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Get on Board April 8-10, 2020

Enjoy conference rooms with a view + travel in style in our luxury coach!

This Summit was made possible through support from the Colorado Tourism Office.

Empowering Rural Destination Partners


Get inspired, find a mentor or be one, get to know your peers, travel to 3 DIFFERENT destinations, hear what others are doing to attract visitors to their destinations and find opportunities to collaborate in this 3-day tourism summit.

Wednesday, April 8

5:50 pm
Tourism professionals in rural CO will come together for an opening reception in Westcliffe, via a Grayline bus ride from Cañon City, with a speaker from Colorado Byways on the way.  Once in Westcliffe, participants will experience a “drinks and dessert” reception and the Dark Sky community’s Smokey Joe Observatory. 

8:30 pm
Leaving Westcliffe to return to Cañon City, Parks and Wildlife speaker will present a power point on the Arkansas River—tourism and importance.

Thursday, April 9

9:00 am
Load bus from Cañon City to.  Stacey Cline with the Colorado Museum of Prisons will present prison history and how to take a perceived negative and turn it into a positive for a community.

9:30 am

Arrive in Florence and divide into two groups. Groups will change at 10:30

9:45-10:30, 10:30-11:15

One group will join Florence Preservation Officer on a walking tour of Florence discussing the history and reinventing of Florence throughout the years, (from a dead downtown to antiques and the future)

Second group will tour TechStart Facility with Brad Rowland (how this 100-year old school is home to new technology)

11:30 am

“Taste of Florence” at Rialto Theatre with welcome by Florence and Fremont County dignitaries

1:00 pm

Load bus to return to Cañon City, with more “Outside the walls” with Stacey Cline

1:30-3:15 pm

Divide into two groups again.  Groups will change at 3:00

One group will go on Outside tour of Cañon City on Trolley

Second group will participate in session by VistaWorks.

3:30 pm

Load bus for Dinosaur Experience

3:45 pm

Arrive and explore with owner, Zach Reynolds. 

4:30 pm

Load bus for Royal Gorge Bridge

4:45 pm

Arrive at Bridge and spend until 6:00 exploring

6:00 pm

Dinner at Royal Gorge with welcome by Cañon City and County dignitaries

7:30 pm

Return to Cañon City

8:00 pm

arrive in Cañon City

Friday, April 10

7:45 am

Join Ashlee Sack for a SACK breakfast at Centennial Park.  Ashlee will briefly tell about Fremont Adventure Recreation and the trails they have helped create and maintain.  Participants will then go on a leisurely hike with Ashlee.

9:30 am

Farewell to SOCO 2020.  Safe travels home.  Come back to the Royal Gorge region!  Definitely come to 2021 SOCO!



Thank you to our 2020 Host Cities!


Lodging in Canon City or Florence ranges from luxury accommodations to comfortable camping and everything in between! There is something just right for you no matter what your needs are.

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