Several mountain ranges have risen in the vicinity of Eldorado Canyon State Park.
—Photo courtesy of Lon Abbott
For many people, mountains are a metaphor for permanence. But when we expand our outlook from the human lifespan to that of geologic time, which encompasses millions—and even billions—of years, it becomes apparent that hills, mountains, and other seemingly enduring parts of the landscape are far...
April 21 2016, 3:15 PM
Length: 5 miles roundtrip
Why we love it: This trail offers great views and makes for a good early-season warm-up for both hikers and mountain bikers.
When to go: As soon as the snow is gone, or even sooner with Yaktrax
Pre-hike buzz: Stop by the namesake Windy Saddle Café...
April 19 2016, 12:35 PM
—Courtesy of Winter Park Resort
Slush season in the Centennial State comprises those unremarkable weeks between ski resorts’ closing days and the start of summer. Avoid (too) muddy and (too) wet trails with these four ideas:
Winter Park Resort’s Closing Day, April 24
Closing day at this ski resort means being...
April 18 2016, 9:00 AM
Your home may not look like the lobby of the Waldorf Astoria Park City, but you can still recreate some of its amenities yourself.
—Photo courtesy of Waldorf Astoria Park City
When you book a room at the Waldorf Astoria Park City, you know you're going to get spoiled. But mud season (summer activities at Park City Mountain Resort begin May 27) means you may not have many reasons to visit right now. Not to worry: You can achieve the Waldorf's indulgent comfort right in...
April 14 2016, 1:00 PM
The sweet views of victory. —Photo by Jean-François Hardy
Live in the Front Range long enough and “climb a fourteener” will most likely find its way onto your must-do list. Colorado boasts 53 of the 96 mountain peaks in the U.S. that scrape the sky at 14,000 feet or higher. Standing on one of those summits is a rite of passage. In the summer, the...
April 12 2016, 2:35 PM
The Interim Joder Trail explores the heart of a former Arabian horse ranch. —Photos by Terri Cook
Length: 3.8 miles roundtrip
Why we love it: This mellow trail explores the heart of a former Arabian horse ranch in the foothills between Lyons and Boulder
When to go: As soon as the trails are dry!
Pre-hike buzz: Stop at Spruce Confections in North Boulder for steaming coffee...
April 5 2016, 9:30 AM
—Courtesy of the Bishop family
In 1959, 15-year-old Jim Bishop fell in love—not with a woman, but with a heavily forested, 2.5-acre plot of land at nearly 9,000 feet elevation in the foothills southwest of Pueblo. Too young to purchase the parcel himself, Bishop asked his father, an ornamental ironworker, to buy the land for him...
March 31 2016, 4:00 PM
This Spring Break, head to the Devils Kitchen in Colorado National Monument to get your slickrock fix.
—Photo by Terri Cook
Length: 1.5 miles roundtrip
Why we love it: This short-but-sweet trail is a great warm-up hike with wonderful views
When to go: Spring Break, when the sun and slickrock beckon
Pre-hike buzz: Leave enough time to stop at Main Street Bagels in downtown Grand Junction, which...
March 22 2016, 3:15 PM