Best Dispersed Camping in Colorado

Best Dispersed Camping in Colorado

At the Grizzly Rose, we pride ourselves on offering the best Country music the state of Colorado has to offer. But beyond our walls, the state has plenty to love, with most of them being natural wonders. And if you want to experience the natural beauty of Colorado fully, you need to go camping. Campsites are fine, but if you’re going to get to truly know Colorado while saving money, you should look into dispersed camping. Dispersed camping means taking on extra responsibility, but the rewards can be great. To help you get the most out of your experience, we’ve looked far and wide for some of the best dispersed camping areas in Colorado.

Bill Moore Lake

Bill Moore Lake Dispersed Camping

This Lake’s dispersed camping spots are some of the closest to Denver, but that doesn’t mean it’s the easiest to get to. You also need to bring a 4-wheel drive vehicle with decent clearance because the roads around this area can get pretty steep. People who make it to the lake in time to snag a spot will be rewarded with some truly breathtaking views. If you’ve got a Jeep or another 4X4 vehicle and you’re looking for a scenic drive, then you can use your campsite as a jumping off point for exploring the Empire Loop, a collection of trails that offers a lot of excitement and beautiful views without getting too tricky.

Highway 67 – Platte River

Platter River Dispersed Camping

This spot is a few miles farther away from Denver than Bill Moore Lake, but it’s a more leisurely drive. It’s well known to Denver residents who want to get to their dispersed camping site as quick as possible. This convenience is its biggest strength and weakness. Even though there are plenty of places to camp along Highway 67, it can get crowded quickly, especially during peak vacation times. If you want an isolated camping experience, you might want to look elsewhere, but if convenience is a priority, then this is a great place to be. Besides, even when there are lots of campers along the road, you don’t have to hike for long to find some peace and quiet. The nearby Platte River means that it’s also a convenient place for fishing, tubing, or just cooling off on a hot summer day.

Lost Lake Trail

Lost Lake Dispersed Camping Colorado

This spot is the place to be for anyone who wants a trip that combines hiking with camping. To begin with, if you’re going to camp here, you need to be ready to do a bit of hiking. To get here, you have to start at Hessie Trailhead, go down Thumb Trail $902, and turn south at Lost Lake Trail #813 to arrive at the lake. It’s almost 2 miles between Hessie and where the campsites on Lost Lake start, and you’ll have to carry anything you want at your campsite. You should also know to head out early, there are only eight designated spots you can camp at, and they can fill up quick during peak season. But if you’re looking for a campsite on a lake and easy access to some of the state’s best hiking, then a little hiking is a small price to pay.

Guenella Pass

Guenella Pass Dispersed Camping

If the “Mile High City” isn’t giving you the elevation you need then you can climb up even higher to camp at Guenella Pass. Just an hour from Denver down I-70 you’ll find a chance to camp amongst the clouds and bighorn sheep. Be aware that the roads are closed during the winter when the snow shuts down the pass. But from the End of may up through November, this is a great camping destination. Things can get windy on the pass, but when you look up at the night sky, you get a chance to see the stars the way they were meant to be seen. After a clear night on Guenella Pass, you’ll never look at the sky the same way again!

Montezuma Road

Montezuma Road Dispersed Camping

Two miles outside the town of Montezuma you can park along the Montezuma Road and enjoy camping during the summer months. Once upon a time, you could camp here all year long, but camping season is now limited to May through October. Still, this is plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful campsites here. The Snake River runs parallel to Montezuma Road, so no matter where you set up camp you shouldn’t be too far from the water. RVs can be brought, but the maximum length allowed is 25 feet. Anything larger has to be taken elsewhere. No matter where you camp you should be sure to clean up after yourself, but it’s especially important here. Camping here has been shut down because of bears attracted by food left by campers, so for the sake of yourself and others, you should always keep a tidy campsite.

Famous Country Music Venues

12 Famous Country Music Venues

Listening to recordings of your favorite country songs is all well and good, but to truly get the country experience you need to hear it live. Country music was born in bars, and on front porches, anywhere you could find space for a singer and a guitar. If you’re looking for live country, then you need to seek out some of the best venues this great country has to offer. Since hundreds of venues have helped make country music what it is today it can be hard to decide to choose between them all. To help you we’ve gone through them and picked out the twelve best, so you know where to go to get the best experience possible.

1. Grizzly Rose, Denver, CO

Skinny Dennis Country Venue

In the heart of the Rocky Mountains, you’ll find a country venue unlike any other, which of course we think is the most famous country venue you can find! Since 1989 the Grizzly Rose has brought artists like Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Toby Keith to come tear it up in the heart of Denver. Beyond the world-class music, the Rose also comes equipped with a dining room, dance floor, smoke shop, pool room, and mechanical bulls. Add in weekly specials running from Tuesday to Sunday there’s always a reason to come on down to the Grizzly Rose.

