Why we love it: We can’t get enough of alpine lakes; you’ll see two on this trek.
When to go: The Brainard Lake Recreation Area is near enough to Boulder that the parking spots fill up quickly. Aim to hit the trailhead by 8 a.m. to ensure a spot.
There was a period, last spring,...
September 10 2014, 2:00 PM
Casa Bonita is worth a trip.
Hear me out.
Everything you’ve heard about Casa Bonita is true. The scattered Christmas lights, scrunched tables and outrageous prices hint at a different era of “family” entertainment. The cliff diving is about as impressive as a cannonball off a diving board,...
September 8 2014, 11:30 AM
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As we fork over yet another deposit on a Vail rental condo after years of lugging gear up I-70, we begin to wonder if maybe we shouldn’t consider investing in something a little more permanent, like a second home in the mountains. After all, between gas, hotels, and food, we’re spending thousands...
September 8 2014, 11:00 AM
Too often, we coast through Glenwood Springs en route to Aspen or another far-flung locale without a second thought. But stop and spend a weekend there, and you’ll likely make it a regular getaway.
The Odometer: 157 miles, one-way
If You Do One Thing…: Hit the pool. Yes,...
August 27 2014, 1:00 PM
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