Bottles of Apple Blossom (left) and American Riesling wine on display in the tasting room.
—Photo by Terri Cook
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey
The People: In 2000, Father Paul Montoya, a monk of the Benedictine Order from Cañon City’s Holy Cross Abbey, visited Colorado’s Western Slope and learned about the region’s up-and-coming wine industry. When he returned home, Father Montoya...
November 25 2015, 11:28 AM
—Photo courtesy of Terri Cook
Length: 4.0 miles roundtrip
Why we love it: A taste of the Royal Gorge without the crowds—or the entrance fee
When to go: Any time of year
Pre-hike buzz: Fuel up in Cañon City as you pass Cañon Coffee Café (aka Cañon City Mugs); 1520 Royal Gorge Blvd (US 50)
November 24 2015, 4:20 PM
A gift from Boulder's sister city, the Dushanbe Teahouse was created in Tajikistan by more than 40 master artisans, shipped to the U.S., and reassembled in Colorado. —Photo by Terri Cook
In 1982, Boulderites Mary Hey and Sophia Stoller decided to do something positive to defrost the icy relations between the Soviet Union and the U.S. The pair formed a group to educate themselves about Soviet culture, and began lobbying USSR officials to establish a sister city. Unable to penetrate...
November 24 2015, 2:20 PM
Kebler Pass may host the planet's largest living organism.
—Courtesy of Shutterstock
As Pac-12 football archrivals University of Colorado and University of Utah prepare to compete on Saturday, November 28 in Salt Lake City, a less-publicized competition is also taking place between the two states. The result of this contest has even more at stake—the right to brag that the winner...
November 13 2015, 10:25 AM
Length: 5.6 miles round trip
Why we love it: A leg-pumping climb up “The Wall” along a well-built trail that alternates between lush forest and open views of the red rocks and the plains to the east.
When to go: Any time of year with Yaktrax, or mid-...
November 10 2015, 8:00 AM
Tom and Mary Joan Bueb holding their 2015 Governor's Cup award in the tasting room at Turquoise Mesa Winery. —Photo by Terri Cook
The Winery: Turquoise Mesa Winery
The People: Although winemaker Tom Bueb grew up in a family with a long tradition of brewing beer, he had always been more interested in making wine. Each fall throughout the '90s, Tom, his wife, Mary Joan, and kids would gather with...
October 29 2015, 2:15 PM
The beautiful rock arch at the end of Royal Arch Trail. —Photo courtesy of Terri Cook
Length: 3.2 miles round trip
Why we love it: It's a short but heart-pounding climb among Boulder’s Flatirons, which ends at a dramatic rock arch and a perfect rest spot to soak up some of the area’s best views.
When to go: This trail is at its best from mid-spring...
October 27 2015, 12:50 PM
The grave atop Lookout Mountain in Golden where Buffalo Bill may (or may not) be buried.
—Image courtesy of Billy Hathorn, via Wikimedia Commons
In 1917, according to his wishes, the body of William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody was laid to rest in a spectacular setting atop Golden’s Lookout Mountain. In a remarkable tribute, tens of thousands of mourners journeyed up the steep slopes to pay their respects to this beloved icon of the...
October 26 2015, 4:25 PM