Why we love it: Views of the quiet Arkansas River Valley make you feel like you’re watching a diorama.
When to go: The waterfall won’t be quite as spectacular in autumn, but landscape views en route make it worth the trek.
For me, traveling used to be focused on getting from...
September 23 2014, 2:15 PM
View the reflections of the pine trees that wrap around the edge of Mirror Lake, one of two lakes accessible from the trail.
Why we love it: This trail is out of the way and off the beaten path—literally. You drive 10 miles down a dirt road in order to access the Monarch Lake trailhead, where the hike begins.
When to go: Venture out before 7 a.m. The morning light filtering through the thick tree canopy...
September 17 2014, 8:30 AM
Why we love it: We can’t get enough of alpine lakes; you’ll see two on this trek.
When to go: The Brainard Lake Recreation Area is near enough to Boulder that the parking spots fill up quickly. Aim to hit the trailhead by 8 a.m. to ensure a spot.
There was a period, last spring,...
September 10 2014, 2:00 PM
Why we love it: Absolute convenience; it is practically in our backyard.
When to go: Commerce City's Rocky Mountain Arsenal is rarely crowded, but if you go early—the area opens at sunrise—you’ll have the best odds for bird and wildlife watching.
When you look out over the Rocky...
August 26 2014, 1:00 PM
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Why we love it: Quick access from Denver makes for an easy getaway.
When to go: In the morning; the rocks get hot by midday.
Years ago, Jennie Dorris, a fellow writer, asked me for a suggestion for a hot hike. This may seem like an unusual request; people are normally looking...
August 6 2014, 2:00 PM
Where: Senior editor Natasha Gardner took this picture while exploring trails around Marble, Colorado. The town once supplied stone for monuments across the country (think: Lincoln Memorial) and the leftovers from the quarry can still be seen in the area.
August 4 2014, 8:30 AM
One of Colorado's most popular hikes, the Devil's Head trail culminates with 143 steps to a fire lookout with 360-degree views. Make sure to sign the guest book in the ranger station at the top, but be careful when walking around the tiny structure: The wind is likely to knock off your baseball cap...
June 19 2014, 8:30 AM
Where: Senior editor Natasha Gardner is a sucker for ruins. If a hike promises views of a rusted-out piece of mining equipment, she'll hit the trail to see it. She's got a reputation, too, for taking copious photos of old homesteads, like this one. It is a habit we fully support.
June 9 2014, 8:30 AM