2019 ABA CONVENTION EXCURSIONS
The northern front range of Colorado awaits! There is so much to explore—from the nearby cities of Loveland, Fort Collins, and Greeley—to our majestic mountains, including Rocky Mountain National Park and the scenic village of Estes Park. And, our convention venue is conveniently located for easy access to it all!
In your excursion choices, we hope to offer a little something for everyone—art aficionados, beer fans, history buffs, foodies, shoppers, model train enthusiasts, mountaineers, nature lovers, photographers, and anyone who simply likes to sit back and enjoy spectacular scenery. We are truly looking forward to sharing all of this with you!
If you’re wondering what to bring to wear—think layers! We have over 300 days of sunshine in Colorado, so chances are good we will have pretty nice weather while you are here. But, it is always good to be prepared by having what you may need to layer on warmth, including a hat and gloves.
Registration for excursions is required as part of your convention registration. Please use the button below to register and pay for any excursions and events you plan to attend during the convention.
If you prefer to mail in your registration, please use this button to download and print the Mail-in Registration Form.
Loveland is an artist’s dream community, particularly for sculptors. In fact, Loveland has a worldwide reputation as such, and you will see bronze sculptures all around the community!
The Loveland excursion will take you on a tour of the Art Castings of Colorado foundry, where you will see the casting process in action. Art Castings produces sculptures both big and small—for individual artists around the world, as well as for corporations such as a Pixar, with their annual employee awards of none other than Buzz Lightyear! And if that isn’t enough of a teaser, Art Castings also produces our very own Sudler trophy!
In addition, you will visit the beautiful Benson Sculpture Garden, also located in Loveland.
But, register soon! The Loveland excursion (offered on both Wednesday and Thursday) is limited to 15 people each day, due to foundry constraints. A box lunch is included with the Loveland excursion on Thursday.
FORT COLLINS EXCURSION
Fort Collins is the home of Colorado State University, one of our two co-hosting universities. The Fort Collins excursion will take you through part of this beautiful campus en route to Old Town, where you will have time to have lunch on your own, shop, and explore. This unique downtown area was a source of inspiration to Walt Disney while creating the look and feel of Main Street, U.S.A. seen inside the main entrance of many Disney parks around the world.
Next, we will head over to New Belgium Brewery for a guided tour and tastings. New Belgium is best known for its “Fat Tire” beer. What was once the dream of a young man experimenting with homebrewing in his Fort Collins basement, is now a well-loved brand with many popular beers and international distribution.
On the way to New Belgium Brewery we will pass another brewery familiar to many beer enthusiasts, Odell Brewing Co., also started in Fort Collins. The northern Colorado region, in fact, has become quite the hot bed for craft breweries, both large and small!
Get ready for an experience as we head up the Big Thompson canyon into the mountains en route to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park on Friday afternoon of the convention! A box lunch is included to enjoy during the scenic drive.
The view of the Estes Park valley itself is worth trip. Get ready for some spectacular scenery! The village of Estes Park serves as the eastern gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park.
You have two Mountain Excursion options to choose from:
Option #1 (Estes Park emphasis), will give you the opportunity to shop and explore the quaint village of Estes Park, visit the historic Stanley Hotel, and also visit Rocky Mountain National Park via an abbreviated bus tour of this national treasure. This option is perfect for those who want the opportunity to experience several of the attractions the area has to offer within the time available.
Option #2 (Rocky Mountain National Park emphasis), is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts who want to spend the majority of the time available in Rocky Mountain National Park. As your tour guide, you will have an official Park Ranger onboard the bus. You will have multiple opportunities to stop and take photographs of the gorgeous scenery, and conditions permitting, you will have the opportunity to take an easy hike around an alpine lake as well. In addition, there will be time for a brief visit to the village of Estes Park.
Greeley is the home of the University of Northern Colorado, one of our two co-hosting universities. Greeley has a very unique history starting with being pitched to potential settlers in the late 1800’s as the ideal, utopian community. Water is a very important part of Greeley’s history as well. In fact, water issues involving Greeley likely affect you, or someone you know to this day! A local historian will briefly share more about this fascinating region as you are driven to Greeley while enjoying a boxed lunch.
You have two options to choose from for your Greeley excursion:
Option 1 (Microbrewery emphasis), is perfect for beer enthusiasts. The majority of your time will be spent enjoying tours/tastings at two microbreweries on the rise— WeldWerks Brewing Co. and Wiley Roots Brewing Co.—both having recently received national awards. Did we mention the utopian community was also dry until 1969? Ironic, perhaps, since Greeley has become a popular destination for those seeking the latest in beer innovation! Included is also a visit to the Colorado Model Railroad Museum with its 5,500 square feet of operating model railroad set in beautiful scenes with surprises around every curve.
Option 2 (History/Museum emphasis), is perfect for those who like to learn even more about the history of the places they visit. You will visit the Greeley History Museum for a guided tour and be treated to a living history performance by a special guest. You will also have a guided tour of the fabulous Colorado Model Railroad Museum, including a behind-the-scenes look at the operation of this remarkable display.
- City of Greeley: https://visitgreeley.org
- University of Northern Colorado: https://www.unco.edu
- WeldWerks Brewing Co.: https://www.weldwerksbrewing.com
- Wiley Roots Brewing Co.: http://www.wileyroots.com
- Greeley History Museum: https://greeleymuseums.com/locations/greeley-history-museum/
- Colorado Model Railroad Museum: http://www.cmrm.org/