—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...
—Photo by Brent Bingham
Swaddled by a dense grove of aspens, a little spit of land juts out into rambling East Lake Creek. If there’s a more enchanting spot on 146-acre Pony Up Ranch in Edwards, it’d be hard to find. Which is why for more than two years, as architect Tom Cole and workers from Mccord Construction built and...
—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...