Ten Hidden Gems To Try For Unexpected And Lesser-Known Colorado Travel This Winter, 2017/18

A change of the seasons brings with it new travel experiences and sensations for Colorado. Favorite mountain towns and landscapes transform from golden autumnal hues with white dustings of winter snow as Ullr arrives. For this winter season, the Colorado Tourism Office brings a new collection of inspiring travel ideas via its online trip-building platform, the Colorado Field Guide, which is designed to take travelers off the well-trodden path and into new corners of the state where untapped and lesser-known experiences are for the taking. Those journeys into more intimate rural towns provide different encounters with history and learning: first-hand landscapes to admire, emerging outdoor recreation experiences, or re-imagined cultural events and destinations.

Here’s ten lesser-known gems to inspire intrepid adventures and experiential journeys in Colorado this winter:

1.    The Tank Center for Sonic Arts is one of Colorado’s most imaginative music venues. This former water tank in Rangely began its secret life as a recording studio for local musicians who crowdfunded to save the tank from being sold for scrap. Take a winter road trip along the Flat Tops Trail Scenic Byway through lush river valleys and wild west towns and enjoy a concert or show at this unique space. As featured in Flat Tops Wilderness: Meeker & Rangely Field Guide.

2.    Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre is Southern Colorado’s theatrical jewel, offering a year-round theater program for downtown Trinidad. A small-town cultural night out can be the highlight of a journey through Spanish Peaks Country of Walsenburg, La Veta and Trinidad, which is one of Colorado’s richest areas for western history, museums and institutions. As featured in Spanish Peaks Country: Walsenburg, La Veta, Trinidad and More Field Guide.

3.    Barrel and Kettle-Aged Sour Beers Whether leaf-peeping for the fall or skiing the region’s resorts, the Southwestern Colorado local craft beverage trail offers fantastic detours and pit-stops including a new specialty brewer, Wild Edge Collective which specialize in Sours. As featured in Explore The Crafted Beverages of Southwest Colorado Field Guide.

4.    Family-Friendly St Vrain Cidery: While this local cidery features 24 hard ciders on tap, it…

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