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Katie Hearsum

Articles By Katie Hearsum

Why You Should Consider a Winter Vacation to Grand Lake

This quaint town is oft-forgotten once Trail Ridge Road closes for the winter—and that’s exactly why it’s worth a visit.

What to Know Before Taking an Epic Dude Ranch Vacation

Before you pack your flannels and blue jeans, read up on everything you need to know about roughing it on Colorado’s remarkable ranches.

Casper WY

First-Timer’s Guide: Casper, Wyoming

More than a pitstop en route to Jackson Hole or Yellowstone, this central Wyoming town is full of charm, suds, and adventure.

How to Enjoy Aspen on a Budget

There’s more to Aspen than caviar crepes and bluetooth gondolas. Here’s how the 99 percent can enjoy the world-renowned ski town.

Snowshoe Hike We Like: Peaks Trail

This challenging trek connects the towns of Frisco and Breckenridge with a scenic trail through the White River National Forest.

First Timer’s Guide: Jemez Springs, New Mexico

Make a deeper connection with the land on a journey to one of New Mexico’s last remaining pueblos.

Celebrate the Darkest Day of the Year Under the Light of an (Almost) Full Moon

This year’s winter solstice—i.e. the first day of winter and the shortest day of the year—comes just one day before the full moon, making the annual occurrence even more special. Here are five fun ways to mark the event in Colorado.

Catching a Holiday Show? Here’s Where to Eat and Drink Beforehand

These four downtown restaurants offer special menus and deals just for theater-goers.

Hike We Like: Monarch Lake in Grand County

This high-elevation stroll near Granby offers a family-friendly way to explore a stunning alpine lake.

First-Timer’s Guide: Creede

This remote town might seem like just a blip on the map, but Creede is at the epicenter of some of Colorado’s most spectacular outdoor recreation and scenery.

Hike We Like: Grand County’s Green Mountain Trail to Big Meadows

This 3.5-mile trek through Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the best hikes to spot wildlife like deer, elk, and moose, especially during the fall season.

Dean Public House

Take a Road Trip to the Dean Public House

Tucked away in the heart of Grand County, this homey, historic gathering place promises great company and even better food.

First-Timer’s Guide: Reno, Nevada

Now that DIA offers direct flights to the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, we’ve discovered there’s more to the western Nevada locale than its proximity to Lake Tahoe.

Columbine Lake

Hike We Like: Columbine Lake

Backcountry enthusiasts will love the beautiful views and moderate climb on this seven-mile hike.

Hike We Like: Lower Cataract Lake Loop

Balance a leisurely weekend at Green Mountain Reservoir by tackling this easy, but beautiful hike around Lower Cataract Lake.

Powerstop burger

Road-Trip Restaurant: Powerstop

Don’t let the façade fool you—locals know this gas station in Gunnison has some of the best grub in town.


Hike We Like: Brookside-McCurdy Trail

This out-and-back trail offers easy, uncrowded access to the scenic Lost Creek Wilderness area just one hour from Denver.

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First-Timer’s Guide: Winter Park

A quick jaunt over Berthoud Pass leads to this fun-loving, outdoor paradise in Grand County—and offers a merciful early exit from I-70 traffic.

Rhizome Apothecary

Shop Talk: Rhizome Apothecary

This new Sunnyside shop is chock-full of holistic and plant-based expertise, products, and processes to keep you and your family healthy.

Conifer: Elk Falls at Staunton State Park

This trek to the beautiful Elk Falls is a pleasant addition to Staunton State Park’s comprehensive trail network.

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