• Colorado Sunsets, Stars & Evening Fun for Groups

     
    POSTED August 14, 2018
     

    Photo courtesy of Crested Butte Mountain Resort

  • Colorado Sunsets, Stars & Evening Fun for Groups

     
    POSTED August 14, 2018
     

    Chimney Rock National Monument Night Sky Program. Photo courtesy of Visit Pagosa Springs

There is no denying the stunning daytime scenery of Colorado, but the state’s amazing celestial landscape after normal meeting hours provides all sorts of great options for groups, from stargazing on moonlit dinners and train rides to nighttime zip lining and rafting.

After Dark Action

Twice each month, groups meeting in Leadville or nearby can enjoy a stagecoach ride beneath a full moon with Halfmoon Packing & Outfitting. Based on the 19th century tradition of mail delivery by stagecoach, this opportunity allows guests to experience the magic of a mountain forest at night. Moonlight stagecoach rides are offered on the eve of the full moon and the night of the full moon from May through September.

Experience Colorado’s legendary Browns Canyon in the Arkansas River Valley during a full moon raft trip with the Adventure Company from May through August. Groups will relish illuminated water and beautiful views of the Collegiate Peaks and can add on a fajita feast served as the sun sets.

Or strap on a headlamp and experience five zip lines in the moonglow during Alpenglow Zip Tours at Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa in Tabernash. Tours are from 8 to 11 p.m. and include post-zip beverages at the ranch’s base area.

The Denver Film Society and Denver Arts & Venues team up to offer Film on the Rocks from mid-May to mid-August at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison. The Denver area venue ensures attendees a perfect view from any seat in the house and guests are treated to live music followed by the scheduled movie under a blanket of stars. Each showing begins at dusk.

Experience a Rocky Mountain sunset and the bright light of the moon at one of Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad’s themed sunset dinners. During summer and autumn, each train offers different themes like murder mystery, fiesta, speakeasy and more. All the sunset evenings include entertainment and dinner on Cumbres Pass.

Moments that Include Stars During Ales and Astronomy, REI offers stargazing enthusiasts an evening of viewing from the top of Copper Mountain. Participants are treated to beer and wine while exploring the constellations of the Northern Hemisphere accompanied by REI Guides. This opportunity is available on specific nights from June to September, with the last one this year happening Sept. 9.

Groups can experience Colorado’s celestial landscape in a new light at Chimney Rock National Monument, located 20 miles from Pagosa Springs, during a Full Moon Program that occurs against the backdrop of the Great House Pueblo at the top of Chimney Rock Mesa. The program lasts approximately three hours and includes an informative lecture on topics specific to the Chimney Rock site followed by watching the full moon rise to the music of Charles Martinez’ Native American flute. It’s also possible to add a one-hour guided tour at the start. The Full Moon Program is offered on specific nights June through October, with Sept. 6 and Oct. 5 wrapping up 2018.

Stargazing at the Umbrella Bar in Mt. Crested Butte on Sept. 14 involves hiking, biking or driving to Umbrella Bar at Ten Peaks for a 7 p.m. sunset dinner under the stars. Representatives of the Gunnison Valley Observatory will be on hand with expertise and telescopes on the Umbrella Bar deck.

Stargazing Tours with The Little Nell in Aspen provide the ultimate stargazing adventure that includes a Jeep tour from Aspen Mountain to Richmond Ridge with an adventure concierge and astronomy expert. State-of-the-art binoculars are provided as guests enjoy sweet treats and refreshing drinks from The Nell while learning more about the night sky.

There is a lot of new happening around the state of Colorado. The number of recently introduced or upcoming venues for groups has definitely caught my attention. Here are just a few to consider.

 

On Feb. 23, Great Wolf Lodge Colorado Springs, part of North America’s largest family of indoor water park resorts, saluted its first anniversary with cake, balloons, pictures with Great Wolf Lodge’s signature characters, button making, a lemonade stand and more. With a conference center that features more than 20,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space spread out over eight configurable meeting rooms, as well as an adjoining patio, the property is an especially good option for groups with kids along for the outing.

 

Considered by many to be the father of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted Sr.’s name is frequently associated with Central Park in Manhattan. However, a largely unknown fact is that Olmstead and his sons’ influence extends to Colorado. “There are entire neighborhoods in Colorado Springs where the residents have no idea such famous architects designed their landscaping and public green spaces,” says Beth Davis, a Broadmoor archivist who unearthed a wealth of information in preparation for the resort’s centennial celebration in 2018.