—Photo by Sarah Boyum
Coloradans fancy themselves experts when it comes to hiking, but what happens when someone from sea level comes to visit and has ‘hike a fourteener’ on their must-do list? “The trick is to not scare people off about a hike, but to be realistic,” says Jeff Alt, author of A Walk for Sunshine: A 2,160...
September 11 2015, 10:35 AM
The summit of West Spanish Peak as seen from the trail. —Phoo credit: Terri Cook and Lon Abbott
Why we love it: A true summit experience, but with only 2,200 feet of elevation gain.
When to go: When the road to Cordova Pass is open—typically from late spring through mid-fall. It's important to get an early-morning start to avoid afternoon buildup and allow plenty of time.
September 8 2015, 10:00 AM
The Great Sand Dunes owe their existence to a quirk of topography—a gap between the Crestones and the Blanca fourteeners. —Image courtesy of Shutterstock
People usually associate giant sand dunes with the desert, not the Rocky Mountains. Yet along the eastern edge of Colorado’s San Luis Valley lies a dune field with mounds of sand up to 750 feet high, several stories taller than Denver’s Republic Plaza building. As if the sight of these enormous...
September 4 2015, 2:05 PM
I got bit by the backpacking bug earlier this summer when a friend invited me on a Fourth of July trip up to Conundrum Hot Springs in Aspen, I splurged and bought Osprey's newest pack, the Aura AG 50, in "rainforest green," and I was determined to use it before the cooler days of fall rolled in....
September 4 2015, 9:00 AM
Durango, Colo. —Courtesy of Shutterstock
In the September issue of 5280, editors share how they spent 36 hours in some of Colorado's charming small towns. Take the quiz below to determine which destination you should check out for your next weekend vacation. Then, head to 5280.com/smalltownco to read more about each of these less-explored...
August 28 2015, 12:00 PM
The UFO Watchtower and gift shop are located a few miles north of Hooper in the heart of Colorado's San Luis Valley.
When it comes to spotting UFOs, most people usually think of New Mexico, not Colorado. Yet a small watchtower in the middle of the San Luis Valley is one of the top spots on the planet to view these unidentified objects, according to Judy Messoline, a cattle rancher-turned-UFOlogist who owns and...
August 24 2015, 2:00 PM
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Squeeze out the remaining days of summer with these awesome festivals and events happening around the state:
August 21 and 22 | Keystone Mountain Town Music Festival
Delta Rae headlines this weekend of free live music, face painting, fireworks, and (of course) plenty of local food...
August 20 2015, 11:00 AM
The Grand Lake scenery is as distracting as its wealth of activities; All photos by author unless otherwise noted
The town of Grand Lake—named after its backdrop, Colorado’s largest and deepest natural body of water—sprouted up as a pit stop and supply point during the Centennial State’s mining days. This tiny town (its year-round population hovers around 450) fills to the brim in summer months with...
August 19 2015, 11:30 AM