As 5280‘s deputy editor, Jessica LaRusso proofreads the magazine cover to cover and makes sure every issue gets to the printer on time. She also edits and writes features on topics ranging from dinosaur fossils to the local disc golf scene; her Colorado stargazing guide was a finalist for an ASME National Magazine Award in 2023. A 2021 Folio: Top Women in Media Up and Comer honoree, LaRusso grew up in northern Indiana and studied at the University of Notre Dame before trading the Midwest for the mountains. She joined 5280 full time in 2012 and lives in Arvada, where she loves hosting backyard dinner parties and watching her toddler eat peas and tomatoes straight from the garden.
With 1,367 acres of the most striking—and most accessible—scenery in the state, Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs is a magnet for tourists and Coloradans alike. From where to park to which trails to hike to restaurants nearby to places to stay overnight, here’s how to enjoy the park any time of year.
When the fast-casual Neapolitan chain shuttered its five Denver locations in mid-July, it left 11-inch-diameter holes in many diners’ hearts—and took away one of the city’s best options for affordable, good pizza.
Very old rock and a dry climate give the American West one of the richest fossil records in the world. We dug into the history of dinosaur discoveries in the Centennial State, where to see the coolest bones and tracksites, and what Coloradans who study the remains of Earth’s prehistoric inhabitants are learning today.
In his new book, Oliver Niño, aka the Spiritual Activator, outlines some of the strategies—from child’s pose to crystals—he teaches to online and in-person students from his southwestern Colorado retreat center.
With cultural experiences that range from world-class to delightfully weird and the recreation-rich Rockies just a Thule-adorned Subaru ride away, young Denverites have no excuse to sit at home behind screens.
This year, Colorado Ski Country USA—whose member resorts include locals’ favorites Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain, and Winter Park—expanded its kids Ski Passport program to include third through sixth graders. Here, a guide to which hills to hit for family-friendly attractions.