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
Photo by Terri Cook
Why we love it: The moderate elevation gain compared to other fourteeners leaves you with enough energy to enjoy the crystal-clear waters of Sloan Lake and the gorgeous flower display in upper American Basin.
When to go: Late spring, after most of the snow has melted, through early fall,...
August 4 2015, 8:30 AM
Stand up paddleboarding on the Slate River near Crested Butte. —Photo courtesy of Irwin Guides
There are few things more American than a road trip, and lucky for us, Denver is a convenient starting point for many epic out-of-town adventures. Here, five quick escapes that are sure to take your remaining summer weekends up a notch—after all, it's only a matter of time before powder hounds back...
July 29 2015, 11:00 AM
Why we love it: The steady, well-graded climb leads you through forest, past small waterfalls, and ends at a scenic lake with mountain vistas.
When to go: Summertime. When it’s burning up at lower elevation, drive through the Boulder Canyon to this Eldora trail. Not only will...
July 29 2015, 8:30 AM