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Nature & Wildlife
2014 June
Pg 10 - The Sunshine Express
Breckenridge Brewery of Colorado presents the
2nd Annual Beanstalk Music and Arts Festival, a
3-day camping experience, where artistic expres-
sion through music and art work in unison with
the awe-inspiring environment of the Rocky
Mountains and Colorado River.
The festival begins June 12, 7p, and runs through
June 15, at State Bridge, 127 Trough Road, Bond.
Artistic expression and the outdoors, have been
closely tied since the earliest records of art, and it
is Beanstalk organizers¡¯ belief that they are both
unimaginably crucial to the development and
happiness of people.
Beanstalk Music and Arts Festival was created
for the purpose of providing patrons a chance to
see world class music and art being created in the
awe-inspiring outdoor setting of Eagle County,
Colorado. It is also our hope to create a communi-
ty based around the yearly event that helps carry
out our message of appreciation for the necessity
of art and the environment in everyday life.
Entertainment provided by: The Magic Beans X3,
The New Mastersounds, Night Moves(Featuring
Mike Greenfield of Lotus, Tom Hamilton & Clay
Parnell of Brothers Past & Steve Molitz of Par-
ticle), Particle, This Must Be the Band(Tribute
to The Talking Heads performing an audience
request set), YAMN, SunSquabi, Kitchen Dwell-
ers X2, Na¡¯an Stop, Rocktin Grove, James & The
Devil, Digital Beat Down, Soap, The Malai Llama,
brothers gow, Vine Street Vibes, plus Yoga work-
shops, hiking, rafting, paddle boarding & more!
970.653.4444
Buy tickets at: beanstalkfestival.eventbrite.com
Camping: $20 per car plus BLM fee of $5 per
person per day; Parking Only: $25 per car. Please
help us comply with new county regs #1 prior-
ity is no parking anywhere on Trough Rd(We are
on Trough Rd) No pedestrian traffic on Trough
Rd - We have free shuttles from the campground
Seven Day Adventure Begins
Montrose is First Stop on 2014 Bicycle Tour
of Colorado; City-Wide Celebration Planned
to Welcome Summer Visitors
From June 22 through June 28, over 650 cyclists
from all over the world will participate in the 20th
Annual Bicycle Tour of Colorado (BTC), one of
Colorado¡¯s ultimate cycling adventures. Riders
will be cycling over 400 miles through the beauti-
ful Colorado Rockies.
The seven day adventure starts in Gunnison, with
Montrose as the first stop on Sunday, June 22.
Cyclists will conclude their day trip at Columbine
Middle School in Montrose with a local welcoming
celebration next door at Rotary Park. The public
is invited to the all-day event. Festivities kick off
with a Lions Club pancake breakfast fundraiser,
at 9a, to welcome riders into town and also offer a
send-off to participants of the VFW State Conven-
tion, which is in town June 18-22.
¡°Bike tours are great for tourism, and we¡¯re
thrilled Montrose is on the BTC route this year,¡±
said Stacey Ryan, special events coordinator for
the City of Montrose¡¯s Office of Business and
Tourism (OBT), which is sponsoring the event
along with the Montrose Area Bicycle Alliance
(MABA), and the Colorado Plateau Mountain
Bike Association (COPMOBA). ¡°The tour brings
hundreds of visitors to town, and we get to throw
a party for locals and visitors to come together for
the day and showcase Montrose.¡±
The tour celebration will be combined with a
send-off breakfast for the VFW State Convention
participants. ¡°This is our way of saying ¡®thanks!¡¯
to the VFW for choosing Montrose as the host site
of their 93rd Annual State Convention,¡± Ryan ex-
plained. ¡°Sharing the morning with the VFW par-
ticipants surrounded by all the bike tour festivities
will bring these events together at a venue where
the town can enjoy the day, too.¡±
Music, food, arts/crafts booths will be open from
9a-8p. Businesses and nonprofits are encouraged
to become vendors for a nominal fee: businesses
$25; nonprofits $10. Shuttles will move partici-
pants out to the Black Canyon National Park and
throughout town to eat, shop, and enjoy Montrose.
All three museums will host a ¡®fee free day¡¯, from
noon-6p, opening their doors to welcome rid-
ers and the public. MABA and COPMOBA will
provide a beer garden (including wine and mar-
garitas) as a group fundraiser from 4-8p. At 8:30p,
MABA will cap off the evening with a free Bike-In
Movie, ¡®Back to the Future¡¯, sponsored by Alpine
Bank. People are encouraged to bike or walk to the
park to enjoy the movie. Popcorn will be available
on a donation basis.
