Authentic Colorado West Comes to Life in Small-town Summer Celebrations

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Best of the West Fests

If you’re on the hunt for real Colorado adventure, authentic old west towns and old-fashioned, family friendly events this summer, look no further than the towns of Grand County, Colorado.

Located 80 miles west of Denver, the county is home to wide-open spaces, breathtaking mountain scenery and the frontier spirit. Four towns will host summer festivals worthy of Horace Greeley’s admonition to, “Go west, young man.”

Hot Sulphur Days – Hot Sulphur Springs, Colo., June 11-13 (
Known for its natural hot springs, Hot Sulphur Springs sits at the top of Byers Canyon, where the Colorado River winds through, surrounded by majestic cliffs. The town celebrates its town heritage and local flair with a pie contest, pie auction, parade, Bingo game, pancake breakfast, kids’ games, re-enactment of an early 1900s skit, fireworks and a barbecue lunch at the town park. The event also features live music, a duck race, and volleyball and Frisbee golf tournaments.

Kremmling Days – Kremmling, Colo., June 18-20 (
This year’s celebration – themed “A Boat Load of Fun” – offers a true old-fashioned, community slate of events and activities. Visitors will find a parade down Main Street, the Cliff Golf Classic tournament, a live music and beer garden, food vendors, KIDZone, a mud race, barbecue, museum tours, a church service in the park, and five-mile and three-mile run/walk competitions.

GranbyFest – Granby, Colo., June 19 (
Nestled in a scenic Colorado Rocky Mountain valley, with breathtaking views of the Continental Divide, the town of Granby hosts a day-long festival of music, food, spirits and fun. Attendees will find local produce and wines, food, a balloon artist, caricaturist, clowns and massage therapists.

Buffalo Barbecue – Grand Lake, Colo., July 16-18 (
The 63rd annual event marks the conclusion of Western Week, a celebration of Grand Lake's cowboy and pioneering heritage. Along with the barbecue – with farm-raised buffalo – are a pancake breakfast, 5K fun run, parade, music, barn dance, historic tours, art and architectural walks.

Winter Park Jazz Festival – Winter Park, Colo., July 24-25 (
The 28th annual tradition will continue in the middle of downtown Winter Park at Hideway Park. With seven hours of music daily (11 a.m. - 6 p.m.), the festival boasts national, regional and local musical acts. Headliners this year include Chaka Khan, Brian Culbertson, Craig Chaquico, Dotsero, Boa & The Constrictors, Norman Brown’s Summer Storm, Boney James, Ryan Show and Hazel Miller. The event also features merchandise vendors and a food/beer garden in the park.

For additional information on Grand County, events, lodging, and other activities, contact the Grand County Tourism Board at or 800-729-5821.

Gaylene Ore
Ore Communications


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