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In this issue:
Meet the staff
Publisher Bill Ferguson Vacation Edition Editor John Cordsen Contributing Writers and Photographers Walt Hester Juley Harvey Debbie Holmes Madeline Framson Laurie Bien Advertising Staff Mike O’Flaherty Steve LaMontia Bookkeeper/Circulation Leslie Dawson Press Liaison Randy Hinson Single Copy Distribution Randy Hinson
The Vacation Edition is an annual publication of the Estes Park Trail-Gazette, a twice-weekly newspaper. The Vacation Edition is published in May. Trail-Gazette office: 251 Moraine Ave. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1707, Estes Park, CO 80517. Telephone; (970) 586-3356. Fax: (970) 586-9532. Web site: www.eptrail.com (c)2011.
Notchtop and Little Matterhorn tower over Odessa Lake. Photo by John Cordsen
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Fall colors and a dusting of snow highlight Longs Peak. Photo by Walt Hester
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The First Stop
The Estes Park Visitor Center
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he majestic scenery of Rocky Mountain National Park combined with the home town hospitality of Estes Park transforms a trip to the Colorado Rockies into a dream vacation in a corner of paradise. Whether coming for a day, a week, or more, visiting this eastern gateway community to Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, at 7,522 feet above sea level is an experience you’ll remember forever.
When it comes to providing complete visitor services, the one component of excellence that sets Estes Park apart from other areas is the contingent of about 65 volunteers who donate their expertise and time to helping visitors have an outstanding vacation experience in this area. Individual Ambassadors work on a rotating basis at the information desk in the Visitor Center daily during the summer season and on weekends from October through late May. Ambassadors answer questions about where to hike, drive, shop, eat and stay in the Estes Park area. They provide answers to common questions like “where’s a good place for me to hike?” to more uncommon questions that deal with everything from genealogy to botanical knowledge. Staff provides additional expertise in planning group gatherings from weddings and reunions to business meetings. The Estes Park Visitor Center is open daily except New Years Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
With world class hiking and climbing, fishing, golfing, sightseeing, wildlife watching, galleries, unique shopping, an array of dining choices, options in lodging to meet every taste, and Rocky Mountain National Park out the back door, there’s something in Estes Park just for you. Special events in Estes Park and summer-long free outdoor entertainment are set amidst the backdrop of Rocky Mountain National Park. Hear folk musicians entertain, listen to a string quartet perform, or tap your toes to a big band playing favorites. Beginning with Jazz Fest held each May and continuing through the holiday season’s “Catch the Glow’ Christmas celebration, there are special events in Estes Park that will keep you coming back for more. Here, you can be adventurous all on your own. But when you want advice or assistance, the Estes Park Visitor Center, operated by the Estes Park Convention and Visitors Bureau, is a perfect place to stop. Located at the intersection of U.S. Highways 34 and 36, the Center provides information about every business in Estes Park and things to do in the area. 2 — 2011 Trail Vacation Edition
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* 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily *Location: 500 Big Thompson Ave. at the intersection of U.S. Highways 34 and 36. *Telephone: 970-577-9900 or 800-44-ESTES *Website: www.EstesParkCVB.com
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fter a fun day in the in the great outdoors, catch a theater production, stop in to an art opening, go to a concert or tour the museums. Estes Park has a full schedule of activities to please the entire family. Convention and Visitor Bureau (CVB) Visitor Center offers ample parking and shuttle service through town and into Rocky Mountain National Park. The center, located at 500 Big Thompson Avenue, has increased visitor services, making vacations in Estes Park a relaxing, funfilled experience. Helpful volunteer ambassadors assist visitors, providing maps and information. Brochures and souvenirs are located in the lobby. Community events are listed on the CVB website — www.estesparkcvb.com. Click on Events and then Calendar for vacation planning information. For more information, call the CVB at (970) 577-9900 or 1-800-44-Estes. See PLANNING, pg. 4
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Art Center of Estes Park
The Art Center of Estes Park Fine Art Gallery features juried original art by Estes Valley and regional Colorado artists in a broad range of media. The center offers featured artist’s exhibits throughout the year, as well as a revolving collection from more than 40 members. The gallery provides exhibit space for school children and aspiring artists. The center also offers art classes, slideshows and educational programs. The Art Center of Estes Park is located at 517 Big Thompson Avenue in Stanley Village. For more information, call (970) 586-5882 or visit www.artcenterofestes.com. For more information, call (970) 586-9203 or visit www.estesarts.com.
Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies
The Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies brings theater productions to the Estes Valley year-round. They also offer the Fine Arts and Crafts Festival in September. For more information, call the Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park at (970) 586-9203 or visit www.fineartsguild.org. Theater ticket information can be obtained by calling the Macdonald Book Shop at (970) 586-3450.
and chairs along the river for visitor’s picnicking convenience. Performances take place May through August. For schedule information, call the CVB at (970) 577-9900.
Estes Park Museum
The Estes Park Museum collects, interprets and preserves local history through permanent and temporary exhibits, programs and events. The museum educates visitors, exploring the rich history of Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. The Estes Park Museum is located at 200 Fourth Street off of Highway 36 just west of Lake Estes. Museum admission and programs are free. For more information, call the museum at (970) 586-6256 or visit www.estesnet.com/museum.
Rocky Ridge Music Center
Rocky Ridge Music Center (RRMC) is a summer music center/ camp for middle school, high school and college students. They offer chamber and orchestral music, private lessons and music theory for all types of instrumentalists. Student and faculty concerts are offered throughout the summer at RRMC, located at 465 Longs Peak Road. For more information, call (970) 586-4031 or visit www.rocky ridge.org.
Estes Park Senior Center
The Estes Park Senior Center has a busy activities schedule and serves weekly lunches at noon. The senior center is located at 220 Fourth Street and is open Monday through Friday. For more information, call the senior center at (970) 586-2996 or visit www.estesnet.com/ seniorcenter.
Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park
The Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park Fine Art Gallery presents visual and performing arts programming year-round. The arts council will be celebrating one full year in its new gallery, located at 423 W. Elkhorn Avenue (directly in front of Performance Park outdoor amphitheater).
Estes Valley Public Library
The Estes Valley Public Library offers a Summer Reading Program for children, provides meeting space for a variety of community programming and free Internet service by appointment. Visit the Estes Valley Public Library at 335 E. Elkhorn Avenue, call (970) 586-8116, or visit www.estes.lib.co.us.
The Stanley Hotel, built by F.O. (Freelan Oscar) Stanley of Stanley Steamer automobile fame, opened on June 22, 1909. The Stanley Museum is located at 517 Big Thompson Avenue in Lower Stanley Village. For more information, call (970) 577-1903 or visit www.stanley museum.org.
Performance Park Outdoor Amphitheater
Performance Park outdoor amphitheater is located at 417 W. Elkhorn Avenue at the west end of the Riverwalk. The beautiful rock backdrop creates impeccable acoustics with a lawn in front of the stage, and tables
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Sunset color shows through the beginnings of the Winter Festival ice castle constructed for the 2011 festival in Bond Park
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Estes Park Winter Festival charms the chills away
Activities provide the cake’s icing, throughout Estes Park, with the heart of family fun being downtown’s Bond Park, currently undergoing a facelift to allow even more tentspace. Last year, the kids skidded through the Ice Castle Interactive Playground — complete with ice maze — while the adults glugged down samplings from wineries and breweries from Colorado in the heated tent with live music. More than 4,000 people slurped and turfed their way through the trucked-in snow. The Chili Cook-off offers vats of delicious fun. Prizes are awarded to the “Best of Winter Fest” — spooning and forking are allowed. Indulge your “competitive side” in the scavenger hunt — spot an elk — by perusing the downtown shops to find prizes worth more than $1,000 in lodging, retail and restaurant gifts. There’s always a happy trail — for the nature enthusiasts, the 17th Annual Winter Trails Snowshoe Event in Rocky Mountain National Park of-
ee why winter is a cool time in Estes Park. The annual Winter Festival provides snowballing frolic, from Friday evening, Jan. 13, through Monday, Jan. 16. Enjoy a magical drive into Estes Park, with
downtown adorned in frothy winter lights, against the meringue-magnificent backdrop of snowcapped peaks. Sounds good enough to eat? Well, you’re in luck. Food is an essential part of this festival, with its chili cookoff for both amateurs and professionals, determined to provide some Rocky Mountain heat.
fers children and adults a chance to demo snowshoes for free (Tubbs, Atlas, MSR, Crescent Moon and more). Educational sessions and informative clinics make it the perfect time to learn about winter sports in the Rockies. Get a clue about an igloo, at the ever-popular iglo-making event, a Winter Trails favorite. Winter Trails’ activities offer a great way to experience the beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park, and occur between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14. From an ice house to a hot rock is a short step. After chilling outdoors, pamper yourself with the special offerings of many of the local day spas. Dine at one of Estes Park’s unique restaurants, and listen to live entertainment offered all around town. It’s snow wonder — other whiteout weekend favorites include pony rides, horse-and-carriage rides, a Winter Art Walk Tour, an “Evening of Star Gazing” at the world-class observatory and professional photography tours. Magical Estes Park on Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend wraps you within woolly layers of lodging discounts, restaurant specials and retail deals. You’ll wonder as you wander, creating a lifetime of warm memories that will make you ask, why go any farther for a festive adventure?
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Popular Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park is surrounded by a bright display of aspen decked out in their fall colors. Photos by WALT HESTER
RMNP has four visitor centers where guests can see nature exhibits, purchase RMNP books, buy gifts and snacks (remove snacks - no snacks are available at the Visitor Centers), use restrooms (Maybe remove use restrooms and place at end of sentence?), view topographical maps of the park, and ask the park rangers questions. (Restrooms are available)
Alpine Visitor Center
Located at Fall River Pass at the junction of Trail Ridge and Old Fall River roads (many folks don’t know Fall River Pass how about just Located on Trail Ridge Road. Alpine Visitor Center is open depending on weather and Trail Ridge road (Road) conditions. It is closed in the winter. Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Located on U.S. Route 36, three miles from the town of Estes Park. Fall River Visitor Center Located on U.S. Route 34, five miles west of the town of Estes Park, near the Fall River Entrance to the Park. Kawuneeche Visitor Center Located one mile north of the town of Grand Lake on U.S. Route 34 at the (west) entrance to the park
in the new Interagency Pass Program (,America the Beautiful Pass,) which was created by the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act and authorized by Congress in December 2004. Participating agencies include the National Park Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture — Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation. The pass series, collectively known as the America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass. (Reword to keep it consistent — The America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass — A $80 pass created by the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act and authorized by Congress in December 2004. This pass provides access to, and use of federal recreation sites managed by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture — Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation that charge an entrance or standard amenity fee for a year, beginning from the date of sale.
Fishing is allowed in designated areas in the Park; (. remove the rest and replace with A valid fishing license is required. Some areas are catch-and-release some are catchand-keep. Obtain a fishing brochure at any visitor center. however, regulations vary from place to place. It is required to have a valid Colorado fishing license at all times. Some areas are exclusively catch-and-release. Observe postings carefully.
