Table of contents 5280 September 2014
Fall in Colorado’s wilderness—a brilliant display of varied yellow and hues—is best viewed from the trail. Get this autumn with one (or more!) of 15 hikes, from the Front to Vail to to Ouray—all of which will put you in middle of the splendor.
Fall’s looks have it all: dramatic textures, bold patterns, and a nature-inspired color palette. Step into the best of the season.
From salaries to spending diaries, we take a voyeuristic look at how Coloradans earn, save, and spend their dough. Plus: We explore whether (or not) Denver is truly affordable.
Nine people died in the flooding between September 11 and 17, 2013, one of the worst natural disasters in Colorado history. Up to 19 inches of rain fell in the state during that time: More than 1,800 houses were destroyed, and another 19,000 structures were damaged. For the people who lived on a sliver of U.S. 34 a dozen miles west of Loveland, the floods were nothing short of catastrophic. These are their stories.
From the Editor
A letter from the editor of our September 2014 issue.
After community support and effort, much of Boulder County that was damaged in last year’s floods has been restored.
Colorado’s superwealthy find a new way to sell their high-end homes.
A Q&A with the star of ”The Unsinkable Molly Brown.”
The Front Range gains its first Olympic-size velodrome.
Two tomboys leave the men—and their own assumptions—behind on an all-women outing.
Humanitarian Shannon Galpin adds “author” to her already impressive resumé.
Breck's cultural overhaul shows off the mountain town's creative side.
Widespread construction hasn’t stopped new shops from opening in posh Cherry Creek; here are five worth battling the roadwork to visit.
A locally made, eco-friendly water bottle makes a global impact.
Navy veterans run a gun range with a purpose: responsible ownership.
Colorado fashion designers can now produce clothes locally, thanks to a growing manufacturing business.
Fashionable activewear isn’t just for women anymore.
The foul-weather sport of cyclocross is the fastest-growing bike-racing discipline in the Centennial State—despite Colorado’s fair-weather fans.
Eat & Drink
With Los Chingones, a beach boy turned restaurateur tries his hand at the taco trend.
Summer tomato surplus? Kathy Lee of Modern Gingham Preserves has a perfect solution.
Get a square meal at Churchill’s—for just five bucks.
A mountainlike experience that’s close to home.
Where to find collar—one of the hottest dishes in town.
Denver’s public art collection grows by up to 10 pieces each year. Here’s your guide to a few of our favorites. PLUS: what to do nearby to extend your city tour.