What to do around town this fall?

The kids are back in school, the night air has a slight chill in the air and our Broncos are back at it. Fall is one of our favorite times of the year because there is so much to do! We picked a couple events around us to help inspire you to “Let’s Go Places” and create adventures of your own.

If we missed an awesome event or place to go, leave a comment below! We would love to hear your suggestions.

 

For some people fall can only mean one thing, Friday Night Lights! Our high schoolers  in the St. Vrain Valley School District are back on the football field again. We have included links to the area’s high schools football schedule so you can catch your favorite team.

Erie High School Frederick High School Longmont High School Lyons High School Mead High School  Niwot High School  Silver Creek High School Skyline

Maybe football isn’t your thing, and you want to get out of town for a bit. Why not take a drive and check out the beautiful fall colors of the aspens? If you happen to go and take some great pictures, feel free to share them with us! We love to see where you have gone on your adventures.  Worth nothing, if you are thinking about heading up to Rocky Mountain National park, please check with CDOT before heading out. Highway 34 is getting some much needed road and bridge repairs on sections of the road that was damaged in the flood of 2013.

Have you checked out the local Farmer’s Markets? This is the best time of year! We have a great one out at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont. Boulder County Farmer’s Market at the Boulder County Fairgrounds is on Saturday from 8:00am-1:00pm. They will be open until November 19, 2016. They are also a producer only farmer’s market. Meaning that farmer you are buying your tomatoes from grew that plant themselves.

Firestone is hosting its annual Art and Music Show again. Local artists will have their art work displayed for the month of October at the Carbon Valley Library. The reception will be October 8th from 1:00pm-4:00pm.

Another great event at the Carbon Valley Library is their Family Night. The first Thursday of every month the library will show a family friendly movie. The event is from 6:00pm-7:30pm. October’s movie is “The Angry Birds Movie”

What is fall with out Halloween? The Firestone Police Department hosts a Halloween Safe Night. This is a great event to take your kids trick or treating. The event will have lots of games and activities as well!

So there you go! A little snap shot of what’s going on this fall. We  wish and your family a great fall!

 

4Runner Off Roading Adventure

 

Hi! I am Erin, Digital Marketing Manager for Stapp Interstate Toyota. Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed that short video of the 4Runner off roading. I wanted to go into a little more detail about the trip and the vehicle.

So first things first, this is my family’s vehicle. Don’t worry we didn’t take a new vehicle “test drive it” shine it up and put it back on the showroom. We have had it about 6 weeks now and have taken it off road several times. The video was from our latest trip off road.

Where did we go? We were on Ballard Road, off of Buckhorn Road west of Masonville. This is also know as FS 129.  The road starts off dirt packed and tame. About 2.9 miles in there is a small parking area and the Donner Pass Trail head. This is a great area to have a picnic and do a little hiking. Our two kiddos loved hiking “way out in the woods” as our oldest said. The hiking trail is well marked and leads to other trails to go explore.

Once we were done hiking it was time to keep going. After the pass, the road started to increase in difficulty. It became more rocky and less packed dirt. The farther you go, the more challenging and technical this road becomes. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a lot of fun, but know what you are doing! The last of the video was just before the road turned steep and narrow. We went about 6.7 of the 7.8miles, around this point in time, I got out to ground guide. The rock ledge marks the most difficult and technical part of the trail. At this point we found a good place to turn around and head back. The road went on for about another mile or so, but we had reached a point where for us it was time to turn around.

As you can tell from the video we had a 4Runner. It’s a 2016 4Runner that started its life as a Trail Edition. Then we put some Stapp I25 Custom to it. We added ToyTec Bilstein Ultimate 3″ Suspension, TRD Pro Matte Black 17″ Wheels with BF Goodrich Ko2 Tires, RCI Rock Sliders, Front Center Skid Plate and A-Arm Guards. TRD Pro Grille, Rhino Rack Roof X-Tray. Our kids refer to it as the Monster Truck. And to be honest, they nailed it.

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With the crawl package that came standard and the customizations, this 4Runner had no problems tackling this road. What’s the point of having this awesome equipment if you aren’t going to use it? Paved roads can get a little boring.

