The Winter Park Express ski train is back for its first winter since 2009. The 500-plus passenger Amtrak train, which connects Denver’s Union Station with Winter Park Resort in a two-hour ride, is taking passengers up to the high country—and off the roads—on Saturdays and Sundays from January 7 through March 27. Photo courtesy of Winter Park Resort/Colorado Ski Country USA
It’s almost that time of year again. And we’re not just talking about ski season—we’re talking about spending hours of our weekends sitting in traffic. And now that (seemingly) the entire population of Earth is moving to Colorado, we fear it isn’t going to get any better.
Luckily, there's a new...
January 4 2017, 1:40 PM
The badlands in El Paso County's Paint Mines Interpretive Park have been mined by Native Americans for ceremonial paint and other uses for 10,000 years. Photo courtesy of Terri Cook and Lon Abbott
In most respects, the town of Calhan, located on U.S. 24 in northeastern El Paso County, is typical of the small towns dotting the state’s vast High Plains. But Calhan hides a colorful secret: vibrant purple, red, pink, and yellow badlands that are the only source of high-grade clay anywhere on...
January 3 2017, 2:00 PM
One of Ajax's classic routes, Face of Bell drops down the steep, gladed slope to the left of the gondola.
Photo by Jeremy Swanson / Aspen Skiing Company
Stats: 394 feet over 0.13 mile
Why we love it: This short, steep drop off an impressive ridge is a paradise of rounded bumps and evenly spaced evergreens.
How to reach it: Take the Silver Queen Gondola or the Gent’s Ridge or Ajax Express lifts to the top of the mountain. Head...
December 27 2016, 11:27 AM
Telluride sure is pretty in the winter. Courtesy of Colorado Ski Country USA / Flickr via Creative Commons
Everyone needs a break after the holiday craziness. Thankfully, a new year means a fresh slate of vacation days—and we have some ideas on what you should do with them. Here, four ideas for where to travel this winter.
Even though it's within Colorado's rectangular borders,...
December 21 2016, 9:55 AM
Courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife
As the blustery temps sweep in (and out) of Colorado, summer may seem like a distant dream. But if you are hoping to snag a prime Colorado campsite, the time to reserve is now. Many campsites open the reservations window six months in advance—which means booking in December for a June trip is not...
December 19 2016, 11:50 AM
One of only five ski areas in Colorado to offer night skiing, Hesperus Ski Area near Durango will now be featured on two Colorado Ski Country USA passes. Photos courtesy of Scott DW Smith/Hesperus Ski Area
Considering how powder-crazy most Coloradans are, it takes a lot for a ski area to fly under the radar. Until a few weeks ago, Hesperus Ski Area near Durango had accomplished just that. But days after Thanksgiving, the beginner-friendly mountain popular for night skiing became a member of...
December 14 2016, 2:00 PM
Zion National Park's stunning rock faces
Photos by author unless otherwise noted
In 2016, the U.S. marked the Centennial birthday of the National Park Service. To celebrate, we decided to push our boundaries—quite literally—by venturing across state lines to Zion National Park. The 229-square-mile preservatory was founded in 1919 as Utah’s first national park and is known...
December 14 2016, 12:10 PM
Photography by Terri Cook
Length: 4.4 miles roundtrip
Why we love it: This flat, out-and-back route has awesome views of the foothills and high peaks for those short, cold days when you long for some fresh air
When to go: During winter, when other trails are too icy, and in spring,...
December 13 2016, 4:00 PM