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The Beginner’s Guide to Trail Running in Colorado

From training tips to must-have gear to the best routes near Denver, here’s everything you need to know to learn how to trail run in the Centennial State.

5280 Magazine August 2021

5280 August 2021

Features

After Two Teen Suicides Last Year, How Will Summit County Address an Ongoing Mental Health Crisis?

A tragic stretch in April 2020 shone a light on the mental health issues facing the mountain community. With the new school year set to start, area residents are continuing to heal while asking themselves how they can learn from the past.

Colorado Isn’t Prepared To Deal With the Mental Health Fallout From COVID-19

Coloradans have endured a lot in the past year and a half, and mental health professionals are worried about the long-term effects of that trauma. Here, we examine who’s been most affected, and how local experts are trying to help us cope.

Denver’s Top Doctors 2021

For more than 25 years, 5280 has asked physicians in the Denver area whom they would trust to treat themselves or a loved one. The following 340 doctors—in 100 specialties—were nominated by their peers this year.

Department

Inside the Denver Zoo’s New Animal Hospital

The $24 million, state-of-the-art facility is just the latest example of how the 125-year-old Denver Zoo works to keep both its animal residents and its human guests happy.

Can Conservation Easements Give Young Colorado Farmers a Chance?

Nonprofit Colorado Open Lands wants to preserve agricultural land so the next generation can afford to grow crops.

From the Editor

Time Hooks

A letter from the editor of 5280.

Compass

This Community College’s Plan To Lure Students Back to School? Pay Them

Following a steep decline in enrollment, the Community College of Aurora is giving low-income students the push they need to return.

Colorado Horror Writer Stephen Graham Jones Is Back With a Killer Follow-Up

His latest work, My Heart Is A Chainsaw, releases August 31.

4 Weekend Getaways for a Last-Minute Summer Vacation

Don’t let the warm weather pass you by.

3 Retro Home Design Styles Making a Comeback

What you need to know about modernism, midcentury modern, and postmodernism.

Denver Model Rocco Lawson Shows How To Slay Nonbinary Beauty Trends

The University of Colorado Boulder student and Wilhelmina Denver model shares tips for the cosmetically curious.

How Locals Are Banding Together To Protect the Yampa River

Powered by a $4 million endowment, the Yampa River Fund is building a more resilient waterway.

Eat and Drink

Where Our Food Editors Are Drinking Now, August 2021

Eye-catching cocktails, wine and charcuterie, and better-for-you potions are on the menu this month.

Meet Colorado Ceramicist and Sculptor Kazu Oba

The Japanese-born artist produces works of art with intention at his Lafayette studio.

How Mo’Betta Green Is Seeding Change in Denver Neighborhoods

For Beverly Grant, farming isn’t just about sustenance—it’s about creating a new economy for those in need.

Chef Manuel Barella Crafts Refined Mexican Fare at Bellota

The RiNo restaurant is serving up a street-food-style menu with delicious bites like Chicken-confit-stuffed enmoladas and chicharrón prensado tacos.

Backstory

Denver Novelist Peter Heller’s Life Is Stranger Than Fiction

In honor of his new thriller, The Guide, we’ve rounded up his most outlandish adventures plus a few tall tales. Can you guess which are which?

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