The climate and vegetation in the North Fork Valley reminded winemaker Yvon Gros and his wife, Joanna Reckert, of Provence, the gorgeous region in southern France known for its lavender and grapes.
Photo by Terri Cook
The Winery: Leroux Creek Vineyards
The People: When Yvon Gros, a chef, and his wife, Joanna Reckert, a New York City fashion designer, first visited the North Fork Valley in 1999, the landscape reminded them both of Provence, the gorgeous region in southern France close to where...
September 29 2016, 11:52 AM
The Royal Gorge's steep walls tower 1,250 feet above the Arkansas River. Photo courtesy of Terri Cook and Lon Abbott
Of the many scenic river canyons that slice through the Front Range foothills, none can match the depth and grandeur of the Royal Gorge, whose nearly vertical walls soar 1,250 feet above the Arkansas River just upstream from Cañon City. While magnificent when seen from the lookouts on either rim,...
September 26 2016, 10:54 AM
Healthy stands of aspen along the Purgatory Creek Trail. All photos by Terri Cook
Length: 2.5 miles roundtrip to the viewpoint
Why we love it: Gorgeous stands of aspen along a shady, creekside trail that’s very easy to access from Durango
When to go: Spring through fall. This trail is especially beautiful in early autumn, when the aspen are turning gold...
September 20 2016, 12:00 PM
The Animas Mountain Trail near Durango has great views of the Animas River Valley. All photos by Terri Cook
Length: 5.8 miles roundtrip
Why we love it: One of the area’s most popular outings, this trail climbs steeply up to the top of a plateau, where a series of overlooks offer some of the best views in Durango
When to go: May through November, as long as the temperatures are...
September 7 2016, 12:42 PM
Azura Cellars & Winery, perched high above Paonia. Photo by Terri Cook
The Winery: Azura Cellars
The People: After 13 years in the Vail Valley, artist-architect Ty Gillespie and his wife, Helen, a well-known artist, decided they needed a change. After sailing around the globe on a 38-foot cutter, they settled in Paonia, where the beautiful setting...
August 31 2016, 10:00 AM
More than 1,000 years ago, Ancestral Puebloans went to extreme efforts to build a Great House that aligned with the moonrise between these two rock pinnacles.
Tucked into the forested foothills of the San Juan Mountains is Chimney Rock National Monument, a little-known area that features a fascinating archaeological complex built by ancestors of modern Puebloan tribes. Constructed between about A.D. 1000 and 1100, the development, which hosts...
August 29 2016, 3:35 PM
Canyons of the Ancients National Monument is a gorgeous area of flat-topped mesas, twisting canyons, and pink, red, and white sandstone towers. Photo by Terri Cook
Length: 6.2 miles roundtrip
Why we love it: This trail has plenty of sunshine, smooth sandstone, gorgeous views, and Ancestral Puebloan ruins along the way
When to go: May through November, as long as the temperatures are moderate
Dogs: Allowed on leash...
August 23 2016, 3:00 PM
The view of Longs Peak from the saddle just below the final ascent to the summit
—Photo by Terri Cook
Length: 8 miles roundtrip
Why we love it: Relatively easy and quick access to fields of wildflowers and stunning views of the Continental Divide—and beyond
When to go: June through October. As with all alpine peaks, it's important to get an early-morning start to avoid...
August 9 2016, 11:35 AM