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Martin J. Smith

Is Van Life Actually Any Fun?

A rented camper van, 2,500 miles, and 10 days exploring the abyss between Instagram fantasies and open-road reality.

The Visionary Surgeon Who Put Trinidad on the Map

For decades, thousands of people came to Trinidad, Colorado, to have gender confirmation surgery done by Dr. Stanley Biber. This excerpt from Going To Trinidad tells his—and one of his patient’s—poignant stories.

Adventure Racing Past 50 Years Old

When a Grand County sexagenarian tries the Never Summer Adventure Race two years in a row, he’s left reflecting on the delusion of immortality.

Damned If They Do

Are the beavers living in Colorado’s high country ingenious critters or inveterate nuisances—or both?

Wild Thing

A city dog confronts porcupines, coyote kills, and marmots—and the myriad other challenges of life in Colorado’s high country.

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