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There’s nothing like playing tour guide to make you realize what an incredible place the valley is.

Last weekend, one of my friends from high school flew out to visit and celebrate our birthdays, which are one day apart. The main purpose of our reunion was to see the Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson at Red Rocks on Monday, but since she was going to be here on Sunday, too, I wanted to make sure she was entertained.

Luckily, it’s really easy to keep a visitor busy out here.

We went horseback riding at Bair Ranch and enjoyed beautiful views of the canyon, spent some time at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and ate a fantastic dinner at the Pullman.

Even without activities, I think my friend was pretty impressed. She’s going to school in Tuscon right now, and she just kept saying, “Everything is so green here. Your mountains are so green.”

Bringing an outsider in is always a great way to remember we’re living in paradise out here. It’s also a great way to make sure you’re taking advantage of all the fun Glenwood has to offer.

You can’t ride a roller coaster down the side of a mountain in just any town.

Friday

Speaking of the Caverns, check out their Friday Afternoon Club this week, featuring live music and food and drink specials from 5 to 8:30 p.m. This weekly event through Aug. 14 offers a free tram ride with a coupon that appears in the Post Independent on Fridays. The coupon is valid for a free tram or bus ride for up to four people starting at 4 p.m. This week, Frank Martin and Aaron Taylor will play some great Americana, bluegrass, country, folk, blues and jazz. The two played together for four years in Let Them Roar (formerly All the Pretty Horses), and they’re still a joy to watch.

Saturday

If you want to hear some free live music, check out Old Town Pickers at 6 p.m. in Redstone Park. The Steamboat Springs band will bring a unique approach to bluegrass, folk and country music. Did I mention it’s free?

Sunday

Racing in the Rockies is back at the Garfield County Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy barrel racing at its finest with classes for pee wees, youth, senior, novice horse and more. Visit http://www.racingintherockies.com for more information on this free event.

Jessica Cabe would travel by horse at all times if she could. She can be reached at jcabe@postindependent.com.


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