Top 10 highlights of 2013, from the Mayor of HeidiTown, Colorado

Deciding on the top ten highlights from this past year was really, really difficult. We’ve put some serious mileage on our car over the last 12 months and we’ve done some pretty amazing things.

We attend the  125th anniversary of Glenwood Hot Springs, we received a personal tour of the Leadville graveyard, one of the oldest in Colorado, we finally visited  Coors Brewing in Golden, we soaked in all three hot spring resorts in Pagosa Springs and attended the beautiful and fascinating Native American Gathering at Chimney Rock.

We spent a significant amount of time in Southwest Colorado this year, a region that now has a very special place in our hearts. We even got to ride the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad several times, something I hadn’t done since I was 2-years-old.

I’ve tasted incredible wines, beers and craft spirits, and I’ve met a lot of interesting people along the way – people who are in love with our great state of Colorado just as much as I am = and that has been the best part of these last couples years – connecting with people from Pagosa Springs to Steamboat Springs who love their towns and want others to experience everything these unique communities have to offer.

I set precedent last year when I made this list, so I can only pick 10 highlights, and here they are in no particular order.

1. Ice climbing with Dawn Glanc at the Ouray Ice Park in Ouray, Colorado.   Click here to read more.

Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer and professional climber, Dawn Glanc at the Ouray Ice Park. Photo by Ryan Schlaefer for
Posing with my guide and instructor, professional climber, Dawn Glanc.

 2. Dog sledding with Dog Sleds of Winter Park, Colorado. Click here to read more.

Winter Park Dog Sled thumbs up HeidiTown

 3. Judging the Ullr Festival Parade & partying with Ullr himself in Breckenridge, Colorado. See photos from last year’s event here.

Heid Judging at Ullr Parade 2013 HeidiTown

4. Riding the Telluride gondola through a golden forest one day and through a white forest the next day. See more photos from this trip.

downtown Telluride covered in fresh snow

 5. Ziplining at Top of the Rockies outside Leadville & at Soaring Tree Tops near Durango. Read about Top of the Rockies here. I was on a magazine assignment on the Soaring Tree Tops tour.

Top of the Rockies zipline
Wintertime ziplining at Top of the Rockies near Leadville, Colorado.
Ryan at Soaring Tree Tops -
The Mayor’s husband, Ryan, goofing around at Soaring Tree Tops near Durango, Colorado.

6. Snowmobiling on my own sled for the first time in Grand Lake, Colorado. Read about my adventure here.

Heidi at ON the Trail Rentals snowmobiling HeidiTown

7. Dinner at Bin 707 Food Bar in Grand Junction, Colorado. Read about this outstanding dining experience here.

Momofuku crack pie at Bin 707

8. Winter Carnival in Grand Lake, Colorado. Read about this trip.

husky stands on snow sculpture at Grand lake Winter Carnival 2013.

9. Relaxing in the pool at The Inn at Steamboat during my All Arts Festival trip & hiking atop Steamboat Resort on the same weekend.

Heidi soaking in the pool at Steamboat Inn.
Soaking in the pool at the Inn at Steamboat.
summer hiking at Steamboat Resort.
Hiking on top of Steamboat Resort.

10. My first horse and carriage ride in Durango with Dean from San Juan Sky Outfitters. Read about all our adventures in Durango here.

Carriage ride in Durango Colorado HeidiTown

 I can’t wait to discover what adventures 2014 has in store!

Happy New Year Citizens!


  1. What a great year! Here’s toasting to an outstanding 2014 as well!


  2. Amazing! We live in a beautiful state. I cant wait to visit some of these places soon. Happy New Year!!


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