Big Thompson River runs alongside the trail for the first few miles.
Length: 7.6 miles roundtrip
Why we love it: Gorgeous forests, serene lake views, and exceptional wildlife viewing make this a relaxing hike with scenic rest areas along the way.
When to go: Fall for colorful leaf peeping; spring and summer for shady...
October 6 2015, 4:00 PM
The coloring in Patrick Zoller's paintings changes depending on the light source—sun, black light, or none at all.
Europium. Symbol: Eu. Atomic number: 63
It's alright if you don't remember this rare Earth element from your high school science class. Here's what you need to know: The metal is phosphorescent, meaning it glows in the dark. Why the chemistry lesson? Because europium is what makes Patrick...
September 17 2015, 10:45 AM
Trine Bumiller stands surrounded by some of her work at McNichols Civic Center
Trine Bumiller stands in the McNichols Civic Center Building, surrounded by her paintings. For Bumiller, it's a feeling similar to being enveloped by her muse, Rocky Mountain National Park, where she spent 2014 as the artist in residence. The resulting exhibit, 100 Paintings For 100 Years,...
September 10 2015, 1:00 PM
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