—Illustration by Marina Muun
This past year, the United States was expected to reach an unfortunate milestone in health care: The National Healthcare Expenditure—stats gathered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services—was forecasted to breach the $3.2 trillion mark, which would mean health-care spending...
The Centennial State may be bike-friendly, but Denver? More like bike-lukewarmish. In a state heralded for its cycling culture and recognized as one of the country’s best for bikers (Colorado hasn’t placed lower than seventh on the League of American Bicyclists’ annual rankings since 2011), it...
—Illustration by Gluekit
What do you get when you combine the retirement of a Hall of Fame quarterback, the desertion of his heir apparent, some strategic Instagram cropping, and a couple of bullet wounds? If you figure it out, please let us know. (We’re sure John Elway wouldn’t mind being let in on the answer, either.) In...
Mirror Lake reflects Lone Eagle Peak in the Indian Peaks Wilderness
—Photo by Jason Hatfield
Take a look around. See the buildings, the cars, the wide-lane roads, the construction cranes. Now imagine a place untouched by development, unmarked by human hands, bereft of concrete highways—where clouds outnumber people and skies are unbroken by metal beams. By creating a federal system for...
—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...