¡°It¡¯s such a great feeling to see hundreds of cy-
clists come together and experience an extraordi-
nary journey across the Colorado Rockies,¡± says
Powell.
Over the last twenty years, the Bicycle Tour of
Colorado has catered to over 25,000 cyclists and
has raised over $375,000 for a number of charities
in Colorado, including Rocky Mountain PBS, the
Make-A-Wish Foundation, Special Olympics, and
Adaptive Adventures.
For more information about MABA, visit:
www.MontroseBicycle.org
For more info about the BTC, call: 303.985.1180,
or visit: www.bicycletourcolorado.com
to the venue No stopping at any time on Trough
Rd No parking on Hwy 131 No pedestrian traf-
fic on the bridge We have very limited parking
- once the parking is full around the venue you
will be directed to the BLM managed lots just past
the property - when that is full you must park at
Rancho Del Dio and catch the shuttle - Rancho is
4 miles past State Bridge on the Colorado River
and has some of the best and most abundant
camping around. More: www.facebook.com/
events/747533968597824
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding the pub-
lic that Colorado¡¯s Free Fishing Weekend is sched-
uled for Saturday and Sunday, June 7-8. Anglers of
all ages can fish without a license anywhere in the
state that weekend.
Many states allow free fishing during one or two
weekends yearly in an effort to encourage more
people to discover and enjoy one of the most
popular of all outdoor activities. According to a re-
cent survey by Southwick Associates, fishing is not
only a popular recreational activity in Colorado, it
is a major economic driver, contributing over $1.9
billion each year to the state¡¯s economy.
¡°Colorado certainly offers tremendous fishing op-
portunities,¡± said Aquatic Section Manager Greg
Gerlich. ¡°However, we know that there are many
people that have thought about it but for whatever
reason have not bought a license. With a chance to
fish for free, they may see how enjoyable an expe-
rience it can be, then maybe they¡¯ll decide to buy a
license and enjoy it year-round.¡±
Gerlich reminds citizens that hunting and fishing
license dollars fund a breadth of wildlife manage-
ment efforts in Colorado.
¡°Without our anglers and hunters, we would not
have the variety and abundance of wildlife we
enjoy here,¡± he said. ¡°After a weekend of fishing
for free, some individuals may decide to become
lifelong sportsmen and women, contributing di-
rectly to wildlife conservation.¡±
From reservoirs, lakes and ponds to rivers and
high-altitude streams, Colorado is a highly-regard-
ed fishing destination. The state features nearly
9,000 miles of trout streams, 321 miles of which are
designated Gold Medal waters and managed for
high-quality fishing.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds the public
that although a license is not required that week-
end, all other rules and regulations will apply.
Anglers should consult the 2014 Colorado Fishing
Brochure for specific regulations and restrictions
for the waters they¡¯ll be fishing.
Fishing licenses can be purchased at any Colorado
Parks and Wildlife office or from one of the more
than 600 license agents across the state. Licenses
can also be purchased online. Anglers may also
purchase a fishing license over the phone by call-
ing 800.244.5613. Anyone purchasing over the
phone will be issued a TAN, or Transaction Num-
ber, that they must write down and carry with
them on their fishing trip.
To purchase a license or for more information
about fishing in Colorado go to:
www.cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/Fishing.
aspx
Colorado Free Fishing Weekend
¡°We¡¯re looking for everyone in Montrose to
serve as a host and help warmly welcome
visitors to our All-America City,¡± explained
Ryan.
Rotary Park is located next to Columbine
Middle School on South 12th Street in Mon-
trose. After an early breakfast in town, riders
will head off Monday morning for Ouray
and the San Juan Mountains. The seven day
adventure begins in Gunnison, Colorado, and
tours through several of Colorado¡¯s pristine
mountain towns including Montrose, Ouray,
Durango, Pagosa Springs, Creede, and end-
ing back in Gunnison. Gaining well over
24,000 feet in elevation, riders will be climb-
ing over Cerro Summit, Red Mountain Pass,
Molas Divide, Coal Bank, Yellow Jacket, Wolf
Creek Pass, Spring Creek Pass, and Slumgul-
lion Pass.
Kent Powell, director and Colorado native,
developed the tour based on his own experi-
ences with biking and hiking in the Rocky
Mountains. Every year since 1995, Kent has
designed tour routes with skilled cyclists in
mind, centering on amazing scenery, friendly
towns, and hard climbs. ¡°This tour, for many
cyclists, is a trip of a lifetime. Friends and
family members get together to ride one of
the most challenging, breathtaking tours in
the country,¡± says Powell.
Enjoy A 3 Day Camping Festival