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Our Most Popular Adventure Stories from 2019

From stargazing spots to backcountry survival, here are 5280's best stories about adventuring in and around Colorado.

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9 of Colorado’s Coolest Remote Airbnbs

By Victoria Carodine | March 2019

Photo courtesy of the Hygge Chalet

From mountaintop to lakeside, we found ten of Colorado’s most breathtaking Airbnb homes.

6 of Colorado’s Best Stargazing Destinations

By Morgan Tilton | June 2019

Night skies at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Photo by Tyler Nordgren

Stargazers can enjoy—and support—the state’s designated Dark Sky sites by visiting them throughout June, which Gov. Jared Polis recently proclaimed as Dark Sky Month.

5 Places to Tube in Colorado This Summer

By Chloe Barrett | June 2019

On the upper Colorado River, the rapids may not be raging, but the party is. Photo courtesy of Mia Gorrell Photography

These spots each offer a different vibe, but all end in the same place: bliss.

A First-Timer’s Guide to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

By Lindsey B. King | June 2019

The vista from Chasm View on the North Rim of the canyon is easily one of the most spectacular scenes in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Photo by Seth K. Hughes

Twenty years ago, Congress declared 14 miles of Colorado’s deepest canyon worthy of national park status. If you’ve stood along the edge of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park’s namesake chasm, you understand why—yet the Black is still the state’s least-visited national park. We suggest you go before that changes.

A Rookie’s Guide to Surviving Colorado’s Backcountry

By Lindsey B. King | June 2019

Illustration by Harry Campbell

The ability to explore Rocky Mountain terrain is one of the reasons many of us choose to live here. But an increasing number of Coloradans underestimate the skills needed to navigate the state’s wild topography and variable weather. We consulted the experts to find out what we’re doing wrong, so you can learn to do it right before your next adventure.

10 Dog-Friendly Hikes Near Denver

By Jerilyn Forsythe and Victoria Carodine | June 2019

Two dogs enjoying the alpine lake that awaits conquerers of Herman Gulch’s 6.3-mile-long trail.

Here are some of our favorite Fido-friendly Front Range trails—all less than (or about) an hour’s drive from Denver.

A Complete List of Every Mountain Vail Resorts Has Ever Purchased

By Keegan Pope | August 2019

Photo courtesy of Vail Resorts

Over the past two decades, Vail Resorts has dramatically changed the landscape of the ski industry—acquiring properties around the world and becoming the most notorious corporation in mountain resort management. Here’s a timeline of how they did it.

Melanzana Is Colorado’s Most Coveted (and Reclusive) Clothing Line

By Dahliah Singer | October 2019

Illustration by Dave Murray

The small Leadville company’s fleeces have become the Beanie Babies of the outdoor-gear world.

The Epic vs. Ikon War Is Ruining My Dating Life

By Kate Tracy | November 2019

Photo by Jay Bouchard

World War Ski—the raging season pass battle in Colorado—is making it harder to find my shredder in shining armor. Here are five personality types of men associated with the ever-corporate ski culture.

At 100 Years Old, Klaus Obermeyer Is Still Skiing

By Jay Bouchard | December 2019

Photo courtesy of Klaus Obermeyer

The German skiing legend, who has called Aspen home for more than seven decades, is still working and skiing as he hits life’s centennial mark.

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