RMNPRockies The Jewel of the
Park’s popularity attracts millions
ocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) offers 415 square miles of dynamic landscape featuring lowland meadows, numerous lakes and rivers, aspen and subalpine forests, (alpine tundra) and towering mountain peaks. Over 250,000 acres of backcountry in (space) the park were granted wilderness area status early in 2009 with the passage of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. This culminated a process that began in 1974 when wilderness recommendations (remove s) for the park were (was) made by the
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Fees and Passes
Automobile: $20 — Valid for seven consecutive days, including date of purchase. Pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycles and mopeds: $10 per person, not to exceed $20 per vehicle. Valid for seven consecutive days including date of purchase. Available at all Rocky Mountain National Park entrance stations. Rocky Mountain National Park Annual Pass — A $40 pass which provides unlimited entry to this park for one year from the date of purchase. Available at all Rocky Mountain National Park entrance stations or with a credit card at 970-586-1438. Rocky Mountain National Park/ Arapaho National Recreation Area Annual Pass — A $50 pass which provides unlimited entry to to both areas for one year from the date of purchase. Available at all Rocky Mountain National Park and Arapaho National Recreation Area entrance stations. The National Park Service is an important participant (a participant)
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National Park Service under President Nixon. All of these aspects of RMNP create an unparalleled outdoor playground where the possibilities are endless. Visitors hike its 360 miles of trails, watch massive (remove massive) herds of elk, fish for trout in its many streams and lakes, camp underneath its vast starry mountain skies, or climb its epic granite rock walls. Nearly three million people visit RMNP each year, making it one of the most popular National Parks in the country. Maps and brochures can be obtained at any of the RMNP visitor centers and (remove “and” end sentence and start with For) for general information call RMNP HQ (the park’s Information Office) at (970) 586-1206 or visit (the park’s official website) www.nps.gov/romo.
Not allowed in RMNP.
Getting out of your car and hiking the 360 miles of trails is the best way to explore RMNP. Popular trails range from the easy and handicapped accessible paths around Bear Lake, Lily Lake, and Sprague Lake. More ambitious climbs up the fabled Longs Peak are also available for hikers. For a comprehensive analysis of the many hikes and climbs that RMNP has to offer, Lisa Fosters, “Rocky Mountain National Park, The Complete Hiking Guide,” is an excellent resource, as well as the various information pamphlets provided by RMNP. (Rather than
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singling out just one book we would suggest instead ... Speak with rangers at any park visitor center to learn more about the park’s trails and investigate the numerous hiking guides available in visitor center bookstores and retail outlets throughout the area.)
The animals that live in RMNP are wild. Park visitors could potentially pose a threat to their natural habitat, and in turn the animals could harm visitors. To avoid conflict, do not feed any wildlife in the park because they can become dependent on human food, lose the ability to hunt, and possibly die. Animals can also kick, bite, or gore you. They can also carry diseases such as rabies and bubonic plague, which can be transmitted to humans. Photograph all wildlife from the safety of your vehicle or from the roadside. See ROCKY, pg. 10
The two icons of Rocky Mountain National Park, bull elk and Longs Peak.
The animals that live in RMNP are wild. Park visitors could potentially pose a threat to their natural habitat, and in turn the animals could harm visitors. To avoid conflict, do not feed any wildlife in the park because they can become dependent on human food, lose the ability to hunt, and possibly die.
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Our Estes Park hotel accommodations cater to the needs of both individual travelers as well as to groups. Lake Shore Lodge provides a variety of amenities to our guests to ensure an unforgettable getaway including: Spacious Guest Rooms with Balconies • Suites with Fireplaces Restaurant and Lounge with Indoor & Outdoor Seating Indoor Swimming Pool & Hot Tub • Fitness Center & Sauna • Wireless Internet
Lake Shore Lodge 1700 Big Thompson Ave Estes Park, Colorado 80517 Toll Free: (800) 332.6867 Local: (970) 577.6400 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
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Approaching the animals frightens them and a possible fine may be issued to those who unnecessarily disturb the wildlife. (Replace with ... . Never approach wildlife. Enjoy from a safe distance.)
Pets are not allowed on Park trails, snowfields, or in the backcountry. (Pets are not allowed on any trails or meadow areas. A leashed pet may be walked in the (remove the) campgrounds, picnic areas, and along roadsides. Never leave your pet unattended in a vehicle. Kennels are available in Estes Park and other surrounding communities.
A ranger shows two young visitors different items during a Skins and Skulls program at the Kawuneeche Visitors Center.
Leave No Trace
In order to preserve the pristine beauty of RMNP’s natural landscape it is important for visitors to adhere to the Leave No Trace outdoor mentality (change mentality to principles). For more information, contact www.lnt.org.
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Flowers and snow mix above treeline off of Old Fall River Road near the Alpine Visitors Center. Photos by WALT HESTER
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carve the Grand Canyon and flow to the Pacific. Take Hwy. 34 from Grand Lake to Granby, Hwy. 40 to Kremmling, County Road 1 (gravel road) to State Bridge, 75 miles, driving time: 90 minutes to drive, 3-6 hours to enjoy. Avoid travel on gravel portion after rain or snow. Peak-to-Peak Scenic Byway Enjoy spectacular views of snowcapped peaks along the Continental Divide and access to historical mining communities, such as Black Hawk and Central City, dating from the late 1800s. The byway begins as CO Highway 7 in Estes Park, passes Lily Mountain and Twin Sisters, then turns south just past Allenspark on CO Highway 72, goes to Nederland, where it continues south on CO Highway 119, through Blackhawk, through Clear Creek Canyon and down to I-70. Many gold mines were located along Highways 72 and 119. There are many aspen stands, as well, so it is a definite gold mine in the fall. A distance of 55 miles, from Estes Park to I-70, is about a 2-hour drive. Cache la Poudre The byway follows Colorado’s only designated wild and scenic river, the Cache la Poudre. It’s north of Rocky Mountain National Park, running through Roosevelt National Forest and Colorado State Park from Fort Collins toward Cameron Pass. The Colorado State Forest has a visitor center for moose watchers. The driving distance is 101 miles, with a driving time of 3 hours. Old Fall River Road This motor nature trail, constructed in 1921, was the first auto See DAY, pg. 13
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Day tripping from Estes Park
f you’d like to savor some of the surrounding countryside on brief road trips and adventures during your stay in Estes Park, the following provide happy trails galore to explore. Estes Park — Glen Haven — Drake Take Devils Gulch Road (CR 43) north to the small town of Drake, following the North Fork of the Big Thompson River. The Glen HavenDrake loop is a lovely hour-and-ahalf drive without stops. Allow some time to pause and enjoy the scenery of Devils Gulch along the way. 39th RockyGrass Bluegrass Festival — Lyons Live bluegrass music is everywhere, as musicians form jam circles in the woods along the river, and the audience listens. 21st Annual Folks Festival — Lyons A musical mosaic of songs, stories and summertime providesmellower moods and the perfect cool for the warm Colorado sun. The festival opens with the prestigious Folks Songwriter Showcase. For more information, call (800) 624-2422 or see the Web site at planetbluegrass.com. Colorado River Headwaters National Scenic Byway Follow the magnificent Colorado River as it begins its journey west to
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Park offering access to the Park’s high country. It is narrow and has many switchbacks (trailers or vehicles over 25 feet are not allowed). Opening date for the Old Fall River Road is usually around the 4th of July. Snow usually closes it in late September or October. Grand Lake Grand Lake is a small town located on the eastern shore of Grand Lake. The town is the western entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. The lake is large, clear and is the deepest natural lake in Colorado. All types of boats are allowed on the lake. Shadow Mountain Lake and Lake Granby are within a few minutes’ drive from the town of Grand Lake. Lake Isabelle in the Indian Peaks The Indian Peaks Wilderness area is immediately west of Nederland (roughly 30 minutes west of Boulder). The hike from Brainard to Lake Isabelle will reveal waves of wildflowers in the summer. Navajo, Apache and Shoshoni Peaks surround Lake Isabelle, and protect a small year-round glacier. To enter the Brainard Lake section of the Indian Peaks Wilderness area, follow the Peak-to-Peak highway from Nederland to Ward. Georgetown Loop Railroad Take I-70 and follow the signs to Georgetown. The Georgetown Loop Railroad features a train that runs for 12 miles through the Royal Gorge. The view is spectacular, especially in the fall, from open railroad cars. The Loop will take you from Georgetown to Silver Plume over a trestle bridge. The train ride will take approximately an hour and 15. Shambhala Mountain Center This mountain valley retreat is located on 600 acres in northern Colorado, at 4921 County Rd 68-C, Red Feather Lakes. Since 1971, the Center has offered hundreds of programs on Buddhist meditation, yoga and other contemplative disciplines. Attracting thousands of visitors a year from all over the world, The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya is the largest and most elaborate example of Buddhist sacred architecture in North America. Visitors are welcome every day of the year. For more information, see the Web site at www.shambhalamountain.org or call (888) STUPA-21 (788-7221).
Musicians Dave Gandol, left, and Steve Jackson perform for visitors to Glen Haven. The musicians, playing at a local shop, could be heard all down the main street.
