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3 Ways to Celebrate Labor Day in Colorado

August in winding down, and fall is nearly upon us, which means that it's time to plan that one last holiday trip for Labor Day weekend. Colorado draws vacationers each year for Labor Day, thanks to the sunny weather, abundant outdoor activities, and gorgeous mountain scenery. Whether you're looking to escape the humidity back home, give the kids a new adventure before they head back to school or just looking to enjoy the final stretch of summer, here are our top 3 suggestions for celebrating Labor Day in Colorado:

USA Pro Challenge Starts Today

One of Colorado's top summer events kicked off today in Aspen. The USA Pro Cycling Challenge is a weeklong bike race comprised of seven stages in total, each covering a different part of Colorado. Riders come from across the globe to test their speed and endurance in Colorado's version of the Tour de France.

Avon

Located along the I70 corridor in central Colorado, Avon is home to world class skiing in the winter and river sports, hiking and golf during the summer. Year round, the cozy mountain town offers shopping, dining, and a variety of events and festivals. It's location in the heart of Vail Valley means easy access to the surrounding towns, as well.
Visiting in the summer months? Avon offers plenty of hiking and biking trails in addition to whitewater rafting, fly fishing and swimming. Head to one of the nearby resorts and catch a chairlift ride to the top for killer views. Or head for the nearest patio bar or cafe and soak in the sunshine while enjoying appetizers or microbrews.

Planning a winter ski vacation? Your Avon hotel will be just a few minutes from Beaver Creek, a short drive down the highway to Vail, and less than an hour from Summit County's four resorts. After a day on the slopes, check out local sleigh rides, or enjoy hot cocoa by a roaring fire.

Telluride Ski Resort

Phone

(970) 728-6900

Toll Free

(800) 778-8581
565 Mountain Village Boulevard
Telluride, CO 81435
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Rio Grande Scenic Railroad

Phone

(719) 587-0509

Toll Free

877-726-7245
610 State Ave
Alamosa, CO 81101
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Telluride

Located deep in the Rocky Mountains of Western Colorado, Telluride is best known as a vacation destination for skiers and snowboarders, but the tiny mountain town has so much more to offer. In addition to hosting an array of top festivals in the summer months, Telluride offers outdoor adventures range from rock climbing and mountain biking to fly fishing, jeeping, and gondola rides.
Downtown, Telluride is home to world class dining and a vibrant art scene. Theatre, live music, and galleries and museums offer culture for visitors and locals throughout the year, and events from wine festivals to music festivals, to the renowned film festival round out the season.

During the winter months, non-skiers can go snowmobiling, sledding, or ice skating. Sleigh rides, dog sledding tours, shopping, and spa days can further fill the itinerary.

At the end of a long day, retire to one of the many hotels, bed & breakfasts, or campgrounds in and around Telluride.

Manitou Springs

Located between Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak, Manitou Springs combines an artsy community with centuries of history in addition to plenty of attractions and activities. The town is naved for the dozen mineral hot springs located throughout the town - Manitou means "great spirit" in Algonquin, the language of the Native Americans who originally inhabited the region.

Whether you're just visiting Manitou Springs for the day or you plan to make it the basecamp for your Colorado vacation, you'll find no shortage of things to do in the area. From the historic downtown to cliff dwellings and numerous museums, the history of the region will come alive. 

Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the local hiking, biking, camping, and whitewater rafting while families will enjoy visiting the zoos and wildlife centers nearby, driving over the Royal Gorge Bridge and exploring the Cave of the Winds.

Pueblo

Located along Interstate 25, Colorado's major north-south corridor, Pueblo boasts a rich history, numerous urban attractions, and easy access to the Rocky Mountains just to the west. From arts and attractions to shopping and dining to museums, historic landmarks and tours, Pueblo offers a diverse sampling of Colorado culture just a little off the beaten path.
Located about 100 miles south of Denver and less than 50 miles from Colorado Springs, a Colorado vacation in Pueblo means you'll get to experience the best of city life without sacrificing access to the Rocky Mountains. Numerous parks are located within easy driving distance, and the Arkansas River cuts right through downtown and offers rafting, kayaking, and fly fishing.

Not wanting to leave city limits? Pueblo is home to a variety of art galleries and museums for a taste of culture. After a day of exploring, check out one of the many local restaurants highlighting the Pueblo Chile, the region's best known crop. Then check out the burgeoning music scene at bars and cafes around town.

Exploring the region's history is perhaps the best way to experience Pueblo. From historic railroad tours to historic museums and tours to wandering through the Riverwalk and Union Ave historic district, you'll learn about the origins of the city and the history of the region.

Salida

Nestled in the center of Colorado's Rocky Mountains, Salida offers a dizzying array of outdoor adventure, a thriving art community, quirky shops and cafes in the bustling downtown, and a backdrop of stunning mountains. From kayaking and fishing the Arkansas River or hiking and skiing in the Collegiate Peaks to exploring local art galleries or shopping boutiques, Salida offers attractions for all types of visitors.
Although Salida was originally founded as a railroad town in the late 1800's, it has since transformed into an outdoor paradise, attracting visitors with its world class whitewater and proximity to the Rocky Mountain wilderness. Twelve peaks over 14,000 feet surround the valley, offering plenty of opportunities for camping and mountaineering while the valley below provides horseback riding, ATV'ing and more.

In town, Salida is best known for the artist community that has built up in recent decades. From annual events to museums and galleries, the art lover will find plenty to see.  Additional cultural attractions include breweries, wineries, distilleries, hot springs and antique shops.

Alamosa

Alamosa was founded in 1878 as a stop along the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad and has since expanded to become the largest town in the region. Whil the San Luis Valley is known predominantly as a farm and ranch community, Alamosa provides the perfect base camp for a Colorado vacation with close proximity to hiking, hot springs, golf, scenic train rides, and Great Sand Dunes National Park
Great Sand Dunes is the newest of the United State National Parks and was established in 2004. Encompassing over 44,000 acres, the park hosts the tallest sand dunes in North America, some of which top out at over 750 feet.

Alamosa was named for the cottonwood trees that border the famed Rio Grande River, which flows along the edge of town (Alamosa is Spanish for cottonwood). The area is alive with local history, from museums to the scenic railroads, to Fort Garland and the shrine of "La Mesa de la Piedad y de la Misericordia". 

Outdoorsmen will love visiting Zapata Falls, trout fishing the Rio Grande, and visiting Alamosa Wildlife Refuge.