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What to Do in the Rockies: June

Magazine article Sunset

What to Do in the Rockies: June

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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS

Make like a cowboy

The sound of pounding hooves churning the dirt is a sure sign of summer in Steamboat Springs. Arrive early at the pro rodeo to chow on smoky, slow-roasted barbecue and claim a prime seat in the open-air arena; the surrounding mountains bathed pink at sunset present a dazzling preshow spectacle. The action gets wilder once calf ropers, bronc and bull riders, and barrel racers storm the stadium, their sequined chaps flapping like flags. Even kids can claim a prize: Events like the Calf Scramble invite young spectators down into the arena to play an amusing game of capture the flag, rodeostyle. Romick Arena, 501 Howelsen Pkwy.; 7:30 p.m. fri-Sat Jun 22-Aug 18,7 p.m. Jul 4 with fireworks show; $14; www. steamboatprorodeo.com or 370/873-1818, -KEILY BASTONE

BOULDER AND CENTRAL CITY, CO SEE SHAKESPEARE AND OPERA If you haven't cracked a Shakespearean verse since high school and can't tell Puccini from Pavarotti, here's some new incentive. This year the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and the Central City Opera celebrate major anniversaries, and you're invited to the parties. For its soth season, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival performs on the University of Colorado campus-we suggest catching one of the five plays that'll take place under the stars in the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre. On the music front, the Central City Opera's four-opera 75th season opens in its exquisite 1878 opera house with a new production of Verdi's La Traviata as well as the world premiere of the Chinese opera Poet Li Bai. Here's to our two favorite summer institutions aging gracefully. Colorado Shakespeare Festival: Jun Jun 30-Aug 13; tickets $i4-$54; www.coloradoshaites.org or 303/492-0554. Central City Opera: Jun 30-Aug 19; tickets $43-$87; www.centralcity opera.ora. or 303/292-6700. -CLAIRE WALTER

CANON CITY, CO

ALL ABOARD FOR DINNER Fashionably nostalgic railcar wining and dining is coming down from Cañon City. Beginning this month and continuing throughout the summer, the town's historic Royal Gorge Route Railroad is hosting a series of white-tablecloth wine-maker dinners, complete with a five-course gourmet meal (think elk tenderloin medallions, spinach-stuffed duck-breast pinwheels, and smoked salmon) paired with Colorado wines. The ail-aboard dinners are served within the opulent confines of spiffy classic and vintage dining cars trumpeting views of the Arkansas River and the Royal Gorge, one of Colorado's deepest canyons. Next dinner is Jun 23; $125-$150 per person; www.royal goraereservations.com or 888/724-5748. …

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