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The Boulderfield below Longs Peak is a popular camping stop for climbers who do not want to make the ascent of Longs in a single day. Photo by JOHN CORDSEN
From full hookups to a wilderness experience, the area has it all
ow do you like your wilderness experience? Full hook-ups or a camping spot in the backcountry? Both and everything in between are available in the Estes Valley, in Rocky Mountain National Park, and in the surrounding Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest. But bear in mind that the most popular campgrounds fill up fast and reservations are always a good idea through the summer. A list of campgrounds in the Estes Park area that have pull-in sites for travel trailers is www.estespark.us/ EP-Lodging-Campgrounds., among other sites on the web. Quickly surveying the primitive and hike-in camping is a little more complicated. Within the park there are five drivein campgrounds, three of which - Moraine Park, Aspenglen and Glacier Basin (Loops C & D) are on the National Park Services’ reservation system. Reservations can be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Longs Peak, Timber Creek and Glacier Basin (Loops A & B) are on a first-come, first-served basis and can fill up fast. For more information about camping at Rocky
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Mountain National Park visit http:// www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/ camping.htm The recent mountain pine beetle outbreak has resulted in the removal of most trees in Glacier Basin and Timber Creek campgrounds so there is little or no shade in those campgrounds. For backpackers, the choice is considerably broader: there are more than 200 backcountry campsites. Cross-country travel is also permitted, with a few restrictions. Camping in the backcountry requires a permit, which can be obtained at the Backcountry Office at the Park’s headquarters on the east side or at the Kawuneeche Visitor Center on the west side). Day-of-trip permits are issued, but the park limits the number it issues to minimize the impact on the park’s resources and reservations are a good idea during the height of summer. Food canisters are required for backcountry campers in the park. Phone the backcountry office for more information 970-586-1242. The U.S. Forest Service operates several developed campgrounds in the Estes Park area, including the Olive Ridge Campground 15 miles south of Estes Park on Highway 7. Some of the campsites at Olive Ridge are available by reservation, the rest are first-come, first-served. Call 877-444-6777 for more information, or visit recreation.gov. Dispersed camping is also allowed in the national forest. Spectacular hiking and camping op-
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portunities also exist in the nearby Indian Peaks, Comanche and Cache la Poudre wilderness areas, though motorized or bicycle travel is prohibited in designated wilderness areas. From June 1 through Sept. 15, permits are required to camp in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. It should be noted that backcountry travel is an activity that poses inherent dangers from a range of sources, including elevation, weather, terrain and wildlife. Being prepared for what you are planning to do, with realistic goals is essential. In July and August and into September, afternoon thunderstorms are a regular occurence in the mountains. These storms can develop and move in quickly anytime from late morning into the evening, and lightning poses a very real danger to hikers. This is especially true if you find yourself on an open ridge, on the alpine tundra or crossing a pass. Summer storms can turn a warm day cool and, in drenching an unprepared hiker, raise the risk of hypothermia. Planning on a storm everyday by starting early and getting to your destination by the early afternoon is a sound strategy. (Replace sentence with ... Be aware of weather forecasts and reach your destination by the early afternoon.)The Park website has tips for dealing with hazards at http://www.nps.gov/ romo/hicountry_hazards.htm
Campers roast marshmallows in a fire-ring at the YMCA of the Rockies. Photo by WALT HESTER
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A visitor to Trail Ridge Road looks out toward the ribbon of the road and the west edge of the park, the top of the Never Summer Range. Photo by WALT HESTER
The ‘Highway to the Sky’
Trail Ridge Road crosses the Continental Divides, spans Rocky Mountain National Park
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rail Ridge Road winds gently through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the state. Visitors to the area who are interested in taking the drive should set aside a leisurely day, bring a camera, and hop in the car for a tour on the highest continuous paved road in North America. The highway to the sky covers the 48 miles between Estes Park on Rocky Mountain National Park’s (RMNP) east side, and Grand Lake on the west side. Construction of Trail Ridge Road began in the autumn of 1929 and was finished to Fall River Pass in the
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summer of 1932. The road was built to make up for the old Fall River route, which was too narrow for increasing motorized traffic, full of hairpin switchbacks, and prone to snow slides. Engineers of the road were mindful of the magnificence of the surrounding landscape and were cautious that the road wouldn’t interfere with the vistas around them. When possible, the rocks that were blasted during the road’s construction were used to build retaining walls. The maximum grade on the road does not exceed seven percent, and eight miles of the road is 11,000 feet above sea level. At its highest point,
Trail Ridge Road peaks at a dizzying 12,183 feet in elevation. Motorists venturing out from either Estes Park or Grand Lake climb around 4,000 feet in elevation in a few minutes, beginning in montane forests of aspen and pine before entering sub alpine forests of fir and spruce. Motorists tend to try and reach timberline quickly. Slow down and take your time, enjoying all the climate zones along the journey. When you reach timberline, the last of the trees are twisted and stunted against the tundra. Some animals that motorists might encounter along the way include the bighorn sheep, elk, pikas, marmots, moose (mostly on the west side of RMNP), and ptarmigans. Plant life is diverse, despite what appears to be incredibly hostile conditions here for most of the year. There are around 200 species of fragile, tiny alpine plants that hug
the earth beside the road. Their growing season may only last 40 days, but the little plants bloom in great sweeps of yellow, red, pink, blue, and violet. The Tundra World Nature Trail is a fantastic place to see these delicate displays without damaging them; a half hour walk begins near the parking lot at Rock Cut. The tundra is an important and fragile environment, and it is strongly recommended that you do not step outside of the designated path or pick flowers. The annual spring plowing of Trail Ridge Road is a Herculean undertaking. Crews generally start plowing in mid-April. Plowing Trail Ridge can cost in excess of $36,000 and takes an average of 42 days to accomplish. The National Park Service keeps their plows in top working order during the plowing by fueling, oilSee SKY, pg. 17
ing, and greasing them every morning. A rotary plow, called the ‘pioneer rotary’ clears the centerline of the road all day, while a second rotary widens the road. A grader and bulldozer then pulls the snow towards the side of the road. Runoff from the snow banks is diverted into drains and ditches. At the end of the day, the equipment is parked at Rainbow Curve to avoid the machinery being stranded by passing storms. Trail Ridge Road closes with the first heavy snowfall of the season and remains closed in the winter, generally reopening on Memorial Day weekend. Nature has a great deal to say about the scheduling of this road, and it is not uncommon for visitors to drive between six-foot walls of snow even at midsummer. Atop Trail Ridge Road is the Alpine Visitors Center, where motorists can stop and have a snack, purchase souvenirs, and browse exhibits that are staffed with Park rangers who are happy to answer questions and share information on this spectacular area. Some things to remember while traveling on Trail Ridge Road: Bring a jacket, even if it a bright warm day. At the high elevations on Trail Ridge
Road, it may be 20 to 30 degrees cooler than the temperatures in Estes Park or Grand Lake. The high elevations may cause altitude sickness in some people. Drink plenty of water. The elevation may also aggravate heart or lung conditions in some people. Afternoon thunderstorms are common in the mountains in the summer months. It is also very important to be aware of lightning at the high elevations found on Trail Ridge Road. If you see a beautiful scene or wildlife that you would like to look more closely at, be sure to pull safely off the road to stop. Many accidents are caused by people stopping in the center of the road to photograph animals or scenery. Be on the lookout for wildlife on the road or on the sides of the road. Deer and elk on the side of the road may startle and leap in the path of vehicles. Warn oncoming vehicles of wildlife in the road by flashing your headlights at them. Trail Ridge Road is not a toll road, but you must pay the entrance fee at RMNP to travel on the road.
This iconic view of Trail Ridge Road includes Longs Peak in the background. Photo by JOHN CORDSEN
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starting in June, along the roadsides. Columbines appear in late June through early August, depending on elevation (the higher the altitude, the later the bloom). Trail Ridge Road is usually open by Memorial Day, but late snows can delay the opening more than a week. Fall River Road opens at the same time or later, again depending on Mother Nature. Follow this guide to find fabulous flowers in the area. Wildflowers begin to spring up in May in Moraine Park, with large fields of blue irises and yellow goldenbanners. Mid — to late June brings showy orchids to Wild Basin, Bear Lake and Onahu Trail on the west side of the park. It’s columbine time in July. Colorado’s state flower bursts onto the scene in the early part of the month, in Wild Basin and along the Cow Creek Trail. Mid — to late July finds the columbines appearing toward Chasm Lake, and at higher elevations by mid-July and early August. See ALIVE, pg. 19
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Look for alpine tundra to be wearing its wildflower finery in July, for about six weeks. Alpine forget-menots start the root ball rolling, in mid — to late June. By July, you will see moss campion, alpine sandwort, alpine bistorts, wallflowers, phlox, wild iris, alpine sunflower, pale-blue harebell, alpine sunflowers and alpine avens. The appearance of the Arctic gentian, with its white, globular blooms and purple streaks, closes down the season. Upper Hidden Valley in mid — to late July provides peeps of cow parsnip and larkspur. Also, see little pink elephants (flowers looking like they have a trunk and ears) on the west side of the park, below treeline near Poudre Lake at the same time. For the hardy, a 10-mile hike along the North Fork Trail in midJuly, starting in the Retreat in Glen Haven, offers views of a variety of flowers, including pyrola, orchids, columbines, larkspur and monkshood. Bear Lake to Fern Lake in mid — to late July also offers many bouquets (it is illegal to pick any wildflower within the park, though). Hiking in the area of Lawn Lake at the end of July or beginning of August promises glimpses of Indian paintbrush in a canvas of colors. Trio Falls tallies three different waterfalls and a splash of wildflowers in season. Enos Mills, the “father of Rocky Mountain National Park,” enjoyed walking to Lily Lake for the wildflowers, from his nearby cabin. The best times here may be the second through the third week of July. About 40 kinds of wildflowers greet visitors, including some spring bloomers that come out in summer where snow lingers late. The trail begins between the Bear Lake information booths and rises to Nymph Lake, and then Dream Lake. The last pitch to Emerald Lake provides views of marsh marigolds, globeflowers and pink bog laurel. Blooming here in July is an extraordinary saxifrage, called “telesonix.” This pink flower tucks itself into crevices in the mounded granite surrounding Gem Lake. Arrive early or wait until late in the afternoon — trailhead parking on Devil’s Gulch Road accommodates about 20 vehicles.
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Lake Estes is a popular fishing hole for many visitors and locals, especially during the annual fishing derby held each June. Photos by WALT HESTER
On the shores of Lake Estes
ake Estes is the hub of a lot of recreation in the Estes Valley. Boating, biking, fishing and just going for a pleasant stroll are a few of the activities people head down to the lake for. The lake is an impoundment on the Big Thompson River, formed when Olympus Dam was completed in 1948. The lake also receives water from Marys Lake, through the Estes Power Plant, and Fish Creek.
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One of the great pleasures of the Estes Valley is being on the water early or late in the day, when the water is glassy and the surtrounding mountains are lit by rich light. The Lake Estes Marina at 1770 Big Thompson Drive (US 34) is the center of action at the lake. The marina has a dock in the water through the summer, a boat launch, and a range of boats for rent, from oneSee LAKE, pg. 21
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person kayaks to a pontoon, and fishing licenses and tackle are also available, along with snacks, drinks and other items you might need for a day at the lake. If you are headed for the Lake Estes Trail, the marina is a great starting point, and also has a variety of bikes (singles, tandem, and surreys) available for rent, along with child carriers. The marina also has a sand beach, volleyball, horseshoes and picnicking areas, and a pavilion that can be reserved for group get-togethers. You can reach the marina at 970-586-2011. Lake Estes Golf Course or around Cherokee Draw on the opposite side of the lake. Elk like hanging out in both locations. Beside the marina, there are several places to access the trail. From US 36, the main access point is Cherokee Draw, just east of the Estes Power Plant. From US 34, access the trail from the Convention and Visitors Bureau or from Fisherman’s Nook at the Lake Front Drive. The 148-acre lake has four miles of shoreline, much of which attracts anglers. For fisherman, the two most popular places to access the lake are at Cherokee Draw and Fisherman’s Cove. From there, good fishing can be found around the inlet of the Big Thompson, along the rocky north shore, and along the riprap along US 36 on the lake’s south shore.
Boats of different sizes can be launched at the Lake Estes Marina. Boat rentals are also available.
The first Saturday of June, during Colorado’s free fishing weekend, sees the annual Lake Estes Fishing Derby, and the Colorado Division of Wildlife typically stocks thousands of 10-inch rainbow trout into the lake for the event and the kick-off of the summer season. Additionally, brown trout have established themselves in the lake, yellow perch were stocked surreptitiously, a program of stocking tiger muskies was attempted to control the perch, and carp and native white suckers are also present. Most of the catch is rainbow trout, but you truly never know what you may hook.
Olympus Dam cost $2.4 million to build. Construction began in 1947. The lake can hold up to 3,068 acre-feet of water, but is usually topped off just under 2,700 acre-feet. The lake has about four miles of shoreline and covers 185 acres when full. The lake rarely freezes over during the winter due to consistent wind action and the slightly warmer water discharged by the Estes Power Plant. Ice that does form does not last long, and the lake is not a good choice for icefishing.
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Jogging, skating and biking are allowed on the Lake Estes Trail, along with walking, and the trail is popular loop for regular exercise walkers. More than likely, you will get a good close look at some elk as you make the roughly four-mile loop, especially as you pass along the edge of the
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A hiker stands on the summit of 13,911 ft. Mt. Meeker. It does not take this extreme venture to higher ground to trigger altitude sickness in visitors. It can happen to those who venture no further than town.
