Colorado’s Great Northwest: Many Moffat County events planned for week-long summer kickoff |

Colorado’s Great Northwest: Many Moffat County events planned for week-long summer kickoff

Craig Press Staff
Sombrero Ranches' Great American Horse Drive is among many events during the Moffat County weeklong celebration, Colorado's Great Northwest Summer Kickoff.
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May will be a busy time for locals and visitors alike in Moffat County, with a multitude of new events and returning favorites at the beginning of the month.

Many area businesses took part in the CRAFT (Colorado Rural Academy for Tourism) workshop series sponsored by Colorado Tourism Office in recent months, learning of unique ideas and successful campaigns conducted by other tourism groups and organizations throughout the state.

This led to the creation of a summer kickoff event which will last from May 4 to 11.

“I think those who attended the workshops were inspired and excited for what we can do with tourism right here in Moffat County”, said Tom Kleinschnitz, director of Visit Moffat County, in a news release from the organization. “With so many great summer events, we felt a summer kickoff week was a natural first step”.

Shannon Moore, chair of Moffat County Tourism Association, concurred that the week of activities will be a great driver for visitors.

“We’re excited to showcase this area, and there is something for everyone during Colorado’s Great Northwest Summer Kickoff,” she said. “If you’re curious about what we have in Moffat County, this is the week to get out and experience it.”

Multiple agencies are involved in the project, including Craig Chamber of Commerce, City of Craig, Downtown Business Association, Museum of Northwest Colorado, Northwest Colorado Arts Council, National Park Service and many others.

The 33rd annual “Where the Hell’s Maybell?” by Craig Parks and Recreation is among the events during Colorado’s Great Northwest Summer Kickoff.
Andy Bockelman

The week features several familiar early summer events that have been in the area for decades, including “Where the Hell’s Maybell?” cycling trip and Sombrero Ranches’ Great American Horse Drive, both occurring along US Highway 40 the weekend of May 4, along with Maybell Heritage Days.

Additional events that weekend are the Spring Expo in downtown Craig and the Home and Garden Show hosted by Rocky Mountain Kubota and Craig Press at Moffat County Ice Arena.

The Yampa River Classic will take place May 11.
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The following weekend features highlights such as a water race in the Yampa River Classic; the Sand Wash Enduro off-road bike race; Northwest Colorado Arts Council’s inaugural Art, Apps & Ales; Yampa Valley Golf Course’s Dirt Hog Scramble; and the return of the downtown Ghost Walk.

“Craig and Moffat County have so much to offer visitors. Our special events have a unique Northwest Colorado flair, and our big backyard with rivers, mountains, and canyons offer endless opportunities for outdoor adventures,” said John Husband, vice-chair of MCTA.

Colorado’s Great Northwest Summer Kickoff will lead to other big events throughout the season, such as Grand Old West Days, Whittle the Wood Rendezvous, the John Wesley Powell Expedition 150th anniversary celebration, Moffat County Balloon Festival, and Moffat County Fair.

For more information on the week’s events, visit

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