Why we love it: Absolute convenience; it is practically in our backyard.
When to go: Commerce City's Rocky Mountain Arsenal is rarely crowded, but if you go early—the area opens at sunrise—you’ll have the best odds for bird and wildlife watching.
When you look out over the Rocky...
August 26 2014, 1:00 PM
Cresting a 14,000-foot peak is a source of pride and a rite of passage for many Coloradans. And with many of the peaks only a few hours from Denver, it's also a feasible day trip. As a recent Colorado transplant, I decided it was about time I joined the fourteener club. Mount Bierstadt, accessible...
August 19 2014, 9:38 AM
—Photo by Daniel Dunn
Last september, while watching her first cyclocross race, Denver resident Jill Landman Alfond had an unexpected reaction. She fell in love. Alfond, 44, couldn’t take her eyes off the rowdy racecourse, which weaved a tight route through a field in Fort Collins. Hundreds of adrenalized cyclists...
—Illustration by Riki Blanco
—Courtesy of Drew Carlson
With deer and elk hunting season on the horizon, the five rifle lanes at BluCore Shooting Center in Lakewood—the only 100-yard lanes open to the public in the state—are busy. Here, hunters can zero their rifle scopes (essentially centering them for better accuracy) and work on their aim, both...
—Courtesy of Boulder County Parks & Open Space
One year ago this month, a monstrous wall of mud, water, and debris ripped through the Front Range, flattening anything in its path—and, in many cases, taking the path right along with it (for more on the 2013 floods, read “The Rising”). In Boulder County alone—the worst-hit of the 17 affected...
—Photo by Andrew Maguire Photography
Name: Ben Clark
Job: Commercial Filmmaker
In 2002, at the age of 23, when most of us are still trying to find our first real job, Ben Clark hit a career high, both literally and figuratively, by becoming the youngest American to summit Mount Everest. He spent the...
August 12 2014, 3:00 PM
Every summer and winter, the biggest outdoor brands (and a few up-and-comers) gather in Salt Lake City to showcase their new gear and technical innovations for the upcoming year. Outdoor Retailer, or OR, is the industry's largest trade show and attracts over 25,000 attendees; most are buyers from...
August 12 2014, 11:45 AM