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How to Plan a Cannabis-Inspired Vacation to Colorado

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Wherever you stand on the laws, it’s no question that cannabis tourism is a big draw to Colorado.

And while you won’t find tourism boards here promoting cannabis as a reason to come visit Colorado, many travelers interested in the novelty of legal recreational marijuana come to Colorado to see a “pot shop” for themselves.

If that’s you, and you’re looking for a little Rocky Mountain high, here are 12 things to help you get the most out of your trip.

Visit a 420 Celebration

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A big one is the Denver 420 Fest with vendors, music, and entertainment.

There is also a weekly CannaBingo event at Studio A64 in Colorado Springs, various expos (including a cannabis wedding expo), a women’s grow leadership summit and more.

Sign up for a Tour

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Colorado Cannabis Tours is just one of many companies (and the offerings are always growing) that organizes free (safe) transportation to various pot-related activities. But be warned: These guided tours can get pricey, even if they offer discounts on purchases.

Check out an MJ-Friendly Hangout

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Just because a cannabis tour stops at a restaurant most definitely does not mean you can smoke freely there or anywhere else you want. In fact, bars (and all public places) are not cannabis-friendly. But there are a few places you can visit to openly imbibe, like private clubs and private events. In private membership clubs, like iBake Denver, members of legal age can buy and smoke marijuana on site. Because this is a private club, it does not fall under public consumption laws.

You have to buy a membership to join this club, but it’s super cheap. It’s worth noting, though, that private cannabis clubs are rare. (iBake claims to be the first members-only cannabis club in the Denver Metro area.) It’s best to take your cannabis and enjoy it in the privacy of your own home or one of the few cannabis-friendly hotels in Colorado.

Book an Experience

Some companies, like Cultivating Spirits, aim to offer educated and responsible experiences. Try three-course, three-strain cannabis pairing dinners or book a food, wine, and cannabis tour. Cultivating Spirits uses small-batch, craft cannabis.

You can also book a private cannabis tasting event at your private residence or for a private party.

Relax With a Cannabis Massage

Primal Therapeutics brings cannabis-infused massage therapy to your location in the Denver metro area. The company aims to educate people about plant medicine and holistic health as an alternative medicine. It offers a wide range of massage services, as well as guided meditation and full-body scrubs.

Cannabis spa treatments are a growing trend in Colorado. Find cannabis-inspired body wraps, scrubs, and facials. You can even find cannabis oil treatments at the big name, luxury spas, like at the Hilton Inverness hotel in south Denver.

Shop for Artistic Glassware

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Pipes can be a true work of art. Visit a glassblowing shop to see a demo, or swing by one of the reputable glass shops, like Illuzion Glass Galleries in Denver. Whatever you think you’ve seen before, expect to be surprised. Even if you don’t smoke, galleries like this can provide creative insight into this dimension of Colorado’s culture.

You can find high-end glass shops that feel like museums and art galleries in many cities, from Boulder to Dillon.

Stay in a 420-Friendly Place

Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean you can use it anywhere, not even in your own room. In fact, many hotels explicitly forbid smoking cannabis, including vaporizers, on grounds, and even on balconies. A balcony is considered a public space, like a sidewalk (and you definitely can’t smoke on the street).

It’s hard to find many cannabis-friendly places to stay around the ski resorts, but you can find some in the Denver-metro area and in southern Colorado. The Steam Train Hotel in Southern Colorado is a solid choice, with a dash of history, too.

B&Bs and vacation rental properties are a good place to start. You can even find homes whose owners will help you find the best shops. Some allow you to smoke in your room and anywhere on property and even offer distillery tours.

In Fort Collins, you can vape indoors and smoke outside at the Shangri-La Inn at Gaia’s Farm and Gardens. This old farmhouse also includes access to gardens, a petting zoo, a koi pond, flowers, fruit trees, and mountain views. But beware: Because not every hotel offers this “luxury,” many of the 420-friendly lodgings and private homes have steep rates, especially around mid-April.

Pair Yoga With Cannabis

Both aim to relax you, so fans of the combo say it’s a fitting match: cannabis-infused yoga. These are private yoga classes where participants are welcome to be high or get high during, before, or after class (depending on the structure of the class).

These kinds of classes pop up in cities all across Colorado. Ganjasana is one reputable cannabis-yoga company that also plans retreats, sacred gatherings, birthday parties, and more.

Take a Cannabis Cooking Class

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Learn how to make your own edibles during a cannabis cooking class. You can find these private classes throughout Colorado. Puff, Pass, and Paint is one place to go for a 420-friendly cooking class. During this 2.5-hour class, you’ll learn how to make everything from hard candies to entrees to ice cream, all infused with cannabis.

Study Marijuana

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The Cannabis Training University will help you earn your Masters of Marijuana Certification.

This school’s headquarters are in Denver, although you can study this topic online from wherever you may be. This school aims to teach students about medical marijuana to prepare them for a career in the cannabis field. You will learn from marijuana attorneys, insurance agents, business owners, dispensary managers, and even marijuana accountants, to name a few.

