The top of Golden's North Table Mountain was once the lowest point in the landscape.
Photo courtesy of Terri Cook and Lon Abbott
Golden’s laid-back and free-spirited ambiance is due in part to its marvelous foothills location and the separation from Denver granted by North and South Table Mountains. Because the two mesas rise high above the city, it would be natural to assume that, like the nearby Rockies, some great...
October 31 2016, 12:25 PM
Denver Climbing Company founder Dan Krug's customized wall made a climb-and-jump at 4,000 feet possible—from a hot air balloon. Photo and video courtesy of Denver Climbing Company
While you were sipping pumpkin spice lattes last November, Dan Krug was brainstorming how to take his passion for climbing to (literal) new heights.
The rock climbing guide and founder of Denver Climbing Company enjoys two hobbies above most others—climbing and skydiving—so he...
October 26 2016, 1:35 PM
A hiker enjoys the autumn leaves along the new multi-use trail segment in Clear Creek Canyon. Courtesy of Lon Abbott and Terri Cook
Length: 6 miles roundtrip
Why we love it: Gain a fresh perspective on Clear Creek Canyon from a new multi-use trail
When to go: Year-round
Pre-hike buzz: Before you embark, swing by the Windy Saddle in Golden for an Espresso or Chai Charger and a Breakfast Croissant Sandwich or...
October 25 2016, 1:10 PM
Morrison’s year-round population might register under 500, but it’d be a mistake to bypass this town en route to a show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The Jefferson County borough boasts a lively main drag, rich 19th century history, and amazing Front Range hiking. Here’s your guide for spending a...
October 11 2016, 4:25 PM
The view of Longs Peak from Green Mountain's West Ridge Trail. Photo courtesy of Terri Cook and Lon Abbott
Length: 2.8 miles roundtrip
Why we love it: A peaceful walk through the woods that ends on a summit with views of the Continental Divide
When to go: Spring through late fall or year-round with Yaktrax
Pre-hike buzz: Just after you exit US-36, stop by the family-operated...
October 11 2016, 1:55 PM
This image of Alan Wyatt, a firefighter killed in the massive Missionary Ridge wildfire, is one of 14 unique carvings that have helped the community to heal from this devastating experience. Photo by Terri Cook
In June 2002, southwestern Colorado was suffering from a prolonged drought, and the conditions around Lake Vallecito—an idyllic summer cabin community about 18 miles northeast of Durango—were particularly dry. After a spark of unknown origin started a small fire on June 9, it quickly jumped a...
September 30 2016, 11:05 AM
The Royal Gorge's steep walls tower 1,250 feet above the Arkansas River. Photo courtesy of Terri Cook and Lon Abbott
Of the many scenic river canyons that slice through the Front Range foothills, none can match the depth and grandeur of the Royal Gorge, whose nearly vertical walls soar 1,250 feet above the Arkansas River just upstream from Cañon City. While magnificent when seen from the lookouts on either rim,...
September 26 2016, 10:54 AM
There's never a bad time of year to enjoy Colorado's natural beauty.
What's the first thing that pops into your mind when you think about the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park? We're guessing it's "The Shining" and "haunted." That's understandable, but the hotel's prime location offers a lot more than spooky bedtime stories—like easy access to outdoor adventure. After all...
September 22 2016, 2:15 PM