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7 Incredible, Unprotected Colorado Vistas

Fifty years after the Wilderness Act, many of our landscapes remain exposed. How much longer can our iconic environment last?

5280 December 2014

Features

Preserving Our Natural Heritage

Legendary writer and nature photographer John Fielder reflects on preserving the delicate balance between Colorado’s ecology and economy. 

Power Struggle: 10 Reasons for Our Energy Problems

The Centennial State has become ground zero for the battle over fossil-fuel extraction. Here’s why.

Fruits of Their Labor

Colorado’s ag industry has a more profound connection to our land than maybe any other commercial sector. It’s a relationship that, in the case of those who grow the state’s iconic Palisade peaches, has roots creeping back over a century.

High + Dry

For decades, Crowley County’s farmers sold off their water, gallon by gallon. No one could have anticipated what would happen next.

The Slow Rebirth of South Platte River

After more than a generation of mistreatment, Metro Denver’s urban waterway is starting to return to health. 

Mapping Colorado’s Ever-Changing Landscape

A 30,000-foot view of the unremitting changes affecting our land. 

Colorado’s Energy Portfolio

From our electricity bills to how much coal we mine, here’s an inside look at how the state uses power.

7 Incredible, Unprotected Colorado Vistas

Fifty years after the Wilderness Act, many of our landscapes remain exposed. How much longer can our iconic environment last?

Can a Water Plan Actually Work?

As director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board, James Eklund had the unenviable task of overseeing the first comprehensive water plan in the state’s history. But in a place where water is scarce—and is a private property right that sometimes goes back generations—can a blueprint for how to use our most valuable resource actually work?

40 Ways to Be Greener Every Day

We hate to break it to you, Colorado, but very few of us are as eco-friendly as we profess to be. Here are 40 ways to change that.

Department

The Ride of a Lifetime: Cat-Skiing Irwin

After years of being shuttered, one of Colorado’s best snowcat skiing operations is back on track.

From the Editor

Into the Wilds

A letter from the editor of our December 2014 issue.

Front Range

Colorado’s Year in Review 2014

Whether it was tight political races, gay marriage, marijuana, or the Super Bowl, Colorado found itself in the national spotlight in 2014. Here, a look at some of our best (and worst) headlines. 

Office Space

A greener way to work.

One-on-One with a Leading Down Syndrome Expert

Dr. Dennis McGuire on how perceptions of adults with Down syndrome have changed—and what Denver is doing to help.

U.S. Nordic Combined Team Fights for Funding

After the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association slashed the Nordic combined ski team’s budget, two Colorado brothers lead the hunt for survival.

Ride Along

ICEDot calls for help when you can’t.

The Forest Scoreboard

Aspen environmentalists give Colorado’s forests an annual checkup. 

Beyond a Mile High

Lockheed Martin’s Orion space craft launches this month, and will eventually head to Mars.

Flying to the Future

Spaceport Colorado could open new doors for tourism, transportation, and research.

Cashing in on the Aerospace Industry

Extraterrestrial missions bring an extra boost to the south Denver economy.

Scene

A Piece of Boulder

A Boulder puzzle maker brings his unique jigsaws to the Pearl Street Mall.

Where to Take Your Kids This Ski Season

Four Colorado ski resorts beef up the on-mountain family experience.

Ride ’Em All

One season, 24 resorts: one dad’s quest to show his sons Colorado’s ski country.

Sound Shapers

’Tis the season for carols and classical music—courtesy of these precious instruments from local makers. 

In A Sense

Wonderbound’s winter ballet is more than a feast for the eyes.

4 Local Hot Sauces to Try

In Colorado, we love our hot sauce. And with winter in full swing, there is no better time to turn up the heat. Dot, drizzle, or douse your dinner with these recently released, flavorful varieties. 

Holiday Gift Guide 2014

Outfit his, her, and their winter closets with these ribbon-ready gift ideas from Colorado companies.

Eat and Drink

Mixed Signals: Gozo

If it’s a long-term relationship Gozo is after, there is much work to be done. 

The Art of Making Bitters

Cocktailpunk’s Raymond Snead tells us how it’s done. 

Fire It Up

The secret to getting folks to eat more greens: Char ’em.

The Temptress

Pie Bird serves tarts that are both savory and sweet.

How To: Old Tom’s Apple

This sophisticated winter cocktail from barman Sean Kenyon of Williams & Graham is a cinch to make.

Eat Cheap: Buchi Café Cubano

A twist on the Cubano sandwich packs a flavorful punch.

Backstory

Logo-Land

Our state’s landscape appears in so many insignias, the Rocky Mountains should start collecting royalties.

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