Puff and Paint

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You’ve heard of wine and paint get-togethers. In Colorado, there’s also puff and paint events. They’re just like wine and painting classes, except with marijuana instead of a glass of red.

Kush and Canvases in Denver calls its Sunday events Marijuana and Mimosas. These gatherings are great for people who want to tap into their artsy side. Of course, you don’t need to be an artist, and you don’t have to get high to participate. You can paint whatever you want.

Kush and Canvases also offers more focused classes, like pet portrait painting, for example.

Do Just About Anything

In Colorado, people pair cannabis with just about every activity.

If you enjoy writing, sign up for the Get Lit on Lit gatherings. These 420-friendly writing classes are for people who feel inspired to write when they imbibe.

There are classes about cannabis skin care, pottery classes, pipe-making courses, and even a cannabis-friendly needlepoint gathering.

Discover where to stay, hang out, shop, party, and eat if you're traveling to Colorado for a 420 vacation.

8 Colorado Small Towns for Stoners

Many Coloradans believe that Amendment 64 legalized recreational marijuana across the state, meaning adults of the legal age can travel anywhere in the Centennial State and find fresh, high-quality Rocky Mountain bud — but that just isn’t the case. The amendment allows counties and municipalities to decide for themselves whether they will permit recreational marijuana within their boundaries, which means many of the more conservative corners of Colorado have not one dispensary to be found. As a result, it isn’t always easy to get out of Denver for the weekend, visit a quaint country town and get incredibly high.

However, just because it isn’t easy doesn’t mean it isn’t possible. Here are a few small towns that do have a thriving cannabis culture, making them the perfect place to escape the city for a few days of freedom.

Aspen

Aspen is one of Colorado’s most popular mountain towns — so much that it is a bit misleading to call Aspen “small” considering its luxury real estate and thriving boutique shopping scene. Still, Aspen easily has some of the best dispensaries in Colorado as well as some of the best outdoor activity, like ample skiing and snow sports in the winter and mountain biking, hiking, paddle-boarding and more in the summer.

Durango

Another top skiing town, Durango is a bit deeper in the mountain wilderness than Aspen — but it is worth the extra hours on the road. Thanks to Durango’s popularity, it offers plenty of places to purchase pot before visitors hike, bike, fish, ride horses or take one of several scenic train rides up steep slopes to otherwise unreachable and stunning scenic spots.

Crested Butte

While Aspen, Durango and Telluride have developed a culture of tourism, Crested Butte is a mountain town that remains unabashedly authentic. Lacking the luxurious shopping opportunities of other ski centers, this small town boasts a short main drag but a long history of arts and culture. Consistently ranking among the best small towns for art and music, Crested Butte often has free outdoor concerts, art walks, arts festivals and more — giving visitors something to do after they pay a visit to one of a few marijuana shops.

Dinosaur

Dinosaur, Colorado is named for its proximity to Dinosaur National Monument, a protected plot of land on the border of Utah and Colorado where an abundance of fossils have been found over the course of the last century. Dinosaur is a hotspot for cannabis dispensaries because it is a convenient place for visitors from Utah and Wyoming to spend a weekend getting loaded and enjoying nature and history. In fact, eating an edible and wandering through the Monument’s fossil and petroglyph walks sounds like a fantastic way to spend a few hours.

Antonito

Antonito is one of the oldest towns in the San Luis Valley — the lowlands in south-central Colorado — and today, the town is kept alive by ranchers and farmers who live in the area. Like Dinosaur, Antonito is close to a state that currently lacks recreational marijuana dispensaries, New Mexico, so it maintains a healthy trade in weed. Visitors can enjoy the Old-West charm of this town and even see some interesting sights, like Indiana Jones’s “childhood home” and a castle made of beer cans.

Morrison

Right outside Denver sits Morrison, a small town with a small amount of marijuana dispensaries — but easily the most active music scene in the entire state. The home of the Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison hosts all sorts of music festivals and tours with a stunning natural backdrop. Plus, Morrison claims the Arrowhead Manor, which is one of only a few bed-and-breakfasts in the Denver area that is proudly 420-friendly.

Central City

Though Central City has but few dispensaries, the town makes up for it in its wealth of activities. Central City is one of only a few areas in Colorado where gambling is legal, so casinos — and their all-you-can-eat buffets — abound. However, perhaps more importantly, Central City is rich in Old West history, and it boasts a 150-year-old cemetery known to be haunted. Those who like to get high and get spooked should plan a trip here, stat.

Idaho Springs

Despite the name, Idaho Springs is within Colorado’s borders; in fact, it is not too far from Denver, on the southern edge of Rocky Mountain National Park. Like other small towns in the Rockies, Idaho Springs is the perfect jumping-off point for all sorts of outdoor adventures, especially those to do with water. Plus, there are more than a dozen pot shops in and around the town. However, it is wise to plan fly fishing and whitewater rafting for the day and getting baked for the evening to avoid any disastrous mishaps.

It is important to get out and breathe the country air every so often — and if some of that air smells like freshly burned bud, so be it.

8 Colorado Small Towns for Stoners Many Coloradans believe that Amendment 64 legalized recreational marijuana across the state, meaning adults of the legal age can travel anywhere in the