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Colorado wildfires: Stanley Hotel, featured in Stephen King’s ‘The Shining, temporarly houses firefighters

COLORADO (WABC) — A historic hotel that inspired a popular book and subsequent movie is now a temporary home to hundreds of firefighters battling the devastating Colorado fire.

The 142-room Stanley Hotel was built in 1909 and was a big part of Stephen King’s “The Shining.”

The hope is that the 380 firefighters who are staying there when getting some much-needed rest, don’t scare easy.

King said he was inspired to write “The Shining” after staying at the Stanley Hotel when he and his family were the only guests.

The East Troublesome fire has continued to greatly expand in size. The fire is now the second-largest in state history, with at least 170,000 acres burned, and is only 5% contained.

The fire exploded over 100,000 acres early Thursday and then grew another 50,000 acres during the day and early evening.

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The Broadmoor Destination Resort in Colorado Springs

Due to the reality of COVID-19 and the need to self-separate our guests, employees and community from what’s commonly called the “coronavirus”, The Broadmoor will temporarily cease all operations on Saturday, March 21 at noon. At this time we anticipate to reopen for the Memorial Day weekend.

The Broadmoor’s leadership felt it was important to cease all operations out of an abundance of caution for the safety of everyone. The resort has had no cases or confirmation of any guests or employees testing positive for COVID-19. We all regret this unfortunate situation and thank you for understanding.

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Colorado vacation rentals offered as coronavirus relief lodging

Colorado vacation rental companies, brought to a standstill by the novel coronavirus and ensuing stay-at-home orders, have banded together to provide optional lodging for people who have been adversely effected by the pandemic.

The relief program, started in late March in partnership with property owners, who like the companies provide relief housing for qualifying individuals, has been dubbed: “Vacation Rentals to the Rescue.”

The coordinated Colorado effort includes Premier Vacation Rentals, Effortless Rental Group in Denver, Red Cliffs Properties, Vacation Accommodations of Durango and the Vacation Rental Management Association.

Chris Bettin, founder and CEO of Premier Vacation Rentals Group

With ongoing networking additional property owners and companies may join the effort.

“Our company manages over 300 properties in 13 different markets. We’ve got over 40 properties who have volunteered for the program,” said Chris Bettin, founder and CEO of Premier Vacation Rentals Group. Premier has properties in Denver, Colorado Springs, Vail, Beaver Creek, Durango, Ouray, Ridgeway and Steamboat Springs, and other western cities outside of Colorado.

“We’ve housed just about everyone of those units we’ve had volunteered, (and) we’ve had a handful we haven’t filled,” Bettin said.

All combined, the participating companies and property owners have about 500 homes across multiple markets.

People who have been housed include first responders and frontline medical professionals, such as a sheriff’s deputy, a Veterans Affairs nurse and an emergency room physician, among others. Some participants have family members with autoimmune disorders, or who are highly susceptible to a virus, and the lodging provides much needed isolation. The lodging is not intended for use of someone who is positive for coronavirus.

A doctor in Durango is staying at a downtown property, relieved, for the moment, that he’s not going home to his family and risking them to possible exposure of coronavirus.

“As a family, we have gone through so much stress, fear, tears, and sleepless nights,” the doctor’s wife said in a written testimonial to the program. “This company has made an unbearable journey now bearable because we now have a safe place for Matt and a safe place for our family.”

Participants will qualify on a case-by-case basis and undergo a screening process including background checks. There’s a one-time damage waiver fee of $49. There’s also a one time cleaning fee, which varies depending on the property, and could run up to $150. Stays are based on weekly renewals and can be extended for multiple weeks. The fees are one time, whether the participant stays for a week or five weeks. Properties include condominiums, townhomes and single-family homes, some valued as high as $2 million.

People seeking to apply for the program can go online to the Premier Vacation Rentals website and click on the COVID-19 & Lodging bar at the top of the page. The program will last for at least as long as stay-at-home orders are in effect.

“Though we operate as competitors in a normal business environment, this crisis presents a unique opportunity for us to unite around a common

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Colorado Parks & Wildlife – Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) is recognized as one of the nation’s most popular locations for whitewater rafting and kayaking. The Arkansas River it the most commercially rafted river in the United States and is noted for its world-class fishery, which provides an excellent opportunity for anglers to test their skills at catching brown and rainbow trout.

AHRA visitors also enjoy camping, hiking, picnicking, wildlife watching, mountain biking, rock climbing, and even gold panning along the river’s shores, deep canyons, broad valleys and towering mountain peaks found within the upper Arkansas River valley.​​


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Estes Park Vacation Rentals | Windcliff Vacation Homes Colorado

Estes Park Real Estate by HomeSmart Realty Group of Colorado

Looking for a permanent stay? Or, perhaps, you’ve dreamed of living in Colorado near Rocky Mountain National Park? Windcliff offers Estes Park real estate to help you achieve your dreams.

