Though the air temperature may be cooler, the brisk winter weather in Colorado makes for a great atmosphere in which to participate in outdoor activities. Grab your family and friends and participate in the following five events.
Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-off
If you’re itching make an appearance at Mardi Gras, but can’t seem to make it to New Orleans, try Manitou Springs on February 14. Chefs will craft your favorite Creole dish, which will be judged for prizes and then open to public tastings. Shortly thereafter, take in the Carnivale Parade and participate in traditional Mardi Gras activities throughout the city. For more information, visit http://manitousprings.org/calendar/2015-mumbo-jumbo-gumbo-cook-off/.
Leadville Ski Joring and Winter Carnival
A popular annual event in Leadville since 1949, ski joring entails a horse and rider pulling a skier down a snow-packed road over jumps while spearing rings in a timed competition. This year, watch this captivating event March 6-8, along with a variety of other winter activity competitions throughout the weekend. You can also enjoy the nearby sledding hill, ice skating rink, Nordic and snowshoeing trails and Ski Cooper and Chicago Ridge. For more information, visit http://www.visitleadvilleco.com/ski_joring.
Aspen Snowmass Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series
The highlight of Aspen’s and Snowmass Mountain’s winter events calendar is the free, family-friendly concerts performed multiple times a month at top-tier outdoor venues in surrounding villages. The band is yet to be determined for February 14’s show at Gondola Plaza in Aspen Mountain, as well as the March 21 and 27 events at Snowmass Base Village. However, Umphrey’s McGee (http://umphreys.com) will be playing at the Bud Light Core Party in Downtown Aspen on March 13. For more information, visit http://www.aspensnowmass.com/events-and-activities/events/bud-light-hifi-concert-series.
Rocky Mountain National Park 100th Anniversary
A presidential act signed in January of 1915 welcomed the Rockies in to the family of America’s national parks. Through September of this year, the park and the towns that surround it, such as Estes Park to the east and Grand Lake to the west, are helping celebrate its centennial with many special events. Each weekend there will be special ranger talks and walks, hikes and snowshoeing adventures, children's activities and much more in one of the country's most popular parks. Each month, the park is highlighting special events for its 100-year mark, like March’s Catch and Release Ice Fishing Contest. For more information, visit http://www.colorado.com/articles/rocky-mountain-national-park-turns-100.
Grand Adventure Hot Air Balloon Tours
Winter Park’s only year-round balloon company, this is the closest place to Denver where you can enjoy the beautiful snowcaps of the Rockies and check out local wildlife frolicking in the snow from above. Tours take off in the mornings from Fraser and are a scenic new take on sight-seeing. For more information, visit http://www.grandadventureballoon.com.
Whether you want to take in the scenery, be active or just enjoy some music, Colorado has all those options for you this winter — and then some. Visit any of the websites above for even more great outdoor activities in the area.
This article is presented by Perkins Motors in Colorado Springs, Colorado.