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
More than 1,000 years ago, Ancestral Puebloans went to extreme efforts to build a Great House that aligned with the moonrise between these two rock pinnacles.
Tucked into the forested foothills of the San Juan Mountains is Chimney Rock National Monument, a little-known area that features a fascinating archaeological complex built by ancestors of modern Puebloan tribes. Constructed between about A.D. 1000 and 1100, the development, which hosts...
August 29 2016, 3:35 PM
Make sure your visit to South Dakota coincides with the annual buffalo roundup in Custer State Park.
Feel that chill in the morning air? That's fall making its first appearance. With the first day of autumn less than a month away (September 22), it's time to start planning some weekend getaways. Of course, leaf peeping should be on everyone's fall calendar. But we've got three other ideas—in...
August 25 2016, 1:20 PM
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