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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 down2earthscience.com.

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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.

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: Lion Gulch Trail

Take a stroll through yesteryear along this peaceful hike near Estes Park, which ends in a lush meadow dotted with the ruins of historic homesteads.

Hike We Like: North Twin Cone Peak

Get your fall color fix on this moderate hike through one of the state’s largest aspen groves, which leads to a mellow summit offering panoramic views of the Front Range.

Hike We Like: Arapaho Glacier Trail

This out-and-back trek through the Indian Peaks Wilderness' tundra ends with an overlook of Colorado’s largest "river of ice."

Hike We Like: Mt. Sneffels

This towering giant in the San Juan Mountain Range promises 2,900 feet of elevation gain, swaths of wildflowers, and rewarding panoramic views.

Hike We Like: Finch Lake Trail in RMNP

This quiet trail in the southern end of Rocky Mountain National Park's Wild Basin area culminates in an idyllic picnic landing next to two sparkling alpine lakes.

Hike We Like: Mt. Harvard

Fields of wildflowers and panoramic views of the Collegiate Peaks towering over the Arkansas Valley make every step of this straightforward fourteener a rewarding journey.

Behind the Vines: Decadent Saint Winery

This non-traditional Front Range winery makes the best-tasting sangria on the market—and it's a concentrate. But don't take our word for it.

Hike We Like: Crater Lakes

This forested trail through the James Peak Wilderness leads to a pair of sparkling, trout-filled lakes nestled beneath the Continental Divide.

Hike We Like: Eagle’s View Loop

Enjoy green meadows, shady forests, and great views of America’s Mountain along this classic foothills hike near Conifer.

Hike We Like: Red Mountain Trail

Not up for the Manitou Incline's grueling 2,744 stairs? Try this adjacent 2.6-mile out-and-back trail, with a summit that offers views of Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, and Garden of the Gods.

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