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Maren Horjus

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Maren is 5280’s digital director. She’s presently chasing powder and a humidity-free lifestyle in Boulder. Previously, she worked as an editor at REI Co-op Studios and Backpacker magazine and wrote some books. She thinks winter camping is underrated.

Articles By Maren Horjus

Three hikers in Colorado’s Collegiate Peaks.

The 10 Hiking Essentials, Colorado-Style

Stock your daypack with these critical items before every hike. Plus, our favorite products from local Colorado brands.

Jenny Cavnar

Jenny Cavnar Talks About Becoming the First Female Full-Time Play-by-Play Announcer in Professional Baseball

Ahead of spring training, the fifth-generation Coloradan and former Rockies reporter has a message for women and sports fans everywhere—and some decent local beer recommendations, too.

A wet black dog smiles in the tall prairie grass in Colorado open space.

The 7 Best Dog Parks to Take Your Pup to in the Denver Metro Area

Let Fido roam freely at our favorite off-leash dog parks in the Denver metro area.

Can Deion Sanders Change Colorado’s Reputation as a Fashion Backwater?

The hapless Buffs aren’t the only ones who need Deion Sanders to revamp their vibe. Coloradans could learn a thing or two about fashion from the recent GQ Sports Style Hall of Fame inductee, too.

The Oversimplified Guide to Adopting an Adventure Dog

Five tips for getting a rescue pup to accompany you on all your Colorado exploits.

A sports desk for basketball gambling in Las Vegas.

(Unproven) Tips for Betting On the NBA Finals

Our resident sports gambler shares her favorite wagers and player props heading into game one.

The Denver Nuggets celebrate after defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 4 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Final series Monday, May 22, 2023, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

8 Reasons the Denver Nuggets Coasted into Their First NBA Finals

The unassuming Nuggies—who?—will vie for a national championship for the first time in franchise history. Let that sink in like a Jokić floater.

Charlie Blackmon bounces out on Opening Day in 2022 in front of a sellout crowd.

2023 Colorado Rockies Season Preview

Kris Bryant, Ezequiel Tovar, Charlie Blackmon, Elehuris Montero, and more—our six hottest takes for the fresh campaign below.

The Boulder skyline at sunrise.

Hike We Like: The Boulder Skyline Traverse

Ever wish the view never ended? It doesn’t on this all-day hike across Boulder’s ragged horizon.

The Bonfire Bowl off the lunch menu at Hapa.

The 8 Best Lunch Specials in Boulder

Spend your midday break wisely—for less than $15 or so—at these restaurants.

Simple Skiing with Weird Foothill Guy

The local skier could notch more than 100 days on the snow this year without battling traffic. Is he on to something?

Rocky Mountain National Park: Glacier Gorge Snowshoe Hike

Explore one of Colorado’s most dramatic alpine valleys on this better-in-winter romp through the national park.

Deion Sanders speaks after being introduced as the new head football coach at the University of Colorado during a news conference Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, in Boulder, Colo. Sanders left Jackson State University after three seasons at the helm of the school's football team.

Ready or Not, Deion “Prime Time” Sanders High Steps to Boulder

It hasn’t even been two days since the NFL Hall of Famer was named the University of Colorado head football coach, and we’re already on a wild ride. Buckle up, Buffs fans.

The Best Ski Run at (Almost) Every Mountain in Colorado

From tight trees to fast chutes to wide-open bowls, these are the best ski runs in Colorado.

The Denver East Angels hockey team poses with their state championship banner on the ice, in front of all of their fans, who are wearing red and black.

Season Preview: Denver East High School Angels Hockey

The public school kids shocked the state—then the country—last year. With their health, scrappy play, and next-man-up mentality, can the prep Angels repeat?

Yellow aspens flank the trail up St. Vrain Mountain on a blue-sky day.

Allenspark: St. Vrain Mountain

Break through a mixed forest with splashes of fall color to big-time vistas of the serrated skyline of the Continental Divide.

The Keyhole on Longs Peak

Estes Park: Longs Peak via the Keyhole Route

Climb to the crown of the Front Range on an all-day adventure.

A meadow dotted with yellow wildflowers in front of the Continental Divide

Mountains Majesty: Backpacking in the Indian Peaks

Plunge into Denver’s backyard range on one of our four favorite close-to-home backpacking adventures now that permit restrictions have eased.

Creedmore Lake under a blue sky

Fort Collins: Creedmore Lakes to the North Fork Cache la Poudre River

Choose your own adventure in this liquid labyrinth in northern Colorado’s high country.

Sunset view from the dark woods of the Green Mountain West Ridge.

Boulder: Green Mountain’s West Ridge

This mellow hike is the easiest route up Green Mountain, the middle peak among Boulder’s five signature summits.

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