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Feb 22nd
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The ghosts of Doc Holliday, outlaw Kid Curry, and a host of gunmen, gamblers, soiled doves and pioneer settlers will once again make a rare appearance this October 2012 at the Frontier Historical Society and Museum's 13th annual Ghost Walk, held at the historic Linwood Cemetery in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

The Ghost Walk is family friendly, and while a spirited air of spookiness surrounds the event, the "ghosts" are portrayed by Glenwood Springs actors who bring a magical quality to each performance.
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Winter-like conditions of drifting snow, high winds and below-freezing temperatures above 10,000 feet have caused rangers at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado to close the historic Trail Ridge Road for the season to through travel.

"We continue to get snowfall at high elevations combined with strong winds," park superintendent Vaughn Baker said Oct. 17, 2012. "The snow will continue to blow and drift at higher elevations, making snow clearing operations and driving conditions extremely hazardous."
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Chimney Rock, one of the West's great historical settings and natural wonders, has been proclaimed a national monument by President Barack Obama.

Located in the San Juan National Forest in southwestern Colorado, Chimney Rock offers a spectacular landscape rich in history and Native American culture.

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The friendly competition to see which resort would be first to open Colorado's 2012-13 ski and snowboard season was won on Oct. 17 by Arapahoe Basin when it opened to the sound of blowing snow and energetic whooping and hollering.

Arapahoe Basin opened its Black Mountain Express lift at 9 a.m., servicing the intermediate High Noon trail, which is 1,000 feet long, and has an 18-inch base that was complete after 12 days of snowmaking.
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Working cowboys all over the West are busy dusting off their fancy Stetsons, polishing up their boots and heading to Denver, Colorado for 2011's National Western Stock Show & Rodeo, held Jan. 8-23.

The National Western, started in 1906, is one of the largest stock shows and rodeos in the world. But why January?
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With spring quickly approaching, Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) resorts are preparing to welcome guests for skiing and riding by offering money saving deals and crowd pleasing events.

Spring skiers and riders can find bargains on lessons, lodging, concerts, and ski passes. Some resorts are even offering free skiing and 2-for-1 passes with resort reciprocation.
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For many visitors, winter is their favorite season to enjoy Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park. The park, just outside of Estes Park, Colo., is less visited but still very much open and alive with activity. Beautiful backcountry areas can be reached on snowshoes, skis, and at lower elevations - even with hiking boots!

Elk, coyotes, deer, snowshoe hares, and other wildlife remain active through the winter. Their story is told by the tracks left in the snow. For those visitors who are prepared, winter is an enchanting time to explore the park.
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Winter Park-Fraser Valley, one of Colorado's popular resort areas, is readying "Snowfest," the theme for the resort's annual winter carnival, will be held on Jan. 21-23, 2011, at various locations throughout Winter Park and the Fraser Valley.

Hosted by the Winter Park-Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce, the festival features everything "snow" including a parade and fireworks.
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A winter-like furor from Mother Nature brought ski season full-force to the Colorado Rocky Mountains during the second week of November 2010.

Recent cold weather and snow in the capital city was a tell-tale sign of the large amounts of snowfall that has fallen at Colorado Resorts. As the storms engulf the mountains, they imposed a sense that ski-season has now begun in earnest.
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Colorado's Loveland Ski Area on Oct. 24 became the first resort in the West to open to the public for the 2010-11 ski season, welcoming skiers and snowboarders who were lined up and ready to go.

Neighboring resort Arapaho Basin quickly followed, opening Oct. 25 for the season.

Loveland and Arapahoe Basin's snowmaking teams worked tirelessly this fall in order to offer the quality ski experience to which skiers in Colorado have become accustomed, a spokesperson for the resorts said.
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Following a multi-million dollar renovation, the Silvertree Hotel and Conference Center has reopened as the Westin Snowmass Resort in Snowmass, Colorado.

Owned by a joint venture between Starwood Capital Group and Wasserman Real Estate, the rennovation included refurbishing all guest rooms and public areas, and adding a brand-new spa, fitness center, hot tubs and a ski-in, ski-out restaurant.

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It was a surreal scene along the park's cliff faces and monoliths on New Year's Eve as Colorado National Monument held a centennial celebration to usher in 2011, a new year and a new century for the park.

People gathered together on the canyon's edge in a place where the basement rocks are two billion years old. And in the freezing darkness of the New Year's Eve night they looked skyward with awe at the bright bursts of light above the ghostly landscape as the clock struck eight.
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