“I’m already to downtown Denver?” It was a May morning, and Liz Thomas had begun her urban hike down Colfax Avenue around 7:30 a.m. near Genesee Park. Now, she saw a church tower in the distance—the change in neighborhood keying her into her downtown approach. She wore a headlamp on her chest and a...
June 30 2015, 10:00 AM
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Summer—and the sun—are both finally here! Take this as a sign to get outside and hit the trail running. Whether you're just getting started or are practically a pro, Coloradans are lucky to have a variety of choices on which to log some miles (and many are just a short drive from Denver). Here are...
June 26 2015, 9:30 AM
A mural on the side of Pedal House bike shop in downtown Laramie.
Look out! We're leaving our beloved square state for another. But don't worry—the drive time to our destination is usually less than it is to many of our favorite I-70 mountain locations. In 5280's first departure from in-state First-Timer's Guides, we went up to 7,200-foot Laramie, Wyoming....
June 24 2015, 12:45 PM
When Keystone Resort introduced its two-hour guided hike up Decrum Mountain in 2009, it dubbed the grueling leg- and lung-burner the “2,000-Calorie Hike” because of the energy trekkers burn as they gain 1,000 feet during the six-mile round-trip route. With that in mind, we came up with a few of our...
There may be no “I” in team, but there’s a whole lot of it in Salida’s year-old Captain Zipline Aerial Adventure Park. Unlike a team-building ropes course, aerial adventure parks are larger and more complex, designed to be self-guided using a smart belay system that attaches participants to fixed...
Mt. Elbert (1 hour, 7 minutes, 16 seconds up)
“It is the highest point in Colorado, but it’s a nice wide trail, so you don’t have to worry about falling off a cliff on your way up or down. The views of the mountains around Leadville are spectacular.”
Denver’s colfax marathon goes big on fun (a jaunt through Sports Authority Field at Mile High) and support (13 aid stations). No wonder more than 16,000 runners jammed the starting line this year. But when it comes to adventure…meh. “They’re handing you sports drinks, and if you fall and twist an...
This gentle trail is perfect for families or anyone seeking solitude.
Why we love it: You’re likely to have this easy, out-and-back stroll in the heart of Roosevelt National Forest all to yourself.
When to go: Late spring, when the wildflowers are blooming, through early fall, when the vibrant stands of aspen turn gold.
This 3-to-5-mile roundtrip route...
June 16 2015, 9:45 AM