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Getting Ready for the 2019 Hiking Season

With the holiday season in full swing, some of you might already be thinking about that dreaded New Year's Resolution! A bit cliche, and certainly overdramatized, but certainly worth noting as we indulge in the season's endless enticing treats.

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Exploring 285 - Fun & Funky Art Gallery

 This week on #exploring285 we visited Fun & Funky Art Galleries and Gifts in Bailey! They have 2 convenient locations & tons of local art, home decor, jewelry & photography! See you around town!

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Exploring 285 - Coney Island Boardwalk

This week on Exploring 285 we visited Coney Island Boardwalk in Bailey! The hot dog has a lot of history in our community and is a great place for a mid-day lunch, enjoying a shake & enjoying the river! Check it out, see you around town!


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Exploring 285 - Holiday Season - SHOP LOCAL

This holiday season shop local! The 285 Corridor has so many great local shops for unique gifts. Check out our local towns and retail shops for your gift needs & support our local businesses!

Here are some local shops that have been featured on Exploring 285. I have tried to showcase them all but I have a ways to go. Either way check out the great shops in our area! Featured here are a Borgata, Blue Spruce Toys, Evergreen Mountain Sports, Fun & Funky Art Galleries, Knit Knook, Native Vibrations, Platte River Outfitters, and The Sasquatch Outpost but there are so many great retailers in our area! SHOP LOCAL AND STAY UP THE HILL!

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Keeping Up With The Community | Episode 15 - Deer Creek Mountain Camp

​Tucked away in Friendship Ranch in Bailey is a mountain oasis known as Deer Creek Mountain Camp.  With a motto like, "Intentionally Simple," I just had to go see what they're all about.  You don't have to go far to find blissful mountain camping - it's right here in your backyard.

Our mission is to provide a mountain experience that's intentionally simple for families and groups. We don't have all the highly-programmed activities -- we don't want those things.  We want this to be a retreat, a mountain oasis, where people can relax and enjoy.

by Brent Kroeker, Owner of Deer Creek Mountain Camp

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300 Crossings of Three Mile Creek

Three Mile Creek is no eye popping outing, it has few features many would seek when it comes to hiking in the alpine. Though what it does offer is serenity.

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Painting a Positive Landscape on the Canvas of Life

Paint. It's the medium that Rachel Henderson has been using to spread happiness and invoke creativity in others for nearly 20 years! You might catch her around town painting the faces of little ones at an event or leading a canvas painting party. Her creative spirit and kind demeanor has helped her become a successful small business owner and a positive influence in the community.

You can't have a bad day when you're making kids smile...

-Rachel Baer Henderson, Owner of Rachel's Creations

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Psst!!

By the way, did you know that November 24th is Small Business Saturday? Small Business Saturday is a great time to promote not only your own business, but that of your fellow businesses in the area as well! 

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Exploring 285 - Flying J Ranch

Today on Exploring 285 we visited Flying J Open Space in Conifer CO. This park is used for hiking, biking or horse back riding and has TONS of history ! See you around town! :) 

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Shop Local on Small Business Saturday November 24 2018

The Beginning: "It's 2010, and small businesses are hurting from an economy in recession. In an effort to support local shops that make our communities strong,  American Express launches Small Business Saturday® on the Saturday after Thanksgiving — to encourage people to Shop Small and bring more holiday shopping to small businesses. 

One year later, the Shop Small Movement gains momentum, as local officials across the nation take notice and promote Small Business Saturday. In 2011, the Senate unanimously passes a resolution in support of the day. By 2012, officials in all 50 states participate. 

By 2017, there were more than 7,200 Neighborhood Champions across all 50 states... [with] an estimated 108 million consumers reported shopping or dining at local independently-owned businesses on Small Business Saturday — generating roughly $12 billion in reported spending."
Small Business Saturday History

Why buy local? According to a report by Michigan State University, "It means nurturing locally owned businesses which use local resources sustainably, employ local workers at decent wages and serve primarily local consumers. It means becoming more self-sufficient and less dependent on imports. Control moves from the boardrooms of distant corporations and back into the community where it belongs."


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Exploring 285 - Evergreen Mountain Sports

This week on exploring 285 we visited Evergreen Mountain Sports. They recently moved their location to Conifer. Evergreen Mountain Sports offers full outdoor gear shop, seasonal rentals, and a full service bike/ski tune shop. Check it out and see you around town!

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Grand Opening Commemoration of the North Elk Creek Trail

As part of Governor Hickenlooper's "Colorado the Beautiful 16" Trail Connectivity Initiative, and thanks in part to Great Outdoors Colorado - GOCO and many caring volunteers, a new trail segment has been built connecting Staunton State Park to Cub Creek Trail in the Arapahoe National Forest. The ceremony commemorating the opening of this new segment was Monday, October 8, 2018 at the park, attended by John W. Hickenlooper, representatives from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Colorado Department of Transportation, The Bailey HUNDO, and more!

What is the "Colorado the Beautiful 16?"
The initiative is a key component of Colorado the Beautiful's broader goal to ensure, within a generation, every Coloradan will live within 10 minutes of a park, trail or vibrant green space.

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Exploring 285 - Blue Spruce Toys

This week on Exploring 285 we were at Blue Spruce Toys in Conifer. What a great place for toys, puzzles, games and more! Check it out and see you around town! 

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Nobel Prize Winner with Ties to Conifer

Paul Romer, son of former Colorado Governor Roy Romer, was one of the people just awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics. Did you know that Conifer Mountain was a development by Roy Romer and that many of the roads on the mountain, including Paul's Drive, were named after his family? A little historical tidbit from Frank Fransioli who alerted us to this news! Read more below!

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Halloween Hike

By the time you reach the timberline you will breathe a sigh of relief...not necessarily from the exhausting uphill climb...but perhaps the ghoulish sounds of nature as it transitions from summer to winter.

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Exploring 285 - Aspen Perk Cafe

This week on exploring 285 we are at Aspen Perk Café Bar & Grill to enjoy their new menu and learn about the venue service they will be providing to the 285 Corridor soon! Check them out and see you around town!  

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Exploring 285 - Knit Knook

This week on explore 285 we are at Knit Knook . A great place to enjoy some coffee or tea with friends, take a knitting or crocheting class or buy your materials for your next project! 

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Going for Gold - Fall in Colorado

Quite simply, this is perfectly Colorado!!! The Colorado Trail at Kenosha Pass is an amazing trail to see fall colors in the morning, afternoon and night.

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Exploring 285 - A Borgata

This week on exploring 285 we visited a Borgata! Lots of local artists, craftsmanship, collectibles and more make great gifts or keepsakes! Come explore the 285 Corridor! 

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Exploring 285 - The Sasquatch Outpost & Platte River Outfitters

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This week on exploring 285 we visited Platte River Outfitters & The Sasquatch Outpost ! So many great souvenirs, Colorado gear, camping , fishing , big foot souvenirs & big foot museum ! Come explore the 285 Corridor! 

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Exploring 285 - Bean N Bakery

This week on Explore 285 we were at Bean N Bakery Bistro for a great atmosphere! They have a cozy atmosphere with breakfast, coffee, pastries and more! Watch the video and Come on out and explore 285 Corridor! 

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