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Wednesday December 20, 2017

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By Michael Walters

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Artwork on the side of a southern Colorado dispensary 420 Culture

As you may already know, Colorado is considered by most people to be the cannabis tourism capital of the world. With hundreds of dispensaries and countless cannabis attractions to visit, the Centennial State certainly lives up to its name as the marijuana epicenter.

However, much of the hype surrounding Colorado’s cannabis culture is focused on Denver or a variety of cities out west. But did you know there’s another region of Colorado with just as much, if not more to offer for cannabis tourism and adventure?

That’s right, it’s time southern Colorado got the credit it deserves. Take a drive down I-25 South past Colorado Springs and you’ll quickly see what we’re referring to.

Southern Colorado, specifically places like Trinidad and Pueblo, offer a rich cannabis experience with plenty of attractions to explore alongside.

And since the metropolitan rush is miles away, you’re left with your own personalized cannabis vacation.

Cannabis Dispensaries in Southern Colorado

Think Denver is the only hotspot for cannabis culture and the Colorado marijuana scene? Well, think again. Southern Colorado is rich with marijuana culture and steeped with top-quality dispensaries who are dedicated to serving up some of the finest cannabis in the state.

Perhaps the most renowned dispensary in southern Colorado is The Spot 420. Not only do they offer a wide selection of high-quality products but also a great look inside the thriving cannabis industry. Their staff is knowledgeable, helpful and receptive to questions – making for an excellent dispensary experience. Both newcomers and connoisseurs alike are sure to enjoy The Spot 420’s product offerings so next time you’re in the area stop by and say hi!

The Spot 420
Stop by The Spot 420 for a wide variety of high-quality cannabis products. The Spot 420

The Spot 420 currently has two locations, one in Trinidad and one in Pueblo. They’re even opening a brand new location in Central Pueblo to help extend their reach in the community further. Be on the lookout for news on the store opening and great opening day specials.

Cannabis Culture in Southern Colorado

On top of the excellent dispensary climate, Southern Colorado is also home to a developing cannabis culture that is taking off at a rapid pace. But why is southern Colorado experiencing such a cannabis renaissance?

There are many factors influencing this trend, however, there are a few hypotheses circling their way around the community.

Less Competition in Commercial Cannabis Cultivation

Cities in southern Colorado like Pueblo and Trinidad have fewer cannabis companies operating within their limits, meaning less competition from growers. While this may seem like a bad thing, (who would want less weed in their city?) it’s actually a positive for folks looking for high-quality cannabis. The lack of competition allows growers to focus on quality rather than low margins and quantity, resulting in high-quality cannabis products across the board.

Convenient Location for Cannabis Tourism

The southern portion of Colorado is breathtaking in many ways. From spectacular natural beauty to historic downtown cityscapes and attractions, there truly is something for everyone to enjoy. On top of that, southern Colorado’s proximity to states like New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, Oklahoma and Kansas make it a prime location for cannabis tourism.

Southern Colorado is much easier to access than other parts of the state like Denver and the front range, making it an extremely viable and convenient option for tourists visiting from the south.

Increased Outdoor Cultivation Presence

Southern Colorado is the outdoor growing capital of the state and is home to countless sun-powered cannabis growing operations.

Outdoor Cannabis Grow
Outdoor cannabis cultivation is extremely popular in southern Colorado due to optimal growing conditions and sunlight exposure.

For anyone who appreciates the taste and ambiance of fine, outdoor marijuana, southern Colorado is the spot for you. Additionally, the climate in southern Colorado is much better suited for outdoor growing, making for some seriously potent buds at great prices.

Cannabis Tourism in Southern Colorado

Looking to make the most of your time in southern Colorado? As mentioned above, there are many great options for cannabis tourism and more than enough options to keep you busy throughout the duration of your stay.

Grow Tours

Visiting a commercial cannabis grow is a truly exhilarating experience filled with awe-inspiring moments.

For most cannabis enthusiasts, visiting a large-scale grow is comparable to being a kid in a candy shop.

Luckily, you don’t have to work in the cannabis industry to gain access to a commercial cultivation site. You just need to be 21 years or older and possess a valid, government-issued ID.

There are many companies offering cannabis grow tours across Colorado and you better believe there’s an option in southern Colorado as well. The Spot 420 offers tours of their 20,000 sq. ft. indoor grow at their Pueblo West location with an emphasis on cannabis education and special guest appearances from their master grower.

The Spot 420 Grow Tour
The Spot 420’s unique grow tour experience is a fun and free way to explore and learn about the cannabis industry. The Spot 420

The best part about it? It’s completely free to anyone interested! Simply call in advance to schedule a time and you’ll be well on your way to a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Where to Consume Cannabis Safely

As you may already know, consuming cannabis in public is illegal and could result in steep legal ramifications. To avoid the hassle, be sure to make arrangements with a 420 friendly lodging provider. There are quite a few options available in Trinidad, Pueblo and Colorado Springs so plan ahead and make sure you have a place to smoke all the goodies you purchase on your visit!

Needless to say, southern Colorado is gaining popularity as a cannabis tourist attraction. And as the region’s cannabis culture continues to grow, there’s no telling how big the market could be. One thing is for sure, you won’t be disappointed if you decide to plan a trip. From grow tours to exquisite cannabis, southern Colorado is a destination you don’t want to miss. So, what are you waiting for? Your Colorado cannabis adventure awaits!

Photo Credit: The Spot 420 (license)


Michael Walters Michael Walters

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a degree in Writing and Rhetoric, Michael started his journey in the cannabis industry managing content, communications, and technical writing for one of Colorado's largest dispensary chains. In 2016, Michael pivoted to the ancillary sector to become PotGuide's Content Manager and was responsible for overseeing all of PotGuide’s editorial endeavors and content marketing strategies. Now, Michael is PotGuide's Director of Content & Marketing, focusing his efforts toward new educational content and exciting media endeavors.

With a life-long passion for cannabis knowledge and education, Michael devoted himself to becoming a subject matter expert on marijuana at an early age. Now, Michael has worked in the marijuana industry for over four years helping break down negative stigma and promoting safe cannabis practices. An avid consumer himself, Michael has worked tirelessly to improve content marketing strategies for cannabis businesses and is devoted to creating meaningful content that is useful to a wide variety of marijuana consumers. Follow Michael on LinkedIn and Instagram for updates and insights.

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