The view of North Table Mountain from the Belcher Hill Trail.
Why we love it: Easy access, varied terrain, and tremendous views down to the plains make this loop a perennial favorite.
When to go: Early or late in the day to avoid the crowds.
This 6.5-mile-long "lollipop" loop explores the southeastern part of White Ranch Park, part of the...
May 5 2015, 12:45 PM
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Sun’s out; guns out. And there’s hardly a better gun-shaping sport than rock climbing. But in order to reap the benefits of this very Colorado sport, you have to actually be able to get on your route. Fortunately, as we head into prime sending season, the Boulder-born climbing website Mountain...
April 29 2015, 11:00 AM
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Keystone has several things going for it during summer months: Without traffic, the town is just over an hour’s drive from Denver; it’s reachable by Loveland Pass (which affords spectacular views from the Continental Divide); and it’s far more low-key than many of Colorado’s star-studded—and...
April 24 2015, 11:19 AM
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It may be mud season in the high country, but in the foothills of Golden, the trails are primed for the influx of hikers, bikers, climbers, and horseback riders who flock to the area in the spring. While only a short 25-minute drive from Denver, a visit to Golden is a necessary escape from city...
April 22 2015, 3:01 PM
Why we love it: A unique weekend alternating-use schedule allows hikers and bikers to enjoy this loop’s panoramic views into Clear Creek Canyon and peaceful stretches of backcountry without bumping into one another.
When to go: Spring through autumn, when the shadier sections are clear of...
April 21 2015, 11:00 AM
Stand-up paddleboarding on the Slate River near Crested Butte. —Photo courtesy of Irwin Guides
The quintessential Colorado postcard shows snow-covered slopes and rosy-cheeked skiers sipping hot cocoa. Winter, after all, is king in the Centennial State. But here’s a surprising statistic: According to the Colorado Tourism Office, 4.8 million tourists visited the state during the months of...
April 17 2015, 11:17 AM
50 Urban Adventures You Must Try | You don't have to drive far into the mountains for outdoor thrills. Try these 50 bona fide (and really fun!) escapades without leaving the Front Range.
Colorado Broke My _____! | As part of our feature on pain, two Denver sports med docs break down the most...
April 15 2015, 9:30 AM
Why we love it: There’s a little something—boating, camping, walking, biking, camping—for everyone at this near-to-Denver state park.
When to go: Early morning so you can spy on wildlife before passing cars make them shy away.
Today, it might be difficult to imagine the...
April 14 2015, 10:01 AM