The numbers are startling: Pine beetles have decimated more than 1.5 million acres of forest in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming. Here’s your chance to do something about it. Help regenerate the valley’s lush landscape by volunteering for the third annual ReTree Steamboat (June 9). After a...
May 21 2012, 5:01 PM
South Platte Park, Littleton
Wander in search of bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, and great blue herons. The more adventurous can brave obstacles while kayaking or fish in one of five lakes along a restored floodplain previously mined for gravel.
Red Rock Canyon Open Space, Colorado...
May 21 2012, 4:58 PM
5280.com Exclusive: Images from May's Back at the Ranch.
Take authentic ranch living, add upscale accommodations, chef-prepared cuisine, and countless outdoor activities and adventures, and you’ve got the makings of a Western guest ranch. Escape to one of these six dreamy destinations for a...
Stop into the quaint Radda Trattoria for aperitivos and house-mixed peach bellinis, made with puréed white peaches and Prosecco. Stay for the view. 1265 Alpine Ave., 303-442-6100, raddatrattoria.com
Get your hands dirty (May through early June) at Long’s Gardens, where you can...
February 20 2012, 5:45 PM
“There are no cool people here,” Greg Ralph tells me as we ride the Pioneer lift at Monarch Mountain. It’s a clear Colorado day, a rarity at these typically cloud-cloaked elevations. Monarch’s base area sits at 10,790 feet, the highest in Colorado, and the near-constant cloud cover means near-...
November 23 2011, 10:02 PM
By Sarah L. Stewart
Attention, fall foliage hunters: The leafy clusters now turning parts of Rocky Mountain National Park a riotous shade of yellow are more than just a treat for leaf peepers. It’s a sign of progress in the park’s three-year battle to restore a balance between its dual autumn...
September 30 2011, 2:57 PM
Somewhere along the 45-minute drive from Denver to Longmont, busy one-ways give way to county roads, and farms replace office parks. The view of horses roaming in grassy fields with tiers of fading-blue mountains in the distance would be ideal for a Front Range postcard. The town, which has turned...
White River National Forest
Nearby city: Vail
Ranger district: Eagle–Holy Cross, 970-827-5715
Trail length: You can drive to the lake.
Elevation gain: 0; lake sits at 9,347 feet
Skill level: Easy
Camping: There are 12 backcountry sites (starting at $20 per night) on...
May 27 2011, 2:50 PM