2. Gruene Hall, New Braunfels, TX

Gruene Hall Famous Country Music Venue

If you want to really touch Country music history, then the Gruene Hall is a must visit. It’s been around since 1878, and it is still going strong after almost a century and a half. The best thing is that while other historic venues have changed with the times, the Gruene Hall’s owners have sought to preserve its unique character.

3. Skinny Dennis, New York City, NY

Skinny Dennis Country Venue

When you see the horseshoe on the door and step in to find a painting of Woodie Nelson looking down at you you’ll know that you’re not in Williamsburg anymore. This little slice of the South in Brooklyn is proof positive that Northerners know how to play country music with the best of them. All week long you’ll find live music on the stage and affordable beers behind the counter.

4. Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville, TN

Grand Ole Opry House Venue

No list of country music venues would be complete without mentioning the Grand Ole Opry. The Grand Ole Opry radio show has been broadcasting some of the best music around into homes across America since 1925. The show started out in a small venue and eventually demanded its own space, which lead to the construction of the Grand Ole Opry House in 1974. In the over forty years since it was built this venue has seen just about all of the legends of country music. Every country music fan should try and visit it at least once in their life.

5. Dusty Armadillo, Rootstown, OH

Dusty Armadillo Country Venue

Anyone looking for a night of peace and quiet should avoid the Dusty Armadillo. This is a place where the music is loud and the patrons are even louder. Even if you aren’t outgoing chances are you’ll get swept up in the spirit as the alcohol flows and the dancers tear it up on the floor all into the wee hours of the morning.

6. The Stage on Broadway, Nashville, TX

Stage on Broadway Famous Country Venue

If you want to see tomorrow’s country music stars today, then The Stage on Broadway is the place to be. It’s famous as the spot where musicians with dreams of stardom go to pay their dues as they make their way in Nashville. But the stage isn’t just about country music’s cutting edge; you’ll also find memorabilia owned by country music legends like Waylon Jennings decorating the walls.

7. Firehouse Saloon, Houston, TX

Firehouse Saloon Famous Venue

The name of this venue comes from the fact that it was founded by firefighters. More than that, after 20 years it’s still owned by a firefighter, so you can feel safe when you enter this honky tonk. With wooden floors and picnic tables to sit at this place is as authentic as you can get.

8. Bub City, Chicago, IL

Bub City Country Music Club

If you want to see how they get down country-style in Chicago then head on over to Bub City. All week long it’s a great little bar, but the place really lights up whenever there’s live music. Touring acts and locals alike take the stage on the weekends, while drinkers can get in on the action on Tuesdays for the best country karaoke night in Illinois.

9. Austin City Saloon, Lexington, KY

Austin City Saloon Country Saloon

Don’t let the name fool you, this venue is located in Kentucky. The name comes from the founders’ desire to bring a taste of Texas to Kentucky and that’s just what you’ll get when you visit the Austin City Saloon for drinks and dancing.

10. Coyote Joe’s, Charlotte, NC

Coyote Joes Country Venue

This venue is the place that country musicians hit up whenever they swing through North Carolina. It’s another venue that hosts line dancing lessons. Its atmosphere is very warm and inviting so if you’ve always wanted to try line dancing then Coyote Joe’s is the place to dive on in.

11. Bushwhackers Dance Hall & Saloon, Tualatin, OR

Bushwackers Country Dance Hall

This Oregon establishment is a small saloon with a big heart. It’s created a little community of country fans in the heart of Oregon by holding dance classes and bringing in some of the best country acts around for live shows every weekend. Just be warned, this venue’s size and popularity mean that by the end of the night it can get pretty crowded.

12. Billy Bob’s Texas, Fort Worth, TX

Billy Bobs Famous Texas Country Bar

In Texas, they like big steaks, big hats, and big honky tonks. Billy Bob’s Texas holds the title of the largest honky tonk in the world. The 100,000 square feet inside the building can hold up to six thousand country music fans at once! It was at Billy Bob’s that Merle Haggard earned the world record for biggest round ever purchased when he bought a crowd of over 5,000 fans a shot of whiskey. This venue has also been a star of TV and film, including George Strait’s 1992 classic Pure Country. Once you walk into Billy Bob’s, it’s clear why this honky-tonk is a star.

History of Line Dancing

History of Line Dancing

One of the most iconic parts of any proper country hoedown is the line dance. From the activity itself, to the music that accompanies it, it has been a staple in many country festivities for decades. Even if you’re a big fan of line dancing already, you may not be familiar with the history and evolution of these keystone country dances. We’ve gone ahead and created a rough summary of important moments in line dancing history for those interested in learning more about both the type of dance itself and it’s origins.

The Origins of Line Dancing

History of Line Dancing

Like many things, the evolution of dance is not always clear-cut. While traditional country dances have been around since the pioneers of the West, the history of line dancing as it is known today are widely contested.

