Fall colors abound at Grand Mesa events
WHAT: Fall Fest Weekend & Color Weekend
WHERE: Powderhorn Mountain Resort, Grand Mesa
WHEN: Sept. 20-21 & Sept. 27-28
COST: Admission is free
Local leaf peepers, rejoice! Powderhorn Mountain Resort will celebrate fall colors with two weekends of fun on Grand Mesa. Admission is free.
“We’ve been doing this for well over 10 years,” said Dave Smith, Powderhorn’s spokesman. “Colors are starting to change on the Mesa, and it will be prime viewing time this week and the next all along Highway 65.
“The best view, of course, is going to be at Powderhorn because you can ride the ski lift,” Smith added.
Fall Fest Weekend returns this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20-21, with scenic chairlift rides and games from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., food and libations at the Sunset Bar & Grill, plus free parking and music. On Saturday, live performances by Shaun Ray and Lowlands start at 5 p.m. then 6 p.m. respectively. The Gerry Goodman Band will perform from 1-5 p.m on Sunday.
Powderhorn’s Color Weekend returns the following week, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27-28, for chairlift rides and games again from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Other activities include food, drink, music and more on the Sunset Deck. On Saturday, live music by Zolopht is planned from 6-10 p.m. Then on Sunday, which has traditionally been the main event, a Color Sunday Adventure Challenge will raise funds for Powderhorn Racing Club and Western Slope Children’s Center. Plus, an art sale is planned along with music by Gerry Goodman Band from 1-5 p.m.
According to Smith, artists will be scattered around Grand Mesa next week painting “plein-air” autumn scenes and all work will be for sale during Sunday’s festival.
Powderhorn season passes for winter 2014-15 will additionally be available for purchase at both events. The early season rate is still in place: $469 for adults.
For more information about Powderhorn’s Fall Fest and Color Weekend, visit http://www.powderhorn.com.
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