Beautiful Trappers Lake has been called "the Cradle of Wilderness" due to its role in sparking our nation's wilderness movement. Photo courtesy of Bradleyboulder via Wikimedia Commons
One of Colorado’s most beautiful autumn drives is the Flat Tops Trail, a scenic byway that twists and turns through the rugged mountains between the small towns of Yampa and Meeker. The undisputed highlight of this route is Trappers Lake, a 300-acre alpine lake reached via an eight-mile spur road...
November 14 2016, 11:54 AM
Aspen groves and red-rock boulders make for a picturesque fall scene on the Staunton Ranch Trail; Photos by author
Length: 12 miles roundtrip
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Why we love it: The trail provides access to the base of Elk Falls, previously only viewable from a distant lookout point
When to go: Year-round
Restrooms: At the lower Staunton Ranch trailhead parking lot
November 8 2016, 3:22 PM
We're getting amped for ski season. Are you? Photo by Tripp Fay, Copper Mountain Resort
Arapahoe Basin may have won the friendly #RacetoOpen competition by being the first Colorado ski resort to open this season (it welcomed carvers on Friday, October 21). But your skiing options are about to expand: Check out when the rest of the state's ski areas are set to welcome riders*—and what...
November 3 2016, 1:30 PM
The top of Golden's North Table Mountain was once the lowest point in the landscape.
Photo courtesy of Terri Cook and Lon Abbott
Golden’s laid-back and free-spirited ambiance is due in part to its marvelous foothills location and the separation from Denver granted by North and South Table Mountains. Because the two mesas rise high above the city, it would be natural to assume that, like the nearby Rockies, some great...
October 31 2016, 12:25 PM
Denver Climbing Company founder Dan Krug's customized wall made a climb-and-jump at 4,000 feet possible—from a hot air balloon. Photo and video courtesy of Denver Climbing Company
While you were sipping pumpkin spice lattes last November, Dan Krug was brainstorming how to take his passion for climbing to (literal) new heights.
The rock climbing guide and founder of Denver Climbing Company enjoys two hobbies above most others—climbing and skydiving—so he...
October 26 2016, 1:35 PM
A hiker enjoys the autumn leaves along the new multi-use trail segment in Clear Creek Canyon. Courtesy of Lon Abbott and Terri Cook
Length: 6 miles roundtrip
Why we love it: Gain a fresh perspective on Clear Creek Canyon from a new multi-use trail
When to go: Year-round
Pre-hike buzz: Before you embark, swing by the Windy Saddle in Golden for an Espresso or Chai Charger and a Breakfast Croissant Sandwich or...
October 25 2016, 1:10 PM
Morrison’s year-round population might register under 500, but it’d be a mistake to bypass this town en route to a show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The Jefferson County borough boasts a lively main drag, rich 19th century history, and amazing Front Range hiking. Here’s your guide for spending a...
October 11 2016, 4:25 PM
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