There’s a reason so many people choose to uproot their lives and move to Colorado. Our sunny state offers endless opportunities to escape the daily grind and snag a front-row seat to nature’s splendor—whether that be by zipping down a ski run on a powder day, dancing into the wee hours of the night at Red Rocks, or, my personal favorite, hiking into the woods for an unplugged summer weekend.

But, as the homes featured in this issue suggest, enjoying the outdoors doesn’t have to come at the cost of enduring standstill traffic on I-70. On the following pages, we peek inside a number of creatively designed urban spaces with seamless indoor-outdoor connections, including an open-air pavilion in Cherry Hills Village, a charming backyard oasis in Littleton, and a renovated midcentury gem in Park Hill with thoughtful design details that make outdoor entertaining a breeze. I hope these sun-soaked spaces inspire you to make the most of the warmer days ahead by creating your own outdoor escape, wherever it may be. Happy spring!