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Top of the Town 2018

Finding the coolest new places to eat, drink, shop, relax, and play can be a royal pain. Who has the time to try them all? We do. Here, discover the 146 spots we’ve crowned the best on the Front Range.

5280 July 2018


The 5280 Guide to Colorado Etiquette

The Centennial State is getting crowded (more than 65,000 new residents joined us between July 2016 and 2017 alone). That means we all have to be a little bit nicer to one another—or at least understand the social contract we’ve signed by choosing to live in this bustling place. Not sure what the guidelines are? Here’s your rulebook.

The 2018 Food Lover’s Guide to Colorado

Here are the local farmers, ranchers, chefs, artisans, and do-gooders making an impact on how—and what—we eat.

How Denver’s Disability Activists Transformed the City

Forty years ago, disability activists stopped traffic at the corner of Broadway and Colfax Avenue and changed the way the United States works. But that wasn’t the start—or the end—of their civil rights fight.


The Existential Dilemma of Wearing a Cowboy Hat

Does a transplant have the right to wear the iconic Western headwear if he’s not, you know, an actual cowboy?

From the Editor

Frontier Spirit

A letter from the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of 5280 Publishing.


Why Pilots Still Can’t Land a Seaplane in Colorado

The latest effort to lift seaplane restrictions failed earlier in April. Here’s how you can get your fix.

We Say Goodbye (and Good Riddance) to Chipotle

The burrito chain is moving its headquarters to California. And our hearts are broken.

Denver’s Violent Crime Has Increased by More Than 40 Percent in the Past Decade

We break down the data to figure out exactly what’s driving the uptick—and what the city’s doing about it.

Denver’s Flourishing Ultimate Scene Takes The World Stage

Want to root for a Denver team on the rise? Look no further than Molly Brown Ultimate.


Meet the Squad Saving Crested Butte’s Wildflowers

We chat with Mountain Manners founder Sue Wallace.

Two New Waterparks to Check out on Balmy Days

…and one more in the works that we’re already excited about.

The Coolest Things to Do in Colorado in July 2018

From a savings-filled recreation fest to the cutest bike race of all time, we’ve got your event calendar set.

Tap Into Colorado’s Western Roots at These Weekly Rodeos

In these mountain towns, rodeo is more than just a Fourth of July event.

The True Story of a Reluctant Forest Bather

Forest bathing sounds like a fad, but this twist on hiking provided just the mental reset one writer needed.


This History-Themed Party Attracts More Than One Thousand People

And they all wear period dress, just like the trappers and traders of the 1800s.

Six Cool Pairs of Colorado-Designed Sunglasses

These styles will protect your eyes from the brilliant Colorado sun, no matter what warm-weather activity you’re pursuing.

An Oral History of the Warped Tour

The hard-partying music festival holds its last Denver show this month.

Eat and Drink

Go Now: Flagstaff House

The 47-year-old Boulder restaurant is better than ever.

Where We’re Eating, July 2018

The restaurants, dishes, and drinks on our dining radar.

The 5280 Guide to Sour Beer

If you haven’t tried sour beer, you’re missing out on a world of funky flavor.

Q&A: Alon Shaya

The chef dishes on how Slow Food Nations inspired Safta, Denver’s first modern Israeli restaurant.

Restaurant Review: The Bindery

The Bindery—a charming, ambitious all-day spot in LoHi—just happens to be Linda Hampsten Fox’s first restaurant.


Things Sure Have Changed Since 1993

We celebrate our silver anniversary with a blast-from-the-past retrospective.

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