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Top of the Town 2017

Intimidated by all the new hot spots popping up around the city? We’ve got you covered. Our annual list of the best places to eat, drink, take in a show, work out, relax, and more (150 winners this year!) will ensure you never have to settle for the same ole thing.

5280 July 2017

5280 July 2017


Section 24 run

Our Summer on the Colorado Trail

When my husband decided to run all 486-plus miles of the Colorado Trail last year, we had no idea how profoundly it would shape our family’s future.

Traffic fatalities problem

Why Denver’s Streets Are Dangerous—And How To Make Them Safer

More than 600 people died on Colorado roadways in 2016, and in Denver, traffic fatalities have gone up every year since 2005. Why is this happening—and what can we do about it?

Harper Glacier

Disaster on Denali

Fifty years ago this month, three Colorado mountaineers survived the deadliest disaster in the history of Alaska’s infamous Denali. What went wrong on that fateful day—and how did the Colorado men make it out alive?

Sara Garcia

Leadville Transforms Itself (Again)

Change has come to the historic mining city of Leadville in a big way. And for the Latino residents who call the highest-elevation city in the United States home, that means facing new challenges—and new fears.


Whiting Farms

The Feather Baron

Thomas Whiting breeds birds not for their meat, but for their feathers, in a quest to satisfy a clientele of fly-fishers—and his own obsession with perfect plumage.

Adam Gildar

Adam Gildar’s Excellent Adventure

How the 32-year-old gallerist is thriving on cultural contradictions and the vagaries of the art world—and aiming to put Denver on the international scene’s radar in the process.

Kely Whitaker

Kelly Whitaker’s Heritage Grain Crusade

With his new nonprofit, the Noble Grain Alliance, the Basta chef is bringing heritage grains back to Colorado farms and restaurants—and to you and me.

From the Editor

Mountain Majesties

A letter from the editor of our July 2017 issue.



The Boom in Colorado Music Festivals

Love summer music festivals? You’ve settled in the right place.


CU-Boulder Alumni Compete in Basketball Tournament

University of Colorado-Boulder alumni take another shot at the next best thing to the NCAA tournament.


Denver’s Very Own Shark Whisperer

At 81, this former teacher is still educating Coloradans about the sea’s biggest fish.


Life, Hacked

It’s summertime and the living’s easier, thanks to these four Colorado-based initiatives.



Not Another Ghost Town

The community of Hillside lives on as a cozy cottage getaway.


High Achiever: Taylor VanAllen

With his name already affixed to one slacklining record, Morrison’s Taylor VanAllen is gearing up for more.


Bragging Rights

Are you up to these eight outdoor challenges?

3 Ways to Explore Wyoming’s Wonders

Think beyond Jackson Hole for dinosaur digs, crowd-free hiking, and a massive rodeo.



5280 Neighborhood Guide: Sloan’s Lake

With a new wave of eats and entertainment, Sloan’s Lake demands a daytrip.

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

Why Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art Appeals to a Younger Generation

Denver’s bastion of modern art is teaching other museums how to attract a younger, hipper crowd.

Brett Mitchell

Meet the Colorado Symphony’s New Maestro

Brett Mitchell is bringing his love of pop culture to Colorado’s classical scene.

Sword & Plough

Support Veterans in Style with this Denver Fashion Brand

Denver-based Sword & Plough makes jewelry from bullet casings and bags from upcycled military gear.

Eat and Drink

Union Station

9 Can’t-Miss Events at Slow Food Nations

What to do at Denver’s most anticipated foodie event of the year.


Where We’re Eating In July

The restaurants, dishes, and drinks on our dining radar this month, July 2017.

MJ Szymanski

M.J. Szymanski’s Sweet Life

The pastry chef creates everything from tangy lemon bars to birthday cake panna cotta for Stella’s on 16th.

Hahn's Peak Cafe

Aprés Eats in Steamboat Springs

Where to grub in Ski Town, U.S.A.


Restaurant Review: Fish N Beer

Chef Aniedra Nichols serves soulful seafood at this lively eatery in RiNo.

Maca Peacan Smoothie

Fuel Up With Wonder Press’ Maca-Pecan Smoothie

You don’t have to choose between healthy and delicious at this Boulder cafe.


Molly Brown

Molly Brown Would Have Turned 150 This Year

Yes, the Titanic icon is no longer with us, but we’re surprised she lived as long as she did. We detail some of her other death-defying moments.

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