While many believe that the start of line dancing can be traced back to the round and square dances of Europe, others would argue that it is a contemporary phenomenon only starting as early as the 1970s. For the sake of completeness, we would be remiss not to discuss early traditional dances for the impact that they would eventually have upon line dancing.

The origins of country music were rooted in the regional folk songs of the American settlers. Each state, county, and town would have their own songs, instrumentation, and sounds. The folk dancing associated with this music was likewise unique to its’ locality. As the diverse sounds of American folk music evolved and coalesced into the genre of country music, so too would folk dances turn into country dances. These dances would over time form the base for what would eventually come to be line dancing.

Line Dancing in the 1970’s

Line Dancing History

While forms of dancing which informally and vaguely resembled line dancing were around for a while as a part of the DNA of country dances, it wouldn’t be until the 1970’s that line dancing would solidify as a genre in and of itself.

Famously known as the disco era, the 1970’s were a period defined by a number of dance crazes which swept America. From discos to dance halls, dancing was an incredibly popular social activity at the time. While many people are quick to associate the 1970’s with disco and disco alone, the era also saw huge changes to the country music scene. It was during this time that many popular country line dances were created one right after another, such as the “Cowboy Boogie” and the “Walking Wazi’.”

Achy Breaky Heart and Mainstream Rise of Line Dancing

While already firmly established as a trend at this point, the arrival of 1992’s country Western hit, “Achy Breaky Heart,” launched the dance format into the wide spread public consciousness. While still primarily centered around Western songs, it’s newfound mainstream appeal would see the dance format spread out to other more pop-centric musical genres as well. This would lead to the creation of a flurry of popular songs made with line dancing in mind such as the Macarena, “Swamp Thang”, and “5,6,7,8.”

Where Is Line Dancing Today?

Much like disco, the massive popularity of line dancing has declined in the eyes of the public as the years went on. Despite this, the line dancing as an activity is still alive and well within country circles. While there isn’t a consistent stream of new line dancing music being produced, the old classics are still danced to in country music halls around the world.

Many bars, ballrooms, and community centers still offer line dancing classes and meetups, such as our very own Grizzly Rose.

Country Pick Up Lines

Country Pick Up Lines

In the appropriate context, the word “Country” describes a specific sub-culture within the US. Such a culture is a way of life for many people, not just a mere passing interest. From music, to bars, and even to households, the label Country describes an authentic and important aspect of many people’s lives.

Meeting Other People In A Country Environment

In order to meet people who share a similar culture or lifestyle as you, it helps to attend events or go to locations which are shared in common by that group. Such examples would be say, a concert hall or a bar known for a specific crowd. We here at Grizzly Rose provide both of those things, as on top of being a country bar we also regularly host live country music and other events such as dance classes, family night, and ladies night. Meeting people on common ground is only the first half of the battle however, you’ll need to figure out what to say to them as well.

The first impression one leaves of themselves is often one of the most important. You’ll want to make sure that you’re able to break the ice with a witty and energetic opening line which grabs the attention.

Country Bar Pickup Lines

Country Themed Pick Up Lines

It is important to note that these lines are no substitute for deep, meaningful connections and conversations. We’ve arranged this list as introductory suggestions, just make sure to follow up on them.

Are you currently looking for a stable relationship, or just horsing around?

This one’s a bit more subtle and relies on the dual meaning of the word stable, in this case being used in the context of a barn.

Country boys don’t need pick up lines, cause we’ve got pick-up trucks.

The anti-pick up line. There’s a certain level of irony and self awareness here that just might provide the level of charm needed to get someone’s attention.

You’re hotter than a tin roof in August.

If there’s anything country folk are known for, it’s their similes. Compare the person you’re interested in to a contrived yet clever analogue to work that Southern charm.

Are you from Tennessee? Because baby you’re the only 10 I see.

While not used exclusively by good ol’ Country boys, this line certainly won’t feel out of place at a country bar.

On a scale of one to America how free are you after the show tonight?

Everyone loves a patriot and this question shows it while finding out if they would like to hang out.

Pick Up Lines Country Bar

With A Little Help From My Friends

Sometimes people just need a little bit of motivation to push them over the edge, whether that be in the form of a friend or alcohol.

You know where to go, you know what to say- all that’s left is to actually do it. This isn’t always as easy as it sounds though. If you’re looking to loosen up before you go ahead and start chatting up your crush, then you’re in luck. We offer several specials on drinks and cocktails which will get the job done without breaking your bank.

Best Fishing Near Denver

Best Fishing Near Denver

There’s nothing quite like sitting down with the guys and cracking open a couple of nice cold beers over a bit of fishing. Sometimes, one of the biggest problems is finding the right spot for your tastes. Looking for that quiet, undisturbed spot with all of the biggest catches? Or perhaps you don’t mind the crowds and just want somewhere close to town and convenient to get to? We’ve compiled a list of the best fishing near Denver to help you find the best place suited to your own needs.

