Why we love it: An alpine summit hike with forever views, but requiring less commitment than a fourteener.
When to go: Late spring through early fall, before the snow really begins to fly.
This moderate hike on the eastern edge of Rocky Mountain National Park has the look and feel of...
June 2 2015, 12:45 PM
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No matter the season, tourists and locals flock to Estes Park for its breathtaking scenery, various outdoors adventures, and unparalleled wildlife viewing. This historic town—it was named for a gold miner named Joel Estes, who “discovered” the Estes Valley in 1859—is also (and most notably) the...
March 18 2015, 10:21 AM
With temperatures hitting record highs across the Front Range, it's hard to imagine that colder weather exists elsewhere in the state. But tucked away 10,000 feet up in the Rocky Mountains is a winter wonderland. Emerald Lake, in Rocky Mountain National Park, currently has about 40 inches of snow....
February 12 2015, 11:00 AM
—Photo by Kevin Beaty
The bald eagle is somewhat of a local myth in Estes Park, Colo. Everyone in town knows it's out there, but not many have seen it. So it was a surprise and pleasure to see our national bird perched above Lake Estes near the power plant when I joined Gary Matthews for the National Audubon Society's...
January 15 2015, 10:00 AM
Where: Although senior editor Natasha Gardner has trekked Lion Gulch Trail to Homestead Meadows many times, thanks to Colorado's fickle weather, the view is always changing.
December 1 2014, 8:30 AM
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As the frigid temps recede and the powder piles up, the mountains beckon. Of course, things are still a bit chillier up in the thinner air, so we offer a few new ways to warm up on your next weekend escape.
Soothe chattering teeth from the inside out with a stop at Vail’s new...
November 17 2014, 2:30 PM
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Nov. 1 Winter on the Mountain Opens, Glenwood Springs
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park introduces a winter tubing hill, light displays, and two warming yurts (complete with cocoa and cider, of course) this month. You’ll also find music, light shows, s’mores roasting...
October 27 2014, 12:30 PM
Mappable Feast | Three Coloradans give “grub to go” a whole new meaning with an urban foraging app that tracks hot spots for edible bounty on public property.
The Cradle of Wilderness | On the 50th anniversary of the national Wilderness Act, its unsung birthplace endures in western Colorado’s...
October 13 2014, 12:34 PM