—Denver Public Library Western History/Genealogy Department
Mt. Sniktau rises among the snow-swept summits just east of the Continental Divide, a modest peak next to the more impressive fourteeners that surround it. The mountain pushes 13,234 feet above sea level, but the hike to the top takes only about two hours, depending on the wind. In the early 1970s...
—Photo by Brian Silcox
In a grassy field at the north end of Boulder Municipal Airport, I find Alfonso Ossorio sitting atop a picnic table, watching with childlike wonder as motorless glider planes land on the runway. Dressed in an Army green expedition shirt and khakis, Ossorio has a sturdy build and a thick shock of...
—Photo by Jeff Nelson
Derek Bouchard-Hall was in trouble. He hadn’t trained and admitted he didn’t even know all the rules. He was far behind as he pulled into the pits. But those weren’t even his biggest issues. It was the doughnuts that were really giving him problems.
The new president and CEO of Colorado Springs–...
—Illustration by Dan Page
Unraveling a 23-year marriage is no simple thing. Kerry Rayder understood that, but she also thought her amicable divorce should be uncomplicated. In 2013, her daughter was 17 and nearly out of the house. The family had no major assets aside from a Fort Collins home and shared retirement...
Nirvana in the early '90s
The Gothic Theatre sound guy figured he had a few minutes to wire the stage for the next band, some Seattle trio. Then he looked up and saw the group’s scruffy lead singer striding toward him, strapping on his electric guitar, and sending screechy feedback blasts through the amplifiers. The audio...
Overnight excursions into Utah's Westwater Canyon let rafters soak up the scenery.
—Photo courtesy of Moab Adventure Center
It’s a cloudless May morning, and I’m gazing across the Colorado River, which looks deceptively tame from the Westwater boat launch. Beyond our rafts, the water flows swift and flat, with plenty of space to spread out between the tamarisk-covered banks. But Skull Rapid and the Room of Doom await...
Buena Vista's Surf Chateau hotel sits on the bank of the Arkansas River.
—Photography by Kimberly Gavin
When it comes to stunning après-recreation lodging in Colorado, skiers get all the authentic-Navajo-rug, high-thread-count glory. Meanwhile, kayakers and river rafters tend to end up in chain motels or sleeping bags for their end-of-day accommodations. That was, until two years ago, when Buena...
Rafflecopter’s lounge features Blu Dot Paramount sofas and Nuevo Sussex floor lamps from All Modern.
—Photography by Brian Thorpe
Five years ago, Georgia Institute of Technology alumni and friends Greg Goodson, JR Patten, and Justin Ratner were running their startup, online giveaway site Rafflecopter, out of a 300-square-foot basement office in Boulder—and the Ramen-stocked apartment they all shared. So when the venture’s...