Adventures by Moonshine

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“I Left a Light on For You” – The Universe

By Lisa McIntyre

Colorado is known to have 300 days of sunshine each year. And if you’ve been here for more than two hours, you likely experienced weather changes that tilt the hot/cold scale with a 10-minute snowfall followed by a hot breeze and an alluring blue sky. 

Where there are sunny skies during the day, you’ll often find clear skies at night. Whatcha gonna do with all those starlit evenings, Colorado? 

Thirst Colorado did some research and uncovered six remarkable ways for you to soak up the light of the moon and the twinkling stars. Following are events listed by season:

Nighttime Snowshoeing – Every Thursday through Sunday in both February and March 2019 

Winter Park Resort

On non-full moon nights, the stars shine brilliantly! Hit the slopes for a guided snowshoe tour in Winter Park. For one price, the resort will provide you with equipment, a guide, and a ride up the gondola to the glowing landscape.

Full Moon Photography Class in a Cemetery – March 20, 2019

Fairmount Cemetery, Denver

Get clarity and knowledge on making photos of the full moon from experienced photographers. Fairmount Cemetery has been around for 125 years and offers the largest collection of trees in the state and is chock full of monuments, statuary and wildlife. 

Ziplining in the Dark - May 15 – Sept. 29, 2019

AVA, Idaho Springs

Feel the freedom of flying over the mountain on a zipline with nighttime views above historic Idaho Springs, about 30 minutes west of Denver. You’ll have guides, instructions, and glowsticks to facilitate the edgy adventure. 

Reflections while Whitewater Rafting – May-August 2019

The Adventure Company, Buena Vista 

Dinner and a show! Eat fajitas then jump in a guided raft floating down the ever-inviting, illuminated Arkansas River as it flows through the recently inducted National Monument: Browns Canyon. 

Full Moon Fishing Tournament – August 17-18, 2019

Centennial Bass Club Full Moon Fishing Open, Ft. Collins

Horsetooth Reservoir in northern Colorado is in its 20th year of the annual full moon bass tournament. Two-person teams fish from boats for two days and compete for various prizes. 

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Land and Sky Hike: an astronomical & geological experience – Annually in late November or early December (TBD)

Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs

Natural red-rock spires jut toward the sky along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Garden of the Gods park holds an annual full moon hike. The marked, 2-mile trail is outfitted with telescopes for attendees to get a close-up view of the moon. In 2018 more than 3,000 people attended the full moon and lunar eclipse experience.

Colorado has something to offer the full moon adventurer year-round. Share your images and tag Thirst Colorado on the Facebook Page.