Expect some stage shenanigans at New Belgium Brewing's annual Tour de Fat. —Photo courtesy of New Belgium Brewing
For many, Labor Day means one last chance to get outside, celebrate the sun, and enjoy time with loved ones in anticipation of the soon-to-come chilly weather. For others, it means an excitable scribble of “three-day weekend” on the calendar, written in all caps and surrounded by an excess of...
September 2 2015, 12:35 PM
A pickup truck full of used prototypes that were worn by Boa's field testers. —Courtesy of Boa Technology
When Zeek Dudley pedals his mountain bike onto the Emerald Mountain trail network near his home in Steamboat Springs, he wears a pair of unmarked cycling shoes. These shoes are prototype models that use a drawstring closure system designed by Denver-based Boa Technology. It’s Dudley’s job to put...
August 31 2015, 2:15 PM
Durango, Colo. —Courtesy of Shutterstock
In the September issue of 5280, editors share how they spent 36 hours in some of Colorado's charming small towns. Take the quiz below to determine which destination you should check out for your next weekend vacation. Then, head to 5280.com/smalltownco to read more about each of these less-explored...
August 28 2015, 12:00 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
—Courtesy of Shutterstock
Squeeze out the remaining days of summer with these awesome festivals and events happening around the state:
August 21 and 22 | Keystone Mountain Town Music Festival
Delta Rae headlines this weekend of free live music, face painting, fireworks, and (of course) plenty of local food...
August 20 2015, 11:00 AM
The Grand Lake scenery is as distracting as its wealth of activities; All photos by author unless otherwise noted
The town of Grand Lake—named after its backdrop, Colorado’s largest and deepest natural body of water—sprouted up as a pit stop and supply point during the Centennial State’s mining days. This tiny town (its year-round population hovers around 450) fills to the brim in summer months with...
August 19 2015, 11:30 AM
—Photos courtesy of the Rochester Hotel (right) and Yvonne Lasmett (left)
With so many amazing resort towns in Colorado, it’s easy to overlook the smaller, less glamorous hamlets that dot the Centennial State. Which is a shame because these enclaves offer outstanding outdoor recreation, quaint main streets, unique lodging, mom-and-pop restaurants, and genuine doses of...
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