The sweet views of victory. —Photo by Jean-François Hardy
Live in the Front Range long enough and “climb a fourteener” will most likely find its way onto your must-do list. Colorado boasts 53 of the 96 mountain peaks in the U.S. that scrape the sky at 14,000 feet or higher. Standing on one of those summits is a rite of passage. In the summer, the...
April 12 2016, 2:35 PM
The Interim Joder Trail explores the heart of a former Arabian horse ranch. —Photos by Terri Cook
Length: 3.8 miles roundtrip
Why we love it: This mellow trail explores the heart of a former Arabian horse ranch in the foothills between Lyons and Boulder
When to go: As soon as the trails are dry!
Pre-hike buzz: Stop at Spruce Confections in North Boulder for steaming coffee...
April 5 2016, 9:30 AM
—Courtesy of the Bishop family
In 1959, 15-year-old Jim Bishop fell in love—not with a woman, but with a heavily forested, 2.5-acre plot of land at nearly 9,000 feet elevation in the foothills southwest of Pueblo. Too young to purchase the parcel himself, Bishop asked his father, an ornamental ironworker, to buy the land for him...
March 31 2016, 4:00 PM
This Spring Break, head to the Devils Kitchen in Colorado National Monument to get your slickrock fix.
—Photo by Terri Cook
Length: 1.5 miles roundtrip
Why we love it: This short-but-sweet trail is a great warm-up hike with wonderful views
When to go: Spring Break, when the sun and slickrock beckon
Pre-hike buzz: Leave enough time to stop at Main Street Bagels in downtown Grand Junction, which...
March 22 2016, 3:15 PM
—Photo by Lindsey B. Koehler
Our first-timer’s guides rarely venture beyond Colorado, but when we go farther afield it’s for good reason. In our opinion, the best reason to take a trip outside the Centennial State in March is to see spring training baseball. Yes, you could do that in Florida, the home of the Grapefruit League...
March 17 2016, 12:00 PM
From Native Americans to Fourteener climbers, Colorado has a long history of people enjoying our state's soothing hot springs.
—Photo by Terri Cook
Last summer, after summiting Mt. Yale and hobbling back to our car, my 14-year-old son and I drove directly to Cottonwood Hot Springs to soak our aching muscles and tired feet. The therapeutic benefits of soaking in hot, soothing mineral waters is no secret; from Native Americans and European...
March 15 2016, 12:15 PM
Loveland is one of many ski areas designed, built, or expanded by veterans of Colorado's 10th Mountain Division, the first mountain warfare unit in U.S. history
—Courtesy of Shutterstock
During World War II, a group of Finnish ski troops took advantage of their extra mobility and knowledge of the local terrain to stave off a fierce attack by a much larger Soviet force. After hearing of the Finnish troops’ success, Charles Minot “Minnie” Dole, the founder of America’s National Ski...
March 10 2016, 3:30 PM
The large network of groomed trails atop Grand Mesa offers an extra-long ski season. —Courtesy of Shutterstock
Length: 7 miles round-trip
Difficulty: Advanced beginner
Why we love it: The high elevation atop Grand Mesa means you’ll get in a good workout while still enjoying a groomed surface
When to go: Late fall through spring, depending upon snow conditions
Pre-hike buzz: Coming from Grand Junction,...
March 8 2016, 1:50 PM