—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...
—Photography by Emily Minton Redfield
From the sidewalk outside this classic 1910 Denver Square, you’d never suspect the eruption of contemporary color and pattern within. The design—which beautifully blends original details like leaded glass windows with modern elements, such as a custom breakfast-nook banquette—came courtesy of Katie...
With names like Protocol, Espresso, and Trousseau, Pamela Ray and Dale Cantwell’s alpacas—raised for their award-winning special fleece—seem to enjoy the carefree ranch life in Frederick
—Photography by Kimberly Gavin
Plenty of homes are designed around gorgeous views, chic entertaining spaces, or even beloved art collections. But this Frederick farmhouse’s style has a far quirkier muse: 55 alpacas. Owners Pamela Ray and Dale Cantwell’s herd was the impetus for the couple’s move from Denver to an expanse of...
Backyard Bonuses: The pool pavilion includes a sleek changing room with a natural textured-stone shower complete with a skylight.
—Photography by Raul J. Garcia
Stumbling upon a Burnham Hoyt house is like scoring a parking spot at Wash Park on a summer Saturday.
Hoyt is the architect who designed Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver Public Library’s Central Library, Cherokee Castle in Sedalia, and a slew of other civic and residential treasures in Denver...