1. Cherry Creek Reservoir, Aurora

Fishing Cherry Creek Resevoir

  • Fish: Walleye, Wipers, Crappie, Rainbow Trout, Perch, Largemouth Bass
  • Distance From Denver: 19 Miles

Found within the Cherry Creek state park, the size of this lake and it’s location in the middle of the park make for some of the best fishing spots available. Because it is one of the most well known and popular fishing locations in Denver, you’ll be sure to see many other anglers there to try and catch a bite. Despite this there’s still plenty of opportunity to find and claim a good peaceful spot of your own if you are willing to walk around for a bit first.

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2. Sloan’s Lake

Sloans Lake Fishing

  • Fish: Northern Pike, Bluegill, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout
  • Distance From Denver: 4 Miles

A popular spot for recreational activities of all types, Sloan’s lake is surrounded by a number of popular restaurants for a bite to eat before or after a long day of fishing. While being smack dab in the middle of an urban environment means that it’s not densely packed with large fish, it also means that this spot is incredibly convenient and accessible.

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3. Bear Creek Lake Park, Lakewood

Bear Creek Fishing

  • Fish: Trout, Bass, Bluegill, Perch
  • Distance From Denver: 19.6 Miles

Want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life in Denver without going too far from home? Bear Creek Lake Park straddles the outer edges of the city, being just far enough to make the perfect fishing retreat without being too far away.

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4. Grand Lake, Granby

Grand Lake Fishing

  • Fish: Kokanee, Mackinaw, Brown Trout, Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout
  • Distance From Denver: 102 Miles

Those looking for a true get away should give Grand Lake some consideration. Nestled in the heart of the famous Colorado Rocky Mountains, Grand Lake is perfect for a multi-day trip. Rent a cabin and head on down with the guys to enjoy some peace and hopefully land a few catches.

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5. Westminster City Park Pond

Westminister City Park

  • Fish: Bluegill, Black Crappie, Channel Catfish
  • Distance From Denver: 14.2 Miles

The best spots often don’t remain a secret for long- locations with optimal conditions and a variety of fish often inevitably end up seeing higher traffic. Westminster City Park Pond for whatever reason is an exception to this rule however, as the traffic here never gets too out of hand despite it’s amazing fishing conditions.

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6. Cheesman Lake, Sedalia

Fishing Cheesman Lake Colorado

  • Fish: Bluegill, Yellow Perch, Sucker, Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass
  • Distance From Denver: 83 Miles

Despite having undergone some serious damage in the past on behalf of a fire, restoration efforts have made this park once again a lively and beautiful fishing location.

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7.Chipeta Lake, Montrose

Chipeta Lake Fishing Colorado

  • Fish: Trout, Sunfish, Bass, Catfish
  • Distance From Denver: 299 Miles

One of the furthest spots on this list is Chipeta Lake, located right at the base of the San Juan mountains. While not the biggest lake, Chipeta still sports a varied selection of fish available to catch. It’s relatively low elevation compared to some of the other mountain parks makes it easy to reach by car.

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8. Corn Lake, Grand Junction

Corn Lake Fishing Colorado

  • Fish: Bass, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Crappie
  • Distance From Denver: 240 Miles

Sometimes it’s all about the amenities. Corn lake has plenty of fishing spots with nearby picnic and hiking areas. This means you can settle down and get to fishing while allowing the rest of the family to set-up nearby. Looking for clean and well stocked bathrooms? Corn Lake’s also got you covered there as well.

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9. Georgetown Lake, Georgetown

Fishing Georgetown Lake Colorado

  • Fish: Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, Brown Trout
  • Distance From Denver: 43 Miles

Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter, you’ll find Georgetown Lake to be a popular fishing location all year round. While lively and energetic during the Spring as one would expect, once Winter rolls around ice fishing keeps the lake as interesting and full of potential as it was during warmer seasons.

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10. Waterton Canyon

Waterton Canyon Fishing

  • Fish: Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout
    Distance From Denver: 39 Miles

While not a lake like the other entries, Waterton Canyon is still a fantastic spot absolutely rife with aquatic wildlife. Those looking for running water will find what they’re looking for here. The hiking trail which runs along the canyon also makes this location a great choice to get in a walk among the beautiful scenery on your way out.

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Denver Western Wear

Top Western Wear Stores in Denver

From the cowboy boot to the ten gallon hat, the iconic trappings of Western apparel were shaped by the day to day needs of the frontier lifestyle. Even now, Western apparel is about more than just style, it’s about practicality and durability. This cowboy style is still alive Colorado with plenty of establishments dedicated to Western apparel to be found in Denver and beyond.

