Gather a group of friends and get exploring. Photo courtesy of Outdoor Adventure Quest
Imagine combining two of Coloradans' favorite things—the great outdoors and competition—into an epic, multi-day adventure with a group of fellow explorers. Now you can, thanks to Outdoor Adventure Quest (OAQ).
This challenge allows teams of two to six people to compete against...
August 24 2016, 8:57 AM
Canyons of the Ancients National Monument is a gorgeous area of flat-topped mesas, twisting canyons, and pink, red, and white sandstone towers. Photo by Terri Cook
Length: 6.2 miles roundtrip
Why we love it: This trail has plenty of sunshine, smooth sandstone, gorgeous views, and Ancestral Puebloan ruins along the way
When to go: May through November, as long as the temperatures are moderate
Dogs: Allowed on leash...
August 23 2016, 3:00 PM
Black Canyon of the Gunnison
—Courtesy of Photo Kent / Flickr via Creative Commons
Way out west, where the wildflowers grow, sits a town full of real Americana. Most people, though, likely pass right through Gunnison, hood ornaments pointed toward the West Elk Mountains star Crested Butte. That’s their loss. Those who pause long enough to soak up the rich tapestry that composes...
August 17 2016, 10:45 AM
The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad rolls through the plains.
—Courtesy of Stacey McKenna
This month, take a special trip on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, a national historic landmark and the highest and longest narrow gauge steam locomotive in the U.S., and learn more about Colorado's diverse and beautiful landscapes.
Each summer, the railroad invites passengers to...
August 16 2016, 1:20 PM
The view of Longs Peak from the saddle just below the final ascent to the summit
—Photo by Terri Cook
Length: 8 miles roundtrip
Why we love it: Relatively easy and quick access to fields of wildflowers and stunning views of the Continental Divide—and beyond
When to go: June through October. As with all alpine peaks, it's important to get an early-morning start to avoid...
August 9 2016, 11:35 AM
If you book a flight from Denver to Moab through Boutique Air, things should feel pretty status quo until you arrive at the gate. You’ll check in, check your bag (which is free, by the way), pass through security, and arrive at your designated boarding area. That’s when you will be met by your...
August 8 2016, 2:30 PM
About 10 percent of Team USA's athletes trained at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
—Courtesy of the U.S. Olympic Committee
During the many hours of TV coverage of this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games, the airwaves will be filled with the remarkable stories of Team USA’s 550-plus athletes: Their childhoods, sacrifices, thrilling victories, and agonizing defeats. For 49 of these remarkable athletes, their road to Rio...
August 2 2016, 2:00 PM
SCOTT Running's Alex Nichols competes in the 2016 Vail GoPro Games.
—Photo by Peter Maksimow
Colorado’s trail running is arguably among the best in the country. Thanks to our massive mountain summits, altitude, and epic scenery, the Centennial State continually plays host to world-class competitive races (our trails being accessible, well maintained and challenging doesn’t hurt, either)....
July 28 2016, 11:00 AM