One of Colorado’s most precious attributes—its 14.5 million acres of national forest—is constantly threatened by fire, climate change, and human recklessness. The National Forest Foundation (NFF) seeks to repair damaged forestland with its Treasured Landscapes, Unforgettable Experiences campaign, a...
May 23 2013, 1:07 PM
Why we love it: This is what summer in Colorado should be: an alpine lake, a pontoon boat, stunning 360-degree mountain scenery, grilling burgers on board, and kicking back in your flip-flops and shades with a cold beverage and the breeze in your hair.
When to go: The Dillon Marina opens...
May 14 2013, 3:20 PM
The first time I hiked the Manitou Incline—a one-mile, 2,000-foot climb up an abandoned railway at the foot of Pikes Peak in Manitou Springs—my trapezius muscles were sore for days afterwards. Not my thighs, knees, or butt, as expected, but the muscles between my shoulders and my neck, as if my...
April 26 2013, 12:50 PM
Why we love it: Panoramic views of the Front Range, but very close to Boulder.
When to go: Anytime—there isn't a bad time of the year to tackle this trek.
In 1859, Marshall Mesa—5.5 miles south of downtown Boulder—was the site of Colorado Territory’s first coal discovery. The...
April 16 2013, 9:07 AM
I was intimidated. OK, I was frightened as I walked into Woodward at Copper’s 19,400-foot “Barn” facility. The indoor ski and snowboard training facility’s trampolines, foam pits, and a 60-foot-tall sheer ski run (it looked like a vertical drop from below) were enough to scare this 36-year-old...
March 26 2013, 3:59 PM
Why we love it: Like yoga, slacklining helps balance, muscle rehabilitation, spiritual recovery, stress, and posture.
When to go: Whenever you find yourself between two anchor points.
I was walking Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro last spring, when I saw three cariocas had...
March 26 2013, 9:22 AM
Why we love it: It is a history lesson and a get-out-of-the-house opportunity in one.
When to go: Go during mud season when much of the High Country is just too soaked for solid hiking. This trek is more likely to have dried up early in the season. (Throw your Yaktraxs in your...
March 19 2013, 9:00 AM
Why we love it: Perfectly groomed trails and a restaurant with beer to warm me up after a workout.
When to go: Now. There’s not a lot of snowpack, so the skiing is storm-to-storm.
One of the things I appreciate about Nordic skiing is that it lacks the “fuss” of downhill skiing....
February 26 2013, 9:05 AM