—Illustration by Owen Freeman
Sending out an SOS
Trail runner Danelle Ballengee survived two frigid nights on a remote trail with a broken pelvis. Wilderness expert Ford Church analyzes* what the athlete did right—and what she could have done better. —Patrick Doyle
* Check the footnotes for expert analysis from Ford...
—Photograph by Jeff Nelson
What do families on picnic blankets, two herds of bison, and volleyball-playing millennials have in common? On any given day, you can spot them all in Denver’s impressive portfolio of city and mountain parks, seeking—and finding—respite from the view-blocking skyscrapers and traffic soundtrack that...
Diaa Abood and his wife, Hoda Tawfik, with three of their children—Israa, Mehdi, and Doha Hussein—at their house in southwest Denver. Photography by Benjamin Rasmussen
Distant taillights were the only beacons in the darkness. In the minivan trailing the twin red dots sat Diaa Abood, his trusted friend, and a driver they’d hired to ferry them to safety. The friend palmed a metal bar, making sure the driver saw the crude weapon so he wouldn’t have to...
—Illustrations by Halftone Def Studios
For 20 years, we’ve compiled an annual list of the best places to eat, drink, listen to music, indulge in a little relaxation, and more—and we’re at it again. Turn the page to discover 161 reasons to explore the Denver metro area. Plus: a barbecue throwdown and our recommendations for what to do in...
—David Arky/Trunk Archive
Check out our complete list of Colorado’s Top Dentists—including professionals in cities like Aspen, Fruita, and Durango.
How we come up with the Top Dentists list.
This list is pulled from the 2016 top Dentists database, which is created using peer evaluations and includes...
—Illustration by Michael Byers
The Cochetopa Hills segment of the Colorado Trail is buried beneath two feet of snow on this sunny March afternoon, but I have little problem following the route. That’s because the trail isn’t actually a trail in this region, but rather a network of rutted dirt roads used by jeeps and logging...
Stories as told to Natasha Gardner; Photography by Matt Nager
—Lettering by Bill Rebholz
Even though it has a tiara and sashes, the annual Miss Rodeo Colorado contest ain’t no beauty pageant. Sure, you’ll find big hair, lots of fringe, and a fashion show, but all of that comes after a multiday competition that tests horsemanship skills and includes interview questions on everything...
Tent? Check. Beer? Check. A tucked-away car-camping site in a sweeping Colorado valley? Angel of Shavano Campground checks that box, too.
—Photo by Seth K. Hughes
Whether you’re taking off on an epic backpacking trek (see below), looking for a kid-friendly campsite closer to home, wanting to car camp, or hoping to do some sightseeing, these 32 locations are prime camping territory. Of course, you'll also need to know what to eat, how to make campsite...