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
The world's largest fork, next to the Cascada Bar & Grill in Creede
—Courtesy of Della Brown, Creede & Mineral County Chamber of Commerce
If you visit Creede, Colorado, this summer (and here's why you should), try not to blink. If you do, you just might miss this small town of 400—and an unusual piece of artwork: the world’s largest fork. The 40-foot-long piece of flatware greets visitors at they enter this small...
May 31 2016, 12:25 PM
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