Denver Western Wear


Location: 14100 E 35th Pl, Aurora, CO 80011
Selection: Boots, Workwear, Men and Women’s Apparel, Accessories, Ranch Gear
Price Range: Affordable

The name says it all- Roper is a true cowboy’s brand. While you don’t have to work on a ranch in order to wear their fine selection of rugged western clothing, you can rest assured that Roper is the real deal. They understand the unique needs of the hardworking ranch hand.

Grizzly Rose Gear

Location: 5450 N Valley Hwy, Denver, CO 80216
Selection: Country Music Merchandise
Price Range: Affordable

In addition to live music and line dancing, the Grizzly Rose concert hall also is home to a fine selection of western themed apparel. Pick up some Grizzly Rose merchandise and show off to your friends.

Boot Barn

Location: 4 Locations

  • 8500 E Orchard Rd. Greenwood Village, CO 80111
  • 6360 S Parker Rd. Aurora, CO 80016
  • 10300 Bannock St. Northglenn, CO 80260
  • 14384 Lincoln St. Thornton, CO 80023

Selection: Boots, Workwear, Men and Women’s Apparel, Accessories, Ranch Gear
Price Range: Varies

Boot Barn is a part of a larger chain franchise also found throughout California and Texas. While connoisseurs of local mom and pop places might be turned off by this, the trade off is that Boot Barn sports a larger selection of inventory that is shared across stores. If you are unable to find what you’re looking for at the time of your visit, you can always have them order it from one of their other stores.

Denver Western Clothes

Panhandle Slim Western Wear

Location: 451 E 58th Ave. Denver, CO 80216
Selection: Men and Women’s Apparel, Accessories
Price Range: Varies

The gear of choice for rodeo enthusiasts, this brand has been worn by champion barrel racers, bull riders, and tie down ropers. Mixing comfort with performance, Panhandle brand western apparel won’t let the fashion get in the way of the function.

Rockmount Ranch Wear

Location: 1626 Wazee St. Denver, CO 80202
Selection: Boots, Workwear, Men and Women’s Apparel, Accessories
Price Range: Varies

The legacy of this brand can be seen still to this day, with many modern staples of Western apparel such as snap buttons having been first pioneered by Rockmount. Their timeless designs have been present in popular media such as movies and television shows for about as long as the brand has been around.

El Forastero

Location: 2 Locations

  • 8346 Northfield Blvd #1415, Denver, CO 80238
  • 4391 N Federal Blvd Unit B, Denver, CO 80211

Selection: Boots, Accessories
Price Range: High-End

Many of the ranchers and farmers that settled the West were Mexican or of Mexican descent. Because of this, the culture and aesthetic of Western apparel has been greatly influenced by the stylings of classic Mexican apparel. The brands found at El Forastero are beautiful examples of this fusion style as they are designed by Mexican artisans.

Denver Cowboy Hats

Hill Brothers Boots

Location: 1901 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80210, USA
Selection: Men’s Boots, Workwear
Price Range: Affordable

Locally owned and operated, the personalized touch and great service found at Hill Brothers makes them stand out. Whether you’re not sure what you’re looking for or you’ve got just the thing in mind, the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Hill Bros will help you find what you’re looking for. It must be noted though that while their selection is wide and varied, they only carry men’s boots.

Botas Lucero

Location: 1550 S Federal Blvd # E, Denver, CO 80219
Selection: Cowboy Boots
Price Range: High-End

The most iconic and recognizable piece of western apparel is of course the cowboy boot. A good boot can last years and will provide support and comfort through even some of the most rigorous conditions. Because of this, it pays to not skimp when it comes to high quality boots.

Goldmine Vintage

Location: 227 N Broadway Ste 102, Denver, CO 80203
Selection: Secondhand Apparel, Authentic Vintage Clothing, Country Music LPs
Price Range: Affordable

Looking for more unusual finds? Then head on down to Goldmine Vintage and spend the day digging through a treasure trove of rare and unique collector’s items and apparel. There is no knowing just what might turn up among Goldmine’s eclectic stock.

Country Line Dancing

Popular Country Line Dances

One of things that makes country music the very best of all the tunes out there is the ability it has to bring folks together on the dance floor. Some would even say you’ve never truly listened to country music until you’ve danced to country music. There is something charming and old-fashioned about dancing in a group, which makes going out line dancing to country music such a fun time. Compared to Salsa or Tango, line dancing is friendly to those who are learning the steps, so no need to be shy.

We’ve wrangled up a list of the most popular country line dances that are sure to get your boots tapping!

Popular Country Line Dances

Electric Slide

An oldie but a goodie, the Electric Slide offers the perfect place for dipping your cowboy boots into line dancing for the first time. This four wall, 18 count line dance was originally choreographed by Richard L.”Ric” Silver in 1976, gaining viral popularity in the late 80s and early 90s. Branching beyond the country genre, it was paired with Marcia Griffiths’ Electric Boogie. For a more traditional get down we recommend Josh Turner’s “Why Don’t We Just Dance” or Tim McGraw’s “I Like It, I Love It.” Here’s a step sheet and a tutorial video below that will have you doing grapevines all over the dance floor before you know it!

