Stand up paddleboarding on the Slate River near Crested Butte. —Photo courtesy of Irwin Guides
There are few things more American than a road trip, and lucky for us, Denver is a convenient starting point for many epic out-of-town adventures. Here, five quick escapes that are sure to take your remaining summer weekends up a notch—after all, it's only a matter of time before powder hounds...
July 29 2015, 11:00 AM
Why we love it: The steady, well-graded climb leads you through forest, past small waterfalls, and ends at a scenic lake with mountain vistas.
When to go: Summertime. When it’s burning up at lower elevation, drive through the Boulder Canyon to this Eldora trail. Not only will...
July 29 2015, 8:30 AM
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
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There’s more to a great ride or run than so many lefts and rights. Our favorite circuits swing by that fabulous coffee shop, or the park with inspiring mountain views (and convenient public bathrooms). But this local knowledge often makes us stick with fallback routes rather than striking off into...
July 22 2015, 11:30 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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Vail is the hostess with the mostest. In February the luxe mountain town hosted the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships; in March it was the Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships. And this month (August 10 to 16), Vail welcomes the world’s top teen anglers for the FIPS Mouche World Youth Fly...
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Andrew Todd’s office doubles as his playground. As a Denver-based federal research biologist, Todd spends his days monitoring trout in creeks throughout the San Luis Valley—and in the evenings, he casts fishing lines into those same waters. When he started running between them to squeeze in...