The site of a recent high-altitude rescue, The Diamond on Longs Peak is one of the nation's most dramatic mountain faces.
The Longs Peak Diamond is among the country’s most spectacular mountain faces. The sheer, 1,000-foot-high wall has been a favorite high-altitude testing ground for experienced rock climbers since its first ascent in 1960, but its extreme exposure and unforgiving nature routinely necessitate...
July 25 2016, 9:00 AM
Welcome to Central City.
—Photo by Daliah Singer
Think the only reason to visit Black Hawk and neighboring Central City is to gamble? Well, you're mostly right. But if you'd like to get some fresh air—and maybe keep some of those chips—these former gold rush towns do have a few other things to offer. Simply follow our handy guide. But, really,...
July 20 2016, 10:00 AM
The terraced pools at The Springs Resort and Spa in Pagosa Springs are a popular year-round destination.
—Photo by Terri Cook
Five hot springs communities in western Colorado have banded together to create a new “springs-to-springs” travel itinerary that links many of the thermal springs that flow so freely in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Based upon the same concept as a scenic driving loop, this 720-mile route connects 19...
July 13 2016, 2:30 PM
The view of Aspen from the platform
—Photo by Terri Cook
Length: 3.5 miles roundtrip
Why we love it: The great views on the way up distract you from the climb, and you can easily extend your outing via the mountain’s extensive trail network.
When to go: Spring through fall; early morning and evening are both great times for...
July 12 2016, 1:00 PM
—All photos by Jerilyn Forsythe
Length: 1.5 miles roundtrip
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Why we love it: The geographical anomaly is accessed via a short but quad-engaging trail that ends with flawless views of an alpine lake.
When to go: Late spring through early fall
Restrooms: Outhouses are...
July 7 2016, 3:11 PM
Aaron Klass treks through snow in his 19th-century kit.
—Image courtesy of Ben Jenkins/Aaron Klass
Coloradans love the great outdoors, but take away our REI and Patagonia, and we’d probably think twice about tackling a fourteener, let alone hiking 521 miles. For their next adventure, Ben Jenkins and Aaron Klass are trading in their modern sportsman gear for equipment, food, and clothing from the...
July 5 2016, 3:30 PM
Length: 9 miles round-trip
Difficulty: Most difficult
Why we love it: The remote location and unusually colorful rocks give this fourteener an especially adventurous feeling
When to go: Mid-summer through early autumn, before the flakes begin to fly. It’s important to get an early-morning start...
June 28 2016, 12:35 PM
The view of Evergreen Lake
—All photos by Erin Skarda
Just a short jaunt from Denver, Evergreen is a world away from city life. Nestled at 7,200 feet, this quaint mountain town is famous for its outdoor recreation, but visitors shouldn’t rush back to a Mile High. From delicious restaurants to live music and unique shops, plus cozy places to stay,...
June 28 2016, 10:00 AM