Wide-open vistas along the 3-Bar Trail —Photo by Terri Cook
Length: 3.4 miles roundtrip
Why we love it: Big skies, distant views, and a chance to relax along the babbling North Fork of the Cache la Poudre River
When to go: Spring, fall, and early on a summer morning
Pre-hike buzz: Stop by The Forks, a Western-themed convenience store/...
May 24 2016, 1:40 PM
Thanks to a "perfect storm" of geologic events, a mere seven square miles near Cripple Creek has produced more gold than the California and Alaska gold rushes combined.
—Courtesy of Lon Abbott
Since gold was discovered near Cripple Creek in 1891, the district has produced a phenomenal amount of wealth. Over 23 million ounces of gold—more than the Alaska and California gold rushes combined—have been extracted from an area covering just seven squares miles. Worth more than $33 billion in...
May 19 2016, 3:20 PM
—Photos by Terri Cook
Length: 2.4 miles roundtrip
Why we love it: This short-and-sweet trail is ideal for a quick outing or a leisurely picnic with family and friends
When to go: In spring, when the falls are gushing
Pre-hike buzz: On the way, stop by the Loco Artisan Coffee House in Loveland for...
May 10 2016, 2:45 PM
—Courtesy of St. Kathryn Cellars
The People: Winemaker Glenn Foster has been immersed in the wine industry from an unusually young age. His father, Reed, is the co-founder of Sonoma Valley’s lauded Ravenswood Winery, and even as a teen, Glenn would assist him with bottling and inventory. After living for 10 years...
April 29 2016, 11:50 AM
Several mountain ranges have risen in the vicinity of Eldorado Canyon State Park.
—Photo courtesy of Lon Abbott
For many people, mountains are a metaphor for permanence. But when we expand our outlook from the human lifespan to that of geologic time, which encompasses millions—and even billions—of years, it becomes apparent that hills, mountains, and other seemingly enduring parts of the landscape are far...
April 21 2016, 3:15 PM
Length: 5 miles roundtrip
Why we love it: This trail offers great views and makes for a good early-season warm-up for both hikers and mountain bikers.
When to go: As soon as the snow is gone, or even sooner with Yaktrax
Pre-hike buzz: Stop by the namesake Windy Saddle Café...
April 19 2016, 12:35 PM
On its long-distance journey across the continent, Interstate 70 traverses 449.6 miles through Colorado. Its east-west trip is marked by hundreds of mileposts, which count upward beginning with the zero mile marker at the western border with Utah.
The first few hundred mileposts always seem to...
April 13 2016, 12:40 PM
A few of Wild Women Winery's eye-catching labels, which embody the fun-loving spirit of its dedicated proprietors.
—Photo by Terri Cook
The Winery: Wild Women Winery
The People: After following successful and stable career paths for nearly three decades, Charlene and Ross Meriwether stumbled across an opportunity to open a franchise winery in northern Texas. Although they had no direct experience with winemaking...
April 8 2016, 10:48 AM