Back in 1891, rancher Bob Womack was herding cattle in Poverty Gulch, near modern-day Cripple Creek, when something sparkly caught his eye. It was a narrow,two-inch vein of quartz—mixed with phenomenally high concentrations of gold. Womack quickly filed a mining claim but never got to develop it...
July 14 2015, 1:45 PM
—Photo by Seth K. Hughes Photography
Been curious to try stand-up paddleboarding on the river? You’re in luck. In June, Aspen's Limelight Hotel launched a complimentary river SUP program. Every Wednesday morning through September, Charlie MacArthur, owner of Aspen Kayak and SUP Academy, takes guests on a three-hour adventure...
July 13 2015, 2:10 PM
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July 11 and 12 The RIDE Festival
Telluride’s Town Park welcomes bands such as Widespread Panic, Gov’t Mule, Moon Taxi, and North Mississippi Allstars to this popular music festival, now in its fourth year.
July 13 to 19 Crested Butte Wildflower Festival
Photography, garden tours,...
July 8 2015, 10:00 AM
Mount Yale is Colorado's 21st-highest peak. —Courtesy of Shutterstock
Why we love it: Easy access, a well-graded trail, abundant aspens, and amazing summit views make Mount Yale a prime pick among Colorado’s 54 fourteeners.
When to go: Late spring, after most of the snow has melted, through early fall, when the aspen-covered hillsides turn orange and gold. It...
July 7 2015, 11:45 AM
“I’m already to downtown Denver?” It was a May morning, and Liz Thomas had begun her urban hike down Colfax Avenue around 7:30 a.m. near Genesee Park. Now, she saw a church tower in the distance—the change in neighborhood keying her into her downtown approach. She wore a headlamp on her chest and a...
June 30 2015, 10:00 AM
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Summer—and the sun—are both finally here! Take this as a sign to get outside and hit the trail running. Whether you're just getting started or are practically a pro, Coloradans are lucky to have a variety of choices on which to log some miles (and many are just a short drive from Denver). Here are...
June 26 2015, 9:30 AM
A mural on the side of Pedal House bike shop in downtown Laramie.
Look out! We're leaving our beloved square state for another. But don't worry—the drive time to our destination is usually less than it is to many of our favorite I-70 mountain locations. In 5280's first departure from in-state First-Timer's Guides, we went up to 7,200-foot Laramie, Wyoming....
June 24 2015, 12:45 PM
This gentle trail is perfect for families or anyone seeking solitude.
Why we love it: You’re likely to have this easy, out-and-back stroll in the heart of Roosevelt National Forest all to yourself.
When to go: Late spring, when the wildflowers are blooming, through early fall, when the vibrant stands of aspen turn gold.
This 3-to-5-mile roundtrip route...
June 16 2015, 9:45 AM