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
West Bijou Site, America's newest National Natural Landmark, has tantalizing clues about the extinction of the dinosaurs. Photo by Susan Smith, courtesy of the Plains Conservation Center
When the Aurora-based Plains Conservation Center purchased just over 7,600 acres of grassland 30 miles east of Denver in the 1990s, the aim was to restore and preserve a prime parcel of shortgrass prairie. But the nonprofit, which focuses on conservation, research, and education about the high...
November 28 2016, 11:45 AM
Sunset over the plains, as seen from the North Loop Trail. Courtesy of Terri Cook and Lon Abbott
Length: 4 miles roundtrip
Why we love it: Despite its location close to Fort Collins, this trail feels remote and adventurous
When to go: Spring through late fall, or year-round with Yaktrax
Pre-hike buzz: Stop by the The Human Bean in northern Fort Collins for piping-hot...
November 22 2016, 1:00 PM
Length: 1 mile roundtrip
Why we love it: Bald Mountain makes a perfect excursion for kids, out-of-town guests, picnics, and cold or windy afternoons
When to go: Any time you crave sweeping views and solitude
Pre-hike buzz: Just after you exit US-36, stop by the family-operated...
November 16 2016, 10:25 AM
Beautiful Trappers Lake has been called "the Cradle of Wilderness" due to its role in sparking our nation's wilderness movement. Photo courtesy of Bradleyboulder via Wikimedia Commons
One of Colorado’s most beautiful autumn drives is the Flat Tops Trail, a scenic byway that twists and turns through the rugged mountains between the small towns of Yampa and Meeker. The undisputed highlight of this route is Trappers Lake, a 300-acre alpine lake reached via an eight-mile spur road...
November 14 2016, 11:54 AM
The top of Golden's North Table Mountain was once the lowest point in the landscape.
Photo courtesy of Terri Cook and Lon Abbott
Golden’s laid-back and free-spirited ambiance is due in part to its marvelous foothills location and the separation from Denver granted by North and South Table Mountains. Because the two mesas rise high above the city, it would be natural to assume that, like the nearby Rockies, some great...
October 31 2016, 12:25 PM
Co-owner Davy Price behind the counter at DeBeque Canyon Winery in Palisade. Photo by Terri Cook
The Winery: DeBeque Canyon Winery
The People: This Palisade winery is owned and operated by the husband-and-wife team of Bennett and Davy Price, both of whom grew up in Texas. Although Bennett was raised on a farm, he worked for years as a geologist in the oil and gas industry...
October 27 2016, 1:58 PM