SubscribeAvailable Now

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

Author Article Archive

Colorado By Nature: Bristlecone Pines

Stroll through a grove of ancient trees whose twisted trunks have stood on Mt. Evans’ windswept slopes since the fall of the Roman Empire.

6 Picturesque Picnic Spots

Celebrate summer with an al fresco meal at one of these idyllic dining spots. Plus, our favorite eats to round out your summit menu.

Behind the Vines: Bigsby’s Folly

Life is an adventure at this new craft winery, which brings the best of California and other grape-growing regions to an unpretentious, Roaring Twenties-themed tasting room in the heart of RiNo.

Hike We Like: Twin Lakes Trail

This lakeside stroll near Leadville has unbeatable views of Colorado’s two highest peaks and the quaking aspen groves adorning their slopes.

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.

Winter in Colorado


Keep me up to date on the latest trends and happenings around Denver. 5280 has a newsletter for everyone.

Sign Up