Length: The out-and-back trail can be altered in length between 1 and 16 miles roundtrip
Difficulty: Easy to intermediate, depending upon length
Why we love it: The choice of road or trail for the first 4.6 miles allows you to adjust your effort on the spot and makes for an excellent 9.2-mile-...
December 22 2015, 12:12 PM
Bird's-eye view of Carbondale—with Mt. Sopris looming in the background—from Mushroom Rock on a mild March day.
When Men's Journal named Carbondale one of "The 10 Best Places to Live Now" earlier this year, it clued the rest of the country in to something Colorado adventurers have long known: There's no shortage of things to do in this mountain hamlet. Located between Glenwood Springs and Aspen, at...
December 16 2015, 11:45 AM
At the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, members of the AdAmAn Club—so named because it only adds one new member per year—set off fireworks from the summit of Pikes Peak, a geologically unusual mountain.
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Each year since 1922, a group of roughly 30 hardy mountaineers known as the AdAmAn Club has scaled Pikes Peak’s steep, icy slopes on the last two days of December. From the summit, at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, the group sets off a stunning fireworks display to usher in the...
December 11 2015, 11:09 AM
Of course she'll say yes. —Photo by Sarah Boyum
Thinking of popping the question this holiday season? Your timing is on point. “Engagement Season” (yes, that’s a thing) starts after Thanksgiving, peaks in December, and lasts until Valentine’s Day. Put a ring on it during a high-romance winter visit to one of these iconic locales,...
December 10 2015, 2:30 PM
Length: 3 miles round trip
Why we love it: Enjoy the serenity and scenery of Utah slickrock country without the long drive.
When to go: Any time of year; this open space is especially beautiful after it snows
Pre-hike buzz: The nearby Agia...
December 8 2015, 3:40 PM
Kick back this holiday in a hammock compact enough to fit in your stocking.
—Photo courtesy of Chris Loidolt
Here are seven gift ideas—from top-notch sportswear to can't-go-without-them camping products—suited for adventurers.
(Find the perfect present for everyone your list in 5280's gift guide)
$74.95–$84.95 (pictured above)
Not a lot of gifts that are nearly nine-by...
December 8 2015, 12:45 PM
Spectators gather to watch the downhill race at the 2015 Audi Birds of Prey World Cup in Beaver Creek. —Photo by author
In Austria, the world’s fastest skiers possess a celebrity status akin to Peyton Manning here in Colorado. But in the United States, World Cup racers are more or less unrecognizable, unless you’re a die-hard fan. Last weekend, the 2015 Audi Birds of Prey World Cup landed in Beaver Creek, marking...
December 7 2015, 11:08 AM
A wildlife overpass being constructed on Highway 9; once finished (grass and dirt will eventually create a path), animals will be able to walk over the highway rather than on it. (Photo courtesy of Bill Matlock / Colorado Department of Transportation)
If you've lived in Colorado long enough, you've likely found yourself stopping for—or swerving out of the way of—a deer, moose, or elk. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), more than 3,000 wildlife-vehicle collisions have been reported each year for the past decade. In an...
December 3 2015, 1:14 PM