“When I look back at it, it really has been a great journey. You never know where you’re gonna wind up,” Del McCoury reminisces over the phone on an early July morning.

Sawyer Brown’s Gregg ‘Hobie’ Hubbard says there was one major factor in the group agreeing to play Seven Peaks Music Festival – Dierks Bentley. “We love that guy. We were in (the festival) the first time we got asked.”

Tongue placed firmly in cheek, Hot Country Knights bills their band as “…the 4th or 5th greatest country band in the greater Murfreesboro, TN area.”

Seven Peaks Music Festival marks Clint Black’s first visit to Buena Vista. “It looks beautiful,” Black said. “I have never been disappointed with the beauty of Colorado.”

Nestled in the Upper Arkansas River Valley at an elevation of nearly 8,000 feet, Buena Vista boasts the favorite go-to for anyone looking for breathtaking scenery and outdoor recreation.

When Dierks Bentley began working with Live Nation to develop a country music festival, he looked at wide open fields around the vast expanse of the Denver Metro.

With more than 350 breweries in Colorado, the hardest part can be deciding where to go first. In the Upper Arkansas Valley promising options abound.

In 1949, with the Arkansas River raging from above-average runoff, 23 whitewater boaters prepared to race 57 miles from Salida through Bighorn Sheep Canyon and the Royal Gorge to Cañon City. “An invitation to death” claimed the boaters as they looked over the course.