Trail runners check out the variety of trail options available at Flatirons Vista on a warm, bluebird Saturday morning.
A typical Colorado March usually means you're trekking through snow... or mud up to your knees. Historically clocking in as one of the snowiest months, March 2016 has been unseasonably warm with bluebird skies and highs hitting the upper 60s most days. As a result, trails in the Front Range and...
March 10 2016, 10:20 AM
Length: 3 miles round trip
Why we love it: Enjoy the serenity and scenery of Utah slickrock country without the long drive.
When to go: Any time of year; this open space is especially beautiful after it snows
Pre-hike buzz: The nearby Agia...
December 8 2015, 3:40 PM
Length: 5.6 miles round trip
Why we love it: A leg-pumping climb up “The Wall” along a well-built trail that alternates between lush forest and open views of the red rocks and the plains to the east.
When to go: Any time of year with Yaktrax, or mid-...
November 10 2015, 8:00 AM
The beautiful rock arch at the end of Royal Arch Trail. —Photo courtesy of Terri Cook
Length: 3.2 miles round trip
Why we love it: It's a short but heart-pounding climb among Boulder’s Flatirons, which ends at a dramatic rock arch and a perfect rest spot to soak up some of the area’s best views.
When to go: This trail is at its best from mid-spring...
October 27 2015, 12:50 PM
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
Crater Lake Trail (and Crater Lake) in White River National Forest, outside of Aspen
Earlier this month, my boyfriend and I followed the 3.6-mile roundtrip Crater Lake Trail from the iconic Maroon Bells to Crater Lake just outside of Aspen. The easy-to-moderate route follows a mostly dirt path through a small aspen grove, with peaks rising almost everywhere you look once you reach...
September 29 2015, 1:25 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
—Photo by Sarah Boyum
Coloradans fancy themselves experts when it comes to hiking, but what happens when someone from sea level comes to visit and has ‘hike a fourteener’ on their must-do list? “The trick is to not scare people off about a hike, but to be realistic,” says Jeff Alt, author of A Walk for Sunshine: A 2,160...
September 11 2015, 10:35 AM