South Boulder Peak's rocky summit has 360-degree views from the Great Plains to the snow-covered Continental Divide. Photo by Terri Cook
Length: 7.5 miles roundtrip
Why we love it: This hike has it all—a steady grade with great Flatirons views followed by a leg-pumping climb up a shady, forested canyon to a rocky summit with awesome panoramic views.
When to go: Mid-spring or late fall with Yaktrax; late...
March 22 2017, 3:00 PM
After disappearing for decades, Tom's Baby, the largest gold nugget ever found in Colorado, was rediscovered and placed on display at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Courtesy of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
In 1887, two lucky prospectors working in the Gold Flake Mine on Farncomb Hill near Breckenridge made a discovery beyond their wildest dreams—a 13.5-pound chunk of solid, glistening gold. After one of the miners, Tom Groves, reportedly swaddled it in a blanket to carry it safely back to town, the...
March 17 2017, 9:00 AM
A skier plunges down Aspen Mountain's iconic race course. Photo courtesy of Lindsy Fortier / Aspen Skiing Company
For the first time in 20 years, the final competitions of the prestigious FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, the International Ski Federation’s premier alpine skiing circuit, will be held in the United States. And it’s happening right here in Colorado.
From March 15–19, Aspen Mountain will...
March 9 2017, 3:35 PM
A hiker enjoys the Two Brands Trail in JeffCo's Hildebrand Ranch Park. Photo by Terri Cook
Length: 4.8 miles roundtrip
Why we love it: Though never far from civilization, this gentle loop has nice views and a peaceful sense of solitude
When to go: Any time of year, although it’s best to hike on cooler days, due to a lack of shade
Restrooms: Outhouse at the trailhead...
March 8 2017, 11:00 AM
Bethany Rhine welcomes visitors to the cozy Winter Park Winery in Fraser. Photo by Terri Cook
The Winery: Winter Park Winery
The People: This cheerful mountain winery is owned and operated by Jon Brickner, a pro cyclist who grew up in Aurora, where his dad ran a small co-op winery in which neighbors shared in the work—as well as the rewards—of winemaking. Before he was...
February 24 2017, 3:10 PM
Skiers enjoying Snow Mountain Ranch's 120 kilometers of Nordic trails. Photo by Terri Cook
Tired of I-70 traffic and long lift lines? Instead of heading back to the resorts this weekend, try exploring some of Colorado’s beautiful backcountry the old-fashioned way: by strapping on snowshoes or clipping into cross-country skis. Before you head out, be sure to check the current ...
February 23 2017, 10:00 AM
Steep piles of old mine tailings form "The Dumps" on Aspen Mountain. These thigh-burning trails are tributes to the area's geology, which forever altered the town's fate after silver was discovered here in 1879.
Lindsy Fortier/Aspen Skiing Company
Aspen, Breckenridge, and Telluride have something unexpected in common: They are all 19th century mining towns that came dangerously close to becoming ghost towns. All three towns were able to escape a bust by striking it rich in a different natural element: white gold, aka snow. As a result, the...
February 10 2017, 12:30 PM
The view from the back of the dog sled. Photo courtesy of Terri Cook
Two of the best ways to stave off the winter blues, according to a recent article in Everyday Health, are to get outside and try something new. Luckily, we live in Colorado, where there's no shortage of new adventures to tackle. Before winter melts away to spring, take a spin on a dog sled, a...
February 7 2017, 11:40 AM