The Cowboy Cha Cha

Choreographed by Kelly Gellette & Michelle Stremche, this one has a lot of turns. It might take a bit of practice, but trust us, it’s a heck of a lot of fun once you’ve got it down! This step sheet gives a good run down of the four wall, 20 count dance. Colorado’s own Brooke & Company does an excellent demo (shown below) of this one, dancing you through everything you’ll need to know. The Cowboy Cha Cha lends itself to a handful of songs, but most often you’ll find yourself rocking back and forth to Neon Moon by Brooks & Dunn. From time to time, it will be paired with a more uptempo to tune such as Gone Country by Alan Jackson.

Double D

The Double D, also known as Duck Dynasty, is a newer line dance on the scene, choreographed by Trevor Thorton in 2015. A four wall, 32 count dance this is done to “Cut ‘em All” by Colt Ford Featuring Willie Robertson and has plenty of rocking back and forth to get you grooving. Here’s the steps break down and you can try it out for yourself with this Double D demo:

Tango with The Sheriff

Most of us do our best to avoid run-ins with law enforcement, but Tango with The Sheriff is one encounter you won’t want to miss out on. Choreographed by Adrian Churm, this four wall, 48 count dance is a delightful mixture of slides and box steps. Practice stomping along with the video below and gear up to dance to this one with “Cha Tango” by Dave Sheriff.

Bring on the Good Times

This four wall, 32 count dance choreographed by Gary O’Reilly & Maggie Gallagher absolutely lives up to its name. With a mixture of claps, slides, and struts Bring on the Good Times makes for a fun transition between beginner to intermediate level line dances.  Coupled to Lisa McHugh’s song of the same name, you’d never know this one has Irish roots…to us it sounds as country as all get out! For this one, we will have these French cowboys and cowgirls show how it’s done:

Tush Push

On par with the popularity of the Electric Slide is the Tush Push, one of the most widespread line dances found on the dancefloor over the last twenty years. Choreographed by Jim Ferrazzano, this four wall, 40 count dance earns its name from plenty of hip bumps and cha-chas as detailed in this step sheet. Some great songs are Brooks & Dunn classic “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” which makes for a great match with Tush Push, as does Alan Jackson’s “Chattahoochee.” Let’s have Robert Wilson, five-time world champion of country dance, working with artists like Taylor Swift, Kerry Underwood, Brad Lesley, take us through this one:

Step sheets and YouTube videos are helpful, but there is no replacement for hitting the dance floor to practice those shuffles and slides! With thousands of different line dances out there, we could keep rambling on, but why not grab your dancing boots, come on by the Grizzly Rose for a line dance lesson or two? We promise to show you why the most popular country line dance steps and a hoot and hollerin’ good time!

Road Trip Country

Country Road Trip Essentials

One of the great adventures of living in America the beautiful is a good old fashioned road trip. Whether you’re crossing state lines, exploring your home state, or spanning the entire length of our great nation, there’s something very American about the open road. If you’re based in Colorado like we are, the potential for epic road trips is seemingly endless in almost any direction. Whether your heading into the surreal landscapes of Utah or making your way south to the mountains and deserts of New Mexico, a road trip should be on everyone’s bucket list who lives in Colorado. At the Grizzly Rose we are huge fans of road trips and we’ve put together a list of country road trip essentials you will need to best enjoy your next one!

Country Road Trip Essentials

Driving Hoodie

The one sure thing about a road trip is that you are going to be spending a lot of time in the car. Whether you are driving, being the navigator up front, or lounging in the back, feeling comfortable is a crucial part of enjoying the open road. There’s no better article of clothing for comfort in the car than a quality hoodie. We never embark on a road trip without one! We think our Graphite Black Grizzly Rose Hoodie is the perfect road trip companion. It’s very soft and comfortable and why not rep your favorite country saloon while out on the road!

Catch Phrase

Depending on how far you go, entertainment in the car will become something you need. Once you’ve listened to all your music, told your best stories, and realize you still have 5 more hours to go, you will want something to do. Catch Phrase is the perfect car game that even the driver can play (only guessing of course) which has kept us entertained over lengthy road trips. If you’re going to invest in Catch Phrase we recommend splurging a bit and getting the 5,000 Word Catch Phrase Edition. The cheaper/smaller versions only have about 1,500 words, which can get repetitive very fast.

Trucker Hat

No road trip would be complete without your crew wearing matching trucker hats throughout the entirety of the journey. Now, unless you are all already sporting Grizzly Rose Hats, the next best thing would be a trucker hat that’s red, white, blue, and patriotic. We think these MURICA Trucker Hats would fit the bill nicely!