Be sure to browse our current inventory of single-family homes for sale! We also offer buildable lots and land for sale. While visiting our slice of paradise, you’ll see why Estes Park is at the top of everyone’s bucket list. Then, the perfect Colorado mountain vacation getaway can be yours!


2 Bed/2 Bath/1 Car Garage newly remodeled condo provides unmatched panoramic views of Rocky Mountain National Park and Roosevelt National Forest in Windcliff Estates!

Total square footage  — 1,814 |  2 bedrooms  |  2 baths  |  1-car attached garage

Prior to the remodeling, the home was bringing its owners over $18,000/year in vacation rental income NET of management commissions — more than enough to cover the owner’s expenses for this home (Taxes, Insurance, HOA dues, Utilities, etc.).  The onsite property manager expects this home to perform MUCH better now that it has been remodeled and updated.

Call Rich TODAY to see this beautiful home — 970-586-2181

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Recreation Department Home Page | Lake County, Colorado


Following the guidance of our Director of Emergency Management, Director of Public Health and Board of County Commissioners all Lake County Recreation programs will be suspended, and facilities will be closed effective Monday, March 16th through Thursday, April 30th.

Most programs will be cancelled, although a few are only being postponed. You will be contacted by one of our program coordinators for any/all programs in which you are enrolled to discuss the options of a refund or credit. We hope to resume suspended programming in May and kickoff summer activities in June. 

Staff are also coming up with lots of fun virtual activities that will be available on our Facebook page, we’ll release something new Monday-Friday with the following themes:

Mondays – Family Activity

Tuesdays – Senior Activity

Wednesday – Youth Activity

Thursday – Adult Activity

Friday – Toddler Activity

There are also lots of fun online activities that are being done nationwide by other providers which staff can direct you to – just give us a call and we’ll help find the right activity for you!

Due to the age of the Lake County website, the platform on which it operates is no longer being spported by our vendor. This means keeping pages up to date has become more difficult as we can only make one update per day. We strongly encourage you to visit our Facebook page, Activenet page, or call us in the office fot the most up to date program and facility informaiton!



You can now register online for any of our programs and activities. Click HERE to be taken to our ActiveNet registration site. Please note that only programs currently open for registration will be visible. 

The links at left provide information regarding our facilities, staff, programs and activities. Click HERE to view the 2020 Program Guide! If you have questions or comments, please contact the Recreation Department at 719-486-7486, 7484 or 7494, or stop by our office in Room 5 of the Lake County Courthouse.

Please know that we do our best to ensure that someone is in the office at all times, however due to the size of our department and the multitude of programs and activities that we are responsible for we are not always in the building. If you would like to meet with us please schedule an appointment in advance to ensure that we are in the office, otherwise we are always available by phone. For information on scholarships, or our policy on refunds and credits please click HERE

We look forward to seeing you at the gym, in the pool, exploring the woods, or wherever else recreation takes you in Lake County!

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Contact Information 

Amber Magee, Recreation Director


Felicia Federico, Adult Program Coordinator


Judy Green, Aquatics Coordinator


Karen Lewis, Youth Program Coordinator


Vacant, Head Lifeguard


Lake County Recreation Department
PO Box 862                                                     
Leadville, CO 80461               



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Aspen Parks & Recreation – Aspen, Colorado Sports & Activities

Facility Closures

Aspen Ice Garden
is currently closed and
will be closed
from Thursday, March 12, 2020 – Thursday, April 30, 2020

The Aspen Ice Garden is closed until further notice. Thank you.

Golf Simulator
is currently closed and
will be closed
from Thursday, March 12, 2020 – Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Aspen Golf Simulator is closed for the season, thank you.

is Currently Closed

The City of Aspen is working hard to protect the health of our community & visitors and to that end you will see that we have closed various City facilities to the public starting on 3/12/2020:

The Aspen Recreation Center, Red Brick Gym, Aspen Ice Garden, Aspen Golf Simulator, and Red Brick Center for the Arts are closed until further notice. Please know all Recreation Passes will be extended for the amount of time the facilities are closed. Thank you.

Red Brick

is Currently Closed

The City of Aspen is working hard to protect the health of our community & visitors and to that end you will see that we have closed various City facilities to the public starting on 3/12/2020:

The Aspen Recreation Center, Red Brick Gym, Aspen Ice Garden, and Red Brick Center for the Arts are closed until further notice. Thank you.

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