November 2016 Edition

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November is a quiet and beautiful time of year in Fourteener Country! The mountains are already topped with a soft blanket of white and it won't be long before Ski Cooper and Monarch Mountain open for the season. On most days in November you can hike on dry trail in the sun on the east side of the Arkansas River or take a quick drive west up one of the easily accessible mountain passes to play in the snow along the Continental Divide.
Here are a few of the things happening this November.
4th Annual Day of the Dead Celebration
The Day of the Dead Celebration is a day long event designed to get all people out and celebrating the winter season together. There will be family friendly events held all day, including a run, bike ride, pumpkin carving, and water activities. This celebration is free for anyone to swing by and enjoy. The day begins at 9 AM and events will be held until past 9 PM with live music and good times. 
When: October 29th 
Where: Buena Vista
Salida Christmas Parade of Lights
Christmas Parade of Lights begins at dark, followed by the transformation of Riverside Park into Holiday Park, and Tenderfoot Hill (“S” Mountain) into Christmas Mountain.

Downtown shops and galleries stay open extended hours, and local restaurants and bars are bustling with activity.
Festivities continue with a community open house at the SteamPlant Event Center with free cocoa, cookies and entertainment.

When: November 25th  
Where: Downtown Salida
Hot Springs
Soaking in one of the area's natural hot springs after a day of exploring and playing, cannot be beat. The Native Americans believed the hot springs nestled in the Rockies were sacred. Capable of healing, of cleansing the spirit and the mind as well as the body. White man caught on to the healing properties of these geothermal and mineral springs, and came often to soak away physical ailments of the time.
Now it's your turn to experience the soothing waters of the high mountains.
There are excellent hot springs resorts in 14er country and they're waiting for your arrival. 
Mt. Princeton Hot Springs is located outside of Buena Vista, in Nathrop, right along Chalk Creek. Here you will find a historic bath house, established in 1867, with soaking pools reaching up to 105 degrees Fahrenheit, and an exercise pool in the 90s. You can also find the creekside hot springs, a water slide, and a spa for all to enjoy. 
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa is located in Buena Vista. With a rustic and relaxing vibe, enjoy the natural stone soaking pools and the dry sauna. Cottonwood also offers a variety of spa services for when you need a break from the hot waters.
Located in Salida, the Aquatic Center offers a unique twist on Colorado Hot Springs. This relaxing getaway center is the largest indoor hot springs facility in the country. With a little something for everyone, they offer a large 6 lane pool as well as a smaller, hotter pool for soaking. This smaller pool is also a great opportunity for the children to join in on the fun. 
Alpine Orchestra Concert Series
The Alpine Orchestra will be traveling aroung 14er country performing a concert as a Salute to Veterans. A wide variety of pieces will be performed such as patriotic music standards and music from television and movies that have a military theme. Many of the the works will be accompanied by Mario Garcia, renowned tenor and member of the US Army. They will be in Salida on November 4th, Leadville on November 5th, and in Buena Vista on November 6th. 
Click on each of the cities names to find out details on that specific event!

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