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Top of the Town 2019

We eliminated the adequate, the middling, and the just OK to identify the 142 pre-eminent places to dine, imbibe, luxuriate, and recreate in Denver right now.

5280 July 2019

Features

A Rookie’s Guide to Surviving Colorado’s Backcountry

Avoid these seven mistakes to stay safe in the wilderness.

Can an Ambitious Redevelopment Plan Remake Sun Valley?

Sun Valley, the poorest census tract in the state, is undergoing a historic transformation. For one boy on the cusp of adolescence, the changes to his neighborhood could be life-altering.

Navigating Central 70: What You Need to Know About the $1.3 Billion Project

The Central 70 Project has already started to disrupt neighborhoods—and traffic—in the Mile High City. Here’s what you can expect as the massive (and controversial) undertaking works its way toward completion over the next few years.

Department

Why Does Hail Pummel Colorado and How Can We Prepare for It?

With hailstorms so common on the Front Range—and insurance payouts from the resulting damage increasing—how can we ready ourselves for the impending storms?

From the Editor

The Only Constant

A letter from the editor of 5280‘s July 2019 issue.

Compass

Denver’s Urban Canopy Is Getting An Upgrade

Only four percent of downtown Denver sits under the shade of a tree. Luckily, this coalition is working to get us more green.

Will Multi-Use Campuses Attract Outdoor Brands to the Western Slope?

These new developments aim to jump-start a beautiful but often-overlooked region of the state.

What I Learned After Someone Stole My Car 

A reporter digs into Colorado’s auto theft boom after becoming a victim herself.

This Louisville Startup Developed a New Life Source for Electric Vehicles

This month, Solid Power will open the first factory in the country capable of churning out solid-state batteries for cars.

Adventure

Cool Off in 4 New Colorado River Parks

Turns out, humans actually can improve upon nature’s designs. These splash zones prove it.

How Nite Ize Quietly Became One of Boulder’s Largest Outdoor Brands

You may not know Nite Ize’s name, but if you love adventuring, you’ve likely used one of the company’s inventions in the wild.

“Hiking With Sight” Duo Plans to Conquer a Fourteener

Two Fort Collins adventurers are combining their abilities to take on the ultimate Colorado challenge.

Culture

3 Colorado Plants to Forage for This Month

These common plants can help improve your health.

How String Cheese Incident Transformed Colorado’s Jam-Band Scene

Four Colorado contemporaries tell their favorite stories about the group, which is in the midst of a 25th anniversary tour.

Would You Stay at a Murder Hotel in Victor?

Find out how a Denver developer created the Black Monarch’s spooky aesthetic.

The Best Things to Do This July in Colorado

Your short list of the Centennial State’s coolest July events.

Eat and Drink

There’s a New Pitmaster in Town Just in Time for Barbecue Season

Hank’s Texas Barbecue on East Colfax brings smokey goodness—and mile-high brisket sandwiches—to hungry Denverites.

Care for a Side of Tech With Your Fish?

Niceland Seafood brings fresh Icelandic fish to land-locked Denver, using QR codes to share recipes and prove sustainability.

Where Our Food Editors Are Eating (and Drinking) Now, July 2019

Early day eats in Capitol Hill, natural wines in RiNo, and Parisian cafe fare at Belleview Station are all on the menu this month.

Move Over, Kale. Spigarello is the New Green on Denver’s Top Tables

Esoterra Culinary Garden provides Front Range chefs with stunning, delicious, and totally arcane fruits, veggies, and herbs. Here’s what to look for and where to find it.

The Best Local Food on the 16th Street Mall

Forget the chains eateries and join the queue at one of these locally owned kiosks instead.

Restaurant Review: Call and Beckon

These two, side-by-side tiny house restaurants in RiNo fit well together, signaling an exciting Scandinavian phase for Denver’s dining scene.

Backstory

How 3 Denver Criminals Earned Their Bizarre Nicknames

If the silly monikers crackling across police radios are any indication, Coloradans have a particularly good sense of humor. Take a break from the anxiety-inducing news cycle and enjoy the stories behind three amusing nicknames (and our artful interpretations of the crimes).

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