Grain by grain, a spring plucked away the enormous alcove that protects Cliff Palace, one of Mesa Verde's most extensive Ancient Puebloan dwellings.
—Terri Cook and Lon Abbott
Mesa Verde’s cliff dwellings offer a spectacular glimpse of Colorado’s ancient human history from a thousand years ago. But what most visitors don’t realize is that the overhanging cliffs, which sheltered Colorado’s very first neighborhoods, have a much longer story to tell—one that dates to 78...
June 24 2016, 9:00 AM
A peaceful morning fishing in the Vail Valley
—Courtesy of GetMyBoat
Growing up in Colorado, boating was one of Kira Maixner's favorite summer activities. On hot summer days, the Maixner family would pile into their pickup truck and drive to Horsetooth, Chatfield, or Green Mountain reservoirs for a day of sun and fun on the water. Even after moving to San Francisco...
June 21 2016, 1:40 PM
—Photo courtesy of Jeff Golden / Colorado Mountain Club
If you’re regularly active, you may think you can hike a fourteener without targeted training. Sure, it’s possible—but we wouldn’t recommend it. Most 14,000-plus-foot peaks gain at least 3,000 feet of elevation in a span of several miles; that’s like taking your five-mile jog and tilting the path...
June 14 2016, 4:00 PM
The view of Mount Evans from the top of the Summit Trail. —Photos by Terri Cook
Length: 5.2 miles round-trip
Why we love it: Thriving trees, shade for hot summer days, and a moderate grade and smooth surface that make it a pleasure to go up or down
When to go: Any time of year with Yaktrax, or mid-spring through late fall without
Pre-hike buzz: As you...
June 14 2016, 11:25 AM
—Photo courtesy Eleven Experience
If you’re a dedicated runner, your daily runs probably feel like mini-vacations from workaday life: You get away, blow off stress, and return feeling refreshed and invigorated. So why not turn running into the centerpiece of an extended escape? Here are three Colorado-based adventures that use...
June 6 2016, 4:15 PM
Winter Park Resort
—Photo courtesy of Sean Parsons
On January 22, 2012, Christopher Norris died in an inbounds avalanche at Winter Park Resort. He left behind his college sweetheart, Salynda Fleury, a toddler daughter, and a newborn son. Four months later, his widow filed a negligence and wrongful-death lawsuit against Intrawest Winter Park...
June 6 2016, 3:00 PM
Handies Peak, near Lake City, is a relatively easy fourteener that most rookie hikers don't know about due to its distance from the Front Range.
—Photo courtesy of chrisH2006 / YouTube
Memorial Day has come and gone, which means we’ve reached the season of white pants, grilling, and, best of all, fourteeners. But summiting a 14,000-plus-foot peak isn’t as easy as sliding a steak over the flames. If you don’t go about training or hiking the right way, you could be missing out on...
June 1 2016, 12:55 PM
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