The Maroon Bells, considered Colorado's most-photographed mountains, have also been called "The Deadly Bells" due to their precariously soft mudstone. —Photo by Sarah Boyum
The breathtaking view of the Maroon Bells, the twin claret-colored peaks whose dramatic, snow-capped profiles are reflected in the glistening waters of a peaceful alpine lake, is widely considered Colorado’s most-photographed scene. And it's easy to see why.
Maroon and North Maroon peaks,...
October 9 2015, 12:45 PM
Photo courtesy of Steven Thomas.
Incredible mountaintop views like this make it so hard to say goodbye to Colorado summers. Mountain climber Edwin James originally discovered the Rocky Mountain Columbine, our state flower, on Pikes Peak in 1820. Student and outdoor enthusiast Steven Thomas followed suit by...
September 3 2015, 8:30 AM
—Courtesy of Ben Koelker
For most mere mortals (and the risk-averse), this month marks the end of fourteener season. If all you’ve got to show for your accomplishments are a few more freckles and some awkward summit selfies, pay attention: Three-month-old Peak Patch wants to help you show off your summer triumphs with its...
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The Beginner's Guide to Fly-Fishing in Colorado | From how to cast to which fly to use to finding the best...
June 9 2015, 1:00 PM
Hikers traverse the saddle between Grays Peak and Torreys Peak; Photo by Jeff Nelson
As Coloradans, we’re not used to failing. (Hello, top five fittest state, second best startup city, etc.) But when it comes to protecting our high peaks, in some cases, we’re coming damned close. This month, the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative (CFI) rolls out the first-of-its-kind 14er Report Card...
—Photo by Andrew Maguire Photography
Name: Ben Clark
Job: Commercial Filmmaker
In 2002, at the age of 23, when most of us are still trying to find our first real job, Ben Clark hit a career high, both literally and figuratively, by becoming the youngest American to summit Mount Everest. He spent the...
August 12 2014, 3:00 PM
Columbine decorating the slopes of American Basin.
See It: The Columbine Flower is tucked amongst the carpets of wildflowers that adorn the American Basin high in the rugged San Juan Mountains.
Peak Time: July and August
One of the most scenic spots in the San Juan Mountains, American Basin is especially spectacular in the middle of...
July 1 2014, 8:30 AM
These days, working a day job means taking phone calls, tweeting, checking emails—all things that require us to be plugged in, all the time. At 5280, we know as good as anyone that finding the time and commitment to escape from our laptops, cell phones, and iPads can seem virtually impossible (pun...
June 18 2014, 8:40 AM