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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.

Snowshoe We Like: Sandbeach Lake

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

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.

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.

Lion Gulch

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.

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