The Grand Lake scenery is as distracting as its wealth of activities; All photos by author unless otherwise noted
The town of Grand Lake—named after its backdrop, Colorado’s largest and deepest natural body of water—sprouted up as a pit stop and supply point during the Centennial State’s mining days. This tiny town (its year-round population hovers around 450) fills to the brim in summer months with...
August 19 2015, 11:30 AM
—Photo courtesy of Heather Mundt
For residents of the Denver metro area, taking a day or weekend trip to Estes Park offers a fairly predictable itinerary of activities. There’s likely an outing into Rocky Mountain National Park or a shopping jaunt along Elkhorn Avenue. Perhaps it includes a tour of the renowned Stanley Hotel or a...
August 5 2015, 12:36 PM
The bright and spacious tasting room at Snowy Peaks Winery in downtown Estes Park.
Credit: Terri Cook
The Winery: Snowy Peaks Winery
The People: Snowy Peaks owners Candice and Erik Mohr are clearly not afraid to take a chance. Scientists by training, the duo worked as ecologists first in Arizona, where they met, and then in Colorado, where Candice grew up. But in 2003, after...
July 30 2015, 4:10 PM
—Jan Von Holleben / Trunk Archive
The next time you’re hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park, keep your eyes on the trail because along just about any path you take, there are objects you can use in “teachable moments” for your family.
Take, for example, Mentha arvensis. More commonly known...
Why we love it: An alpine summit hike with forever views, but requiring less commitment than a fourteener.
When to go: Late spring through early fall, before the snow really begins to fly.
This moderate hike on the eastern edge of Rocky Mountain National Park has the look and feel of...
June 2 2015, 12:45 PM
—Photo by Cos Lindstrom
Humans aren't the only ones excited for the warmer weather. This herd of bighorn sheep seems frozen in anticipation as rays of sun shine down on Rocky Mountain National Park blooming green before them. So long, winter—hello, hiking season. We've been waiting for you.
April 30 2015, 9:30 AM
Hello spring! —Image courtesy of Shutterstock
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
April 2 | Colorado Paragliding Season Begins
Golden’s Colorado Paragliding launches its season at Lookout Mountain with tandem flights for $169 per person (adrenaline rush and face-splitting grin included).
April 4 | Breckenridge Spring Fever
Twenty bucks gets you...
April 2 2015, 1:00 PM
Welcome to Estes! —Courtesy of Shutterstock
No matter the season, tourists and locals flock to Estes Park for its breathtaking scenery, various outdoors adventures, and unparalleled wildlife viewing. This historic town—it was named for a gold miner named Joel Estes, who “discovered” the Estes Valley in 1859—is also (and most notably) the...
March 18 2015, 10:21 AM