Why we love it: Moderate hiking, biking, and winter trails through thick stands of quaking aspen and lodgepole pines in a former ranch just off U.S. 285.
When to go: Now, for golden aspens; in winter, for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing; in late spring, to see the forest spring back to life...
September 22 2015, 12:05 PM
Welcome to Paonia!
All photos courtesy of Terri Cook
Autumn—when lush orchards, vineyards and gardens are bursting with fresh produce—is the ideal time to visit Colorado’s beautiful North Fork Valley. Here, the Gunnison River’s crystal-clear waters meander lazily through a fertile vale fringed by tall mesas and towering peaks dotted with aspens,...
September 16 2015, 2:36 PM
I got bit by the backpacking bug earlier this summer when a friend invited me on a Fourth of July trip up to Conundrum Hot Springs in Aspen, I splurged and bought Osprey's newest pack, the Aura AG 50, in "rainforest green," and I was determined to use it before the cooler days of fall rolled in....
September 4 2015, 9:00 AM
A sunrise over Conundrum Hot Springs. —Photo by Sarah Boyum
Take it from us: One of the best places to catch a Colorado sunrise is deep in the mountains, while sitting in a natural hot spring. Enter Conundrum Hot Springs: tucked in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness just outside downtown Aspen, this 8.5-mile hike (one way) starts at 8,765 feet. You'll...
August 27 2015, 8:30 AM
—Photo by Natasha Gardner
Independence Pass Ale, Aspen Brewing Company, Aspen
Serving Type: 12-ounce can
ABV: 7 percent
Hop Meter (1–10): 9
Malt Meter (1–10): 4
Reviewed: August 2015
Colorado brewers deserve plenty of praise for crafting clever beer names. So we must give...
August 14 2015, 2:00 PM
Glenwood Canyon bike path; Courtesy of Shutterstock
Let the good times roll with some of our favorite road rides across the state. As the last days of summer melt away, if you don’t find the time now, when will you?
Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail
This popular paved trail follows the Colorado River through stunning Glenwood Canyon between...
August 6 2015, 2:40 PM
Stand up paddleboarding on the Slate River near Crested Butte. —Photo courtesy of Irwin Guides
There are few things more American than a road trip, and lucky for us, Denver is a convenient starting point for many epic out-of-town adventures. Here, five quick escapes that are sure to take your remaining summer weekends up a notch—after all, it's only a matter of time before powder hounds...
July 29 2015, 11:00 AM
Take some of the planet's foremost intellects, technologists, artists, business titans and global policy influencers and station them on a single campus, and you’ll get the Aspen Ideas Festival. The 11th annual event opened to a packed house on Sunday, June 28, and didn't slow down for a solid...
July 14 2015, 4:30 PM