Stats: 3,000 feet of drop over four miles
Rating: Black and blue
Why we love it: The single longest run on the mountain, Riva Ridge is one of Vail’s most iconic ski trails
One of the longest ski runs you’ll ever come across, Vail Mountain’s Riva Ridge drops an impressive 3,000...
January 10 2017, 4:40 PM
The badlands in El Paso County's Paint Mines Interpretive Park have been mined by Native Americans for ceremonial paint and other uses for 10,000 years. Photo courtesy of Terri Cook and Lon Abbott
In most respects, the town of Calhan, located on U.S. 24 in northeastern El Paso County, is typical of the small towns dotting the state’s vast High Plains. But Calhan hides a colorful secret: vibrant purple, red, pink, and yellow badlands that are the only source of high-grade clay anywhere on...
January 3 2017, 2:00 PM
Silver Vines Winery in Olde Town Arvada features award-winning wines in a cozy ambiance.
—Photo by Terri Cook
The Winery: Silver Vines Winery
The People: Minnesotan brothers—and Silver Vines Winery owners—Danny and Jeff Chayer are both lifelong wine lovers. Jeff studied Viticulture and Enology while Danny learned how to manage business at the award-winning Landon Winery in Texas;...
January 3 2017, 1:30 PM
One of Ajax's classic routes, Face of Bell drops down the steep, gladed slope to the left of the gondola.
Photo by Jeremy Swanson / Aspen Skiing Company
Stats: 394 feet over 0.13 mile
Why we love it: This short, steep drop off an impressive ridge is a paradise of rounded bumps and evenly spaced evergreens.
How to reach it: Take the Silver Queen Gondola or the Gent’s Ridge or Ajax Express lifts to the top of the mountain. Head...
December 27 2016, 11:27 AM
Photography by Terri Cook
Length: 4.4 miles roundtrip
Why we love it: This flat, out-and-back route has awesome views of the foothills and high peaks for those short, cold days when you long for some fresh air
When to go: During winter, when other trails are too icy, and in spring,...
December 13 2016, 4:00 PM
The interior of the Bradford Washburn Mountaineering Museum is filled with interesting displays about mountaineering designed to engage visitors of every age. Photo by Terri Cook
If you’ve ever climbed one of Colorado’s fourteeners, you know just how difficult it can be to make it to the top. From that lofty elevation, it seems nearly impossible that anyone could push him or herself nearly twice as high into the so-called “death zone”—the altitudes above about 26,000 feet...
December 6 2016, 12:30 PM
Ten Bears Winery is located on a beautiful parcel of land nine miles north of downtown Fort Collins.
Photo by Terri Cook
The Winery: Ten Bears Winery
The People: While working for 16 years at one of Fort Collins’ breweries, William Conkling never gave up his dream of becoming a winemaker. So in 2006, after finding a beautiful, 12-acre parcel near the town of Laporte, just north of Fort Collins, he...
November 30 2016, 1:39 PM
—Photo by Terri Cook
Margaret and Dick Barkey are not your average retirees; instead of ramping down for their retirement in 2005, the couple bought a farm near Fort Lupton. For the next decade, they sold their products, including hay, meat, eggs, and bath and beauty products at a weekly market at Second Avenue...
November 29 2016, 10:00 AM