Zion National Park's stunning rock faces
Photos by author unless otherwise noted
In 2016, the U.S. marked the Centennial birthday of the National Park Service. To celebrate, we decided to push our boundaries—quite literally—by venturing across state lines to Zion National Park. The 229-square-mile preservatory was founded in 1919 as Utah’s first national park and is known...
December 14 2016, 12:10 PM
Photography by Terri Cook
Length: 4.4 miles roundtrip
Why we love it: This flat, out-and-back route has awesome views of the foothills and high peaks for those short, cold days when you long for some fresh air
When to go: During winter, when other trails are too icy, and in spring,...
December 13 2016, 4:00 PM
Dunton Hot Springs, complete with this luxury bathhouse, is one of our favorite spots for a winter getaway. Photo courtesy of Dunton Hot Springs
Technically, winter hasn't even begun yet—but if some combination of work, family, holiday season or the cold is already wearing on you, consider this an invitation to get some R&R at a relaxing Colorado getaways. Whether your idea of rejuvenation is a backwoods yurt (where no one will find you...
December 8 2016, 3:40 PM
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