Length: 5.6 miles round trip
Why we love it: A leg-pumping climb up “The Wall” along a well-built trail that alternates between lush forest and open views of the red rocks and the plains to the east.
When to go: Any time of year with Yaktrax, or mid-...
November 10 2015, 8:00 AM
Where's the powder at? —Courtesy of Shutterstock
Imagine if you could know weeks or even months out what ski areas in Colorado would get the best snow at any point in time. You’d be able to plan an epic weekend ski trip, determine which resort is ideal for a holiday getaway, or even choose what ski pass to buy.
Those days aren’t quite...
November 5 2015, 11:36 AM
Length: 2.8 miles from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Mesa Trailhead
Why we love it: Scenic views of Boulder, Denver, and the Flatirons, an educational aspect, forest cover, rock-climbing access, and a steep ascent. The hike's a workout,...
November 3 2015, 3:00 PM
As our beloved leaf-peeping season ends, winter's chill clears the way for another Colorado wonder: expansive, star-filled skies. Mid-fall and early winter offer some of the best times to go stargazing (when the sky is clear, of course). The farther away you travel from the city’s lights—and the...
October 30 2015, 12:15 PM
The beautiful rock arch at the end of Royal Arch Trail. —Photo courtesy of Terri Cook
Length: 3.2 miles round trip
Why we love it: It's a short but heart-pounding climb among Boulder’s Flatirons, which ends at a dramatic rock arch and a perfect rest spot to soak up some of the area’s best views.
When to go: This trail is at its best from mid-spring...
October 27 2015, 12:50 PM
The picturesque Santa Fe Plaza (originally a fort) has served as the center of life in the city for more than 400 years and is often filled with tents for the festival du jour.
Our First-Timer's Guide series' second foray outside Colorful Colorado's borders takes us to the Land of Enchantment—specifically, the artist's enclave of Santa Fe, New Mexico. At about six hours away, it's a bit of a haul, but it's a straight shot on I-25 and you'll want the trunk space for the...
October 21 2015, 12:20 PM
Picture yourself fireside at Aspen's famed Hotel Jerome. —Courtesy of Hotel Jerome, an Auberge Resort
The quiet(er) moments between summer travel season and winter ski season are upon us. Translation: less traffic on I-70 and some killer lodging deals at Colorado resorts. Take advantage of the shoulder season with these epic discounts:
The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park
Through the end of...
October 21 2015, 10:35 AM
A snowboarder descends Moose Glades to Eldora's Corona lift. An expansion, currently on hold, would extend the ski area’s boundary down to the valley. —Courtesy of Joe Lindsey
When the U.S. Forest Service released its draft decision, late last winter, on the expansion plans for Eldora Mountain Resort, it looked like the proprietors would get literally everything they asked for.
Despite strong opposition from a number of groups, including Boulder County and area...
October 19 2015, 10:12 AM