Paralympian snow-boarder Amy Purdy takes to the snowy hills. Photo courtesy of Amy Purdy
While the world’s best winter sports athletes have spent the last months of 2016 gearing up for Dew Tour, which takes place December 8 to 11 in Breckenridge, organizers have been busy diversifying the event’s offerings. That includes the return of ski and snowboard Streetstyle competitions, a...
December 5 2016, 3:45 PM
Great Divide Brewing Company concocted the six-pack carrier, a great companion for those long bike rides. Photo Courtesy of Shannon Berner
Anyone who spends time in the woods or mountains needs gear that can keep up with his or her lifestyle. These eight items will get any hiker, biker, or canine companion ready for (almost) anything.
Great Divide Brewing Six Pack Carrier
Beers at the top of the mountain taste much...
November 29 2016, 1:00 PM
West Bijou Site, America's newest National Natural Landmark, has tantalizing clues about the extinction of the dinosaurs. Photo by Susan Smith, courtesy of the Plains Conservation Center
When the Aurora-based Plains Conservation Center purchased just over 7,600 acres of grassland 30 miles east of Denver in the 1990s, the aim was to restore and preserve a prime parcel of shortgrass prairie. But the nonprofit, which focuses on conservation, research, and education about the high...
November 28 2016, 11:45 AM
Sunset over the plains, as seen from the North Loop Trail. Courtesy of Terri Cook and Lon Abbott
Length: 4 miles roundtrip
Why we love it: Despite its location close to Fort Collins, this trail feels remote and adventurous
When to go: Spring through late fall, or year-round with Yaktrax
Pre-hike buzz: Stop by the The Human Bean in northern Fort Collins for piping-hot...
November 22 2016, 1:00 PM
An unexpected view of Reykjavik, Iceland. Photo courtesy of Sarah Yaggi/yaggiphotography.com
Starting to plan your 2017 vacation calendar? We suggest visiting somewhere different. That shouldn't be difficult with Denver International Airport regularly adding new destinations to its roster of 1,500 average daily flights. We took a look at what routes are on deck—and have some...
November 17 2016, 2:40 PM
Length: 1 mile roundtrip
Why we love it: Bald Mountain makes a perfect excursion for kids, out-of-town guests, picnics, and cold or windy afternoons
When to go: Any time you crave sweeping views and solitude
Pre-hike buzz: Just after you exit US-36, stop by the family-operated...
November 16 2016, 10:25 AM
Beautiful Trappers Lake has been called "the Cradle of Wilderness" due to its role in sparking our nation's wilderness movement. Photo courtesy of Bradleyboulder via Wikimedia Commons
One of Colorado’s most beautiful autumn drives is the Flat Tops Trail, a scenic byway that twists and turns through the rugged mountains between the small towns of Yampa and Meeker. The undisputed highlight of this route is Trappers Lake, a 300-acre alpine lake reached via an eight-mile spur road...
November 14 2016, 11:54 AM
Aspen groves and red-rock boulders make for a picturesque fall scene on the Staunton Ranch Trail; Photos by author
Length: 12 miles roundtrip
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Why we love it: The trail provides access to the base of Elk Falls, previously only viewable from a distant lookout point
When to go: Year-round
Restrooms: At the lower Staunton Ranch trailhead parking lot
November 8 2016, 3:22 PM