Hole #12 at Fossil Trace Golf Club has been rated one of the most fun in America.
—Courtesy of Fossil Trace Golf Club
Golden’s Fossil Trace Golf Club offers players much more than 18 fairways. The Jim Engh-designed course, which repeatedly ranks as one of the Front Range’s and the state’s top public courses, also offers visitors a peek at the area’s historic—and even prehistoric—past.
The course is sculpted out...
September 28 2015, 11:33 AM
Why we love it: Moderate hiking, biking, and winter trails through thick stands of quaking aspen and lodgepole pines in a former ranch just off U.S. 285.
When to go: Now, for golden aspens; in winter, for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing; in late spring, to see the forest spring back to life...
September 22 2015, 12:05 PM
Welcome to Paonia!
All photos courtesy of Terri Cook
Autumn—when lush orchards, vineyards and gardens are bursting with fresh produce—is the ideal time to visit Colorado’s beautiful North Fork Valley. Here, the Gunnison River’s crystal-clear waters meander lazily through a fertile vale fringed by tall mesas and towering peaks dotted with aspens,...
September 16 2015, 2:36 PM
The summit of West Spanish Peak as seen from the trail. —Phoo credit: Terri Cook and Lon Abbott
Why we love it: A true summit experience, but with only 2,200 feet of elevation gain.
When to go: When the road to Cordova Pass is open—typically from late spring through mid-fall. It's important to get an early-morning start to avoid afternoon buildup and allow plenty of time.
September 8 2015, 10:00 AM
The Great Sand Dunes owe their existence to a quirk of topography—a gap between the Crestones and the Blanca fourteeners. —Image courtesy of Shutterstock
People usually associate giant sand dunes with the desert, not the Rocky Mountains. Yet along the eastern edge of Colorado’s San Luis Valley lies a dune field with mounds of sand up to 750 feet high, several stories taller than Denver’s Republic Plaza building. As if the sight of these enormous...
September 4 2015, 2:05 PM
Marcel and Julie Flukiger welcome guests to Aspen Peak Cellars Winery in Bailey, Colo.
The Winery: Aspen Peak Cellars
The People: Winemakers Julie and Marcel Flukiger are both chefs by training. They met at Denver’s Brown Palace while Marcel—who is Swiss—was participating in an international work exchange. After falling in love and marrying in 1996, the Flukigers...
August 27 2015, 12:30 PM
The UFO Watchtower and gift shop are located a few miles north of Hooper in the heart of Colorado's San Luis Valley.
When it comes to spotting UFOs, most people usually think of New Mexico, not Colorado. Yet a small watchtower in the middle of the San Luis Valley is one of the top spots on the planet to view these unidentified objects, according to Judy Messoline, a cattle rancher-turned-UFOlogist who owns and...
August 24 2015, 2:00 PM
Sunrise at Betasso Preserve, located just 5 miles west of downtown Boulder.
Why we love it: Serene forest, singing birds, and gentle terrain—all just a few miles west of Boulder.
When to go: The foothills are always great in summer, when the forest provides welcome shade. The best days to hike this trail are Wednesdays and Saturdays, when the trail is closed...
August 18 2015, 12:00 PM