Stand-up paddleboarding on the Slate River near Crested Butte. —Photo courtesy of Irwin Guides
The quintessential Colorado postcard shows snow-covered slopes and rosy-cheeked skiers sipping hot cocoa. Winter, after all, is king in the Centennial State. But here’s a surprising statistic: According to the Colorado Tourism Office, 4.8 million tourists visited the state during the months of...
April 17 2015, 11:17 AM
50 Urban Adventures You Must Try | You don't have to drive far into the mountains for outdoor thrills. Try these 50 bona fide (and really fun!) escapades without leaving the Front Range.
Colorado Broke My _____! | As part of our feature on pain, two Denver sports med docs break down the most...
April 15 2015, 9:30 AM
Why we love it: There’s a little something—boating, camping, walking, biking, camping—for everyone at this near-to-Denver state park.
When to go: Early morning so you can spy on wildlife before passing cars make them shy away.
Today, it might be difficult to imagine the...
April 14 2015, 10:01 AM
One leg of the Bent Rock Trail explores this beautiful canyon.
Why we love it: Seclusion, sandstone scenery, and abundant wildlife in one of the Front Range’s most remote open space parcels.
When to go: Spring or fall, when temperatures are moderate. The area is open March 1 through the end of November.
This relatively flat, 5.5-mile loop...
April 7 2015, 12:45 PM
Hello spring! —Image courtesy of Shutterstock
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
April 2 | Colorado Paragliding Season Begins
Golden’s Colorado Paragliding launches its season at Lookout Mountain with tandem flights for $169 per person (adrenaline rush and face-splitting grin included).
April 4 | Breckenridge Spring Fever
Twenty bucks gets you...
April 2 2015, 1:00 PM
Jes Meiris, minutes before ascending the first pitch of the Nose during her attempt to climb the route last summer. Photo by April Mayhew.
Imagine scaling a sheer, dead-vertical granite wall, roughly twice the height of the Empire State Building. Now imagine doing it all alone, through the black of night, with only spiders and occasional text messages from worried loved ones to keep you company. Jessica Meiris doesn’t need to imagine...
April 2 2015, 9:30 AM
—Image courtesy of STARS.
It’s a slushy scene on Colorado’s ski slopes right now, but beer isn’t the only way to turn those spring conditions into a party. The STARS Mountain Challenge happening at Steamboat next weekend (March 27–28) turns slush-skiing into a fundraiser for adaptive athletes.
It’s like a scavenger hunt...
March 24 2015, 12:15 PM
Welcome to Estes! —Courtesy of Shutterstock
No matter the season, tourists and locals flock to Estes Park for its breathtaking scenery, various outdoors adventures, and unparalleled wildlife viewing. This historic town—it was named for a gold miner named Joel Estes, who “discovered” the Estes Valley in 1859—is also (and most notably) the...
March 18 2015, 10:21 AM