Alright, before we head back out on our next adventure, a few things in closing. First, please make sure you know and follow all rules and regulations when off roading. You are responsible for know where you can and can not be. A great resource is the Forest Service, they can answer any questions about road conditions, provide maps, etc. It would not be a bad idea to invest in an off roading book or getting copies of  MVUM (Motor Vehicle Use Map). MVUM are avaiable at ranger district and other forest offices for free. Check out http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/ohv/ohv_maps.shtml for a list of avaiable maps. Remember, cell service is nonexistent on these roads and having a book or maps could prove to be very valuable.

Second, know your equipment and your ability. My husband was driving in this video. This was not his first time out, he has done quite a bit of off roading in Moab and has developed those skills to read the trail and how to go. As I mentioned earlier we came to a point in Ballard Rd where we decided that is was not wise for us to continue on. Remember a lot of these roads have no cell phone service and are not well traveled. Make sure you and your equipment is ready to go.

We hope you enjoyed our little trip and encourage you to make plans of your own! Check back soon, we will keep posting about our latest adventures in off roading.

 

Prospect Sound Bites

One of the great things about summer is outdoor summer concerts. For the second year we are proud sponsors of this great event every Monday night. In case you haven’t had an opportunity to get to one, keep reading to see what you are missing and then make plans to attend one!

So here is what you need to know…

What is Prospect Sound Bites? It consists of two distinct parts.

First, is the sound. Prospect Sound Bites  is a outdoor concert that is help every Monday night in Prospect New Town Longmont. The last concert this year is September 5th. The Prospect Downtown Park is located at 100 Year Party Ct and Tenacity Dr.

Each week features a different local band. You can find up coming acts

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Second, the bites! Prospect Sound Bites typically has 15 different and unique food trucks. With all the different types of food trucks, you are sure to find something to enjoy. From pizza, to Mexican, burgers and everything in between, you won’t go hungry.

A few more details to know before you go. Street parking is limited, however a $3 donation lot is available. The food trucks start serving at 5:00pm, the concert starts at 5:30 and ends at 8:00pm. Make sure you bring your lawn chairs or blankets to claim your space!

We hope this gives you a little overview of what to expect at Prospect Sound Bites. If you happen to come, stop by and say hi to us!

 

Cusomter Appreciation Day 2016

This past Saturday we had our annual Customer Appreciation Day. We hope you enjoyed your time and we had a great time seeing everyone at the dealership. Enjoy the pictures and video. But before we go we want to extend our thanks to a few people.

Deanna Rice from Little Angels Pony and Pals provided the petting zoo. In addition to her mobile petting zoo, she also gives riding lessons and one day pony camps. Thank you so much for joining us and bringing all your animal friends with you!

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Brian Shelton of Kona Ice of Northern Colorado, thanks for joining us and providing some tasty treats, which were definitely needed. It was hot!

To the men and women of the Frederick-Firestone Protection District and the Fredrick Police Department, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you. Thank you for protecting our community and making our community a great place to live. We sincerely appreciate the hard work and sacrifices you make every single day.

To all the men and women from Frederick-Firestone Protection District thank you for bringing all your equipment and safety house. Thank you for taking the time to show all the kids the equipment, sit in the vehicles and demonstrate how to stay safe in a house fire.

And finally, a special thanks and ear scratch to K9 Officer Buran and Officer Andy Fairbanks of the Frederick Police Department. Everyone loved the demonstration, it was the highlight of the day. Thanks for making our community a safer place to live.

 

We hope everyone enjoyed their time, we will see everyone next year!

Summer Time Fun!

School is winding down and Memorial Day is less than two weeks away, which means summer is just around the corner. With that in mind we put together a short list of things to do in the area this summer. If we left something out, or know of a great event going on, please feel free to share what we missed!

So first things first, we would like to invite everyone to our customer appreciation day on Saturday June 18th from 10:30am-2:30pm. The Frederick Police Department K-9 unit will be joining us and performing a K-9 demonstration at 11:00, the Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District will be here with their safety house, our friends from Little Angel Pony and Pals will bring their petting zoo, plus a few more surprises just for you! Check the link below for all the details and we hope that you will come join us! 2016 Cust App Pic

 

 

Did you know that the High Plains Library District puts on a great summer reading program for kids, 0-18 years old? This summer’s theme is “2016 Summer Reading Adventure” and there are some great (Free!) events to attend. To check out this great program click here. While these events are free, some do require preregistration.

