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.
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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
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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
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Summer is in full swing, and the state’s rivers are primed for kayaking after all the recent rain. While paddlers might be thrilled to seize the opportunity to run a few stretches, with the waters high, it's more important than ever to keep safety first.
Matt Mattes, head guide at Dvorak...
July 24 2015, 9:00 AM
Why we love it: Easy-to-follow trails with bird's-eye views of the sparkling Horsetooth Reservoir and the surrounding foothills.
When to go: Any time of year, although you may want to avoid the midday heat during the summer.
This 3.8-mile loop explores the northern section of Lory...
July 21 2015, 11:15 AM
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If you’ve signed up for a triathlon on a whim or to get in shape, or you’ve always dreamed about how amazing it would be to cross that finish line, here are some tips to get you off your sofa and running—and biking and swimming—towards your goal, from someone who's been there:
July 16 2015, 10:15 AM
Back in 1891, rancher Bob Womack was herding cattle in Poverty Gulch, near modern-day Cripple Creek, when something sparkly caught his eye. It was a narrow,two-inch vein of quartz—mixed with phenomenally high concentrations of gold. Womack quickly filed a mining claim but never got to develop it...
July 14 2015, 1:45 PM
When my son Logan was nine years old, he tackled his first fourteener. Although it was a struggle for him most of the way up, when he stumbled, exhausted, onto the summit of Mount Sherman, an enormous smile lit up his entire face. “The fact that I met with challenges along the way, and I overcame...
July 10 2015, 1:30 PM