It was 1858 when the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush brought a torrent of dream-seekers to Colorado, forging through the rough mountain passes to seek gold buried underneath the distant hills. Those first gold diggers formed a bare-bones town in 1859 that was originally named Breckinridge after the 14th Vice President of the United States, John […]
Miners seeking their riches not only packed their pick-axes to southern Colorado, but brought along their grapevines as well. Makes you wonder: A good backup plan, perhaps? Apparently, the vines established more than a seed in the mind of Governor George A. Crawford, who in 1890, planted 60 acres of grapes and fruit alongside Rapid […]
Although Aspen is seen as an ideal location for winter sports, many people don’t realize that the preferred time of travel is in the fall or summer–when the crowds have thinned. Colorado Collective recently spent time in Aspen discovering how to enjoy Aspen like a local, no matter what the season might be. This beautiful […]
As you know, we are passionate storytellers here at Colorado Collective, and so we are excited to announce that we have teamed up with Odyssey–the nation’s leading story agency to bring storytelling, amplification, platform and publishing solutions to the state of Colorado and its premier tourism destinations, hospitality professionals, and lifestyle brands. The joint venture will […]
The first thing you’ll see when you walk into Aspen Kitchen is the patented Pink Himalayan Saltbrick Dry Aging Room, which displays saltbrick meats in a glass box lined with bricks of pink Himalayan rock salt glowing from hidden lights. This piece not only makes a bold statement, but it also emphasizes the brilliant qualities […]
Q&A with Adam Leech: Hobo Nickel History & Artform Clad in a tie-dye Misfits T-shirt bearing the legend “Punks Not Dead,” Adam Leech doesn’t exactly fit the type for a historian or a practitioner of a centuries-old art form. He shows up to talk with COCO on a vintage scooter speckled with spray paint logos […]
In southeastern Colorado, the Wet Mountain Valley is the heartbeat of the state for many Coloradans. Framed with the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the east and the Wet Mountains to the west, the valley encompasses magnificent panoramic mountain views, a haven of homesteading country for farmers and ranchers, and a constellation of tiny towns […]
Jewelry maker and designer Katie McGinnis lives in a second-story flat in downtown Florence, Colorado. Upon entering her apartment, the unassuming quaintness of the town outside suddenly disappears, and one is taken into what feels like a chic, artsy loft in New York City. This loft is where Katie’s ideas and art are made into […]
Nudging its audience to lead more imaginative lives through sensory experiences, sparking dialogue and affecting positive change in communities through art – here lies the trifecta of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs’ Galleries of Contemporary Art. Commonly referred to as GOCA, the name populates two fully-realized, multi-media gallery spaces within the city: One on […]
Justice Snow’s Restaurant and Bar has become an Aspen staple. It’s both both hip and rooted in history – not to mention the bar has the largest cocktail selection in North America. The restaurant concept is the brainchild of Michele Kiley, and at one point the name was highly controversial. “I think it wasn’t a […]
Fly designer and fly fishing guide Juan Ramirez, is one of Southern Colorado’s most prominent anglers. On the river, Juan guides a range of clients for an ultimate Colorado fishing experience. On the fly tying vice, his designs have gained national recognition, and his hands-on instructional videos keep anglers tying and casting what the trout are hungry for.
Jason Nauert is a central figure in the renaissance of the field of butchering in Colorado. As the Director and Instructor of the Rocky Mountain Institute of Meat, he is teaching Colorado Springs about butchering through training courses, consulting work and his culinary talent.
Nestled quaintly in a mesa hillside on the West Side of Colorado Springs sits Ground Up Speed Shop. The owner, Eric Baar, is a gem in the local bike community and beyond. He’s known as a one-of-a-kind custom bike frame-builder. Whether they’re raced professionally or being used recreationally on local mountain biking trails, Baar’s frames take bicycle performance to a higher level of quality and versatility
When Charles Masinton opened Charlie’s Cash and Carry grocers in the small town of La Veta Colorado in 1937, he probably didn’t know just how important his store would become to the community.
Joan Eagle of Chipita Accessories started her craft in Taos, New Mexico back in 1972. Originally from New Jersey, Joan and her husband Ben fell in love with the open spaces and community of great people in New Mexico and Colorado.