Flat Irons in the Fall

2011 Boulder Summer Conference on
Consumer Financial Decision Making

On-Your-Own Pre/Post Conference Fun

If you’d rather do something on your own either before or after the conference, here are some ideas:

White Water Rafting
If you’ve never been white water rafting, it’s a real kick! Pete McGraw has the inside scoop on where to go, and what rafting company to use. He recommends Echo Canyon/Four Corners Rafting. Echo Canyon is the biggest raft outfitter in Colorado. They raft different parts and levels of the Arkansas River, so they have a variety of options for different group needs. Levels 2/3 like Browns Canyon and Big Horn Sheep are more family friendly, but higher Level 4 like Royal Gorge and Numbers are also available. (Higher numbers are rougher waters!) Several of us have done Browns Canyon and it is beautiful.  It’s probably about a 2.5 hour drive from Boulder, but it is a scenic drive. If you are interested, here is the contact info:

Echo Canyon River Expeditions/ Four Corners Rafting
45000 US Highway 50 West
Canon City, CO 81212
www.raftecho.com or www.fourcornersrafting.com

Biking Boulder Trails
Boulder is one of the most bike-friendly communities there is. There is road and off-road biking for all skill levels. Here is a link that gives information on bike rentals and alternate routes. http://www.getboulder.com/sports/sports_bicycle.html

Hiking in Boulder
You say you want to go hiking? We have you covered there too as Boulder has fantastic trails!  Check out this website: http://www.bouldercolorado.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3058&Itemid=411

Hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park
Another beautiful drive is from Boulder, through Estes Park, to Rocky Mountain National Park. And when you get there, boy is it beautiful... with some fantastic hikes. http://www.rocky.mountain.national-park.com/hike.htm

Peak to Peak Highway from blackhawk (about 35 minutes from boulder) to Estes Park. It is easy to spend a day shopping in Estes Park.

Red Rocks. Home of the famous outdoor amphitheater. http://www.redrocksonline.com/

Summit County (Breckenridge, Vail, Frisco, etc!)
If you really want the Rocky Mountain experience, drive west on 1-70 to the other side of the Eisenhower Tunnel (about a 90 minute drive) and take in the beautiful mountain towns. http://www.summitnet.com/summer/. Summit County is the mountain playground for people from Denver and you can do any possible outdoor activity there in spectacular settings.... hike, bike, sail, horseback ride, golf, etc. This is due east from denver on I-70. It's about 1 hour and 40 minutes from Boulder. Spend the day either in the charming towns (Frisco old west, Breckenridge more victorian old west). If you can spend time in this area, there are fabulous hikes -- especially for those who like wildflowers. One favorite of the Center for Research on Consumers' Financial Decision Making is Shrine Mountain Pass. Go from Summit County west on I-70 to Vail Pass, get off and drive on dirt road to Shrine Mountain. Hike (about 2 hours, not too strenuous) to incredible overlook of shrine mountain, spectacular wildflowers that time of year. It is critical to get an early start in the morning. In that part of the state, mornings are always crystal clear blue sky days and afternoons are prone to early thundershowers.

Yep, we have that too in Blackhawk and historic Central City, about an hour away. http://www.blackhawkcolorado.com/

The City Life
If you prefer what a city has to offer, of course Denver is only 30 miles away. http://www.denver.org/Events

And of course, Boulder!
If you want to just hang in Boulder, there are a bunch of things to do here too, both for families during the conference, and for pre and post conference fun!


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