Wide-open vistas along the 3-Bar Trail —Photo by Terri Cook
Length: 3.4 miles roundtrip
Why we love it: Big skies, distant views, and a chance to relax along the babbling North Fork of the Cache la Poudre River
When to go: Spring, fall, and early on a summer morning
Pre-hike buzz: Stop by The Forks, a Western-themed convenience store/...
May 24 2016, 1:40 PM
Pana's welcome screen (left) and a sample hotel booking chat. (Images courtesy of Pana)
My mom often reminds me that what's old always becomes new again. She's typically referring to her mid-calf leather boots from the 1970s that are now in my closet or some other trend youngsters have claimed as novel while earlier generations sigh and say, "Been there, done that." But as is...
May 20 2016, 10:00 AM
Thanks to a "perfect storm" of geologic events, a mere seven square miles near Cripple Creek has produced more gold than the California and Alaska gold rushes combined.
—Courtesy of Lon Abbott
Since gold was discovered near Cripple Creek in 1891, the district has produced a phenomenal amount of wealth. Over 23 million ounces of gold—more than the Alaska and California gold rushes combined—have been extracted from an area covering just seven squares miles. Worth more than $33 billion in...
May 19 2016, 3:20 PM
The view from the Four Mile Travel Management Area just outside of town.
Situated below the Collegiate Peaks and Sawatch Range and with the Arkansas River flowing alongside, Buena Vista—which translates to "beautiful view" in Spanish—is an outdoorsman's (or woman's) paradise. The one-stoplight town may lack restaurants and adorable boutiques, but you'll be too...
May 18 2016, 11:00 AM
—Photos by Terri Cook
Length: 2.4 miles roundtrip
Why we love it: This short-and-sweet trail is ideal for a quick outing or a leisurely picnic with family and friends
When to go: In spring, when the falls are gushing
Pre-hike buzz: On the way, stop by the Loco Artisan Coffee House in Loveland for...
May 10 2016, 2:45 PM
Festivals, such as the annual Taste of Durango, often turn downtown into a block party.
In some ways, Durango feels a world apart from the Mile High City (and not just because you have to drive nearly six hours to get there). The steam engines of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad bellow good morning; historic brick buildings preside over Main Avenue, their sides...
April 27 2016, 10:00 AM
Several mountain ranges have risen in the vicinity of Eldorado Canyon State Park.
—Photo courtesy of Lon Abbott
For many people, mountains are a metaphor for permanence. But when we expand our outlook from the human lifespan to that of geologic time, which encompasses millions—and even billions—of years, it becomes apparent that hills, mountains, and other seemingly enduring parts of the landscape are far...
April 21 2016, 3:15 PM
Length: 5 miles roundtrip
Why we love it: This trail offers great views and makes for a good early-season warm-up for both hikers and mountain bikers.
When to go: As soon as the snow is gone, or even sooner with Yaktrax
Pre-hike buzz: Stop by the namesake Windy Saddle Café...
April 19 2016, 12:35 PM