—Photo Illustration: Sean Parsons; (signs) istock; (Mt. Lincon) Courtesy of Matt Vincent; (Mt. Democrat) Courtesy of Wikipedia; (mt. wilson) Courtesy of U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
Mark Regis was trail-beaten and taking shelter from high-country wind when the angry man appeared with a gun. It was August 2009, and Regis, along with his wife and two friends, had just summited 14,023-foot Wilson Peak, about 15 miles south of Telluride in the Uncompahgre National Forest. Wilson...
—View from Gold Dust Peak, where an Air Force pilot crashed his A-10 jet, courtesy of Mitch Utterback; bomb image (an MK-82) courtesy of the United States Air Force
This past October, drawn by a mystery that has long since faded from public memory, I drove 20 miles on a rugged jeep road to a trailhead deep in the Holy Cross Wilderness southwest of Vail. From there, I trekked solo for several miles toward the face of 13,371-foot Gold Dust Peak. As I ascended...
—Photo by Aaron Colussi
Dana Rodriguez, known to those in Denver’s food industry as Loca, sits across from me at a high table near the bar of Work & Class, her hot RiNo restaurant. “Loca” is Spanish for “crazy,” and Rodriguez has promised to share with me the story of how she got the nickname. As a former chef at...
—Photograph by Aaron Colussi
Mickey (left) and Kyle Zeppelin in the Source, the popular food market they opened in 2013
In the more than 15 years they’ve worked together as the father-son team behind Zeppelin Development, Mickey Zeppelin has only fired his now 43-year-old son, Kyle, twice—or maybe three times.
“Kyle was a rebel from the beginning,” laughs Mickey, 78, who founded Zeppelin Development in the 1970s...
—Photography by David Lauer
It’s an oh-so-familiar design narrative: After battling a small and outdated kitchen, a newlywed couple cries out for help—in the form of a designer who can transform the most-used room in the house into a functional showpiece. So it went with Park Hill residents Joel and Lindsey Doub, who called...
—Photography by Kimberly Gavin
The first step in any renovation project is looking at what is and envisioning what could be—and that’s more difficult in some cases than in others. Take Andrea and Scott Stapleford’s dilapidated garage: Where others might have been discouraged by crumbling brick walls, off-kilter doors, and a dirt...
Joe Garone (left) and Barney Visser at the Furniture Row shop in Park Hill
—Photograph by Bryce Boyer
Phoenix international raceway, built into the base of the Estrella Mountains in the southern Arizona desert, doesn’t get a lot of rain. But on an unusually cool, overcast Sunday this past fall, a stubborn drizzle persisted for several hours and postponed the start of the Quicken Loans Race for...
—Illustration by Sarah Hanson
On a sunny day in august 2014, Brenda* swallowed a capsule of MDMA—a component often present in the illegal street drug known as Molly or Ecstasy—donned eyeshades, and reclined on a therapist’s couch in Boulder. From the time she was three until she was 12, Brenda had been sexually and physically...