When the historic cottonwoods shading Craig City Park began to deteriorate several years ago, the Craig Parks and Recreation Department decided to leave the tree stumps for local artists to decorate with elaborate carvings.
It's not just a walk in the woods
Hiking opportunities abound in Northwest Colorado. Besides the miles of trails and acres of open public lands to be explored, hikers can find an exciting range of wilderness environments - including Alpine tundra, rivers and creeks, lush forests and desert canyons.
Dirt biking and Northwest Colorado are a natural pair. Feeling the gust of wind blow through your hair is a great way to relax and get a surge of adrenaline.
Every summer, people feel free to learn to kayak on the last free-flowing river in the Colorado River drainage.
A great way to spend a summer afternoon
Inner tubes dot the Yampa River nearly all summer, and if you have never jumped in to try tubing, now is your chance.
The good news for whitewater rafters in Northwest Colorado this summer is that giant Dillon Reservoir filled early, ensuring water releases that should help keep the upper Colorado River south of Steamboat Springs interesting all summer.
From racing to leisure, plenty of bikes to go around
Biking - be it on a paved road or a mountain trail - is one of the most popular recreation activities in Northwest Colorado.
Continental Divide: Gives bikers the option of spending the day or a few days on the trail. Get a break from the crowds at the more popular rides, but remember that bikes are not allowed in wilderness areas.
Like many local Steamboat Springs events, Art in the Park grew from meager beginnings to now attracting more than 100 national artisans.
For two days this summer, scores of hot air balloons will not only fill the skies above Steamboat Springs with a rainbow of color - the balloons will also splash reflections of color onto water below.
Tucked into the hills and just two miles south of Hayden on Lincoln Avenue sits the Hayden Speedway.
In the middle of Steamboat Springs, there is a 6-acre oasis known as the Yampa River Botanic Park. This city park hosts 40 gardens, 500 trees and many species of wildlife.
Northwest Colorado has been described as a hunters' paradise.
One of the most popular hiking spots in the area is accessible off Steamboat's main drag.
Sipping martinis while watching the sun set is among the many ways to enjoy the summer at Mount Werner.