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t is not uncommon for any one of your family or friends to suffer the effects of altitude sickness while visiting Estes Park. Altitude sickness is a real phenomenon and it’s not something that anyone should take lightly. In fact, altitude sickness is the leading reason that visitors have to visit medical facilities in town while on vacation. A lower level of oxygen is what’s happening to your body when you arrive into our higher elevation. Every breath you take is getting less concentrated oxygen than what that breath will get you at a lower altitude. What this means is that you could experience a faster heart rate during rest and during activities, you’ll often find yourself short of breath, you might feel light-headed at times, you could experience a higher blood pressure, you’ll have a
more difficult time getting a good nights sleep and you’ll tire out quicker from your activities. Your body is simply struggling to adapt to this altitude. The symptoms can be mild and will go away within 24 hours or they can manifest into severe symptoms that won’t subside until you return to lower altitude. Common signs of sickness include: headaches, fatigue, nausea, confusion, shortness of breath, balance issues and not being able to sleep very well. If you experience any of these symptoms early in your visit to Estes Park, then there’s a good chance you are experiencing the effects of altitude. Never hesitate to go to any of the Estes Park medical facilities if your symptoms are severe and last longer than 24 hours. The best way to protect yourself from or to reduce the severity of your altitude sickness is to follow a few simple rules when you arrive in Estes Park. Drink more water than you typically do. Along with the altitude you are experiencing here in Estes Park, you have also arrived at a much drySee ALTITUDE, pg. 23
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er climate than lower altitudes have. This extreme dryness teases us and doesn’t give us the opportunity to realize how much fluid we are losing from our bodies, through every breath we exhale and through sweating. Every breath we take is dry and we must replenish it with extra water. You will feel the dryness in your sinuses, mouth and skin. So the rule of thumb is to drink, drink and then drink more water! Avoid drinking alcoholic and caffeine beverages the first night you are here in town. It is counteractive to the hydration factor that causes so much discomfort in altitude. Caffeine adds to the increased heart rate you’ll be experiencing which can lead to dizziness and confusion and sleep deprivation. Avoid decongestants and antihistamines, if possible. This also goes along with the “drying out” of our bodies due to the dryness of our environment at this altitude. A humidifier is also a helpful tool when acclimating to a higher and dryer climates and can sometimes be an added benefit to sleeping better throughout the night. Don’t hesitate to take a pain relieving medication for the headache you are experiencing. Sometimes that’s all it’ll take with the water you are drinking and a good nights sleep to overcome the affects of altitude sickness. Keep your activity level down the first 24-48 hours once you’ve arrived here in Estes. It’s not smart on any
level to attempt to hike Longs Peak the day you get here. The longer you allow your body to acclimate, the better and stronger you will feel. So start slow and stay lower the first couple of days and then take your hikes to greater heights later in your visit. Walking Lake Estes trail is a great first day hike! If you are having difficulty sleeping, first make sure that you are following your normal sleeping patterns. Avoid alcohol and caffeine drinks; get to bed at a decent hour and hydrate again before hitting the sack. Sometimes a little Benadryl can be helpful for both the altitude sickness and as a sleep aide. Hopefully, you’ll find better sleep as you feel better, if not after that more difficult hike you’ve got on your Estes bucket list is complete. Estes Park doesn’t mean to be stingy with its oxygen; it’s just how it is up here. The longer you stay, the better you’ll feel and we hope you decide to stay a long time. Other important tips for your visit include wearing sunscreen; higher altitude means higher to the sun so cover yourself with well and don’t forget the tips of those ears, nose and lips. Always wear a hat to cover that bald head and that scalp. Sunglasses are important for those sightseeing eyes. Dress in layers and be prepared, because Estes Park is known for changing it’s temperature every 20 minutes so you might need to warm-up, cool off or cover for an afternoon shower. Wear good shoes. Enjoy your vacation.
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oes your canine companion go everywhere with you? Consider the facts of wilderness life that face dogs who visit our mountains.
Estes Park has a fenced dog park where you can exercise your canine companion. Otherwise, plan to stay connected with your dog via a leash. There are new and wonderful scents that may cause your perfectly behaved town dog to bolt into the forest unexpectedly. The call of the wild may overpower your call to your pet to come back. Dogs caught chasing wildlife may be shot by the wildlife officer as predators.
Quick Draw, Charlie and Strider, romp through the Estes Valley Dog Park. Photos by WALT HESTER
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but dogs are not allowed on the Rocky Mountain National Park trails. Shady parking spots are nonexistent in the summer, so your park visits may be limited to developed picnic areas or parking spots. On walks, human companions are needed to help their visiting canines handle encounters with the residents. Deer, elk, bighorn sheep, marmots, chipmunks, raccoons and squirrels may consider them to be strange, unwelcome intruders; mountain lion, bear and coyote may see them as a tasty meal. If your canine companion is a fullfledged family member, these issues won’t be a problem and you will have a lovely time. Together, you can all go hiking in the National Forest, window shopping in town, picnicking in the park and driving along scenic byways. on US 36 from Boulder, Longmont or Lyons, turn left onto Community Drive just before you get to the fairgrounds. You’ll see big Estes Lake on your right and a smaller lake on your left. That’s when you need to slow down and get ready to turn left immediately into the parking lot. Dog park amenities: Benches, poop bags, no drinking water. Opened in the autumn of 2002, this park has proved to be very popular. It’s divided into two sections, one of which has access to the lake. It is very windy and can get really cold, so bring warm clothing, and maybe a peacoat for your pooch.
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Adapted from a Vacation Edition story by Valerie Pehrson The sky was heavy with impending snow and Eagle Plume’s was warm and welcoming. There was the smell of a fire in the grate, and lunch cooking. Ann Strange Owl, her husband Dayton Raben, their daughter Nico Strange Owl, and Nico’s son, Dah’som are all fixtures in the shop. Creaking floorboards added to the rustic atmosphere as Ann and Nico explained how they came to the area, and how they came to be the caretakers and owners of this unique and historical shop. “Ann is from Montana originally, our reservation is in servation is n ervatio ati Southwest Montana, and Dayton, is from Wyoming. They Wyoming. They yoming They ing ng. married in the late 50s in Wyoming when interracial nterracial terr cia marriages were still illegal,” said Nico. “Shortly after that hortly after that ortl ortl fte that tly they moved to California where there was more tolerance more tolerance o toleranc ranc at the time. After I was born, they moved to Colorado to be closer to family again.” She continues, “Ann eventually became lonesome for her family and culture, and someone om one omeone suggested that we visit an Indian man by the name he m he name of Charles Eagle Plume. That was in the 60s. We 0s. 0s. We s became fast friends with Charles, and like so many families, fell in love with the Estes area.”. She carries on, “Charles had always wanted my mother to help him at the
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(they are married)
A few years back, I was asked to travel to Utah for an appraisal. I had no idea that the journey would bring me back to my ancestors. When I arrived, I was astounded to see a number of historic Cheyenne pieces waiting for my appraisal. Everything was so familiar - the beadwork designs in rich reds and blues meant for men and women’s clothing, and even old beadwork designs meant to influence the fate of Cheyenne infants. To touch these items was to touch my relatives lost long ago. After learning from the man Plains ledger drawings are read from right to left beginning at the lower right corner. White Bird’s drawing includes who had hired me that these pieces were originally collected all the traditional elements of a Cheyenne courtship and wedding. Stop by the trading post sometime – we’d love to by his great-great grandfather, have you see the drawing and tell you the story of Red Paint Woman’s courtship and marriage. Captain John Robert Livermore, we dance?” slowly making a circle on her cheek with her index finger, an Army officer assigned to Fort realization dawning. At that moment we all grasped that the woman in Keogh, Montana, I was thunderstruck. I knew from the stories I had been the ledger drawing was Ann’s great grandmother, Red Paint Woman. told by my parents and grandparents, that this is where my ancestors My mother always told me the story of Red Paint Woman as she helped had been held prior to being moved to our present day reservation in me into my buckskin dress or braided my hair. It was during these times southeastern Montana. Was it possible that one of my grandmothers had she would paint a red circle on my cheek, reminding me that we paint sewn these beads down onto this buckskin I held in my hand? this circle to honor one of our highly respected grandmothers – Red With this solemn knowledge, I began to examine and photograph the Paint Woman. Then she would go on to remind me of what it takes to be items that lay in front of me. As I handled each piece, I wondered about respected as a Cheyenne woman. the woman that lovingly made it, what man had worn it with pride into Red Paint Woman was born with a perfectly round strawberry battle, or whose baby had slept peacefully in the cradleboard under a birthmark on her cheek. Cheyenne people always admired her perfect cottonwood tree while his mother picked rosehips. red paint – the birthmark. Years ago my grandmother, Grace Strange After I had finished examining the beadwork, my client brought my Owl, told my mother this same story as she helped my mother into her attention to a large ledger style drawing on muslin cloth that he had buckskin dress, braided her hair, and painted that round mark on her retrieved from another room. While I began work on the ledger drawing, cheek in honor of Red Paint Woman. he explained that Captain Livermore commissioned the painting from As we all looked at the ledger painting again, we saw that the young a Cheyenne man by the name of White Bird. Livermore had White Bird bride had a round red mark on her cheek. make enough muslin drawings to cover the walls of his small cabin at Fort Keogh to prevent the log chinking from falling onto the floors. My client Heirlooms for Sale brought out photos of Captain Livermore standing near his cabin at the In our travels and dealings, my family has seen many historic Cheyenne fort, interior photos of the cabin where White Bird’s paintings hung, and objects, from Dull Knife’s clothing on display, to a pair of woman’s his military orders dating to 1865. The past had come alive. moccasins taken from a grave, to remarkably old cradleboards housed in White Bird a European museum. Among the Cheyenne, items of this sort were either An article from the Denver Times, January 19th 1913, describes three of gifted, traded, or sold, but were more often buried with the person that White Bird’s paintings that were to be featured in and “Indian Pageant” in owned them. For these reasons, many Northern Plains Indians do not Denver. According to the article, White Bird was sixteen at the time of the possess family heirlooms in the usual sense. Battle of the Little Bighorn and had a clear memory of the battle and the Charles Eagle Plume, Ann’s adopted father, gifted to her a fully strategies used by the Indian forces that day. Having graduated from West beaded Southern Cheyenne woman’s outfit. It is one of Ann’s prized Point, and presumably having a keen interest in the battle, Livermore possessions. We proudly display it here at the shop and love to visit commissioned White Bird to draw a panorama of the entire battle. This with people about it. piece was shown at the pageant and eventually donated to the museum at On one occasion before this, we were able to identify a Southern West Point in 1958. The Denver Art Museum also has a number of muslin Cheyenne beaded blanket strip that had belonged to one of Ann’s great paintings by White Bird donated by Livermore’s descendants. uncles. We asked to purchase it, but sadly it was not for sale. White Bird can be seen in the center of the top section of the ledger drawing, next to the married couple, wearing a hat. His name is also listed in the ledger roll of Cheyenne transferred to the Tongue River Agency (our present day reservation) from Fort Keogh, Montana as “Whopah-vi-kiss - White Bird - Husband, age 35”. Red Paint Woman When I arrived back to Eagle Plume’s from Utah, I began in earnest my research into the Cheyenne beadwork and ledger drawing. I had permission from my client to share photos of the ledger drawing with my parents to gain their insight. Dayton, of course, immediately began deciphering and “reading” the ledger drawing, eager to understand its meaning. When my mother first saw the drawing, she was very quiet, looking at it carefully for a long time before finally saying, “hmm, I wonder…”. “What?” Dayton and I both asked her at the same time. Ann said, “Well, I’m not sure. But remember, Nico, how we paint our cheek before
So, after we realized that the woman in this ledger drawing was the grandmother we still honor, I called my client with the news and with an offer of purchase that he accepted. After making our last payment to him, the ledger drawing of Red Paint Woman’s wedding ceremony was ours to share.
