As we've reported, State of Colorado and City of Denver tourist agencies have resisted the temptation to use marijuana as a way to lure visitors to the area, despite mainstream media pot coverage that's essentially free advertising. Against that backdrop comes word that hotel searches for Denver on ... More >>
Joe Hodas is used to living the high life: The longtime PR guy spent five years as spokesman for Frontier Airlines in the mid-2000s, went on to a VP role with Smashburger, and then became an executive vice president with Vladimir Jones, a high-powered ad and PR firm, representing clients like Centur ... More >>
It's day three of the partial federal government shutdown, and at this writing, thousands of workers assigned to what are regarded as nonessential gigs are off the job -- including everyone assigned to Colorado's seven National Monuments and four National Parks, which will remain closed until the si ... More >>
The saga of the Gaylord hotel in Aurora continues -- this time with good news for the folks behind the proposed 1,500-room hotel and convention center. In a letter on view below, the state attorney general's office has denied a request by a group of Colorado hotels that the Colorado Economic Devel ... More >>
Visit Denver just announced the top metro tourist attractions for 2012, and while there are a couple of shopping centers on the list, there's not a single restaurant (unless you count a restaurant in one of the shopping centers -- and what are the chances of that?). The omission set off fans of a ce ... More >>
There have been a lot of weird assemblages on the steps of the State Capitol. But few have been stranger than the group that gathered there yesterday for a rally marking Colorado Tourism Day. Those represented included Governor John Hickenlooper, Miss Colorado Hannah Porter and so many random mascot ... More >>
Update: A response from the official Amendment 64 campaign on the tourism question follows our original post, below. Would Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, hinder Colorado tourism or boost it?
They're out of their gourds! For the eleventh year in a row, the City of Aurora is hosting its Punkin Chunkin, an event that features pumpkins being catapulted, shot, Gallagher-ized and mutilated in all sorts of ways. Aurorans take their punkin chunkin' seriously, and the city expects 10,000 people ... More >>
From 4 to 7 p.m. tomorrow, September 8, Denver Urban Gardens and Art Farm will join forces for the sixth annual Harvest outdoor community art show and garden gala, held at the West Washington Park Community Garden located at 201 Grant Street in Denver.
Things were looking up for Aurora, Colorado.That's how it seemed earlier this year when we wrote about the suburb's new tourism organization, Visit Aurora. Why? Aurora looked sure to land the state tourism incentives it needed to entice Gaylord Entertainment to build a giant hotel there; the city wa ... More >>
Today was a good day for Aurora tourism -- and not for the same reason as on November 28, 1979, when a mysterious Hollywood stunt man showed up with a plan to build a massive amusement park called Science Fiction Land. Today's good news came courtesy the Colorado Economic Development Commission, whi ... More >>
What does it look like when a bunch of mascots converge on the Capitol steps? Kinda goofy. That's what happened at today's Discover Colorado Rally, a yearly meetup that could be summed up in two words: "Yay, tourism!" Grown-ups dressed as sharks and bears listened as officials rattled off statistics ... More >>
Tomorrow, the Colorado Economic Development Commission will hold its first public hearing on the six projects vying for big-bucks sales-tax rebates under the state's Regional Tourism Act. They include a 1,500-room hotel and conference center in Aurora. The hotel would be the city's biggest tourism d ... More >>
This week a series of nine "Come to Life" television spots promoting Colorado tourism began airing in target markets across the country, with an emphasis on outdoor summer adventure. To get that vibe just right, the Colorado Tourism Office brought in a team including Denver-based ad agency Karsh/Hag ... More >>
There are no amusement parks in Aurora, no baseball stadiums or aquariums or world-class art museums. But the upstart city to the east does have some gems when it comes to tourist attractions, as explained in this week's cover story, "Wish You Were Here!" The story tells the tale of Visit Aurora, th ... More >>
You'd probably never honeymoon in Aurora, Colorado. But city officials hope the strip mall-laden Denver suburb will attract visitors from several niche demographics, including obscure conferences, sick people (and their loved ones) who come to be treated at the city's top-notch hospitals, and huge y ... More >>
Despite concerns raised by the EPA and alarms sounded in a state report, Colorado officials are moving forward with a plan to divert more water from the Upper Colorado River to the Front Range -- which is why anglers, rafters, tourism interests and others will be rallying in protest on the we ... More >>
On Wednesday, Alamosa-born Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will return to his roots -- again -- as part of a long-simmering effort to promote tourism and conservation in Colorado's much-praised, much-neglected San Luis Valley. Accompanied by Governor John Hickenlooper and Senators Michael Benn ... More >>
Visit Denver just announced the people who will be inducted into the Tourism Hall of Fame at the thirteenth annual celebration set for March 14, 2012, and the list includes two key people from the Colorado drinking/dining scene: Great American Beer Festival president Charlie Papazian and Pete ... More >>
Breck Bike Week just got underway yesterday, but already the town's cycling community is looking forward to Fall: In just 46 days the USA Pro Cycling Challenge (August 22-28) will be off to the races, bringing many of the world's top cyclists to Colorado. Breck is hosting Stage 5 of the eve ... More >>
A week ago, I was watching the sun rise at the Garden of the Gods -- a stunning experience that, if marketed right, could start a tourism stampede to Colorado.
Photo by Craig DownerA mustang breaks free of a holding pen in Nevada.While his department's handling of the oil-slick crisis in the Gulf continues to draw scathing criticism and political blowback, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has another ecological headache brewing out west over hi ... More >>
Friday, March 26, Bluebird Theater, 303-377-1666.
Sunday, January 31, Ogden Theatre, 303-830-8497.
Saturday, January 30, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-837-0360.
At Monday's tourism rally, Governor Bill Ritter urged us to "Rediscover Colorado" this summer. I started by walking the length of the 16th Street Mall at lunch yesterday, and found that this seventeen-block stretch -- touted as the most successful pedestrian mall in the country and one of this tow ... More >>
Governor Bill Ritter was at the last day of the National Western Stock Show, taking in the rodeo with his family (Ritter was one of twelve kids, all raised on a farm in eastern Aurora) -- and enjoying a few light moments before the hard work of the week ahead. When a steer broke free of his handle ... More >>
Phil Goodstein releases his latest local work.
Denver Restaurant Week
Cell Phone Audio Tours
Besieged by crowds and Front Range pollution, Colorado's premier national park is a vanishing wilderness.
Op Girls tour gives Bettys a chance to skate
Painted Bread comes out both flavorful and dry.
Yo, yo: The Hip-Hop Summit is coming to town. We hope.
Moongate Asian Grill
Hot times in the old town
Lebanon Silver Mine
Frozen Dead Guy Days
Chatfield State Park