Durango, Colo. —Courtesy of Shutterstock
In the September issue of 5280, editors share how they spent 36 hours in some of Colorado's charming small towns. Take the quiz below to determine which destination you should check out for your next weekend vacation. Then, head to 5280.com/smalltownco to read more about each of these less-explored...
August 28 2015, 12:00 PM
The UFO Watchtower and gift shop are located a few miles north of Hooper in the heart of Colorado's San Luis Valley.
When it comes to spotting UFOs, most people usually think of New Mexico, not Colorado. Yet a small watchtower in the middle of the San Luis Valley is one of the top spots on the planet to view these unidentified objects, according to Judy Messoline, a cattle rancher-turned-UFOlogist who owns and...
August 24 2015, 2:00 PM
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Squeeze out the remaining days of summer with these awesome festivals and events happening around the state:
August 21 and 22 | Keystone Mountain Town Music Festival
Delta Rae headlines this weekend of free live music, face painting, fireworks, and (of course) plenty of local food...
August 20 2015, 11:00 AM
The Grand Lake scenery is as distracting as its wealth of activities; All photos by author unless otherwise noted
The town of Grand Lake—named after its backdrop, Colorado’s largest and deepest natural body of water—sprouted up as a pit stop and supply point during the Centennial State’s mining days. This tiny town (its year-round population hovers around 450) fills to the brim in summer months with...
August 19 2015, 11:30 AM
Sunrise at Betasso Preserve, located just 5 miles west of downtown Boulder.
Why we love it: Serene forest, singing birds, and gentle terrain—all just a few miles west of Boulder.
When to go: The foothills are always great in summer, when the forest provides welcome shade. The best days to hike this trail are Wednesdays and Saturdays, when the trail is closed...
August 18 2015, 12:00 PM
The Garden of the Gods' dramatic spires are the legacy of a Saharan-scale desert that covered the region about 280 million years ago; Shutterstock
Back in 1859, when a surveyor named Rufus Cable first saw the towering fins of rock jutting over 300 feet into the air near Pikes Peak, he enthusiastically declared that it was “a fit place for the gods to assemble!” From this excited outburst came the name Garden of the Gods, by which we know this...
August 7 2015, 10:25 AM
Glenwood Canyon bike path; Courtesy of Shutterstock
Let the good times roll with some of our favorite road rides across the state. As the last days of summer melt away, if you don’t find the time now, when will you?
Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail
This popular paved trail follows the Colorado River through stunning Glenwood Canyon between...
August 6 2015, 2:40 PM
The family pool and Colorado River at Iron Mountain Hot Springs; photo by Mandy Gauldin / Iron Mountain Hot Springs
Colorado locals and visitors alike have long journeyed three hours west of Denver to soak and play in the warm waters of the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool. But now, Glenwood Springs’ most popular attraction is getting some friendly competition.
Iron Mountain Hot Springs, which opened in July...
August 4 2015, 2:30 PM