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A colorful pair of male hummingbirds battle for feeder space. These diminutive birds are common throughout the Estes Valley, with many homes attracting them through the use of feeders full of sugar water. Photo by WALT HESTER
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Estes Park is a birder’s paradise
watching. You might just find the bluebird of happiness here — or hoot when you discover an owl’s nest. The birds here are not just flyby-nights and offer hums to hubbubs of enjoyment — all cheap thrills. Wild turkey is more than just a drink and giving the bird here is a good thing. National Geographic says, “There could hardly be a more beautiful spot to see high-country birds than Rocky Mountain National Park.” Since the designation of Rocky Mountain National Park in 1915, there have been 280 species of birds
By Juley Harvey Estes Park Trail-Gazette
oot, mon! Here’s a tweet — if you’re looking for some fine-feathered friends, the Estes Park/Rocky Mountain National Park area is alive with foul play, providing fascinating
reported for this area, including the park, Arapaho National Recreation Area and the towns of Estes Park and Granby. So, if you want to see our feathered friends, you’ve flocked to the right place. According to Audubon Magazine, Estes Park is a “birder’s paradise.” In 2000, Rocky Mountain National Park was designated as a Global Important Bird Area. This designation recognizes the vital role of the park in the perpetuation of bird species. The Estes Valley and Rocky Mountain National Park offer the opportunity to view hundreds of species of birds, ranging from wetland waterfowl to soaring raptors. You might find the following high-
fliers zipping about the woods or whistling a happy tune during your visit here. American dipper — Also called “water ouzel,” these year-round park residents are seen along streams. In shallow water, they appear to waterski on the surface, but in deeper water they dive in and run along the bottom underwater. Watch for these birds along Ouzel Falls Trail and at the falls, where they dart in and out of the tumbling waterfall. Broad-tailed hummingbird — These jewel-like little birds hover at flowers to sip nectar, perform aerial mating dances or tail-fan to warn other hummingbirds away. The most common of hummingbird species seen in the Park, the broad-tailed hummer is a summer resident. Clark’s nutcracker — Often seen along Trail Ridge Road and in the Bear Lake area, this year-round Park resident is about a foot long, with a long, light-gray hood, a white face, a pointed black bill and black wings. Dark-eyed junco — is mostly gray, with black-and-white accents. Year-round residents of the Park, they eat seeds and berries. Golden eagle — These large birds, with wingspans of more than six feet, are dark brown and black, with a light-gold color on the backs of their necks. Great horned owls — Year-round residents, they establish territories and court during January and February. Young are produced in March. Jays — Jays are among the noisiest of birds in the forest. Stellar’s jays are bright blue on their lower half and black on top, with a prominent crest on the tops of their heads. Gray jays are mostly gray, with white accents. Mallard — These large ducks like to paddle about on Lake Estes, Sprague Lake and other nearby water bodies. Males have an almost iridescent green head. Mountain bluebird — arrives early, usually in March. Males have bright-blue backs and tail feathers and lighter blue chests; females are a duller gray-blue. Mountain chickadee — small — about 5 inches long, with pale-gray backs, jet-black caps and eye bands, and white cheeks, eyebrows and chests. Northern flicker — These large woodpeckers are mostly brownish gray with a red band across the tips of their tail feathers. Males have a red strip on their lower face. Peregrine falcon — One of the world’s fastest birds, they are capable of diving at speeds of more than
See BIRDS, pg. 32
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125 mph. The Park closes several rock-climbing areas to humans during the raptors’ nesting periods. From early March until the midsummer, raptors nest in areas of Lumpy Ridge and Sheep Mountain. Red-tailed hawk — A common sight, gliding over open areas in search of prey. Named for their rustcolored tails, they are stocky, with wingspans of about four feet. Violet-green swallow — Flocks of swallows soar here from spring through fall. Known for their superb flying grace, violet-green swallows have striking metallic green backs and bright-violet tails. Warbling vireo — With a slow song that ends on a rising note, the warbling vireo is often heard rather than seen. About five to six inches long and grayish green above and light gray or white below, with white eyebrows, these birds frequent aspen forests and trees along streams in summer. White-tailed ptarmigan — A year-round resident, the ptarmigan likes higher elevations, about 11,000 feet. During summer, this bird, measuring about a foot long, is mostly mottled brown, with white wings, chest, and tail, but during winter, it turns pure white. Favorite spots for bird-watching are Endovalley, Moraine Park, Wild Basin, Trail Ridge Road, Upper Beaver Meadows, Lumpy Ridge, Cow Creek and Bear Lake Road. In Estes Park, walk or ride the Lake Estes pathway along the Big Thompson River and through the lakeside bird sanctuary. Spring bird migration is a particularly popular time to come.
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Hawks are often seen riding the air currents in the skies above Estes Park. Photo by WALT HESTER
Mountain bluebirds return to the area each spring, adding color to their surroundings. Photo by TOM GOOTZ
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A swallow Tail Tigerstripe butterfly lights on flowers in a small, backyard garden in Glen Haven. Butterflies, bees and even small birds help germinate flowers. Photo by WALT HESTER
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Coloring the summer days — Butterflies flutter by
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ore than 100 species of butterflies share the air and add to the technicolor wonder in Rocky Mountain National Park. Home to some of Colorado’s highest mountains, the park protects biologically rich mountain forest, meadow and tundra habitats in its more than onequarter-million acres. In late June and on sunny days, the panorama is graced by the lovely butterflies fluttering here. Creating a moving stained-glass-window effect, they flitter among the pollinating insects, feeding from the many-splendored wildflowers. You can work without a net; they’re all around, free spirits, free for the seeing, spirit-uplifting. The Rocky Mountain National Park Butterfly project, aided by volunteers and field assistants, is a biodiversity study providing a baseline of data, has monitored butterfly populations on a weekly basis in various park habitats, identifying 140 butterfly species. Butterflies may be more than just mere beauties; they may be beacons. Biologists believe that trends in butterfly populations may provide early warning of the impacts of global warming on the park’s flora See BUTTERFLY, pg. 34
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and fauna. Butterflies are highly visible, as well as sensitive to ecological changes throughout all stages of their life cycle, from egg, caterpillar and chrysalis to adult. The project began in 1996 and will continue through this year, providing a 15-year study and database of information. The study covers dates the butterflies visit the park and weather and environmental conditions during the time the route is surveyed, from May 1 to Sept. 17 each year. Surveyors see approximately 100 of the 140 butterfly species identified in the park each year. The butterflies arrive as adults from mid-April through mid-October, depending on the weather conditions. Some butterflies, such as the monarch and the painted lady, migrate through the area. Others, like the mourning cloak, overwinter as adults and hibernate in logs or other protected areas. Some butterflies have two or three life cycles during the summer, while others have just one. Depending on the species, butterflies can live for a few weeks or a few months as adults. As larva, butterflies eat plant vegetation (leaves, grasses, pine and juniper trees). As adults, they eat the nectar of flowers. Some are very picky eaters, specific as to the nectar of which flowers they will eat, while others will eat from the nectar of a variety of flowering plants. It takes approximately four months for surveyors to learn the scientific names of the butterflies, the protocol for surveying routes and how to identify the butterflies in the field. Therefore, this project is not open to visitors to the park who would like to volunteer, although there are other opportunities for volunteering while you visit. To learn more about butterflies, visitors may contact the Rocky Mountain Nature Association regarding seminars scheduled each summer. For information on their seminars, see the website at www.rmna.org or call (970) 586-3262. Anywhere there are flowering plants, especially in meadows and near streams, are good butterfly viewing spots. The book, “Butterflies of Rocky Mountain National Park,” by Leslie Angels, suggests favored walks and spots for viewing. For instance, stroll through Beaver Meadows and along Cow Creek, where sparkling streams course through open wildflower meadows and aspen woodlands, and look for two-tailed swallowtail butterflies, flying over Nelson’s larkspur, miner’s candle, Colorado columbine and shooting star. Follow Black Canyon trails through sagebrush and Ponderosa pine habitats to encounter Alexandra’s sulphur butterflies, among the wildflower displays featuring puccoon, blanket flower, waxflower and Indian paintbrush. Along the Fern Lake trail, which follows the churning Thompson River, is a place to search for the showy Weidemeyer’s admiral butterfly. Common alpine butterflies may fly the high ways on the Continental Divide, near the Shadow Mountain Dam area, which supports an upper montane/subalpine plant community and a riparian zone along the Colorado River, where chiming bells, jacob’s ladder and willow wetlands thrive. Butterflies that might fly by in the park include: Indra Swallowtail Cloudless Sulphur Lilac-edged Copper Edith’s Copper Bronze Copper Striped Hairstreak Sylvan Hairstreak Great-spangled Fritillary Hydaspe Fritillary Sagebrush Checkerspot Edith’s Checkerspot Compton Tortoiseshell Viceroy Theano Alpine Uhler’s Arctic Jutta Arctic Northern Cloudywing See BUTTERFLY, pg. 35
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Afranius Duskywing Common Sootywing Pahaska Skipper Sachem Oslar’s Roadside-Skipper Rocky Mountain Parnassian Swallowtails (several kinds) Whites (several kinds) Cabbage Margined Large Marble Olympia Marble Southern Rocky Mountain Orange-tip Sulphurs (several kinds) Southern Dogface Mexican Yellow Sleepy Orange Dainty Sulphur Purplish Copper Lustrous Copper Blue Copper Hairstreak (many kinds) Elfins (several kinds) Blues (many kinds) Fritillary (many kinds) Checkerspot (many kinds) Crescents (several kinds) Commas (several kinds) Mourning Cloak Milbert’s Tortoiseshell Red Admiral Painted Lady West Coast Lady American Lady Common Buckeye Weidemeyer’s Admiral Common Ringlet Common Wood-Nymph Small Wood-Nymph Canyonland Satyr Riding’s Satyr Common Alpine Magdalena Alpine Callias Alpine Chryxus Arctic Melissa Arctic Monarch Mexican Cloudywing Duskywing (many kinds) Skippers (many kinds).
A butterfly checks a lateseason bloom. Below, a brown butterfly rests on a branch. Photos by WALT HESTER
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Festival comes to Estes Park the last week of June
tart the summer off right with dancing, a pastry or two and fun with the whole family. The Scandinavian Midsummer Festival will take place on June 25 and 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Bond Park, downtown Estes Park. Scandinavians celebrate the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, with a festival of flowers, food, textiles, arts and crafts, music and traditional dance. Musicians and dancers entertain both days at the festival. Children enjoy the festivities around the Midsummer pole decorated with flowers and ribbons. Professional Scandinavian dance instructors assist visitors in traditional movements throughout the festival. Bakers offer delectable treats. The Scandinavian Midsummer Festival brings the traditions of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland to Estes Park. Festivities begin on Saturday morning in downtown Bond Park with the raising of the Midsummer pole followed by an opening ceremony. Colorfully dressed families enter the park carrying the flags of their native lands. The day continues with entertainment provided by a variety of folk dance groups and Scandinavian musicians. All activities are free and open to the public. Midsummer was originally a fertility festival with customs and rituals associated with nature and the hope for a good autumn harvest. The celebration has its roots in pre-Christian practices and is a day when the nature spirits join humans to rejoice in the long days of summer. For more information, visit www.estesmidsummer.com.
Danish pastries are served at the Taste of Denmark tent at last yeaer’s Scandinavian Festival. 36 — 2011 Trail Vacation Edition
Dancers from the Texas Leikarringen swing and swirl in Bond Park during last year’s festival. The annual Midsummer Scandinavain Midsummer festival will be June 25 and 26 this year. Photos by WALT HESTER
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A family of geese finds solitude near Lake Estes.
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A family enjoys an easy outing on Knoll-Willows above the municipal building in downtown Estes Park. Photos by WALT HESTER
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The Black Knight scores a direct hit and knocks his opponent off of his horse during the heavy armor jousting. The competition has grown in popularity since its introduction into the festival. Photos by WALT HESTER
The drum major for Denver’s El Jebel salutes judges during the Scot Fest Parade. The El Jebel Pipe Band is the oldest continuous pipe band in Colorado.
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Above, One of the amateur Highland athletes tosses the caber during the Scot Fest. Most of the athletic events in the Highland games are based an figting without swords or gunpowder. Bottom right, Celtic music fans fill the Estes Park Conference Center for the Celtic Music Concert. The bands that play the tents during the days of the festival also play the show on Friday and Saturday nights.
he largest Scottish Festival in the West takes place in Estes Park with the annual Scottish/Irish Highland Festival held in September each year. Bagpipes and drums, Highland and Irish dancing, music, jousting, athletic and dog competitions take place at the festival. Massed bands
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compete and delight crowds on the festival field. The 2011 festival takes place Sept. 8 through 11, on the Festival Grounds, Fairgrounds at Stanley Park. The gates are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday. Tattoo Estes opens the festival on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Concerts fill the nights with revelry, featuring Colorado Celtic Rock Concerts, Folk Concerts and evening Tattoos. The highlight of the festival is the free, hour-long parade of bands along Elkhorn Avenue, downtown, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10.
