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No matter the season, tourists and locals flock to Estes Park for its breathtaking scenery, various outdoors adventures, and unparalleled wildlife viewing. This historic town—it was named for a gold miner named Joel Estes, who “discovered” the Estes Valley in 1859—is also (and most notably) the...
March 18 2015, 10:21 AM
Why we love it: A steady, well-graded climb of intermediate length that leads you past spectacular scenery and peaceful pines, and ends at a small waterfall.
When to go: Any time of year with Yaktrax, or mid-spring through late fall without.
The 7-mile, out-and-back...
March 17 2015, 10:10 AM
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS
March 7 | Mineral Belt Mayhem
The first of the Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Race Series spring races, the Mineral Belt Mayhem tackles 11 high-elevation miles—at night.
(Check out five other rides to start training for now)
March 13 to 29 | Aspen Snowmass...
March 6 2015, 10:00 AM
–Image courtesy of Tasha and David Scholze
As the sun climbs higher in the sky, it’s time to start ramping up mileage on your running schedule. Whether you’re training for a mountain run or dreaming of finishing your first marathon, signing up for one (or all!) of these events will keep you moving throughout mud season.
March 4 2015, 10:00 AM
Why we love it: Sweeping foothills vistas along an easy-to-follow loop with an abundance of wildlife.
When to go: Late spring through early winter, after the weather has been dry for a couple of weeks.
Nestled at the transition between the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains, Boulder...
March 3 2015, 1:00 PM
If exercising more is one of your New Year’s resolutions, stay motivated by signing up for a bike ride that will challenge you later in the year. These paved options cater to a range of fitness levels and training schedules. While it may seem like these dates are a long way off, remember: It's...
February 25 2015, 10:20 AM
—Image courtesy of Sierra Club–Rocky Mountain Chapter
I was sitting at the table for an early breakfast on January 26 when the sound of sirens racing by en route to a crime scene interrupted the morning calm. Like any journalist would do, I immediately put down my coffee and plugged in to scan Twitter, Facebook, and newsfeeds to figure out what had...
February 24 2015, 12:44 PM
Green Mountain Trail, located in William F. Hayden Park.
Any seasoned trail runner will agree that rain, mud, and snow aren’t good reasons to skimp on an outdoor running routine. Strap on a pair of hearty hiking shoes (or Yaktrax, if it's icy) and test out winter trails at these four locations—all just outside Denver.
Green Mountain (William F....
February 19 2015, 12:30 PM