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Editorial Director

Geoff Van Dyke

Editorial Director

Geoff Van Dyke joined the staff of 5280 in 2007 after three years of full-time freelance writing and editing. During his tenure as editorial director, 5280 has been a National Magazine Award finalist seven times and won the Ellie for Personal Service in 2019 and the Ellie for Service Journalism in 2022. From 2009 through 2022, he helped lead 5280 to more than 100 City and Regional Magazine Association award nominations, including multiple nods in General Excellence; in 2014, 5280 won its first award in CRMA’s Excellence in Writing category, and in 2018 and 2020 5280 won the award for General Excellence among big-city magazines. Van Dyke has edited stories by 5280 staffers that have been anthologized in Best American Sports Writing, Best American Crime Reporting, and Best Food Writing, and in 2018 5280 published an anthology of the magazine’s longform journalism on its 25th anniversary. He is the creator and host of the podcast 5280: Behind the Stories, and in 2021 he joined the American Society of Magazine Editors’ Board of Directors. His own writing has appeared in national publications, including Men’s Journal, Men’s Health, Outside, Bicycling, and the New York Times. Before his stint as a freelancer, Van Dyke was an editor at Men’s Journal. He studied English as an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley, and holds a master’s degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, he lives in Denver with his wife and two sons.

Articles By Geoff Van Dyke

Season Preview: Colorado Avalanche Hockey

The Avs return one of the best core group of players in the game—but several offseason personnel changes may make their road to the Stanley Cup Finals more difficult than it was last season. Here’s what we’ll be watching for when the puck drops on October 12.

7 Great Alpine Lake Hikes in Colorado

Hiking is more about the journey than the destination, but backcountry trekking is only made that much better when the trail leads to a picturesque lake.

Colorado Avalanche Defeat Tampa Bay Lightning To Win Stanley Cup

After failing to close out the Bolts in Denver on Friday, the Avs won 2-1 to bring home the franchise’s third NHL Championship and first since 2001.

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17 of Denver’s Best Dive Bars

Prime people watching, cheap drinks, a no-fuss ambience—no matter what you’re looking for in an unpretentious watering hole, these favorite spots in the Mile High City and beyond are sure to quench your thirst.

The Best Record Stores in Denver

We browsed LP bin after LP bin to bring you our six favorite places for vinyl records in the Mile High City.

The Beginner’s Guide to Climbing Colorado’s Thirteeners

Centennial State fourteeners get all the glory, but Colorado’s 13,000-foot mountains are just as beautiful—and far less crowded.

Pacific Peak (Northeast Slopes)

One of the most gorgeous hikes in the state, the Spruce Creek Trail also delivers you to one of the most forbidding-looking thirteeners in Colorado.

Why Are Denver Drivers So Angry?

The Mile High City has become a terrible place to drive. Does it have to be this way?

Reasons to Love Denver 2021: We’re Doing Business Differently

Because we got to know our neighborhood business owners as they battled the economic hardships of the past year.

5 Dive Bars Where You Can Pregame (and Postgame, Too!)

Had enough of soulless sports bars? Try one of these dives if you’re looking for a shot of Jack and an ice-cold Coors Banquet—and a whole lot of character.

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How 2020 Has Affected the Way We Use the English Language

The written and spoken word may have changed more this year than they have in any other period in recent history.

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Goodbye, 2020

A letter from the editor of 5280’s December 2020 issue.

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Living With Depression and Anxiety During a Global Pandemic

With mood disorders on the rise during the COVID-19 pandemic, people who’ve never experienced mental health issues are enduring some of the emotions I feel almost every day of my life. Maybe that’s why I can finally tell my story.

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Fraud Alert

A letter from the editor of 5280’s November 2020 issue.

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Nowhere To Go

A letter from the editor of 5280‘s October 2020 issue.

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Generation Next

A letter from the editor of 5280‘s September 2020 issue.

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Heroes Among Us

A letter from the editor of 5280‘s August 2020 issue.

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What Will We Do?

A letter from the editor of 5280‘s July 2020 issue.

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Summertime Blues

A letter from the editor of 5280‘s June 2020 issue.

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Quarantine Chronicles

A letter from the editor of 5280‘s May 2020 issue.

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