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Everything You’ve Ever Needed To Know To Go Winter Camping in Colorado

We asked local backcountry veterans for tips, tricks, and hacks that will help you gear up, stay warm, sleep (relatively) well, eat right, be safe, and have a great time in Colorado’s winter wonderland.

5280 Magazine November 2021

5280 November 2021


The Dire Consequences of Pleading Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity in Colorado

People found not guilty by reason of insanity are sent to Colorado’s mental health hospital ostensibly for treatment. Here, a look inside one man’s three-year-long struggle for freedom.

Your 2021 Holiday Gift Guide for Colorado-Made Goods

Consider surprising your loved ones with one of these 25 locally-made gifts this holiday season, helpfully arranged by the feels they give us.


Tad Boyle coaching the CU team in a huddle

How Tad Boyle Has Made CU Men’s Basketball Into a Powerhouse

The Colorado native has made the Buffs a consistent winner. But does he have the institutional support he needs to lead CU deep into March Madness?

From the Editor

Portrait of Lindsey B King

Hoops Dreams

A letter from the editor of 5280.


Photo collage of NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins

Jessica Watkins Could Be the First Woman and Person of Color on the Moon

The Lafayette astronaut is training for NASA’s Artemis mission, which aims to return humans to the lunar landscape by 2024.

Photo of scene in King Richard, starring Will Smith.

How Denver Film Worked to Add Diverse Films to Its Annual Festival

The efforts included tapping Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival to help bring Oscar-worthy flicks to Mile High cinephiles.

a display of popular sneakers from All Access Kickss.

Inside Denver’s New $80,000 Sneaker Store

Two sneaker heads have combined their collections to open a LoDo outpost bursting with rare finds.

Nathan Kurth's Super Stinson Voyager plane flying over a snowy peak of the Rocky Mountains

Colorado Bush Pilots Are Taking to the Skies in Search of Backcountry Ski Lines

Nathan Kurth has a secret weapon for monitoring avalanche conditions and scouting new runs: a 230-horsepower airplane.

Photo of farm workers loading produce into truck.

A New Law Grants Key Rights to Colorado’s Agricultural Workers

The initiative includes safeguards that most nine-to-fivers take for granted.

Eat and Drink

Picture of La Rola's arroz con pollo, empanadas picada, Billionaire hot dog, and Millionaire hot dog.

What to Order at La Rola Urban Colombian Food Inside Zeppelin Station

From 10-inch hot dogs to empanadas, the food stall offers hearty South American street fare at its best.

A group of patrons dining at SAME Café

Celebrating One of the Country’s Oldest Pay-What-You-Can Restaurants

SAME Café, which provides healthy food and dignity to Denver’s most vulnerable citizens, celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2021. We look back on its significance.


Vail Employees Really Should Wear Tuxedos

Aspen just debuted a custom uniform for its staff. So we imagined what workers at other resorts would wear to reflect their employers’ most recognizable traits.

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