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The Rocky Mountain Gear Guide

Colorado is home to thousands of acres of the world’s most epic terrain—and to cutting-edge inventors, ski bums, and pro athletes who are making some of the best gadgets, gizmos, toys, and tools to help you explore it. Here, a guide to assembling the ultimate Centennial State stash.

5280 November 2020


Simon Prades Illustrations

Living With Depression and Anxiety During a Global Pandemic

With mood disorders on the rise during the COVID-19 pandemic, people who’ve never experienced mental health issues are enduring some of the emotions I feel almost every day of my life. Maybe that’s why I can finally tell my story.

Sean Parsons Designs

The 5280 Guide to Avoiding Consumer Scams

Fraud is up across Colorado. We show you how to protect yourself.



The History of Museums Is More Fraught Than You Might Think

For years, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science unwittingly held stolen carvings. What it took to get them home highlights the complex nature of decolonizing museums.

From the Editor

Fraud Alert

A letter from the editor of 5280’s November 2020 issue.


Narkita Gold

The Creator of Black in Denver on How the Black Lives Matter Protests Impacted Her Work

Narkita Gold’s colorful portrait series, which highlights the uniqueness of the Mile High City’s Black community, took on new purpose following this summer’s demonstrations against police brutality.

Jeffery Bolling. Illustration by Lindsey Bailey

Jewelry Designer Jeffery Bolling Dishes on His Favorite Proposal Trends

We asked the owner of Jeffery B Jewelers in Cherry Creek whether he says ‘I Do’ to popular ring designs, wedding traditions, and more.

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What Was the Most Consequential Election in Colorado History?

We asked five experts to share their opinions.

Will Ranger Participation in Homeless Encampment Sweeps Deteriorate Community Trust?

How Denver park rangers reconcile conflicting roles while fighting the opioid and homelessness crises.

7 Colorado-Made Lotions to Keep Your Skin Happy

All that hand-washing means a good moisturizer is a must. We help you find the perfect one for you.

Eat and Drink

Let Elita Specialty Market & Kitchen Help You Cook Thanksgiving Dinner

The butcher shop and cafe in Aurora will bring the flavors of Mexico and the Mediterranean to your holiday table.

Bar Dough

Can Takeout Beat a Homemade Neopolitan-Style Pie?

5280‘s restaurant critic Scott Mowbray solves a local pizza mystery.


4 Times Colorado Mascots Proved They’ll Do Anything for the Team

Local mascots make a living doing over-the-top, wacky things. When those attempts at absurdity go awry, well, let’s just say things can get weird.

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