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Pumpkins adorn the Estes Valley Farmers Market. The market is a muchanticipated summer tradition in Estes Park. Photos by WALT HESTER
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A yak from Grunniens Ranch munches hay at last year’s Wool Market. While there were sheep and goats at the market, yaks, llamas, rabbits, paco-vicu-as and alpacas were shown for their fiber. Photos by WALT HESTER
21st annual Wool Market blankets Estes Park June 9-12
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Open wide and say, ‘Baaah!’
and make Bo Peep weep. Paco-vicuna, hallelujah. The Children’s Tent offers opportunities to make one loopy — spin, weave, rope-make and learn the joys of inedible fiber, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 11 and 12. One of the most popular attractions, the Children’s Tent offers visitors, young and old, many strands, with weavers and spinners on hand to teach basics and give visitors a chance to try the techniques for themselves. Demonstrations during the weekend include shearing, fiber preparation, spinning and weaving. You can even learn how to pack a llama for hiking or hunting. Packing heat does noit compare to packing llamas.The fabulous fiber festival in the Rockies begins with two days of workshops on Thursday, June 9, and Friday, June 10, at Estes Park High School. You
must pre-register for these workshops. The Wool Market continues at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park, with two hair-raising days of exhibits, demonstrations, competitions and vendor booths. The event is free and open to the public on Saturday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is a $5 parking fee. Service dogs are the only canines allowed on the fairgrounds property during the Wool Market, with the exception of the dogs in the sheepherding demonstrations. Sheepdogherding demonstrations and sheepshearing demonstrations are held four times a day throughout the weekend. An announcer will provide play-by-play explanations of the many herding and sheep-shearing techniques used by the handlers of these animals. Counting sheep? Put them in the fleecy bag full of llama, alpaca, cashmere and angora goat competitions, as well as fleece contests, held throughout the weekend. For the shoppers, more than 50 vendor booths will be filled with fleeces, raw fibers, novelty knitting and crocheting yarns, as well as finished coats, scarves, hats, shawls and fiber-processing equipment. Knit nuts can unleash their purly passion.Vendorsattending will be: Alpaca Breeders of the Rockies; Plain & Fancy Sheep & Wool Co.; Sundance Sheepskin & Leather Co.; The Natural Twist LLC; Bliss Ranch Wool’s; Knotes for Knitters; Indian Hills Handwovens; Brooks Farm; Bonkers Handmade Originals; Silver Star Alpacas; Shuttles, Spindles & Skeins; White Rabbit Handspun;
Neota Designs; Fire Ant Ranch; Sapphire Sky Alpacas & Fiber Arts; Woodlake Woolies;St. Claire Designs; The 100th Sheep; Black Pines Sheep; Altiplana Insulation Inc.; Wooly Designs; Lambspun of Colorado; Finely Crafted Glass; Ewe Hoo Design; Mountains of Wool; RM Mittens & Collectible Clauses;Gleason’s Fine Woolies; Bristol Yarnworks Studio; Handspun by Stefania; Lisa Joyce Designs; Skaska Designs; Northwest Looms; Bijou Basin Ranch; KCL Woods; Fiber Frolics; Black Hills Woolies; Creatively Dyed Yarn; Textiles A Mano LLC; Loom Dancer Designs; Susan’s Fiber Shop; Cottonwood Weavers; Mananica Farm; The Stitchin’ Den; Wind Dance Ranch; Dazzlers Best; Perfect Buttons; Fiber Frolics; La Plata FarmsBristlecone Artisan Heirlooms; Shepherd’s Purse; RMLA; RMNCSBA; Jabberwocky Farm; Kai Mohair; Cloud City Fibers; High Point Bison; C. Cactus Flower Miniature Looms; Jeny Originals; Charisma Art Gallery;Vair’s Variety; Los Vigiles; Ruth Walker, Feltmaker; Wooly Walkers; Paradise Valley Alpaca Ranch; Wyoming Equality Fiber Works; Judith Wolff-Mills. The weekend’s activities are held at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park, located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 36 and Community Drive. For more information, call the Events Department office at (970) 586-6104, e-mail: email@example.com or write Estes Park Wool Market, P. O. Box 1967, Estes Park, CO 80517. For lodging information, visit the Convention & Visitor Bureau website at www.estesparkcvb.com
Yarns of all colors and descriptions can be picked up at the Wool Market.
hether you like your wool off the rack or on the herd, there will be yarn aplenty winding around the 21st annual Estes Park Wool Market, from June 9 through June 12 at the Stanley Park Fairgrounds. You can see everything from alpacas obstacling and in costume to ze best of everything wholly woolly. Angora? Cashmere? We got ‘em. Llamas, yo, mama. Sheep to shear for
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Tom Barr of Sanford, Colo., prepares to demonstrate sheep shearing at the annual Wool Market at the Stanley Fairgrounds. The market features demonstrations, competitions and vendors from all over the country.
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A golfer sinks a putt at the 18-hole course. Photos by WALT HESTER
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The Estes Park Golf Course, located at 1080 S. St. Vrain Avenue (Colorado Highway 7), has been ranked among the most scenic sets of links in the country. The season begins in mid-April, when the play is punctuated by the spring snows that bring moisture to the course and kick-start the green-up when the sun hits the fairways, and a wet April should give the courses everything they need to get the grass growing this year. By mid-June, the 6,400-yard (from the blue tees), par 71 is hitting peak condition, which it maintains well into September. The second hole, a 143-yard par three, has a new tee box this season. The course has a Pro Shop and driving range, and a restaurant, and hosts about 30,000 rounds a season, See GOLF, pg. 43
42 — 2011 Trail Vacation Edition A golfer pitches onto the green at the Lake Estes 9-hole golf course as a large herd of elk munch the fairway grass. Elk are a common hazard golfers must play around on both courses.
round of golf in Estes Park comes in two flavors: the nine-hole variety, as played at the Lake Estes Golf Course, a comfortable nine-hole that hugs Lake Estes and is cut by the Big Thompson River, and the 18-hole variety available at the Estes Park Golf Course. There are likely to be elk on the side at either course to share your round with you, not to mention the sort of scenery every course this side of Pebble Beach would kill for. And if your tee shot seems to travel a little farther than usual, chalk it up to the thinner air at 7,500 feet.
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including numerous tournaments. Tee times are recommended, especially for a morning round during the peak summer months. Call 866-586-8146 ext. 0 for tee times. Electric carts, pull carts and clubs are available for rental. elk around — it’s a favorite wintering spot for them, and the spring green-up is their salad bar. All told, about 20,000 nine-hole rounds are played at the course annually. Tee times at both courses can be made up to seven days in advance for weekdays, and on the Friday of the previous weekend for weekend reservations.
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The Lake Estes Golf Course, located at 690 Big Thompson Avenue (US 34), plays at 2,209 yards from the men’s tees, and par is 31. As at the 18-hole course, tee times are recommended during the summer season — call 970-586-8176. Pull carts and clubs are available for rental. Some water makes a round on the Lake Estes Golf Course interesting, and there are almost always a few
From November through March, the Lake Estes Golf Course is open for winter golf play, and there are plenty of pleasant and playable days over the course of the winter. Call for the seasonal rate for unlimited, all-day play, no tee times required.
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The sixth hole at the 18-hole golf course plays out before the majesty of the Colorado Rockies.
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Equines hoof it up at shows throughout the summer
here are you likely to see a “horse of a different color“? At the fairgrounds at Stanley Park, the horse show season trots into town in June and races until the last Hunter-Jumper hurdles its way over an obstacle in mid-August. First on the scene is the Miniature Horse Show in late June. These tiny treasures are closely followed by the Arabian Horse Show, which takes place the week of the Fourth of July. Then the fairgrounds hosts the Colorado Hunter-Jumper Association’s Copper Penny Show, followed by the nationally recognized Silver Dollar Hunter-Jumper Festivals. The Hunter-Jumpers and their talented riders reside at the fairgrounds for nearly four weeks. Adding to the excitement, each of the three Festival weeks is highlighted by a $25,000 Grand Prix, which tests the skills of the nation’s best riders. The horse show season closes with a Dressage Horse Show, August 19-21, and the Estes Park Draft Horse Show on August 21.
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Horse and rider show good form while completing this jump. Photo by WALT HESTER
June 22-23 & 25 & 26 — Rocky Mountain Miniature Horse Show July 1-3 — Arabian Horse Show July 20-21 — Half Penny HunterJumper Horse Show July 22-24 — Copper Penny Hunter-Jumper Horse Show July 27-31 — Hunter-Jumper Festival I Horse Show July 30 — Festival I $25,000 Grand Prix at 5 p.m. Aug. 3-7 — Hunter-Jumper Festival II Horse Show Aug. 6 — Festival II $25,000 Grand Prix at 5 p.m. Aug. 10-14 — Hunter-Jumper Festival III Horse Show Aug. 13 — Festival III $25,000
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Horse and rider are almost one during this jump. Photo by JULIE HARVEY
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Grand Prix at 5 p.m. Aug. 19-21 — Dressage Horse Show Aug. 21 — Estes Park Draft Horse Show There is no admission fee for any of these horse shows. The events generally begin at 8 a.m. — the Draft Horse Show will begin at 9 a.m. — and continue until all of the classes scheduled are completed. Ending time varies with number of competitors. In June of 2010, a new state-of-the-art grandstand facility became the centerpiece of the fairgrounds property. The year 2006 signaled the beginning of a multi-year renovation project at the fairgrounds at Stanley Park. The first phase included massive drainage improvements and new footing in the facility’s arenas. In addition, a “mega arena” was developed, adding greatly to the flexibility of the fairgrounds complex. The Draft Horse Show, which concludes the season, offers a big crowd favorite, whether your preferred breed is Belgian, Clydesdale, Percheron or Shire. You will see them all, as they arrive to compete in Estes Park’s second Draft Horse Show. Watch as single horses and teams display their work ethic in Farm Competitions, while showing their style and grace in Hitch Classes. Come see why these versatile horses, who once carried knights into battle, and helped build and feed nations continue to be valued by owners and draft horse enthusiasts around the world. Competitions will take place throughout the day, with a special stick horse race for the kids.
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A bull launches itself into the air in an effort to dislodge the cowboy. Rodeo bulls tend to be small and more agile in order to give the cowboys the bigest challenge, and the most points. Photos by WALT HESTER
A steer wrestler brings down the beef. Steer wrestlers are described as the linebackers of rodeo, as they tend to be big men.
A barrel racer leans her horse around the last barrel. The barrel racing is when the ladies of rodeo get to shine.
Gates open July 12 for 2011 Rooftop Rodeo
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tournament held on one of the most scenic 18 hole golf courses in the country. Surround yourself with the majestic Rocky Mountains as you compete for great prizes. On Saturday night after the rodeo, kick up your heels at the annual Queen’s Dance featuring talented, local musicians and country bands. Voted PRCA’s “Best Small Rodeo of the Year” for five of the last eight years, The Rooftop Rodeo is known for its small town western hospitality and familyfriendly atmosphere.
A healer waits for the split second when he can throw his loop. Team roping is one of the few team events in rodeo.
Rodeo week officially begins on July 12 with the annual Rooftop Rodeo Parade. With over 70 entries it is a colorful start to a fun-filled week that includes Wednesday’s cancer benefit golf
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he award winning Roottop Rodeo runs July 12-17 in Estes Park.