Road Trip Essentials


Sunglasses are a requirement during a road trip and regardless of what other styles you own, the aviator reigns supreme as the classic road trip eyewear. There’s a reason every highway patrolmen you meet rocks this certain type of shade, it just pairs well with the open road. These cheap, but good looking Duduma Aviator Mirrored Sunglasses should do the trick!


Another crucial part of a good road trip is having the right snacks. While there are hundreds of choices depending on what you like, there are two snacks that we always associate with a road trip.

Sunflower SeedsThey help you stay focused and awake while driving as they take a bit of effort to eat. They are delicious, salty, and we think are the ideal road trip snack. We’re fans of the Original David Jumbo Seeds which you can by for cheap on Amazon in a 12-pack to save you some money.

Beef JerkyThe other thing you will always find with us on a road trip is beef jerky. We like the Jack Links Variety Pack that comes in little packages of both original and teriyaki flavors.


Driving fatigue can be a serious problem when you have long distances to go. That’s why it’s always important to have a fresh, rested copilot who you can switch with if you ever feel sleepy. We also always have a case of energy drinks in the car to make sure we are awake and alert all the time! Our go to is the Original Monster Energy.

Road Trip Things You Need

Neck Pillow

It’s not always easy getting comfortable in a car. As long as you aren’t the driver then you will probably be sleeping at some point during your road trip. Rather than the pain of waking up with your chin to your chest and your neck muscles strained from your head bobbing around, we always recommend a good neck pillow for a road trip. We like this Cloudz Microbead Neck Pillow, it’s cheap and comfortable.


Besides the car itself, we believe the most important thing to bring with you on a road trip is good music. Nothing beats the feeling of blasting your favorite tunes while cruising down the freeway with some friends. Country music and road trips go together like peanut butter and jelly, but there’s so many good songs to choose from how do you pick what to listen to? We’ve made it easy for you by putting together a list of our favorite country road trip songs. These tunes range from classics to newer tracks, but all have the common theme of being travel oriented. Give er’ a listen!

Hunting in Colorado: Then vs Now

Colorado was a big frontier back in the days of the Wild West. The area sits where the Great Plains come crashing into the majestic Rocky Mountains, and this gives the state a diverse amount of areas for wildlife to roam.

For survival and sport, generations of people have tried to outsmart nature and hunt animals here. But, there have been some sharp shifts over the years, and it hasn’t always been smooth and nice.

Let’s mosey through history and see how hunting in Colorado has changed over the years.

Hunting in Colorado

Native American Hunting Habits in Colorado

Quite a few tribes have called Colorado home, and they had quite different lifestyles. Some lived out on the plains, others spent more time in the mountains, and some even carved their homes into cliffs.

One trait that most of the tribes followed was that they were sustainable with their hunting practices. Many of them had traditions and spiritual beliefs that caused them to respect the ecosystem where they lived. They didn’t overhunt their prey, and they tended to be very resourceful about using as many parts of the animal as possible.

Overall, they did a good job at having a small impact on the ecosystem.

In Came the Wild West

As you know, they were eventually joined by people coming from other parts of the planet. People came for many different reasons, but most of them were not very concerned about the ecosystem, and their hunting practices made that pretty obvious. They didn’t have moral or spiritual reasons to be more responsible with hunting, and there wasn’t any sort of governing body telling them what to do. It was the Wild West, after all.

There were a few different types of people hunting at the time. For example, there were the settlers who were only concerned with getting food to survive. Or, there were trappers and other types of professional hunters who were trying to get fur pelts and other parts of animals to send east and sell. They were interested in catching as many furry creatures as possible. There were also soldiers, who at the best of times had to feed large groups of people, and at the worst tried to exterminate species in order to starve their enemies.

Native American Hunters

Times Changed

Fortunately, we’ve moved into a sort of third stage now, and it’s much closer to the first one than the second. It came down to the government stepping in to regulate who could hunt what, and they do it with the intention of preserving and protecting the animals, as well as the ecosystem they live in. This benefits hunters as much as it does the animals and people living in the areas, because it makes sure that one animal doesn’t become overpopulated and lead to starvation problems among others.

How the System Works

The system is a little bit complicated, but that’s what it takes to organize such a big state. It depends on the type of animal that a hunter wants to go after, but they generally are required to have a license to be allowed to hunt (and there are strict penalties for anyone caught with an animal for which they don’t have a license!).

For many of the big game types of animals, they hold a sort of lottery. If they’re lucky, they win the right to hunt in certain areas of the state, but they have to stick to the specific area that their license covers. Hunters can’t always get the license for the animal they’d like in the place they want, but they can accumulate points that will give them better odds in future years.

What People Hunt Now

Times may have changed, but Colorado hunters are still going after many of the same animals. There are ten big game species that they like to chase, and some of the favorites are elk, deer, and bears. Also, they like to go after ducks, geese, turkeys, and other types of birds. They even hunt small animals, such as rabbits.