 

Longmont

The City of Longmont keeps an updated calendar of all events that are happening in the city. Check it out to find your next adventure.

One of the best things summer brings are outdoor concert series, and Longmont is no exception. We know of two, Longmont Recreation & Golf hosts a 4 concert series at different parks through out the summer. Dates and times can be found here.

Have you heard of Prospect Sound Bites? This concert series kicks off Monday, May 30th and runs every Monday through out the summer. The fun kicks off at 5:00pm with the opening of the numerous food trucks, music gets started at 5:30pm. The concerts are held at Prospect Park located at 100 Year Party Ct and Tenacity Dr. If you happen to go to a concert, stop on by and say hi! Once again we are proud sponsors of this event.

Open for its 20th season ArtWalk Longmont is another great free event put on by the city. Enjoy free live music, explore downtown business, and discover your local artists. This is a great family event that everyone should check out at least once. ArtWalk happens 3 times during the summer, so make sure you check the dates so you don’t miss out!

 

Firestone

Food and Flick Fridays are back! Have you been to this event? Kick off the weekend right! Enjoy a movie under the stars, and don’t worry about dinner, come grab a bite from one of the many food trucks.While you wait for the sun to go down and the movie to start enjoy live music and plenty of games and activities for the kiddos. Check the link for movies, dates, locations, and which food trucks will be at the event.

Strike 3 you’re out! The 3rd Annual Community Softball Tournament gets under way Saturday, June 4th at 8:00am. Come cheer local business, organizations and neighborhoods in this friendly co-ed tournament. A traveling trophy and bragging rights are at stake in this tournament.

Looking for something to do on the 4th of July? Why not head down to Miners Park and join in on the fun at4th at Firestone? Starting with a 5k/10k first thing in the morning and ending with fireworks at night, you would be hard pressed not to find something to enjoy. Don’t forget to stop by the car show too! This is another great event that we are sponsors of, so stop on by and say hi!

 

Frederick

Everyone is going to be hoping for good weather June 24-26th. Why? Frederick-in-Flight is scheduled to take place. The hot air balloons need good weather to be able to fly. Check out all the details in the link above. We think the Saturday evening glow party would be an amazing sight to see.

Art comes in all forms, and artists use different tools to express themselves. Want to see some art in action? (bring a pair of ear plugs if you come) Check out Chainsaws and Chuckwagons. This 3 day event starting July 20-23 is a great way to see art being created. The link has pictures of last year’s winners if you need a preview.

Come meet your neighbors in this year’s Community BBQ Tour put on by the town this fully catered meal gives residents a chance to meet their neighbors, Board of Trustees, and town staff. The link provides dates, times and locations.

Erie

There is always something to do in Erie! Check this calendar of events to see what is going on in the town. From free concerts in the park, Erie Brew Fest, National Night out, we are sure you can find some fun this summer!

 

So there you have it a quick over view of events happening in our area this summer. We hope that you will take advantage of all the great events in the area. If you see us out and about, feel free to stop and say hi!

 

 

 

 

What makes a TCUV a TCUV?

Perhaps you are in the market for a pre-owned vehicle and wondering what exactly is a TCUV. We have the answers for you!

So first things first. What does TCUV mean? The acronym stands for Toyota Certified Used Vehicle. This is a program Toyota offers on used vehicles. This is not available on every vehicle, so let’s dive in and take a closer look at Toyota’s program standards.

Just so we are clear, only Toyota dealers can certify a used Toyota for the TCUV program. Now that we have that detail out of the way, lets move on. A vehicle can be a current year model up to and including 6 model years old. The vehicle must have less than 85,000 miles on the odometer and have a clean CarFax report. If the vehicle doesn’t meet any of these requirements, it’s not part of the program. But it doesn’t end there.