Professional pyrotechnicians watch their work during the annual fire works show over Lake Estes. The fireworks show attracts thousands of visitors to Estes Park. Photo by WALT HESTER
Cool cars, horses, fireworks, music for hot holiday festivities
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From hoofbeats to heartbeats, Estes’ Fourth lets colors burst
Power up and kickstart the weekend at the annual community pancake breakfast. Then, get your motors runnin’ at the Coolest Car Show. Cheer on competitors at the Arabian Sport Horse Championships, celebrating its 58th year of competition at this altitude, at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park. Then, enjoy the vibes at an annual patriotic concert at the Performance Park Amphitheater. For the finale — witness a free light show, as explosive charges fill the sky, from the banks of Lake Estes, at 9:30 p.m. Best viewing spots — anyplace where there is a view corridor toward the lake. Americans love freedom, which includes the freedom to be on the highway. Estes Park‘s interaction with automobile tourism is legendary. This is
aby you’re a firework, Come on show ‘em what you’re worth” — Estes Park takes Katy Perry’s song “Firework” to a Rocky Mountain high, in a holiday weekend filled with motions and emotions, heartbeats, hoofbeats, lights, motors, sound and action.
the perfect place and day to celebrate freedom, cars and enjoy all aspects of beautiful Estes Park. The Coolest Car Show in Bond Park brings out the “wows” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, July 4. Check under the hoods of vintage vehicles from the 1920s to supercars of today. Close-up inspection: $5 for adults, $2 for students; no more than $10 for the entire family. The annual car show, sponsored by the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc., directly benefits the local museum. The Estes Park Car Club’s help and involvement continues to be invaluable. Both groups work together and provide the public with a top car show annually. Last year, the cars ran the gamut from rat rods to classics, owner-built cars to stock cars, from the modified for speed and style to the showroom stock, Retro Rods, Street Rods and Muscle cars and trucks, Low Riders, sports cars, foreign cars and trucks. Motorcycles are one of the newest additions to the show and always draw a big crowd. Wayne Groome, president of the Estes Park Car Club, said, “Our show always has in excess of 100 cars. A good thing about this show is the wide variety of cars...you just don‘t see that in other shows.” Local car enthusiast and past president of the club Craig Bigler added, “Take time to talk to the owners and get to know why this hobby takes on a life of its own.” A fire engine created some sparks last year during the awards ceremony. Mayor Bill Pinkham gave a proclamation to Doug Klink and Butch Lundstedt, in special thanks for putting the 1967 Pitman Snorkel fire truck into action at the Park Mall fire in October of 2009. Not only do Klink and his friends restore old fire engines, they also serve the community when the opportunity presents itself. As volunteer firefighters, Klink and Lundstedt train and prepare to help “on someone else’s worst day,” a day when all the training pays off for the ones fighting the fire, as well as those whom they serve. To become a member of the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc., call (970) 577-3766 or come by the Estes Park Museum at 200 Fourth St. at Highway 36. Enjoy being a part of the history of Estes Park by making a difference as a volunteer or supporting member. For information about the Estes Park Car Club, call Craig at (970) 586-6256. It takes horse sense — the Arabian Horse Show provides free thrills on July 2 and 3, from 8 a.m., at the Stanley fairgrounds. Witness the Arabian horse’s intelligence, spirit and stamina. With a distinctive head shape and high tail carriage, the Arabian horse is one of the most easily recognizable horse breeds in the world, as well as one of
the oldest. Archaeological evidence of horses that resemble modern Arabians dates back 4,500 years. Arabian horses were brought from the Middle East by both war and trade, and were used to improve other breeds by adding speed, refinement, endurance and good bone structure. Arabian bloodlines are found in almost every modern breed of riding horse. Arabians provide unparalleled beauty, a rich history and a unique ability to bond with their owners. Now one of the most popular breeds in America, the Arabians’ incredible energy, intelligence and gentle disposition allow riders to excel in most equine sports and activities. Bred by the Bedouins as war mounts for long treks and quick forays into enemy camps, Arabians evolved large lung capacity and vast endurance. Historical figures such as Genghis Khan, Napoleon, Alexander the Great and George Washington rode Arabians. The prophet Mohammed, in the seventh century AD, was instrumental in spreading the Arabian’s influence around the world. He instructed his followers to look after Arabians and treat them with kindness. The severe climate required the nomads to share food and water, and sometimes even their tents, with their horses. As a result, Arabians developed a close affinity to man. When imported to England, the Arabian became the progenitor of the thoroughbred. In Russia, the blood of the Arabian horse contributed largely to the development of the Orloff Trotter. In France, the animal helped make the famous Percheron. And in America, again it was the Arabian horse that became the progenitor of the Morgan and through the English thoroughbred, to make the Trotter. The Arabian is not just another pretty horse. He is an all-around family horse, show horse, competitive sport horse and work horse. Something to Sing About — Keep your Western spirits alive with the Cowboy Sing-Alongs in Bond Park, at 7 p.m., July 3 through July 5. Cowboy Brad and Kathy Fitch play acoustic folk, family and Western music. Join folks from around the country, who have planned their vacations around the Fitch’s performances in Estes Park. For music of a different stripe, there’s the championship Australian barbershop group Vocal Evolution performing free at the Hempel Auditorium at the YMCA of the Rockies at 7:30 p.m. July 3, during the 2011 SummerFest Concert Series. Estes Park definitely has something to hoot about this Fourth of July. Come and help us light our fire(works). You’ll wonder how you’ve stayed away so long.
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Hikers walk in the Shadow of Miner Bills Spire high on the slopes above Old Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Its first goal was to see Rocky Mountain National Park established — a shining achievement in 1915. The club sponsors trips to all sorts of enchanting vistas. They range from leisurely nature walks in the Estes Valley and Rocky Mountain National Park, to expeditions climbing Mount Everest and the highest peaks of the world. The more than 3,000 recreational opportunities sponsored annually offer a kaleidoscope of outings. Each of the adventures is responsibly led along the sound principles of safety. The locations range from plains and foothills to high alpine lakes and peaks towering more than 14,000 feet. The outings scheduled offer opportunities for anyone’s interests and capabilities; from easy to moderate to much more challenging adventures. The dimensions of the CMC are manifold. In addition to hiking and backpacking, add bike touring and mountain biking, technical climbing, canoeing, wilderness trekking, horseback trips, birding and nature walks, llama trips, photography hikes, historic hikes, picnics and socials. In the winter there is Nordic and downhill skiing, snowshoeing, ice climbing, ice skating, technical climbing, winter hiking and more backpacking. Many of the activities include interpretations by experts on wildlife, biology, geology, history, flora and fauna and ecosystems. Family trips including children and adults of all ages are very popular. Several events even allow sociable dogs to tag along. all 50 states and countries abroad are members of the CMC. The members all believe in courtesy toward each other and nature — that’s the true mountain club spirit. Members are generally those who plan to visit and revisit the Rockies and want to participate in the mountaineering activities the club offers. It was natural that the lure of the Colorado Rockies would inspire 25 stalwart individuals, who shared a love of the mountains, to band together and charter the CMC in 1912. The group recognized the need to preserve a unique, pristine treasure. Within the club’s emphasis upon safety, the CMC sponsors many schools to help members improve their outdoor skills while having a good time doing it. Socials and potlucks are scheduled throughout the year and the annual dinner in November is always a highlight. While CMC membership is not required to participate in many of the trips, free literature covering CMC membership, details of the outings, degrees of physical demand, conditioning and qualification information is available by calling 586-6623.
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ways to experience the wilderness inhabited by nature’s creatures in the ongoing quest to discover a sense of self. Thus, the Shining Mountains Group of the Colorado Mountain Club welcomes everyone to share in the beguiling mystique of the Rockies. The CMC is the largest and oldest mountaineer organization still existing in this part of the country. People in all walks of life and from
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Two-hikers and their pets enjoy a walk along the Lake Estes Trail. Photo by WALT HESTER
Trail system a good way to see Estes Park
ark the car and take a stroll. Enjoy the view from Lake Estes, the wildlife or the sound of the rolling water along the Riverwalk. Trails, winding around and through Estes Park, makes the town a pedestrian’s delight. Lake Estes Trail Park at the Visitors Center (500 Big Thompson Avenue) and follow the Riverwalk east to Lake Estes. Go the distance around the lake (3.75 miles) or just enjoy a short stroll. Wildlife and magnificent views of Rocky Mountain National Park are the main attractions of the Lake Estes Trail. Riverwalk From the Visitors Center, walk through the underpass and hike west into town along the Riverwalk. Take a seat on the outdoor patio of an Estes Park restaurant or coffee shop. Enter shops from the back door along the Riverwalk and enjoy Estes Park shopping and nature
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along the way. The Riverwalk Wiest Plaza expansion, starts at Moraine Avenue and winds up to West Elkhorn Avenue. Catch the trail across the street where it turns into Fall River Trail. (The downtown Riverwalk is a pedestrian-only trail.) Fall River Trail Fall River Trail starts at West Elkhorn Avenue, behind the waterwheel. Walk west to Performance Park outdoor amphitheater where visitors enjoy music performances all summer long. Stroll into the West Park Center and check out the Cultural Arts Council Fine Art Gallery. The trail continues west along the Fall River and will eventually link to Rocky Mountain National Park. Knoll-Willows Trail From Bond Park, in the center of downtown, enter the Knoll-Willows Trail from the north side of the Municipal Building. The trail winds up to the historic Birch Cabin and the ruins, which feature excellent views of Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. Another trailhead starts at the top of Wonderview Drive, across from the Stanley Hotel, and leads to the ruins. Fish Creek Trail Enter Fish Creek Trail on the southeast end of Lake Estes. Go south along Fish Creek Road past the high school and the Estes Park Golf Course. Enjoy the view of Longs Peak along the way.
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Cows and a new calf wander through an open field in Estes Park. Elk have adapted to living close to humans in Estes Park. Photo by WALT HESTER
Wildlife: getting it in focus
A camera is a must-have when visiting
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ith elevations ranging from 7,000 feet to more than 14,000 feet, the Estes Valley and Rocky Mountain National Park provide a wide diversity of ecosystems with outstanding opportunities for wildlife viewing. It’s the reason many visitors come to Estes Park. Wildlife watching was listed in a 2006 visitor study as one of the leading attractions that brings people to Estes Park. People love to view and photograph wildlife. First-time and experienced wildlife watchers are always seeking a quality and rewarding wildlife encounter. The big animals,
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elk, deer and bighorn, are especially attractive to all levels of wildlife photographers. Birds, especially waterfowl offer a colorful alternative. Success in the field often depends on a photographer’s knowledge of the animals. What do they eat? Where do they eat? What time of day are they active? Elk, for example, are grazers and can be found near forest edges in large grassy meadows. The forest provides cover for a quick retreat in case danger threatens. The forest also provides protection from weather. The meadow grasses are a source of nutrition. Mule deer are browsers. They are most abundant in a bushy habitat near the edges of meadows in shrub lands and stream-side woodlands. Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep spend the summer feeding in high alpine meadows and on windblown See FOCUS, pg. 51
A beaver rests beside its Fish Creek pond. Photo by John Cordsen
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mountain tops. In the winter they are forced to lower elevations where they graze. It is important to avoid approaching sheep from above. Sheep depend on their eyesight to detect danger. They prefer to stay in open spaces where they can see long distances. If threatened, they will run uphill to escape. If sheep perceive their escape route to be blocked, they become nervous and stressed. Creating interesting bird images presents a formidable challenge even for seasoned professionals. As with large animals, when photographing birds, study your subject and know their biology, habits, travel patterns, and behavior. Weather plays an integral role, and it can radically change behavior. Knowing the effect weather can have on birds is an advantage. Fall, winter and spring are the best seasons for viewing large wildlife. Animals observed at a distance on the tundra during the summer can usually be seen in nearby meadows and often right in Estes Park during the peak viewing times. Ultimate wildlife watching is behavior watching - viewing animals without interrupting their normal activities. Blend in with your surroundings. Wear subdued natural colors and be as scent-free as possible. Walk softly and quietly when approaching wildlife but do not sneak. Stick to the sidelines. Use binoculars or a telephoto lens to avoid crowding wildlife. Intruding too close to the subject may cause the animal to change its behavior. Take it easy and relax. Animals detect tension. Move slowly, stay in full view and act disinterested in the animal you are watching. Avoid direct eye contact and never move directly toward an animal. Do not try to sneak up on wildlife, if they detect you and feel threatened they will run. Think like an animal. Look along borders between habitat types to see residents from both places. Pay special attention to high visitation areas such as game trail intersections, ledges overlooking open areas and watering sites. Respect national park and forest rules. They are designed to protect the wildlife and their habitat.
