The view of Longs Peak from Green Mountain's West Ridge Trail. Photo courtesy of Terri Cook and Lon Abbott
Length: 2.8 miles roundtrip
Why we love it: A peaceful walk through the woods that ends on a summit with views of the Continental Divide
When to go: Spring through late fall or year-round with Yaktrax
Pre-hike buzz: Just after you exit US-36, stop by the family-operated...
October 11 2016, 1:55 PM
This image of Alan Wyatt, a firefighter killed in the massive Missionary Ridge wildfire, is one of 14 unique carvings that have helped the community to heal from this devastating experience. Photo by Terri Cook
In June 2002, southwestern Colorado was suffering from a prolonged drought, and the conditions around Lake Vallecito—an idyllic summer cabin community about 18 miles northeast of Durango—were particularly dry. After a spark of unknown origin started a small fire on June 9, it quickly jumped a...
September 30 2016, 11:05 AM
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