—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
Grain by grain, a spring plucked away the enormous alcove that protects Cliff Palace, one of Mesa Verde's most extensive Ancient Puebloan dwellings.
—Terri Cook and Lon Abbott
Mesa Verde’s cliff dwellings offer a spectacular glimpse of Colorado’s ancient human history from a thousand years ago. But what most visitors don’t realize is that the overhanging cliffs, which sheltered Colorado’s very first neighborhoods, have a much longer story to tell—one that dates to 78...
June 24 2016, 9:00 AM
A peaceful morning fishing in the Vail Valley
—Courtesy of GetMyBoat
Growing up in Colorado, boating was one of Kira Maixner's favorite summer activities. On hot summer days, the Maixner family would pile into their pickup truck and drive to Horsetooth, Chatfield, or Green Mountain reservoirs for a day of sun and fun on the water. Even after moving to San Francisco...
June 21 2016, 1:40 PM
—Photo courtesy of Jeff Golden / Colorado Mountain Club
If you’re regularly active, you may think you can hike a fourteener without targeted training. Sure, it’s possible—but we wouldn’t recommend it. Most 14,000-plus-foot peaks gain at least 3,000 feet of elevation in a span of several miles; that’s like taking your five-mile jog and tilting the path...
June 14 2016, 4:00 PM
The view of Mount Evans from the top of the Summit Trail. —Photos by Terri Cook
Length: 5.2 miles round-trip
Why we love it: Thriving trees, shade for hot summer days, and a moderate grade and smooth surface that make it a pleasure to go up or down
When to go: Any time of year with Yaktrax, or mid-spring through late fall without
Pre-hike buzz: As you...
June 14 2016, 11:25 AM