Marcel and Julie Flukiger welcome guests to Aspen Peak Cellars Winery in Bailey, Colo.
The Winery: Aspen Peak Cellars
The People: Winemakers Julie and Marcel Flukiger are both chefs by training. They met at Denver’s Brown Palace while Marcel—who is Swiss—was participating in an international work exchange. After falling in love and marrying in 1996, the Flukigers...
August 27 2015, 12:30 PM
The UFO Watchtower and gift shop are located a few miles north of Hooper in the heart of Colorado's San Luis Valley.
When it comes to spotting UFOs, most people usually think of New Mexico, not Colorado. Yet a small watchtower in the middle of the San Luis Valley is one of the top spots on the planet to view these unidentified objects, according to Judy Messoline, a cattle rancher-turned-UFOlogist who owns and...
August 24 2015, 2:00 PM
Sunrise at Betasso Preserve, located just 5 miles west of downtown Boulder.
Why we love it: Serene forest, singing birds, and gentle terrain—all just a few miles west of Boulder.
When to go: The foothills are always great in summer, when the forest provides welcome shade. The best days to hike this trail are Wednesdays and Saturdays, when the trail is closed...
August 18 2015, 12:00 PM
The Garden of the Gods' dramatic spires are the legacy of a Saharan-scale desert that covered the region about 280 million years ago; Shutterstock
Back in 1859, when a surveyor named Rufus Cable first saw the towering fins of rock jutting over 300 feet into the air near Pikes Peak, he enthusiastically declared that it was “a fit place for the gods to assemble!” From this excited outburst came the name Garden of the Gods, by which we know this...
August 7 2015, 10:25 AM
Glenwood Canyon bike path; Courtesy of Shutterstock
Let the good times roll with some of our favorite road rides across the state. As the last days of summer melt away, if you don’t find the time now, when will you?
Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail
This popular paved trail follows the Colorado River through stunning Glenwood Canyon between...
August 6 2015, 2:40 PM
Photo by Terri Cook
Why we love it: The moderate elevation gain compared to other fourteeners leaves you with enough energy to enjoy the crystal-clear waters of Sloan Lake and the gorgeous flower display in upper American Basin.
When to go: Late spring, after most of the snow has melted, through early fall,...
August 4 2015, 8:30 AM
The bright and spacious tasting room at Snowy Peaks Winery in downtown Estes Park.
Credit: Terri Cook
The Winery: Snowy Peaks Winery
The People: Snowy Peaks owners Candice and Erik Mohr are clearly not afraid to take a chance. Scientists by training, the duo worked as ecologists first in Arizona, where they met, and then in Colorado, where Candice grew up. But in 2003, after...
July 30 2015, 4:10 PM
A dilapidated mining cabin in Animas Forks, one of several ghost towns seen along Colorado's Alpine Loop
—Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
The Alpine Loop is not your leisurely Sunday-morning drive.
The National Backcountry Byway—with two passes rising more than 12,600 feet, rugged and remote four-wheel-drive-only roads, verdant meadows teeming with wildflowers and ghost towns galore—is an ideal opportunity to get...
July 27 2015, 3:25 PM