Elk Hunting

Not Just Bullets

No matter how many things change, some things will just stay the same, and this whole concept has another example of that. Guns are the most common weapon used for hunting these days, but they aren’t the only type. Bows and arrows are still very popular, but they’re far more advanced than what was seen on the plains a few hundred years ago!

Licenses for Non-Residents

Many states only allow local residents to receive hunting licenses, but that’s not the case in Colorado. Because of this, it’s just like the old days. There are still plenty of adventurers coming from far and wide to try their skills against a wild animal.

The Modern Days of the Wild West

We may have missed out on living in the exciting days of the Old West, but there are still surviving parts of it. Hunting has gone through some big changes, but you can still try to learn the skills you would’ve needed had you been roaming the plains or exploring the mountains as an old explorer.

And, on the bright side, you have something that those people didn’t. After your big adventure, you can come visit us at the Grizzly Rose for another great Western experience!

Big Ranches

The Biggest Ranches in the World

Wouldn’t it have been great to live in the good old days of the Wild West? If you were feeling a bit claustrophobic in your city life, you’d have the choice to head off and become a rancher. Endless days of roaming through nature, and plenty of animals to keep you company.

The good news is that this fantasy can still be a reality! The Wild West may have been tamed, but there are still plenty of ranches around the globe. As a matter of fact, some of them are massive. Have a look below to see some of the biggest ranches in the world.

Biggest Ranches in the World

What Is a Ranch?

If you didn’t grow up roaming the open plains and sleeping under the stars, you might have trouble knowing exactly what a ranch is. Many people confuse them with farms, but there is a bit of a difference. Basically, ranches raise animals, and farms grow food. It can get tricky because they often overlap, but you’ll be safe if you stick with that definition.

Who Owns Them?

One interesting tidbit about these ranches is that they’re not all owned by cowboys. They’re big investments, and a lot of the people holding the deeds are rich folk who spend more time in boardrooms than on horses. The American who owns the most land is John Malone, a big shot in the cable business, and he’s followed by another media man, Ted Turner. These two seem to have a friendly competition on who can own more acres! Also among the top 10 is Stan Kroenke, the owner of the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche.

Vermejo Park Ranch

Vermejo Park Ranch

Location: Colorado and New Mexico, U.S.A.

It’s easiest to start this list off with something local, even though this one only has a small part in Colorado. It’s one of the spots owned by Ted Turner, and it’s so big that it can’t even stick to one state. It covers 590,823 acres, and it’s primarily used for conservation and recreational activities, but it does offer hunting, fishing, and natural gas collection.

Waggonner Ranch

Waggoner Ranch

Location: Texas, U.S.A.

Another massive ranch in the United States unsurprisingly sits in Texas. This one got its start back in 1852, and over time it grew to about 520,527 acres. It’s been in the news a lot over the past few years because it was sold back in 2012. Even with the asking price of $725 million, Stan Kroenke, the owner of two sports teams in Denver, bought it in 2012.

King Ranch

King Ranch

Location: Texas, U.S.A.

Those ranches are big, but they can get bigger. King Ranch comes in at about 825,000 acres, and this makes it the biggest ranch in Texas. Unfortunately, it’s not as amazing as you would first expect. Instead of one massive area full of cows roaming around, it’s split into four neighboring parts.

Anna Creek Ranch

Anna Creek Station

Location: Australia

Australians have a lot of different vocabulary words, and one of them is their word for ranch. Instead, they call it a station. And they’re allowed to do this because they host the world’s largest cattle station. It has 6,000,000 acres, so none of the ranches in the United States even come close!

Interestingly enough, it was first started as a place to raise sheep. Unfortunately, the dingoes were eating too many of them, so they switched to the much more durable cow.

Alexandra Station

Alexandria Station

Location: Australia

To put into perspective how large Australia is, this is another cattle station on their list. Not being as big, it only covers about 4,000,000 acres. If you truly want to be a modern-day cowboy or cowgirl, you might want to take a trip down under.

Chinese Dairy Farm

Mudanjiang City Dairy Farm

Location: China

Sometimes the amount of land becomes even less impressive than the number of cows. There’s a place being built in China that will be able to hold up to 100,000 cows. This is a dairy farm instead of a classical ranch, but it still is impressive because that capacity is far bigger than any ranch in North America.

Preserving the Land

These large ranches are big business, there’s no doubt about that. However, it’s inspiring to think that some of the biggest landowners buy up land in order to preserve it. This is a nice step towards making sure we always have those wide-open spaces we love so much.

Is It Time to Be a Rancher?

Now that you know there are such big tracts of land where cowboys and cowgirls are spending their days exploring with cattle, does it make you want to make a lifestyle change? You have plenty of options! If you don’t, you can always come by the Grizzly Rose when you want to get into the spirit of the Wild West!