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Our Most Popular Adventure Stories from 2020

From leaf peeping and car camping to pandemic-friendly excursions and more, here are 5280‘s best stories about adventuring in and around Colorado.

10 of Colorado’s Best Hot Springs to Visit in the Winter

By Lily Capstick | January 2020

Strawberry Park Hot Springs. Photo by Noah Wetzel

Our scorching hot picks for a day or weekend-long vacation full of mineral springs, geothermal pools, breathtaking views, and the heat of volcanic rock.

Does Colorado or Utah Have Better Snow?

By Shauna Farnell | January 2020

Photos courtesy of Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (left) and Snowbasin Resort (right).

Coloradans love to tout the state’s supremacy in all things skiing and winter recreation, but can we really make the argument that we have better snow than our neighbor to the west? Here’s what the experts say.

How to Car Camp Near Colorado Ski Areas

By Mitch Breton | February 2020

Photo courtesy of Wayfarer Vans

If you’re roughing it in a van, it might be tough to find somewhere to spend the night. You also might be cold. And wet. And hungry. Here’s a little advice on how to be a better winter nomad.

Your Guide to Outdoor Recreating During Social Distancing

By Madi Skahill | March 2020

Photo by Nora Logue, courtesy of Colorado Parks & Wildlife

Everything you need to know about adventuring in a time of pandemic—for the time being, anyways.

7 Denver Metro Area Hikes to Tackle While Practicing Social Distancing

By Logan Abbott and Terri Cook | April 2020

Bison grazing at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Kayt Jonsson / USFWS via Flickr

Going stir crazy? Here are some of our favorite (and a little less crowded) trails to check out while staying local.

People Are “Everesting” Mountains in Colorado. It Sounds Epic and Exhausting

By Jenny McCoy | July 2020

Justin Simoni. Photo by Eli Zabielski

The challenge involves biking or running repeats on the same hill until you’ve climbed 29,029 total feet.

16 Amazing Front Range Hikes

By Daliah Singer | August 2020

Carpenter Peak Trail, Roxborough State Park. Photo by Daliah Singer

No matter where you live in the Denver-Boulder-Fort Collins-Colorado Springs metroplex, there’s bound to be a trail nearby. Here, more than a dozen close-to-home treks that will get you outside without having to travel too far.

Off the Beaten Path: 7 Socially Distanced Trails to Hike This Fall

By Sarah Lamagna | September 2020

Abyss Trail. Photo by Sarah Lamagna

Fall just might be Colorado’s best hiking season—just ask the crowds who will hit the trails in search of foliage. Find some solitude (and social distance) at these under-appreciated hikes.

When and Where to Peep Colorado’s Leaves This Season

By Katie Coakley | September 2020

Photo courtesy of Steamboat Chamber / Shannon Lukens

The unexpected winter weather may dampen our autumn colors this year, but if you’re willing to drive, there’s still plenty of leaf peeping (and adventuring) to be done.

Colorado’s 2020–21 Ski Season Will Look A Bit Different

By Shauna Farnell | September 2020

Walsh’s at Aspen. Photo by Lindsy Fortier

Reservation systems, parking limits, and more. Here’s what we know so far about Colorado’s upcoming ski season.

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