Concert series, market, drive-in movies and more coming to Minturn this spring and summer
#MakeIt2Minturn: Town celebrating its 115th anniversary prepares for spring and summer events
This spring and summer, the town of Minturn is making it a point to invite Rocky Mountain visitors to #Makeit2Minturn. Celebrating 115 years as a Colorado community, the town is unveiling new river access points for fishing, pop-up art exhibits and a facelift for historic Main Street, as well as outdoor concerts, markets and drive-in movies.
Happy Birthday Minturn
Settled over half a century before the resort communities that surround it, the town of Minturn was incorporated in 1904, making it one of Eagle County’s oldest towns. Throughout the end of the 19th and into the 20th century, Minturn served as an essential crossroads for the Rocky Mountain railroad system, with the Rio Grande railroad running through town. Minturn served a central role as a launch point for World War II troops sent to Colorado to train — Camp Hale and the 10th Mountain Hut trail system are located just outside of town.
Today, Minturn neighbors two world-class ski resorts. To mark the occasion, anniversary events are to be planned throughout the year, updates will be posted on http://www.minturn.org.
Enhanced river access for anglers
The town of Minturn received a federal grant to improve angler access to the Eagle River, which flows through town. The River Access Trails Project provides five new and safe access points for fishing and outdoor enthusiasts along 1.5 miles of the Eagle River. Access points include ADA ramps and platforms.
The designated areas offer enhanced river access, additional angling opportunities and more recreation options for visitors and families of all ages. Minturn has long been sought out as a destination for fishing, and with the addition of in-town and walkable river access points, a day trip can become a weekend getaway.
First Fridays (ongoing)
In collaboration with the Vail Valley Art Guild, the town will be home to “Pop-up” Art Galleries on the first Friday of every month. The shows will feature local artists from the valley and around Colorado. Each month the gallery will set up in a new Minturn location and feature new artists providing an ongoing reason to find your way to Minturn for First Fridays this summer.
Main Street repaving and sidewalk project (beginning in April)
Main Street is lined with shops, businesses and restaurants all walkable, or bikeable and one-of-a-kind to Minturn. Throughout the summer months CDOT will be giving Main Street Minturn a facelift — repaving and expanding sidewalk access. Part of the historic mining town’s charm is its one-road-in, one-road-out accessibility, and during this summer’s construction visitors will still have access to all of the area’s beloved businesses. Incentive programs and congestion relief alternatives will help make it an adventure.
For ongoing updates, and to more about the project visit minturn.org.
The Minturn Market (Saturdays, June – September)
The market is celebrating its 21st season in 2019 — a longstanding tradition in town. Each week features live music, a food court and a variety of vendors ranging from gourmet foods, gifts, clothing, jewelry, handmade crafts, home goods, fine art and even a goat petting zoo for kids.
Summer Concert Series (Thursdays, July – August)
Summers in Colorado are for outdoor concerts, and each summer, in partnership with the Minturn Community Fund, Minturn brings world class acts to Little Beach Park and Amphitheater. Music lovers can bring a picnic, or take-away from their favorite restaurant, and head to the park every week for the ongoing Summer Concert Series.
Years past featured nationally recognized acts such as Jason McIntyre, Ben Sollee and Kentucky Native, and Dirty Revival.
For the full 2019 lineup, visit minturncommunityfund.org.
For more information as well as details to assist in trip planning, visit http://www.minturn.org.
Fall means food and wine festivals and also a chance to see the colors just starting to turn over Vail Pass during a bike ride for charity.