The terraced pools at The Springs Resort and Spa in Pagosa Springs are a popular year-round destination.
—Photo by Terri Cook
Five hot springs communities in western Colorado have banded together to create a new “springs-to-springs” travel itinerary that links many of the thermal springs that flow so freely in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Based upon the same concept as a scenic driving loop, this 720-mile route connects 19...
July 13 2016, 2:30 PM
The view of Aspen from the platform
—Photo by Terri Cook
Length: 3.5 miles roundtrip
Why we love it: The great views on the way up distract you from the climb, and you can easily extend your outing via the mountain’s extensive trail network.
When to go: Spring through fall; early morning and evening are both great times for...
July 12 2016, 1:00 PM
Karen and Brent Helleckson built Stone Cottage Cellars from the ground up.
—Courtesy of Terri Cook and Lon Abbott
The Winery: Stone Cottage Cellars
The People: Both Brent Helleckson—a Boulder-based aerospace engineer—and his wife Karen grew up on farms. They always knew they wanted to own their own piece of land one day, and since acreage around Boulder was prohibitively expensive, they...
June 30 2016, 3:25 PM
Length: 9 miles round-trip
Difficulty: Most difficult
Why we love it: The remote location and unusually colorful rocks give this fourteener an especially adventurous feeling
When to go: Mid-summer through early autumn, before the flakes begin to fly. It’s important to get an early-morning start...
June 28 2016, 12:35 PM
Grain by grain, a spring plucked away the enormous alcove that protects Cliff Palace, one of Mesa Verde's most extensive Ancient Puebloan dwellings.
—Terri Cook and Lon Abbott
Mesa Verde’s cliff dwellings offer a spectacular glimpse of Colorado’s ancient human history from a thousand years ago. But what most visitors don’t realize is that the overhanging cliffs, which sheltered Colorado’s very first neighborhoods, have a much longer story to tell—one that dates to 78...
June 24 2016, 9:00 AM
—Courtesy of Pearl Wine Company
From an early age, food has been an important part of Dustin Chiappetta’s life. His parents both worked in the restaurant industry, and through his teenage years he served as a cook at the family’s café in the small mountain town of La Veta. During college, Chiappetta began learning about wine and...
June 21 2016, 2:45 PM
A peaceful morning fishing in the Vail Valley
—Courtesy of GetMyBoat
Growing up in Colorado, boating was one of Kira Maixner's favorite summer activities. On hot summer days, the Maixner family would pile into their pickup truck and drive to Horsetooth, Chatfield, or Green Mountain reservoirs for a day of sun and fun on the water. Even after moving to San Francisco...
June 21 2016, 1:40 PM
The view of Mount Evans from the top of the Summit Trail. —Photos by Terri Cook
Length: 5.2 miles round-trip
Why we love it: Thriving trees, shade for hot summer days, and a moderate grade and smooth surface that make it a pleasure to go up or down
When to go: Any time of year with Yaktrax, or mid-spring through late fall without
Pre-hike buzz: As you...
June 14 2016, 11:25 AM