Respect private property. Do not trespass. Do not feed wildlife. Feeding produces a dependence on unnatural foods, which are not healthy for survival in the wild.
A shaggy spring ram wanders between ponds in Horseshoe Park. Bighorn sheep are often seen in the area. Photo by WALT HESTER
Be on the lookout for rare finds
Wild animals that are rarely seen are not necessarily few in number. Bobcats, mountain lions and porcupines are all well established in the Estes area but are not easily spotted. Mountain lions favor montane habitat where they hunt deer, their primary food. They also take elk, bighorn sheep or any animal they can catch. The best chance to see them is during early winter mornings. Porcupines are found in the branches of aspen and ponderosa pine trees at lover elevations. Look for bark that’s been stripped. Pine martens are found in subalpine forest and tundra rock piles. Chickarees are their favorite food. Weasels like streamside forest, tundra and rocky areas. Moose are found in river bottom lands, willow thickets and wetlands. Most are found on the west side of the Park, however, sightings on the east side, including near Estes Park, are increasing.
Learn about the ecosystems
There are many different ecosystems within the Estes Valley and Rocky Mountain National Park. Some animals may be found in several regions as they follow the seasons and their food supply. Alpine tundra is the main area in the mountains above tree line. It is home to marmot, ground squirrels, pika, coyote, elk and bighorn. Subalpine tundra extends from the twisted, windblown limber pine at tree line through the dense, moist fir and spruce forests to the lodgepole pine and aspen at lower elevations. Residents include chipmunks, ground squirrels, chickaree, pine marten, porcupine, bobcat, black bear and elk. Montane forests fills most of the area around Estes Park, Roosevelt National Forest and lower elevations of Rocky Mountain National Park. It is characterized by open stands of ponderosa pine on dry, south-facing slopes, Douglas fir on moist north slopes and scattered aspen grove in disturbed areas. This is the favorite habitat of Abert’s squirrel, coyote, mountain lion, deer, elk, fox and bighorn. Wetlands are found from the plains to the alpine tundra. Marshes and willow thickets spring up where there is water and form habitat for beaver, deer, coyote, bobcat, raccoon, muskrat, porcupine fox, moose, black bear, weasel and elk. should be kept quiet and inside the car. Photo tips Use at least a 300-400mm telephoto lens and tripod. Respect the safety and welfare of your subject. Aim for photos of calm, dignified, unstressed animals. Shoot with the sun at your back if at all possible. Morning and afternoon light is the best. If you don’t have a telephoto lens, show the animal in its natural surroundings rather than getting too close. Binocular tips Find the subject with your unaided eye. Bring the eyepiece to just under your eyes and sight the subject over the tips of the eyepieces.
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Wildlife watching tips A car is a good “blind” for watching wildlife. Drivers should pull well off the road, turn off the motor and lights. Young children and pets
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Sport is among the fastest growing in the nation
ly fishing is one of the fastest growing sports in the country among men and women alike, and a favorite pasttime among many outdoor enthusiasts who journey to the area for some of the best angling waters in the state. Estes Park is nestled among the majestic mountains of Rocky Mountain National Park, and is often referred to as the “Gateway” to this scenic and breathtaking place. With over 350 miles of trails to roam and covering over 265,000 acres, Rocky Mountain National See FISH, pg. 53
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Two fishermen try their luck on the Big Thompson River in Rocky Mountain National Park. Photos by WALT HESTER
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Park offers boundless fishing opportunities for the casual angler to the most seasoned. Several rivers, numerous small streams and over one hundred high mountain lakes abound with healthy, hungry trout. The Park’s waters contain all wild trout, with a great chance of catching the prized Colorado Grand Slam: Brook, Rainbow, Brown, and Cutthroat Trout, including the native Greenback Cutthroat, once thought to be extinct but now thriving in its natural habitat. The Big Thompson River below Lake Estes is a closer option, and contains some of the best fly fishing in the area, with its first 8 miles all catch and release. Moraine Park in Rocky Mountain National Park is a favorite among anglers, with easy accessibility, plentiful hungry trout and a beautiful setting. The Roaring River, Glacier Creek and the Upper Big Thompson are also very popular destinations. Although they do require a short hike, they award the angler with a less populated setting and excellent fishing. High mountain lakes are also a rewarding spot for anglers and can either be fished by spotting cruisers along the banks or by wading or belly boating out into the deeper waters. Lily Lake, a beautiful, drive-to lake, contains all Greenback Cutthroat Trout and has great dry fly action in the summer’s early evenings. Sprague Lake, another drive-to lake, contains beautiful brook trout and an occasional trophy-sized brown trout, and is a great spot for kids. Lake Estes and Mary’s Lake are also popular, drive to lakes and are good for not only fly fishing, but spin fishing as well. For the more adventurous angler, there are many destinations that require an arduous trek or even bush whack, but are ripe with hungry trout. Rocky Mountain National Park is home to many high mountain lakes thriving with fish and within a day’s hike. Your best bet is to contact a local fly shop for lake locations, fishing conditions and seasonal weather hazards. A guided trip is the best way to ensure an optimal fly fishing experi-
A fly fisherman casts toward the smooth waters of Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park.
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At left, St. Martin’s Chamber Choir is a professional, non-church affiliated ensemble of 24 singers. The group was founded in 1994, and takes its name from the site of its first concerts, St. Martin’s Chapel at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral in Denver.
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Helsinki, Christie has been consistently identified among the most talented and most closely watched conductors of his generation. Christie was appointed music director of the Colorado Music Festival in 2000. During his first ten seasons, he has increased festival audiences to an all-time high through his enthusiastic leadership, innovative programming and widely acclaimed audience building initiatives. Gomyo is a recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2008. A Canadian violinist, Gomyo first caught public attention after winning the 1997 Young Concert Artists International auditions at age 15. She has ever since been active as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician across the North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Alexander Kobrin was born in 1980 in Moscow, Russia. He completed all his studies in Moscow, with professor Tatiana Zelikman at Gnessin Music School and with professor Lev Naumov at Moscow Chaikovsky Conservatory where he also received his master’s degree. Kobrin is a winner of several international piano competitions such as See MUSIC, pg. 55
Michael Christie, at right, and Karen Gomyo, below.
he Estes Park Music Festival announces the 2011 Sounds of Summer concert season with Maestro Michael Christie and the Colorado Music Festival Chamber Orchestra. Plan for a fantastic summer as the festival celebrates its 35th year and Christie’s 11th season as music director and conductor of the CMF. The spectacular summer season emphasizes “something for everyone,’ with programs that include Vivaldi Four Seasons, Karen Gomyo, violin, Pure Chamber music by the CMF players, Christie conducting with the St. Martin’s Chamber Choir and Magnificent Mozart with guest conductor Ward Stare and Alex Kobrin, piano. Christie was born in 1974 in Buffalo, N. Y. Christie has developed an exceptional career spanning conducting posts on three continents. After gaining early international recognition in 1995 when he was awarded a special prize for “Outstanding Potential” at the First International Sibelius Conductor’s Competition in
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By Nancy Stevens, EPMF Special to the Trail-Gazette
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Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Busoni International Piano Competition, Hamamatsu International Piano Competition and Glasgow International Piano Competition. St. Martin’s Chamber Choir is a professional, non-church affiliated ensemble of 24 singers. The group was founded in 1994, and takes its name from the site of its first concerts, St. Martin’s Chapel at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral in Denver, Colorado.
St. Martin’s Chamber Choir
Described as “a compelling figure on the podium” and “one of the hottest young conductors in America” by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Ward Stare is currently the resident conductor of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra — a position created for him in the fall of 2008 by music director David Robertson — and concurrently acts as music director of the Saint Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. In April 2009, Stare made his highly successful Carnegie Hall debut with the SLSO, stepping in at
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the last minute to conduct while Maestro Robertson made his debut as chansonnier in H.K. Gruber’s Frankenstein. Stare returned in June 2010, leading the Saint Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra in their New York City debut at the historic Riverside Church. The New York Times praised the orchestra for their “terrific concert”, noting that “Mr. Stare inspired the musicians to impressive heights”. You won’t want to miss a note of the exciting 2011 summer season of music The best way to experience the Estes Park Music Festival with the Colorado Music Festival Chamber Orchestra is to subscribe to all four exciting concerts for $100. Single concert tickets are $30 per concert.
Monday, July 18; Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies Chamber Music by CMF Players Program TBA Monday, July 25; Stanley Hotel Concert Hall “St Martin’s Chamber Choir” Arvo Par: Fratres for Strings & Percussion Haydn: Symphony No. 44 “Trauer” (Mourning Symphony) Fauré: Requiem Michael Christie, music director Monday, August 1; Stanley Hotel Concert Hall
“Magnificent Mozart” Symphony No. 32 in G major Piano Concerto No. 14 in E-flat major Symphony No. 40 in G minor Ward Stare, conductor, Alex Kobrin, piano For further information, contact the music festival business office at 970-586-9519 or visit the festival’s upto-date-web site: estesparkmusicfestival.org . To receive weekly updates of concerts and upcoming events, please send an e mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, July 11; Stanley Hotel Concert Hall “Eight Seasons” Vivaldi: Four Seasons; Piazzolla: Four Seasons Michael Christie, music director, Karen Gomyo, violin
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Aerial Tramway .............................................................35 Alpine Accents...............................................................49 Aspen Eye Center..........................................................20 Barleens Arizona Opry ..................................................12 Big Thompson Indian Village .......................................24 Bob’s Towing & Repair...................................................7 Boulder Valley Credit Union .........................................35 Brownfield’s Trading Post ............................................22 Canyonlands Indian Arts ..............................................37 CarQuest Auto Parts .....................................................52 Cheesy Lee’s..................................................................41 Cicso’s Restaurante y Cantina......................................34 Coldwell Banker - Estes Village Properties.... Back Cover Colorado Cherry Co ......................................................39 DeLeo’s Café & Deli ......................................................22 Design Center .................................................................3 Dick’s Rock Museum ....................................................45 Donut Haus...................................................................21 Eagle Plume’s ............................................ 27, 28, 29, 30 Estes Park Good Samaritan Village .....Inside Back Cover Estes Park Medical Center ...................Inside Back Cover Estes Park Realty ............................................................4 Estes Park Trail-Gazette................................................53 Estes Valley Recreation District....................................55 Fair Winds Hot Air Balloon ..........................................23 Family Medical Center ..................................................11 Fun City ........................................................................20 Grand Lake Lodge.........................................................49 Gwynne’s Greenhouse ..................................................15 Jackson Stables .............................................................37 Kirk’s Mountain Adventures.........................................25 Lakeshore Lodge .............................................................9 Local’s Grill ...................................................................24 Lonigan’s Saloon Nightclub & Grill .............................26 Macdonald Book Shop ....................................................3 McDonald’s Restaurant.................................................13 Omnibus........................................................................43 Orlando’s Steak House .................................................14 Outlets at Loveland.........................................................5 Plum Creek Shoe Station .................. Inside Front Cover Prospect Park Living Center.........................................55 Prudential Team Realty - Jay Harroff ...........................14 Rambo’s Longhorn Liquor Mart...................................26 Ram’s Horn Village .......................................................41 Reel Mountain Theater .................................................10 RE/MAX Mountain Brokers.............................................6 Rocky Mountain Health Club .......................................45 Rocky Ridge Music Center............................................21 Rustic Home Décor.......................................................23 Salud Family Health Center .........................................19 Serendipity Trading Company......................................34 Shell-Tiny Town One Stop ...........................................43 Snowy Peaks Winery.....................................................32 Tussey Kid’s Clothing...................................................10 Twisted Pine Fur & Leather..........................................33 UPS Store......................................................................39 White Lion ....................................................................55 Wynbrier Wildlife Gallery..............................................18
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