Grain by grain, a spring plucked away the enormous alcove that protects Cliff Palace, one of Mesa Verde's most extensive Ancient Puebloan dwellings.
—Terri Cook and Lon Abbott
Mesa Verde’s cliff dwellings offer a spectacular glimpse of Colorado’s ancient human history from a thousand years ago. But what most visitors don’t realize is that the overhanging cliffs, which sheltered Colorado’s very first neighborhoods, have a much longer story to tell—one that dates to 78...
June 24 2016, 9:00 AM
A peaceful morning fishing in the Vail Valley
—Courtesy of GetMyBoat
Growing up in Colorado, boating was one of Kira Maixner's favorite summer activities. On hot summer days, the Maixner family would pile into their pickup truck and drive to Horsetooth, Chatfield, or Green Mountain reservoirs for a day of sun and fun on the water. Even after moving to San Francisco...
June 21 2016, 1:40 PM
—Illustration by Owen Freeman
Sending out an SOS
Trail runner Danelle Ballengee survived two frigid nights on a remote trail with a broken pelvis. Wilderness expert Ford Church analyzes* what the athlete did right—and what she could have done better. —Patrick Doyle
* Check the footnotes for expert analysis from Ford...
—Photograph by Jeff Nelson
What do families on picnic blankets, two herds of bison, and volleyball-playing millennials have in common? On any given day, you can spot them all in Denver’s impressive portfolio of city and mountain parks, seeking—and finding—respite from the view-blocking skyscrapers and traffic soundtrack that...
—Photo courtesy of the Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch
Summer is halfway over. Which means if you haven’t already booked your swank San Francisco hotel, you’re probably up the proverbial creek this season. Fear not. If procrastination—or modest budgets—mean an out-of-state vacation is now out of the question, try one of these Colorado stand-ins that...
—Photo courtesy of Jeff Golden / Colorado Mountain Club
If you’re regularly active, you may think you can hike a fourteener without targeted training. Sure, it’s possible—but we wouldn’t recommend it. Most 14,000-plus-foot peaks gain at least 3,000 feet of elevation in a span of several miles; that’s like taking your five-mile jog and tilting the path...
June 14 2016, 4:00 PM
—lllustration by Nigel Buchanan
Some 150 years ago, high on a Colorado mountain whose name has been lost to time, a pair of miners struck gold at exactly the same spot. Neither wished to lose out on his newfound wealth, so both pointed their asses—by which I mean donkeys—toward the claims office in the nearest town. Thus ensued a...
—Photo by Tory Taglio
Despite debuting as the country’s first destination ski resort 80 years ago, Sun Valley, Idaho, really shines in the summer. Nestled between five mountain ranges and adjacent to the trout-filled waters of the Big Wood River, the area (which includes neighboring Ketchum) offers plenty of...