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Terri Cook

5280 Contributor

Terri Cook is an award-winning travel and science writer, whose work is featured in a diverse group of publications, including Scientific American, NOVA Next, Science News, EARTH, Boulder Magazine, Tea Time, and American Road. After traveling around the world, Cook chose to settle in Boulder, where she lives with her husband, two children, and a crazy cat named Nazgul. More of her work can be found at

Articles By Terri Cook

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.

Rocky Mountain National Park: Sandbeach Lake Snowshoe Hike

This less-trodden trail in Rocky Mountain National Park ends at a frozen alpine lake, where you’re treated to views of Longs Peak and the beautiful Keyboard of the Winds rock formations.

A snowshoer crests the Continental Divide on a bluebird day.

Monarch: Old Monarch Pass Snowshoe Hike

Instead of sitting in I-70 traffic this weekend, head south to enjoy this mellow snowshoe or ski trail along the historic Old Monarch Pass road to crest the Continental Divide for big-time vistas.

Bear Lake from the Flat Top Trail in winter

Rocky Mountain National Park: Bear Lake to Hollowell Park Snowshoe Hike

This one-way route in the heart of Rocky Mountain National Park is a great intermediate snowshoe or backcountry ski adventure.

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.

A First-Timer’s Guide to Twin Falls, Idaho

Quench your thirst for adventure (and local craft beer) with a visit to this vibrant outdoor sports hub.

Hike We Like: North America’s Largest Dinosaur Tracksite

This little-known trail in southeastern Colorado’s Comanche National Grassland leads to more than 1,300 dinosaur footprints exposed along the banks of the Purgatoire River.

The Best Places to Explore Along Colorado’s New Scenic Byways

The Scenic Highway of Legends and Silver Thread, which were recently added to the National Scenic Byway system, celebrate southern Colorado’s stunning landscapes and rich history.

First-Timer’s Guide: Winter in Cheyenne, Wyoming

The frontier spirit and a sense of adventure live on in Wyoming’s capital. Here, a guide for making the most out of a winter visit to this legendary city.

Snowshoe We Like: Wild Basin in Rocky Mountain National Park

With three frozen waterfalls and cascades to choose from, the main trail through this beautiful basin lets you select the destination and length of your next winter adventure.

Hike We Like: Notch Mountain

Follow in pilgrims’ footsteps to view the iconic cross of snow that formed the centerpiece of a now-defunct national monument near Vail.

Isabelle Glacier

Hike We Like: Isabelle Glacier Trail

Visit glistening alpine lakes, fields of columbines, and one of Colorado’s last remaining glaciers along this lesser-known Brainard Lake highlight.

7 Denver Metro Area Hikes to Tackle While Practicing Social Distancing

Going stir crazy? Here are some of our favorite (and a little less crowded) trails to check out while staying local.

Hike We Like: East Spanish Peak

Once a landmark for passing wagon trains, East Spanish Peak is now a superb excursion for modern-day adventurers.

Record Visitation at Maroon Bells is Having a Serious Impact

As more than 300,000 people visit the Maroon Bells and its surrounding forest each summer and fall, one of Colorado’s most beloved scenic areas is under stress. Here’s how it became so popular and what we can do to offset our impact.

Hike We Like: Mt. Shavano

The famed Angel of Shavano watches over this rewarding route up Colorado’s 17th-highest summit.

9 Must-Try Mountain Biking Trails Near Aspen

With its wide range of challenges, from cross-country singletrack to lift-served plunges, the Roaring Fork Valley delivers as one of Colorado’s top riding destinations.

How to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing

Commemorate the golden anniversary of Apollo 11’s first trip to the moon at one of these Front Range events.

Hike We Like: Arapaho Pass Trail

This moderately-strenuous hike in the Indian Peaks Wilderness boasts some of Colorado’s best wildflower displays.

Hike We Like: Hermit Park’s Kruger Rock Trail

Explore a piece of land that was once a corporate retreat near Estes Park, and enjoy breathtaking views of the Longs Peak Diamond.

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