How’s this for the perfect summer day? Start with early morning hiking, biking, or running on any of the incredible trails to be found in New Castle. Then, head upvalley for a well-earned tasty treat from the Carbondale Creamery and Café or a glass of ice-cold lemonade from a young entrepreneur’s stand. Finally, round out the fun by venturing to Snowmass for an evening of rodeo wonders. Whatever you and yours decide to do this July, enjoy!
New Castle’s Colorow Flow Trails
Named after Chief Colorow of the Ute tribe, the new Colorow Flow mountain bike trails will offer beginners the chance to try their pedals at short climbs and fun downhill rides. It is one of the many projects undertaken by New Castle Trails (NCT). Formed in 2015 by enthusiastic local mountain bikers, hikers, and trail runners, the goal of the group, as stated by chairman Adam Cornely, is “to see more trail opportunities, as well as more of a recreational, community-based culture in New Castle.” NCT approached former professional mountain bike racer Brian Buell about working with volunteers to build a unique descending flow trail designed specifically with kids in mind. The result? Two trails: “Green” and “Blue,” which are slated for completion by the end of July, and will start at the West Colorow trailhead. Follow NCT on Facebook to stay updated.
On July 14, if you’re thirsty for the classic summertime drink, you won’t have to look far! Lemonade Day, sponsored by YouthEntity of Carbondale, encourages budding entrepreneurs in grades K-12 to follow a step-by-step curriculum designed to build business skill savvy in the American kids’ pastime of running lemonade stands. Concentrated mainly in Basalt, and in partnership with the Art Base, the event helps kids not only build their own stands, but also learn about investing, saving, and donating money. Watch for them across the valley—and buy a glass to support future Roaring Fork Valley business owners. To register or download the curriculum, visit LemonadeDay.org or contact Naomi Peters at Naomi@YouthEntity.org.
Carbondale Creamery and Cafe
Gelato! For a delicious snack this summer, be sure to stop by the Carbondale Creamery and Cafe. Owned since November 2016 by longtime friends and Carbondale locals, Kyle Eberhardt and Anders Hansen, it’s not only a great place for a tasty frozen treat, but also well-known for its homemade pastries. With the men’s friendship as a foundation of trust, families Eberhardt and Hansen have pooled their combined skills in finance, restaurant management, and agricultural knowledge to build a solid business. Beginning at 3 a.m. every morning, one of them is starting the process of making fresh, homemade food. Located on Highway 133 just south of the roundabout between Phillips 66 and Beijin Tokyo, it’s a perfect bike ride destination to enjoy with your minions. For menu offerings and information, check out CarbondaleCreameryAndCafe.com.
Snowmass Rodeo 45th Anniversary
“Some rodeos, we’ll have 300 kids out there for the calf scramble. When those calves get loose, they’ll all be running in opposite directions!” According to Snowmass Rodeo president Jim Snyder, this kids’ event is only one of the many traditions you’ll find every Wednesday night this summer through August 22. With the grounds opening at 5 p.m., families can enjoy authentic western BBQ, try riding a mechanical bull, or register kids for the calf scramble or mutton bustin’. Grand entry starts at 7 p.m. and includes the Lord’s Prayer, as well as a tribute to the American flag. Then, cowboys and cowgirls hold onto their hats as they ride, rope, and race. Afterward, Twirp Anderson, one of the founders and a longtime rodeo announcer, hosts western tunes around the campfire. For more information on the rodeo’s 45th anniversary season, visit SnowmassRodeo.org.