The Royal Gorge's steep walls tower 1,250 feet above the Arkansas River. Photo courtesy of Terri Cook and Lon Abbott
Of the many scenic river canyons that slice through the Front Range foothills, none can match the depth and grandeur of the Royal Gorge, whose nearly vertical walls soar 1,250 feet above the Arkansas River just upstream from Cañon City. While magnificent when seen from the lookouts on either rim,...
September 26 2016, 10:54 AM
There's never a bad time of year to enjoy Colorado's natural beauty.
What's the first thing that pops into your mind when you think about the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park? We're guessing it's "The Shining" and "haunted." That's understandable, but the hotel's prime location offers a lot more than spooky bedtime stories—like easy access to outdoor adventure. After all...
September 22 2016, 2:15 PM
Healthy stands of aspen along the Purgatory Creek Trail. All photos by Terri Cook
Length: 2.5 miles roundtrip to the viewpoint
Why we love it: Gorgeous stands of aspen along a shady, creekside trail that’s very easy to access from Durango
When to go: Spring through fall. This trail is especially beautiful in early autumn, when the aspen are turning gold...
September 20 2016, 12:00 PM
Fall in the North Fork Valley —Photo courtesy of Smith Fork Ranch
Nature has a way of calming the mind, body and soul. This fall, spoil yourself with a trip to Colorado’s high country. Here, five spectacular adventures to see autumn’s most vibrant shades of orange, gold, and red:
Crested Butte (Gunnison Valley)
Drive Time: 4.5 hours
Why You Should Visit...
September 19 2016, 11:20 AM
Hiking trail 193 offers wildflower blooms, prime prickly pear-scavenging and sweeping views of the city below. Photo by Haley Gray
The Land of Enchantment’s biggest city, Albuquerque, might just be the Southwest’s most underrated destination. Nestled against the stunning Sandia Mountains, this city has more to offer than most realize—if you know where to look. Here’s your guide to eating, playing, and staying in the ABQ....
September 13 2016, 12:30 PM
The Animas Mountain Trail near Durango has great views of the Animas River Valley. All photos by Terri Cook
Length: 5.8 miles roundtrip
Why we love it: One of the area’s most popular outings, this trail climbs steeply up to the top of a plateau, where a series of overlooks offer some of the best views in Durango
When to go: May through November, as long as the temperatures are...
September 7 2016, 12:42 PM
More than 1,000 years ago, Ancestral Puebloans went to extreme efforts to build a Great House that aligned with the moonrise between these two rock pinnacles.
Tucked into the forested foothills of the San Juan Mountains is Chimney Rock National Monument, a little-known area that features a fascinating archaeological complex built by ancestors of modern Puebloan tribes. Constructed between about A.D. 1000 and 1100, the development, which hosts...
August 29 2016, 3:35 PM
Make sure your visit to South Dakota coincides with the annual buffalo roundup in Custer State Park.
Feel that chill in the morning air? That's fall making its first appearance. With the first day of autumn less than a month away (September 22), it's time to start planning some weekend getaways. Of course, leaf peeping should be on everyone's fall calendar. But we've got three other ideas—in...
August 25 2016, 1:20 PM