pull out our boxes of boots, scarves, gloves, and puffy jackets to keep the frost from freezing our fingers and toes. Keeping warm is important especially in Keystone, Colorado where every winter accessory is needed to fight off Frosty. Even though the chill is not ideal, skiing or snowboarding at Keystone Ski Resort is worth layering up for.

If you are like me and have little experience skiing or boarding, don’t worry! Keystone has two villages that offer sleigh rides, snowshoeing, gondola rides, ice skating, and many more winter activities for those interested in experiencing something other than skiing or snowboarding. There are also numerous restaurants to take a breather at after a long day on the slopes like Kickapoo Tavern, which is a bar and grill that offers classic American food along with cocktails and microbrews.

Winter in Keystone is perfect for both experienced and inexperienced skiers and boarders who are planning a one day trip or a week-long vacation. Just make sure to pack your winter accessories or else you may not make it onto the mountain. Also, another word of advice to boarders like myself, don’t let those itty-bitty experts who may pass you by get you down; it’ll be alright, you’ll make it down the mountain eventually!

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Pick a Pumpkin at the Patch

Good thing the snowstorm headed our way early this year before the holiday festivities begin. The forecast is looking brighter for the holiday weekend, especially on Halloween day, so there is still hope to fit in a trip to the pumpkin patch. While we wait for the snow to melt, go to your local grocery store and pick up some carving tools to prepare for a Sunday-funday of getting sticky and slimy with the ones you love while showing off your awesome pumpkin carving skills.

The pumpkin patch on Highway 287 in Broomfield, CO is a wonderland of orange and is the most thrilling way to pick out a pumpkin. The fields are filled with plump pumpkins ready for picking and there is plenty of freedom to choose one that best fits your needs. After enjoying a roam throughout the fields, check out the hay maze, petting zoo, candy apple station, and baked goods stand; you will definitely feel younger after meandering through the maze and much happier knowing you get to take home a perfectly caramelized treat.

I hope the snow has left us with enough quality pumpkins to be able to dedicate a Sunday to carefree carving. Whether there are valuable leftovers or not, the trip to the patch on Highway 287 will undoubtedly rouse your youthful side. Let’s just hope that Mother Nature is on our side this weekend and has not and will not destroy too many more of those lovely orange fruits.

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Where Are All My Hikers At?

Fall weather provides the perfect opportunity to hike the gorgeous trails throughout Colorado this weekend. Whether in the Fort Collins area or not, trek on up to Horsetooth Mountain Park where you will find twenty seven miles of trails worthy of hiking, biking, or horseback riding. One of my favorite trails saves the best view for last, leading to a remote place of solitude ideal for couples, families, and friends; the end of the Horsetooth Falls trail is a secluded area of green plant life and a stream of water cascading down from the mountain top with plenty of space to stretch out on a blanket and watch nature at its finest. The trail offers the chance to hike to the top of the falls as well, providing a much broader view of the entire Horsetooth Mountain Park.

Plan a day of hiking the trails with the ones you love before the chill of winter comes creeping over our beloved state. Pack a picnic, fill your water bottles, and put on your walking shoes for a day full of beauty and adventure in the hills of Horsetooth. Bring your camera along and capture this new experience while you are doing some younger living!

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