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
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1. City Park Jazz | Aug. 9
Why You Should Go: Grab a blanket, load up on picnic supplies, and head to the last show of the season, which features the Sam Mayfield Blues Revue.
2. Meet in the Street | Aug. 9
Why You Should Go: We love the commuting convenience of the 16th Street Free...
August 6 2015, 9:00 AM
Dolores Mission, Las Animas County, Colorado, 2011
Deep in the North Carolina woods, miles from the nearest road, Thomas Carr was looking top-down into his waist-level viewfinder on his medium-format film camera when he saw something strange.
In the frame was a seemingly ancient stone structure in ruin—exactly what the 21-year-old was hoping to...
July 8 2015, 11:15 AM