Casa Bonita is Denver's top tourist trap, according to Yahoo: "If you're looking for a popular place to eat, you may get recommendations to visit Casa Bonita. The restaurant boasts cliff divers, escaping gorillas and an amusement arcade. Beware the bland Mexican food though because it isn't authenti ... More >>
Our responses to Yahoo's list of Denver's worst tourist traps fostered an entertaining debate about the relative merits of Casa Bonita, which was ranked number one in the post. Some readers declared the South Park-approved eatery and cliff-diving mecca to be awesome, while others weren't nearly so p ... More >>
Back in April, when representatives of the Republican National Committee were touring Denver to determine if it would make a good location for the 2016 GOP convention, we came up with a list of ten alternative Denver places to take them -- including the city's dankest corner and the newly remodeled ... More >>
Now that Memorial Day weekend is over, Colorado's summer tourism season is in full swing. And no part of the state is more eager to welcome visitors than the remote mountain regions that are finally thawing out after a long, isolated winter. The season kicked off in Silverton the first Saturday of ... More >>
It's been two years since the once-private Anschutz Collection -- one of the world's most comprehensive collections of Western art -- first opened its doors to the public for limited guided tours in its home at the American Museum of Western Art. And it's been so successful -- perhaps too much so -- ... More >>
Last month, we shared a post about Denver's top twelve tourist attractions based on attendance, as calculated by Visit Denver. But what about those places that are well worth checking out but aren't nearly as well known as Red Rocks and the 16th Street Mall? Visit Denver's Denver.org site features ... More >>
Last year, the competition was steep for hefty sales-tax rebates through the statewide Regional Tourism Act. Six municipalities were vying for the incentives, and the Colorado Economic Development Commission could only pick two. It wound up choosing projects proposed by Pueblo and Aurora, whose plan ... More >>
According to Visit Denver, the Mile High City set a tourism record in 2012, with the number of visitors and spending at an all-time high. The organization also drills down to reveal the top twelve tourist attractions in the city -- and the most popular ones, as well as the order in which they appea ... More >>
Patricia Calhoun shared her take on travel guru Arthur Frommer's prediction that Colorado tourism will get a boost from Amendment 64 -- and our readers followed suit. Here's a comment from someone who thinks the alcohol industry has established a template for the pot tourism of the future.
Has Colorado's official tourism effort gone to pot? A new video posted on YouTube suggests that, and it only makes sense: After all, not only did the state's voters approve Amendment 64, which makes recreational pot use legal in Colorado, but the state tourism office just hosted meetings on agritour ... More >>
A week ago, the state's tourism office announced that 2011 had been a record-breaking year. And 2012 will break all kinds of records, too -- but not the ones boosters like to shatter. Most disappointing ski season. Rafting industry drying up. And the rest of the summer tourism season going up in smo ... More >>
Colorado tourism got an injection of life with its smart new "Come to Life" campaign. And while it had looked like the Colorado Tourism Office's budget might be headed for life-support, it just got an injection of of new/old money.
Tourism boosters must think longingly of the days when Colorado needed no more advertisement than a Muppet-haired troubadour on a "Rocky Mountain High," singing about how he was born in the summer of his 27th year, when he discovered the joys of campfires and really good pot, and moved to the state ... More >>
Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal ran a story about New Mexico's $2.5 million effort to rebrand the state "as a place of charm and character, adventure, excitement -- and really good green chili cheeseburgers." It seems that the Land of Enchantment isn't perceived as very enchanting; focus ... More >>
Ken Salazar.Two weeks ago, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar surfaced in Alamosa, surrounded by state leaders, to present the results of a federal study aimed at promoting tourism and conservation in the San Luis Valley. The National Park Service's study pushes for conservation easements, ... More >>
How did Colorado's "Second Largest Industry" perform in 2010? We're guessing pretty well, since that's the header regarding the latest Longwoods Report, an industry analysis of Denver and Colorado tourism. But then, this industry has a secret weapon: Governor John Hickenlooper.
Leaders of the Colorado tourism Industry gathered on the steps of the Capitol yesterday for a Discover Colorado Rally and celebration of the first official Colorado Tourism Day. They were surrounded by some of the state's best marketing mascots (and a mysterious pirate): the Blue Bear, Miles ... More >>
A rock and roll promoter in New York has tapped Cro-Mags frontman John Joseph to host walking tours of New York City's musical landmarks. Besides being an incredibly cool way to see the city and absorb its rich history, the idea got us to thinking: who would give a kickass tour of Denver? Who would ... More >>
Colorado has awarded its new tourism contract -- and surprise, surprise, a Colorado company has the key role in a deal that's now been split between several companies: Karsh/Hagan, founded in 1977, when John Denver tunes were enough to attract tourists.
HIckenlooper.The inauguration ceremony was cold, but Governor John Hickenlooper is off to a blazing start. Hickenlooper issued three executive orders in the first few minutes of officially holding office, taking aim at economic development and improving the efficiency of state government.
Let's talk major mountains! The Colorado Tourism Office is currently running ads for its godawful "Let's Talk Colorado" campaign on the page six section of the New York Post website -- an address well-known for featuring shots of busty celebrities. Last week, the buy resulted in the perfect juxtapo ... More >>
All good things must come to an end, but at the Coors brewery tour in Golden, all the good things come atthe end.
It has been a Colorado rite of passage for decades. Turn 21, then head to Golden for a guided tour of the Coors brewery and, most importantly, the three free beers that come with it. But that changed on Friday when Coors, now called Molson Coors, unveiled its shorter, self-guided audio tours with le ... More >>
Bad enough that Colorado actually paid money for an awful, out-of-date tourism campaign that sounds like an old Joan Rivers shtick: Let's Talk Colorado. But can we talk about what that campaign's sending out to would-be tourists? Today an e-mail newsletter arrived from the Colorado Tourism Office, ... More >>
Celebrate mountain biking in Crested Butte.
Celebrate St. Patrick at the Denver Zoo.
Tourism boosters kick off the summer season at a rally today at the State Capitol. And what a season it should be: Come July 1, the state's annual tourism budget will increase from $5 million to $20 million (pending final legislative approval). But at the same time those boosters tout the $3.4 billi ... More >>
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Red Rocks birthday party
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As metro cities buy up high country water rights, Park County's ranching heritage is evaporating.
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