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11 Reasons to Love Denver

From our community’s thoughtful response to the COVID-19 pandemic to its inspirational Black Lives Matter protests, we’ve never been prouder to be Denver residents.

5280 July 2020


Should Coloradans Say Yes to the Gray Wolf This November?

This November, Centennial State voters will have a historic opportunity to decide if the state should bring
gray wolves back to Colorado.

Union Station

Top of the Town 2020

Nearly 50,000 votes were cast this year in our Top of the Town Readers’ Choice competition in order to discover the 77 best ways to eat, drink, and make merry in the Mile High City.

Denver Has a Drinking Problem

Roughly 27 percent of Denverites say they binge drink regularly. That opens us up to a host of health concerns that most people don’t think about when they order just one more.


Is Colorado’s Inmate Wildland Firefighter Program Working?

A unique Colorado prison program puts inmates on wildland fire lines. But they often can’t use their firefighting skills after they’re released.

From the Editor

What Will We Do?

A letter from the editor of 5280‘s July 2020 issue.


Q&A: Lindsey Horan Reflects On the Loss of the Olympics This Month

COVID-19 canceled some of the biggest events on the globe-trotting soccer star’s calendar. While she was stuck at home this spring, we chatted with her about what it was like playing the waiting game.

How Green Guru Led the Upcycling Revolution

The Boulder company has been turning discarded sleeping bags, bike tubes, and more into cool new gear for 15 years.

The World’s Biggest Daredevils Need Help Facing Their Trauma

A new documentary from the Climbing Grief Fund is raising awareness to help guide adventurers through despair.

The World’s Largest Firefighting Plane Is Based in Colorado

We gathered the stats to show you how the Colorado Springs-based Global SuperTanker helps put out wildfires everywhere from the Amazon to California.

How Colorado Concert Venues Plan to Make a Comeback

If live shows return this summer, they could look very different.

Ask an Adventurer: How to Have a Safe, Socially Distanced Summer

This summer is probably a little different than most. These experts can help you make the most of it.

5 Movies By Colorado Filmmakers To Watch Now

Visiting movie theaters may be on pause, but you can still keep up with the latest shorts, documentaries, and comedies made by Coloradans.

Eat and Drink

Sherry’s Soda Shoppe Sells Frozen Comfort by the Scoop

Pistachio and vegan peanut butter Oreo are among the flavors you can get at Joshua Pollack’s new 1950s-style soda fountain.

The Best Barbecue Joints In and Around Denver

These 10 meaty spots are leading the Front Range smoke scene.

Cookbook Review: Frasca’s Friuli Food and Wine

The hybrid tome is part cookbook, part wine guide, and part travelogue.


5 Weird Alien Sightings in Colorado

We judge the veracity and terror level of some of the state’s best-known extraterrestrial encounters.

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