5280 History

If you're new to Denver, it may take a second or two to figure out that 5280 takes its name from the city's mile-high elevation: 5,280 feet above sea level. It's an unusual name for an out-of-the ordinary magazine.

We began 5280 in 1993 with the simple but unprecedented step of asking 75,000 area residents what they wanted to read about in a magazine about the Mile High City.

Denver, they told us, is a place of contrasts. It's hot jazz at El Chapultepec, dry martinis at the Cruise Room, and high tea at the Brown Palace. It's the man-made beauty of the City & County Building during the holidays and the natural splendor of the Rocky Mountains. It's wild Friday nights at the Grizzly Rose and lazy Sunday afternoons at the Tattered Cover Bookstore.

Denver's people are no less eclectic. In responding to our survey, they enthusiastically shared their interests in everything from the arts to the environment, from fitness to historical articles on Denver and the West.

We took their answers and translated them into a combination of high-quality journalism and eye-catching design. The result was a new magazine that captured Denver's unique voice like never before.

Our hard work paid off.

5280 stories such as "Top of the Town," "Top Doctors," and our annual restaurant guides quickly became the focus of discussions at cocktail parties and water coolers all over town, not to mention frequent coverage in other area media. Today, we have more readers than any local magazine in Colorado, with a total distribution of more than 85,000. In fact, in Denver, 5280 outsells most national publications, with a readership that exceeds such well-known national magazines as Time, People, Oprah, and Martha Stewart Living locally. Our popularity hasn't meant a sacrifice in quality: A finalist for six National Magazine Awards, 5280 was recently named one of the five best city magazines in America by the City and Regional Magazine Association.

We encourage you to look around. If you like what you see and would like to check out the print edition of 5280, click here to subscribe.


Press Releases

June 26, 2013
5280 Hires New Restaraunt Critic
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March 19, 2013
5280 Promotes Two Senior Staff
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September 7, 2012 
5280 Publishing, Inc. Launches 5280 Home                                                                     
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April 10, 2012 
5280 Puts National Spotlight on Colorado's Juvenile Justice System                     
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March 8, 2012 
5280 First Regional Publication Ever Nominated for National Magazine Award for Digital Media  
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October 5, 2011
5280 Magazine Now Available on iPad, iPhone, and Other Mobile Devices
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May 26, 2011
5280 Staffers Honored With National Sigma Delta Chi And Livingston Awards
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June 27, 2011
5280 Shines With Increased Subscription Numbers, New Look
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May 26, 2011
5280 Staffers Honored With National Sigma Delta Chi And Livingston Awards
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April 28, 2011
5280 Acquires Subscriber List from Denver Magazine
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April 19, 2011
5280 Acquires Key Assets from Luxury Media Group, Inc.
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June 30, 2010
5280 Readership Tops All Other Denver Monthlies and Weeklies
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April 2, 2010
5280 Receives Fourth National Magazine Award Nomination
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October 15, 2009
Strength and Accuracy of 5280's Circulation Cited Among North America's Top 1 Percent
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September 29, 2009
5280 Editor and Publisher Named President of the City and Regional Magazine Association
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March 12, 2009
5280 Named One Of America's Top 5 City Magazines
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February 28, 2008
5280 Tops 100,000 Copies; Largest Print Run in 15-Year History
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October 15, 2007
5280 Appoints Articles Editor and Staff Writer
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October 15, 2007
5280 Names Sabrina Comroe Director of Digital Media
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June 13, 2007
5280 Magazine Wins Four National Media Awards
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June 13, 2007
5280 Launches Custom Publishing Division
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March 27, 2007
5280 Becomes One of the Nation's Greenest Magazines
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November 27, 2006
Luc Hatlestad Named Senior Editor
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September 7, 2006
5280 Names Michael Leister Art Director
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May 18, 2006
5280 Editor Named Livingston Award Finalist
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May 1, 2006
5280 Articles Honored as Tops in Western United States
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February 23, 2006
5280 Names Mike Kessler Articles Editor
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August 15, 2005
5280 Increases Home and Real Estate Coverage Beginning with August 2005 Issue
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August 4, 2005
5280 to Publish Monthly in 2006
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May 11, 2005
5280 Editor Recognized for Excellence in Magazine Journalism
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April 13, 2005
5280 Nominated for Magazine Industry's "Oscar"
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February 3, 2005
5280 Names Cara McDonald Deputy Editor
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February 12, 2004
5280 Article on Air Force Rape Scandal to be Featured on ABC's 20/20
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January 13, 2004
Award-Winning Journalist Joins 5280 Staff
First Report Breaks Exclusive New Ground on Air Force Rape Scandal

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June 5, 2003
5280 Celebrates 10th Anniversary
Now Colorado's Largest, Fastest Growing Magazine

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May 16, 2003
5280's May Issue Featuring John Elway Sells Out
10,000 Additional Copies Printed

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November 15, 2002
5280 Adds Safeway Checkout Sales
Extends Lead as Top Newsstand Seller

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October 24, 2002
5280 Unveils New Look
and First-Ever Guide to "Top of the Mountains"

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