Every vehicle goes through a 160 point inspection (it’s a 174 point inspection for a hybrid vehicle). This includes inspecting the braking system, the engine, interior and exterior condition, the electronic system, to make sure everything is in proper working order. Want a detailed list of everything that is check? Look here!

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As you can see Toyota makes sure that only the best used Toyotas become TCUVs. And that’s great news for you. You can drive away in your TCUV knowing that the vehicle has been thoroughly inspected and reconditioned to standards that Toyota sets and makes all dealers adhere to.

 

Looking for a little more peace of mind when purchasing a used vehicle? Just another reason a TCUV is a smart choice.

Each TCUV comes with:

– a 12 month/12,000 mile Limited Comprehensive Warranty

-a 7 year/ 100,000 mile Limited Power Train Warranty

-a year of road side assistance

Need a few more details on what is covered? Check here.

Still wondering if a TCUV is the right vehicle for you? Check out our selection of TCUV. Did you see something that caught your eye? Come on down for a test drive and see how easy it is to drive it home. Didn’t see what you were looking for? Check back often, we are constantly adding new vehicles to the TCUV program.

 

A Spring Break Close to Home

Spring Break is just around the corner. Perhaps you are thinking of staying in town, but still want to go on a adventure. We found 4 different towns with in a 2 hour drive of the dealership that have some great options to explore. We hope to inspire you to explore this great state we live in!

 

Fort Collins

Fort Collins is about an hour north of the dealership and has plenty of things to discover.

Have you been to the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery? This is definitely worth a stop. With exhibits such as Music and Sound Lab, Wildlands and WildLife, the  Schatz Family Exploration Zone, and the Tot Spot, everyone is sure to find something to peek their interest.  The Museum is located at 408 Mason Ct, Fort Collins, CO 80524. Just a little heads up the Museum is Closed on Mondays. To find out more check out their website: Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

 

Maybe your kids have some pent up energy they need to go burn off. Another great place to go play is Spring Canyon Community Park. Located at 2626 W Horsetooth Road, this park has something for every one. Play places for kiddos of all ages and abilities, bike course, sports fields, bathrooms. Best part? You can bring your four legged furry friend to run around in the 2+ acre dog park!

Of course wandering around Old Town looking at all the unique shops and trying to decide where to eat is a highlight of visiting Fort Collins.

Want to find out more about Fort Collins? Check out here

 

Estes Park

The gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. Sure you may have made several trips up in the summer. But have you ever explored during the early spring time?

As long as there is snow, you can tube in Rocky Mountain National Park in the old Hidden Valley Ski area, or perhaps try your hand at some cross country skis. Depending on when you go to the park this time of year, you can see birds migrating back and the color returning. Before you go, double check conditions. It’s still Colorado and spring time can be a little unpredictable!

Stop at the Estes Park Visitor Center to get the latest conditions in the park and which roads are passable. They always have great recommendations on things to do and where to eat.

Check here for more ideas.

 

Colorado Springs

Right at 2 hours from the dealership Colorado Springs is a gorgeous place to explore.

Garden of the Gods is another place most people have probably visited during the summer. The park is open year around, so why not check it out in a different season? We hear that they have a dinosaur exhibit in additional to all the other cool things to check out.

Want to see even more animals?The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a favorite place to visit when in Colorado Springs. Where else can you go to feed giraffes? Visit right now until April and pay off season admission prices.

It goes with out saying that one of the big things in Colorado Springs is Pikes Peak. Sure you might not be able to drive to the top in early spring, but even a shorter drive up the mountain is worth the views. Maybe driving up the mountain isn’t your things, or you want to see the views and not worry about the driving,  you can always book a ride on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway.

 

Winter Park

What would a spring break in Colorado be with out at least mention that yes you can go ski or snowboard. But that is pretty much a given. Never fear, we found a few other interesting alternatives to traditional ski and snowboarding.

How about Fat Biking? You can pedal around on the groomed Nordic trails with over sized tires with some heavy duty tread. We think its worth at least trying. Maybe you prefer something with a motor? Snowmobiling is always an option too.

 

So there you have it. 4 different cities with great things to offer, all with in a 2 hours drive of Stapp Interstate Toyota. We hope that we gave you a few good ideas on where to head off on your next adventure to. Let’s Go Places!