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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: Mount Herman Trail

This steep hike near Monument is rewarded with views stretching all the way from Castle Rock to the snow-capped summit of Pikes Peak.

Hike We Like: Lion’s Lair Trail

This forested back-door route up Mount Sanitas is just the shade-filled, out-and-back excursion we need on warmer days.

Behind the Vines: Talon Winery

Owned by an accomplished falconer, this Western Slope winery just south of I-70 features a variety of flavorful white wines.

Only in Colorado: Tom’s Baby

After mysteriously disappearing for decades, Colorado’s largest chunk of gold was rediscovered—but it was several pounds lighter.

Behind the Vines: Winter Park Winery

Owned by a devoted Grateful Dead fan, Grand County’s only winery is a great place to relax, soak up some local color, and "share the wine."

Ski Run We Like: Vail’s Riva Ridge

In this series exploring Colorado ski resorts' classic trails, we look at Vail’s Riva Ridge, the mountain's longest run, which tests your mettle with four miles of bumps and steep drops.

Behind the Vines: Silver Vines Winery

This boutique winery in Olde Town Arvada has a variety of excellent red, white, and dessert wines perfect for pairing with winter meals. 

Hike We Like: White Rocks Trail

This scenic, creekside trail is a great wintertime option for when you crave mountain views, but don’t want to tackle steep, icy trails.

Hike We Like: Bald Mountain’s Pines to Peaks Loop

The short trail up this little-known peak in a Boulder County is perfect for anyone who enjoys walking through the forest and gazing at great views of both the plains and the Continental Divide.

Only in Colorado: Trappers Lake

This sparkling alpine lake in northwestern Colorado’s Flat Tops Wilderness Area was the birthplace of America’s wilderness movement. 

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