By Bo Winter
Mishawaka Amphitheatre – Bellvue, Colo.
From the outside, as you swerve passed on the canyon road, the Mishawaka Inn looks like a normal little mountain bar. But inside, it’s like pulling back the curtain to reveal the great and powerful Oz, or in this case, Mishawaka Amphitheatre. Out in the backyard of this quaint bar is a rustic mountain stage located on the banks of the Poudre River. This year, the second annual Poudre River World Music Fest will take over that awesome little stage with a full day of reggae and world music. Many of the acts are regional musicians, but getting them all in one place makes this a special day for the local reggae community.
(As calculated by mapquest.com from
Denver, Colo. to Bellvue, Colo.)
Total Est. Time: 1 hour, 18 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 70.79 miles
ALONG THE WAY: The Mish is located about 20 minutes from Fort Collins up the Poudre Canyon. Be prepared if you want to stay up in the canyon to have everything you need, as the little general store on the way to the Mish usually doesn’t help that much. What the canyon lacks in amenities however, it makes up for in outdoor recreation activities, so bring hiking boots, kayaks and fishing rods.
CAMPING: Nearby on National Forest land